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Platinum Plus North Tour

Platinum Plus North Tour

Introduction

Time: All year

Accommodation: 5 Star Hotels

Start Date: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples; Families and Small Groups

When you think of England, you will probably think of a rural church nestling close to the peaceful village green, a pub, thatched country cottages, castles, gardens, Shakespeare and much more. This tour covers a wide collection of the best and premier attractions from the mysteries of the standing monoliths of Stonehenge to terrifying Norman castles, the architectural wonders of the Cathedrals to opulent gothic Victorian homes and gardens.

Profile

Starting from London this tour will familiarise you with the majority of the famous English sites from prehistory to the modern day. Our main focus is to visit the World Heritage Sites such as Hadrian’s Wall and Ironbridge. You will see a good cross-section of English history, heritage and culture always keeping in mind the classic image of the countryside.

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Itinerary

The beautiful university city of CAMBRIDGE is our first stop today. Set in a series of parks and colleges we will visit KINGS COLLEGE and take a short guided tour of the city. You will then have a few hours to explore by yourself, to go punting or visit the world famous museums. About an hour north is BURGHLEY HOUSE. Described more as a town than a house, Burghley is the most opulent of Elizabethan palaces. Built by William Cecil, the interior displays a parade of collections of art from the C16-19th.

Day 1: Cambridge - Burgley House

The beautiful university city of CAMBRIDGE is our first stop today. Set in a series of parks and colleges we will visit KINGS COLLEGE and take a short guided tour of the city. You will then have a few hours to explore by yourself, to go punting or visit the world famous museums. About an hour north is BURGHLEY HOUSE. Described more as a town than a house, Burghley is the most opulent of Elizabethan palaces. Built by William Cecil, the interior displays a parade of collections of art from the C16-19th.

Day 2: York - Castle Howard - Rievaulx

Day 2: York - Castle Howard - Rievaulx

YORK is an ancient city transformed by the Vikings in the C9th. YORK MINSTER is one of the most inspiring buildings in the World and the city is a great place to wander the medieval streets. CASTLE HOWARD is a C18th baroque masterpiece by the legendary architect Vanbrugh. Made famous in the TV production of Brideshead Revisited it houses one of the country’s premier art collections including paintings by Canaletto. RIEVAULX ABBEY was once the largest church in England until dissolved by Henry VIII. An exhibition creates an accurate impression of what life would have been like.

Day 3: Durham - Alnwick Castle - Lindisfarne

Day 3: Durham - Alnwick Castle - Lindisfarne

DURHAM is dominated by the stunning CATHEDRAL and CASTLE, both relics of the Norman Conquest. The castles of the coast are visible for miles around and they provide a vivid impression of the past. ALNWICK CASTLE, seat of the influential Percy family. The castle has a magnificent garden and extensive state apartments, remodelled by Robert Adam in the C19th. Finally, to one of Christendom most important sites at LINDISFARNE ISLAND. Founded in AD635 as a small wooden church, this small island became the focal point for the early expansion of the Christian faith in England.

Day 4: Hadrian's Wall - Lake District

Day 4: Hadrian's Wall - Lake District

Travelling towards Scotland, HADRIAN'S WALL, which lies on a volcanic escarpment, dominates the scenery. The Romans built the wall, probably as a formal way to collect taxes. Some of the best preserved roman artefacts have been discovered here. HOUSESTEADS is the best preserved Roman fort in Europe with great views of the Wall. The LAKE DISTRICT is an area of glacial erosion that created an awe inspiring set of lakes, interspersed with tumbling rivers and rugged mountains. We take a steam boat trip along the areas best lake, ULLSWATER and lastly visit the lovely market town of GRASMERE.

Day 5: Ironbridge - Castles - Theatre

Day 5: Ironbridge - Castles - Theatre

Heading south for a few hours to the border with Wales, our first stop today is IRONBRIDGE, the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Numerous museums, foundries and crafts shop explaining the history of the area and why it was so important. Site include the famous bridge. STOKESAY CASTLE is the best preserved C13th fortified manor house in England. Set in glorious countryside, much of the house has remained almost untouched since it was built. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON - the birthplace of William Shakespeare is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and you will see an evening performance.

Day 6: Stratford - Cotswolds - Hidcote

Day 6: Stratford - Cotswolds - Hidcote

Anne Hathaway’s was Shakespeare’s wife and today, we start with her COTTAGE, the perfect English thatched cottage. For the rest of the day, we travel through THE COTSWOLDS. This most quintessentially English of regions has beautiful villages presenting an exquisite view of England. Possible stops include THE SLAUGHTERS and STOW-ON-THE-WOLD. The best garden in England is generally regarded as HIDCOTE MANOR. This is a spectacular arts and crafts garden created as a number of outdoor rooms each with their own plants and features.

Day 7: Bath - Glastonbury - Wells

Day 7: Bath - Glastonbury - Wells

We will discover the World Heritage City of BATH with a walking tour. You will see the three phases of Georgian architecture that make this city so unique including Queens Square, the Circus and Royal Crescent. At the heart of the city are the ROMAN BATHS, Britain’s only hot springs at a temperature of 46 C. Close by is the ABBEY, the last gothic church to be built in England. You then have free time to visit some of the other attractions or visit GLASTONBURY - legendary home of King Arthur or WELLS, England's smallest city with an outstanding cathedral.

DAY 8: Lacock - Stonehenge - Oxford

DAY 8: Lacock - Stonehenge - Oxford

LACOCK, a whole village preserved as it was over 200 years ago. The ABBEY was the birthplace of modern photography as home of the Fox Talbot family. STONEHENGE is an awe inspiring stone circle and one of the wonders of the World. Built in stages over 1500 years our tour will bring the stones to life. Finally, we head to OXFORD, England’s premier seat of learning and a fantastic ending to our tour. We will stroll through the busy city streets and see some of the colleges which students such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher studied.


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