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STONEHENGE & WINDSOR – 9 HOURS

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Includes: Our private Stonehenge & Windsor 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 Stonehenge, the world’s most famous prehistoric stone circle, and the magnificent Windsor Castle, a favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

Your tour begins with a beautiful drive through the English countryside to Stonehenge, the 5,000-year-old stone circle that has mystified visitors for centuries.

The original monument at Stonehenge was a circular earthwork enclosure, with a ditch dug built in about 3000 BC with a double ring of 56 timber or stone posts. Archeologists believe this was used as a cremation cemetery for several hundred years. By around 2500 BC the site was transformed by the raising of the enormous sandstone blocks still in place today.

Building Stonehenge was a complex and sometimes dangerous process, with stones hauled upright into place likely using ropes, weights and a wooden A-frame and packed with rubble to secure them. An estimated 30 million hours of labor went into the making of Stonehenge, over three different stages, with many stones transported from a few hundreds away. No one knows for certain why Stonehenge was built, though theories range from human sacrifice to astronomy.

You will spend some time learning about this manmade wonder at a recently built Visitor Centre, and visit recreated prehistoric homes. You can take a land-train to the stones, or walk across the fields, following in the footsteps of the prehistoric peoples who lived here.

Afterwards, your tour guide will take you on a drive to Windsor, via Windsor Great Park, popular with Saxon kings as a hunting forest. Your visit to Windsor will include a visit to Windsor Castle, which has served as home to 39 monarchs and a 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.