Exploring Southern England by Rail

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    Exploring Southern England by Rail

Tour length

10 days



Operates daily from London

Create your own adventure on this 10 day independent rail journey exploring the stunning south of England.  




Arrive London

This holiday starts with and arrival transfer from London Heathrow airport to your city centre hotel.   Enjoy London’s famous monuments and marvel at the history of London’s modern masterpieces during your own custom city stay.

Towering high over the City of London, visit the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral, see the world famous Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. As iconic an image of London as red telephone boxes and double-decker buses, the Changing of the Guard is a not to-be-missed royal feast of bearskin hats and red tunics. Journey to Tower Bridge which during its 1000 year history this impressive fortress has been a Royal Palace, prison, mint and even a zoo!

Overnight - London



London City Sightseeing

Use your included Hop On Hop Off ticket to explore London at your leisure.

Overnight - London



Train: London to Brighton

Today you will depart London and travel by rail to Brighton.  The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight - Brighton



Brighton City & BAi360

Today explore Brighton at your leisure.  You will also enjoy a "flight" aboard the BAi360 in Brighton:

"Board our giant glass viewing pod and glide up gently to 450ft, sharing magical moments together as you point out city landmarks, artwork on the rooftops, wind farms at sea and the rolling coastline stretching away to the horizon.

Celebrate by raising a glass of English sparkling wine from the Nyetimber Sky Bar on board, or choose local beer from Harvey’s Brewery, a Brighton Gin and tonic or Folkington’s juices from nearby orchards. As you look out, glass in hand, the world looks tiny and you can see for miles. Snap a selfie and share this new perspective with your friends before gliding slowly back down to beach level. ‘Flights’ take approximately 25 minutes and depart every half an hour."

Overnight - Brighton



Train: Brighton to Bournemouth

Train from Brighton to Bournemouth

Overnight - Bournemouth



Bournemouth City & Rail to Exeter

Bournemouth city sightseeing and train from Bournemouth to Exeter.

Overnight - Exeter



Exeter City & Rail to Bristol

Start the day by exploring Exeter before you will travel to Bristol by rail.  

Overnight - Bristol



Bristol City & Rail to Oxford

Bristol city sightseeing and train to Oxford.

Oxford, known as The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. Many businesses are located in and around the town, whether on one of the Science and Business Parks or within one of a number of residential areas. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for both the tourist and resident to do. Whether it’s visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or shopping till you drop, Oxford has it all.

Overnight - Oxford



Oxford City & Rail to London

Explore Oxford city before taking the train back to London today.

Overnight - London



Depart London

Sadly your travels have come to an end today.  You will be provided a transfer back to London Heathrow airport in time for your return flight home.


Room Type 3-star Double3-star Single4-star Double4-star Single
Apr 1-Apr 30$2279.00$2279.00$3289.00$3289.00$2509.00$2509.00$3929.00$3929.00
May 1-May 31$2369.00$2369.00$3389.00$3389.00$2549.00$2549.00$3969.00$3969.00
Jun 1-Jul 31$2399.00$2399.00$3419.00$3419.00$2589.00$2589.00$4009.00$4009.00
Aug 1-Aug 31$2429.00$2429.00$3439.00$3439.00$2549.00$2549.00$3969.00$3969.00
Sep 1-Sep 30$2369.00$2369.00$3389.00$3389.00$2549.00$2549.00$3969.00$3969.00
Oct 1-Oct 31$2309.00$2309.00$3329.00$3329.00$2489.00$2489.00$3909.00$3909.00

Note:  Child rate for 4-12 years (please call for rates). 
No departures on April 10 to 22, Apr 26 to 29, August 25 to 30

Subject to availability.
EXCLUDES:  Entrances fees, Lunches, dinners & drinks, Personal expenses.
*BritRail England Consecutive Pass (8 days):  Unlimited travel from morning until night throughout England within its period of validity.  Consecutive Pass is valid for a set number of days in a row. For example, if you start using your 8-day pass on a Monday, it will be valid until next Monday (included).  Please kindly note passes cannot be used to travel before 9:15 am Mondays to Fridays.  Available in Standard Class only.  Validating the pass: on the first day you clients wish to use the pass, clients must present this, together with an ID (preferably a passport) to any staffed ticket office at a UK train station where it will be stamped. THE PASS WILL NOT BE VALID UNLESS THIS IS DONE.  Please advise at the moment of the booking: flight details, all names for all passengers and travel date.

Tour Highlights

  • London
  • Brighton
  • Bournemouth
  • Exeter
  • Bristol
  • Oxford

Tour Inclusions

  • 9 nights in a centrally located hotel inclusive of breakfast daily
  • Return Private Airport Transfers (from/to London Heathrow)
  • 8-day BritRail England Consecutive Pass*
  • Hop On Hop Off London City Sightseeing Tour (24h)
  • Standard ticket on the BAi360 "flight" in Brighton
  • All local taxes and fees

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