Downton Abbey Fans
Visit London & Highclere Castle
Private Tour of Downton Abbey
The British television series “Downton Abbey” has been a massive hit worldwide, not least in Canada and the USA, as it follows the lives of the fictional Earl and Countess of Grantham, their family and their “downstairs” staff. Series 3 started on PBS in January 2013 and covered the roaring 20’s and introduced Shirley MacLaine to the cast to go head to head with Dame Maggie Smith! Series 4, Info for Downton Abbey on PBS
Although set in Yorkshire “Downton Abbey” is filmed at Highclere Castle west of London with the village scenes being shot in nearby Bampton in Oxfordshire. Highclere is a wonderful example of an English Stately Home and is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
Now you can join Cruise with Bruce Enterprises and visit the home of Downton Abbey on a Highclere Castle tour with our group. Visit the locations you have enjoyed seeing on the last three seasons of PBS’s Downton Abbey. Several tours featuring Downton are sold out. Get on the email list to join the next open tour.
DOWNTON ABBEY: A Week in London…a day at ‘Downton” – 6 nights London Full package from $1579 SOLD OUT
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DOWNTON ABBEY: A week in London & Stratford plus a visit to “Downton” – September 6th – 13th - 4 nights London, 1 night Stratford, 1 night London – 8 days, 6 nights
Yes visit the castle made famous by the British Television series Downton Abbey Castle on a private tour of Highclere Castle.
London, Stratford & “Downton” – 3 iconic English locations in 1 absolutely splendid week.
Enjoy a week in London with a night away in Shakespeare’s Stratford and premium seats to Hamlet at the RSC theatre. Add to this a visit to the wonderful Highclere Castle, “Downton Abbey” of TV fame – where you will spend an afternoon in the house, strolling the grounds and visiting the Egyptian exhibition – and you have a tour of true cultural variety.
You will also visit Bampton Village, in Oxfordshire, where most of the outdoor scenes for “Downton Abbey” were filmed, and we even have a “shopping” stop at the famed Bicester Village outlet mall.
September 6th – 13th, 2013
Sept 6th: Fly from Canada*
Sept 7th: Meet and Greet service at Heathrow and transfer, by private motorcoach to your central, 4 star London hotel. Rest of day is free to relax or start exploring London. In your package will be a dinner voucher, with a choice of 20+ restaurants, which you can use tonight or on any night during your stay in London. (B,D) www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/copthornetarakensington/
Sept 8th: Pick up from hotel for a full day, escorted sightseeing tour of London including the cities of Westminster and London, a stop at Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard, and a walk along the historic Southbank. (B)
Sept 9th: An early departure from the hotel to drive into the Berkshire countryside, west of London. First stop is the Bladebone Inn in the village of Buckleberry for tea/coffee & cake. The village was the family home of the Duchess of Cambridge and the publicans were guests at her wedding to Prince William! On to Highclere Castle for our 12.00 noon group admission. Rest of the afternoon here, soaking up the atmosphere of “Downton Abbey”, the castle, grounds and Egyptian exhibition, before returning to London for overnight. (note: you will not see the “downstairs” of the TV series as these scenes are filmed elsewhere in a studio). If time allows we will stop in Windsor on the way back to London. (B)
Sept 10th: Free day in London (B)
Sept 11th: First to Bampton, the village in Oxfordshire used for filming many of the outside scenes of “Downton”, with time to visit the church and library (the hospital in the series). On to Stratford, with free time to enjoy the lovely town, before attending an evening performance, in premium seats, of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Overnight at Swans Nest hotel (B)
“To be or not to be, that is the question”
Sept 12th: After breakfast we wend our way south once again towards London but will stop for a coffee and “shopping” break at the famed Bicester Village shopping outlet on the way. www.bicestervillage.com/. Arriving London early afternoon you have a final few hours to enjoy this wonderful city. (B)
Sept 13th: Transfer to Heathrow for your flight home, unless extending your stay. (B)
Extend your stay in London or elsewhere. How about a 5 day B ‘n B tour of Devon & Cornwall
Transfers from and to Heathrow airport
6 nights in 4 star hotels as per itinerary
Full English breakfast daily
1 dinner, 1 x tea/coffee (at Buckleberry)
Luxury motorcoach and driver on tour days
Services of an experienced guide on touring days
Premium orchestra seats to Hamlet in Stratford
Group admission to Highclere Castle
London Travel Card
All hotel taxes and service charges
Pricing – $1,748.00 p.p./twin – Land only. (single sup. $780.0)
*AIR: Group rate air from Toronto on Air Canada: $509 + 638 taxes = $1,147 (taxes subject to change)
Ask us for best available air fares from anywhere in North America.
DOWNTON ABBEY: Historic Royal Palaces plus…a day at “Downton” SPECIAL SAVE $200 pp – 5 nights London, 1 night Hever, 3 nights Windsor Full package from $2780 SOLD OUT
DOWNTON ABBEY: Royal Residences & Castles plus…a day at “Downton” - 1 night at King’s Lynn, 2 nights Buxton, 1 night Thornbury Castle, 4 nights London, 2 nights Windsor Full package from $3890 SOLD OUT
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