Explore Windsor Castle on a private champagne tour, then visit Buckingham Palace with the BBC’s former royal correspondent on this exclusive trip
Step inside the real-life world of The Crown and follow
in the footsteps of monarchs past and present on this fabulous
three-day tour, exploring the royal residences and seats of power
in the ultimate royal city - London.
On this exclusive tour, you will be joined by the BBC's former
royal correspondent, Jennie Bond, who will share her inside
knowledge of the UK's first family. Jennie, who spent 14 years in
the role during what was a turbulent time for the monarchy, will
also give a talk and take part in a Q&A session, as well as
join you for a private tour of The State Rooms of Buckingham
Palace, escorted by expert guides.
Inside Windsor Castle
Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Windsor
Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world -
with the State Apartments having been added in the early 19th
century. It's been the home of 39 monarchs and The Queen still
spends many of her private weekends at Windsor. The State
Apartments form the centerpiece of the castle and were modernised
by Charles II, who was trying to outdo his cousin Louis XIV's
palace in Versailles. Admire painted ceilings and the many works of
art from the royal collection that adorn the walls.
Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey has been the venue for 16 royal weddings,
including the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in
2011. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned
here. Many are buried here, too, so as you wander around its
imposing Gothic arches, you'll be at the heart of the royals'
story. Buckingham Palace has been the royal family's official
London residence since Queen Victoria's reign and, on this tour,
you'll go behind the rope to see The State Rooms, where extravagant
banquets are held for visiting dignitaries and heads of state.
Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace
Your final day will be spent at two of the UK's most popular
(and most historic) sights, including the Tower of London - built
by William the Conqueror to protect himself from dissident Britons,
and then used as England's most notorious prison. To round off the
trip, you'll visit Hampton Court Palace (perhaps best known for
Henry VIII's life of excess), with its famous maze and lavish