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  New tour for 2021  

  1. Day 1 London Arrival

    Arrive in to England and make your way to central London (group transfers are available from London Heathrow Airport). The English capital is a magnificent metropolis which combines a vibrant modern culture with a rich history and heritage. You may choose to explore at leisure this afternoon or relax at your central hotel. By evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink and Dinner.

    Overnight: Amba Grosvenor, London (or similar)

    Meals: Dinner with wine included.

  2. Day 2 London’s Literary History and the West End Show

    Today, we’ll stop by some of the most known landmarks of English capital. Beginning the day with glorious Westminster Abbey, we’ll head to cathedral’s Poets’ Corner. That area of Abbey’s South Transept with tombs and memorials is dedicated to the greatest poets and playwrights, including Dickens, Shelley, Chaucer or Keats. Continuing through Bloomsbury’s quaint streets and squares, we’ll hear the stories and secrets about the Bloomsbury Group from our Travel Director, before reaching The Charles Dickens Museum. Here, we’ll learn about "Oliver Twist" author’s life, family and books, and see the original memorabilia, which once belonged to him. In the evening, we’ll open our eyes and ears to fully indulge in the performance of Agatha Christie’s "The Mouse Trap" in London’s West End Theatre.

    Overnight: Amba Grosvenor, London (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  3. Day 3 Austen’s Hampshire and Winchester Cathedral

    Leaving London, we’ll venture through the countryside of Hampshire. This picturesque region was not only the birthplace of Jane Austen but, along with its society, became an inspiration to many of her novels including "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility". Here, we’ll visit the Chawton House, which was referred in Austen’s letter as the 'Great House'. Afterwards, we’ll travel to Winchester and its Cathedral to see the burial place of the author, who passed away at the early age of 41. In late afternoon, we’ll reach our hotel in the cathedral city of Salisbury, which was an inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s "Jude the Obscure" described there as 'Melchester'. The evening is yours to spend at leisure.

    Overnight: Mercure White Hart, Salisbury (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  4. Day 4 Hardy’s Cottage and Dorchester

    Heading south, we’ll travel to the coastal county of Dorset to visit Thomas Hardy’s birthplace. In Thomas Hardy’s Cottage we’ll find out how he lived and where he wrote several of his early stories, poetry and novels including "Far from the Madding Crowd". After the tour, we’ll take a walk in Thorncombe Woods, which opens out onto heathland and the beginning of Hardy’s "Egdon Heath". We then travel to Dorchester, where the author spent his youth. This charming market town has also been fictionalised in one of his books and is known as 'Casterbridge'. Our base for the next two nights is in Torquay’s The Grand Hotel, the same exact hotel where the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, spent her honeymoon in 1914.

    Overnight: The Grand Hotel, Torquay (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine included.

  5. Day 5 Christie’s Torquay and Greenway House

    Today, we’ll head on for an exciting adventure to Torquay to walk part of The Agatha Christie Mile. With 10 marked landmarks spread around the town’s harbour and seafront, we’ll look for the clues linked with her books. We then board the ferry to visit the Greenway House; a place of Dame Agatha Christie’s holiday home. This charming mansion overlooking nearby River Dart and pretty garden, was used in 2013 film adaptation of writer’s "Dead Man's Folly". Upon return to Torquay, we’ll enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea, before spending evening at leisure.

    Overnight: The Grand Hotel, Torquay (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast and afternoon tea included.

  6. Day 6 Roman Baths and the Jane Austen Centre

    Enjoying a scenic drive through the Dartmoor National Park, we’ll reach gorgeous city of Bath. Making our way to the Roman Baths with our Travel Director, we’ll travel back in time to the ancient Roman Britain. The site has been carefully restored with large parts of the original Roman baths, columns and temple remaining intact and offering a truly unique insight in to the history. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to the Jane Austen Centre. The author lived here for 5 years of her adult life and had a great passion for the city. Charmed by the elegant ambience and beautiful architecture, Austen decided to partially set stories from her novels "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey" in Bath. Enjoy the rest of your day to explore that magnificent city independently.

    Overnight: Francis Hotel MGallery, Bath (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  7. Day 7 The Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Company

    Located in the heart of England, the Cotswolds region represents the quintessential image of the English countryside; a rural haven of gently rolling hills, patchwork landscapes and charming honey-coloured villages. As we pass through, we’ll stop in one such village, a charming Bibury; once described by William Morris as the "most beautiful village in England". We then continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of the most renowned author and playwright of the English language, William Shakespeare. We’ll visit the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to learn about his life, family and works, before heading to the Holy Trinity Church, where he was buried. In the evening, we’ll join together for a dinner before attending a performance at the famous Royal Shakespeare Company.

    Overnight: Double Tree by Hilton, Stratford-upon-Avon (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast and a dinner with wine included.

  8. Day 8 Chester and the Lake District

    Today we’ll enjoy a leisurely drive to the charming city of Chester. Discover many historic sites including the medieval city walls and gate towers, the impressive Chester Cathedral, or wander along the unique Tudor Facade Rows offering some unique boutique shopping. Later we continue north in to the enchanting Lake District. Possibly England’s most celebrated region of natural beauty, the Lake District is renowned for its breath-taking landscapes of towering peaks and graceful lakes which have inspired artists and poets alike. Tonight, we’ll come again together for dinner and wine.

    Overnight: Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine included.

  9. Day 9 English Writers of the Lake District

    Our first stop of the day will be in Grasmere at the Dove Cottage; the former home of English poet, William Wordsworth. Enter the cottage and let your imagination drift away thinking of past times and how the life could really look like back in 1800s. Then onwards to Hill Top, a house which was once home to Beatrix Potter. Taking an inspiration from this charming place for her children’s books, including "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", the garden still burst with colours of seasonal vegetables and fruits. Upon return to the hotel, we’ll enjoy a dinner with wine together.

    Overnight: Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine included.

  10. Day 10 Brontë Country and York Minster

    Today, we'll turn south to the Yorkshire Dales stopping in Haworth. The parsonage of this charming village was once home to Brontë Family. We’ll visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne grew up and wrote their novels including "Jane Eyre", "Wuthering Heights" and "Agnes Grey". Nowadays, the family home is a museum and exhibition collecting original furniture and memorabilia once belonging to them. Later, we’ll travel to York, where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour and a visit to York Minster. Here, we’ll see the Five Sisters window described by C. Dickens in "Nicholas Nickleby". The rest of the evening is for you to spend as you please.

    Overnight: Grand Hotel and Spa, York (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  11. Day 11 The University City of Cambridge

    After breakfast, we’ll travel to Cambridge, one of two most famous university cities of Britain and with many literary connections. We’ll visit Trinity College, whose graduates include poets Lord Byron and Lord Tennyson, and "Winnie-the-Pooh" author, A.A. Milne. Then, the day is yours to spend as you choose in this magnificent city. Perhaps spot world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library, Kings College & the Bridge of Sighs, or step inside one of many book stores with rich collections of poems, novels and biographies.

    Overnight: Clayton Hotel, Cambridge (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  12. Day 12 The University City of Oxford

    Today we travel to another of England’s most famous historic university cities, Oxford, which has been the educational home to many British literary luminaries. Here, we’ll visit Trinity College and Magdalen College, which have connections with "The Chronicles of Narnia" author, C. S. Lewis, and "The Lord of the Rings" author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy free-time to explore the cobbled streets and soak up the whimsical academic atmosphere. Wander the famous ivy-clad college quads, visit the Ashmolean Museum, climb Carfax Tower for unrivalled views of the city’s dreaming spires or simply relax on a river punt manned by one of the local students, before we pass through the Chiltern Hills and reach our base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Marlow (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  13. Day 13 Highclere Castle and Henley-on-Thames

    After breakfast, visit the exquisite Highclere Castle. You may recognise this remarkable building surrounded by beautiful gardens, farmlands and woods from the "Downton Abbey" series. Inside the Castle, you can find an incredible Egyptian Antiquities collection started by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who was the main financial backer of Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb. After enjoying Highclere’s grounds and rooms, we’ll head towards the town of Henley-upon-Thames. Known from Henley Royal Regatta organised since 1839(!), this charming riverside town will be yours to explore at leisure. In the evening, we’ll gather together with fellow travellers and Tour Director for a Celebration Dinner with wine.

    Overnight: Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Marlow (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine included.

  14. Day 14 Windsor Castle and London

    Today we’ll explore the riverside regal Windsor. In Windsor Castle, the largest occupied fortress in the world which was once the residence of William the Conqueror that still remains one of three official residences of the Queen, we’ll discover the state rooms, the chapel and if lucky watch the changing of the guard. Afterwards, we’ll head back to London for an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps visit a few book stores, such as Hatchards or Foyles, to bring home favourite literature that will remind you of this literary trip? In the evening, dine independently in one of London’s restaurants or pubs.

    Overnight: Amba Grosvenor Hotel, London (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  15. Day 15 London Farewell!

    Enjoy the lovely breakfast and say goodbye to your fellow travellers, as the tour ends this morning (shared transfers to Heathrow Airport are available). If you wish to continue your journey, require extra accommodation or additional rail tickets to other British destination, please let the agent know.

    Meals: Breakfast included.

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique experiences

  • See the performance of Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trap in London’s West End Theatre.
  • See the historic homes of many English authors including William Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.
  • Take in a Royal Shakespeare Company performance in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Visit Highclere Castle better known as Downton Abbey.
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenic drives through Dartmoor, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Chiltern Hills.

Sightseeing highlights

  • 14 nights in quality hotel accommodation.
  • Transportation by luxury motor-coach.
  • The services of your professional Tour Director.
  • Full British breakfast daily.
  • 1 x Afternoon Tea.
  • 6 x evening meals with wine including 1 x Welcome Dinner, 4 x table d’hôte and 1 x Celebration Dinner.
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • The Charles Dickens Museum
    • West End Theatre Show
    • Chawton House
    • Thomas Hardy’s Cottage
    • Greenway House
    • Roman Baths
    • The Jane Austen Centre
    • Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
    • Royal Shakespeare Company
    • Dove Cottage
    • Beatrix Potter's Hill Top
    • Brontë Parsonage Museum
    • York Minster
    • Highclere Castle
    • Windsor Castle
  • Expert local advice during planning your trip.
  • Postage of your travel documents pack.

Tour features

  • Maximum group-size of 40 passengers on board.
  • Executive coach with extra leg-room and on-board Wi-Fi (subject to local connection) and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets for all guided visits allowing you to wander without missing any commentary.
  • All service charges, taxes and porterage are included.

Optional extras

  • Rail travel to/from London or other UK destinations before/after your tour.
  • Additional nights in London after your tour has concluded.
  • Your tour already includes a comprehensive sightseeing program however some additional excursions may be available to enhance your trip further - these are fully optional and bookable during your tour.

Exclusions

  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates 2021

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice
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July 6, 2021
July 20, 2021
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

Pricing 2020/21

Single Supplement from : TBC

 

This tour starts at 5:30 pm (approx.) with a Welcome Dinner on the first day of travel and finished after breakfast of the final day of travel.  If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central London, please let us know.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) for approximate costs in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.
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