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Start your London adventure at the iconic British Museum, where 2 million years of history await! You’ll discover the gems of this world-famous collection as our expert guides share tales of lost civilizations and ancient tribes. Marvel at the Mummy of Katebet and the Parthenon Marbles, discover beautiful Samurai armor and learn all about the ancient Rosetta Stone on this carefully curated tour of the museum’s unmissable pieces. You’ll leave the British Museum full of thought-provoking facts and a newfound appreciation for the incredible achievements of humanity – across history and around the globe.
After a break for lunch, we’ll head to the National Gallery of London, one of the UK’s finest art museums, where the world-famous collection dates as far back as the mid-13th century. Your guide will walk you through the highlights of the collection and arm you with a wealth of insights that bring to life not just the art, but the artists too. Get ready for a journey through time, as you revisit the greatest pieces in the history of art, including Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Virgin of the Rocks”, Georges Seurat’s “Bathers at Asnières”, Raphael’s “Madonna of the Pinks”, Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars,” and Holbein’s spectacular “The Ambassadors” – to mention just a few!
Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)
Vermeer’s “A Young Woman Standing at a Virginal”
Raphael’s “The Madonna of the Pinks” (La Madonna dei Garofani)
Velázquez’s “The Toilet of Venus” (aka, “The Rokeby Venus’)
The Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics
The Parthenon Marbles, created under the supervision of master architect and sculptor, Phidias
The Mummy of Katebet, the Chantress of Amun, who held the title “King of the Gods”