One of the world's leading historians and biographers, he has a PhD from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department of King's College, London. He has written 13 books, including the awardwinning The Storm Of War: A New History Of The Second World War and Masters And Commanders. His biography, Churchill: Walking With Destiny, was published in the Autumn to widespread acclaim.
Retrace Churchill's footsteps with Andrew Roberts
It was 80 years ago that Winston Churchill delivered his famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech in the aftermath of the Dunkirk evacuation. June also marks the 76th anniversary of Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day, which precipitated the Allies' victory over Nazi oppression.
On this fascinating five-day tour, you'll walk in the footsteps of the wartime prime minister during trips to the key sites of his life and premiership. Bringing Churchill to life for you will be the award-winning historian and biographer Andrew Roberts, author of Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership and Churchill: Walking with Destiny.
Andrew will join you at the Churchill War Rooms, the basement offices in Whitehall that housed the underground nerve centre of Churchill and his inner circle during the Second World War. You'll wander through the same corridors as they did during a private tour, before you enjoy a glass of prosecco and a three-course dinner followed by an exclusive talk from Andrew.
You will spend four nights in luxury at the five-star Royal Horseguards Hotel in the heart of London, and from there will enjoy air-conditioned coach transport to your destinations. You will visit Churchill's birthplace - the spectacular Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire - his school Harrow, as well as his home at Chartwell, Kent, where he and his wife Clementine lived for 40 years. At St Martin's Church near Blenheim, you can pay your respects at his final resting place.
Exclusive Event with Andrew Roberts
Step inside a Lancaster
Five-star stay at Royal Horseguards
Expert tours of Harrow, Whitehall, Blenheim and Chartwell
Special access to the Churchill War Rooms
Copy of Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Your expert guides
- Exclusive talk and three-course dinner at the Churchill War Rooms with historian Andrew Roberts
- Four nights' luxury bed-and-breakfast accommodation at the five-star Royal Horseguards Hotel in central London
- Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms
- Private Winston Churchill tour of Harrow School
- Guided tour of Blenheim Palace with a themed talk
- Walking tour of Whitehall
- Visit to Imperial War Museum Duxford, including a behind-the-ropes exploration of the Avro Lancaster
Guided tour of Chartwell
- Free copy of Andrew Roberts's book Churchill: Walking with Destiny (one per booking, subscribers only)
- Services of an expert guide and tour manager
- Trip 100% protected (TTA)
Day1Arrival in LondonHorseguards Hotel, United Kingdom
You'll make your own way to London to check into your home for the next three nights, the five-star Royal Horseguards Hotel. Not only is this elegant Grade 1 listed building one of the iconic London hotels and supremly luxurious it also housed the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Bureau and during the Second World War was said to conceal Churchill's secret tunnels connecting underground London.
Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day2Harrow, Whitehall and Churchill War RoomsHarrow, United Kingdom
After breakfast, you'll board your coach to be transferred to Harrow School, the boys' boarding school attended by Winston Churchill from 1888 to 1892. After a special tour of the school, you'll return to Westminster for a Whitehall walking tour, which could include Admiralty Arch, the Citadel and St Margaret's Church. After lunch, you'll make your way to the Churchill War Rooms for a private guided tour. You'll discover what it was like to work beneath the heart of Westminster during the Blitz.
Your special trip will include behind-the-glass access to the Cabinet War Room. In the evening, you'll be joined by historian Andrew Roberts for a welcome glass of prosecco and delicious three-course dinner while 1940s music plays in the background.
Andrew will then deliver an exclusive talk about the former prime minister, who was the subject of his acclaimed biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny.
Day3Blenheim Palace and St Martins ChurchWoodstock, United Kingdom
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by coach to Woodstock in Oxfordshire to visit Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born on November 30, 1874 to Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome. You'll enjoy an audio tour and a guest speaker as well as seeing the permanent Churchill exhibition. Visit the Memorial Garden and discover the spot where he proposed to Clementine
Hozier. In the afternoon, you'll journey to nearby Bladon to visit St Martin's Church, where the wartime leader is buried.
Day4Imperial War Museum DuxfordDuxford, United Kingdom
Today, you'll head to Duxford to visit the Imperial War Museum, Europe's largest air museum. The morning is yours to explore the museum at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will join an expert guide for a behind-the-ropes exploration of the iconic Avro Lancaster.
The bomber was the most reliable and versatile at the Royal Air Force's disposal during the Second World War.
You'll enjoy a talk outside the aircraft, which helped turn the tide of the war, before you are invited to take a privileged look inside.
Day5ChartwellWesterham, United Kingdom
After your final breakfast at the hotel, you will travel by coach into Kent, the Garden of England. There you will be treated to a guided tour of Chartwell, the country house that was Churchill's beloved home for over 40 years. Acquired by the National Trust 18 years before Churchill's death in 1965, the house remains much the same as it was when originally opened for public viewing in 1966. You'll enjoy a tour of the house, including the top-floor museum and uniform rooms, before a light lunch. You will then be transported back to the Royal Horseguards Hotel to check out before beginning your journey home.
Royal Horseguards Hotel
Built in 1884, the five-star Royal Horseguards Hotel sits on the bank of the River Thames with stunning views of the river and St James’s Park. You’ll spend four lavish nights in an en-suite bedroom that offers Victorian elegance with crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen, minibar and luxury toiletries. Visit the award-winning restaurant, relax in the comfortable lounge or take advantage of the spa and wellness centre, Jacuzzi, swimming pool or tennis court.
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