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Downton Abbey

London, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor, Highclere, Lacock, Bampton, Swinbrook, Oxford, London, London
UK
7 Days
  • Our in country expert says

    Follow in the footsteps of Downton Abbey's characters at Highclere castle and uncover the rich history and heritage behind the modern cultures of the English-speaking world. Explore royal residences, palaces, treasure houses and castles with your own guide to bring you the best of England.

     

    Itinerary at a Glance
    Day
    1
    London

    Your driver will meet you on arrival at London Heathrow and transfer you by private limousine to your central London hotel. You will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax and refresh.



    Day
    2
    London - Windsor

    Your full Royal Tour Day with your private guide starts with a visit to HM Queen Elizabeth’s London home, Buckingham Palace followed by an afternoon tour of her Royal castle at Windsor – the largest inhabited castle in Europe.

    Option in the evening to take in any of the 30+ London West End theatre shows.




    Day
    3
    Highclere Castle

    After breakfast at your hotel, your private driver will take you to Highclere Castle for the start of your Downton Abbey experience. The day continues with a walk in the mystical 5000-year-old Avebury Stone Circle, one of the most impressive megalithic monuments in Europe, followed by a tour of Avebury Manor.  

    Your day ends with a walk along the cobbled streets of Lacock, an idyllic village frozen in the 18th century (used in the filming of Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter).




    Day
    4
    Bath

    Your guide will meet you at your hotel for a half-day walking tour of this heritage city which will include a visit to the 2000-year-old Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and the National Fashion Museum. Afternoon at leisure to explore the boutiques and artisan shops. 




    Day
    5
    Cotswolds - Stratford-upon-Avon

    Today's private-driver guided tour takes you to Bampton, the fictitious Downton village, where most of Downton Abbey's outdoor scenes were filmed. Bampton Library and Church View were used for exterior shots of Downton Cottage Hospital. Afterwards, you will journey to the English village of Swinbrook; the set-location for Lady Sybil’s elopement with the family chauffeur, Branson, one of the key and most controversial story-lines of Downton’s Second Season. 

    Your afternoon tour will take you through the classically beautiful Cotswolds villages to Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Option to see Shakespeare play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. 





    Day
    6
    Oxford

    After the tour of William Shakespeare’s birthplace, your driver will collect you for a guided walking tour of Oxford. The beauty of the city's colleges and riverside setting, literary links and stunning movie and TV locations, shops with local character combine to give historic Oxford its alluring, vibrant and cosmopolitan buzz.

    In the afternoon, your driver will take you to Waddesdon Manor, a Rothschild mansion steeped in exceptional architecture, art collections and wonderful gardens. The house stood in for the exterior of the fictional Haxby Park in the second season of Downton Abbey, when Mary and Sir Richard intend to marry.




    Day
    7
    Departure

    Day at leisure. Private transfer to airport.



    Inclusion
    • Hotel accommodations with breakfast unless specifically excluded in itinerary
    • Entrances to sightseeings and excursions as per the itinerary
    Exclusion
    • Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, lunch etc.
    Prices are in US$ per person
    01 Jan 17 - 31 Dec 19
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