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WINSTON CHURCHILL - PRIVATE TOUR
The life and times of one of history's most fascinating figures.


Day tour from London in private vehicle with accredited driver-guide.
For couples, families or small private groups (up to 7 persons). Subject to availability.
Timings: 9am-5pm. Pick-up and drop-off at any central London hotel or residence.
Prices (option 1 or 2): 1-2 passengers = £640.00; 3-4 = £680.00; 5-7 = £720.00.
Prices (option 3): 1-2 passengers = £1,080.00; 3-4 = £1,160.00; 5-7 = £1,240.00.
Any admission fees are extra and usually payable on entry. Booking enquiries.



ITINERARY: CHOOSE 1 OF THE FOLLOWING 3 OPTIONS

Introduction
Winston Spencer Churchill was recently voted the greatest Briton of all time. His life span stretches from Bismarck to the Beatles. Peacemaker or warmonger, he had a great historical impact, not just his leadership during World War II, but right across the 20th century. He seriously misjudged some policies: Dardanelles, India, King Edward VIII, for example. But we also reflect that his faults were outweighed by achievements, in particular his political plate-spinning in keeping two of history’s greatest monsters at bay, Stalin and Hitler, while fostering the ‘special relationship’ with the USA. He remains eminently quotable, one of his most relevant lines being: ‘History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.’ Both tour options look at the destiny and defiance of one of the great names of history, and examine his ultimate legacy.



Option 1: CHURCHILL WAR BUNKER IN LONDON & CHARTWELL IN KENT
This tour starts by exploring the capital’s corridors of power. It covers the main theatres of Churchill's London life, from childhood in St James's, marriage in Westminster and war in Whitehall. We also discuss the Blitz. In 1940, German airforce formations, up to 1000-strong, used the River Thames to navigate into heart of London and wreak destruction. Much was destroyed, many civilians were killed and one million made homeless. Your guide will explain the effect of the onslaught. We then visit the award-winning Churchill Museum and War Rooms.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

The tour then winds its way down to Kent, the 'Garden of England', harking back to the long, hot summer of 1940 when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany. As Churchill put it: 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.' Kent features some of the most picturesque countryside. Thanks to the ‘Few’ it remains forever England. We then visit Chartwell, Churchill’s private family home. It is truly a great monument to a great man. In actual fact, it was partially built by him. Visit his study, his bedroom, his painting studio. Or you can just sit and relax in the magnificent landscaped gardens with a superb panoramic vista of Kent, Churchill’s favourite view.
● Open Mar-Oct: Wed-Sun; Jul-Aug: Tue-Sun.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



Option 2: BLENHEIM PALACE & CHURCHILL WAR BUNKER IN LONDON
After an initial fast-track out from London this tour makes its way to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Churchill’s birth-place. It was built over 300 years ago to commemorate a great military victory by his ancestor John Churchill, and is good example of the excesses of late baroque architecture. There is an option to join an inhouse tour or you can wander the magnificent rooms at your own pace. The landscape, designed in part by the famous Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, is simply stunning in its magnitude. We also visit the churchyard in the village of Bladon to see the simple grave where Churchill is buried.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

We return to the capital to explore the corridors of power. We cover the main theatres of Churchill's London life, from childhood in St James's, marriage in Westminster and war in Whitehall. We also discuss the Blitz. In 1940, German airforce formations, up to 1000-strong, used the River Thames to navigate into heart of London and wreak destruction. Much was destroyed, many civilians were killed and one million made homeless. Your guide will explain the effect of the onslaught. We then visit the award-winning Churchill Museum and War Rooms.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



OPTION 3: TWO-DAY WINSTON CHURCHILL SPECIAL *SAVE £200.00*
For super-Churchill aficianados! This two-day tour is a combination of options 1 and 2 above. The pick-up and drop-off each day is at your London hotel or residence. This tour is offered at a special reduced price saving you £200.00 against booking both options separately.



TOUR PRICES:

FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR FROM LONDON (9am-5pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£640.00
(+ any entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£680.00
(+ any entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£720.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TWO-DAY PRIVATE TOUR FROM LONDON (9am-5pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£1080.00
(+ any entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£1160.00
(+ any entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£1240.00
(+ any entrance fees)



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BOOKING POLICY AND NOTES:
Bookings are dealt with on a one-to-one basis via e-mail only.
To secure your preferred date we recommend booking well in advance.
We do not accept bookings with less than 72 hours notice.
All tours subject to availability. Booking will not go ahead until availability is confirmed.
Tour is not guaranteed to go ahead until 100% of payment is received.
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Administration fees may be added for extensive itineraries or advance ticket booking.
We do not arrange flights, accommodation, travel tickets or tickets for special events.
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PRACTICAL TOUR INFO:

Important note: 'Private tour' means a privately chartered guided tour. It does not entail exclusive private access. We do not offer tours to individuals wishing to join a larger group (for this you require a scheduled coach tour operator).

Timings: A recommended start time ensures the tour runs to schedule. The duration of this tour is timed from pick-up to drop-off and usually includes built-in stops for photo opportunities, facilities, and a one-hour lunch break.

Pick-up/drop-off: You can be picked-up for your tour anywhere in the central London area, whether at your hotel, place of residence, or venue of your request. The same applies as a dropping-off point after the tour. Tours from London may use fastest routes.

Vehicle: Our typical vehicle is a luxury people carrier. Usually a high-spec 7-passenger Mercedes, with leather seats, armrests, headrests, air-conditioning, tinted windows, front and rear electric sunroof, sliding passenger doors and luggage space.

Driver-Guide: Our presentable, professional and friendly guides drive fully insured private vehicles and carry the British 'Blue Badge' accreditation allowing them to conduct tours, walks and interior visits of major London venues and other UK attractions.

Tour: The main tour is conducted personally by the guide, providing knowledgeable commentary, and assisting with practical issues. Sections of the tour may be conducted by in-house docents or using audio devices, but your guide may still escort you.

Lunch: An appropriate restaurant, traditional pub, or sandwich stop can be arranged for lunch (note: tour price does not include food or refreshments). Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch. The guide may take a rest during this period.

Clothing: Clients should dress appropriately making allowances for the changeable British weather, outdoor activities or visiting churches, etc. Our main tip is to dress comfortably. For more tips to help make your tour even more enjoyable click here.

Format: The tour has been specially researched and designed by our staff (copyright applies) and is exclusive to Your London Tours & associates. Selected elements of different tours may be combined to create other tour options.

General: Rest assured with Your London Tours: All our tours are tailored to YOUR requirements. The guide will be exclusively dedicated to your family or group during the tour itself, so you will be able to relax and enjoy your day.



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