Day 1, August 2: London
Arrival at London Heathrow (or Gatwick) Airport where you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon Panoramic Sightseeing tour of London – a lively introduction to the major sights and attractions in London. The West End was long favored by the rich elite as a place of residence, close to the royal seat of power at Westminster. Developed in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, it was originally built as a series of palaces, expensive town houses, fashionable shops and places of entertainment. Today our tour will lead you past the Royal Parks, to Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner, and continue towards Buckingham Palace and the City of Westminster, where you will see Westminster Abbey and “Big Ben”.
Day 2, August 3: London - Theatreland
Walking tour of Theatreland. Discover fascinating facts and amazing stories about London’s most famous and important theaters. From ghost stories to love stories, the tour has something to suit everyone and is an essential guide to the history of the most famous theater district in the world. This afternoon you will visit one of the local theaters where you will get a chance to see the equipment first hand, and you will be able to spend some time with one of the directors. You will be able to ask questions etc. Theater performance. Tickets for the Open Air Theater at Regents Park.
Day 3, August 4: South Bank
A morning on the South Bank of the Thames, including a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern. Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theater for which he wrote. A fascinating guided tour then takes you into the unique space. The Globe Exhibition has now been refurbished with most exhibits re-presented to improve your journey through the history of Shakespeare and the Globe. Find out about extravagant Elizabethan costumes, Renaissance instruments and how they were used, and the dramatic stories of the first Globe crossing the Thames, and the new Globe being reconstructed on Bank side.
Throughout the year, a fascinating guided tour of the Globe Theater is included in your visit to Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition. Let one of our guides bring this extraordinary space to life. Please note: During matinée performances in the theater, when guided tours of the Globe are not possible, visitors will be taken to the nearby site of Bankside's first theater: the Rose. The space for which Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson wrote their greatest plays and in which Shakespeare learned his trade, the Rose is the only Elizabethan playhouse that has been excavated on a large scale by archaeologists.
Day 4, August 5: Stratford-upon-Avon
Full Day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds
Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds, en route for Stratford-upon-Avon, the small old Elizabethan market town on the River Avon, which enjoys worldwide fame as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visits included to Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Evening Option: A performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford. Tonight you will stay overnight in Stratford.
Day 5, August 6: You will have a free morning in Statford. Then you will be transferred back to London.
Day 6, August 7: Full day at leisure for independent sightseeing or shopping. London Theater Evening, including tickets to a hit West End Show (e.g. Hairspray).
Day 7, August 8: Transfer to Airport to check-in for return flight to the USA.
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