Delve into the historic and engaging 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 Hotel, located in posh Kensington.

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 London and the River Thames. Credit: Julian Lovel, London and Partners  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 $4,290

Delve into the historic and engaging 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 Hotel, located in posh Kensington.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

We were excited about the trip going in and it more than lived up to our expectations. We would travel with the Smithsonian again because of the quality of this tour.

- Diane F.

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Overview

Delve into the historic and engaging city of London during our one-week cultural 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 Raddison Blue Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, located in posh Kensington.

Highlights Include

  • History and the Arts: Take special tours that showcase 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 the 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.

We were excited about the trip going in and it more than lived up to our expectations. We would travel with the Smithsonian again because of the quality of this tour.

- Diane F.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S. and Arrive London

Depart the U.S. on your transatlantic flight to London.

After arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport, transfer to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, located within walking distance of many of London’s famous highlights.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you will receive a Welcome Package with information about London as well as a map of the city. You will also receive a London Transport Oyster pass, good for travel on London’s Underground, its iconic double-decker buses and so much more. You'll learn how to use local transportation by traveling as a group to London sites. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available throughout the program for suggestions regarding theater, restaurants, and independent activities.

This afternoon, gather for a walking tour of the neighborhood around your hotel.  This evening join fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — London

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 lunch at leisure, then continue to the Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, for a tour of the historic halls and chambers. Engage in an English tradition with a stop for afternoon tea. The balance of the day is free to explore the city independently. Later, get together in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner at a local pub for an informal discussion about your London experiences. (B)

Day 4 — Cotswolds / Oxford

Take a full-day excursion into Oxfordshire. In the Cotswolds, step into a storybook scene as you make your way through verdant hills and visit the charming village of Minster Lovell.

Continue to the village of Burford for a walk along the High Street, lined with pubs and shops built with the Cotswolds’ famous honey-colored stone. We’ll make a stop for lunch at a cozy pub then head to Oxford and  Oxford University. Visit one of the storied colleges to admire the architecture and manicured lawns. Return to London and the hotel late in the day. (B,L)

Day 5 — London

Cross the Thames River for Bankside, located on the southern side of the river, for a behind-the-scenes guided visit of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. After lunch at a local pub, walk back across the Thames via Millennium Bridge with  “The City” your destination. Enjoy a guided walking tour to the oldest part of London, 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, where you'll see the Whispering Gallery and the famed Dome.

The balance of the day is free of planned activities so that you can explore on your own. In the early evening gather for a talk by a local expert on Literary London. Dinner will be served in the hotel following the presentation. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Richmond / Hampton Court

This morning, travel to the London Borough of Richmond for 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 highlights of this remarkable Tudor landmark. Lunch will be served on board the paddle boat.

Return to London late in the day. Enjoy dinner this evening at a popular London restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — London

Today enjoy a fascinating architectural tour that includes the Inns of Court, London’s legal center, that brims with tradition. Learn about centuries of history, as well as some legends that took place within these walls. Admire the eclectic architecture as you walk amid leafy courtyards in the heart of London’s legal community. Some of the city’s finest gardens can also be found here. Enjoy lunch on your own.

Continue on to the British Museum for an escorted tour of the museum’s extensive collections of artifacts from the world’s great civilizations, including Assyrian and Greek sculptureEgyptian wall paintings, ancient mummies, and the iconic Book of the Dead. This evening, gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for an informal discussion about the day’s discoveries. (B)

Day 8 — London

Spend the morning exploring the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the great museums of the world and a London landmark. The museum is renowned for the breadth and depth of its collections, including paintings, silver, jewelry, decorative arts, large halls of statuary, and more, plus many special exhibitions. Just a few of the highlights are the Great Bed of Ware, built in 1590; the Raphael Cartoons, commissioned in 1515; and the famous 16th-century Ardabil carpet.

The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. This evening, gather for a  farewell reception followed by dinner at a popular London restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

After breakfast transfer to London’s Heathrow Airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

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