August 6 - 13, 2013
Sirs Halley, Harrison, Herschel, Wren
Years of astronomical study and research have brought the rich discoveries we share today. Join Astronomy magazine as we return to the paths and sites where once the greatest scientific researchers once lived and worked. We will also enjoy the heritage offered in London and surrounding towns of Bath and Oxford with a special visit to Greenwich Observatory and the Maritime Museum.
Your Tour Includes:
- Airport/hotel transfers
- 6-nights accommodations at 4-Star Copthorne Tara – Kensington, Including VAT
- Baggage handling for one bag
- Meals: English breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 2 Afternoon Teas
- Astronomy lecturer: Dave Eicher, editor, Astronomy magazine
- Admissions and Guided Sightseeing:
- Full day London tour includes Tower, Changing of the Guard, River Thames cruise and St. Paul’s Cathedral, High Tea at Harrods
- Stonehenge and Bath
- Royal Observatory & Maritime Museum
- Optional theatre tickets
Departing the Tower we head to The Mall where ‘they’re Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace’. Watch the Queen’s Household Regiments march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies.
Next we take a short cruise on the River Thames to enjoy excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe before heading for a traditional pub lunch in Whitehall, close to Downing Street, the residence of the Prime Minister. After lunch we have a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. The afternoon we will visit Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th century masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral. We explore with a professional guide, taking time to listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. There will also be the chance to test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery (not normally visited by other tour groups.).
Afterwards we head through Knightsbridge to Harrods, where we finish our day with afternoon tea served in the Georgian restaurant. Enjoy sandwiches, pastries, and tea and scones served with jam and clotted cream. The tour ends at Harrods leaving you free time to explore the store at your leisure - why not visit the fabulous food halls?
Later we will visit the Maritime Museum where we will view brilliance of Sir John Harrison. Tonight we will dine at 16 Seconds West. Since the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, there have been fourteen including Sir Edmund Halley.
Next we head to Bath, a beautiful Georgian city and Sir William Herschel’s home. We will visit the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. There is time to explore the Jane Austen Centre and the elegant Assembly Rooms built in 1771 before taking afternoon tea in the Pump Room.