Join us in England for our Downton Abbey experience, explore the infamous Tower of London, cruise down the Thames, ride the London Eye, marvel at prehistoric Stonehenge, indulge in an afternoon tea, tour historic Bath, and more!
When: April 30-May 9, 2020
Registration Deadline: Registration is closed.
Tower of London*
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
Thames River Cruise
Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Tour of Parliament & Afternoon Tea
Churchill War Rooms
Downton Abbey film locations, including Highclere Castle
Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter
*These are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The list of sites isn’t complete (still waiting for confirmation for several sites), and is subject to change until our itinerary is finalized.
In addition to the sites listed above, you’ll have free time to have a picnic in Hyde Park, visit your choice of museums such as Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, and more.
If you’ve traveled with me before, this trip is more similar to my New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Philadelphia trips than my international trips. We’ll stay in one hotel and use a variety of transportation methods to get around – the tube (underground), buses, and our feet!
Some tours will be guided, some will have audio guides, and others will be self-guided. All will be fun!
We’ll rely a lot on public transportation while touring London, so plan to bring along your patience if there are last-minute changes or delays. Also, London’s tube system doesn’t seem to be wheelchair- or scooter-friendly, so I don’t recommend this trip for anyone with mobility issues, or for those who can’t walk for extended periods during the day. (You’ll need to start a walking program before this trip.)
Due to the amount of walking and logistics required for this trip, I’m limiting it to ages 9 and up.
Our hotel will have two double beds and will sleep up to two adults and two children. If you have more than that, you’ll have to get an additional room. ( Each room must include an adult throughout the stay.) If you have more than two adults in your room, there will be an additional cost to the prices listed below.
Price and What’s Included
Prices are estimates. Some sites haven’t finalized prices for 2020, and some sites haven’t confirmed yet. Due to this and the fluctuating exchange rate, I won’t be able to give final pricing until your balance is due in February.
The final price may be a little higher or (more likely) lower. I don’t expect it to be higher unless there’s a big change in the exchange rate. I tried to estimate high to avoid last-minute surprises, but don’t register if you can’t afford the estimated price for your family size.
The final price includes your registration fee, hotel for nine nights, breakfast each morning from May 1-9, all tours scheduled on our itinerary, and bus transportation for our day trips from London.
The final price doesn’t include airfare, airport transfers, tube/underground transportation while touring the city, all meals other than breakfasts noted above, anything you do on your own, and trip insurance.
Estimated prices are per family, not per person:
Family of 2: $5,550
Family of 3: $6,675
Family of 4: $7,800
If you have more in your family, combine prices above. For example, if you have a family of 6, combine the cost for two families of 3.
Payment, Cancellation, and Refund Policy
A deposit of $4,000 per family, per room is due within 7 days of my email confirmation of your spots. The final balance is due by February 15, 2020.
Please read carefully: Due to strict contract requirements and deadlines, payments are refundable only if I have a family on my waiting list to replace yours on or before February 15, 2020 and a $500 per-person cancellation fee will be deducted from all refunds. I can’t make any roster changes or give refunds after February 15, 2020. Your spots are not transferable to others outside of my waiting list.
Please make sure you understand this before you register and make your payments. Your signed registration form, waiver, and payment acknowledges your understanding and agreement with my cancellation and refund policy for this trip.
This trip won’t be confirmed until we reach our minimum. If we don’t meet our minimum, you’ll get a full refund of payments made to me. Please wait to purchase non-refundable airfare until I confirm the trip. I have no control over airline refund policies.
I accept checks, bank checks, and bank transfers using the Zelle transfer method (check to see if your bank participates). I don’t accept PayPal or credit card payments for this trip.
Travel insurance that covers your expenses if you cancel the trip is recommended. Thoroughly research policies to make sure of the reasons you can cancel, and that it covers emergencies and any unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, death of a loved one, and acts of God (natural disasters, etc.).
- Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by their parents on all tours.
- Children ages 17 and under may not be left in hotel rooms while parents tour.
- Each room must include an adult throughout the stay.
- A cell phone and international data plan with unlimited texting for one adult in your party is required for this trip.
You must list any special needs (food, physical, mental, etc.) on your registration form. I’ll check to see if your needs can be accommodated before you mail payment. (No money will be refunded, and no special accommodations can be made due to allergies or other special needs if you don’t tell me about them when you register.)
Want to go?
- First, please read the FAQs for this trip.
- Make certain you’re committed to the trip before registering. Travelers who register for trips without following through will be automatically waitlisted when they register for future trips.
- To register, submit this form. (Link deactivated – registration is closed.)
- If you don’t receive a confirmation with payment information within 3 days, please email me.
- Your deposit will be due within 7 days of receiving my confirmation email.
- I’ll email a confirmation when I receive your payments, and send you periodic trip updates via email.
- And that’s it! Email me if you have any questions.