Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Windsor Castle, United Kingdom

Best of London in 7 Days Tour

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 2,095 $ 299 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the Westminster Houses of Parliament to the Renaissance-inspired Banqueting House
  • Enjoy of the National Gallery's masterpieces, including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Turner and the Impressionists.
  • Visit the Royal Family's castle, ornate St. George's Chapel and the surrounding park
  • Visit the quaint town of Windsor for more sightseeing back in London
  • Explore the treasure-packed British Museum

Short Description

London has just what you need for a quick escape: direct flights; the best live theater scene on the planet; an inviting pub on every corner; and the simple pleasure of conversing with Europeans with (almost) no language barrier. During your week in London, your Rick Steves guide will lead you on a magical history tour through the Tower, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, Churchill War Rooms and plenty of priceless art — and even take you on a train trip to Windsor Castle. Join us for the Best of London in 7 Days!

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City London
End City London

Trip Includes

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of London come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 18 group sightseeing events, London neighborhood walk and Tube orientation, Visitor Oyster Card for Underground (Tube) and bus transportation, London panoramic coach tour, National Gallery tour, Whitehall walking tour, Westminster Abbey tour , Opening ceremony at the Tower of London, Tower of London "Beefeater" tour, "City" walking tour, Afternoon tea, British Museum visit,  East London food tour, St. Paul's Cathedral tour, Windsor day trip, Windsor Castle tour , Globe Theater tour, Borough Market visit, South Bank walk…and more
  • All group transportation during the week in London
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2017
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to London

We'll meet at our hotel in central London at 3 p.m. this afternoon to get acquainted. Then we'll set off on a neighborhood walk and Underground/Tube orientation, before stepping aboard our very own vintage double-decker bus for a panoramic tour of "The Old Smoke" (London). We'll finish the evening with a "Welcome to London" dinner together. Sleep in London (6 nights). Walking: moderate.

Day 2: Whitehall and Westminster

After a morning walk through Covent Garden, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly Circus, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the National Gallery's masterpieces, including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Turner, and the Impressionists. After lunch, we'll continue with a history-laced walking tour along Whitehall — from the Renaissance-inspired Banqueting House, past Downing Street, to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament — all punctuated by the smartly dressed, stony-faced Horse Guards. We'll finish our day together with a tour of the majestic Westminster Abbey, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. The rest of your afternoon is free for the nearby Churchill War Rooms, the Houses of Parliament, or a Thames River cruise. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: The Tower and The City

This morning we'll head out early to witness the opening ceremony at the medieval Tower of London. Our early arrival will leave us first in line to join a Yeoman Warder "Beefeater" for an entertaining tour and a close-up look at the UK's magnificent collection of Crown Jewels. After lunch, we'll continue on a walking tour of The City, the oldest part of London and today one of the world's key financial centers. We'll rest our feet while enjoying a quintessential English experience: afternoon tea, before you're set free to explore the treasure-packed British Museum. This evening is free and perfect for the theater (book a popular show in advance from the Colonies or pick up a ticket in London). Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: East London and St. Paul's

Today we'll venture out to the culturally diverse East End of London, where we‘ll find our lunch on a food tour. The tour will guide us through the history of the East End, tasting the influence of cultures along the way — from a traditional English bacon butty, to Indian curries and Jewish beef brisket. Once we have had our fill, we'll continue on to England's national church — Christopher Wren's majestically domed St. Paul's Cathedral — and hear how local "fire watcher" volunteers saved this symbol of British resolve during the bombing raids of World War II. Your evening is free for the theater, or consider staying near St. Paul's to hear the evensong. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Historic Windsor Castle

Today we'll catch a train and head out of town to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest castle residence in the world. We'll spend the morning touring the Royal Family's castle, ornate St. George's Chapel, and the surrounding park. The remainder of the day is yours for poking around the quaint town of Windsor or for more sightseeing back in London. Tonight, join your guide and fellow tour members for a pint at local pub and share the stories of your day's experience. This is another good night for the theater. Train: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Borough Market and the South Bank

We'll begin our morning with a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the half-timbered and thatched roof replica of the original theater which was home to the playwright's productions in the late 1500s. Then we'll take a walking tour along the South Bank of the Thames. We'll see the Tower Bridge and Southwark Cathedral, and learn how this side of the river has evolved since Roman times. We'll end our tour at Borough Market, one of the oldest and largest food markets in London, with colorful produce and the wafting scents of grilled cheese and duck confit sandwiches. The afternoon is yours to enjoy lunch at the market, visit the Tate Modern, hop on a Thames River cruise, or take a ride on the London Eye. Tonight we'll meet for our "last supper" and raise a toast to London and new friends. Cheers! Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Heathrow and Gatwick airports can be easily reached by Tube, train, or bus from our London neighborhood. For those not ready to return home yet, London is a great jumping off point to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, and many other exciting destinations. Cheerio!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 28

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations and refunds: Your tour deposit is 100% refundable for 30 days from the date it is received, unless noted otherwise below. After 30 days your deposit becomes nonrefundable, and will be forfeited should you decide to cancel your reservation. Deposits made 60–90 days before a tour departs become nonrefundable on the final payment due date. If you book a tour less than 60 days before its departure date, the entire tour cost becomes non-refundable after 7 days.

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