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Legendary author Virginia Woolf wrote that “to walk alone in London is the greatest rest.” Your CosmosGO app will guide you to London’s most famous landmarks: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. Later in the afternoon meet your Tour Director who has everything you need to begin your England adventure.
Dreaming Spires and Dreamy Cottages
Meet your fellow travelers as we head into the countryside and on to Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires.” Your Tour Director will lead a walking tour with highlights like the Sheldonian Theatre, Bodleian Library, and Radcliffe Camera. Next, on our way to Bristol, discover the Cotswolds and drive through some of its charming villages and the idyllic English landscapes. We stop in Tetbury, an architectural gem with many houses remaining as they were in the 16th century. Don’t miss a chance to step into one of the honey-colored pubs and enjoy a “Ploughman’s” or traditional Fish & Chips!
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 220 km
Artists & Architects—Known & Unknown
We’re onto Bristol, snug in the hills of South West England. This charming town has a distinct identity as a mecca for artists, scientists, and architects who come here to seek inspiration. Throughout the city, you’ll find the street artworks of world-famous artist Banksy—make it a point to find his earliest pieces as you explore Bristol. Or maybe step back in time and join an optional excursion to Stonehenge and Bath.
Tea Time & Time for Shopping
Today we leave the banks of the River Avon and drive to Shrewsbury, a charming medieval market town in the glorious English countryside. Here you’ll have time to explore its quaint streets and shops, with discovery literally around every corner. Enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat in one of the many little restaurants before we continue our adventure onto Liverpool, your destination for the next two nights.
Today’s Distance: 182 mi/ 300 km
Strawberry Fields Forever
Think of Liverpool and you immediately think of The Beatles. Their legacy is alive and well in this harbor town. Situated on the bank of the Mersey estuary, the city has one of the largest harbors in the world and remains a major port for transatlantic shipping. As former European City of Culture, it also boasts an impressive art scene, with more museums and galleries than any other British city outside of the capital. With your CosmosGO app in hand, you can discover Penny Lane and more.
The Bard of Avon, and the London Stage
The last leg of your journey takes you to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. You’ll experience its 800-year-old history first-hand, and see that time has stood still. Then it is back to London. This evening we invite you to celebrate your journey with an optional Shownight excursion—after dinner at a stylish restaurant, sit back in your premium seat and enjoy a world-renowned West End show.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 390 km
Your England vacation ends this morning.
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Concrete and brick commercial hotel in modern nine-story complex located at Hammersmith, 1/4 mile from train station.
The 182-room Ibis hotel, located in the city center, boasts inviting guest rooms combined with a hearty breakfast spread each morning. Fogg's restaurant serves international cuisine from tasty pizzas and salads to diner-style comfort food and the busy bar also features a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking Millennium Square.
Nestled in the trendy Baltic Triangle and close to the Georgian Quarter, the hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring this sprawling maritime city. Modern hotel with 192 guest bedrooms. All rooms are ensuite, with tea and coffee facilities, television and free fibre Wi-Fi and offer quirky urban-inspired décor.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
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