The Best of Southern England (GV) - 2015

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7 Day Tour from London to London


The Best of Southern England
Shakespeares Birthplace
Shakespeares Birthplace
Houses of Parliament
Westminster Abbey – the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs
See the Changing of the Guard performed by some of the most elite and skilled soldiers in the British Army
Statues outside Houses of Parliament
View the grand Buckingham Palace in London
Overlooking The Houses of Parliament along the north bank of the Thames River
World-famous Big Ben at night
The Salisbury Cathedral in England

Vacation Overview

See the places you’ve always read about on this exciting journey through southern England. Begin in London with guided sightseeing that features 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 ornamental 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, where you will enjoy tea and scones at The Anchor pub. See the amazing Roman excavations in Bath, contemplate mysterious Stonehenge, and discover splendid Salisbury Cathedral, with lunch included at the Refectory restaurant, before stepping aboard HMS Victory in Portsmouth, Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. Next, visit the Regency seaside resort of Brighton, then spectacular Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn, before returning to London for a final overnight and the completion of your vacation.

     

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Receive a $200 per person Vacation Credit on select 2015 Globus & Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Receive a $200 per person Vacation Credit on select 2015 Globus & Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

*Book a 2015 Globus or Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacation (excluding Italy) of six nights or more on United Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $200 per person Vacation Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel between January 1 and October 31, 2015; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Air must be purchased through Globus or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see our Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

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

HAMPTON COURT
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OXFORD
Visit the university city

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace; welcome dinner

BROADWAY
Visit the picturesque Cotswolds village

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

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

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

PORTSMOUTH
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BRIGHTON
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HEVER CASTLE
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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 Pomp-and-ceremony in London Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London 
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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 Thames River, 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 Thames River? (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."
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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 on 15 June 1215, 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 with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Shakespeares Birthplace See the lush landscapes of Oxford 
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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 
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DAY 5Bath–Stonehenge–Salisbury–Portsmouth–Arundel

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. In Portsmouth, visit HMS Victory, Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, before reaching your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Salisbury Cathedral in England 
Stonehenge

Stonehenge


"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"
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DAY 6Arundel–Brighton–Hever Castle–London

Start the day with a visit to the Regency seaside resort of Brighton before visiting spectacular HEVER CASTLE, childhood home of Anne Boleyn; a romantic double-moated, 13th-century castle set in four acres of magnificent formal gardens for all seasons, which include Italian, rose, and Tudor gardens as well as a yew maze. 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)

London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames 
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DAY 7London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full English breakfast; 1 lunch; 2 three-course dinners with wine and 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.

TRICIA WILLIAMSON

Years of Experience: 34 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!

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

View Offers

Receive a $200 per person Vacation Credit on select 2015 Globus & Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Receive a $200 per person Vacation Credit on select 2015 Globus & Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

*Book a 2015 Globus or Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacation (excluding Italy) of six nights or more on United Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $200 per person Vacation Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel between January 1 and October 31, 2015; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Air must be purchased through Globus or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see our Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.




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