A wonderful new tour which takes you deep into the past, visiting Highclere Castle, award-winning Beaulieu and enjoying a horse-drawn cruise along the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Day 1 After being picked up from your door, we travel to Beaulieu where you have the opportunity to visit the National Motor Museum, Palace House & Gardens, ride the monorail or visit the Abbey. We leave mid-afternoon and continue to our hotel.
Day 2 This morning we enter the world of Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle – one of England’s most beautiful Victorian castles set amidst 1000 acres of spectacular parkland. Home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the castle has a wonderful Egyptian exhibition dealing with the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. We have included entrance to the castle, gardens and the exhibition. Our afternoon is spent cruising along the Kennet and Avon Canal on a horse-drawn barge, enjoying tea and cake as we watch the scenery drift by.
Day 3 We begin our day with a visit to Shaftesbury, the picturesque village where you can ﬁnd the famous Gold Hill and gaze across glorious countryside from the Abbey Walk. We then move on to the Medieval cathedral city of Salisbury, where you might like to visit the fascinating award-winning museum, the old city centre, or visit the cathedral itself which dates from 1266, home to the Magna Carta and has been a place of pilgrimage for over 750 years.is.
Day 4 We depart our hotel after a leisurely breakfast and make our way to Winchester, for free time to explore and to get some lunch. Mid-afternoon we continue our journey back to our taxis.
This splendid modern four-star hotel is set in 54 acres of Hampshire parkland, seven miles from Winchester. The hotel oﬀers comfortable surroundings in which to relax, WiFi, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, aroma steam room and gym. You can also book in for treatments in the Reﬂections Spa. Spacious bedrooms, in a separate annex connected by a covered walkway, are equipped with Sealy beds, TV, telephone, ironing facilities, hairdryer, fridge, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift in the annex.