London Charles Darwin
Welcome to your journey on the traces of Charles Darwin.
On arrival at Heathrow Airport, you will be met by your local tour guide at the airport. Together you will travel to London and take a sightseeing tour of one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Discover Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus and Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square.
After breakfast, the group will travel to central London. Together you will explore the various places associated with Charles Darwin. For example, he lived in Great Marlborough Street or his first 3 years of marriage in Upper Gower Street.
Afterwards, you will visit Westminster Abbey (groups must be accompanied by a tour guide, max. 25 persons per tour guide), the Coronation and Funeral Church of the English Kings of Great Britain, where Charles Darwin was buried. Today, a plaque in the central nave commemorates the burial of Charles Darwin.
In the afternoon visit the Natural History Museum to discover 22 million animal specimens or come across 30 million insects and 6 million dried plants. The integrated "Darwin Centre" will open in September 2009. There you can not only watch researchers at work but also meet them directly and ask them questions directly.
Today you drive towards Oxford, which is one of the most famous cities in England. In terms of universities and schools, it is recognised worldwide. More than 600 historic buildings are registered or are on the list of protected buildings. Of course, some of the universities are also among these unique buildings. A rather complicated system of individual colleges, which have a strong influence on the universities and also have a say in the city council, has developed over the centuries. You can visit Christ Church College with its gothic Cathedral. The oldest of the almost 40 colleges are located here.
You also have the opportunity to visit the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Here in 1860 one of the most spectacular debates on Darwin's theories of evolution took place between the Bishop Samuel Wilberforce of Oxford and the biologist and writer Thomas Huxley.
In the museum itself, there are various artefacts that Darwin collected during his journey on the HMS Beagle.
In the afternoon you will travel to the medieval market town of Farnham. Besides the keep of Farnham Castle, you can also visit the various houses from the geological era. Nearby is the Moor Park Heritage Trail, which is about 1.4 km long. In good weather, you can walk in the footsteps of Darwin, who took many walks here. Between 1857 and 1859, Darwin visited the Moor Park Spa several times, but the house itself is not open to the public.
This morning you leave for the County of Kent where you will visit the Down House.
In this house, Darwin worked on most of the theories. Such as the book "On the Origin of Species in the Animal and Plant Kingdom through Natural Breeding. And the Preservation of Perfected Breeds in the Struggle for Existence". In the house itself, you will see original furniture items such as Darwin's desk and chair. On Darwin's grounds, you can walk along the famous "Sandwalk", which Darwin called his "Thinkpath". Darwin himself had this almost half kilometre long circular path laid out and planted. Every day for forty years, he walked his rounds here in all weathers to reflect on his work and calmly create new ideas.
Your journey ends with a visit to the London Zoo. Discover the different animal species via the African wild dog to the ear jellyfish and more. Or visit our "almost relatives" in the monkey house of the "Gorilla Kingdom".
After a final breakfast, your transfer bus will take you to Heathrow Airport, and you will start your journey home.
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