The Beautiful Cotswolds & Downton Abbey
- Stratford upon Avon
- Burton on the Water
- Stow on the Wold
- Blenheim Palace
Your Tour Includes
- Experienced Driver
- Local Tour Guide (day 2 to day 5)
- Return Stena Line sailings
- 6 Nights 4* Hotel Accommodation
- 5 Evening Meals
- 6 Cooked Breakfasts
- Entrance to Blenheim Palace
- Entrance to Highcleere Castle (Downton Abbey)
- Entrance to Gloucester Cathedral & Crypt
- Cruise on Gloucester Docks
- Walking tour of Oxford, Stratford upon Avon
- All excursions listed
- Kildare Village Designer Outlet
- Dublin City Centre
Please note that this tour departs from Dublin Port and returns to Ireland via Rosslare Port
Drop off points:
- Dublin City Centre
This morning we travel from Dublin Port across to Holyhead on the 8:10 am ferry crossing and travel directly to Stratford-Upon-Avon, a picturesque town in the heart of Warwickshire. Best known for its connections to William Shakespeare. It is one of the most important tourist destinations in England, drawing in an incredible 4.9 million visitors every year. There’s time to freshen up at our hotel before we get to know our traveling companions at a Welcome Dinner.
Following breakfast, we meet our local tour guide for a guided tour by coach and foot of Shakespearian Stratford Upon Avon. There will be some free time for personal sightseeing and lunch before we travel south to the picturesque Cotswolds medieval town of Tewkesbury. Tewkesbury has a long and fascinating history which our local guide will bring alive. The final leg of our journey takes us to nearby Cheltenham, our base for the next 4 nights. Relax and unwind before dinner.
Enjoy an excursion to Blenheim Palace and Oxford. Blenheim Palace, home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, gifted by Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and ancestor to Sir Winston Churchill, following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Our visit today includes the gilded State Rooms and the fascinating visitor experience ‘The Untold Story’ which delves into the history and background of this extraordinary British family. During the afternoon we visit the University City of Oxford for a gently paced walking tour of this magnificent city with our local tour guide. Enjoy dinner together this evening at our hotel.
We get a sense of the Olde World today as we enjoy a relaxing scenic day touring the Cotswolds countryside by coach. A delightful day discovering some of the prettiest villages and historic towns in the heart of England.
Visit Burton-on-the-Water, known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ with the River Windrush running right through the centre. Visit Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds packed with charming, traditional picture-perfect houses within the beautiful Cotswolds stone towns and villages. Immerse yourself in the history with superb commentary from our expert local tour guide.
Our final stop is the town of Cirencester, the Capital of the Cotswolds. This is a thriving town and was once the second largest town in Britain during Roman times.
After breakfast we travel to Newbury and to Highcleere Castle, the magnificent home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon which has become one the most famous houses in Britain. The castle has been the set of the critically acclaimed period drama ‘Downton Abbey’. Explore the beautiful castle and grounds while uncovering the Castle’s fascinating history. Here’s your chance to walk in the footsteps of factorial charters such as Lord Grantham, Lady Mary and Mr Carson.
Following breakfast this morning we check out of our hotel and travel to Gloucester. Our first stop this morning is a visit is to Gloucester Cathedral. From Benedictine monks and Royalty to film crews and medieval pilgrims, Gloucester Cathedral has welcomed visitors for over 900 years. Our guide will lead us around the building and its Crypt. You’ll also visit the very earliest parts of the building on this tour and explore the passages and chapels used by monks when the Cathedral was the Abbey of St Peter. You will see where the filming of the BBC’s Sherlock took place too!
Our next stop is to the Gloucester Docks, the most inland port in Great Britain and is home to old dock buildings, designer shops, cafes and the museums. We’ll take a short cruise onboard the Queen Boadicea II (one of the little ships of Dunkirk which helped evacuate troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during WW2) around the docks.
During the late afternoon we’re back on the coach, cross the Severn Bridge and drive along the southern coast of Wales to Cardiff, the Welsh Capital. It is a city bursting with life and filled with Welsh charm. The evening is yours to enjoy. Dine at leisure tonight in the city.
We depart our hotel this morning, heading west towards the coast of Wales to the ferry port. The final leg of our journey is the 1:10 pm sailing to Rosslare, arriving into the port at approx 4:30 pm with wonderful memories of our time visiting the Cotswolds.
21st July 2019
€250 Single Supplement
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