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6-Night London and South Downs Experience

Price: From $1,298 per person
6 Nights

Connect with nature and experience the splendors of the English countryside on our 6-Night London and South Downs Experience. With overnight stays in London and Eastbourne, breathtaking scenery and unique experiences, this England vacation is sure to excite!

Your tour begins with a classic black cab transfer from the airport to your centrally-located London accommodation. During your stay in London, you will have plenty of time to explore the city. Walk from your hotel to the nearby Hyde Park and enjoy a day surrounded by beauty, right in the middle of the city. Be sure to visit the city’s highlights, including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. You will even be treated to a special Afternoon Tea Bus Tour aboard an iconic red bus. 

Leave the city behind and head south, to South Downs National Park. During your stay in the nearby seafront town of Eastbourne, you will have easy access to every corner of South Downs. Here, you will enjoy a day tour of the park focusing on the People, Place and Produce of South Downs National Park. You will also have time to explore the city of Eastbourne and its surrounding areas. 

Your tour wraps up with the opportunity to see Windsor Castle and Runnymeade, known for the sealing of the Magna Carta. 

Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 Nights 4 Star London Hotel in the Prestigious Kensington Area
  • 3 Nights 4 Star Historic Seaside Hotel Overlooking the South Downs National Park
  • 1 Night 4 Star Airport Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Iconic London Black Cab Airport Transfer on arrival
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission For Your Time Outside of London

DINING

  • Sumptuous Full English Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Classic Red Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea
  • South Downs National Park Experience (departs Saturdays)

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in the Upscale Kensington District of London
  • Marvel at the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace
  • Visit Westminister Abbey & Big Ben
  • Explore the Tower of London & London Bridge
  • Get Lost in the Most Diverse Botanical Collection in the World at Kew Gardens
  • Visit Chartwell House - Winston Churchill's Country Estate
  • See the Stunning Royal Residence - Windsor Castle
  • Enjoy Riverside Walks, Secluded Meadows, and Historic Memorials at Runnymede

London, UK

Accommodation

The Queen's Gate Hotel London - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

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

Day at Leisure in London, UK

Your first day is yours to explore your hotel’s neighborhood in London. To ensure a serene experience from the very beginning of your adventure, we have placed you right next to one of London’s largest parks - Hyde Park. Wander to the park and enjoy its splendors. Marvel at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, brave an open-water swim in the Serpentine, take in the sweet aromas of the Rose Garden, or pop into a waterside cafe for lunch with a view. After some time spent in the park, be sure to check out some of London’s top highlights that are just around the corner - Royal Albert Hall, the National History Museum, Kensington Palace and the stunning Buckingham Palace. 


London, UK

Accommodation

The Queen's Gate Hotel London - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

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


Included Experiences

Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

London, UK

Enjoy afternoon tea like never before on this exclusive 1.5 hour B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour. Sit back and sip your tea as the vintage routemaster double-decker bus drives through the streets of Central London, delivering some of the city’s best sights. Your tour features high tea accompanied with an array of tasty French sandwiches, delicious cakes and pastries. With seating options available on both the top and lower decks, you will be able to choose a table that best fits your needs. As you enjoy a classic British tradition, your London bus driver will take you past famous landmarks such as Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more!


Must-See Sites

The Tower of London, London

On The Map: The Tower of London is located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
Nearest Tube Stop: Tower Hill - served by the Northern and Jubilee Lines

The Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The castle was initially used as a royal residence, but is more famous for its prison use between 1100 and 1952. The Tower has always played a prominent role in English history, when control of the Tower was crucial to establish control of the country. Nowadays the Tower is home to the famed Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, which while still in regular royal use, are otherwise on display for visitors to admire. The Yeoman Warders ('Beefeaters') are another major attraction. Guided Warder tours are available, and guards will regale you with tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution and torture! Legend says that the Kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. There are seven ravens at the Tower today (the required six plus one spare!), and their lodgings are to be found next to the Wakefield Tower. These magnificent birds, eat 170 grams of raw meat a day, respond only to the Raven Master and should not be approached too closely by anyone else, as they may bite!


Buckingham Palace, London

On The Map: Buckingham Palace is located in the heart of London - north of the River Thames and just southeast of Hyde Park:
Closest Tube Stops: Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner

Famed Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's Sovereigns since 1837. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors. The Palace has 775 rooms, including 19 State Rooms, 52 Royal and Guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Buckingham Palace is furnished and decorated with priceless works of art that form part of the Royal Collection, one of the major art collections in the world today. George IV's original palace lacked a large room in which to entertain. Queen Victoria rectified that shortcoming by adding a Ballroom 1853-5 which was, at the time of its construction, the largest room in London. Today, it is used by The Queen for State banquets and other formal occasions such as the annual Diplomatic Reception attended by 1,500 guests.


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.


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!


South Downs National Park, England - South East

Accommodation

Hydro Hotel Eastbourne - South Downs National Park, England - South East

4 Star
Room Type: Side Sea View Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:30 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 10:30 AM.


Enroute Sightseeing

Chartwell House, England - South East

Visit the home of Winston Churchill - one of the most famous Prime Ministers in United Kingdom’s history. Chartwell is a beautiful country house in Westerham, Kent and was home to Churchill for over 40 years. The home played a very important part in Churchill’s life - from a place of refuge to a place from which he could run his campaigns, Chartwell was extremely important to him. Today, Chartwell is protected by the National Trust and visitors are invited to explore the house itself as well as Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden and a replica of the playhouse he built for his children. The home also plays host to rotating art exhibits, so be sure to check what’s on display during your visit!


Enroute Sightseeing

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

Kew Gardens, formally Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, botanical garden located at Kew, site of a former royal estate in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames. In 2003 Kew Gardens was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Kew Gardens contains some 28,680 taxa of living plants, an herbarium of approximately seven million dried specimens, and a library of some 130,000 volumes in addition to archived materials, periodicals, and prints and drawings. The collections of tropical orchids, succulents, tropical ferns, and Australian plants are exceptionally fine.


Overnight Location

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! 


South Downs National Park, England - South East

Accommodation

Hydro Hotel Eastbourne - South Downs National Park, England - South East

4 Star
Room Type: Side Sea View Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:30 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 10:30 AM.


Included Experiences

South Downs - People, Place & Produce

South Downs National Park, England - South East

Experience the beautiful and iconic scenery of South Downs, from green rolling hills to majestic white cliffs. Meet the people and producers who live and work within the national park and find out why the chalk land is so special. Enjoy a cider demonstration at Middle Farm, home of the national cider collection. Take a brewery tour and enjoy a tasting at the picturesque Longman Brewery before getting cosy in a traditional country pub for lunch. End the day taking in the stunning views of the rippling chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters.

Duration: 7.5 hours

Special Equipment: Sensible footwear

Accessibility: Not accessible for wheelchair users

Refreshments: Bottled water & lunch provided


South Downs National Park, England - South East

Accommodation

Hydro Hotel Eastbourne - South Downs National Park, England - South East

4 Star
Room Type: Side Sea View Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:30 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 10:30 AM.


Must-See Sites

Day at Leisure at Hydro Hotel, UK

Spend today exploring Hydro Hotel’s surroundings. Thanks to its unique location right on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park and near the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the entire area surrounding Hydro is a haven for the outdoors. With so much to see and do within just 30 minutes of the hotel, you could spend multiple days here. Be sure to check out Eastbourne Pier and Waterfront (a classic example of a Victorian Pier), Hertmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds (a 300-acre estate, complete with a moated castle), Sheffield Park and Garden, Cuckmere Valley (offering inspiring views of the Seven Sisters) and Alfriston Clergy House (a medieval thatched Wealden hall-house). 


London, UK

Accommodation

Doubletree London Heathrow Airport - London, UK

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

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

Runnymede, UK

Famous for being the site of the sealing of Magna Carta, Runnymede is now home to a number of memorials to the struggle for liberty. Nearly 800 years ago, King John met a group of barons at this now historical site to seal the Magna Carta - a moment in time that is seen by many as the symbolic first step on the road to modern democracy. Along with the Magna Carta Memorial, visitors can see a Kennedy Memorial and a Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial!


Depart From

Depart from London Heathrow Airport, UK

Return to London Heathrow Airport three hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.


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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 Nights 4 Star London Hotel in the Prestigious Kensington Area
  • 3 Nights 4 Star Historic Seaside Hotel Overlooking the South Downs National Park
  • 1 Night 4 Star Airport Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Iconic London Black Cab Airport Transfer on arrival
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission For Your Time Outside of London

DINING

  • Sumptuous Full English Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Classic Red Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea
  • South Downs National Park Experience (departs Saturdays)

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in the Upscale Kensington District of London
  • Marvel at the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace
  • Visit Westminister Abbey & Big Ben
  • Explore the Tower of London & London Bridge
  • Get Lost in the Most Diverse Botanical Collection in the World at Kew Gardens
  • Visit Chartwell House - Winston Churchill's Country Estate
  • See the Stunning Royal Residence - Windsor Castle
  • Enjoy Riverside Walks, Secluded Meadows, and Historic Memorials at Runnymede

Prices Based On

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  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
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I cannot speak highly enough about the vacation planning services we received from Amanda. With only 8 days lead time before we were to get on a plane, Amanda arranged a 9 day vacation that will long be remembered. She was patient, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor that remained in place even as I constantly changed parameters on her. I would not hesitate to use Amanda or Authentic Ireland Vacations. I will certainly do so in the future.

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Your Hometown: Dayton

Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

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My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

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I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

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