4 Nights - World War II Locations
4 Nights - World War II Locations
In just 5 days, starting from the same London hotel each morning, visit the major World War II locations.
Tour defence structures such as Dover Castle, where “Operation Overlord” was masterminded. Explore the World War II tunnels.
Visit influential buildings such as Bletchley Park, where the Codebreakers shaved 2 years off the war.
Tour the Imperial War Museum of Duxford and see Spitfires, bombers along with the largest collection of American aircraft outside of the United States.
Visit Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill, along with his childhood home.
Your Tour Details
Day 1. London Touring, including Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum.
The Churchill War Rooms are where Sir Winston Churchill conducted operations during the Blitz, a visit into these fascinating rooms also includes the Churchill Museum. It is the first museum dedicated to this extraordinary man. See the wartime bunkers that sheltered the Prime Minster during World War II; imagine the tension in the room waiting to see the damage done to your country. See the chair which Churchill sat in whilst making life-changing decisions; there are scratch marks on the arms, showing the stress he was under.
Visit the Imperial War Museum which displays collections and memorabilia from World War I and II. Learn about how families managed during the war, especially coping with the Blitz, rationing and evacuations. The Holocaust Exhibition displays photographs, artefacts, diaries and toys from this bleak period of history. Read about the stories from the frontline of more recent wars such as Afghanistan. Explore the secrets of MI5 & MI6, along with WW1 to Cold War intelligence.
Alternative option: HMS Belfast - home to nearly 950 sailors during her time at sea, she was a floating naval community as well as an important warship.
Day 2. Dover Castle, countryside pub lunch and Leeds Castle.
Visible from the English Channel, Dover Castle is one of the largest castles in England and has proved to be a worthy defence structure for the country. Perched on the white cliffs of Dover, the castle displays traces of history from the Saxon and Norman times to Napoleonic and the 20th century World Wars. Explore the top-secret World War II tunnels, it was here that “Operation Overlord” was masterminded for the allied invasion of Normandy. Relive the drama of these events, then climb to the battlements where views of France can be enjoyed on clear days. There is a Roman Lighthouse at the castle which is 24 metres high. Its original purpose was to protect against invasion, but since then it has been modified to be a bell tower.
Stop by a countryside village pub for lunch.
Described as the loveliest castle in the world, Leeds Castle is perfectly situated within the county of Kent. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, the fortress is encircled by lakes created by the River Len. The original castle dates back to the 12th century, however majority of the build is now 19th century. Visit the state rooms and see how each room displays architectural style from the Medieval and Tudor period. Why not attempt the maze which consists of 2,400 yew trees, then end up at the grotto in the middle of the maze, which features an underground escape tunnel.
Day 3. Bletchley Park and Blenheim Palace.
Tour Bletchley Park, and see the Park Museum and the National Museum of Computing. Bletchley Park has a huge and important attachment to the Second World War. See the codebreaking huts where it is said that the Codebreakers shave 2 years off the war. Breathtaking new exhibitions have been developed to significantly enhance the visitor experience at Bletchley Park
Home to the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a grand aristocratic home befitting the high status of a Dukedom. This Baroque masterpiece was built to impress; the long drive up to the great court provides splendid views of Capability Brown’s world famous landscaped grounds. Time-permitting, tour the magnificent state rooms.
Walk around the formal gardens and stroll through the collection of Italian, secret, rose and pleasure gardens along with the water terraces.
Day 4. Cambridge, Punting Tour and Duxford.
Start your day with a tour of the University City of Cambridge and learn about the origins of the city. Various architectural styles can be seen, including work from the Gothic and the Renaissance movements. Discover the secrets of the city and listen to your driver-guide talk about the archaeological evidence which links the area to the Roman and Bronze Age.
Take a private punting boat along the river and see the backs of the colleges, before arriving at the Imperial War Museum of Duxford.
The Imperial War Museum of Duxford is the former RAF base and features aircraft from the World Wars. The aircraft on show played a major part in defending Britain from invasion during the ‘Battle of Britain’. Tour the museum with your driver-guide who will show you modern fighters, bombers, Spitfires and one of the largest collections of American aircraft outside the United States. Learn about the men who flew Spitfires from the mementoes left behind. Visit the Operations Room and see how the room would have looked in 1940 when directing the aircraft.
Day 5. Chartwell and Afternoon Tea (or, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard).
Home of Sir Winston Churchill for over 40 years, Chartwell has gardens, lakes and buildings designed by the great man himself. See Churchill’s study and exciting exhibition of gifts bestowed by world leaders.
Stop for afternoon tea at Gravetye Manor, an Elizabethan stone mansion in a rural setting.
Alternatively, visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home to the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Tour the exhibitions, galleries and of course the ships!
Return to London.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
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Since 2002, we have created British travel experiences for individuals, families, groups and corporations. Driver-Guided Tours, Chauffeur-Driven Transfers and Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Unique Accommodation, Customised Group Programmes and VIP Experiences, Premium Tickets to Theatres, Sporting and Cultural Events
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