Arrive in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. After you check in at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city. The metro is the best mode of transport. We recommend you buy the Oyster Card which is available at any of the Underground metro stations. It is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, tube, tram and rail services in London. Later in the evening, enjoy a classy play or a mesmerizing musical at a West End theatre. Overnight in London.
Discover the city at your own pace by hitching a ride on the open-top Hop-On Hop-Off bus that takes you to all the must-see spots. The ticket is valid on three interesting routes - the Yellow route which is the Grand Tour of the best of London's sights with entertaining live commentary, the Red route which covers major sights including must-visit attractions like Madame Tussauds, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye and the Blue Tour, a Museum tour which leads you to London's famous museums, like the Natural History Museum with its enormous collection of over 70 million artifacts and specimens covering life on earth. In the evening, see the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, Madam Tussauds, Canary Wharf, the O2 Millennium Dome, the Thames Flood Barrier and many more London landmarks, resplendent against the glittering night sky. The ticket also includes a Thames River Cruise and walking tours at no extra cost. Overnight in London.
This morning, visit the University towns of Oxford and Stratford en route to the historic Warwick Castle, as you make your way past the gently rolling hills of Cotswolds, completely surreal and quintessentially English. Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town at the edge of the Forest of Arden, and the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Gain fascinating insights into the playwright’s childhood as your visit his Tudor-style home with its typical parlour, bedrooms, kitchen, buttery and ancestral glove-making workshop. A short drive away is the medieval Warwick Castle, with its magnificent towers and ramparts still intact. Go back 1000 years as you take a footbridge into a bygone world of banquets, battles and ceremonies. Be startled by Tussaud’s waxwork collection, brave the spine-chilling dungeons where prisoners were tortured. Stroll through the Castle's lovingly tended gardens, catch displays of archery, falconry and jousting. Head back through the verdant Warwickshire countryside to London. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight in London.
Make your way to the train station to board a train for a 2 hour 20 minute journey to Manchester. Check-in and the rest of the day is free for you to relax, explore the city and shop. You could visit the Manchester Art Gallery and enjoy the work of artists like Constable, Turner, Pissarro, Gauguin and Renoir. A trip to the Manchester Arndale and Market Street, where Topshop, Zara, H&M, Next and other top brand stores are located, is a must. Or discover Manchester on foot, by booking a guided walking tour which allows you to explore the splendid Victorian architecture against the backdrop of slick, modern buildings. After freshening up at your hotel, head out to dine at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants. Overnight in Manchester.
This morning you can opt for a full day tour of the Peak District. From rugged moorland to rolling hills and dales, from lush meadows to leafy forests, Peak District has arguably the country’s finest scenery. Or, choose to spend the day at The Quays, 15 minutes away from the Manchester City Centre. Explore The Lowry with its houses, theatres, galleries, family attractions and a range of cafes, bars and restaurants. The Quay is also home to Manchester United’s legendary Old Trafford football ground, where a tour of the stadium to discover what happens behind the scenes, and a sneak peek into the museum to explore the club’s fascinating history, is highly recommended. Come evening, take your pick from the performances at the Palace Theatre and Opera House, The Lowry or Royal Exchange Theatre, Library Theatre, Contact Theatre or Bridgewater Hall. Famous faces, West-End favourites, world-class performers, musicians and conductors are on stage every single night in Manchester. A traditional English dinner later, return to your hotel. Overnight in Manchester.
Make your way to the train station for a pleasant train journey to York. The day is free for you to explore York, a city with a rich heritage and numerous attractions. Visit the National Railway Museum of York with over 300 exhibits. A must-do is a visit to the York Dungeon where you can enjoy shows that present the history of the dungeon through actor-led shows, special effects and exhibits. Overnight in York.
It’s time to say goodbye to York as you board your train to London for your onward flight.