2 days - by Coach
Price from £159.95 per person*
Departs 10th Jul 2017
Single person supplement : £30.00 per person
See the real–life 'Downton Abbey', location of the popular British TV series which enjoyed a world–wide following and a clutch of television and broadcasting awards gathered over the life of the show. Extensively used for both interiors and exteriors in the filming, Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. We take you for a tour round the house and grounds that formed the backdrop to so many memorable scenes of breathless passion, grumpy butlers and skulduggery in the scullery.
Included in this break are coach travel and overnight hotel accommodation with a 3–course evening meal and full English breakfast, admission to Highclere Castle and grounds, plus a visit to Stratford–upon–Avon.
This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081
- Return coach travel from your chosen local departure point
- Overnight stay at a 3 or 4 star Wiltshire or Reading area hotel with 3–course dinner and full English breakfast
- Visit to Highclere Castle, including admission
- Visit to Stratford–upon–Avon
- Services of an Omega coach driver/tour representative
- VAT at 20%
*Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £30pp for the break.
Monday After a morning pick up from your local area, we will travel direct to Stratford–upon–Avon, the Warwickshire wattle and daub birthplace of William Shakespeare, and indeed the place where he also breathed his last just over 400 years ago, in 1616. Inevitably, there are lots of Shakespeare and Tudor–influenced attractions here, but it's also a lovely town to look around, with pleasant gardens and walks along the River Avon if you prefer to escape the crowds. We will depart from Stratford in the late afternoon and arrive at the hotel in good time for dinner and your overnight stay.
Tuesday We start the day with a full English breakfast and then head for 'Downton Abbey' as seen on TV, and in the flesh. Highclere Castle is an imposing Jacobethan house with interiors of ornate gold leaf and stucco, heavy velvet and age–matured mahogany, surrounded by elegant gardens overlooking the Kennet Valley and woodland packed with follies including Heaven's Gate and an Etruscan temple. There's an Egyptian exhibition too, featuring rare antiquities from excavations by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and commemorating his world headline discovery in 1922, with Howard Carter, of the tomb of Tutankhamen (admission at extra charge). We will spend the whole morning here, then set off for home in the early afternoon.
Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.
Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)
|3 or 4 star to be confirmed hotel in the Avon, Wiltshire or Reading area|
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