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Historic Palaces
5 days - by Coach

Price from £449.00 per person*
Departs 21st Aug 2017

Single person supplement : £200.00 per person

In this five 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 transport and 4 star riverside hotel, free time in London and an optional excursion to Hampton Court, this great Omega deal is more than just a break, it's a revelation.

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

  • Return coach travel from your chosen local departure point
  • Four nights' stay at the 4 star riverside Tower Guoman hotel with full English breakfast
  • Entry and coach transfer to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Westminster
  • Free time in London
  • Services of an Omega coach driver
  • 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 £200pp for the break.

Optional excursion to Hampton Court Palace and Richmond – £19pp

Monday: From a morning pick–up in your local area we travel by comfortable coach to London, arriving in the early afternoon. The 4 star 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 can find an hour or so, there are frequent river boats from Tower Pier, just a few hundred yards from the hotel entrance.

Tuesday: After a full English breakfast we take you by coach to Buckingham Palace. Incredibly, with 19 state rooms, 52 principal bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms, it is considered small by world standards. Carpets as big as cricket fields, state rooms the size of bus depots, cathedral–high corridors dripping with Holbeins and Van Dykes, 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 Epoque colours; gold, cream, more gold, a riot of reds and pinks, and still more gold. And nobody's changed it since.

In the afternoon it's time to visit the Palace of Westminster. 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 11th 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: Following breakfast, you can either have time at leisure around London, or join our excursion to Richmond and Hampton Court Palace, at a cost of £19 per person. This 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: Thursday: After breakfast today we travel by coach to visit a magnificent 4 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, and you'll love the location too – Windsor Castle. This 11th century property has been home to monarchs for 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. You may like to visit St George's Chapel, which contains the tombs of 7 queens and 11 kings. The castle once also contained a siege catapult called Lady Gunhilda, which is thought to be the origin of the word 'gun'.

Friday: After breakfast there is still more free time at leisure in the capital until it's time to set off for home in the early to mid–afternoon.

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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