Trooping the Colour, a tradition steeped in over 260 years of history, is a display of military precision, equestrian skills, and regal elegance. As a participant in our tour, you'll witness this majestic ceremony up close, experiencing a part of British history that continues to captivate the world.
On day one, you’ll board your comfortable coach at your chosen joining point. Relax and settle back in your seat as we journey to London, the nation’s Capital City. Upon arrival in central London we will have some free time to explore the city at leisure. We reboard our coach and continue to our hotel, where we will spend the next three nights.
A Day in London for the Trooping the Colour Ceremony. Saturday 15th June will be the highlight of your trip.
London, a city steeped in history and tradition, comes alive on the day of the Trooping the Colour ceremony. It's a day like no other, filled with pomp, pageantry, and a sense of pride that resonates throughout the capital. Here's a glimpse into what a day in London for the Trooping the Colour ceremony entails:
Early Morning Excitement: The day starts early as Londoners and visitors alike gather along the parade route. Excitement fills the air as people secure their vantage points, eagerly anticipating the procession of regiments in their resplendent uniforms.
Military Precision: Trooping the Colour is a showcase of military precision and discipline. As the clock nears 10:00 AM, the crowd falls silent in anticipation of the Household Cavalry's arrival. The rhythmic drumbeat sets the pace for the entire ceremony.
The Arrival of the Royals: The moment everyone waits for is when the Royal Family arrives. With cheers and waving flags, the crowd welcomes the Queen and other members of the royal household. It's a moment of unity and celebration.
The Parade Begins: As the parade gets underway, the crowd marvels at the synchronised movements of the soldiers, the precision of the military bands, and the stunning horseback displays. The sound of the trumpets and the commanding presence of the troops make for a truly awe-inspiring spectacle.
Balcony Appearance: After the parade, the Royal Family makes their way to Buckingham Palace. The grand finale occurs when they appear on the balcony to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd. It's a moment of pure British pride, and the waving of flags and the singing of the national anthem create a stirring atmosphere.
Festive Atmosphere: The celebration spills into the streets of London. People in Union Jack attire, street performers, and vendors selling traditional British treats like fish and chips add to the festive atmosphere. There's a sense of camaraderie as strangers become friends for the day.
Exploration and Relaxation: After the ceremony, many choose to explore London further. St. James's Park provides a tranquil respite, and the nearby Horse Guards Parade is a must-visit. Some opt for leisurely walks along the River Thames, taking in the iconic sights.
Evening Delights: The day concludes with a sense of fulfilment. In the evening, London's West End beckons with its world-renowned theatres. Alternatively, one can savour a traditional British meal at a cosy pub, relishing the flavours of the city.
Memories to Last a Lifetime: A day in London for the Trooping the Colour ceremony is a day of cherished memories. It's a day when tradition and modernity coexist, where the past meets the present, and where the spirit of unity and celebration permeates the city.
For those fortunate enough to experience this grand event, it's a reminder of the enduring legacy of the British monarchy and a testament to the city's unique charm. A day in London for Trooping the Colour is a day of celebration, history, and the sheer joy of being part of a momentous occasion.
On Sunday, you’ll spend a further full day at leisure in central London, free for shopping, sightseeing and exploration. It’s yours, to do as you wish! Alternatively, why not join our optional Half-Day Trip to Windsor and the Castle Grounds?
As part of your Trooping the Colour experience in London, we offer an optional half-day excursion to the picturesque town of Windsor, home to the magnificent Windsor Castle, and the iconic Long Walk. This excursion provides a delightful break from the bustling city and allows you to explore the historic and regal side of the United Kingdom.
Morning Departure: The day begins with a comfortable coach ride to Windsor, a charming town nestled on the banks of the River Thames. As you approach Windsor, the sight of the imposing castle perched atop a hill will take your breath away.
Windsor Town Exploration: Upon arrival in Windsor, you'll have the opportunity to explore the quaint streets of this historic town. Stroll along cobbled pathways, discover unique shops, and immerse yourself in the town's enchanting atmosphere. Capture photos of the charming architecture and savour a taste of local life.
The Long Walk: Take a stroll along the famous Long Walk, a stunning tree-lined avenue that stretches for over two and a half miles from Windsor Castle to the Copper Horse statue of King George III.
Free Time and Souvenirs: Towards the end of your visit, you'll have some free time to enjoy a late lunch at one of the charming local eateries or browse the souvenir shops for mementos of your Windsor experience.
Return to London: In the mid-afternoon, we'll depart from Windsor and make our way back to central London. Relax on the coach as you reflect on the history, beauty, and serenity of Windsor.
Evening Exploration: Back in London, you'll have the evening to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps take a leisurely walk along the River Thames, enjoy a traditional British dinner, or attend a West End show.
This optional half-day trip to Windsor and the Long Walk offers a captivating glimpse into British royal history, the charm of a quintessential English town, and the natural beauty of the Long Walk avenue. It's a perfect addition to your Trooping the Colour experience, providing a well-rounded exploration of the cultural and historic treasures of the United Kingdom. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the grandeur of Windsor Castle, the scenic beauty of Windsor town, and the serenity of the Long Walk.
As Monday morning arrives all too soon, a bittersweet feeling settles in. It's time to pack up and bid farewell to our cosy hotel, which has been our home away from home throughout this memorable weekend. However, the excitement is far from over, for we have one final visit into central London to round off this thoroughly enjoyable weekend. During the late afternoon, we'll depart London and begin our journey home, bringing with us memories of an unforgettable weekend in the heart of London, celebrating the Trooping The Colour.
Day One - Arrival in London: Our journey commences with a comfortable coach ride to the heart of London, a city that beckons with endless possibilities. Upon arrival, you'll have free time to explore this vibrant metropolis at your leisure. Whether it's visiting iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace, immersing yourself in world-class museums, or indulging in some retail therapy, London has something for every traveller. In the late afternoon, we'll make our way to our hotel, where we will be nestled for the next three nights.
Day Two - Trooping the Colour: This is the day we've all been waiting for – Trooping The Colour! We'll provide you with return transfers to central London for a day of royal celebration like no other.
Day Three - Further Celebrations in London or Windsor: Another exciting day awaits, with return transfers to central London for a full day of celebrating this historic occasion. It's an opportunity to delve deeper into London's wonders.
Day Four - London and home: After a hearty breakfast, we have one last chance to savour the delights of London. Included transfers into the city grant us the freedom to soak in any remaining sights we may have missed and indulge in some final shopping. As the day draws to a close, we bid farewell to London, embarking on our journey home, carrying with us cherished memories of an unforgettable weekend in the heart of the city, witnessing the Trooping The Colour.
For three nights, you will be staying at a comfortable and convenient hotel located in close proximity to Central London. All of the hotels used will feature well-appointed and comfortable rooms, each with their own private en-suite bathroom. Guests will have access to a bar and restaurant, where breakfast will be served daily. The breakfast buffet will offer a variety of hot and cold options to satisfy any appetite.
Join us on a half-day excursion to the charming town of Windsor! Home to the grand Windsor Castle, the former residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II, this tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the picturesque streets of Windsor and discover its rich history. As we stroll through the town, you'll have the chance to shop at local stores and take in the local sights and sounds. Mid-to-late afternoon, we will depart Windsor and head back to central London, where you'll have some free time to explore the city before returning to the hotel. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience the beauty and culture of Windsor, book your spot now! Prebook this optional excursion for only £25 per person.
Friday 14th June 2024 Price £299 pp, single supplement £179. Friday 13th June 2025 Price £319 pp, single supplement £189. We cannot accept any liability for any change to or cancellation of any events during this weekend in London, as these are out of our control.
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