PLAN FOR THE DAY
0005 We depart from central Cambridge on our journey to Stonehenge. There will be a comfort break included in the journey.
0320 Arrival at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. The sun rises at 4.52am but first we must walk the 3km to the stones through the open landscape. Although this is midsummer, this is England don't forget so although the sun will definitely rise (not fake news!) there's no guarantee we'll see it! Also, although the temperature in June can be warm or even hot in the daytime, expect cool temperatures before dawn so whatever the forecast come prepared with warm clothes and sturdy walking shoes.
On arrival at Stonehenge join the throng of people in the centre of the circle in preparation for the sun's imminent rise. Alternatively, retreat to a quiet vantage point a short distance from the circle and lap up the spiritual significance of solstice. Run naked through the landscape if you must!
0600 As the crowds start to dissipate we start our walk back to the Visitor Centre for a warming coffee before taking the short drive to our second stop, a complex of Neolithic monuments as important as Stonehenge located around the quaint village of Avebury.
0730 On arrival your guide will explain both of today's destinations and point out the various elements of the Avebury complex.
Avebury dwarves Stonehenge and some parts of the complex are older than Stonehenge itself. First, we visit a 6000-year old tomb, the West Kennet Long Barrow, and enter the tomb itself. Back outside take in the wonderful views across the countryside to the world's largest man-made prehistoric hill, Silbury Hill. Finally, we walk around the Avebury stone circle, the world's largest stone circle, before visiting to the wonderful souvenir shops in Avebury village.
0930 Breakfast/early lunch in the pretty market town of Marlborough
1030 Depart for the journey back to Cambridge.
1300 Arrive back in central Cambridge.