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12-Night D-Day & United Allies Tour

Price: From $2,248 Per Person 12 Nights

Begin this tour on a Tuesday or Wednesday to complete this exact itinerary

Explore the World War II connections between England and the United States on this 12-night US Connections; A Journey Through History tour. With overnight stays in London, Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth, and Canterbury, this England tour is the best way to learn about D-Day and the rest of the Second World War. 

Your adventure begins in London, and features a historical walking tour and visits to some of the city’s top landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, The Churchill Museum and the Imperial War Museum. You will even have the opportunity to go underground to tour the Churchill War Rooms, where the Prime Minister and his War Cabinet met during the Second World War. Following your time in London, you will head west to Bristol. Here, you will be treated to more historical sightseeing including the Bath American Museum, The SS Great Britain and the Aerospace Museum. Next, you will head south to Plymouth where you will enjoy a naval history cruise along the Plymouth coastline and visits to Dartmoor National Park and the St. Merryn Naval Station. 

In Portsmouth, you will be visiting The D-Day Story, which brings the historic day to life through stunning audio-visual presentations and iconic objects; and the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is dedicated to preserving artifacts of the Royal Navy. You will also have a chance to explore the iconic Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral - both located just north of Portsmouth. Your tour wraps up in Canterbury where you can explore the White Cliffs of Dover, the Dover Castle & Wartime tunnels, and the Battle of Britain Memorial. With an abundance of military and World War II historical sites, this tour is truly the best way to honor the 75th anniversary of the day that changed Britain (and the rest of the world) forever - D-Day.  

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 12 Nights Accommodations ranging from City Hotel to Boutique Guesthouse!

TRANSPORTATION

  • Authentic London Black Cab Meet & Greet Transfer on Arrival
  • Included Rental Car - Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes paid!

DINING OPTIONS

  • Delectable Full Breakfast Included Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Historical London Walking Tour
  • Plymouth Coastline & Naval History Cruise

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in Central London
  • Discover Rich History at the British Museum, Churchhill Museum, and Imperial War Museum
  • Shop on Famous Oxford Street and Visit Westminster Abbey and Big Ben
  • Be Enthralled by Stunning Windsor Castle
  • Discover American Decorative Arts at the Bath American Museum and Gardens at Claverton Manor
  • Journey Through More than A Century of Aviation Achievements at the Bristol Aerospace Museum
  • See Brunel's SS Great Britain -  The World's First Great Ocean Liner
  • Wander Through Dartmoor National Park and South Downs National Park
  • Visit the Birthplace of the World's Most Famous Playwright - Shakespeare
  • Stroll Down the Saltash Passage History Trail
  • Enjoy Formal Gardens, Coastal Views, and an 18th-Century Country House at Mount Edgecumbe House
  • Explore the Island of St Michael's Mount and Discover Over a Thousand Years of Incredible History
  • Take in a Spectacular Coastal Setting at Land's End - Britain’s Most South-Westerly Point
  • See the Mysterious Standing Stones of Stonehenge
  • Experience 800 Years of Naval History at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Visit Canterbury Cathedral - One of the Oldest and Most Famous Christian Structures in England
  • Witness the Drama of Churchill's Wartime Tunnels Under White Cliffs of Dover
  • Immerse Yourself in the Story of the Battle of Britain at Kent Battle of Britain Museum and the Battle of Britain Memorial

London, UK

Accommodation

Melia White House - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Classic Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Black Cab Meet & Greet Transfer - Heathrow Airport to City

London, UK

Begin your tour with a meet and greet by your black cab driver (also a licensed Tour Guide). Upon meeting your driver, they will retrieve your luggage (with care) and transfer you to central London accommodation via traditional London Black Taxi. Due to traffic and unforeseen circumstances that can delay journeys to and from the airport, all transfer services are at a fixed-price to avoid costs spinning out of control. 


Overnight Location

London, UK

On The Map: London is located in the southwest of England. The city's fantastic transport system, including the Tube (subway), red buses and black taxis, insure you can get around the city quickly and easily.

London is the capital of England, and globally-renowned as one of the world's great cities. London is very diverse - more than 230 languages are spoken, and you'll encounter a great variety of cultures and communities throughout the city. London's history is measured in thousands, not hundreds of years, and the city boasts four World Heritage Sites: The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and The Royal Botanic Gardens. Beyond these, there is an unending list of interesting attractions and places to explore. You can visit the Queen's official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the UK government. Many of the most famous attractions are free to visit, like the Tate Modern Art Gallery, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museums. Famous City Landmarks abound, such as Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus. London is often cited as Europe's best shopping destination. Oxford Street is the central shopping hub, but quirky markets all over the city, such as in Camden Town are well worth a visit. The River Thames runs through the heart of London, and a river cruise is a great, alternate way to see the city.


Must-See Sites

Oxford Street, London

On The Map: Oxford Street runs for approx. 1.5 miles from Marble Arch (at the north east corner of Hyde Park), through Oxford Circus to St Giles Circus
Nearest Tube Stops: Marble Arch, Bond Street & Oxford Circus, all served by the Central Line.

Oxford Street is a major road in the West End of London, and is Europe's busiest shopping street, boasting more than 300 shops. Oxford Street follows the route of an ancient Roman road, (the Via Trinobantina), which linked Hampshire with Colchester and became one of the major routes in and out of London City. In the late 18th century, much of the surroundng area was purchased and developed by the Earl of Oxford. It initially became popular with entertainers, including bear-baiters, and for entertainment houses, such as The Pantheon. During the 19th century, the area became known for its shops, a trend that has continued apace ever since. It is the biggest shopping street within Inner London, and forms part of a larger shopping district with Regent Street, Bond Street and a number of other smaller nearby streets. The street is home to a number of major department stores and numerous flagship stores, as well as hundreds of smaller shops. Of particular note is Hamley's on Regent Street. Opened in 1760, Hamley's is the oldest, largest and most famous toy shop in the world.


British Museum, London

The British Museum is a museum dedicated to human history, art, and culture, located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1881. Some objects in the collection, most notably the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, are the objects of controversy and of calls for restitution to their countries of origin.

Until 1997, when the British Library (previously centred on the Round Reading Room) moved to a new site, the British Museum housed both a national museum of antiquities and a national library in the same building. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and as with all other national museums in the United Kingdom it charges no admission fee, except for loan exhibitions.


Piccadilly Circus, London

On the map: Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round, open space at a street junction.
 
Piccadilly now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Haymarket, Coventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square), and Glasshouse Street. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End. Its status as a major traffic junction has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of Eros. It is surrounded by several notable buildings, including the London Pavilion, Criterion Restaurant and Criterion Theatre. Directly underneath the plaza is Piccadilly Circus tube station, part of the London Underground system.

London, UK

Accommodation

Melia White House - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Classic Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Historical London Walking Tour

London, UK

Discover London’s rich history of World War II on this enriching 2-hour walking tour of London Westminster. Greet your guide at a central London location and embark on your tour of the city’s WWII-associated sights. Your guide will give you an interesting introduction to the impact World War II had on the English capital as you pass by buildings that were partially destroyed by the devastating Blitz bombing. After your group passes by some of the capital’s most iconic attractions (Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street), you will descend into the Churchill War Rooms to explore the underground labyrinth independently (with audio guide). Once you’ve discovered the war rooms and their intense history, return to sea level and continue exploring the city at your own pace. 

Please Note: The entrance fee and audio guide at the Churchill War Rooms are included in the walking tour price. 


Must-See Sites

Imperial War Museum, England - London

The Imperial War Museum is actually a collection of five museums and historic sites covering war and conflict in England, from the First World War to the present day. The IWM was founded during the First World War with a mission to preserve and tell the stories of people from Britain and the countries of its empire. Through permanent displays and colorful temporary exhibitions, the stories of Britain’s warfare come to life. IWM London houses seven permanent displays, including Curiosities of War, Peace and Security: 1945-2015, Turning Points: 1934-1945, Witnesses to War, The Holocaust Exhibition, Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes, and the First World War Galleries. While you can see any of the permanent displays at any time, be sure to check out the list of changing exhibitions that will be on display during your visit! 


Churchill War Rooms, England - London

Head underground to discover the stories hidden beneath the streets of Westminster in the Cabinet War Rooms. Walk in the footsteps of Churchill and catch a glimpse at what life was like for him and his War Cabinet during the Second World War. Explore the winding corridors of the underground headquarters. See historic rooms including the Map Room (still in the condition it was in 1945), the Cabinet Room, Churchill’s bedroom and other facilities. You will even have the opportunity to see the tiny Transatlantic Telephone Room (disguised as a private toilet) where Churchill would speak in private to the President of the United States! With so much to see, the War Rooms will bring you back in time, to a place where history was forever changed. 


Big Ben, London

On The Map: Big Ben is located in the very heart of Central London, adjacent to the British Houses of Parliament.
Nearest Tube Stop: Westminster - served by the Circle, District & Jubilee Lines, is located right beside Big Ben.

When the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in October 1934, it was decided that the new neo-gothic style Palace should include an imposing and impressive clock tower. Thus, one of England's most famous & instantly recognizable landmarks came to be. Interestingly, although the name Big Ben is commonly used to describe the tower, it was initially given to the Great Bell within the tower. The tower itself, which lies to the north of the Houses of Parliament, is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, and was completed in 1859. The Great Clock started on May 31, with the Great Bell's peals being heard for the first very time on July 11. It is the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world,after that of Minneapolis City Hall, and is famed for it's unerring time-keeping accuracy. The hands of the clock are 9 and 14 feet in length, and the Great Bell (Big Ben!) weighs-in at 13 tons. Although it is possible to tour the Houses of Parliament, the Elizabeth Tower is closed to visitors. But with no lift, and 334 steps to the top, this may not be such a bad thing!


Westminster Abbey, London

On The Map: Westminster Abbey is located in the very heart of Central London, adjacent to Big Ben.
Nearest Tube Stop: Westminster - served by the Circle, District & Jubilee Lines, is located just 0.2 miles north of Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years. Paying a visit is truly an essential part of any trip to London. Kings & Queens, Poets & Heroes - all are represented at the Abbey - and it has many fascinating tales to tell. Westminster has long been the traditional venue for the coronation of English Monarchs, as well as their final resting place. The current, wonderful 700-year-old building is literally brimming with amazing artifacts and stunning craftsmanship. Of particular note is The Lady Chapel, begun in 1503, and constructed at the expense of Henry VII. It is regarded as the last great masterpiece of English medieval architecture, and in 1545 was heralded as "the wonder of the entire world". The outstanding feature of the chapel is the spectacular fan-vaulted roof with carved pendants. The spectacular Waterford Crystal chandeliers in The Nave were a gift from the Guinness family, in honor of the Abbey's 900th anniversary in 1965. In front of the High Altar is another of the Abbey's treasures - a marble pavement dating from 1268. The method of its decoration is known as Cosmati work, after the Italian family who developed the technique. Audio guides are available in 12 languages, and the highly-popular Verger-led tour is also an option on-site. Westminster Abbey is usually open to visitors from Monday to Saturday throughout the year.


Bristol, England - South West

Accommodation

The Bristol - Bristol, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Overnight Location

Bristol, England - South West

On The Map: Bristol is located in southwest England, along the Bristol Channel separating England & Southern Wales.

Bristol enjoys a fantastic location in the heart of the West Country, with some of England's finest countryside stretching out in all directions from the city. The rich and eventful history of Bristol as a port spans many centuries. The original town was listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 1051 as a port trading regularly with Ireland. Bristol played an extremely important role in sea trade for hundreds of years thereafter. There are several world class attractions in modern Bristol. The iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge (pictured), spans the picturesque Avon Gorge, and is the symbol of the city. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world. When launched in 1843, the 'Great Britain' became the world's first luxury ocean liner. Now a dockside museum, the historic ship is a pleasure to visit and explore. For the best views in Bristol, climb Cabot Tower. Admission is free and you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the town center, harbor, Clifton Suspension Bridge and beyond. Bristol Zoo is the world’s fifth oldest, and highly acclaimed.


Must-See Sites

Bath American Museum and Gardens, England - South West

Journey through the history of America in the only museum of American decorative and folk art outside the United States. Discover the diverse and complex nature of American traditions as you wander the halls of the museum. The museum’s permanent collection of furniture, paintings, quilts, silver and glass is presented in a series of Period Rooms within the historic Claverton Manor. The lower level of the American Heritage Exhibition tells the stories of the Founding Fathers, Native Americans, and the Civil War, through interactive galleries. With so much to see and learn, this museum could keep you busy all day! Be sure to speak with the volunteer guides stationed in certain rooms, they can give you more in-depth information about the displays. 


Windsor Castle, UK

On the map: Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture.

A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Winsdor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties.

The Royal Wedding of Pince Harry and Meghan Markle is set to take place at St George's Chapel on the grounds.


Bath, England - South West

On The Map: Bath is located in the southwest of England, 115 miles west of London, and just 13 miles east of Bristol.

The City of Bath is truly unique. It was founded by the Romans, after their conquest of Britain in AD 43. Between the 1st and 4th centuries, the Romans constructed a temple dedicated to the divinity, Sulis, as well as several hot baths. The natural source of the baths yields over 1,200,000 litres of water daily, at a temperature of more than 46 °C / 115 °F. Today, you can walk in the ancient footsteps of Romans, on the original stone pavements around the steaming pool. After the fall of the Roman city, medieval Bath became a major wool-producing centre, and the city commanded considerable religious influence from 1091 to 1206. During the 18th century, three ambitious local entrepreneurs set out to make Bath one of the most beautiful cities in Europe - they succeeded! The most famous legacy of their work is the Royal Crescent, comprising of 30 houses laid out in a crescent shape. In total Bath boasts approximately 5,000 listed buildings, and on top of its impressive Roman heritage, is also England's most celebrated Georgian city. Such is its unique nature, the entire City of Bath was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.


Bristol, England - South West

Accommodation

The Bristol - Bristol, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Must-See Sites

Brunel's SS Great Britain, England - South West

Discover what was once the longest passenger ship in the world at the SS Great Britain museum in Bristol. Step aboard the world-famous ship and explore its many parts. Climb the rigging of the mainmast on the Weather Deck, wander the Promenade Deck where first class passengers spent most of their time, marvel at the beautiful dinner settings in the Dining Saloon, discover where third class passengers slept in the Steerage section of the ship, see where food was made (and stored) for everyone on the ship in the Galley and Bakery, and learn about the ship’s structure and engines in the Forward Hold and Engine Room. Head outside the ship itself to explore the Dockyard (where the ship was constructed) and the Dry Dock. The Dry Dock has been sealed by a huge water-line glass plate that is flooded with a shallow layer of water to give the illusion of being afloat - it also allows visitors to see the ship from below. With so much to see and learn about this amazing ship, a full day could be spent here! 


Clifton College, England - South West

On the map: Clifton College is well-known for being a top independent boarding school in Bristol, however, in 1940 it became known for its involvement in World War II. On November 24th, 1940, a bomb fell on the school’s New Field (meant for cricket). It was originally thought that this was an error and the field was mistaken for an airfield, however it later became clear that it was in fact a target due to its boarding house for soldiers and Jewish Boys. While no one was injured in the bombing, the scare urged the headmaster to evacuate the school. The campus also hosted the American Army - allowing them to plan the Omaha Landing in safety. Today, visitors can explore the college grounds and see the field that was destroyed in the bombing. For those who happen to visit on July 4th (American Day of Independence) or June 6th (the anniversary of the D-Day Landings), be sure to keep a look out for the American Flag that was gifted to the college by General Eisenhower in 1953 (as a thank you for the important role it played during WWII).


Bristol Aerospace Museum, England - South West

On the map: Aerospace Bristol will take you on a journey through more than a century of aviation achievements and intriguing tales of human endeavor. From the beginning of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company in 1910, to modern age and its cutting-edge technology. You will even have a look into what the future holds for aerospace engineering. Enjoy fun and interactive exhibits such as aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and more. Step aboard the world-famous Concorde Alpha Foxtrot: the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to be built and the last to take to the skies. This special exhibit will answer all of your questions about this elusive aircraft - How did the engineers of the 1960s create an aircraft capable of supersonic speed? Why did the aircraft eventually fail? With so much technology to explore, this museum is a must-see for those traveling to Bristol. 


Plymouth, England - South West

Accommodation

The Imperial Guesthouse - Plymouth, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Overnight Location

Plymouth, England - South West

On The Map: Plymouth is located on the southern coast of the Southwest Peninsula of England.
 
Plymouth is known as Britain’s Ocean City, and is one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities. The town boasts a beautiful waterfront and harbour, and a rich, varied history. Evidence of Bronze Age activity has been found in Plymouth, followed by a Roman Settlement. Plymouth eventually became an important port and merchant trading town. In 1620, it was from Plymouth that the Pilgrim Fathers travelled across the Atlantic to the New World. They founded the Plymouth Colony, only the second English settlement, in what was to become the United States of America. Plymouth Hoe (The Hoe) is a large public open space, where Sir Francis Drake reputedly played his last game of bowls before engaging with the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Hoe is also home to the iconic red & white Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse, Tinside Lido and Royal Citadel. Royal William Yard, constructed between 1825 and 1831 is considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain. If you like to shop, you'll be happy in Plymouth! Take your time wandering around the extensive range of independent and specialist retailers in the Independent Quarter, pick up unique pieces of art from the Barbican’s Historic Quarter, or enjoy shopping in Plymouth’s landmark shopping centre, Drake Circus.

Must-See Sites

Dartmoor National Park, England - South West

On The Map: Dartmoor National Park is located in Devon, in the southwest corner of England.

Dartmoor National Park boasts a varied and dramatic landscape - from forested river vales to wild, heather dominated moorland. But Dartmoor is perhaps best known for its often striking 'tors' (rocky granite hilltops - pictured). In fact, Dartmoor is the largest area of granite to be found anywhere in the United Kingdom. Dartmoor is hillwalker and hiker heaven. A myriad trails of all levels of difficulty are available to the visitor, and the Park's Visitor Centres are well-stocked with maps and leaflets to help you explore the region. A multitude of prehistoric standing stones and circles are to be found in Dartmoor - Upper Erme Stone Row is the longest of its kind in the world at more than 2 miles. There is a great variety of visitor attractions at the Park, sure to keep the entire family entertained: Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary, The South Devon Steam Railway, Buckland Abbey, Miniature Pony Centre and Canonteign Waterfall, to name but a few. Dartmoor is also steeped in myth and legend, reputedly haunted by pixies, a headless horseman, a large black dog and spectral hounds. The latter tale inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to pen one of Sherlock Holmes' most memorable mysteries, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.

Plymouth, England - South West

Accommodation

The Imperial Guesthouse - Plymouth, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Included Experiences

Plymouth Coastline & Naval History Cruise

Plymouth, England - South West

Discover Plymouth’s coastline and the Royal Naval Dockyard on this 1-hour harbour cruise. The cruise departs multiple times per day from The Barbican Landing Stage, adjacent to the Mayflower Steps. Your skipper will provide informative live commentary as you sail across the Plymouth Sound and head for the Royal Naval Dockyard - where the magnificent warships and submarines await.  


Must-See Sites

Plymouth and WWII (Plymouth Harbor), England - South West

Spend the day discovering Plymouth’s ties to the Second World War. Due to its proximity to the northern coast of France and its strong naval presence, Plymouth was heavily bombed during WW2 - an event known as the Plymouth Blitz. While the Blitz destroyed two main shopping centers, most of the city’s civic buildings and over 3,700 homes, this wasn’t the only event that made Plymouth famous. In June of 1944, the city was one of the principal staging posts for the Normandy Landings. During your time here, be sure to visit the D-Day Landings memorial at the Saltash Passage, the Plymouth Naval Memorial on the Hoe (dedicated to the men and women who lost their lives during both of the World Wars), Mount Edgcumbe House (which was gutted during WW2 by German bombs - now restored), and Charles Church (entirely burned out by incendiary bombs during the Plymouth Blitz - left in its post-war condition as a monument). 


Plymouth, England - South West

Accommodation

The Imperial Guesthouse - Plymouth, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Must-See Sites

Land's End, England - South West

On The Map: Land's End is located in the extreme southwest corner of England, at the tip of Cornwall.

Discover a place of stunning scenery and outstanding natural beauty at the westernmost point of Cornwall. Land’s End is the legendary Cornish destination that has inspired people since ancient Greek times when it was referred to as Belerion – the shining land. Follow in the footsteps of early nineteenth century visitors who would travel to the First & Last Inn from Penzance, before making the final stage of the journey to Penn-an-Wlas (Land’s End in Cornish) on foot or horseback along the narrow, and often muddy lanes. Nowadays, you can stroll along well-maintained cliff-top paths, perched above the mighty Atlantic Ocean. You'll find yourself in the company of a vareity of soaring seabired and if you're lucky, you may even spot seals, dolphins or porpoises. Land's End is also quite popular with tourists because it is the southern end of the longest distance between two inhabited points on the island of Great Britain. John O'Groats in Caithness, Scotland is its opposite number, 876 miles to the north.


St Michael's Mount, England - South West

St Michael's Mount is arguably the jewel in Cornwall's crown. This, the most famous of Cornwall's landmarks, has a fascinating history, being steeped in both legend and folklore. It boasts stunning panoramic views across Mounts Bay to Lands End and The Lizard. It has a very picturesque harbour, as well as a spectacular rock-perched castle, complete with majestic gardens. Originally the site of a Benedictine Chapel, the imposing castle dates from the 14th Century. St Michael's Mount is accessible by foot at low tide via an historic winding causeway, constructed from granite. At high tide, the island can easily be reached by boat.

Portsmouth, England - South West

Accommodation

Florence Suite Boutique Hotel - Portsmouth, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Overnight Location

Portsmouth, England - South West

 Portsmouth is a port city and naval base on England’s south coast, mostly spread across Portsea Island. It’s known for its maritime heritage and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The dockyard is home to the interactive National Museum of the Royal Navy, the wooden warship HMS Victory, where Nelson died in the Battle of Trafalgar, and HMS Warrior 1860. The Tudor ship Mary Rose is also conserved in a dockyard museum.


Must-See Sites

Castletown D-Day Centre, England - South West

Discover the events of D-Day at Castletown D-Day Centre - an authentic recreation of the busy wartime dockyard on the Isle of Portland. In 1944, thousands of American troops embarked from this dock and headed towards the heavily-defended beaches of Nazi occupied France. With numerous WW2 artifacts, weapons and wartime vehicles on display, this centre delivers a unique D-Day experience. The centre encourages its visitors to handle the weapons, climb on the vehicles, and dress up in WWII uniforms to enhance their experience. 


Salisbury Cathedral, UK

Built to the glory of God, this vibrant Cathedral church with Britain's tallest spire and best preserved Magna Carta is just 8 miles from Stonehenge.


Stonehenge, England - South West

On The Map: Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, in the southwest of England - 90 miles west of London and 33 miles southeast of the Roman City of Bath.

Stonehenge is without doubt one of the most famous sites in the world. The iconic remains of the ring of standing stones are instantly recognizable and draw almost 1 million visitors every year. Archaeologists believe that the first phase of construction at Stonehenge began around 3100 BC, at which time a large earthwork or 'Henge', comprising an earthbank and ditch, was built. The second phase of construction began around 2150 BC, when some 82 bluestones, weighing up to 4 tons, were transported 240 miles from southwest Wales! Around 2000 BC, the third phase saw the arrival of the massive Sarsen stones, weighing up to 50 tons. The stones were most likely transported from 25 miles away, and great mystery and intrigue continues to surround just how this mammoth task was achieved. The stones could only have been moved using sledges and ropes, and archaeologists guesstimate it would have taken 600 men to pull just one stone. The final construction phase took place around 1500 BC when the bluestones were rearranged in the horseshoe and circle that we see today. There are many theories as to the purpose of Stonehenge - ancient burial site, astronomical calendar, healing site, or sacred hunting ground? Perhaps when you visit, you can decipher the great mystery!


Portsmouth, England - South West

Accommodation

Florence Suite Boutique Hotel - Portsmouth, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Must-See Sites

D-Day Story Museum in Portsmouth, England - South West

Learn all about D-Day and the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany occupation at The D-Day Story in Portsmouth. Through personal artifacts, audio-visual presentations, hands-on interactives and stories of those who were involved, this museum breaks down the events surrounding the day that changed history. The museum breaks down the story into three sections - Preparation, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and Legacy and the Overlord Embroidery. The Preparation section covers the period from the evacuation of Dunkirk (1940) to just before D-Day (6 June 1944) and features six characters who will share their experiences with you (including the weatherman Group Captain Stagg who informed the commanders of a break in the weather). The D-Day & Battle of Normandy section begins in the early hours of the 6 June 1944 when planes and ships set off across the English Channel and features an audio-visual display that captures the scale of D-Day and the experience of the troops on the five D-Day beaches. Finally, the Legacy & Overlord Embroidery section features the magnificent Overlord Embroidery - commissioned to remember those who took part in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy - and displays the experiences of loss and coming home. From stories to real artifacts, this museum is truly a magnificent sight to behold. 


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, England - South West

Explore the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and discover the multiple attractions that are dedicated to Britain’s naval history. Visit the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower - an interactive museum house in the Royal Navy’s former Ordnance Depot at Priddy’s Hard, centered around the powder magazine designed in 1771. Step back in time and learn about the life of a dockyard apprentice in the early 20th century at The Dockyard Apprentice exhibit. Learn the history of the Royal Navy at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Step aboard the HMS Warrior 1860 and explore the ship that was famous for being the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day. Discover what life was like aboard the most celebrated warship in Britain’s naval history - the HMS Victory. Visit one of the three remaining British warships from World War I - HMS M33. With so much to see, you could spend a whole day at the Dockyard! 


Southwick House, England - South West

Southwick House is the elegant country house where General Dwight D. Eisenhower made the historic decision to launch the D-Day invasion. The house was appropriated for the Allied Expeditionary Force advance headquarters and was the site of many planning and strategizing meetings. Today, the Southwick house is a military training establishment so be sure to arrange your visit before you arrive!


Royal Navy Submarine Museum, England - South East

Step aboard the only remaining Second World War era submarine - the HMS Alliance - at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Explore the decks and narrow corridors of the ship, look through the original periscope and hear the stories of its crew members. You will also be able to see the museum’s other submarines including Holland I and X24 as well as photographs and artifacts. In the museum’s new exhibition - Silent and Secret - you can follow the Royal Navy’s at sea nuclear deterrent. 


Mary Rose Museum, England - South East

Discover the history behind the famous Mary Rose - a carrack-type warship of the English Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. After serving 33 years in several wars, she sank in 1545 in the Solent - the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. In 1982, the largest surviving part of the ship was raised and eventually brought to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The Museum is dedicated to telling the ship’s history through several displays including The Battle of the Solent, the decks of the rediscovered ship, personal possessions from the Ship’s crew, the main gun deck, the upper deck and Hatch - the ship’s dog. 


Canterbury, England - South East

Accommodation

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge - Canterbury, England - South East

3 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Overnight Location

Canterbury, England - South East

On the map: Canterbury is a very popular tourist destination in England, best known for its famous Cathedral. Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage, together with St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church make up Canterbury's World Heritage Site. St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat (or 'Cathedral') in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'.he map: 

Must-See Sites

South Downs National Park, England - South East

Explore rolling hills, bustling market towns, white cliffs, ancient woodland, traditional country pubs and stunning vineyards at South Downs National Park. The park covers about 1,600 square km of land and is dedicated to preserving every inch of it. South Downs features over 3,300km of walkways and roads to explore - you can even bring your dog! With cycling paths, farms, galleries, gardens, museums and historic sites, this park is truly a nature-lover’s paradise! 


Canterbury Cathedral , UK

Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage, together with St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church make up Canterbury's World Heritage Site.
 
St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
 
The Cathedral houses a Romanesque Crypt, dating back to the 11th century, a 12th century early Gothic Quire and a 14th Century Perpendicular Nave. Beautiful medieval stained glass windows illustrate miracles and stories associated with St Thomas.
 

Canterbury, England - South East

Accommodation

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge - Canterbury, England - South East

3 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Must-See Sites

Battle of Britain Memorial, England - South East

The Battle of Britain Memorial is a unique site of pilgrimage dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives between July 10 and October 31 1940 - later referred to as “The Few”. The memorial to the Few is a quiet space, ideal for reflection, atop the famous White Cliffs. The central statue of a lone pilot is surrounded by the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall (which lists the names of those who flew in the Battle of Britain), two replica aircraft and other battle-related items. The memorial site also contains The Wing, which houses The Scramble Experience - a hands-on attraction that uses audio-visual effects, a video wall and other other visuals aimed at showing what the battle was like for the Few. 


Kent Battle of Britain Museum, England - South East

Located on the former RAF Hawkinge - a World War II airfield - the Kent Battle of Britain Museum is the oldest museum dedicated to the Battle of Britain (a military campaign of WWII). The museum has several exhibits dedicated to the battle, including the Stuart-Buttle Hangar, which contains full sized replicas of Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft that were built for the 1968 film “The Battle of Britain” and multiple Rolls Royce Merlin engines that were recovered from crash sites; the Lord Dowding Memorial Hangar, which houses more replicas from “The Battle of Britain”, a life-sized diorama depicting a crash-landed Messerschmitt Bf 109E (shot down in September 1940), and extremely rare parts from two Junkers Ju 87 ‘Stuka’ dive bombers; the original Armoury, built in 1926, which contains a comprehensive collection of weaponry; the Operations Block, which contains recovered items from over 700 British and German aircraft; the V1 and V2 Display, which houses a life-size replica of a long-range V1 flying bomb; and the Museum Grounds, which display 3 Gate Guardians Hurricanes, a Queen Mary Tasker Trailer, a Blenheim Mk IV and other artifacts. The museum also includes a gift shop with a wide selection of aviation-themed products and a cafe!


White Cliffs of Dover, England - South West

  The White Cliffs of Dover are cliffs that form part of the English coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The cliffs are part of the North Downs formation. The cliff face, which reaches up to 350 feet (110 m), owes its striking appearance to its composition of chalk accented by streaks of black flint. The cliffs stretch along the coastline for eight miles (13 km), spreading east and west from the town of Dover in Kent, and part of them were purchased by the National Trust in 2016. They are part of the Dover to Kingsdown Cliffs Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation.


Dover Castle & Dover Wartime Tunnels, England - South East

Known for commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries, Dover Castle is truly an amazing sight to behold. While you are here, be sure to check out the many displays that bring the castle to life. Marvel at the medieval furnishings of the Great Tower. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the underground hospital as you follow the story of a wounded WWII pilot who was operated on here. Make your way through the secret wartime tunnels (underneath the castle) and hear the stories of some of the people rescued from Dunkirk - Operation Dynamo. Learn about the castle’s role as military headquarters during the First World War. Explore the oldest surviving lighthouse in England - the Roman Pharos. Descend into the eerie, winding medieval tunnels that were used during and after the Siege of 1216. With so much to see, you could spend a whole day at Dover Castle!


London, UK

Accommodation

Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Guide Price

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Overnight Location

London, UK

On The Map: London is located in the southwest of England. The city's fantastic transport system, including the Tube (subway), red buses and black taxis, insure you can get around the city quickly and easily.

London is the capital of England, and globally-renowned as one of the world's great cities. London is very diverse - more than 230 languages are spoken, and you'll encounter a great variety of cultures and communities throughout the city. London's history is measured in thousands, not hundreds of years, and the city boasts four World Heritage Sites: The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and The Royal Botanic Gardens. Beyond these, there is an unending list of interesting attractions and places to explore. You can visit the Queen's official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the UK government. Many of the most famous attractions are free to visit, like the Tate Modern Art Gallery, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museums. Famous City Landmarks abound, such as Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus. London is often cited as Europe's best shopping destination. Oxford Street is the central shopping hub, but quirky markets all over the city, such as in Camden Town are well worth a visit. The River Thames runs through the heart of London, and a river cruise is a great, alternate way to see the city.


Must-See Sites

Chilham Village, England - South East

Known as “the prettiest village in Kent”, Chilham Village is a stunning collection of historic buildings including two castles. While Chilham square is the center of the village, it is surrounded by timber-framed houses of Tudor origin, a 16th century church and Chilham Castle. Be sure to explore the many pathways and country lanes that surround the village while you are here. 


Royal Air Force Museum London, London

Looking to learn more about England’s military? Head to the Royal Air Force Museum - located on the former Hendon Aerodrome - and explore the three new galleries that cover the first 100 years of the RAF, its roles today and technology of the future (all displayed over 6 hangars). The museum grounds are perfect for a picnic with a new open, grassed landscape - complete with a themed outdoor play area for children under 11. With free admission, this is the perfect activity for families and history buffs! 


Leeds Castle, UK

Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion and an elegant early 20th century retreat.
 
There are many attractions to see at Leeds Castle from the beautiful English cottage style Culpeper Garden to the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden, maze and grotto, falconry demonstrations, shops, children’s’ playgrounds, punting and much more

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From $2,248 per person

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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 12 Nights Accommodations ranging from City Hotel to Boutique Guesthouse!

TRANSPORTATION

  • Authentic London Black Cab Meet & Greet Transfer on Arrival
  • Included Rental Car - Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes paid!

DINING OPTIONS

  • Delectable Full Breakfast Included Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Historical London Walking Tour
  • Plymouth Coastline & Naval History Cruise

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in Central London
  • Discover Rich History at the British Museum, Churchhill Museum, and Imperial War Museum
  • Shop on Famous Oxford Street and Visit Westminster Abbey and Big Ben
  • Be Enthralled by Stunning Windsor Castle
  • Discover American Decorative Arts at the Bath American Museum and Gardens at Claverton Manor
  • Journey Through More than A Century of Aviation Achievements at the Bristol Aerospace Museum
  • See Brunel's SS Great Britain -  The World's First Great Ocean Liner
  • Wander Through Dartmoor National Park and South Downs National Park
  • Visit the Birthplace of the World's Most Famous Playwright - Shakespeare
  • Stroll Down the Saltash Passage History Trail
  • Enjoy Formal Gardens, Coastal Views, and an 18th-Century Country House at Mount Edgecumbe House
  • Explore the Island of St Michael's Mount and Discover Over a Thousand Years of Incredible History
  • Take in a Spectacular Coastal Setting at Land's End - Britain’s Most South-Westerly Point
  • See the Mysterious Standing Stones of Stonehenge
  • Experience 800 Years of Naval History at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Visit Canterbury Cathedral - One of the Oldest and Most Famous Christian Structures in England
  • Witness the Drama of Churchill's Wartime Tunnels Under White Cliffs of Dover
  • Immerse Yourself in the Story of the Battle of Britain at Kent Battle of Britain Museum and the Battle of Britain Memorial
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Single Travelers pay a Single Supplement Price of US$1,548
May 14, 2019 by Joe.

The planning, hotel booking and suggested site seeing itinerary were so well organized and perfect. I would suggest informing first time travelers to Ireland who are driving for the first time, that there can be quite a bit of mountain side driving with very narrow, winding roads. That wasn't something that was addressed beforehand with Authentic Ireland, caused a little bit of distress while in Ireland. I would also mention that communication while booking the trip with my agent wasn't the greatest. There were many business days that would go by without hearing any responses to email questions, which when looking to book a trip, a 1 business day turnaround is typically expected. Though once i discussed items with my agent, she was very professional and well informed. Just improve on communication timing, if out of the office an out of office message would assist in letting passanger know they should contact someone else within the office.

“Enchanting family quality time!”

May 14, 2019 by Gustavo Segura. Your Hometown: San José, Costa Rica

I live in Costa Rica. A colleague from the local tourism industry recommended Authentic Vacations... I contacted AV with a little bit of hesitation. But the moment Jocoya Fox-Jones established communication, things started flowing! The planning went smoothly; she made sure to ask the right questions about our needs and desires. The itinerary sounded perfect... and turned out to be perfect in the end! My 7 year-old loved the castles and the hotels, my wife and I enjoyed the gastro experiences and we all found several opportunities for a great family bonding time. The beauty of Scotland and Ireland plus the right planning made it all a 5-star experience! Thanks Jocoya, thanks Authentic Vacations!

May 14, 2019 by adam schneider. Your Hometown: georgetown de united states

Wonderful experience will travel with Authentic again. Anastasia was great to deal with and she is my go to woman for the next vacation.

“Magical Trip to Scotland & Ireland!”

May 14, 2019 by Lisa. Your Hometown: NYC

Jocoya from Authentic Ireland was an amazing travel specialist! It was my first solo trip to Scotland & Ireland and working with her made my holiday so much better. She was very flexible and accommodating when I wanted to tailor my itinerary to include more historical sights. Jocoya is very responsive and she helped me sort out some hotel snafu in Scotland. Loved my trip and will be going back to Ireland in the future and using Authentic Vacations again. I strongly recommend using Authentic Vacations if you're planning a trip to Ireland, Scotland or England!

May 14, 2019 by Kim Ehlenbeck. Your Hometown: Aurora

I feel that I have to give 2 reviews. The first review would definitely be 5-star for our 8 days in Ireland. The Applecroft House B&B in Killarney was amazing and our stays at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin and the Ballyseede Castle in Tralee were outstanding! We went on to London for 3 days after Ireland and Authentic Vacations (AV) booked our hotel in London - the Park Grand London Paddington. AV was new to booking in London and I have to say that they should never recommend this hotel again. The quality of the hotel was sub-par, especially after what we experienced in Ireland. The rooms and beds were small, the decor was shabby and tacky. There were no rooms that were being renovated either. AV tried to make it right by asking the hotel to show us other rooms we could upgrade to, but they were all pretty bad. I only want to mention all this so that AV knows not to steer any future clients here. Thanks to Lonna for planning a custom itinerary for us in Ireland that exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend Authentic Vacations to anyone considering a trip to Ireland.

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