See a Revamped London During the Summer Games
Just recently, London has been alive with energy and change—the city just got finished with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and now it's gearing up for the Summer Games. Locals and tourists alike flocked to watch the building of Olympic Park, which features a riverside promenade, wildlife habitats, and an 80,000-seat stadium as a centerpiece. Beyond Olympic Park, the city has erected cable-car thrill rides and revamped its tube stations, and neighborhoods that were once lined with industrial buildings have been repurposed into gardens and entertainment spaces.
It's a good time to hop over the pond, and Ludus Tours makes this easy with five- and seven-day trips to London, which can include stops at opening ceremony events and meet and greets with world-class athletes. They leave each itinerary wide open, though, so you can decide which events to attend and which attractions to see. Accommodations during your stay will be at a four-star hotel conventionally located near the Tube, and a four-mile cab ride from the Olympic Stadium.
Tickets to the London 2012 Summer Games are not included in this package, but customers can purchase them with assistance from Ludus staffers. For a full description of the package, click here.
Watch the Summer Games' Lavish Opening Ceremony at Veiwing Party with Possible Meet-and-Greet Event with Athletes
Whether you fly into London with or without the optional included airfare, your stay begins after London Heathrow Airport in a contemporary hotel near Olympic Park. The Docklands district, like much of the city, has undergone a renaissance in recent years, building underground malls and swapping out its old warehouses for glistening skyscrapers.
The games kick off on Friday, July 27, with the opening ceremony, which is called "Isles of Wonder" and was artistically directed by filmmaker Danny Boyle, of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame. Tour groups will take the tube or the Docklands Light Railway—Britain's first light-rail system, also known as DLR—to reach London 2012 venues. After the opening ceremony dinner party at Greens Restaurant, the schedule is jam-packed with athletic showcases, ranging from swimming and gymnastics to archery. Though it's not guaranteed, Ludus Tours will often offer visitors a chance to meet past and present athletes during a meet-and-greet event. Guides can also arrange trips to some of the city's main attractions, including Big Ben and the Tower Bridge.
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