Monday/Tuesday, December 25/26, 2017
San Francisco — London
Late afternoon departure for London on British Airways flight over the pole. Upon arrival clear customs and immigrations and transfer to your hotel. Copthorne Tara, home for the next seven nights.
After checking in, join Larry Hancock and your tour director to savor a pub fare and orientation of the week.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
National Portrait Gallery & Theatre
After breakfast, you are off to Trafalgar Square to visit to the National Portrait Gallery, followed by an afternoon matinee and dinner tonight in the Crypt of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Church. This beautiful 18th century architecture brick-vaulted ceiling and historic tombstones beneath your feet offer a perfect spot for delicious home-cooked food. Matinee performance included.
Shaftesbury Street - home to many theatres
Thursday, December 28, 2017
The morning is at leisure before joining Hancock this afternoon for a visit to the homes of Handel and Hendrix, which stand side by side separated by a wall and two hundred years. Evening theatre performance included.
Friday, December 29, 2017
After breakfast meet the Yeoman Warder early at the Tower of London who will direct your guided tour behind the fortress imprisonment. Be one of the first to view the Crown Jewels. Afterwards stop by The Mall where “they’re Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace”.
After a traditional pub lunch visit Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th century masterpiece, Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Architect, astronomer and political strategist, Wren had his plans in front of King Charles II nine days after the Great Fire. This fabulous day ends with a traditional High Tea. Evening at leisure.
Tower of London
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Choices today might include the historic Westminster Abbey with a stop at the Poet’s Corner where Chaucer, Dickens, Garrick and Tennyson among others rest or shopping and browsing at the historic Selfridges Department Store, Harrods and Marks & Spencer. This afternoon we are at the Barbican Theatre seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s JULIUS CAESAR as part of their Rome Series.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Relish a cornucopia of London activities: The British Museum, National Gallery or Victoria and Albert Museum. Tonight enjoy the New Year’s Eve lights.
Monday, January 1, 2018
Pull yourself out of bed for a special visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court, built by Cardinal Wolsey in 1514 and was the favorite residence of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Tonight join your host, Larry Hancock, for a farewell dinner and conversation.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
London — Home
Homeward from the land of kings and queens and literature giants or extend your stay in the United Kingdom.