City Highlights & Countryside Excursions
London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is one of the world’s most visited cities and has something for everyone. At its center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the River Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex and the entire city. See all the highlights of London and have time to explore on your own while staying at a centrally located hotel with easy access to public transportation.
On your free day, take the option to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals at London Stadium in England! London Stadium, a multipurpose venue that was initially constructed for the 2012 Summer Olympics, will be transformed into a 60,000-seat ballpark for this monumental event.
A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.
This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.
Sat, June 17: Fly overnight from Indianapolis to London, England.
Sun, June 18: Arrive in London, England and join your local guide to get oriented with the city. This afternoon, settle in to your hotel that will be home for the next eight nights. A Welcome Dinnerwill be served this evening. (Meal: Dinner)
Mon, June 19: Experience the Changing of the Guard, a striking display of British pageantry, when the King’s Guard hands over responsibility to protect Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace to the New Guard. Visit Westminster Abbey, which has played an integral part in the history of London and the United Kingdom for nearly 1000 years. The Abbey has provided the glorious setting for every coronation since 1066, and has hosted other significant occasions such as royal weddings and the funeral of Princess Diana. After lunch, take a ride on the London Eye and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. (B,L)
Tue, June 20: Spend the day exploring Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds Region. The birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a true masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site with over 2000 acres of parks and gardens. This afternoon, enjoy a traditional tea with sandwiches, scones, jam and cream before returning to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B,L)
Wed, June 21: A trip to London would not be complete without avisit to Oxford. This morning, travel to the university town and visit Christ Church College. Enjoy lunch in a local pub before continuing on to Cogges Manor Farm. Beautifully preserved, the farm buildings and parts of the manor house date back to the Thirteenth Century. Both the Manor House and grounds were used in filming Downton Abbey. Lastly, before returning to the city, visit nearby Bampton Village, another filming location for Downton Abbey. (B,L)
Thu, June 22:London has plenty more to see as you visit theBank of England, Fleet Street, and St Paul’s Cathedral. The Cathedral is one of London’s most prominent landmarks. See theTower Bridge, and visit theTower of London, home to the priceless Crown Jewels. This evening, adinner cruise on the River Thames will be included. Take in the spectacular views of the city while enjoying live music and incredible food. (B,D)
Fri, June 23: A full day excursion will take you to Stonehenge and the nearby town of Bath, each very unique in their own way! Mysterious and magical, Stonehenge is one of Europe’s most famous monuments. Historians believe that it dates back to 3000BC. Following lunch in Bath, visit the ancient Roman Baths. Located on the site of a natural spring, the initial building was finished in the 1st Century, but you can still see the open-air Great Bath and smaller bathing chambers today. (B,L)
Sat, June 24: Visit Windsor Castle, the late Queen Elizabeth’s favorite weekend residence. Have a peek at the lavish State Apartments and see the impressive artwork hanging on the walls; there are priceless pieces by celebrated painters Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci! You will also see the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a beautiful model royal home that features electricity, running water, and working lifts. During the tour you will also visit St George’s Chapel — the resting place for many past monarchs, including Henry VIII and his favorite wife Jane Seymour, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, as well as the site of the more recent marriage of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. See the memorials and spend some quiet time wandering around this traditional chapel. This evening, join your local guide for a traditional pub crawl! (B,D)
Sun, June 25: Today is a day at leisure to take in any remaining sites, or enjoy the many shopping opportunities. Rejoin the group for a Farewell Dinner and share all of the wonderful memories from this beautiful and fascinating part of England.
If you have not yet heard, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are in town! Choose to spend your free day watching the game at London Stadium*, a multi-purpose outdoor stadium that will be transformed into a 60,000-seat ballpark. Located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the stadium was constructed for the 2012 Summer Olympics. After the game, return to the hotel. (B,D)
Mon, June 26: After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Indianapolis. (B)
*Game tickets and transfers are not included in the tour package price. Ambassadair is looking into group tickets for the game. Pricing and information for this option will be released at a later date.
Millennium Gloucester Hotel. Located in fashionable Kensington, this luxurious hotel is close to many museums and shops. Modern in design, with all of the comforts and amenities that make this the perfect home base. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • fitness center.
* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge