2-DAY SPECIAL WINSTON CHURCHILL PRIVATE TOUR – TYPICAL ITINERARY
Note: The 2-Day Special Winston Churchill Private Tour is offered at a special reduced price, saving you at least £200.00 against booking both day options separately.
Winston Spencer Churchill was recently voted greatest Briton of all time. He had a great historical impact, not just with his leadership during World War II, but right across the 20th century. Recently, there has been a flurry of movies dedicated to the great man, including the award-winning blockbuster The Darkest Hour. This 2-Day Special Winston Churchill Private Tour examines in detail the man who battled to save civilization from the clutches of evil.
Note: The tour runs Mar 1st to Nov 3rd (subject to availability).
On both days your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified time. Your driver-guide will suggest appropriate lunch options on each day. Perhaps a village tea-room, restaurant or traditional pub. Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch or just grab a sandwich. It’s your tour, it’s your choice.
Note: The tour price does not include food or refreshments.
DAY ONE: BLENHEIM PALACE & CHURCHILL LONDON WALK
After an initial fast-track out from London this tour makes its way to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Churchill’s birth-place. It was built over 300 years ago to commemorate a great military victory by his ancestor John Churchill, and is good example of the excesses of late baroque architecture. The landscape, designed in part by the famous Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, is simply stunning in its magnitude. We also visit the village churchyard to see the simple grave where Churchill is buried.
We return to the capital to explore the corridors of power with a walk covering the main theatres of Churchill’s London life, from childhood in St James’s, marriage in Westminster and war in Whitehall. We also discuss the Blitz. In 1940, Luftwaffe formations, up to 1000-strong, used the River Thames to navigate into heart of London and wreak destruction. Much was destroyed, many civilians were killed and a million made homeless. Your guide will explain the effect of the onslaught.
DAY TWO: CHURCHILL’S WAR BUNKER & CHARTWELL
First we visit the award-winning Churchill War Rooms for a personally guided tour of the British Prime Minister’s underground HQ during WWII, accommodating map rooms, meeting chambers, and emergency living quarters. Deep in the capital’s corridors of power, it was sealed closed in 1945 and remained a secret until 1973. A fascinating time capsule, it also features the Churchill Museum.
Note: We recommend advance tickets to avoid lines. We can book them for you if you wish.
The tour then winds its way down to Kent, the ‘Garden of England’, harking back to the long, hot summer of 1940 when the Royal Air Force stood alone against Nazi Germany. As Churchill put it: ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’ Kent features some of the most picturesque countryside. Thanks to the ‘Few’ it remains forever England. We visit Chartwell House , Churchill’s private country home. Here the gardening, plants, trees, buildings, waters and complete landscape are the vision of the great man. The house interior is also fascinating, and a guided tour uncovers his prolific work-rate. Churchill was no mean artist either, and we will view his famous paintings in his studio. We can also relax in the magnificent landscaped gardens with a superb panoramic vista of Kent, Churchill’s favourite view.
● Description: 2 separate day tours by private vehicle
from London conducted by accredited driver-guide.
● Number of passengers: up to 7.
● Dates: Mar 01-Nov 03 (subject to availability).
● Typical timings: 9am-5pm.
● Pick-up/drop-off: any central London hotel/residence.
● Price (based on number of passengers):
1-2 = £1,080.00*; 3-4 = £1,140.00*; 5-7 = £1,200.00*.
*Not including entry fees. For some attractions it may be necessary for us to book standard tickets in advance.