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London: Live Like Royalty Touring Castles

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 696

The ultimate London palace tour, this city break is all about the best royal residences both in the city and beyond. Explore Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, and the Downton Abbey village.


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This 5-day London escape focuses on the city’s palaces and other Anglophile treats such as the village used in the TV series Downton Abbey.

The literary neighbourhood of Bloomsbury puts you close to Covent Garden, the West End, and the British Museum. Consider an extra day or two before the start of the itinerary, particularly if this is your first time in London. On day two, it’s off to Kensington Palace! This is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. You’ll tour the state rooms, and have time to explore the famous gardens.

Your third day is packed with London icons, starting with a driving tour that takes you past Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Royal Albert Hall. Hampton Court Palace however, will be a highlight of your trip. One of only two surviving palaces owned by King Henry VIII, Hampton Court is known for its intricate architecture, art collection, and exquisite gardens. Pass through Anne Boleyn’s gate and admire the astronomical clock. Your final stop for the day is Windsor Castle, still an Official Residence of the Queen, and a 900 year old icon of British majesty. Explore the castle grounds, not forgetting St George’s Chapel, last resting place of Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour.

On your last full day of touring, leave London behind and explore the countryside. Start at Blenheim Palace, one of the few designated ‘palaces’ with no connection to the royal family. Nonetheless, it’s one of Britain’s most impressive buildings, with a fascinating history of its own. Go on to tour the Cotswolds, a stunning area that captures many people’s ideal of rural England. It includes the village of Bampton, made famous by the TV series Downton Abbey, and this side of the town will be covered on your tour as well.

Return to London for departure, or stay an extra few days. No matter how many times you visit, there’s always something new to uncover in this historic and influential world city.


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    The Phoenix Hotel Getaway



    The Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located in central London, 5-minutes away from Hyde Park and overlooking one of the capitals reputed Garden Squares. The hotel is also in the vicinity of local attractions such as the Oxford Street and Regents Street, Hyde Park, Earls Court ...

    The Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located in central London, 5-minutes away from Hyde Park and overlooking one of the capitals reputed Garden Squares. The hotel is also in the vicinity of local attractions such as the Oxford Street and Regents Street, Hyde Park, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London City Centre and the Knightsbridge. Here you are under 5 miles from Bayswater Tube Station and 3 miles from London Eye and the Buckingham Palace. Strategically placed, the hotel is surrounded by bars and restaurants; and stores displaying some of the world's famous brands. The beautiful Kensington is less than a 20-minute walk away, while Knightsbridge is merely a mile away.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Concierge
    • Housekeeping Service
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    • Lounge Bar
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    • Smoke Free Hotel
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    Novotel London City West



    Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience ...

    Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience West London at Novotel.

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    Thistle City Barbican



    As you would expect of one of the few London City hotels, the Thistle City Barbican hotel is a popular choice for business people wheeling, dealing and networking in the Square Mile. However, it is also popular with art lovers, concert-goers and tourists, too. Not ...

    As you would expect of one of the few London City hotels, the Thistle City Barbican hotel is a popular choice for business people wheeling, dealing and networking in the Square Mile. However, it is also popular with art lovers, concert-goers and tourists, too.

    Not only is it just around the corner from the Barbican Centre, Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Islington Business Design Centre, it is also close to Angel Islington, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Hoxton's Square, and enjoys easy access to three underground stations. The opportunities to indulge your creative side or explore London's many attractions are countless.

    Whether you are traveling for business, the ballet, the nightlife or simply a short break in London, the Thistle City Barbican hotel has all you need to relax and unwind, including complimentary access the hotel's Otium Health & Leisure Club.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hot Tub
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Massages
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Packed Lunches
    • Private Parking Possible (charges may apply)
    • Restaurant
    • Solarium
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Tour Desk

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    Bedford Hotel



    At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is the priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our ...

    At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is the priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our doorstep. But at the Bedford, they promise a good night's sleep too. Many of the rooms overlook our picturesque private garden. The Bedford is small and intimate, offering a warm welcome with a personal touch. And it's a great place to relax with company too, with a charming guest lounge and laid back cafe occupying the ground floor. Meanwhile, the Bedford Garden restaurant serves home-made British specialties, with a modern twist.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Restaurant

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    The Grosvenor Hotel



    Stay in splendour in the heart of central London. Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria ushered in a Golden Age of travel. Restored to its former glory, this Grade II listed building combines modern luxury, including free WIFI throughout ...

    Stay in splendour in the heart of central London. Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria ushered in a Golden Age of travel. Restored to its former glory, this Grade II listed building combines modern luxury, including free WIFI throughout the hotel, with unique period features. Enjoy the best of London from the 4-star Grosvenor Hotel, located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace.

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    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Bar
    • Gym
    • Limousine Services
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    Amba Hotel Charing Cross



    Make the most of your stay, whether you're stopping over on business or you're in London to discover what makes this great city tick. Just steps from Trafalgar Square, it's time to discover what a hotel stay should really be like at Amba Hotel Charing ...

    Make the most of your stay, whether you're stopping over on business or you're in London to discover what makes this great city tick. Just steps from Trafalgar Square, it's time to discover what a hotel stay should really be like at Amba Hotel Charing Cross - housed within a beautiful, Grade II listed building. Experience the unique combination of 150 years of British architectural heritage, the attentive service and seamless technology you need to feel at home, indulged and special.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
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    DoubleTree by Hilton London Heathrow Airport



    Just minutes away from Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 and 24-hour public transport links, this Heathrow hotel is outside the London congestion charge zone with easy access to central London and the motorways. Our hotel is only five minutes from the nearest Tube station ...

    Just minutes away from Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 and 24-hour public transport links, this Heathrow hotel is outside the London congestion charge zone with easy access to central London and the motorways. Our hotel is only five minutes from the nearest Tube station and 10 minutes from Hayes & Harlington station. Enjoy a famous DoubleTree cookie upon arrival at the hotel and take advantage of on-site parking. Unwind after a busy day or a long trip in a modern sound-proofed guest room complete with complimentary WiFi access, flat-screen TV with over 100 Freeview channels and 24-hour room service.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
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    Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington Getaway



    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is a contemporary four-star hotel located near The Royal Albert Hall, just a two minutes' walk from High Street Kensington underground station. From world-class museums to spacious Hyde and Holland Park and even Kensington Palace being walkable, there is ...

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is a contemporary four-star hotel located near The Royal Albert Hall, just a two minutes' walk from High Street Kensington underground station.

    From world-class museums to spacious Hyde and Holland Park and even Kensington Palace being walkable, there is more than enough to do right on our doorstep.

    Renowned for its warm hospitality, the hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms with an enviable central London location in Kensington. Stay on top of your business and entertainment needs with our free Wi-Fi connection, available in all rooms and on multiple devices. Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington also boasts a state-of-the-art fitness centre that is available to all guests so as to allow you to relax and keep in shape during your stay.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
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    • Parking
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    Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 4



    Relax at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel, the only London Heathrow Airport hotel offering direct access to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 via a covered walkway. Ride the Hotel Hoppa service that operates between Terminal 5 and the hotel. Opened in June 2014, London Heathrow ...

    Relax at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel, the only London Heathrow Airport hotel offering direct access to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 via a covered walkway. Ride the Hotel Hoppa service that operates between Terminal 5 and the hotel. Opened in June 2014, London Heathrow Terminal 2 - The Queens terminal, is within easy reach of the hotel. Travel to Terminals 1, 2 or 3 by riding the complimentary Heathrow Express from Terminal 4. Have a glass of wine on the hotel's stunning artificial beach terrace or relax with alfresco dining. Keep fit in this London hotel's complimentary 24-hour fitness center. Take a swim in the hotel pool, or relax in the sauna or steam room.

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    • Bar
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    Hilton London Gatwick Airport



    Hilton London Gatwick Airport is adjacent to the South Terminal and just 10 minutes from the North Terminal by free monorail. Located just 30 minutes from central London by Gatwick Express, the hotel is a short train ride away from the city's shopping, dining and ...

    Hilton London Gatwick Airport is adjacent to the South Terminal and just 10 minutes from the North Terminal by free monorail. Located just 30 minutes from central London by Gatwick Express, the hotel is a short train ride away from the city's shopping, dining and entertainment scene. Visit nearby Brighton for the day or catch a ride on the Blue Bell railway to enjoy the English countryside. Unwind with a meal or cocktails at one of our bars or restaurants or enjoy the privacy of 24-hour room service. Start the day with a delicious breakfast in the family friendly Garden restaurant, followed by a la carte dining in the sophisticated Amy's restaurant. Savour a Costa coffee, light lunch or snack in Amy's Lobby Bar, or watch the game in Charlie Fry's Sports Bar.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
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Duration
5 Days
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Itinerary

Day 1

London Heathrow to London Central Hotel Zone 1

Duration1 Hour

Novotel London City West

Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience West London at Novotel.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
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Novotel London City West

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    Novotel London City West



    Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience ...

    Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience West London at Novotel.

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Day 2

Kensington Palace - Entrance Ticket

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Today, the State Rooms are open to the public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, a nonprofit organization that does not receive public funds. The offices and private accommodation areas of the Palace remain the responsibility of the Royal Household and are maintained by the Royal Household Property Section. The nearest tube stations are in Queensway, Bayswater, Kensington High Street, or (slightly farther) Gloucester Road.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath with Entry Tickets

Your day begins with a visit to one of the National Treasures. Built high above the River Thames, Windsor Castle has been home to the Royal Family for 900 years and is still an Official Residence of the Queen. Here you will visit the magnificent State Apartments, still used for State occasions and Royal receptions. Your next stop is clouded in mystery. The ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England, but beyond its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role, Stonehenge is also a place of spiritual importance. Early legends link it with Merlin and King Arthur, but over the last hundred years the midsummer sunrise has attracted pagan groups and followers of the Ancient Order of Druids. You will also visit the beautiful Georgian City of Bath and take you on a panoramic tour of some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms and the famous Pulteney Bridge. Explore the Roman Baths, built around thermal springs, which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years. In Roman times a great Temple was built next to the sacred spring - the waters were believed to have healing properties and attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire.

Duration11 Hours
Day 4

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village and the Cotswolds

Your day begins with a visit Blenheim Palace State Rooms and walk through the magnificent Gardens. Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Here you will have a tour of the Blenheim Palace State Rooms where the guide will bring the history of this fabulous palace to life. You will then continue the day with a panoramic tour of the enchanting Cotswolds. This region of outstanding natural beauty is characterized by attractive small towns and thatched villages of yellow Cotswold stone made prosperous by the historic wool trade. You will then get to visit the villages of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water, then the village of Bampton (setting for the TV series "Downton Abbey"). You can see the Church where a number of "Downton" events were hosted, from weddings and funerals to the Downton Fair. Next to the church is Churchgate House which was used as the Crawley family home, and the old Grammar School which now houses the Bampton Library and Community Archive and served as the Downton Cottage Hospital. The street is also the location for two local pubs, "The Grantham Arms" and "The Dog & Duck".

Duration10 Hours
Day 5

London Central Hotel Zone 1 to London Heathrow

Duration1 Hour

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  • Arrival and departure hotel transfers
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary.

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  • Items of a personal nature
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