Day 1 Sunday: Meet our coach this morning as we make our way to London.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich
After your journey down no doubt you’ll want to stretch your legs and maybe have something to eat. A lovely but little-visited place in London is Greenwich.
Internationally recognised as the home of time, Greenwich is the Prime Meridian of the World, every place on Earth is measured from here. It’s also home to London’s oldest Royal Park, The National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Old Royal Naval College.
The view across London from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park is outstanding whilst central Greenwich features Greenwich Market and the famous Cutty Sark.
After Greenwich its time to check into our floating hotel…
A luxury Stateroom aboard a fabulous Yacht awaits you…
London’s latest deluxe hotel is a floating Palace. 138 spacious guest rooms along with an elegant reception area, bar, lounge and fine-dining restaurant have been created over 5 floors on board The Sunborn Yacht which is now permenantly moored in one of the city’s most affluent commercial areas.
Welcome aboard this unique and thrilling place to stay!
You should have around 3 hours free time to check-in, relax, familiarise yourself and maybe get something to eat. The Yacht has a restaurant and there are many options to eat nearby within walking distance.
Tower of London – Ceremony of the keys
This evening we visit the Tower of London and enjoy a guided tour by a Beefeater. We’ll be privy to the ancient ritual of the ‘Ceremony of the Keys’.
This 700 year-old tradition takes place every night and our group will be allowed to escort the Chief Yeoman Warder as he locks up the home of the Crown Jewels before he is 'challenged' by the sentry whom he must answer to before completing the task. The same wording has been used every night for the past 700 years.....
Day 2 Monday : Full English breakfast is included before we leave the Yacht around 9am and make our way to Pickford Wharf on the Thames near London Bridge.
Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hinde
Step aboard and step back in time to the Tudor era of 1577 when Sir Francis Drake famously circumnavigated the Globe in the English Galleon ‘The Golden Hinde’
Did you know London has the only full scale, fully working replica of the original ship?
The guided tour is truly fascinating and a real eye-opener as to the hard life of a sailor in the 16th Century. The authenticity of the creaking decks (materials of oak, elm, pine, and fir were sourced as well as researching traditional hand-building methods and tools used to create the original vessel) really captures the atmosphere of an expedition on the high seas in Elizabethan times
After the Golden Hinde – a few hundred yards away is Borough Market in Southwalk Street. Colourful, Vibrant, Pacy, Borough Market is probably the best food market in the Country so a good place to have a wander, soak up the cosmopolitian atmosphere and have a spot of lunch.
Adjacent to the market is Southwark Cathedral - the oldest Gothic church in London, dating from around 1220. You may well want to combine both and pay a vist to this beautiful building.
For our final, and again suprising experience in London we head across the river to an historic complex of ancient buildings known as The Charterhouse. Suprising in the sense that this is a calm oasis within a hectic capital city. Its history dates back to the 14th Century when a Carthusian priory was founded in 1371. The buildings evolved and took on many fascinating guises up to 1611 when it became an Almhouse and it remains as such to this day. The Charterhouse is a charming, delightful and unexpected ‘find’ in central London.
Price includes; Coach, Hotel, Breakfast, entrance and tour Tower of London. Entrance to Golden Hinde and the Charterhouse. Single Supp £35.
Note: Due to the nature of the Golden Hinde this tour is not suitable for persons with mobility problems.