Shakespeare’s Stratford

Sunday 6th - Thursday 10th August 2017

£399pp

5 days, 4 night(s)

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £23pp
Single supplement: £75

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Overview

Stay in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy visits to all five of the properties associated with our greatest playwright.

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The Mercure Stratford-on-Avon Hotel is a 4-star black and white gabled building in the centre of the town. There are 78 bedrooms, each individually named and equipped with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. This Tudor property is well suited to our Shakespeare theme, and is just a few hundred yards from the birthplace of the Bard, theRiver Avon, Theatre and local shops.

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Location (Warwickshire)

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Itinerary

(DAY 1) Sunday 6th August

Taxi pick up from your home to the coach. We drive through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to the canalside town of Banbury. Find lunch and take a stroll beside the Canal, where there is always plenty of activity, with colourful narrowboats passing through the lock. Stratford-on-Avonis only another 20 miles, and we arrive there mid-afternoon in time to begin your exploration of the town before dinner.

(DAY 2) Monday 7th August

We begin today with a stroll to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, where he also spent the first five years of his married life. After an introductory talk we will tour the house to discover the world that shaped the man. Next we visit Hall’s Croft, the elegant Tudor home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna. After a break for lunch we will make our way to New Place, final home of the Bard, where he wrote ‘The Tempest’ and his later plays, and where he died in 1616.

(DAY 3) Tuesday 8th August

This morning we drive to Mary Arden’s Farm. It is still a working farm, 500 years after Shakespeare’s mother lived here, and we will meet the costumed residents as they go about their daily tasks of cooking, tending crops and feeding the rare breed animals. Next we head to thehamlet of Shottery, to the most romantic of the Shakespeare houses,Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. It is a thatched gem in beautiful grounds, where William courted his bride-to-be.

(DAY 4) Wednesday 9th August

We conclude the Shakespeare story with a fascinating guided tour of the riverside theatre that is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Each tour is different, depending on which areas are being used for production and rehearsals on the day, but typically you will see the backstage area, lighting and sound booths, dressing rooms, wardrobe and wig-making workshops and the auditorium. The rest of today is free to explore more of Stratford, perhaps enjoying a leisurely cruise on the River, or a stroll to Holy Trinity Church, Shakespeare’s final resting place.

(DAY 5) Thursday 10th August

Departing Stratford after breakfast we will drive to Oxford, ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. Oxford has 1,500 listed buildings from every major period of British architecture from the 11th century onwards. There will be time to enjoy the fairy-tale city and find lunch before rejoining the coach to return to Sussex.