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Commanding cathedrals stand alongside trendy boutiques. Sophisticated restaurants complement traditional pubs. Perfectly manicured parks sprawl near museums that are rich in medieval history. As you take it all in, keep an eye out for celebrities, superstars and royal showstoppers.

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Overview

London is an ancient city whose history greets you at every turn. To gain a sense of its continuity, stand on Waterloo Bridge at sunset. To the east, the great globe of St. Paul's Cathedral glows golden in the fading sunlight as it has since the 17th century, still majestic amid the modern towers of glass and steel that hem it in. To the west stand the mock-medieval ramparts of Westminster, home to the "Mother of Parliaments," which has met here or hereabouts since the 1250s. Past them both snakes the swift, dark Thames, following the same course as when it flowed past the Roman settlement of Londinium nearly 2,000 years ago. If the city contained only its famous landmarks—the Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace—it would still rank as one of the world's top cities. But London is so much more.

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The heaviest tourist season runs mid-April through mid-October, with another peak around Christmas—though the tide never really ebbs. Spring is the time to see the countryside and the royal London parks and gardens at their freshest; fall to enjoy near-ideal exploring conditions. In late summer, be warned: air-conditioning is rarely found in places other than department stores, modern restaurants, hotels, and cinemas in London, and in a hot summer you'll swelter. Winter can be rather dismal, but all the theatres, concerts, and exhibitions go full speed.

It's virtually impossible to forecast London weather, but you can be fairly certain that it will not be what you expect. It's generally mild—with some savage exceptions, especially in summer. In short, be prepared for anything: layers and an umbrella are your friends.

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Top Experiences

  • Westminster Abbey : The most exciting church in the land is the final resting place for the men and women who built Britain. It has hosted nearly every coronation since 1308.

  • Buckingham Palace : Not the prettiest royal palace, but a must-see for the glimpse it affords of modern royal life.

  • St. Paul's Cathedral : No matter how many times you have been before, the scale and elegance of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece never fails to take the breath away.

  • Tower of London : The fortunes that have risen and fallen within this turreted mini-city provide an inexhaustible supply of intrigue.

  • Tate Modern : Housed inside a striking 1930s power station, this is a hip, immensely successful addition to the London gallery landscape.

  • London's Central Parks : Pick St. James's Park for fairy-tale views; Green Park for hillocks and wide boulevards; Regent's Park for its open-air theater; and Hyde Park for rowing on the Serpentine Lido.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

Tour Credit - London

Your package price includes a tour credit valued at USD 200 per person to apply toward select London excursions offered by Golden Tours. From the popular Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour to the world-famous Tower of London and much more, you’re sure to find an experience that captures your interest. Once you’ve booked your London vacation package, visit http://costcotravel.gttix.com to view all of the options and book your tour, using the voucher code you receive with your package. Please note that any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash.

Additional Information

Tour Details
Tours range in price from approximately $75 - $175 per person
Historic and Modern London
Total London Experience
Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge
Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury
Stratford, Oxford, Cotswolds and Warwick Castle
Oxford, Stratford and Cotswolds
Oxford, City of Stratford-upon-Avon and Cotswolds
Windsor, Oxford and Stonehenge
Stonehenge, Lacock and afternoon in City of Bath (small-group tour)
Private viewing of Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath
Private visit of Leeds Castle, Canterbury, White Cliffs of Dover and Greenwich, plus a river cruise

Tours range in price from approximately $15 - $75 per person
Simply Stonehenge
Panoramic tour of London with St Paul's Cathedral and Guard Change
Panoramic tour of London with St Paul's Cathedral and Guard Change, plus a river cruise
Simply Windsor Castle (afternoon tour)
London by Night - 8 p.m.
Jack The Ripper walking tour
London Panorama Open Top Tour

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Transfers

Region: London
Transfer Company: Gray Line London/Golden Tours
Telephone: From USA and Canada 1-800-548-7083. Within England 20-7233-7030.

Instructions: While in Europe, or in case of a flight delay or change of plans while traveling, please contact the appropriate local representative.

Trains

From To London
Edinburgh
4 hours 35 minutes
Paris
2 hours 15 minutes

*Overnight Trains

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