Hidden Treasures of Southern England with Paris (GVE)

9 days from London to Paris

2019 Tour Details

A leisurely tour that highlights some of the historical monuments and beautiful towns found throughout Southern England. Your vacation starts with a short drive from London to Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. History buffs are sure to be delighted to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and a town that brings 16th-century England to life; mysterious Stonehenge and the Georgian city of Bath. You will also visit magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated in 1258 and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta. Discover the Isle of Wight with its rich historical heritage and visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home.

Throughout this tour of Southern England, your Tour Director will bring these destinations to life with first-hand, in-depth knowledge of their history, treasures, and secrets. Plus, to give you authentic experiences, Globus has included special adventures, such as tea and pastries in the Refectory restaurant in Salisbury and Shakespeare's Schoolroom where the Bard was educated and inspired to become a writer.

From the vibrant city of London to the relaxing, unspoiled Isle of Wight, this Southern England tour is a vacation of a lifetime!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

OXFORD
Walking tour

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Walking tour, [LF] visit Shakespeare’s schoolroom; welcome dinner

TETBURY
Visit the picturesque Cotswolds town

BATH
Visit this elegant Georgian city

LYMINGTON–YARMOUTH
Ferry crossing

ISLE OF WIGHT
Visit Osborne House

EAST COWES–SOUTHAMPTON
Ferry crossing

SALISBURY
Visit the cathedral; [LF] enjoy tea and pastries in the Refectory restaurant

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

LONDON–PARIS
By high-speed Eurostar Train

PARIS
Guided sightseeing, featuring the famous highlights followed by Seine River Cruise with views of Notre Dame Cathedral

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferries Lymington-Yarmouth, East Cowes-Southampton; high-speed Eurostar train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Stratford

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2

LONDON–OXFORD–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. Drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, and enjoy a walking tour through Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. Then, discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Your Tour Director will take you on a stroll ending at [LF] SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM. It was here that William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–COTSWOLD–BATH. A particularly scenic day. Enjoy a lovely, relaxed sightseeing morning through the Cotswolds’ idyllic rolling hills and discover its charming villages. Stop in Tetbury, a historic wool town and architectural gem, before continuing on to elegant Bath, famous for the Roman excavations and its stunning Georgian buildings. You will have time to discover the town on your own and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Later, consider an optional excursion to the picturesque, 13th-century village of Castle Combe.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

BATH–ISLE OF WIGHT–SOUTHAMPTON. Take a short FERRY ride and discover the Isle of Wight, situated off England’s south coast, with unspoiled and spectacular scenery and a rich historical heritage. OSBORNE HOUSE, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, invites you to visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach, and children’s play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the fabulous views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. Return by FERRY to the mainland for overnight in Southampton.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

SOUTHAMPTON–SALISBURY–STONEHENGE–LONDON. Today, visit the splendid Salisbury CATHEDRAL, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture and home to the best-preserved, original Magna Carta. Enjoy [LF] TEA and PASTRIES in the Refectory restaurant. Then, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. First, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE. Travel by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class) to Paris. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

PARIS. Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ most famous highlights like Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. Also enjoy a relaxing SEINE RIVER CRUISE with views of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

PARIS. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

PARIS. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

CHRISTIAN PORZIO

Escorting tours for more than 4 years

"As a Shakespeare's county local, from the stories of Kings, Queens and Heroes to the traditions, the culture and the food of everyday, I will be escorting you on an unforgettable journey across our breathtaking islands. By the end of it you will be as passionate about Britain as I am."

Tour Director -  CHRISTIAN PORZIO

 Accommodations

BATH

HILTON BATH CITY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LONDON

HILTON LONDON METROPOLE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PARIS

MERCURE PARIS CENTRE TOUR EIFFEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SOUTHAMPTON

HILTON SOUTHAMPTON

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

STRATFORD - UPON - AVON

CROWNE PLAZA STRATFORD UPON AVON

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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