English author Samuel Johnson once said “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Experience the history, culture, and traditions of this compelling city during our one-week stay filled with special excursions, plus time to follow your own path.

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 Flags along Oxford Street in London  Houses of Parliament overlooking the Thames River  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London. Credit: London On View  St. Paul's Cathedral. Credit: Pawel Libera / London and Partners  The iconic British Museum. Credit: Pawel Libera / London and Partners  The courtyard of the British Museum. Credit: London On View  London's Tower Bridge  London's historic Westminster Abbey. Credit: London On View  London's Houses of Parliament and Big Ben Tower. Credit: London On View  Pub located in Bankside, London. Credit: Mickey Lee Photography / London Tourism  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  All Souls College, Oxford  The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford  Skyline of the medieval town of Oxford  A typical village in the Cotswolds  Lobby of the historic Radisson Blu Vanderbilt Hotel, Kensington, London

London

A One-Week Stay in England

9 days from $3,990

English author Samuel Johnson once said “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Experience the history, culture, and traditions of this compelling city during our one-week stay filled with special excursions, plus 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 one-week stay. You’ll feel like a Londoner in no time as you explore the city in depth and get around by the Tube and London bus system. Enjoy your stay at the elegant Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, located in posh Kensington.

Highlights Include

  • History and the Arts: Enjoy special tours that highlight the art and architecture and history of England and its capital, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, 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: Savor an afternoon tea with fellow travelers and pub fare for lunches on your own.

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2017 Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive 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. You will also receive a transportation card for London's "Tube" and the iconic double-decker buses. You'll learn how to use local transportation by traveling as a group to London sites and of course, your travel director will be available throughout the program for suggestions regarding theater, restaurants, and independent activities.

This afternoon, take a short guided walk of the neighborhood. Tonight, join fellow travelers for a Smithsonian Journeys welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,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 highlights tour of the Museum’s collections from the world’s great civilizations, including Assyrian and Greek sculpture, Egyptian wall paintings and ancient mummies, and the iconic Book of the Dead. This evening, join fellow Smithsonian Journeys 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 in the best English tradition, enjoy High Tea. Later this afternoon there will be an informative talk on contemporary England with a specific focus on London and England’s relationship with the EU. Get together this afternoon in the Smithsonian Journeys traveler’s corner to exchange experiences and conversation. (B, High Tea)

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. After lunch at a local pub, walk across 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 with a guided visit inside the famed St. Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, featuring 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 — Richmond and Hampton Court Palace

Attend an informative talk by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Later, travel to the London Borough of Richmond where Elizabeth I spent time with her grandfather Henry VII. Take a guided walking tour of this charming historic town that straddles the River Thames. Then get a feel for modes of travel during medieval times as you take a boat ride from Richmond to Hampton Court Palace; enjoy a boxed lunch as you watch the landscape. Upon arrival at King Henry VIII’s famed Hampton Court Palace, see the historic highlights of this remarkable Tudor landmark. Return to London in the late afternoon and gather 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 an enormous variety of exhibitions 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)

2018 Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive 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. You will also receive a transportation card for London's "Tube" and the iconic double-decker buses. You'll learn how to use local transportation by traveling as a group to London sites and of course, your travel director will be available throughout the program for suggestions regarding theater, restaurants, and independent activities.

This afternoon, take a short guided walk of the neighborhood. Tonight, join fellow travelers for a Smithsonian Journeys welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — London

Today, explore the Royal Borough of Westminster on a fascinating walking tour. Visit iconic Westminster Abbey a World Heritage Site where the kings and queens of England are crowned. Take a break for a light lunch, then continue to the Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament for a tour of the historic halls and chambers with an expert guide. See New Dawn, a stunning, modern light sculpture dedicated to the memory of those who struggled for women’s voting rights in Britain. Engage in an English tradition with a stop for Afternoon Tea. The balance of the day is free, so let your interests be your guide and explore on your own. Later, get together in the Smithsonian Travelers Corner at a local pub for an informal discussion with the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. (B)

Day 4 — The Cotswolds and Oxford

The day starts with a drive out of London to the alluring Cotswolds. See quintessential storybook villages with thatched cottages, rolling countryside, and fieldstone walls. Enjoy a pub lunch with fellow travelers, then continue to the university town of Oxford for a walking tour that showcases Oxford University with its neatly tended lawns and stunning architecture, thought to be some of the finest in England. (B,L)

Day 5 — 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. 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 of planned activities so that you can explore on your own.Prior to dinner at the hotel, a local speaker will give a talk that centers on how England’s literary greats were inspired by the city of London. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Richmond and Hampton Court

This morning, 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 paddle boat on the Thames to King Henry VIII’s famed Hampton Court Palace to see the historic highlights of this remarkable Tudor landmark. Lunch will be served on board. Dinner will be served at a popular London restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — London

After breakfast, attend an engaging 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 legal center that brims with tradition. Next, travel to the British Museum for an escorted tour of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive collection of artifacts from the world’s great civilizations including Assyrian and Greek sculpture, Egyptian wall paintings, ancient mummies, and the iconic Book of the Dead. Gather in Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for an informal discussion about the day’s discoveries. (B)​

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 an 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; the famous 16th-century Ardabil carpet and so much more. The afternoon is at leisure to follow your own path and explore on your own. This evening, gather for a Smithsonian Journeys reception followed by a 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)