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You Have Watched the PBS Series, Now Experience it Live!
This unique tour includes a visit to Highclere Castle which was used in the PBS TV series Downton Abbey.  Tickets are very hard to obtain, but we did it!  Visit Buckingham Palace Tour, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London,  Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace,  Stonehenge, Bampton Oxfordshire, Oxford & Waddesdon Manor. 

8 Day Package
Departing: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Unavailable
12 Meals Included
AIRFARE is Included

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Visit Highclere Castle - Downton Abbey

Price Per Person:

$4622.00 Double Occupancy
$5599.00 Single Occupancy

ADD Optional $491 Cancellation/Interruption Premium

For Air and Cruise Tours: Price shown is based on departure from Chicago. Price will vary for other departure cities. The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier's code sharing partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

Tour Route Map:

Tour Highlights:

  • Home Pickup and Return in the Chicagoland Area
  • Roundtrip Air from Chicago
  • 6 Nights in the Millenium Copthorne Tara Kensington Hotel
  • Highclere Castle - Downton Abbey
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Tower of London
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Windsor Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • Buckingham Palace Tour
  • Bampton Oxfordshire
  • Waddesdon Manor  (Fictional Hazby Park)
  • 12 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
  • Fully Escorted
  • $40 Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards
  • Daily Itinerary:

    DAY 1 Fly to London Heathrow Airport

    DAY 2 Arrive London, Panoramic Tour

    We arrive in London, pass through Immigration, gather our luggage and exit through Customs into the Arrivals Hall where we meet our driver and guide and drive into London. Depending on the time of your arrival we will have a Panoramic Tour, stop for lunch on own and then arrive after 3:00pm at Kensington area hotel - our home for the next 6 nights.  Time to rest and refresh before our Welcome Dinner at the hotel. Kensington Copthorne Tara Hotel - London (D)

    DAY 3 Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace

    After our Full English Breakfast we depart for a full day of touring. We start at Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose flag flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence.  We then continue on to visit Hampton Court Palace, one of only two surviving Palaces of King Henry VIII.  We return to our hotel for dinner. Kensington Copthorne Tara Hotel - London (B, D)

    DAY 4  Stonehenge, Westminister Abbey, Big Ben

    This morning we depart London for Stonehenge. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the center of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.  Returning to London, we visit Westminster Abbey and see Big Ben. Westminster Abbey was initially built by Henry III in 1245 and it is one of the most important Gothic buildings in England. It was at first home of Benedictine monks, then the Royal Coronation Church and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. It contains a treasury full of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, various other artifacts and books plus the most significant collection of monumental sculptures of the United Kingdom. We return to our hotel for dinner. Kensington Copthorne Tara Hotel - London  (B, D)  

    DAY 5 Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

    This morning we depart for our full day at Highclere Castle in Hampshire. This famous Castle is used for exterior shots and many of the interior filming of the PBS series, Downton Abbey. However, the kitchen, servants' quarters, working areas and several "upstairs" bedrooms were constructed and filmed at Ealing Studios in London. Highclere Castle is the actual home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. We spend the day exploring the interior, the Egyptian Exhibit and the beautiful gardens. We return to our hotel for dinner. Kensington Copthorne Tara Hotel - London (B, D) 
    DAY 6  Bampton, Waddesdon Manor

    This morning we depart for the Village of Bampton in Oxfordshire.  This village is used to film outdoor scenes of Downton Abbey. The most notable structures are St Mary's Church and the library, which served as the entrance to the cottage hospital. Bampton is a bustling village and claims to be one of the oldest and prettiest villages in the area, retaining much of the character of a traditional Cotswold village.  We continue on and visit Waddesdon Manor, the fictional Haxby Park, which is located in Buckinghamshire. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898). The house, set in formal gardens and an English landscape park, was built on a barren hilltop overlooking Waddesdon village. We return to our hotel for dinner. Kensington Copthorne Tara Hotel - London (B, D)   

    DAY 7 Buckingham Palace, Tower Of London
      This morning we enjoy a visit to Buckingham Palace. Surrounded by vast parklands and gardens, this grand palace has been the Royal London residence since Queen Victoria's time, and contains priceless works of art, fine furniture and decorations that form part of the Royal Collection. We will have entry to The State Rooms, The Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews. This is a self guided tour with audio guide.  Next we visit the Tower of London which is one of London's most famous landmarks. It is in this historic Tower we find the Crown Jewels, the prison cell of Sir Walter Raleigh, known as the Bloody Tower, and the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armories.  We return to our hotel for dinner. Kensington Copthorne Tara Hotel - London  (B, D)   

    DAY 8 Farewell  

    After final breakfast we are transferred to London airport for our return flight back home (B)

    Please note:  Sightseeing days may be in different order depending on date of tour. Single rooms are limited. Triple rooms are not available at this hotel. This tour includes walking on uneven ground.  There are no elevators in Highclere Caste for touring.  The walk up to Windsor Castle can be difficult due to coach parking regulations.  This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties.
    A valid passport is required and must be valid for six months after the return
    date of the tour.

    Additional Tour Information:

    Deposit: $991 per person. This deposit amount includes a $491 additional premium for optional Trip Cancellation / Interruption Insurance. If you choose not to include this benefit, please deduct $491 from deposit.

     PLEASE NOTE:  Single rooms are limited availability.  Triple rooms are not available. This tour includes considerable walking. There are no elevators at Highclere Castle. The walk up to Windsor Castle can be strenuous because of coach parking regulations. This tour is not recommended for those with walking or breathing difficulities.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellation charges will be assessed as follows: 125  or more days prior to departure: fully refundable; 124 - 96 days prior to departure: $500 ; 95 days & less prior to departure: No refund. Cancellation / Interruption Insurance could protect you from these charges. Insurance premium is not refundable. Air deviations may not be available but,if possible,will cost more.
    A valid Passport is required. Please read insurance terms:

    Prices in our brochure and on our website were effective on January 2, 2017. At the time you purchase your air tour or cruise, prices may be higher because of an increase in carrier charges. For current prices, please call us at 800-421-3330.
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