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Lake at Blenheim Palace—ANCESTRAL HOME OF WINSTON CHURCHILL

Winston Churchill and Wartime Aviation

Some of the tour’s sights.

OLD LONDON ALLEY

CABINET WAR ROOMS

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

MOSQUITO

BLETCHLEY PARK

NEWARK AVIATION MUSEUM

DUXFORD AIR MUSEUM

We are proud to help remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifices in both World Wars and have arranged many tours for people from Canada, The United States and Australia in particular. This example is intended as a sample for those with a specific interest in World War II and more specifically the life and times of Winston Churchill and the aircraft, airmen and women. This tour could be combined with the bigger Air shows, such as those at Fairford or Duxford or the smaller one's associated with de Havilland and the Lincolnshire Bomber Squadrons.

 

 

 

Day 1 – London Arrival

Arrive in London, meet your professional tour manager and transfer in to central London on your private executive motor coach. Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour during which all the major sights of both London's Old City and vibrant West End will be seen. This London in a nutshell tour is suitable for first time visitors and those wishing to reacquaint themselves with the capital. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight London

 

Day 2 – London

A full day professionally guided tour of London. The tour begins with a visit to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms from where Winston Churchill said "this is the room from which I will direct the war" Continue to the Imperial War Museum to see the museum highlights in what has been described as the biggest boys bedroom in the world! The day finishes with a tour of St Paul's Cathedral, one of the most iconic London images of World War II. Dinner tonight will be in traditional London pub. Overnight London

 

Day 3 – Kent

This morning drive out of London to visit Chartwell. This was Winston Churchill's home in the Kent countryside and has many mementos of the great man including a brick wall that he built, his art studio and the relaxing gardens with views of The Weald. Journeying towards the coast we reach the Port of Dover. Experience stunning views of the English Channel from the top of Dover Castle and then journey underground to tour The Secret War Time Tunnels. Overnight Tonbridge

 

Day 4 –Blenheim Palace

After breakfast travel around London, passing near the airfields of Biggin Hill, Redhill and Kenley and on to Oxfordshire. Visit Blaydon churchyard the final resting place of Sir Winston Churchill and tour The World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace, his family home with a private tour on the man himself. Overnight St Albans

 

Day 5 – Code Breaking

This morning begins with a visit to the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, the home of The Mosquito. Our next visit is to Bletchley Park. What can be seen here varies a lot but this was the centre of Code Breaking in World War II. It is where the Enigma Code was cracked and many believe the people here laid the foundations of modern computing. Financial support from Apple and Google appears to confirm this. Overnight Cambridgeshire

 

Day 6 – Duxford & Madingly

Today we devote a whole day to the impressive collections of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Also included is The American Air Museum which serves as a memorial to the 30,000 American Airmen who lost gave their lives in World War II. The day ends with a visit to American Military Cemetery and Memorial at Madingly.

Overnight Cambridgeshire

 

Day 7 & 8 – Bombers in Lincolnshire

A day devoted to the bomber pilots of World War 2. Experience the wonderful small and very active aviation museums associated with this area. Including Newark Aviation Museum, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane) and The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. A visit will also be made to Lincoln Cathedral, long associated with airmen. Overnights can be in a hotel that used to be the Officers Mess of an RAF Bomber Squadron

 

Day 9 – Air Force

The Eighth Air Force in the United Kingdom was spread over a number of airbases, mainly in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Many of these are still used by the United States Air force and can therefore only be seen at some distance. Mildenhall and Lakenheath are also still active bases but tours are possible. Other bases are available on request. If you would like to visit a particular airbase then please get in touch. Travel onwards to London.

 

Dinner tonight in a very special restaurant that was popular in World War 2 and is still going strong or if the budget allows a private reception on The Havengore, which is now moored in London. On a winter's day 40 years ago, an estimated 350 million people watched on television as a small old-fashioned wooden boat carried the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill up the river Thames, in one of the most spectacular state funerals ever organized.

 

“And so,” Richard Dimbleby's solemn commentary intoned, as the cranes of Docklands dipped in salute, "Havengore sailed into history. Not even the Golden Hind had borne so great a man." Overnight London

 

Day 10 – Departure

Transfer by coach to the airport.

 

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

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