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Discover Heritage Tours offers a range of luxury fully escorted coach tours which give clients the opportunity to experience Britain at its best, travelling in super executive 24 seat mini coaches and enjoying overnight stays in a range of superior 3* and 4* hotels, each individually selected for their character and style.

Focusing on the ‘Best of Britain’ each of our unique tours consist of a range of fantastic attractions. All tours are conducted in English and clients are fully escorted for the duration of their tour by knowledgeable and experienced tour guides.

 

Cotswolds & Shakespeare Country
Stonehenge

South England History & Gardens

Landscapes, Literature & Culture

 
 
Cotswolds & Shakespeare Country
4 days / 3 nights
2010 Departures: 24/05*, 28/06, 19/07 and 09/08*
Monday – Thursday - *guaranteed departures

Itinerary

Day One - Monday – Depart London for William Shakespeare’s former home town of Stratford-upon-Avon through the pretty Chiltern Hills, pausing on the way for a walking tour of Oxford’s famous colleges, in particular Christ Church college where you will discover locations for the films Chariots of Fire and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts and literary associations with the children’s classics Alice on Wonderland, CS Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles and JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings.  After lunch, we will travel on to the treasure filled Blenheim Palace, home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill. Welcome dinner with fellow travellers and overnight at the Mercure Shakespeare Hotel (or similar).

Day Two – Tuesday – This morning we immerse ourselves in the culture and history of William Shakespeare with a tour of the Bard’s birthplace and a visit to Mary Arden’s House, home of Shakespeare’s mother, where we can experience farm life as it was in William Shakespeare’s time and may also see a falconry display. As we leave Stratford behind, remember to look out for Harvard House, the family home of John Harvard – the founder of Harvard College at Cambridge Massachusetts. Our journey continues as we drive by Anne Hathaway’ house, the home of William Shakespeare’s wife as we make our way to Warwick Castle. This is probably the finest castle in England and dates back over 1000 years. There is so much to see and do here – history, displays of medieval jousting and archery, falconry and art treasures – that we have devoted the afternoon to Warwick so you will have ample time to explore both the castle and the medieval town overlooking the river Avon. Return to the Mercure Shakespeare Hotel Stratford (Full breakfast). Dinner not included. Optional evening excursion to a Royal Shakespeare Company performance

Day Three
– Wednesday – This morning we will head onto the “faithful” city of Worcester which played a pivotal role in the English civil wars of the 1642 - 51 which ended with the victory of Oliver Cromwell’s “republican” army at the Battle of Worcester. The Civil War led to the beheading of King Charles I and the exile of his son Charles II. We will visit Worcester Cathedral which dates back over 1000 years and has been a place of prayer and worship since 680 AD. The cathedral contains the tomb of “Bad” King John (who signed Magna Carta at Runneymede). We have arranged a private viewing of the Cathedral library with its wonderful illuminated medieval manuscripts created by the Benedictine monks over 800 years ago and manuscript musical scores by local composer Sir Edward Elgar (Pomp & Circumstance Marches, Enigma Variations etc).
In the afternoon we tour through pretty Cotswold’s villages such as Broadway to Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the most delightful in England. Then we drive to the nearby picture book village of Chipping Campden for an afternoon cream tea and some free time for shopping in the many craft and boutique shops. Return to Mercure Shakespeare Hotel Stratford (Full breakfast and dinner). London Chipping Campden Worcester Warwick Oxford Stratford upon Avon.

Day Four - Thursday – Today we will drive through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside to Sudeley Castle, the former home of one of King Henry VIII wives, to explore the award winning gardens. Then it’s a leisurely drive through picturesque honey stone coloured villages with names such as the Slaughters and the Swells to Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the- Water for some free time. The final highlight of your tour is the treasure house of Waddesdon Manor, a 16th century style French chateau built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain his guests and display his vast collection of arts treasures. We then head back to London.

Included in your tour

• Three night’s accommodation in 3 or 4* hotel
• Two dinners in your hotel
• Three breakfasts in your hotel
• Entrances to: Christchurch College, Blenheim Palace, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Harvard House, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Warwick Castle, Worcester Cathedral & Library and a River Punt in Oxford.

* We reserve the right to substitute the hotels for others of similar or higher quality.
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South England History & Gardens
4 days / 3 nights
Departure Dates: 17/05, 14/06*, 12/07 & 16/08* * guaranteed departures

Itinerary

Day One – From London we drive through Windsor Great Park for a visit to Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences and the largest inhabited castle in the world. We will visit Runnymede where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215 – a document which has since formed the basis of the constitutions and statues of many other countries in the English-speaking world, including the United States of America.
In the afternoon we will visit the sumptuous Royal Hampton Court Palace & Gardens, once home to King Henry VIII.
Arrive at Ashford International Hotel for Welcome Dinner and overnight.

Day Two – This morning we will travel through the south of England to Leeds Castle the fairytale home to the medieval queens of England. Set on two islands in the middle of a natural lake it is one of Britain’s finest stately homes. In the afternoon we will continue onto Canterbury and its world renowned Cathedral, the centre of the Anglican Church with free time to explore the historic walled city. Our final visit of the day is Sissinghurst Castle, home to one of the world’s most celebrated gardens which you will see after most of the crowds have gone home.
Return to Ashford International Hotel (Breakfast). Dinner is not included so you are free to make your own arrangements

Day Three – Today we will head south to the historic town of Battle, the site of the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066, where we will visit the battlefield site and the Abbey built by William the Conqueror to celebrate his successful invasion. We then have some free time in the charming hill top town of Rye before travelling to Dover Castle which has almost 1000 years of military history right up with its secret WW2 tunnels.
Return to Ashford International Hotel (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner)

Day Four
– After a leisurely start, we leave the hotel for a visit to the 13th century moated Hever Castle and its superb award winning gardens, the romantic trysting place for King Henry V111 and his future wife Queen Anne Boleyn. This afternoon we will visit the family home of Sir Winston Churchill – Chartwell House - where the rooms have been left as in his lifetime with daily papers, fresh flowers grown in the garden and of course his famous cigars. From here it is a short drive for tea and cakes at 17th century Squerryes Court which has been the Warde family home since 1731.
Return to London hotel early evening.

Included in your tour
• Three night’s accommodation in 3 or 4* hotel
• Two dinners in your hotel
• Three breakfasts in your hotel
• Entrances to: Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace & Gardens, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Battle Abbey & Battlefield, Hever Castle, Chartwell House, Squerryes Court, Dover Castle and Sissinghurst Castle.
* We reserve the right to substitute the hotels for others of similar or higher quality.
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Landscapes, Literature & Culture
5 days / 4 Nights
Departure Dates: - 10/05, 07/06, 05/07*, 02/08 & 30/08**guaranteed departures

Itinerary

Day 1 - Today we will travel out of London and drive to the Roman city of Chester and our home for the night. On the way we will enjoy a visit to William Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon for a tour of the bard’s birthplace.

Onwards then to the medieval Warwick Castle, one of the finest castles in England. Here you will hear tales of treachery, passion and power, and may even see a medieval jousting or falconry display.  Dinner and overnight in Chester.

Day 2 - Our first visit of the day is to Liverpool, Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2008. Here you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city famously known as the home of The Beatles.
Enjoy some free time in this bustling city to walk along the Albert Docks, enjoy lunch in one of the many bistros, take a tour of the Beatles Story, or visit one of the many art galleries.
Onwards then to the Lake District National Park where we will visit Levens Hall, an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th century tower, and home to the famous Topiary Gardens. Tour through the house and wonderful gardens, which are still in their original design, we may even see the experts hard at work!
After our visit to Levens Hall we will drive along the shores of the largest natural lake in England, Lake Windermere, before enjoying a cruise along the waters. From here we make our way to our lakeside hotel.
Dinner & overnight in the Lake District.

Day 3 - This morning we will travel to the delightful town of Grasmere for a visit to Dove Cottage, one of William Wordsworth’s former homes, where he lived until 1808. Here you will see many of the Wordsworth family’s possessions, portraits and pieces of furniture. 

Following our tour of Dove Cottage we continue with our panoramic tour for the Lake District with a visit to Hill Top, the farmhouse formerly owned by by Beatrix Potter, and the location where many of her famous stories were written. After our tour of Hill Top, we will continue onto Coniston and to another former Beatrix Potter home, Yew Tree Farm. Yew Tree Farm was recently seen in the movie Miss Potter. Here we will enjoy a tour of the grounds followed by afternoon tea in the tea room furnished by Beatrix Potter herself in 1930, before returning to our lakeside hotel for the night. Overnight in Lake District area. Dinner is not included this evening so you have free time to enjoy the area and perhaps have dinner in one the local restaurant.


Day 4 - Today we leave the stunning Lake District behind and drive through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park before arriving in Settle, a bustling market town. Here you will have some free time to explore the many antique shops, enjoy mid morning tea & scones in a local tea room, or perhaps tour through the craft and farm stores.

We then board our coach and drive through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales to a local cheese farm. Watch the experts at work as they make their specialist cheeses, followed by a tour of the museum and original farmhouse dairy.

In the afternoon we continue through the National Park to Masham where we will visit a traditional Yorkshire brewery. Learn how the ales are made before sampling the drink yourself.

As we travel to Knaresborough for our final visit of the day, remember to keep an eye out for those locations featured in "All Creatures Great & Small" as many of the scenes were filmed on the Yorkshire Dales. While in Knaresborough take advantage of the many antique and craft shops or perhaps pay a visit to the ancient castle, before arriving at our hotel for the evening. Dinner & Overnight in York area.

Day 5 - An early start beckons this morning as we travel to the medieval city of York, where we will enjoy a panoramic walking tour. See the Shambles and the city walls before visiting the York Castle Museum and the historic York Minster. Built over 250 years, York Minster is a stunning architectural masterpiece. Tour through the Tower, the Gothic style Chapter House and the Undercroft.

After our tour of York, we will board our coach and continue our journey back to London where our tour ends. Before arriving in London we will enjoy a final visit, with a stop in the University town of Cambridge.

Included in your tour
• Four night’s accommodation in 3 or 4* hotel
• Three dinners in your hotel
• Four breakfasts in your hotel
• Entrances to: Warwick Castle, Levens Hall, Boat Trip on Lake Windermere, Levens Hall, Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount, Hill Top, Yew Tree Farm, York Minster, local cheese factory, and Yorkshire Brewery.

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