London (Southampton), England

The south of England boasts a dramatic coastline that encloses some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. The landscape of hills and heaths, downs and forests, valleys and dales, is without rival. Southampton serves as your gateway to the countryside - and to a wide variety of historic sites, national landmarks and charming. And of course, London is a two-hour drive by modern highway.

The United Kingdom's premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home for many years to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear.

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Points of Interest

  • Buckingham Palace
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben/Parliament Buildings
  • London Eye
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Stonehenge
  • Windsor/Windsor Castle
  • Salisbury
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  • Buckingham Palace

    The Queen's official London residence, Buckingham Palace, found at the end of the tree-lined Mall, is protected by imposing iron gates, through which you can glimpse the red-jacketed Royal Guards.

  • Westminster Abbey

    This stunning Gothic building has been the setting for Royal weddings and coronations since 1066. It is home to the 'Tomb of the Unknown Warrior', representing the thousands killed in World War I.

  • Big Ben/Parliament Buildings

    The Houses of Parliament, both the House of Commons and House of Lords, is the home of British politics. An elaborate Gothic building, it is also the site of London's much-loved time-piece, Big Ben.

  • London Eye

    A giant 21st-century Ferris wheel, visitors walk directly into the specially designed glass capsules located on the wheel's exterior, for a breath-taking ride that lifts you high above the city.

  • Thames River Cruise

    Cruise along the River Thames on a vessel that features a glass observation deck, as well as an open-air promenade, soaking up the spectacular views including Tower Bridge, and the London Eye.

  • Stonehenge

    A true archeological mystery, this mythical monument is thought to be over 5,000 years old, and holds spiritual meaning for many. Visitors can walk around the giant stones, some over 24 feet tall.

  • Windsor/Windsor Castle

    Medieval Windsor Castle is a favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth II, and was built after the Norman Invasion by William the Conquerer. The nearby town boasts quaint Georgian shops, houses and inns.

  • Salisbury

    Home to a 13th-century Gothic-style cathedral, which boasts a 400-foot spire and a copy of the Magna Carta, the town itself features black-and-white, half-timbered houses and quaint, narrow streets.

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Winchester

4 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-220

Your excursion begins when you board your motorcoach in Southampton. As you make your way through the lush countryside, you'll pass quaint villages, undulating hills and verdant meadows. Your first destination in Winchester is the famous Cathedral. Outside, the church is adorned with a Gothic façade, which was added in the 14th century. Inside, the elaborately carved choir stalls feature flowers and plants, owls and monkeys, dragons, knights and green men, 12th century wall paintings, medieval carvings, and contemporary art. The cathedral's library contains over 4,000 books, including several illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages including the beautifully illuminated Winchester Bible. Did you know that author Jane Austin is buried here? Her grave is marked with a commemorative plaque. After your tour, you can walk into the heart of the city and do a little exploring and shopping on your own before heading back to your ship.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$89.95

London On Your Own

10 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-185
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben/Parliament Buildings
  • Thames River Cruise

Discover London at your own pace on this unguided tour, exploring the city on foot, by subway or black cab. Disembark the motorcoach on Park Lanet - a wonderful jumping off point for your independent exploration. Some of the sights you may wish to seek out include Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Harrods department store, St James's Park, Trafalgar Square, the British museum, Tate Modern and the National Art Gallery. Take a ride on the stunning London Eye, or view the Tower of London and nearby Tower Bridge. Other sites include Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the nation's much-loved time-piece, Big Ben. Shoppers should make for Oxford Street, Regent Street or Covent Garden, which boasts a covered market and quaint cobbled lanes.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$99.95

Windsor Town (Disembarking / Heathrow)

5.75 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-975
  • Windsor/Windsor Castle

A perfect half-day tour for passengers who are due to fly, you will travel to the town of Windsor enjoy a passing photo opportunity of the Long Walk, a spectacular 3 mile long, tree lined avenue that begins at the George VI gateway outside Windsor Castle and follows a straight pathway all the way to a magnificent Copper Horse Statue which depicts King George III riding on horseback. This iconic view was most recently seen during the Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Megan Markle, where the Regal newlyweds paraded down the Long Walk in an Ascot Landau carriage. Continuing to the town of Windsor, you will be given the opportunity of you will be given the opportunity of free time to explore.
After your free time, re-board your coach for the short transfer to Old Windsor and Eton and a final short journey to the airport.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$109.95

Stonehenge & Salisbury

6 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-215
  • Stonehenge
  • Salisbury

This truly unique journey into Britain's heritage starts when you meet your guide and driver at Southampton Docks for a motorcoach ride that takes you to Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old mystical monument to the past the mythical stones, were fenced off in 1977 due to erosion but you will be able to walk along the encircling pathway for stunning close up views, and hear more the history of these huge stones. Browse the visitor's center before heading to beautiful Salisbury to view the charming 13th-century Gothic-style cathedral, which is home to one of only four original Magna Carta, dating back to 1215 A.D. Stroll through the town, enjoy tea in a cafe, and browse the shops before heading back to port.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$109.95

Stonehenge & Salisbury (Guided in French)

6 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-216
  • Stonehenge
  • Salisbury

This truly unique journey into Britain's heritage starts when you meet your guide and driver at Southampton Docks for a motorcoach ride that takes you to Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old mystical monument to the past the mythical stones, were fenced off in 1977 due to erosion but you will be able to walk along the encircling pathway for stunning close up views, and hear more the history of these huge stones. Browse the visitor's center before heading to beautiful Salisbury to view the charming 13th-century Gothic-style cathedral, which is home to one of only four original Magna Carta, dating back to 1215 A.D. Stroll through the town, enjoy tea in a cafe, and browse the shops before heading back to port.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$109.95

Royal Windsor

8 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-115
  • Windsor/Windsor Castle

Your day-long adventure starts when you board your motorcoach at Southampton Docks for a guided drive through beautiful English countryside to the heart of picturesque Berkshire. One of Queen Elizabeth's favored residences, Windsor Castle was built after the Norman Invasion by William the Conquerer, and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Walk through the serene courtyard, which is flanked by St. George's Chapel, to the breath-taking State Apartments. These elaborate rooms feature painted ceilings, panelled walls, large fireplaces, antique furniture and original paintings. Wander through the ceremonial rooms which are used by the Queen to entertain visiting Heads of State, and also the beautiful 15th century St. George's Chapel, which took 51 years to build. Independently explore Windsor town, which boasts quaint Georgian shops, and enjoy lunch in one of the traditional pubs. View the Guildhall building which was completed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1689.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$129.95

Stonehenge (Disembarking / Heathrow)

6.25 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-960
  • Stonehenge

A perfect way to spend those last precious hours before you head home, simply board the motorcoach with your luggage and let your friendly guide introduce you to a snapshot of ancient Britain. Drive through picture-perfect English countryside, to Stonehenge, a 5,000 year old mystical monolith. Walk along the encircling pathway for close up views. Your audio-guide will explain more about the ancient builders who crafted this monument, their primitive tools and methods. Climb back onto the motorcoach and travel to Heathrow airport. Drive through Windsor Great Park, which boasts a 1,000-acres of woodland, where you will enjoy stunning views of medieval Windsor Castle.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$139.95

Stonehenge (Disembarking / Gatwick)

6.25 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-962
  • Stonehenge

A perfect way to spend those last precious hours before you head home, simply board the motorcoach with your luggage and let your friendly guide introduce you to a snapshot of ancient Britain. Drive to Stonehenge, a 5,000 year old mystical stone circle. Walk along the encircling pathway for close up views. Your audio-guide will explain more about the ancient builders who crafted this monument, their primitive tools and methods. Climb back onto the motorcoach and travel to Gatwick airport.

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$139.95

Bombay Sapphire (Disembarking / Heathrow)

4.5 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-970

Make the most of disembarkation day on this fascinating tour of the world-famous Bombay Sapphire gin distillery. It's an approximately 45-minute drive from port to Laverstoke, a charming little village in northwestern Hampshire. The Bombay Sapphire distillery is located in the Laverstoke Mill, a series of lovingly restored Victorian and Georgian buildings beautifully situated overlooking the River Test. The Bombay Spirits company occupies the 300-year-old paper mill, which showcases the natural beauty and heritage of the site. Embark on discovery tour that begins with a timeline of the famous brand and learn everything from how the Bombay Sapphire name was chosen to the origins of its signature blue bottle color. Continue to the glasshouses where the 10 plant species that give Bombay Sapphire gin its unique flavors are grown. Visit the main distillery and production areas, then enjoy a crafted cocktail made by the talented bar staff. Reboard the motorcoach and travel to Heathrow Airport for your flight home.

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Royal Windsor (Disembarking / Heathrow)

5.75 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-965
  • Windsor/Windsor Castle

A perfect half-day tour for passengers who are due to fly, you will enjoy a unique tour of Windsor Castle, on of Britain's most treasured landmarks. Head through stunning countryside to Windsor Great Park, 1,000 glorious acres of glorious woodland, eventually arriving at one of Queen Elizabeth's favorite homes, Windsor Castle. Tour the majestic State Apartments, which boast painted ceilings, enormous fireplaces, priceless paintings and antiques. Cross the courtyard to view one of the most beautiful religious buildings in England, St. George's Chapel; building began on this striking chapel in 1475 by King Edward IV and took 51 years to complete. Then enjoy free time to explore the main part of pretty Windsor town, which was established back in the Middle Ages. Browse the many shops and boutiques that line the quiet streets of this ancient town before boarding the motorcoach for the airport.

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London City Drive

10 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-100
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben/Parliament Buildings
  • London Eye

This spectacular full day's excursion will transport you from the busy port at Southampton, to the very heart of London's West End, and around many of the capital's historic landmarks. Your guide will accompany you on the coach to London, where you will head directly to the center of the city driving along Oxford Street, the city's main shopping thoroughfare, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. View stunning Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, as well as the capital's most cherished time-piece, Big Ben. Across the River Thames, you will catch a glimpse of the Millennium Wheel, also known as the London Eye, before heading to the Queen's official London residence, Buckingham Palace. Drive to St Paul's Cathedral, before heading to the impressive Tower of London, home of the Crown Jewels, and nearby Tower Bridge.

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Easy Activity, Shopping Opportunities

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$169.95

London Eye & Thames River Cruise

10.5 hours | London (Southampton) | SOU-140
  • Westminster Abbey
  • London Eye
  • Thames River Cruise

This memorable excursion starts with a motorcoach drive from the port at Southampton to the heart of London. View the English countryside as you whiz along the motorway before arriving at some of the city's most stunning landmarks including a shopper's paradise: Oxford Street, Regent Street and Trafalgar Square, which features Nelson's Column. Head to Westminster Abbey, a world-famous Gothic building that is now the resting place of many of Britain's monarchs, before arriving at the London Eye, a permanent fixture along London's vibrant South Bank. Enjoy an approximately 35-minute ride in a glass pod that offers panoramic views of London. Then board a boat for a fun cruise along the River Thames, soaking up the spectacular views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as you head towards the Tower of London, and Tower Bridge. Enjoy a tasty lunch at a central London location.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal

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$299.95