December 25, 2006...
Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury

"Cliff-notes" version of our adventure...

Woke up early. Walked to hotel to leave for tour. A few (angry) folks on wrong bus. Went to Bath - a quick drive-through tour. Ate lunch at pub. Good food and company. Surprised that drinks weren't included. People upset with tour guide (schedule changed). Saw Stonehenge. Went to Salisbury. Attended evensong mass. Went back to London. Ate sandwiches, watched TV, and went to bed.

"Tour-guide" version...

Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath
Reservation date: Monday 25th December 2006
Pick up at Hilton Paddington 7:30 AM

After the morning pick up we first head to Salisbury where we will enjoy the Christmas services and festivities at the Cathedral. Salisbury is justly famous for its magnificent 13th century Cathedral, which boasts the highest spire in Britain at 404 feet tall. Entrance to the Cathedral and a guided tour is included in your ticket. We will also take you to the beautiful gothic Chapter House, home to one of the last remaining copies of the Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215.

Christmas lunch is an absolute treat. We visit the second oldest Coaching Inn in Britain to enjoy Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings followed by delicious Christmas pudding in front of the roaring log fire! The Inn has provided hospitality to many famous travelers including Samuel Pepys and the Duke of Monmouth who had his head chopped off at the Tower of London!

Stonehenge is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Step back in time 5,000 years while your guide explains the remarkable sequence of events that have surrounded these ancient monoliths.

Finally we head to the spa town of Bath for a walking and panoramic driving tour of the old Roman and Georgian town visiting the Royal Crescent, the Circus, and Pulteney Bridge boasting fine views of the River Avon cascading down over the weir.

Please note that the Roman Baths and Stonehenge will be closed but the tour still provides a comprehensive overview if each attraction and includes Christmas lunch in a historic English pub.

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