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Best of Southern England

  • 2020 Best of Southern England – 8 Days/7 Nights
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Visit Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill.
  • Rise over 400 feet above London in a private capsule on the London Eye.
  • Visit Kensington Palace, the childhood home of Queen Victoria and home to many notable royals over the last 300 years.

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D) including a welcome and a farewell dinner.

Trip Highlights:

  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Kensington Palace
  • London Eye Private Capsule

Hotels:

  • Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge l London (2 night)
  • MGallery Francis Hotel | Bath (2 nights)
  • Malmaison Brighton | Brighton (1 night)
  • Chilston Park Hotel | Maidstone (1 night)
  • The Tower Hotel | London (1 night)

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Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, London

Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, London Description:

Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge is perfectly placed for visitors to enjoy a stay in London City. Located a short walk from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, plus a number of museums, galleries and shops, the central location makes it easy for guests to explore the wonderful sights and attractions in the city. Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge features 370 guest rooms, all fitted with modern amenities including free WiFi. The hotel also boasts the Tower Grill, an in-house restaurant serving European cuisine daily. There are two in-house bars for you to relax and unwind in. The Knights Bar serves afternoon tea and an array of wines throughout the day, and the traditional Tower Bar also offers light snacks and hot and cold beverages. Guests are also welcome to use the fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna or a range of treatments from Ajala Spa.

MGallery Francis Hotel, Bath

MGallery Francis Hotel, Bath Description:

The MGallery Francis Hotel rests in the heart of the historic city of Bath. This boutique and distinctive hotel occupies seven of the original 18th Century townhouses of the prestigious Queen Square. The hotel offers the enviable position of being within walking distance of Bath’s major attractions including the Roman Baths, Pump Room and Thermae Bath Spa. The convenient, central location allows guests to discover Bath’s fantastic shopping areas and historic landmarks. Bath Spa Rail Station is just one mile away too, while the Georgian buildings on The Circus are a short distance away. The hotel has 95 en-suite bedrooms providing style and comfort with four-poster beds and glorious views of the city. You can relax with Afternoon Tea in the Tea Room, or a short stroll through the hotel will lead you to celebrated chef Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc restaurant, with exquisite French dishes.

Malmaison Brighton, Brighton

Malmaison Brighton, Brighton Description:

Malmaison Brighton is located right on the Brighton marina, boasting 73 boutique bedrooms, the elegant Chez Mal Brasserie with sea-view conservatory, and the glittering Chez Mal Bar. All rooms of htis ocian-front hotel feature modern décor, stylish furnishings with a wash of natural light and include free wifi, 24 hour room service and same-day laundry service.

Chilston Park Hotel, Maidstone

Chilston Park Hotel, Maidstone Description:

Set back from tree-lined lanes, the manor house at Chilston Park Hotel in Lenham, Kent sits in 22 acres of parkland, featuring a two AA Rosette restaurant. The GradeI listed hotel offers a wide variety of unique feature bedrooms, from mews Classic double rooms to the Manor House master suite. You are more than a number when you stay at Chilston Park – each of the 53 bedrooms is known by a name, not a digit, and has its own unique history and feel. There are romantic four posters, large family bedrooms, a range of superior bedrooms and many feature stunning views across the gardens and lake. The period charm of this traditional Kentish country housel sets the tone for an authentic and memorable dining experience in the heart of the county. For formal yet relaxed evening dining, Culpeper’s award-winning restaurant near Maidstone offers a menu of seasonal modern British dishes. The elegant Marble Lounge offers an idyllic setting for traditional Afternoon Tea, with plenty of contemporary touches, and in the summer enjoy a light bite out on the terraces.

The Tower Hotel, London

The Tower Hotel, London Description:

As a 4 star hotel near Tower Bridge, The Tower Hotel London combines comfort and convenience with unparalleled views and the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep. Each of The Tower Hotel rooms comes equipped with fast, free Wi-Fi, complimentary toiletries and an elegant ensuite bathroom. With 801 rooms to choose from, including accessible options and sumptuous suites, a range of bars and restaurants and fantastic service, The Tower Hotel delivers the ideal hotel experience.

Itinerary

2020 Best of Southern England – 8 Days/7 Nights/12 Meals

Day 1: Independent Sightseeing in London & Welcome Dinner
Begin your tour with a day of independent touring in London using your voucher for the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Choose your route to see famous London landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, and more. Meet your group in the evening for a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.
(D)

Day 2: Kensington Palace & London Eye
Visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. Head to the National Gallery to savor a classic afternoon tea. Proceed on to the London Eye, Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, for a birds-eye view of the city from a private capsule. The evening is free to explore London and dine as you wish.
(B)

Day 3: Bristol & Bath
Journey to Bristol, where your tour director will take you on a walking tour to explore its thousand-year history. Travel on to the city of Bath, famous for its natural geothermal hot springs. Enjoy a walking tour with your tour director, then visit the Roman Baths. Dine with your group in your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 4: Chavenage House & Blenheim Palace
Journey through the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds to visit Chavenage House, where you will enjoy a welcome drink. View this Elizabethan manor house, built in 1576 and frequently used as a location for film and television, such as the current “Poldark” series. Next, visit Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage site and birthplace of William Churchill. Enjoy a free evening in Bath.
(B)

Day 5: Stonehenge & Mary Rose Museum
Travel to Stonehenge to view one of England’s most famous landmarks. Believed to have been created between 3000 BC to 2000 BC, the massive stone monoliths of this UNESCO World Heritage site each stand 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weigh approximately 25 tons. Journey on to Portsmouth to visit the Mary Rose Museum. Discover the history of this ship that was lost at sea in 1545 and recovered in 1982. Dine in your hotel in Brighton this evening.
(B, D)

Day 6: White Cliffs & Castle Garden
Travel to Birling Gap, part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. Head to the charming historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells for independent exploration and lunch. The afternoon will be spent at either Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the country home and garden of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson, or at Scotney Castle, a 14th-century moated castle. Travel on to your hotel in Maidstone for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 7: Leeds Castle & Canterbury Cathedral
Visit Leeds Castle in Kent, a 900-year-old castle built on an island in a lake, then on to Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by free time for lunch. Then go to Shepherd Neame Brewery for a tour and beer tasting. Return to London for dinner with your group.
(B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends in London
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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Friday May 8, 2020 from Friday May 15, 2020 to 8 Days $2349 Guaranteed Book Now
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