Trains, Trams and Treasures

4 Days £319 per person

SATURDAY 19TH AUGUST 2017

Discover one of our most beautiful regions and take a step back in time as you ride on wonderfully restored vintage trams. Experience Derbyshire’s longest heritage railway and enjoy an out of hours visit to a magnificent neo-classical mansion and landscaped parkland. With unique attractions and treasures, stunning landscapes and rich heritage it is easy to see why the Peak District became Britain’s first National Park.

HALLMARK MICKLEOVER COURT ****

With distinctive architecture, which includes a circular atrium and glass-fronted lift, the hotel has a large bright restaurant and bar and a first floor lounge that is an ideal place to relax. The right contemporary en suite bedrooms come with comfortable beds, TVs and tea/coffee making facilities and the leisure facilities include a well-equipped gym, sauna and steam room and heated indoor pool.

Itinerary

SATURDAY This morning we head to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys. All trains, stations and carriages are being lovingly restored by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of volunteers and here we will enjoy an afternoon tea served in a wonderfully converted Pullman carriage. We will then take a 9-mile heritage train ride to Duffield before re-joining the coach for the final transfer to our hotel where dinner will be served later.
SUNDAY After breakfast we visit The National Tramway Museum set within Crich Tramway Village. This is one of Derbyshire’s most unique attractions with beautifully restored vintage trams, period shops, spectacular countryside views and 70 vintage steam, electric and horse-drawn trams from all over the world. The period village contains a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depot. The trams run through the village and an exhibition takes you on a fascinating journey through a hundred years of tramway development.

MONDAY Today we enjoy a trip back in time at the spectacular 18th-century Neo-classical Keddleston Hall for an exclusive out of hours guided tour of the house which was built to rival Chatsworth and was designed for lavish entertaining. It  displays an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings and the same family have lived here since the 12th-century. There will be free time to explore the historic parkland and discover the results of an eighteenth century landowner’s  fascination with classical Rome.

TUESDAY After breakfast we retrace our steps to Northumberland and expect to arrive home early evening.

Inclusions

Executive coach travel throughout.
3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast Mickleover Court Hotel
Return executive coach travel.
Choice of 3 course dinner with tea and coffee each evening
Excursions as listed including Afternoon Tea and train ride at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, The National Tramway Museum and Keddleston Hall
Free use of the hotels leisure facilities
Door to door collection service from selected areas
This tour is operated by one member of staff with frequent comfort breaks.

Not included

Travel Insurance £31.00 per person
Single Room Supplement £60.00

Downton Abbey, Oxford and Historic Hampshires

4 Days £329 per person

FRIDAY 25TH AUGUST 2017
Join us on this wonderful tour that includes Oxford, the ‘City of Spires’, Winchester, the ancient capital of England and Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey. Offering history, glamour, a steam train ride and a horse rawn barge trip – this tour offers something for everyone.

MARRIOTT SWINDON HOTEL ****

On the outskirts the historic Old Town this hotel offers elegant tastefully appointed rooms equipped with the all the first-rate amenities required to make you feel at home. The hotel also has a cutting-edge leisure centre featuring an indoor pool and a tennis court.

Itinerary

FRIDAY We make our way south arriving in to City of Oxford mid-afternoon when there will be some free time to explore the ‘City of Spires’. Visit one of the many colleges, the Botanical Gardens, the indoor market or just relax at one of the many cafes. Later we continue our journey to our hotel in time to settle in before dinner.
SATURDAY Today we head to Winchester. After free time for lunch we will take a mid-afternoon two hour trip on the Kennet and Avon Canal aboard the ‘Kennet Valley’, a wide beam horse drawn passenger barge purpose-built in 1976. After our leisurely boat trip we continue the short journey back to the hotel.
SUNDAY Today is the highlight of our trip – a visit to Highclere Castle which has been used extensively in the filming of ‘Downton Abbey’. See the wonderful wall coverings in the State Rooms and visit the library to see the desk and chair that Napoleon used during his time on St Helena. The Castle is home to The Egyptian Collection and you can see items excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter during their 17 year expedition to the ancient tombs of Egypt. Our visit includes the grounds and gardens which were designed in the 18th century by one of the most famous of English landscape architects, ‘Capability Brown’.

MONDAY After a leisurely breakfast we travel north, with comfort breaks en route, arriving home late afternoon.

Inclusions

3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at Marriott Swindon Hotel.
3 course carvery dinner with tea and coffee each evening.
Porterage
Return executive coach travel.
This tour is operated by one member of staff with frequent comfort breaks.
Excursions as listed including Highclere Castle and Kennet Valley Canal Boat
Door to door collection service from selected areas

Not included

Travel Insurance £31.00 per person (Incl. IPT)
Single Room Supplement £60.00.

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