A Gloucestershire Potpourri

Monday 16th - Saturday 21st October 2017

£539pp

6 days

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24.50pp
Single supplement: £95

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Overview

From our hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds this tour will take you to one of Britain’s most remarkable castles, one of our great cathedral cities, one of our largest vineyards and one of our top Heritage Railways.

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Midway between Cheltenham and Gloucester, The four-star Cheltenham Chase Hotel is one of the respected Q Hotel chain, and is set in 15 acres of private grounds on the edge of the Cotswolds. There are 116 elegant bedrooms, each with hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a spa area with indoor swimming pool, steam room and Jacuzzi.

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Location: Gloucestershire

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Itinerary

(DAY 1) Monday 16th October

We make our way through Berkshire and Wiltshire to Gloucester, the cathedral cityof the Cotswolds. Gloucester’s roots stretch back to Roman times. Time to explore and have lunch. A visit to the 11th century cathedral perhaps, or stroll through the historic Docks to the collection of Victorian warehouses and Waterways Museum? At the end of the afternoon rejoin the coach for the short transfer to our Hotel.

(DAY 2) Tuesday 17th October

This morning we visit Berkeley Castle, steeped in 860 years of history. Generations of the Berkeley family have transformed this former Norman fortress into a lovely home, with landscaped gardens and a butterfly house. The Castle is often used for filming and has featured in TV series such as ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, ‘Father Brown’ and ‘Wolf Hall’. We will take an exclusive out-of-hours guided tour and a Q&A session with a member of the Berkeley family including homemade cake, teas and coffees.

(DAY 3) Wednesday 18th October

Today will be spent enjoying the scenery along the route of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. Starting from the beautifully restored Toddington Station we will take the diesel service to Laverton and back, crossing the Stanway Viaduct. Aftertime for lunch and to explore the GWR Museum, Shop and Heritage Trail we will join a steam-hauled train, with views of Cleeve Hill, to Cheltenham Racecourse Station.

(DAY 4) Thursday 19th October

We head to the City Of Worcesterand the Museum of Worcester Porcelain. Henry Sandon MBE was Curator of the Museum for 16 years, working alongside many of Royal Worcester’s skilled artists and craftspeople. He has appeared on the BBC Antiques Roadshow and loves nothing better than to share his knowledge and memories. We will meet Henry over tea/coffee and biscuits. There will be time to explore Worcester at your own pace and visit the majestic Cathedral which looks down over the River Severn. Please note that the talk with Henry Sandon is subject to his availability. An alternative talk will be provided if he is unavailable.

(DAY 5) Friday 20th October

The Three Choirs Vineyardnear Newent is one of the largest and oldest wine estates in England. The first vines were planted in 1973. On a tour through the vines we will learn about the history of the vineyard and cultivation of the grapes. The wine making process will be explained in the winery and then our guide will offer a selection of wines to taste. After the visit we will head to Ross-On-Wye for a lunch break, returning through the Forest Of Dean.

(DAY 6) Saturday 21st October

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a swim in the pool before we leave mid-morning and drive to Cirencester. There will be time to explore the historic town with its buildings of Cotswold Stone before we make our way home to Sussex during the afternoon.