Participants will depart from Roanoke on an overseas flight to London on Friday, March 3, and the trip will include professionally guided tours on foot and on bus, along with self-guided exploration during free time.
The sites will feature Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace, which has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Here, participants will take in a quintessential London experience – the Changing of the Guard.
The trip will also include a ride on the iconic London Eye, located on the south bank of the River Thames, which transports passengers more than 400 feet up in the air for a birds-eye view of the city, and a visit to the Tower of London, a historic castle built in the 11th century and originally used as a royal residence, which is now one of the country’s top tourist attractions and perhaps best known for housing the Crown Jewels.
Participants will also visit London’s Marble Arch, Mayfair, Piccadilly, the Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park, and Westminster Abbey, home to many coronations and royal weddings and the site of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. They will also tour the British Museum, home to more than seven million objects comprising one of the most comprehensive collections worldwide and spanning the entire breadth of human history and culture, including the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and a copy of the Magna Carta.
In addition, guests will visit Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, which boasts a rich collection of more than 2,300 paintings spanning six centuries, and tour Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, while also taking the infamous “Jack the Ripper Walk” from Tower Hill to Scotland Yard before returning home on Friday, March 10.
The price for the basic eight-day tour is $3,259 (double occupancy). A deposit of $500 is required to secure your place on the tour and is due by Friday, November 18, 2016. Payment plans are available through the travel company, Dehoney Travel, but all payments are due by December 16, 2016.
For additional information regarding the trip or payments, call 812-206-1080 or 800-325-6708 or email [email protected] Those interested may also contact Wendy Beavers at Bluefield College by phone at 276-326-4228 or by email at [email protected]