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  • Description: day tour by private vehicle from London conducted by accredited driver-guide.
  • Number of persons: Up to 7.
  • Typical timings: 8am-5pm.
  • Pick-up/drop-off: any central London address.
  • Price: 1-2 passengers = £670.00;  3-5 passengers = £710.00; 6-7 passengers = £750.00.
  • Attraction tickets: for certain tours we may need to book skip-the-line tickets to attractions and add them to your tour price. These are priced at the attraction’s standard rate including any transaction fees and are non-refundable.
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CHARLES DARWIN LIFE & TIMES

Your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified start time. We recommended 9:30am for this tour. Then, with its newly-opened hands-on Darwin Centre, London’s Natural History Museum is the perfect place to begin our Darwin tour. The story of life on earth AND a tour of an architectural masterpiece. Amazing earth galleries tell the story of the world’s origins and its fate. Incredibly lifelike animatronic dinosaurs will keep the kids quiet for a while! The silent zoo of stuffed animals is truly awesome. Live creepy-crawly area, plus reptile and bird displays too. Great for kids, fun and interactive.

Your driver-guide will suggest appropriate lunch options. Then, to Down House, Darwin’s fascinating home in Kent. This is where he lived with his family and wrote most of his books, including the famous, and some might say, controversial On the Origin of Species. Follow Darwin’s footsteps in his garden, full of rare plants and flowers, where he paced up and down, pondering his theories on the evolution of natural things. Afterwards, visit the village church that Darwin attended with his family, but where developed his increasingly fractious relationship with the local vicar. All-in-all this tour is real insight into Charles Darwin, the man and his work.

BLETCHLEY PARK & DUXFORD

Your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified start time. We recommended 9am for this tour. Then, after an initial fast-route from London, we visit Bletchley Park, a must for war and military enthusiasts. It was the UK’s main decoding centre during WWII. It was the place where the allied cypher school famously decrypted the German Enigma machine, which had been responsible for the deadly secret movements of U-boats in the Atlantic. Many famous mathematicians and scientists were pulled in to work as part of the high-level intelligence team codenamed Ultra. In particular, Alan Turing, the young genius who helped decipher Enigma. The work of those at Bletchley Park is said to have shortened the war by up to four years.

Your driver-guide will suggest appropriate lunch options. Then, to Duxford, a military museum which features many United States connections. It is based on an aerodrome which was built during the First World War and was one of the earliest Royal Air Force stations. During World War II it served as a fighter station. There are a number of exhibitions in different hangars around the site including Land Warfare, Air & Sea, 1940 Operations Room and Battle of Britain. Most impressive is the American Air Museum which contains the finest collection of American combat aircraft outside of the United States including the awesome B52 bomber.

USAF TRIBUTE – FLIGHT OF THE EAGLES

Your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified start time. We recommended 9am for this tour.  The tour is entitled ‘Flight of the Eagles’ and takes place in and around the English county of Cambridgeshire, about 65 miles north west of London. It tells the story of the US 8th Air Force which flew multiple deadly missions from local air bases during World War II. We first visit the Cambridge cemetery where many American airmen who sacrificed their lives are interred. For lunch we will visit the historic Eagle pub in the city of Cambridge, favourite watering hole of US airmen during WW2. Their ghosts still survive in the form of graffiti burnt into the ceiling by their ‘Zippo’ lighters.

In the afternoon we visit Duxford, a military museum which features many United States connections. It is based on an aerodrome which was built during the First World War and was one of the earliest Royal Air Force stations. During World War II it served as a fighter station. There are a number of exhibitions in different hangars around the site including Land Warfare, Air & Sea, 1940 Operations Room and Battle of Britain. Most impressive is the American Air Museum which contains the finest collection of American combat aircraft outside of the United States including the awesome B52 bomber and an original Flying Fortress. The tour also touches on the story of the most famous Flying Fortress Memphis Belle. In 2019, a documentary The Cold Blue, was released. Directed by Erik Nelson, it featured newly restored footage and outtakes from the summer of 1943 for the documentary ‘Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress’.