I’m on Best of England Tour 8/13-8/26 and I have a couple questions about Day 12 arrival from York to London. I have submitted the same questions to the RS tour department via email, but was wanting to see if any past tour members can share their experiences as well.
The itinerary description says upon arrival we enjoy a guided bus tour, and then a tour of Westminster Abbey, and then later in the afternoon we check into our hotel.
Does our luggage accompany us on both the bus tour and for the Westminster abbey tour, before heading to the hotel later in the afternoon? Or do we actually end up making a pit stop at the hotel to drop-off luggage after the bus tour but before the Westminster abbey tour?
What to do about our luggage is an important detail to me as I would like to know if we will have the ability to independently stay longer at Westminster Abbey after the included guided tour, or if we are going to be rushed out to head to the hotel together as a group?
Is the Queen jubilee gallery included in the guided abbey tour, or will we have the option to purchase a ticket for this if we have the ability to stay longer independently at the Abbey?
I am hoping that hotel check-in/luggage drop off does occur before the Westminster abbey tour, as it would be much more convenient to be able to start our London exploring straight from The Abbey rather than backtracking to our hotel in South Kensington and then heading back into the center.
Does the tour include a provided Oyster card pre-loaded with some value of $ to be used for transportation for the included tour activities? If so, what starting value is provided on the card?
Thanks in advance for any input shared.