English author Samuel Johnson has been quoted as saying “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Experience the history, culture, and tradition of this compelling city while allowing you time to follow your own path.

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 London's Houses of Parliament and Big Ben Tower. Credit: London On View  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London. Credit: London On View  St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Credit: London On View  Entrance to the magnificent British Museum, London. Credit: London On View  The courtyard of the British Museum. Credit: London On View  London's esteemed Victoria and Albert Museum  London's Tower Bridge  London's historic Westminster Abbey. Credit: London On View  The lovely Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London. Credit: London On View  Typical pub on Great Russell Street, London. Credit: London On View  Traditional high tea  Historic Hampton Court, outside London  Entrance to Henry VIII's palace at Hampton Court  Tudor ceiling of Henry VIII's Great Hall, Hampton Court  Houses of Parliament overlooking the Thames River  All Souls College, Oxford  The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford  Skyline of the medieval town of Oxford  A typical village in the Cotswolds

London

A One-Week Stay in England

9 days from $4,290

English author Samuel Johnson has been quoted as saying “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Experience the history, culture, and tradition of this compelling city while allowing you time to follow your own path.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

Delve into the historic yet dynamic city of London during our updated one-week stay. Feel like a Londoner in no time as you explore the city in depth and relax at your hotel, the elegant Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, located in posh Kensington.

Highlights Include

  • History and the Arts: Enjoy special tours that highlight the arts and architecture of London and the global reach of England, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Plus take a walking tour of “The City,” London’s oldest, most historic neighborhood.
  • Government: Trace the course of British government during visits to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace and the Houses of Parliament, plus a walking tour of the Inns of Court.
  • Oxford and the Cotswolds: Journey through the rolling countryside and quintessential villages of the Cotswolds, and visit the iconic university town of Oxford, including a look at one of its storied colleges.
  • British Traditions: Enjoy an afternoon tea with fellow travelers and savor pub fare for lunches on your own. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart on an evening transatlantic flight for London, England.

Day 2 — London

After your arrival, clear brief formalities and transfer to the beautifully situated Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, located within walking distance of many of London’s famous highlights. Once at the hotel, each guest will receive an informative welcome kit containing general information about London as well as a map of the city. Your travel director will be available throughout the program for suggestions regarding theater, restaurants and independent activities. This afternoon, take a short guided walk with the local staff of the hotel’s neighborhood. This evening, join fellow travelers for a Smithsonian Journey’s welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 — London

A full English breakfast will be served each morning during your London stay. Begin the day with an introductory presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. An expert guide will take you to see a fascinating mix of London architecture including the Inns of Court, London’s traditional legal center. Next, travel to the British Museum for a guided tour of the highlights of the Museum’s collection of artifacts from the world’s great civilizations including Assyrian and Greek sculpture, Egyptian wall paintings, ancient mummies, and the iconic Rosetta Stone. This evening, join fellow Smithsonian Journey’s travelers for dinner at a popular London restaurant. (B, D)

Day 4 — London

Today explore the Royal Borough of Westminster on a fascinating walking tour. Visit iconic Westminster Abbey a World Heritage site and the lovely Georgian homes that line the streets of Westminster. Visit the Houses of Parliament with an expert guide and then enjoy High Tea in the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames. Later this afternoon there will be an informative talk on contemporary England with specific focus on London. Get together this afternoon in the Smithsonian Journeys traveler’s corner to exchange experiences and lively conversation. (B)

Day 5 — The Cotswolds and Oxford

The day starts with an engaging presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Later, depart London for a motor coach drive to the Cotswolds to see quintessential storybook villages with thatched cottages, rolling countryside and fieldstone walls. Enjoy lunch with fellow travelers then continue to the university town of Oxford for a walking tour that will showcase Oxford University with its stunning architecture, thought to be some of the finest in Great Britain. (B,L)

Day 6 — London

On this morning’s excursion, explore Bankside, located on the southern bank of the Thames for a behind the scenes guided visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. After lunch at a local pub, cross the Thames via Millennium Bridge to the north shore and “The City”. This is the oldest part of London and a perfect place to explore hidden alleyways and fascinating “nooks and crannies.” Continue for a guided visit inside the famed St. Paul’s Cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren to see the Whispering Gallery or the famed Dome. The balance of the day is free prior to dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — London and Richmond

Start the day with an informative talk by the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Later, travel to the London Borough of Richmond where Elizabeth I spent time with her grandfather Henry VII. There’s a guided walking tour of this charming historic town that straddles the River Thames. Continue by boat on the Thames to King Henry VIII’s famed Hampton Court Palace to see the historic highlights of this remarkable Tudor landmark. Enjoy boxed lunch on board. In early evening get together in the Smithsonian traveler’s corner for lively conversation.  (B,L)

Day 8 — London

Begin the day by exploring the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the great museums of the world and a London landmark. The museum showcases enormous variety of exhibits and covers seven miles of fascinating displays. See The Great Bed of Ware, built in 1590, the Raphael Cartoons, commissioned in 1515 and the famous 16th century Iranian Ardabil carpet and so much more. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. This evening gather for a Smithsonian Journeys farewell dinner at a popular London restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

Transfer to London’s Heathrow Airport for your transatlantic flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)