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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 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. 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  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  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


A One-Week Stay in England

9 days from $4,290

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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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 and dynamic city of London during our updated one-week stay program. You’ll 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 Government: Trace the course of British government during a walking tour of the Royal Borough of Westminster, where you’ll explore Westminster Abbey, a World Heritage site, and the Houses of Parliament, concluding with tea in the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames. Another walking tour features the Inns of Court, London’s traditional legal center. And farther up the river, learn about the life of Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty as you walk through the Great Hall and other important spaces of Hampton Court Palace.
  • The Arts: Enjoy special tours that highlight the arts of Britain and far beyond. A tour of the British Museum features impressive collections, such as Viking and Anglo- Saxon treasures, the Elgin Marbles and other important Greek artifacts, Egyptian wall paintings and mummies, and the iconic Rosetta Stone. At St. Paul’s Cathedral, admire the stunning architecture of Sir Christopher Wren and enjoy a walking tour of its surroundings. Your visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum showcases varied collections, from the Raphael Cartoons to historical timelines of fashion, silver, furniture, and more. Plus, during an excursion to Bankside you’ll glean insight into Shakespeare and the performing arts of Elizabethan England through the exhibits at Shakespeare’s Globe. 
  • 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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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. (To live like a Londoner 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. (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 Rosetta Stone. 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 Theater. 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)