Independent London: Roman Walls and Historic Royal Palaces
From its Roman beginnings to its contemporary role as a world-class city, learn about the many faces of London alongside experts as you explore museums, monuments, art and architecture.
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I recently took my first Road Scholar trip -- Independent London. It was superb! Every detail was carefully tended to and RS does an outstanding, highly professional job. RS guides are top notch, I truly learned a lot on my trip and enjoyed spending time with a really wonderful group of people. I will definitely do another RS trip and am encouraging my friends to do the same. Sally N.


Excellent program! As a first time visitor, it included most of the locations I wanted to see and learn about, with adequate free time to visit other venues that were not part if the structured program. Our guide, Alan Read, was both very knowledgable and very personable. He exceeded our expectations on all fronts.


Alan Read is an excellent guide! He does an excellent job sharing his knowledge of London. The tour of London was wonderful! It definitely made me want to visit England again. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in learning about the history of London.


Independent London - with Mike Armitage was fantastic. I recommend this trip!


Reading description of tour, it delivered as advertised with museums, monuments, art & architecture daily, hourly experienced. Highlights: Greenwich boat trip with pub dinner delightfully overlooking the Thames; Hampton Court Palace - period costumed actors milling about giving humorous mini performances; the small serene Romanesque St John's Chapel in the Tower, Mike Armitage's interesting insightful afternoon neighborhood tour-walks & last but not least, happily intersecting with the daily lives of intrepid Londoners. Millennium Gloucester Hotel: location across from the Gloucester underground made getting around super easy, tour & solo; MGH's bell-desk service is second to none - highly competent, most approachable, supplying one with a wealth of information about many & varied topics serving both veterans & new visitors alike. Don't hesitate to ask. Within a stone's throw are pubs, a well stocked new grocery store, 2 pharmacies, a lovely tea shop, a 24 hr conv store & several varied restaurants & more, a little self contained village really. Downside to MGH: rooms rather spartan & some are a ways from elevators. Ask & you may find you may change; breakfast traditional English one; its' fare does/can get repetitious after a few days. Our tour guide, Mike, assuredly knows London & was an enthusiastic, knowledgable & considerate leader, responding gracefully & promptly to folks needs & desires. London being a so vast a city & its' history so large, he was tasked with quite a job & succeeded. Been on 6 RS tours, this my 1st Independent. Beyond the obvious, different than "regular" ones - missed being scheduled together in the aft/end of day(s) as info/experiences informally passed on by being with each other more, doesn't have opportunity to occur. Appreciate what fellow traveler wrote in being able to have means to electronically communicate itineraries/ideas thereby assisting in planning open times near areas where we've just completed our morning tour(s).


This was our first RS tour and we chose the tour based on the timing and location but not the topic. The tour was adequate but we had problems with the service at the hotel and would not stay there again. The breakfast at the hotel gets old so consider venturing out in the mornings to eat elsewhere. As an independent tour, I'd encourage RS to give participants an Oyster card (subway pass) with unlimited access. Just about everyone we spoke to had to add extra money to their card. In addition, I'd like specific info about the itinerary (start and end times, specific stops on tour) before I arrive so I can plan other things around the RS tour. RS should include infor about the closest train station and walking directions for the train station in all its materials and not assume people will take a taxi from the airport. I'd also like to get electronic copies of the daily itineraries given in the orientation packet so I cam save them on my phone and have them for future reference.


This was our first visit to London. We found this trip to be an excellent introduction to many of London's beautiful museums, churches and castles. The optional afternoon walking tours provided a more intimate view of London neighborhoods. Using the "Tube" with our guide to get to most tour locations gave us the confidence to move around London on our own and do additional activities such as theater productions. We loved the hotel. The location was perfect. All in all, this was a most enjoyable trip.

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