Begin your private 9-hour tour with a hotel pickup in London, and travel northwest through Essex to Southend-on-Sea, one of England’s most popular seaside resorts.
As you travel, soak up the passing scenery and perhaps savor some of the complimentary snacks. Then, on arrival, break for lunch (own expense) by the Cliff Gardens, where manicured lawns and pine trees wind down the cliffside, and command lovely sea views.
Next, choose to enjoy the attractions of the town as you wish. Perhaps uncover some of Southend’s historical highlights with a visit to the medieval moathouse of Southchurch Hall or Prittlewell Priory, a beautiful old priory founded by monks in the 12th century. Alternatively, discover Southend’s past by exploring the archaeological finds and historical displays at the Central Museum.
You may want to relax on the sandy beach and enjoy some of the many seafront activities on offer. Feel the sand in your toes as the children build sandcastles, admire the views from Southend’s famous pleasure pier — the longest in the world — or play your heart out at a colorful arcade.
Lastly, dive into the fun of Adventure Island, the amusement park on the seafront. Ride the coasters, hurtle down the helter skelter, brave the dinghy flumes and more. Watch the little ones enjoy the kids’ attractions such as the carousels, go-karts, play zones and adventure golf courses — there’s something for all ages.
If you want to explore the underwater world, make tracks for the nearby Sea Life Adventure aquarium, and get close-up views of everything from rays and turtles to sharks and seahorses.
When the time comes, relax on your ride back to London, where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.