01 Apr – 31 Oct: SaturdayDuration
Approximately 8 hours 30 minutesStart time
In front of Guoman Cumberland Hotel at 8:00am, or Central Park Hotel at 8:15am; Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel: 8:30am
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
You will be dropped off at the Cumberland Hotel or Bayswater Station on Queensway
Drive through the pretty countryside of southern England as you head west to Stonehenge. Gaze with awe as you see the vast stone circle rising from the empty expanse of Salisbury Plain.
As you walk around the 5000-year-old site and view the massive megaliths, try to decide for yourself whether Stonehenge was a place of sun worship, an ancient observatory, a sacred burial site, or something else altogether!
In the afternoon, tour elegant Oxford – known as the City of Dreaming Spires and famous the world over for its University and rich history. Visit one of the colleges and learn more about the academic excellence fostered by this ancient place of learning.
To join this full-day Oxford and Stonehenge Tour from London you should make your way to one of the advertized meeting points (the Guoman Cumberland Hotel, Central Park Hotel or the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel).
Accompanied by your German-speaking guide, you will set off in your comfortable coach for the drive to Stonehenge in the county of Wiltshire. On the way you will enjoy delightful views of the English countryside with its fields, farms hedgerows and woods. As you approach Stonehenge, you will see the magnificent monument standing up proudly from the great expanse of Salisbury Plain.
One of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments, Stonehenge consists of earthworks surrounding a circle of huge standing stones. Around it are hundreds of other prehistoric sites including burial mounds. The stone circle and its surroundings were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.
Experts still debate the age of the great stone circle and the purpose for which it was built. Erected between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC, a number of the stones were carried hundreds of miles over land and sea, while antlers and bones were used to dig the pits that hold the stones.
Many mysteries surround the structure. How were the massive stones, many weighing several tons, transported to the site and levered into place without the benefit of wheels and pulleys?
You can follow a circular tour around the site with your guide who can tell you the facts, theories and myths related to the monument.
In the afternoon, you will travel through the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds to the famous university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Here you will make a stop for lunch (payable direct).
For over 800 years, Oxford has been a haven for kings and scholars. Enjoy the atmosphere of this historic city with its golden stone buildings, elegant spires, peaceful side streets and ancient colleges. You will visit one of the colleges and learn about its history and education programmes in detail.
Afterwards there will be time for a walk around the city before heading back to London, where you will arrive in the late afternoon.
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the Cumberland Hotel or Bayswater Station on Queensway.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details