After pickup from your central London hotel or a central meeting point, travel by air-conditioned coach to your first stop: magnificent Windsor Castle.
Along the way, hear tales about this medieval royal residence, the world’s oldest occupied castle, and how it’s still used by Queen Elizabeth II as a weekend residence and for state ceremonies.
On arrival, be one of the first visitors to enter, and beat the crowds on a guided tour of the opulent State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. Soak up the sense of pageantry and 1, 000-year history and then continue by coach to Stonehenge.
Admire England’s countryside as you travel to Salisbury Plain, the home of this UNESCO-listed stone circle, whose origins stretch back 4, 500 years. Marvel at the prehistoric edifice and discover how it is now generally accepted it was a temple aligned to the movements of the sun. Gaze at the stones, ponder how why they were transported here, and explore the cutting-edge visitor center to see its archaeological and virtual displays.
Next, continue to the picture-postcard village of Lacock, one of England’s prettiest spots. Dating to the 13th century, this romantic village has starred in period TV drama adaptations such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, as well as movies such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Head inside The George Inn, a welcoming, 14th-century pub, and savor a delicious, traditional English lunch. Very occasionally, when The George is shut, you will visit a similar, nearby pub for your meal.
Duly refreshed, venture onward to the handsome Georgian city of Bath, once home to Jane Austen, the much-loved 18th-century English novelist. Enjoy a panoramic coach tour of the honey-stoned architecture, admiring top Bath attractions such as the sublime Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge on route.
Then, take a short guided stroll past the famous Roman Baths and impressive Bath Abbey. Delve into the cobblestone streets, browse for souvenirs and take snaps of the lovely 18th-century buildings.
Your tour then concludes with a drop-off in central London.
Please note: on busy days, this tour may run in reverse order and start with the visit to Bath.
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