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OXFORDSHIRE MURDERS, THAMES CRUISE AND BLENHEIM PALACE

OXFORDSHIRE MURDERS, THAMES CRUISE AND BLENHEIM PALACE

Sunday 1 to Thursday 5 August 2021

  • 5 Days £365
  • No single supplement on allocated singles
  • Holiday insurance £23

Explore the lovely county of Oxfordshire with your detective hat on! We shall spend time in the beautiful city of Oxford ‘the city of dreaming spires’ with its exquisite architecture and ancient university. We will meander through pretty villages, discover a few hidden gems and visit one of England’s most magnificent stately homes, Blenheim Palace. With its own special place in Britain’s history, Blenheim Palace is a true national treasure, come and enjoy the history and splendour of the Palace, Park and Gardens, now a World Heritage Site.


SUNDAY: Following our morning departure we travel to Oxford where we enjoy an afternoon admiring this beautiful city. Depart Oxford late afternoon to travel to our hotel located on the banks of the River Thames, the Shillingford Bridge Hotel for our four-night stay.

 EXCURSION PROGRAMME:

  • A full day passing through the towns and villages used in filming locations within the Midsomer Murders television series. We shall visit Wallingford, better known to Midsomer Murders fans as Causton. Why not visit the Corn Exchange which is Barnaby’s home. We also visit Dorchester on Thames, a pretty village overlooked by the Abbey, it appears as Midsomer Newton Museum. We shall complete our day by boarding a Thames Cruise at Caversham to Mapledurham Lock which feels a world away. You will see wildlife, open countryside, islands and the Berkshire Downs. We will turn at the Mapledurham Lock taking a panoramic view of the Weir, before cruising downstream past Mapledurham House, which has a history of filming for various television series.
  • A drive through Oxfordshire’s villages with a brief stop in Bampton, staying with the TV theme, this village was used for much of the outdoor filming for Downton Abbey. Onto visit Bladon Church, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. We complete our day with a visit to the magnificent Blenheim Palace, this 2100 acre estate was Churchills’ Birthplace and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.
  • Today we visit the picturesque riverside town of Marlow. The town became a popular riverside resort and new houses reflect this in their Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian exteriors. The afternoon is spent in the historic market town of Henley-on-Thames, as beautiful and intimately connected as its name suggests with the River Thames, being sited on one of the most majestic stretches of the river with the beech clad hills of The Chilterns acting as a worthy backdrop.

 THURSDAY: Depart our hotel and keeping off of the motorway we travel by way of the Vale of White Horse to the edge of the Cotswolds and Cirencester for our early lunchtime stop. Continue our journey home arriving home for late afternoon/early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


SHILLINGFORD BRIDGE HOTEL, WALLINGFORD ***

Shillingford Bridge Hotel is situated on one of the loveliest reaches of the River Thames between Oxford and Henley. The River View Restaurant serves freshly prepared food and has panoramic views over the hotel’s grounds as well as the banks of the Thames, you can relax in the afternoon on the patio and enjoy the beautiful views across the river. The 40 en-suite bedrooms are equipped with television, radio, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and trouser press. The hotel does not have a lift but a few ground floor rooms are available.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, entrance to Blenheim Palace, boat trip on the River Thames and excursion programme.

 

SPECTACULAR BERNINA EXPRESS – SWITZERLAND

SPECTACULAR BERNINA EXPRESS – SWITZERLAND

Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 August 2021

  • 8 Days £945
  • Single supplement £174
  • Holiday insurance £39

Staying in the royal winter playground of Klosters this tour offers outstanding mountain scenery as well as visits to Austria and Italy. The highlight of the trip is the wonderful journey on board the Bernina Express, the highest conventional train in Europe reaching an altitude of 7,400ft as we cross the breathtaking Bernina Mountains. The Alpine city of Chur offers both city life and enchanting mountain scenery with a mix of narrow, winding streets which sits amongst the unadulterated snow-capped mountains.


SATURDAY: After our early morning departure we travel to Dover for the ferry crossing into Calais. Continue to Reims for our overnight hotel.

SUNDAY: Crossing into Switzerland we arrive at our resort of Klosters and our hotel for our five-night stay.

EXCURSION PROGRAMME:

  • We head westwards to one of the smallest countries in Europe, Liechtenstein. We stop in the capital Vaduz, where there will be the opportunity to visit the Liechtenstein National Museum, which gives a fascinating insight into the history of this little country. We continue our journey to Chur where we join the Arosabahn for a return journey to Arosa. This lovely mountain railway takes us from the bustling town of Chur climbing 1000 metres over just 26 kilometres around tight curves and steep inclines.
  • Our excursion takes us along some of the most spectacular roads in Europe. We commence our ascent along the Flüela Pass to the Austrian border and the resort of Nauders, before traversing the magnificent Reschenpass into Italy. The route descends past the impressive Lake Reschen before we climb back into Switzerland, passing the beautiful Swiss National Park and its amazing scenery.
  • The highlight of our holiday is the spectacular Bernina Express train journey from Davos to Tirano. A high point of this journey is the panoramic view from the Bernina Express as it passes glaciers on its descent to a land of swaying palms. The journey goes through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges. The section between Thusis and Tirano has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We disembark the train in Tirano and return to Klosters via the outstanding Flüela Pass.

FRIDAY: We leave Switzerland and enjoy the beautiful scenery before arriving at Reims for our overnight hotel.

SATURDAY: Travel to Calais for the return ferry crossing back to Dover. We continue homewards towards the Westcountry to arrive home early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


SILVRETTA PARK HOTEL, KLOSTERS****

Located in the heart of the village the four-star Silvretta Park Hotel has a traditional wooden exterior and you’ll receive a warm welcome as you enter the spacious reception area. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and a spa bath. All bedrooms are en-suite with a hairdryer and television. There is a lift.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 7 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, ferry crossings. Klosters only: porterage, welcome drink, Davos/Klosters travel card allowing free use of cable cars, buses and trains, Bernina Express train journey, Arosa Bahn Mountain Railway Journey and excursion programme.

 

BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND CLARENCE HOUSE

BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND CLARENCE HOUSE

Friday 20 to Saturday 21 August 2021

  • 2 Days £179
  • Single supplement £44
  • Holiday insurance £16

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty the Queen and it is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. Once the Queen departs for her summer holiday, Buckingham Palace opens its door to visitors where you can see the 19 staterooms which are used by the Royal family to entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions.  Clarence House is the official residence of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocrat townhouses in London. It is unique amongst the royal houses for having an atmosphere of a much-loved family home and the interior reflects the changes in occupancy over the past two centuries.


FRIDAY: We have a fairly early start to travel to London for an early afternoon visit to Buckingham Palace.  Transfer to the Holiday Inn, Kensington High Street to check-in.

SATURDAY: This morning we shall visit Clarence House with free time to explore London.  Depart London 1600 to return back to the Westcountry during the evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


HOLIDAY INN LONDON KENSINGTON HIGH STREET ****

Europe’s largest Holiday Inn offers an ideal central location on Kensington High Street with stylish, modern touches. There is an informal lounge bar and contemporary restaurant which leads to a small private garden, there is also a health club that features an 18-metre swimming pool and spa facilities. All en-suite bedrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, telephone, television and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 1-night bed and breakfast, entrance to Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.

 

LITTLE BOATS AND TRAINS OF NORFOLK

LITTLE BOATS AND TRAINS OF NORFOLK

Sunday 4 to Thursday 8 July 2021

  • 5 Days £400
  • Single supplement £96
  • Holiday insurance £23

The network of meandering rivers and open expanses of water that make up the Norfolk Broads creates an environment that is unique throughout Britain. The Norfolk Broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland, is packed with wildlife and rare plants and interlaced with dykes and rivers. The most important of these are the Bure, the Yare and the Waveney which, together with their principal tributaries the Ant and the Thurne, provide nearly 200 miles of navigable waterways.


SUNDAY: We depart the Westcountry and travel east making comfort stops along the way to arrive on the outskirts of Norwich and the Holiday Inn.

  • An excursion to the North Norfolk Heritage Coast to the wonderful Georgian market town of Holt, where we shall board ‘The Poppy Line’ for a heritage steam train ride with stunning views of the Norfolk countryside and coastline through to Sheringham, a traditional seaside town which grew up around its old fishing village, Continue to the coastal resort of Cromer, famous for its pier and tasty crabs.
  • We shall drive to Dereham to board the Mid Norfolk Railway, a standard-gauge preserved railway, running through the heart of rural Norfolk to Wymondham Abbey. Your coach will then take you into Norwich to complete the day.
  • Today our tour will start with a trip to Wroxham for our morning coffee. We then board the ‘Broads Tours’ boat to enjoy a picturesque circular cruise along the Wroxham Barns where you can browse in the traditional craft and gift shops. Time to grab some lunch before boarding the Bure Valley Steam Railway for a single journey through the unspoilt countryside to Aylsham.

THURSDAY: We depart after breakfast and make our way home late afternoon/early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.

On all railway excursions, for operational reasons on the day of travel, steam vehicles may be replaced by a diesel locomotive.


HOLIDAY INN, NORWICH ***

Ideally located for our tour to Norfolk, this modern hotel is on the outskirts of Norwich.  All 119 comfortable en-suite bedrooms have satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, television, a hairdryer and a choice of pillows to help you sleep. Relax, work out or book a spa treatment at the Spirit Health Club, which has a pool, a steam room and a well-equipped gym. Overlooking the garden, the Junction Restaurant serves delicious breakfasts and hearty dinners, with snacks and Starbucks coffee available all day in the bar. There is no lift but ground floor bedrooms available.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, a train ride on the North Norfolk Railway, Bure Valley Steam Railway and Mid Norfolk Railway, cruise on the Norfolk Broads and excursion programme.

 

ISLE OF MAN – Britain’s Treasure Island

ISLE OF MAN – Britain’s Treasure Island

Monday 5 to Sunday 11 July 2021

  • 7 Days £600
  • Single supplement £95
  • Holiday insurance £25

One of the world’s most beautiful islands lying in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is a treasure chest waiting to be discovered. You will find natural beauty, breath-taking scenery, unspoilt beaches and a pace of life that is unique. The Isle of Man is steeped in its heritage, with a mix of Celtic crosses, crafting communities, Viking burial sites, medieval castles as well as the world’s largest working water wheel – The Lady Isabella. With a working Victorian transport system of narrow gauge steam trains, electric and horse-drawn trams, the Isle of Man is a step back in time for you to enjoy.


MONDAY: We depart the Westcountry and drive to our overnight hotel in the Lancashire area.

TUESDAY: We board the ferry from Heysham to Douglas, we then continue to the Rutland Hotel.


EXCURSION PROGRAMME:

  • First, we visit Tynwald Hill, home of the World’s most continuous parliament, then onto Peel, a historic fishing port popular for its fine sands and delicious Manx Kippers. We complete our day with a visit to Ramsey which takes the position as the second-largest town on the Isle of Man.
  • A visit to the Laxey Wheel and Snaefell for an optional train ride on the Mountain Railway, the only mountain electric railway in the British Isles, which takes you on a breath-taking 5-mile journey from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell (please note we have based this visit on 2019 opening hours and may be subject to change).
  • First a visit to Castletown the old capital of the island. Onto Calf of Man, a small island at the south-western extremity of the Isle of Man from which it is separated by a narrow strait of water known as Calf Sound. We continue onto Port Erin well known as an old smuggling site and a pretty Victorian seaside town.

SUNDAY: We board the ferry from Douglas to Heysham and then continue south and travel back home for arrival during the early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


RUTLAND HOTEL, DOUGLAS***

Located on the desirable Queen’s promenade, overlooking the spectacular Douglas Bay, your hotel offers comfort, style and a welcoming atmosphere that will help you unwind. All bedrooms are accessible via the lift (not suitable for wheelchairs) and are en-suite with telephones, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite television, broadband and hairdryer. There are nine steps to access the hotel entrance, there are no ground floor rooms.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, ferry crossings, entertainment during your stay on the Isle of Man only and excursion programme.