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BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Embark on a journey back in time on the Battle of Britain tour which takes you through regions of central and Southern England steeped in history. This is your chance to witness some of the most intriguing aviation and war museums Britain has to offer not to mention some truly unique experiences; walk in the footsteps of fallen heroes and take flight over Cambridge in a fully restored Dragon Rapide aircraft.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
9 days/ 8 nights

Regions visited:
England

Start point:
Central London

End point:
Central London

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers. Special Event tour.

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CONTACT US

UK international:
+44 (0)2921 660 747

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1-866-209-4554

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

London and Cambridge

Your tour begins in London with a visit to the Churchill Museum and War Cabinet Rooms, set deep beneath the streets of Westminster where world-changing decisions were made by arguably Britain's most famous Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Next, we head to the impressive Imperial War Museum before departing the English Capital. Our journey takes us North to the remarkable university town of Cambridge to enjoy a walking tour over cobbled streets glimpsing the famous medieval colleges. After a rich day of sightseeing, we meet again for dinner to together at our hotel.

accommodationAccommodation: Anstey Hall Hotel (or similar), Coventry - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Churchil Museum and War Cabinet Rooms, Imperial War Museum and the University town of Cambridge.

DAY TWO

American Air Museum and Dragon Rapide Flight

Today we pay our respects to fallen veterans by visiting the American Cemetery and Memorial in Coton. We then head for the nearby Imperial War Museum in Duxford where we explore how Britain's air defences progressed throughout the War and study how the RAF defended Britain's skies during key World War Two battles. Later, we continue to the American Air Museum and observe dramatic displays of original aircrafts. The highlight of the day will create memories to last a lifetime as we take to the skies ourselves with an included flight in a Dragon Rapide high over Cambridge. Finally, we head to Petwood Hall, home to the legendary Dambusters.

accommodationAccommodation: The Petwood Hall Hotel (or similar), Lincolnshire.

attractionsHighlights: American Cemtetery and Memorial, Imperial War Museum Duxford and American Air Museum and flyinf in a Dragon Rapide.

DAY THREE

RAF Coningsby, Aviation Heritage Centre and Thorp Camp

Today witness a truly stunning spectacle at RAF Coningsby aircraft station where we tour the Battle of Britain visitor centre to see the historic aircraft up close. We then continue to East Kirkby Aviation Heritage Centre - home of the legendary Lancaster Bomber, introduced in 1942. By the afternoon, we stop at the Thorp Camp Visitor Centre, home of the 627 Squadron that flew out of Woodhall Spa as well as the famous Dambuster squadrons. In the evening, we head to a local restaurant for dinner.

accommodationAccommodation: The Petwood Hall Hotel (or similar), Lincolnshire - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: RAF Coningsby, Battle of Britain visitor centre, East Kirkby Aviation Heritage Centre and Thorp Camp Visitor Centre.

DAY FOUR

The Red Arrows and National Memorial Arboretum

History buffs, rejoice! Today, we visit the RAF Scampton, the base of the famous Red Arrows famed for their formation flying. We'll visit the interesting Heritage Centre before travelling to the Memorial Spire and the Wall of Names, as well as the Chadwick Centre which brings to life experiences of those who lived through the war; with the help of state-of-the-art technology and interactive displays we'll hear the story of the Bomber Command. Later, we visit historic Lincoln with its famous Cathedral and Castle before we tuck into dinner at the hotel.

accommodationAccommodation: The Petwood Hotel (or similar), Lincolnshire - breakfast and dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: RAF Scampton, home to the Red Arrows and historic Lincoln.

DAY FIVE

RAF Cosford and National Memorial Arboretum

On day five, we travel West across England to RAF Cosford. Here, we take a look at the original bombers before continuing to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This expansive woodland area honours those fallen during their service to Britain. After, we depart for Warwickshire and our hotel for the evening, where the balance of the day is your own to spend at your own leisure.

accommodationAccommodation: Wroxall Abbey Hotel (or similar), Warwick.

attractionsHighlights: RAF Cosford and the National Arboretum.

DAY SIX

Bletchley Park and Winchester

Battle of Britain tour - Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, England

Today, we uncover a hidden gem of England, Bletchley Park. This charming historic house was once the central site for British codebreakers during the Second World War, and where British hero Alan Turing famously broke the enigma code alongside his colleagues. Books and films have been set around this intriguing location which was the birthplace of modern information technology. After lunch, we visit the Swiss Garden and the Shuttleworth Collection at Brooklands - one of the most prestigious in the world, before heading to the cathedral city of Winchester and our overnight hotel.

accommodationAccommodation: Lainston House Hotel (or similar), Winchester.

attractionsHighlights: Codebreaking at Bletchley Parl, Swiss Garden and Shuttleworth Collection at Brooklands and the cathedral city of Winchester.

DAY SEVEN

Dorset and the Bovington Tank Museum

The tour is not over yet, as we still have many sights to explore. First, we drive South to the Dorset coastline to see the Fleet Lagoon and the Weymouth Black Down before heading to the Bovington Tank Museum, complete with a vast array of tanks from the last one hundred years. Afterwards, we are invited to a guided tour with access to a MKIV WWI tank that you can climb inside.

accommodationAccommodation: Lainston House Hotel (or similar), Winchester.

attractionsHighlights: Dorset coastline, Fleet Lagoon, Weymouth Black Down and guided tour of Bovington Tank Museum.

DAY EIGHT

Portsmouth HMS Victory and Submarine Museum

Battle of Britain tour - Portsmouth

Portsmouth, England

On our penultimate day, we turn our sights to the naval city of Portsmouth and visit the HMS Victory, best known as Lord Nelson's flagship and immortalised during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. After, we travel the short distance to the D-Day Museum and meet a RAF veteran who will share their experience during the British legion. With a quick stop-off at the Submarine Museum at Gosport, where you can trace to the international history of submarine development back as far as Alexander the Great, we return to Winchester for our final night and a farewell dinner.

accommodationAccommodation: Lainston House Hotel (or similar), Winchester - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Naval Ciy of Portsmouth, HMS Victory, D-Day Museum, Submarine Museum at Gosport and farewill dinner.

DAY NINE

RAF Museum and Spitfire MK16

Waking up for our final day of the tour, we drive back to London. But before we say our goodbyes, we head to the National RAF Museum, home to over 100 aircraft. Hop inside a Spitfire MK16 and take the pilot's seat for one last historic hurrah. After, our tour ends from Central London. From here you are free to continue to explore England's capital city or take onward rail transport to destinations across the UK.

attractionsHighlights: National RAF Museum.

MAP

Battle of Britain Tour Map - Small Group Tours of England

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Take ot the skies and fly over Cambridge in one of the few fully restored original Dragon Rapide aircrafts!
  • Take a seat in an authentic Spitfire aircraft.
  • Climb inside an original WWI tank at the Bovington Tank Museum.
  • Hear first-hand stories from an RAF veteran.
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 8 nights in charming, boutique accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver/guide
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals
  • Dragon Rapide flight over Cambridge
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Churchill Museum & War Cabinet Rooms
    • Imperial War Museum London
    • National Memorial Arboretum
    • Brooklands and Swiss Garden
    • American Cemetery & Memorial
    • Imperial War Museum Duxford
    • American Air Museum
    • RAF Coningsby
    • Bovington Tank Museum
    • D-Day Museum
    • East Kirkby Aviation Centre
    • RAF Scampton & Heritage Centre
    • Chadwick Centre
    • Lincoln Cathedral & Castle
    • RAF Cosford
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre and/or post tour hotel accommodation in central London or at a London airport.

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2018

Please note, this is a popular tour with limited departure dates. Our advice is to book early to avoid disappointment.

START DAY
(in London)
END DAY
(in London)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Mon 21 May, 2018 Tue 29 May, 2018 Guaranteed £2,819
Mon 4 Jun, 2018 Tue 12 Jun, 2018 Available  £2, 819
Mon 18 Jun, 2018 Tue 26 Jun, 2018 Available  £2, 819
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 Tue 24 Jul, 2018 Available  £2, 819
Mon 13 Aug, 2018 Tue 21 Aug, 2018 Available  £2, 819
Mon 17 Sep, 2018 Tue 25 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed £2, 819
Mon 1 Oct, 2018 Tue 9 Oct, 2018 Available  £2, 819

Single Supplement: £200.

All tours commence in central London (close to Victoria Station) at approx. 09.30am on the Start Day and finish in London at around 5.30pm (approx.) on the End Day.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.

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