Hidden Treasures of Southern England with Paris
This Southern England tour highlights some of the historical monuments and beautiful towns found throughout Southern England.
Your tour starts with a short drive from London to Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. History buffs are sure to be delighted on the visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and a town that brings to life what life was like in 16th-century England; mysterious Stonehenge; Georgian city of Bath. You will also visit magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated in 1258 and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta. Discover the Isle of Wight with a rich historical heritage and visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home.
Throughout this tour of Southern England, you will be accompanied and guided by local experts who will bring these destinations to life with first-hand, in-depth knowledge of southern England’s history, treasures, and secrets. Plus, to give you authentic experiences, We have included special adventures, such as tea and pastries in the Refectory restaurant in Salisbury. Your Tour Director will take you to Shakespeare's Schoolroom where he was educated and inspired to become a writer.
From the vibrant city of London to the relaxing, unspoiled Isle of Wight, this Southern England tour is a vacation of a lifetime! At the end of your Southern England tour, you’ll travel to Paris via the Eurostar train for three nights. A relaxing cruise of the River Seine with views of Notre Dame Cathedral is already included. Also enjoy time to explore Paris on your own. From the vibrant cities of London and Paris to the relaxing, seaside town of Brighton, this Southern England tour—with an extension to Paris—is a vacation of a lifetime!
Highlights and Inclusions
- Travel by high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris
- Ferry crossings from Lymington to Yarmouth and East-Cowes to Southampton
- 8 nights hotel accommodations
- 10 meals including full English breakfast daily and 2 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Stratford.
- Walking tours in Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon
- Visit Osborne House on the Isle of Wight
- Enjoy tea and pastries in the Refectory Restaurant at the Salisbury Cathedral
- Visit Stonehenge
- Guided sightseeing and Seine River Cruise in Paris
- Headsets throughout the tour except in London
- Transportation on a Deluxe Motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Director
Day 1 - International flight to London
Embark on a transatlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to London. (International flight is not included)
Day 2 – Arrive in London, England
Welcome to London! Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 3 – Oxford - Stratford-upon-Avon
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. Drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215 and enjoy a walking tour through Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. Then, discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Your Tour Director will take you on a stroll ending at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom. It was here that William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 – Cotswold - Bath
A particularly scenic day. Enjoy a lovely, relaxed sightseeing morning through the Cotswolds’ idyllic rolling hills and discover its charming villages. Stop in Tetbury, a historic wool town and architectural gem, before continuing on to elegant Bath, famous for the Roman excavations and its stunning Georgian buildings. You will have time to discover the town on your own and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Later, consider an optional excursion to the picturesque, 13th-century village of Castle Combe. (B)
Day 5 – Isle of Wight - Southampton
Take a short ferry ride and discover the Isle of Wight, situated off England’s south coast, with unspoiled and spectacular scenery and a rich historical heritage. Osbourne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, invites you to visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach, and children’s play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the fabulous views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. Return by ferry to the mainland for overnight in Southampton. (B, D)
Day 6 – Salisbury - Stonehenge - London
Today, visit the splendid Salisbury Cathedral, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture and home to the best-preserved, original Magna Carta. Enjoy tea and pastries in the Refectory restaurant. Then, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric Stonehenge. First, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows? (B)
Day 7 – Paris, France
Travel by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class) to Paris. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay. (B)
Day 8 – Paris
Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ most famous highlights like Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. Also enjoy a relaxing Seine River Cruise with views of Notre Dame Cathedral. (B)
Day 9 – Paris
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)
Day 10 – Paris
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hilton London Metropole
This contemporary, centrally located 1,054-room hotel is just a few minutes' stroll away from the West End and Oxford Street, London's major shopping area. Hyde Park and Regent Park are nearby, as are art galleries, museums and theaters. Dine on international cuisine at Fiamma Restaurant, savor Asian Fusion favorites and views of London at Minako at the Met on the 23rd floor, or enjoy exciting sports events in the Sports Bar. Discover the latest additions to the hotel, the contemporary EDG Bar & Lounge and the Whisky Lounge, serving an impressive range of whiskies. The hotel also boasts a LivingWell Health Club, a 12.5-meter heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and the beauty salon.
Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon
Set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens alongside the banks of the River Avon, the hotel is ideal for both business or leisure guest.
Hilton Bath City
Settle in to a warm, inviting guest room at the Hilton Bath City hotel. Spoil yourself with the stunning views of the Pulteney Bridge and rolling hills.
Set on a hill, the DoubleTree Southampton is located over five floors and features modern decor throughout. Nestled among a woodland backdrop the situation provides wonderful views. All 135 welcoming guest rooms feature a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi access as well as other modern amenities. Enjoy contemporary cuisine served in elegant surroundings of the Bracken Place restaurant while you take in the garden view or unwind in comfortable sofas in the cozy bar. There is also a 24-hour fitness center available.
Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
This elegant 405-room hotel is located close the River Seine and Eiffel Tower. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A light and airy restaurant serves up a range of international cuisine which during the summer months can be enjoyed in the tranquil terrace and gardens. There is also a lounge bar for snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room.
Eurostar is the high-speed rail service directly linking the UK to France and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel. It started operating in 1994, providing convenient city center to city center services.
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