The Best of Southern England (GV) - 2014 / 2015

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7 Day Tour from London to London

The Best of Southern England
Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London
Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London
Visit the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge
See the lush landscapes of Oxford
Visit Stonehenge and see one of Englands engineering marvels
Tower of London on a sunny day
Shakespeares Birthplace
Buckingham Palace in London
Changing of the Guard
Houses of Parliament

Vacation Overview

See the places you’ve always read about on this exciting journey through southern England. Begin in London with guided sightseeing that showcases the city’s most famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and includes visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Changing of the Guard, if held. Stop to admire the breathtaking gardens at Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, then drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta, and explore the university city of Oxford. Spend the night in Stratford-upon-Avon, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Continue west through the scenic Cotswolds, stopping at the Elizabethan village of Broadway and at 12th-century Tintern Abbey in southeastern Wales. See the amazing Roman excavations in Bath, contemplate mysterious Stonehenge, and discover splendid Salisbury Cathedral on your way to the seaside resort of Brighton. Visit the beautiful Georgian spa town of Tunbridge Wells and moated Leeds Castle before returning to London for a final overnight and the completion of your vacation.

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Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held

A special walking tour through the palace’s ornamental gardens

Visit the university city

Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace; welcome dinner

Visit the picturesque Cotswolds village

Take pictures of the abbey ruins; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy tea and scones at The Anchor pub

Visit the Roman relics

Visit the prehistoric monument

Visit the cathedral city; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy lunch in the Refectory restaurant


Visit the mighty, moated castle and gardens

DAY 1Arrive in London, England

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Ride the iconic double decker bus in London The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames 

DAY 2London

After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, maybe an optional dinner followed by a cruise on the River Thames? (Breakfast)

Overlooking The Houses of Parliament along the north bank of the Thames River Westminster Abbey – the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs 
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

"Changing the Guard dates to Henry VII (reigned 1485-1509) and was designed to show military discipline as well as ceremony. The tall bearskin hats were introduced in the 18th century to make the soldiers look taller and thus more frightening, and they were adopted for ceremonial use in 1832. The ceremony we know today started in the late 1800s and involves real soldiers who fulfill all military duties, guarding the Queen being just part of their service."
Tower of London

Tower of London

"Since its founding in the 11th century, the Tower of London has served many roles: impregnable fortress, royal residence, armory, treasury, home of the famed Crown Jewels, and a prison for those who offended the monarchy. To this day it is guarded by the “Beefeaters,” a name that likely originates from when Tower guards were paid part of their salary with chunks of beef, a practice that continued until the 1800s."
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

"Big Ben may be the most famous feature of the Houses of Parliament, but equally impressive is the hammerbeam ceiling of Westminster Hall. The Hall dates back to 1097 and, at that time, the roof was supported by pillars. During the reign of King Richard II (14th century), however, it was replaced by the hammerbeam roof seen today. This roof – its beauty and sustainability – is even more impressive when you know its history. It was built with beams made from trees that were ancient at the time, reputedly acorns, dating back to the 6th century (or earlier). If only these walls (beams, rather) could talk!"
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

"Amid the splendor of modern cities it’s hard to imagine what places looked like before they became what we know today. In a previous incarnation, the ground where Buckingham Palace now stands was a mulberry garden cultivated by King James I as food for silkworms. The silk industry he hoped to nurture never materialized, and eventually a roadhouse was built there, followed in due course by the Blake House, Goring House and Arlington House.Originally known as the Buckingham House, built as a townhouse by the Duke of Buckingham in 1709, the estate was acquired by King George III in 1762."

DAY 3London–Hampton Court–Oxford–Stratford-Upon-Avon

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. First, a special visit to admire the ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. Your Tour Director will take you on a walk through the breathtaking grounds. Then, drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta, and take a stroll in Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon in good time to take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

See the lush landscapes of Oxford Shakespeares Birthplace 

DAY 4Stratford-Upon-Avon–Broadway–Bath

A particularly scenic day. Enjoy vistas of the Cotswold Hills as you travel to the Elizabethan village of Broadway. On to Wales for a drive through the beautiful Wye Valley to the romantic ruins of 12th-century Tintern Abbey. Stop here for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TEA and SCONES at The Anchor pub. Cross the 3,240-foot Severn Road Bridge, and in elegant Georgian Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS, with time to explore further on your own. This evening, consider an optional excursion to the picture-book 13th-century village of Castle Combe. (Breakfast)

The Roman Baths once served as a complex for public bathing 

DAY 5Bath–Stonehenge–Salisbury–Brighton

Today, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE; first, explore the stunning new visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. In Salisbury, visit the splendid CATHEDRAL, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta, and enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a light LUNCH in the Refectory restaurant. Your overnight is in the Regency seaside resort of Brighton. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Salisbury Cathedral in England 


"Built in several stages starting around 3,000 BC, Stonehenge remains one of humankind’s biggest mysteries. While science is still trying to determine the purpose behind this famous prehistoric monument, it is generally assumed to be some sort of astronomical observatory that reflects the changing trajectory of the sun through the sky and the seasons"

DAY 6Brighton–Tunbridge Wells–London

Start the day with a visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells, a beautiful Georgian spa town, on your way to magnificent moated LEEDS CASTLE, which Lord Conway called “the loveliest castle in the world.” Take a leisurely stroll in the landscaped gardens, and admire the lavish state apartments where international summit meetings have been hosted. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the end of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows? (Breakfast)

Pomp-and-ceremony in London See the wonderful Leeds Castle 

DAY 7London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)



Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Full English breakfast; 1 lunch; 2 three-course dinners with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Stratford

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Years of Experience: 35 years

What I love most is the magnificent scenery of the British Isles, the pleasure of being able to show travelers evidence of our long and varied history, and the opportunity to meet so many interesting people; both the travelers themselves and the people we encounter at the many stops along the way!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the The Best of Southern England:

  • City of Bath
  • Stonehenge
  • Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church