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Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford
Departs: September 14th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Explore iconic palaces and beautiful countrysides celebrated in classic literature and popular historic television dramas. Begin with a London city presented by a Blue Badge guide. We’ll explore Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, enjoy a full afternoon tea, and more. Visit Bletchley Park and learn about Alan Turing and the enigma machine. Go on a walking tour of Oxford, explore Blenheim Palace, tour the Roman Baths, and in Devon we explore Greenway, Agatha Christie’s vacation home. Spend a leisurely day in Cornwall with a walking tour of Port Isaac. Travel to the Salisbury Plain and marvel at monumental Stonehenge, then arrive in Windsor for a tour of Windsor Castle. Additional Departure: Aug. 31 - Sept. 10, 2019
Hosted By: Mary Lahammer
Anchor & Reporter
TPT (Twin Cities PBS)
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Day 1 : Fly to London
Joined by our Tour Director, we relax during an overnight flight to Great Britain.
Day 2 : Hampton Court Palace
In London we are warmly welcomed by our British Blue Badge Guide, the most experience guides in the UK.
We arrive in London, warmly welcomed by our British Blue Bad6+0+ge – the UK’s most experienced tour guides. We then depart for Hampton Court, Henry VIII’s favorite palace. Located on the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace was one of England’s most modern, sophisticated, and magnificent homes of its time. Explore Henry’s opulent State Apartments, tour the vast Tudor Kitchens, and feel the eerie chill of the Haunted Gallery before strolling the glorious gardens. In the evening we settle into our accommodations in central London and get to know our fellow travelers during a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Hampton Court Palace was one of the favorite palaces of King Henry VIII, located on the Thames River it was one of the state of the art dwellings of it's day. We will explore the State Apartments, the Tudor kitchens and experience the eerie chill of the haunted gallery.
Day 3 : London City Tour
After an included English Breakfast, we are joined by our Blue Badge Guide whose enthusiastic passion for British history and traditions enhance our introduction to London. We arrive at the Tower of London and learn about its legendary past, see Britain’s Crown Jewels, the armory, and much more. View the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Prime Minister’s Office on Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Look forward to views of the city from the Thames on a Thames River Cruise. The tour ends with a full afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, expertly brewed tea, freshly baked pastries, and scones with jam at Harrods, a department store with more than 160 years of history.
Learn about the legendary past of the Tower of London during our visit. See the Crown Jewels, the armory and much more.
Look forward to views of the city from the Thames on a river cruise
Enjoy the tradition of a full afternoon tea at the top of Harrod's Department Store complete with finger sandwiches, expertly brewed tea, freshly baked scones and delicate pastries.
Day 4 : Globe Theatre & London at Leisure
In the morning we travel to the South Bank of the River Thames to visit Shakespeare’s Globe, a faithful reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse best known for hosting William Shakespeare’s influential plays. Explore the theater grounds, its exhibitions, and an Elizabethan costume demonstration, then savor a fish and chips lunch at the Anchor Bankside Pub. The remainder of the day is ours to discover everything London has to offer.
Visit the recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Explore the grounds, the museum and learn about what it was like to go to a play here when Shakespeare lived. Afterward, we are treated to an Elizabethan dressing demonstration by the theatre's costume staff.
Enjoy a traditional fish and chips pub lunch at the historic Anchor Bankside Pub.
Day 5 : Bletchley Park & Oxford
We travel northwest of London to tour Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and many others worked in secret to unlock the German Enigma Machine during World War II. Explore the Visitor Centre and the Codebreaking Huts. After, we travel to Oxford, known as the City of Dreaming Spires. We go on a walking tour of Oxford’s city center with our Blue Badge guide, visiting local markets, Christchurch Cathedral, and more. Some of these places, including our accommodations this evening at the MacDonald Randolph Hotel, are filming locations to several popular television series.
Northwest of London, we visit Bletchley Park where Alan Turing and many others worked in secret to unlock the German Enigma Machine during WWII. Explore the Visitor Center and the code breaking huts.
We travel to Oxford, the Dreaming City of Spires. Explore the city on a walking tour with our Blue Badge Guide and visit local markets, Christchurch Cathedral and more.
Day 6 : Blenheim Palace
This morning we travel northwest to Richmond and the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. The principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, this is the only non-royal country house to hold the title of palace. Filled with marvelous treasures this 187-room home is truly a wonder. This afternoon, we journey to the Georgian city of Bath and enjoy a city tour before checking-in to our comfortable accommodations.
Blenheim Palace is the ancestral home of Winston Churchill
Guests enjoy lunch on own
This afternoon we journey to the Georgian city of Bath and enjoy a walking tour of the city before checking into our hotel.
Day 7 : Bath & Devon
This morning we tour the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Baths, built over hot springs by the Romans and rediscovered in Georgian times. Next, we journey down to Devon and take a ferry to visit Greenway, mystery author Agatha Christie's vacation home on a hill overlooking the river Dart. Our overnight accommodations for the next two nights are in Plymouth.
This morning we tour the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Baths
Local ferry on the River Dart to Agatha Christie's vacation home Greenway
Visit Greenway House, Agatha Christie's summer vacation home in Devon
Day 8 : Port Isaac & Cornwall
Today we travel to Cornwall. Our local guide, who is also an extra in a famous public television series, will lead a walking tour of the picturesque village of Port Isaac, the setting to a popular British medical drama-comedy. Here, enjoy a Cornish pasty lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Jamaica Inn, once a haven for smugglers and shipwreck looters.
Walking tour of picturesque seaside village of Port Isaac, filming location of a famous British medical drama-comedy.
Enjoy a traditional Cornish Pasty lunch at this seaside hotel formerly used as a school
Visit this smuggler's inn made famous by the Daphne Du'Mauier novel. See exhibits of artifacts used by smugglers and join us at the bar for a brew
Day 9 : Stonehenge
One of the most recognized prehistoric monuments in the world, few places have generated more speculation than the mysterious circle of standing stones known as Stonehenge. After breakfast at our leisure we travel to the Salisbury Plain for a tour of the fascinating landmark. We have the afternoon to learn about the site, then we travel east to the historic town of Windsor.
Visit the mysterious circle of standing stones on the Salisbury Plain.
Day 10 : Windsor Castle
Today we visit Windsor Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen, and the oldest and largest continuously occupied castle in the world. Prominently situated on 26 acres high above the River Thames, the castle features magnificent state apartments, St. George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a masterpiece in miniature. We have the rest of the afternoon on our own in Windsor. Tonight, we feast with our fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner, celebrating our final evening on the Sceptered Isle.
The official residence of Her Majesty the Queen, see the state apartments, Queen Mary's Doll House and St George's Chapel
Day 11 : Fly Home
We return home with fantastic memories of our spectacular tour of England.
September 14th, 2019 - September 24th, 2019
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Final Payment Date: 06/11/2019
TPT (Twin Cities PBS) Pickup Locations:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - MSP Airport
Mary Lahammer has been a program host and political reporter for Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) since 1998. She has won several Emmys and numerous other awards for anchoring, reporting, producing and photography. Mary’s trademark has been getting politicians to open up and trust her. She has produced a variety of documentaries on topics such as global trade missions and Minnesota history.
Mary has previously hosted Holiday Vacations’ Paris and London tours. Join her on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.