Friday: From a morning pickup in your local area we travel by coach to our hotel stopping en-route for a spot of lunch (not included). After checking in to the hotel, we enjoy dinner and our first night’s stay.
Saturday: After breakfast, we head to the world-famous Highclere Castle, residence of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and filming location for the much loved Downton Abbey television series and film. Many of the rooms and vistas will be familiar to viewers of the TV series – both the Drawing Room and Dining Room forming the backdrop to the dryly withering put-downs delivered by Maggie Smith, as the Dowager Countess to some poor unfortunate relation. The Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the castle explores the achievements of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922 while outside, the distinctive gardens and spectacular parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown are a delight to explore. The castle also has a gift shop and tea room. Afterwards, the coach takes us back to our hotel in time for dinner.
Sunday: We check out of our hotel this morning after breakfast and then depart for Royal Windsor. Situated on the River Thames, this ancient royal town has a rich heritage dating back over 1,000 years with many beautiful buildings and cobbled streets. We enjoy some free time here to explore at our leisure, before the return journey home in the mid-afternoon.