Savor the privileged opportunity to view the staterooms of Buckingham Palace, where the queen and royal family receive and entertain guests on ceremonial and official occasions.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive northwest through the idyllic English countryside to London’s majestic Buckingham Palace. For just a short period each summer when the Court has left London for summer vacation in Scotland, it is possible for the public to view the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. Your arrival is at the Ambassador’s Entrance, where diplomats to the queen and Court of St. James, arrive by carriage to present the credentials of their Country. Following their route across the courtyard, you will enter the main palace to view the staterooms where the queen entertains heads of state and diplomatic audiences.
In the Great Hall near the Grand Staircase, you will behold the magnificent furnishings that set the stage for the grandeur that lies ahead. Feel free to meander about at your own pace, as the audio tour is self-guided, allowing you to pause in areas you find the most interesting. In time, you will depart from Buckingham Palace through the drawing room known as the Bow Room and on into the gardens. These exquisite gardens provide a walled oasis in the middle of London. You will also find an elegant gift shop which offers a fine opportunity for selecting a special purchase from the array of quality gifts which have been personally approved of by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family.
Rejoining your coach, you will next make your way to London’s West End where you will have two hours of free time. Whether you fancy the grandeur of Liberty’s, the style of Selfridges, the range of John Lewis or the designers at Debenham’s, there is truly something for everyone here. In addition, all of the other major name stores are situated along these streets as well – a true shopper’s paradise. There is also a wide variety of cafes, bars and pubs where you can purchase lunch as it is not included in this tour.
Following your independent time in the West End, you will rejoin your coach and drive back to the pier in Dover.
Please note: This tour includes approximately two and three-quarter hours of easy to moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain.