Departure to London
The group meets at OR Tambo international airport from various destinations in South Africa. Your Travel Director will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. You board an overnight flight to London.
Day 1 – Arrival and orientation
You arrive in London in the morning and the shuttle takes the group to the hotel for check in and to refresh and rest after the long journey. Those who feel strong can stroll in the neighbourhood at leisure. The Tour Director will suggest nearby restaurants for the travellers to grab lunch.
The group meets for early welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Here your Travel Director will review the daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions that may arise.
Day 2 – Essential London
You leave the hotel after an early breakfast to begin your full-day tour of London’s top highlights. Here you meet the local guide and board an air-conditioned coach to take you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church with royal connections.
You will then proceed to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen, and possibly observe the Changing of the Guard. The next stop will be the Tower of London where your guaranteed entry will make you skip the ticket lines and appreciate the glittering Crown Jewells.
You then board a boat for a Thames River cruise, where you will admire London’s unique skyline and see other major landmarks such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, Tate Modern and Tower Bridge.
You will end the tour with a ride on the London Eye, where you will get to see London’s beautiful skyline.
In the evening you will enjoy a delicious meal at London restaurant.
Day 3 – Half day iconic London
This day you start at the world-famous Piccadilly Circus, where you will get to visit some England’s most important landmarks, buildings and monuments with a knowledgeable local guide. First up will be a private club where Winston Churchill spent his evenings. You will then get to immerse ourselves on royal history as you pass St James’s Palace, the former residence of Prince William and Prince Harry and their mother Princess Diana,
You will again move towards Buckingham Place to marvel, hopefully for the second time, at the spectacular Changing of the Guard. You will then explore the stunning Royal Parks. This will be followed by the world famous Big Ben and get an opportunity to pose for a picture with Winston Churchill himself. Up next you will get to admire the Houses of Parliament, followed by the Ministry of Defence, Household Cavalry and Downing Street, the residence of the Prime Minster. The final stop will be the iconic Trafalgar Square where you will hear the heroic and hilarious story of Admiral Nelson. There will be lots of opportunities to take photos for your social media accounts.
Your tour will end at a traditional English pub with a full English lunch.
After lunch you will have the afternoon to yourself to enjoy the lively city streets of London. Your Travel Director will be very happy to give you suggestions on how to make the most of your afternoon at leisure.
In the evening you will see a West End theatre show, a must do when in London! After the show, you are free to grab dinner in one of the West end restaurants or go back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Day 4 – Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
This day you board a coach in central London to visit three of England’s most popular attractions. First you stop at Windsor to explore the lavish State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle, an official residence of the Queen.
The next stop is Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old stone circle whose purpose has escaped historians for centuries. You will get the opportunity to walk around the stones and enrich your knowledge of the enigma in the visitor centre.
The final stop for the day is Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Georgian city famed for its Roman Baths. You will take a panoramic tour that covers Bath Abbey and the Pulteney Bridge, inspired by Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
After this you will board your coach to return to London.
Day 5– The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
This is an opportunity to explore the city of London on your own, at your own pace. You will redeem your24-hyourticket, and board a sightseeing bus at one of the multiple convenient stops around London.
You can chose to remain on each bus route for the entire loop, or get off whenever an attraction captures your attention. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to make the most of this full day at leisure, by highlighting some of the most interesting stops along the route, including the London Eye, Big Ben, Madame Tussauds London, Kensington Palace, and Piccadilly Circus.
The tour provides Live or pre-recorded commentary bringing London’s history to life. Also included in the ticket is a River Thames cruise and walking tours that will reveal a different side to the capital.
Day 6 – Shopping and London by night
You cannot visit London and not shop. This day will provide an opportunity to shop until you drop. You’ll shop, learn and have fun! You will start the morning at Fortnum and Mason, where you’ll learn about teas and the store’s heritage. This will be followed by a walk around the many of the city’s arcades admiring the beautiful shops, including Saville row where the suit makers set home. You will then visit shops with the royal warrant, Liberty the greatest iconic store in London. You will then proceed to Carnaby Street, with great shops to suit everyone. After this, you will head towards the back streets of Bond Street and Oxford Street only known to locals. Your tour ends at Marylebone, an area known for the many restaurants, cafes and quaint boutiques and where many locals live. Here you will have an opportunity to pick a restaurant of your choice to have lunch.
The afternoon is your opportunity to go back to some of the shops you fancied to shop some more or go back to the hotel to rest. You then meet up in evening to hop on an open-top tour bus to explore London by night to experience how the city comes to life under the light of the streetlamps. You will get to see the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings, and the spinning and colourful London Eye. This tour will give you an excellent opportunity to snap many stunning photos of the iconic and glorious London attractions glistening radiantly against the dark London sky.After this evening tour, you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant to toast to your unforgettable week in London.
Day 7 – Departure
You have free morning at your disposal before your departure. In the afternoon, a shuttle will take you to London Airport to catch your flight back home.