NEW: The Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon
Monday 9th - Friday 13th September 2019
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24pp
Single supplement: £85
A new tour providing the opportunity to spend four nights at a luxury four-star hotel and explore some of the picturesque towns and villages in the Cotswolds.
Your Holiday Hotel
The Hallmark Welcombe Hotel has a superb setting in 157 acres of landscaped grounds within sonnet-shouting distance of Shakespeare’s birthplace. Built in 1866, the building has had a £2.5 million refurbishment and features a large lounge with a marble fireplace, chandeliers and impressive furniture. There are 78 bedrooms, all with the amenities you would expect of a 4-star hotel. It has a luxury indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, and a state-of-the-art spa.
(DAY 1) Monday 9th September
Taxi from your home to the coach. Today we will be visiting Upton House, a Warwickshire country house dating from around 1695. Donated to the National Trust in 1986, the House has a world-class art collection and fine porcelain. There is a spectacular garden with huge cedar trees and extensive terraces, all created by Lady Bearsted. There is a restaurant and shop. From Upton it will take less than an hour to reach our hotel on the outskirts of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
(DAY 2) Tuesday 10th September
Today we explore the Cotswolds. Our first stop will be in Bourton-On-The-Water where the bubbling River Windrush flows alongside the main street under pretty bridges and past houses of traditional Cotswold stone. Then we visit the Cotswolds Discovery Centre, housed in the Old Prison in Northleach. Discover more about the protected landscape of the area and how people have helped shape it over thousands of years. We include coffee and cake in the café. We round off our tour in Chipping Campden, one of the finest of all the Cotswold villages. Its High Street is a delight, a board gentle curve flanked on either side by an unbroken sweep of buildings, with shops and houses dating from the 14th century.
(DAY 3) Wednesday 11th September
A free day in Stratford-Upon-Avon. From our Hotel into Town is a gentle half-hour stroll. Or travel in and return by coach. There is so much to see and do in Stratford. Take a river cruise, a sightseeing bus tour, visit one of the Shakespeare properties the RSC in their home on the banks of the Avon. A riverside walk leads you to Holy Trinity Church where the Bard is buried.
(DAY 4) Thursday 12th September
Our short excursion today takes you to Kenilworth to visit the Castle. One of the great historical sites of the UK, it was a royal castle for most of its history and one of our most formidable fortresses. In 1266 it withstood the longest siege on English soil. Later it was transformed into a lavish Tudor palace for Elizabeth I.
(DAY 5) Friday 13th September
After breakfast we leave Stratford and make our way to Burford with its pretty High Street and antique shops. Continuing through the Thames Valley (and avoiding the M25) we will meet the taxis by the end of the afternoon.