Itinerary Name: England Quickie
No. of Days: 7nights/8days
Places Covered: London (4nights) – Windsor castle – Stratford-upon-Avon (2nights) – Oxford (1night) – Woodstock – Hampton Court Palace
Day 1: Arrival in London: Arrive in London early morning. Transfer to you hotel. After some rest and enjoying an old-fashioned English breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of London, one of Europe’s best metropolises.
Take the Tube, London’s metro subway train, to reach Westminster Abbey, a large and most notable religious building in whole of United Kingdom. This has been the traditional place of coronation and burial site for the English, and later British monarchs. Check out the fan-vaulted Henry VII’s Chapel, the shrine to Edward the Confessor, and Poets’ Corner, where many literary laureates are buried.
Close to Westminter Abbey is the Houses of Parliament and the famous London landmark Big Ben. You can reach these taking a stroll. Looks at these and continue walking north along Whitehall. You will pass by 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the prime minister. Reach Trafalgar Square, the hub of London and its most famous square.
Very near to Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery, where you can see some of the works of the famous painters of England. You can have lunch at the nearby Covent Garden.
Later, reach Charing Cross Station and walk along the Mall. You can reach Buckingham Palace, the residence of the present Queen. If it’s late summer, you might even be able to visit the palace when the queen is away. Make it a point to visit the Tower of London. There are actually about 20 towers which bring British history to life. The Crown Jewels, the Bloody Tower, and the Traitor’s Gate are all on the premises.
Have dinner at one of the many restaurants and return to the hotel for a good overnight sleep.
Day 2: London: Start the sightseeing tour of London from a tour to the British Museum. This is considered as of the best in the world. It has a great collection, amassed during the time when Britain used to be a colonial power.
After the Museum, move to the City or Square Mile, the financial district of London. This is the home of major financial institutions of the world. Apart from banking and insurance companies, one can see offices of those dealing in foreign currency and bonds. One can see the offices of Bank of England, London Stock Exchnage and London Bullion Market. Have lunch at one of the several restaurants here.
Head to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the masterpiece of architect Sir Christopher Wren. From the top of the cathedral once can have a great panoramic view of London. Visit Tate Modern, an art gallery situated at the south side of the Thames. Later, go for a ride on London Eye, the world’s largest observation wheel and most popular ride in London. On a clear day it is said to provide a panoramic sweep of at least 40km.
Day 3: London – Windsor – London: Start the day by visiting Windsor, where lies the Windsor Castle. Spread over an area of 13 acres, the Castle serves as the weekend royal residence of the Queen. Try to reach before 11am so that you can see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Look at some of the attractions in the city. These include St. George’s Chapel, where some British monarchs are entombed; and the Jubilee Gardens, which is spread over two acres.
Return to London and visit Serpentine, a recreational lake in Hayde Park area. Built in 1730, the Lake is a major attraction for tourists. Later, head for Mayfair, an area in Western London, and look at the famous Grosvenor Square.
London is one of the best places to do shopping, and also window-shopping. Oxford Street and Bond Street are some of the places for these. You can walk into Piccadilly Circus, the hub of London.
Have a lovely dinner and enjoy an overnight sleep in your hotel room.
Days 4: Stratford-upon-Avon: Transfer to Stratford-upon-Avon, a town just two hours train ride from London. Check into a hotel on arrival in Stratford-upon-Avon. This was the town of the famous English literary laureate Shakespeare. Stop at at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and purchase a global ticket to have a look at Shakespeare properties.
Have lunch in Stratford, and then visit at least three of the Shakespeare-related properties in the afternoon. These are Shakespeare’s Birthplace; Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried; and Hall’s Croft, where his daughter, Susanna, lived.
Have dinner at one of the restaurant and have a comfortable overnight sleep at your hotel room.
Day 5: Stratford-upon-Avon: Start the morning resuming exploring the properties related to the great Shakespeare. Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Mary Arden’s House (Glebe Farm)/Palmer’s Farm.
After lunch head to Warwick Castle, England’s greatest medieval castle, lying only 13km northeast of Stratford. After a tour of the Castle, return to Stratford and go for a show at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or some other theatre. Have dinner and retire to your hotel room.
Day 6: Oxford: Return to London in the morning and go to Oxford, a train ride of almost 1.5 hours from London. This town is famous for its University – the Oxford University.
Have lunch at the Turf Tavern, a place visited by almost all who have visited or lived in Oxford, starting from Elizabeth Taylor to Bill Clinton to famous Indian personalities.
Go for a two-hour walking tour, which starts from the Oxford Tourist Information Centre. This is the best way to know more about the famous University. In the afternoon, climb Carfax Tower and get a panoramic view of Oxford City.
Have dinner and retire to your room. Overnight in Oxford.
Day 7: Oxford – Woodstock – London: Start after an early breakfast from Oxford to Woodstock, home of Blenheim Palace, ancestral seat of the dukes of Marlborough and birth place of Winston Churchill.
Return to London via Oxford and check into a hotel. Go out and visit another marvelous palace, Hampton Court Palace, a place built in 16th-century palace. Here once lived Henry VIII, the ruler infamous for his lustful ways. Adjoining garden are also something to be explored in London. Overnight in London.
Day 8: London – onward destination: Check out after a hearty breakfast and head to the airport to catch flight for onward destination. If time permits, you can enjoy some nice time either shopping or sitting in one of the many green gardens of London.