After arriving at London Heathrow, meet your driver for a private transfer to your centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for relaxing or sightseeing independently. Take advantage of your Oyster Card to explore some of the sights by the Tube or bus. Take a spin on the London Eye, or for London's best views, ride to the top of The Shard. Explore the bohemian neighborhood of Notting Hill, have dinner in lively Soho, or maybe take in a play or musical in London's theater district.
After breakfast meet your guide for a Private London City Tour. You will learn fascinating facts about London as well as the landmarks of this remarkable city. You will see and have the opportunity to take plenty of photos of some of the most iconic and famous historical London sights. Certainly on the agenda will be Westminster Abbey and nearby Big Ben, London's iconic national timepiece, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London housing the Crown Jewels, the British Museum, and Buckingham Palace. Once your tour has finished, you can return to your hotel or stroll through central London to carry on with the rest of your day. You may want to revisit some of the attractions to spend additional time, or perhaps tour something quirky like the Sherlock Holmes Museum, or walk across Abbey Road in the footsteps of the Beatles. You can partake in the British tradition of high tea at Fortnum & Mason or stop at a pub; the quintessential meeting place for the British to relax, debate, and get together with friends.
After breakfast, take the train from London's Paddington Station to the historic town of Oxford. After checking into your hotel, meet your guide in the afternoon for a private walking tour*. Steep yourself in 800 years of history on this enlightening and fun tour of England's most renowned university cities. The tour takes you through the heart of the old medieval city, so you'll learn about Oxfords most interesting, iconic, and most photographed locations. A typical itinerary will include Trinity College, Bodleian Library, the Bridge of Sighs. The highlight for many visitors is the visit to Christchurch College; Oxford's most popular attraction. You can linger in the 17th-century dining hall and chapel, and hear about their famed teacher and author Lewis Carroll, where he wrote "Alice in Wonderland". You'll finish the tour in one of Oxford's worst kept secrets; a tucked away tavern where a certain US President didn't inhale.
After breakfast, you'll have the opportunity for a Private Chauffeured Punting Tour; a truly unique English experience. A punt is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or shallow water. "Punting" refers to boating in one of these boats. The punt is propelled by pushing against the river bed with a pole, and it's the ideal way to see the riverside colleges in comfort and style. A highly experienced trained punter will take you out onto the River Cherwell. As you set off south from the boathouse you will drift gently past Oxford's famous Botanic Gardens, past Magdalen College School fields, and through Christ Church Meadows. Then you'll pass St Hilda`s College gardens before returning to the Boathouse. In the afternoon, take the pleasant 2 hour train ride to Stratford upon Avon, and after checking into your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
This morning, meet your guide for a Private Walking Tour to view the city's popular attractions, and experience its local charms. Famous around the world as the birthplace of the playwright William Shakespeare, this delightful and vibrant riverside town is the setting for your morning walk, exploring the life and times of William, his family, friends and associates. As you walk in William Shakespeare's footsteps from birthplace to grave, your guide will unravel the Shakespeare story. It's like walking through the pages of history. You'll see the houses connected to William Shakespeare and his family, including the Birthplace, New Place, and the beautiful Hall's Croft. If you have free time after the walk, you may wish to revisit some of these sites.
After a leisurely breakfast, you'll have a "Behind the Scenes Tour" of the historic Shakespeare Theater. The experienced tour guides will take you backstage to explore the public and private areas of the famed theater. You'll discover the origins of the RSC as well as some of the other theaters in Stratford. Explore one of the current productions in more depth and learn about some of the fascinating details of the theater-making process. Later in the afternoon, take the train to Bath, and after checking into your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening for dinner, you'll find Bath's lively new dining scene offers innovative vegetarian eats, fine dining, craft beer and plenty of creative young chefs with new small-plate restaurants.
In the morning, your voucher provides entrance to the Roman Baths; a World Heritage Site, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. You'll enjoy its interactive aspects, transporting you back to Roman times. The city's unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water. Explore ancient chambers, historically housing changing rooms, and tepid plunge pools. A visit to Bath wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Georgian splendor of The Pump Room, with its Corinthian columns and crystal chandelier. You'll have a reservation at 1pm for Afternoon Tea, the most quintessential of English customs. Some of the items on the Somerset High Tea menu will include a pot of loose-leaf tea or hand roasted coffee accompanied by Scotch egg, chicken and sausage fennel roll, chutney, Piccalili and their famous apple cider cake.
After breakfast, you'll have more time to explore this charming city before taking your return train to London. After checking into your hotel, enjoy a memorable evening, reminiscing about your remarkable stay.
After breakfast, meet your driver in the lobby for your private return transfer to Heathrow Airport and onward to your next Avanti Destination!