A capital royal break
Step inside Buckingham Palace to discover its many treasures and magnificent state rooms. Explore the Royal Gifts exhibition - a special display of gifts presented to HM the Queen throughout her 65-year reign - and visit the Music Room to see a Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, which commemorates 20 years since her tragic death. Your trip will also include a visit to Royal Windsor, and the chance to see the treasures of the Queen's Gallery or take a guided tour of Clarence House.
Leaving the local area in the early morning we'll head to Royal Windsor. Wander the pretty streets of this lovely riverside town, or pre-purchase tickets to Windsor Castle to see the magnificent State Apartments.
After a pleasant afternoon in Windsor we'll continue to our overnight hotel.
After breakfast we'll return to London. Our day in the capital begins with our trip to Buckingham Palace. Marvel at the State Rooms - lavishly furnished with many of the greatest paintings, porcelain, sculptures and furniture from the Royal Collection - and visit the Royal Gifts exhibition, which tells the story of the Queen's reign through a wide-ranging display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty by world leaders from every continent over the past 65 years. In the Music Room you'll discover a Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. In this very special display you'll see a number of treasures that have been handpicked by her sons - The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry - to reflect her commitment to duty and their personal memories of their mother. Continue exploring to discover the West Terrace's Garden Cafe, which boasts views over the famous lawn, and the exclusive range of merchandise available in the Royal Collection Shop.
Depending on your departure date you'll also be able to pre-book a tour of Clarence House (August), home to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, or the exquisite Queen's Gallery (September), which will be hosting a Canaletto and the Art of Venice exhibition - showcasing the world's finest selection of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice's most famous vedutista (view-painter), Canaletto.
Afterwards, we'll take a short sightseeing tour of some of London's other royal sites before beginning our journey home.
You will be allocated a good hotel in the Heathrow/Slough area, such as the Holiday Inn Slough, and the Jury's Inn, Heathrow. The rooms will all have private facilities, telephones, TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, trouser presses and hairdryers, and all the hotels will have good bars and restaurants.
Heathrow/Slough Area Hotel
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
If you have any special needs regarding accessibility, it is important that you let us know at the time of booking so that we can request the appropriate arrangements at Buckingham Palace.