1. Day 1 Icons of London

    Arriving in to London, use your Airport Express Rail Pass on the dedicated airport rail link to the city centre. After dropping the luggage at the hotel use your London visitor rail card to explore some of London's iconic sites from Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament to the London Eye, Tower of London and St Pauls Cathedral. Take a wander past Downing Street to Trafalgar Square to see Nelson's Column, enjoy street entertainments in Covent Garden and the glamour of Picadilly Circus before a relaxing stroll in Hyde Park.

    Overnight: London

    Journey details: 20 minutes to London (via Gatwick/ Heathrow Express)

  2. Day 2 Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon OR Regency Bath

    Today make use of your Britrail London Plus Pass to take a day trip through the countryside to Stratford upon Avon or the city of Bath. In Stratford you'll find a charming Tudor town of timberwork houses over looking open greens and a wealth of Shakespeare related heritage sites including Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. If you opt to visit Bath you'll find one of England's most splendid cities home to cobbled streets, grandiose Regency architecture, a stunning medieval Abbey and the crowning glory at the Roman Baths and Pump Room.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours (approx.) - depending on day excursion

  3. Day 3 London Culture and Shopping

    Remain in London today to enjoy some of the world class museums whether it be the renowned British Museum, the Victoria and Albert or the Natural History Museum. If Art is your thing then there are world class galleries at the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Gallery and Tate Modern. After all that culture indulge in some retail therapy with a visit to the famous Harrods Department Store in Kensington, a stroll down Oxford Street or a visit to one of London's many street markets such as Portobello Market. By night enjoy the bustle of the West End with perhaps a show in one of the many theatres.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 Canterbury and Dover OR Cambridge City

    Venturing out of London once more you may choose to travel north to the whimsical academic city of Cambridge. Home to one of the World's most renowned universities Cambridge is home to stunning architecture in the form of the university quads, colleges and chapels such as trinity College and Kings College and is where Emanuelle Harvard studied before emigrating to the US. Alternatively you may choose to head south through Kent, the Garden of England to ecclesiastical capital of England at Canterbury home to a stunning Abbey and the grandiose Canterbury Cathedral. A short onward train ride will take you to Dover where you can see the famous Whit Cliffs and explore the coastal fort at Dover Castle and the labyrinth of underground wartime tunnels.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)*

  5. Day 5 Return home

    Make your way to the airport for your return flight from Heathrow or Gatwick.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked English or continental breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail London Plus Pass (2 days within 8 days).
  • London Visitor Travel Card.
  • Return Airport Express rail tickets (Heathrow or Gatwick).
  • Adeo travel rail information including station details, journey durations and departure times.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.

Suggested accommodations

  • Delmere Hotel (3*), London x 4 nights or
  • Burns Hotel (3*), London x 4 nights or
  • Lancaster Gate Hotel (3*), London x 4 nights or
  • K+K Hotel George (4*), London x 4 nights or
  • Doubletree by Hilton Marble Arch, London (4*) x 4 nights

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

Unless otherwise requested all suggested accommodations for our rail tours will be within walking distance or a short taxi journey from the local railway station.

Optional extras

  • Enjoy a musical production with West End theatre tickets.
  • Book advance tickets for the London Eye, Madame Tussauds or the Tower of London.
  • Enjoy an Open Top Sightseeing Bus Tour of London.
  • Enjoy a cruise on the River Thames.

Customize this tour!

  • Replace a night in London with a night in Bath, Stratford, Canterbury, Dover or Cambridge.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours.

Departure Dates 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

Pricing 2017/18

Based on staying iBased on staying in 3* central London Hotel (Phoenix Hotel, Bayswater / Lancaster Gate Hotel, Bayswater or similar):

  • Twin/Double - from GBP £499 per person.
  • Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details.

Based on staying in 4* central London Hotel (Mercure Kensington Hotel, Kensington / Park International Hotel, Kensington or similar):

  • Twin/Double - from GBP £629 per person.
  • Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April).
  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room with one adult Britrail pass per person as specified.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
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