Experience a memorable journey on board the Royal Windsor Steam Express
About the Tour
Spend 4 days getting under the skin of the English capital on this inclusive London city break. Enjoy 4-Star accommodation in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, meet with a Yeoman from the Tower of London, and ride the Royal Windsor Steam Express Train whilst sipping a chilled glass of champagne.
- Scenic rail excursion on the Royal Windsor Steam Express
- Hotel accommodations for 4 nights
- 7 meals
- Guided tour of London
- Excursions to Windsor Castle and the Tower of London
- Lunch cruise on the River Thames
- Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour escort and knowledgeable local guides for touring
Day 1 - London
We meet in London at our hotel, the 4-Star Best Western, The Boltons', in Earl's Court. Nestled on a quiet street amidst the delightful cafés, boutiques, and parks of London's Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this is a superb base for exploring the English capital.
The rich and proud heritage of London dates back thousands of years. As England's political and economic hub, the city is home to the Queen and Royal Family as well as the Houses of Parliament, and bursts with an abundance of culture, enthralling history, and artistic delights. Famous landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace and the brooding Tower of London offer a mere glimpse into what this exciting city has to offer; delve just a little further and you will also discover world-class restaurants, quaint pubs, bustling markets and a myriad of architectural treasures. We head out into the city this evening for our first meal together, dining in a local restaurant. Overnight London. (D)
Day 2 - The Royal Windsor Steam Express and Windsor Castle
After breakfast, we transfer to Waterloo Station for our journey on the Royal Windsor Steam Express. The first regular steam service from London to Windsor, the Royal Windsor Steam Express harks back to a bygone era of rail travel at its very finest, transporting us back in time on a charming journey filled with wonderful scenery and an undeniable air of vintage romance. On board you will enjoy brunch with a glass of champagne.
A journey of wonderful visual contrasts, we relax in our comfortable Pullman Class seats as we steam through the bustling center of the city, passing iconic landmarks including the London Eye and Big Ben, before reaching the quieter suburbs. From here, the landscapes open up, becoming ever greener as we are treated to views across woodlands, rivers, and lakes. Our journey ends at the royal, Grade II listed Windsor & Eton Riverside Station in Windsor, where we have a little free time for lunch and to wander the quaint streets.
A charming riverside town synonymous with the Royal Family, Windsor is crowned by historic Windsor Castle, a favorite weekend residence of the Queen, which we have the chance to explore today.
Built-in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in the world, having served as the home to many reigning monarchs over the centuries, including Henry VIII, George IV - who is responsible for the lavish furnishings of the State Apartments - and Queen Victoria. We take in over 900 years of history as we soak up the regal splendor of the interiors, seeing opulent rooms with gilded walls, extravagant chandeliers, elaborate china, and incredible works of art.
We return to London by rail, where you are at leisure for dinner. With an incredible selection of eateries, from lavish Michelin-starred restaurants to bohemian pop-ups, all spanning an incredible range of cuisines, this is a marvelous city in which to indulge in world-class food. Overnight London. (B)
Day 3 - The Tower of London
This morning we discover the Tower of London, arriving in time to witness the famous Opening Ceremony. An exclusive talk by a Yeoman Warder before seeing the ceremony first-hand, followed by time to explore this iconic landmark at your own pace. Established in 1066 after the Norman Conquest of England, the Tower has served a number of purposes, being utilized as a prison and most recently, home of the Crown Jewels. Fascinatingly, an assortment of exotic animals including tigers, elephants, and a polar bear have called the Tower's Royal Menagerie home over the years - the result of a long-standing tradition of monarchs keeping wild beasts as extravagant status symbols. Discover this rich and engrossing British history through intriguing exhibits before we head to the water for a cruise along the Thames, with lunch served on board.
The rest of the day is at leisure in the capital. London is home to some wonderful museums and galleries which are well worth exploring, including the fantastic Natural History Museum and the ever-popular British Museum, both of which possess a collection of some of the finest archaeological finds in world history. Overnight London. (B, L)
Day 4 - Exploring London
This morning we embark on a guided sightseeing tour, by open-top bus, and on foot, discovering many of the monuments and landmarks which have helped to secure London's place as an innovative, world-leading city. Our tour takes in London's vibrant West End, an area notable for its distinguished theatre district, and the bustling government area of Westminster, home to important historic landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, and Parliament. We continue to the mighty River Thames, where we see the emblematic sights that line its banks, including the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the imposing Shard, and Tate Modern, one of the world's most revered modern art galleries.
Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the wealth of attractions London has to offer. From its compelling museums and art galleries to its impressive shopping streets and enticing food scene, there is something here to appeal to every visitor. You may choose to sightsee further with a visit to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the British monarchy since 1837. Or, perhaps indulge in some retail therapy at the shops and luxurious boutiques of Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Carnaby Street. For those seeking a spot of tranquility, London boasts a number of serene green spaces. Grade I listed Hyde Park, the largest of 4 Royal Parks surrounding Kensington Palace, is a calm oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. You could also visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew where you can admire a wide array of exotic plants on display.
This evening, we head to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner; the perfect opportunity to reflect on our time in the English capital. Overnight London. (B, D)
Day 5 - Homeward bound
After a final breakfast together at the hotel, you are free to depart at leisure. (B)
Edinburgh, the Highlands & St Andrews*Consider adding a tour through Scotland to your trip, highlighted by a journey on board the Jacobite Steam Train.Scotland’s famous trains, lochs and historic sites highlight this 11-day rail tour. Beginning in Edinburgh, your Scottish discoveries commence with a walking tour of the city and excursion to St. Andrews. Majestic lochs and glens lie in wait as we cross the Highlands and journey to the Isle of Mull and the Cairngorms. The tour culminates in a traditional Scottish Evening along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.*available on select departures only
Best Western The Boltons in Earl's Court, London
Our hotel in London is the 4-Star Best Western The Boltons in peaceful Earl's Court. Located in the prestigious Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this is an ideal base from which to soak up all that London has to offer, with Earl's Court tube station just mere steps away. Housed in an elegant, Grade II listed townhouse typical of this area of London, the hotel is modern and luxurious, while still retaining its timeless Victorian charms.
Guest rooms are decorated in a chic style and come with modern facilities including air-conditioning, high-speed Wi-Fi, a safe, flat screen television, complimentary toiletries and tea & coffee making facilities.
The Windsor Steam Express
The Royal Windsor Steam Express takes us from London Waterloo to Windsor in steam-hauled carriages. On its way, it passes several famous landmarks including the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. Steaming alongside the River Thames, as well as several reservoirs and lakes, we reach Windsor's Eton Riverside Station, designated a royal station by London & South Western Railway. The route has been meticulously planned to ensure we get the best views of the English countryside while indulging in some of the scrumptious on-board delicacies.
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