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What to Expect
If you are arriving on an overnight transatlantic flight, take the day on your own to check-in to the hotel, rest, relax or explore the magnificent state apartments at Windsor Castle. Our first official event of the tour will be a “Welcome to Windsor” three course dinner at 6:30pm. The early dinner time will allow travelers to adjust to the time difference and get a great night’s rest. You will be staying at the wonderful Harte & Garter Hotel in Windsor. The hotel overlooks Windsor Castle, and you will be able to explore the many quaint shops – as they are just steps from our hotel.
After a delicious full English breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for Hatfield House, one of England’s finest Jacobean houses. Hatfield is renowned for its gardens as well as the Old Palace’s connections to Queen Elizabeth I. It was at Hatfield in 1558 that Elizabeth learned that she had become Queen. After exploring the house and gardens we will gather for a wonderful lunch and continue on to lovely Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Overnight accommodations are at the centrally located Stratford Hotel in Stratford upon Avon.
After breakfast, why not take the morning to explore magnificent Stratford upon Avon. We will spend the afternoon touring the Wedgwood Factory and Visitor’s Centre where we will see first-hand how Wedgwood has been produced by skilled craftsman since 1759. Then we will head to Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire where we will enjoy a three-course dinner together. Guests will also have time to enjoy the resorts many amenities including its beautiful grounds and spa.
We will begin the day at Chatsworth, the most magnificent of all the English Country Houses. Upon arrival, you will be amazed at the glories of the house, its collections and impeccable gardens. After you’ve had a few hours to explore at your leisure, the group will enjoy a sumptuous full afternoon tea in the conservatory. In the late afternoon we will depart for York, a delightful walled Roman city filled with lovely architecture as well as wonderful attractions, shops and restaurants. Our hotel is just a short walk from York Minster founded in 637 AD. The Churchill Hotel has hosted many famous guests including King Edward VI (when Prince of Wales) in 1898.
After breakfast, we will enjoy a group walking tour of York, pointing out all the highlights that make this city so special, including the famous York Shambles. After our tour, you will have a few hours to explore or shop at your leisure. Then we will visit the World Famous Betty’s Tearoom — where you will enjoy a delicious and elegant afternoon tea. Following the afternoon tea we will have an optional visit to a choral evensong at York Minster cathedral – this will be a day to long remain in your memory!
After our departure from York, we will visit the charming Leicestershire village of Melton Mowbray, home to English Stilton Cheese and the traditional Pork Pie. You will also have some time to explore this quaint village on your own. Following our visit to Melton Mowbray, we will head to the magnificent Stapleford Park where we will dine in the glorious dining room and enjoy an unforgettable overnight visit. Stapleford Park is set in 500 acres of glorious grounds, and building of the house begun in 1402. Today Stapleford Park is one of England’s most renowned country house hotels. This will be an unforgettable overnight experience!
After departing Stapleford Park, we will continue on to Burghley House, the finest Elizabethan estate in England. You will love strolling around the magnificent home and wonderful gardens, where the roses will be in all their June glory. After Burleigh, we will continue on to London’s Covent Garden where we will stay in the heart of the city – just steps from the Royal Opera House, and all of London’s major attractions. The final event of the tour will be a memorable three-course candlelit dinner, where we will toast a wonderful journey to many of the finest country houses in England.
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$3,450 Per Person*
Based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is also available; see tour brochure for full details.
*This is a land-only package, airfare to and from the United Kingdom is NOT included.