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Historic Palaces
6 days - by Air

Price from £669.00 per person*
Departures from 6th Aug 2017 to 3rd Sep 2017

Single person supplement : £250.00 per person

Please see Includes tab for flight times

In this six day break we go right to the top, inside the world of politics, government and monarchy with eye–popping visits to the palaces of Parliament and HRH the Queen. See a thousand years of history living, breathing and working all around you. With flights and transfers, 4 star central London accommodation, full English breakfast, free time in London and an optional extra trip to Hampton Court, this is more than just a London revel, it's a revelation.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to London
  • Airport taxes and return transfer to the hotel
  • Five nights stay at the 4 star Tower Guoman hotel with full English breakfast
  • Admission and coach transfers to Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and Windsor Castle
  • Free time in London and Windsor
  • Optional excursion to Hampton Court Palace and Richmond at a supplement of £19 per person
  • One piece of hold luggage (20kg weight limit)
  • VAT at 20%

*Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £250pp for the break.

Flights ↔ London
Aberdeen11:05 / 12:4518:30 / 20:10British Airways via Heathrow / easyJet via Gatwick
Belfast Int09:55 / 11:2019:10 / 20:35easyJet via Gatwick
Dundee17:10 / 18:3019:00 / 20:20Flybe Opera via Stansted
Edinburgh13:40 / 15:2019:15 / 20:45easyJet via Gatwick
Glasgow09:25 / 11:0019:00 / 20:35British Airways / easyJet via Gatwick
Inverness15:00 / 16:4020:25 / 22:05easyJet via Gatwick
Isle of Man14:55 / 16:1019:15 / 20:35easyJet via Gatwick
Leeds Bradford09:30 / 10:4517:30 / 18:35British Airways via Heathrow
Manchester09:40 / 10:5018:10 / 19:15British Airways via Heathrow
Newcastle11:25 / 12:4518:15 / 19:30British Airways via Heathrow
Newquay07:35 / 08:4520:10 / 21:15Flybe via Gatwick
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may not be available on all dates and are subject to change without notice

Sunday Check in at your chosen airport for your flight to London, where on arrival we will transfer you to the 4 star Tower Guoman hotel for check in and free time before the first of five nights stay. The Tower Guoman hotel is located right in the heart of London on the banks of the River Thames, next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. If you've an hour or so to spare, there are frequent river boats from Tower Pier, just a few hundred yards from the hotel entrance.

Monday; Ease yourself in slowly with a free day in London, or see some sights. Ten of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK are in London, mostly free, and within a mile or two of each other. Then there are the Science, the V&A, the Natural History, the British and the Imperial War Museums. The first three of these are right next to each other, and the others are just a few tube stops away. And they're all free entry. Or a more energetic challenge is to walk the Monopoly Board of famous place names including Piccadilly, Pall Mall, Oxford Street, Leicester Square and the Angel Islington, plus all the stations.

Tuesday After breakfast today we visit Buckingham Palace, and then the Palace of Westminster in the afternoon. Buckingham Palace is considered small by world standards, despite having 19 state rooms, 52 principal bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. Some of the carpets are as big as cricket fields, state rooms are the size of bus depots, cathedral–high corridors drip with Holbeins and Van Dykes, yet this was nevertheless a family house, and a happy one too, full of song and parties, until the day Prince Albert died. Then Queen Victoria shuttered herself and the Palace away in sorrow and perpetual mourning. At last, in 1901, Edward VII and his fashionable Marlborough Set friends brought joie de vivre back to Buckingham Palace, and had the whole place done out in the latest Belle Époque colours; gold, cream, more gold, a riot of reds and pinks, and still more gold. Probably not your taste but still, it's the ultimate show home, and an amazing place to visit.

Everyone knows what the Houses of Parliament look like – from the outside. Here's your chance to see SW1A 0AA as only MPs normally see it, from the inside. Walk the same halls and corridors as the Prime Minister under the stony gaze of her marble–statued forbears. Explore the august committee rooms overlooking the Thames, where once the noxious 'Great Stink' made government work impossible and forced legislation to clean up the river. Visit eleventh–century Westminster Hall, built by King William Rufus who demanded that it should be huge in order to impress the Saxon peasants (and then complained it wasn't big enough). If politics seems small on the TV, it's positively overpowering in real life as you stand in the House of Commons itself, scene of the most momentous and dramatic debates of modern times.

Wednesday Today you can either amuse yourself around London, perhaps going to the Tower of London or on the London Eye, or join our optional excursion to Richmond and Hampton Court Palace, at a cost of £19 per person. This price includes admission to the palace, the famous maze and gardens, plus a multi–language audio guide and costumed guided tour as well as coach transfer and a visit to Richmond.

Thursday 11th–century Windsor Castle has been home to monarchs for over 900 years and is the Queen's favourite residence, with 500 staff, 1,000 rooms and more gilt, velvet and Old Masters than you can shake a tiara at. Whilst there we visit a magnificent four storey Edwardian mansion, beautifully furnished, with electric chandeliers, lifts, flushable toilets, a secret garden, a wine cellar, and a library with 200 printed volumes specially written for it by Hardy, Kipling, JM Barrie and Conan Doyle. Yes, you guessed, it's a doll's house, built by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Queen Mary. Nine hundred years is a lot of history, and if you watched The White Queen on TV you'll know there was a Queen Elizabeth before Elizabeth I. Well, she's buried here in St George's Chapel, along with six other queens and eleven kings. The castle once also contained a siege catapult called Lady Gunhilda, which is thought to be the origin of the word 'gun'. There will also be some free time for you to look around the town before the coach transfers you back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Friday One final breakfast and a free morning, then in the afternoon we will transfer you back to the airport for your return flight.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Tower Guoman Hotel, London
One of London's most prestigious addresses, the Tower Guoman overlooks the Thames and is located next to two World Heritage Sites, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. You can enjoy one of the finest outlooks in London with the majority of rooms offering breathtaking views over the River Thames, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, St Katharine's Dock and the City of London beyond.

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