WINDSOR, ETON & HAMPTON COURT PALACE – 8 HOURS
Include: Our Windsor, Eton & Hampton Court Palace tour includes roundtrip private transportation, services of a private guide, parking, and taxes.
Not included: Entrance fees, meals and drinks.
This privately guided tour features a trio of royal sights: Windsor, Eton & Hampton Court Palace. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a beautiful drive to Windsor, a charming English town with many pubs and restaurants. Your first stop will be to the magnificent Windsor Castle. The oldest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle served as home to 39 monarchs and is an official – and favorite — residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
The castle’s State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, and beautifully preserved period furniture. You can glimpse inside Queen Mary’s Dollhouse, an intricate miniature replica of an aristocratic home, down to its historically accurate library, fully stocked wine cellar and English garden. The dollhouse even includes electricity, running water, working elevators and flush toilets. Your private guide will also take you on a tour of St. George’s Chapel, which houses the banners of the Knights of the Order of the Garter, as well as the tombs of King Henry VIII and King Charles I. Its gilded interior is among the most beautiful churches in England.
Next, you will drive through Eton, a typical English village beside the River Thames, to see the famous school where Princes William and Harry were educated. The school was originally founded by King Henry VI to provide free education to poor college-bound boys; today it is one of the most expensive public schools in the country. This boarding school is one of four remaining boys’ public schools in England.
Your third and final stop will be to Hampton Court Palace, home of King Henry VIII, where you can enjoy the beautiful gardens and get lost in the the UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze. Visit the Chapel Royal, Great Hall or other magnificent elements to this sumptuous palace, dating form the 1500s. Art lovers will enjoy strolling the Cumberland Art Gallery, home to some of the finest works from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, and van Dyck. Other curiosities to explore at the palace include the royal chocolate kitchen, dating from William and Mary’s epoch in the 1680s, and the Great Vine, the largest grapevine in the world, planted in 1769.