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Historic England Through The Ages

  • Destination: England, Europe
  • Start: 05/08/2018
  • End: 05/23/2018

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  • Double Occupancy $7395 | Single Occupancy $8495
  • 16 days/14 nights in England, including London, Winchester, Devon, Cornwall, Bath, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Lake District, Oxford, Chester, and Cambridge
  • Deluxe & 1st Class (5★/4★) accommodations throughout
  • Optional extension in London
  • Activity level: Easy
  • International Air Routing: USA – London (LHR) – USA

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Coda Tours introduces an extraordinary itinerary through Merry ‘Ole England, visiting the most famous regions and sites in the country. As you read through this exceptional program, you will recognize place names that have been on your radar for most of your life. Even if you have already been to a few of these beautiful towns and places, you will delight in return to them and seeing even more of the country that spawned our entire society in the USA. Join us and we will make fabulous memories along the backroads and in the pubs and having bragging rights to say – “We’ve seen it all!”
London? Oh, yes, we are not seeing London as a group since so many of us have spent time there, but this can be done pre- or post- tour and Coda will be happy to arrange it for you.

Please click ( + ) signs by each day for detailed information.

Day 1

TUE MAY 8, 2018 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to London.

Day 2

WED MAY 9 • Arrive London

Arrive at Heathrow Airport. Transfer on your own to the hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening meet with your guide and the rest of group for a Welcome Dinner. Overnight in London.

Hotel: Amba Hotel Charing Cross
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 3

THU MAY 10 • London | Windsor Castle & Windsor Town | London

englandAfter breakfast, drive to Windsor Castle & Windsor town*, the largest inhabited castle in the world. The tour will include visits to the State Apartments, St George’s Chapel as well as an opportunity to explore the historic town of Windsor itself. Return to London for overnight.
*NOTE: Due to the impending Royal Wedding which will take place at Windsor Castle (date not known as of 12.5.17), our itinerary for this day may be changed.

Hotel: Amba Hotel Charing Cross
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

FRI MAY 11 • Windsor to Devon via Stonehenge

englandDepart for Stonehenge the ancient pre-historic monument whose function even to this day is shrouded in mystery. Afterwards continue to Devon. Its rippling, beach filled landscape is studded with historic homes, vibrant cities and wild moors. Check into our hotel.

Hotel: Bovey Castle
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

SAT MAY 12 • Devon and Cornwall

englandToday enjoy a full day tour of Devon and Cornwall.

Enjoy a scenic drive via Dartmoor National Park. This is an ancient compelling landscape so different from the rest of Devon that a visit feels like falling straight into Tolkien’s Return of the King.  Continue to the quintessential picture postcard Devon village of Clovelly. Its cottages cascade down cliffs to meet a curving crab claw of a harbor which is lined with lobster pots and set against a deep blue sea. Enjoy free time in Clovelly before returning to your hotel.

Hotel: Bovey Castle
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

SUN MAY 13 • Devon to Cheltenham via Bath

englandToday travel to the World Heritage city of Bath, one of England’s most attractive cities. On arrival, there will be a guided walking tour of Bath including the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Continue to your hotel in Cheltenham.

Hotel: Cheltenham Hotel
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

MON MAY 14 • The Cotswolds & Oxford

englandBreakfast at the hotel. Depart Cheltenham through the famous Cotswolds, a rural area of south central England with rolling hills and grassland harbor thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone. Arrive Oxford and embark on a walking tour of this ancient university town including a visit to Christchurch. Christchurch is the essential place to visit in Oxford. Two of its famous landmarks, Tom Tower, by Christopher Wren, and Oxford’s Cathedral spire, contribute to the city’s celebrated skyline. Many famous writers and poets are also associated with the college including Lewis Carroll, W.H Auden and John Locke. This afternoon, visit nearby Blenheim Palace, the stately home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, the magnificent palace was the masterpiece of John Vanbrugh. The extensive grounds were landscaped by ‘Capability Brown’.

Hotel: Cheltenham Hotel
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

TUE MAY 15 • Stratford-Upon-Avon to Chester

englandBreakfast at the hotel. Continue this morning to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. A guided tour will include a visit to the Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried. Continue to Chester where on arrival you will enjoy a walking tour. Free time this afternoon to explore the city centre with its unusual arcaded streets known as “the rows”. Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world, and nobody is quite sure why they were built in this way.

Hotel: Adobe Hotel, Chester
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

WED MAY 16 • Peak District

englandExcursion to the Peak District including a visit to Chatsworth House,  home of the Dukes of Devonshire, with wonderful collections of art, furniture and other treasures.  Joseph Paxton, famous head gardener in the 19th century, created the gigantic rock garden, the enormous gravity-fed Emperor fountain, the beautiful Pinetum and glasshouses. The famous waterworks include the twenty four steps of the 300 year old Cascade, falling 200 yards down the hill, the magic of water shooting from the branches of the willow tree fountain, and the trough waterfall. As well as the huge maze, and the rose, cottage and kitchen gardens, there is a new sensory garden. 

Return to Chester via Biddulph Grange, an amazing Victorian garden created by Darwin contemporary James Bateman as an extension of his beliefs and scientific interests. His plant collection comes from all over the world – a visit takes you on a global journey from an Italian terrace to an Egyptian pyramid, via a Himalayan glen and Chinese-inspired garden. Discover the fabulous collection of rhododendrons, dahlia walk and oldest surviving golden larch in Britain, brought from China by the great plant hunter Robert Fortune.

Hotel: Adobe Hotel, Chester
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

THU MAY 17 • From Chester to The Lake District

englandDepart Chester this morning and continue north en route to the Lake District. Travel via Liverpool for a visit to the Beatles Museum. Continue to the Lake District where you will enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere to take in the sights.

Hotel: Burnside Hotel, Lake District
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

FRI MAY 18 • Raby & Durham Castles

englandThis morning tour to Wordsworth’s Cottage and Hill Top former home of Beatrix Potter. Depart Windermere this morning and journey across the Pennines to Durham to the north east region of England. En route there will be a stop a visit to Raby Castle, the home of Lord Barnard and one of the finest medieval castles in England, Raby Castle has been in the Vane family since 1626, but its history spans over 600 years. Set in the heart of the Durham Dales in Co Durham; explore the Castle and its beautiful 200-acre deer park, with walled gardens. Continue to Durham for a visit to Durham Cathedral and some free time to explore around this medieval city.

Continue this afternoon to our hotel.

Hotel: Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

SAT MAY 19 • Hadrian's Wall & Alnwick Garden

englandOur excursion today features Hadrian’s Wall, with an opportunity to walk along a section of it.

Continue this afternoon to Alnwick including a visit to Alnwick Garden. Created by the Duchess of Northumberland in the past ten years, it includes the country’s largest collection of European plants, the shooting jets of the Grand Cascade, interactive water sculptures, the infamous Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest wooden tree houses.

Hotel: Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

SUN MAY 20 • Castle Howard

englandDepart the hotel and return south today with a visit included to Castle Howard, home to the Howard family for over 300 years. You will travel via the town of Whitby, split down the middle by the mouth of the River Esk, on one side a busy commercial and fishing port. On the other a traditional seaside resport.  Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of breath-taking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire. Continue to York with for a short walking tour including the famous Minster and the “Shambles” arguably the best preserved medieval street in the world.

Hotel: Middlethorpe Hall, York
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14

MON MAY 21 • Cambridge

englandMorning visit to York Minster. Depart York this morning and continue south via Lincoln en route to Cambridge. On arrival in Cambridge there will be a walking tour on foot of this university town including some of the colleges dating back to the Middle Ages including Kings College Chapel and the famous “Backs”.

Hotel: Gonville Hotel, Cambridge
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15

TUE MAY 22 • Sandringham Estate & Kings Lynn

englandVisit to Sandringham Estate. Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park. Continue to Kings Lynn. Once one of England’s most important ports, King’s Lynn was long known as the Warehouse of the Wash. It was said you could cross from one side of the River to the other by simply stepping from one boat to another in its heyday. You will get to see cobbled streets, vibrant markets and narrow streets flanked by old merchant houses.

Hotel: Gonville Hotel, Cambridge
Room: Standard
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16

WED MAY 23 • Depart for USA

Depart hotel for Heathrow airport.

Meal: Breakfast

Rates

Rates Per Person
Double Occupancy $7395
Single Occupancy $8495

Inclusions
  • Fourteen nights accommodations at four or five star hotels. Room categories as specified in the itinerary.
  • Breakfast daily, five lunches & eight dinners
  • Complete itinerary of activities and sightseeing as described above
  • Professional English-speaking local guides
  • Coda Representative based on minimum participation
  • Complete pre-departure support and assistance and package of final documents portfolio
Not included

Airfare to London and return to the USA; Trip cancellation and interruption insurance (recommended)
Meals and beverages unless specified in the above itinerary; Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone and internet, etc.; Gratuities to Local guides, drivers, Coda Tour Manager, etc.

Airfare

American Airlines, Virgin, British Air are among the several airlines that can be used to book your airfare for this tour. Coda Tours is happy to book your airfare for you with proper advanced notice. We recommend booking your airfare 7 months in advance if you plan to try to use Frequent Flyer Miles.

Travel Documents

No visas are required to enter the United Kingdom for US or Canadian passport holders.

Health

The Center for Disease Control recommends travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccines including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), and polio vaccine.

Minimums

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum of 10 participants. A Coda Representative will accompany a tour that has a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour and can be customized and repriced based on the final itinerary. For fewer than 10 participants, rates may need to be revised.

Pre-Departure Information

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure

Additional Nights in London

Coda Tours will be happy to book additional nights for you in London, PRE- or POST-TOUR. If using the same London hotel as our program, The Amba Charing Cross, additional 2 nights are:

May 7-9 PRE TRIP
459 to 539 GBP ($643 – $755) tax included but NO breakfast

May 23-25 POST TRIP
616 to 656 GBP ($863 – $919) tax included but NO breakfast

We can quote for 1 night as well. Rate changes by date.

If you would like another hotel choice, we will be happy to research and quote you for another property.


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