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WINTER SOLSTICE: STONEHENGE & AVEBURY

Guided day tour from Cambridge

Adult £85.00/Student £79.00/Child £75.00

Maximum 16 passengers

Join our winter solstice tour to watch the sunrise at Stonehenge and visit two awe-inspiring prehistoric monuments of pagan Britain.          

       

Avebury dwarves Stonehenge. It is home to the world's largest stone circle which forms part of a huge complex of prehistoric monuments, some older than Stonehenge itself. It seems that Avebury was the spiritual centre of the world for the people who were later to build Stonehenge.                            

               

Stonehenge is one of the most famous monuments of the ancient world. Constructed 4500-5000 years ago it is a fabulous place of mystery and myth. The stone circle is located at the centre of a landscape filled with prehistoric ceremonial structures. Come and discover why it was built.

NEXT TOUR DATE: 22nd December 2019

 

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PLAN FOR THE DAY

 

0800 We depart from central Cambridge on our journey to Avebury. The journey takes down towards London and to the west of the capital passing the majestic Windsor Castle en route. There will be a comfort break included in the journey.

 

1100 On arrival at Avebury we first visit The Sanctuary, the original arrival point in Avebury for prehistoric visitors where there are expansive views of the Avebury landscape. Here, your guide will explain the background to today's destinations and point out the various elements of the Avebury complex. Soon after, we walk across the open fields to a 6000-year old tomb, the West Kennet Long Barrow, and enter the tomb itself. From here there are wonderful views back to the world's largest man-made prehistoric hill, Silbury Hill. Finally, join the guided walk around the Avebury stone circle before a visit to the wonderful souvenir shops in Avebury village.

 

1330 We depart from Avebury for Stonehenge and travel through pretty farmland and pretty villages before climbing on to Salisbury Plain and the open countryside that's home to Stonehenge. 

               

1415 On arrival at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, weather permitting, we walk the route prehistoric visitors would have used to reach Stonehenge. Your guide will explain what we know about Stonehenge and then there will be free time to explore the site, browse the souvenir shop and view the exhibition in the Visitor Centre. Run naked through the landscape if you must!

 

1645Depart from Stonehenge for the journey back to Cambridge.

 

1930Arrive back in central Cambridge.

INCLUDED

 

  • Expert guidance from a passionate, experienced driver-guide
  • Return travel from your chosen departure point
  • Entry fee to Stonehenge (Adult £19.00, Student £17.10, Child £11.40)
  • Join your guide to explore Stonehenge...
  • ...or explore on your own with the complimentary audio-guide

NOT INCLUDED

 

  • Meals - You are welcome to bring food and drink on to the bus and eat while we travel between destinations
  • Entry fees to attractions (unless stated)

DEPARTURE POINTS

 

Tour departs at 3.30am and returns at 4pm from/to the main entrance to Parkside Swimming Pool, Gonville Place, Parker's Piece. Departure times and return times for all other departure points will vary - please check your e-ticket for the correct departure time.

 

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