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Platinum Plus South Tour

Platinum Plus South Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: 5 Star Hotels

Start Date: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

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.

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Starting from London, we will travel to the garden of England; Kent and Canterbury Cathedral and the castles at Leeds and Dover. We will then head west stopping at some of the principal ports before arriving on the far south west of England. We head back through Bath and Oxford.

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Itinerary

We start tour in CANTERBURY an ancient city with significant architecture from the Romans to the modern day. Best known for the three World Heritage Sites, the Cathedral, is the home of the Anglican Church. LEEDS CASTLE is described as the most beautiful castle in the world. Built over 1000 years ago, once a royal palace to Henry VIII, the castle sits serenely in the surrounding countryside. The castle includes a maze and aviary. Driving along the WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER there are a number of memorials to the heroes of WWII. Dominating the coast is DOVER CASTLE, England's oldest complex of buildings.

Day 1: Canterbury - Leeds - Dover Castle

We start tour in CANTERBURY an ancient city with significant architecture from the Romans to the modern day. Best known for the three World Heritage Sites, the Cathedral, is the home of the Anglican Church. LEEDS CASTLE is described as the most beautiful castle in the world. Built over 1000 years ago, once a royal palace to Henry VIII, the castle sits serenely in the surrounding countryside. The castle includes a maze and aviary. Driving along the WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER there are a number of memorials to the heroes of WWII. Dominating the coast is DOVER CASTLE, England's oldest complex of buildings.

Day 2: Sissinghurst - Pavilion - Portsmouth

Day 2: Sissinghurst - Pavilion - Portsmouth

One of the world’s most celebrated gardens is SISSINGHURST CASTLE. Created by Vita Sackville West surrounding an Elizabethan mansion, the garden is set around a series of compartments provide outstanding colour. BRIGHTON is bright and vibrant place - the outstanding attraction is the ROYAL PAVILION. This glorious former palace is an opulent combination of an Indian and Chinese royal home. Finally, the ROYAL DOCKYARDS in Portsmouth. Here, there are several ships to discover with the most famous, Nelson’s flagship – the HMS VICTORY.

Day 3: Salisbury - Stonehenge - Montacute

Day 3: Salisbury - Stonehenge - Montacute

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL was voted the best view in England. Begun in 1220, the chapter house has one of only four surviving Magna Cartas, the bill of rights signed in 1215. Close are the pre-historic landscapes surrounding STONEHENGE. The circle is believed to be about 5000 years old and it is now believed the great stones are aligned to the stars as well as the sun. A mile or so down the road is WOODHENGE, now reconstructed and worth a visit. The final stop of the day is MONTACUTE HOUSE. This is a glittering Elizabethan house – probably the best of the era. The Long Gallery houses over 50 Tudor portraits.

Day 4: Plymouth - Eden Project - Minack

Day 4: Plymouth - Eden Project - Minack

PLYMOUTH is a city rich in maritime history, the harbour is the spot the Pilgrim Fathers stopped for the last time before heading to the New Worlds. Further west, we will reach CORNWALL - England’s most southerly county. Our first stop is the innovative EDEN PROJECT. A Millennium project initially funded by the Government, it has become a pioneering charity with over 2/3rds of the World’s plants under protection. We then take the time to take in some of the lovely little fishing villages of the area such as CHARLESTOWN which was made famous in the UK television series, Poldark.

Day 5: St Micheal's Mount - Land's End - St Ives

Day 5: St Micheal's Mount - Land's End - St Ives

ST MICHEAL'S MOUNT rises gracefully to the church and castle at the summit. The oldest surviving building dates from the C12th when a Benedictine priory was founded here. The whole island has been perfectly preserved for over 400 years. Close-by are the lovely village of MOUSHOLE. Then we take a memorable car journey along the Atlantic coast to LAND'S END before arriving at ST IVES. Famed for the north light which is unique in the UK, the area has attracted artists for over a hundred years. Tonight, you will have the chance to go to the best outdoor theatre in the World, THE MINACK THEATRE.

Day 6: Tintagel - Glastonbury - Wells

Day 6: Tintagel - Glastonbury - Wells

The North Cornish Coast is spectacular and resting on a headland is the legendary castle of King Arthur – TINTAGEL. The castle is now a ruin but this dramatic site has many stories and mysteries. Also assocaited with Athurian legen is GLASTONBURY. This small market town is dominated by the Tor, a hill topped by the medieval Church of St Michael - possibly the Isle of Avalon. Lastly we visit WELLS CATHEDRAL, with its ornate carving and beautiful interior; this is one of the finest churches in the land. VICAR'S CLOSE is Europe's oldest street.

Day 7: Bath - Lacock - Dyrham Park

Day 7: Bath - Lacock - Dyrham Park

BATH is a World Heritage City of Bath and a short walking tour will show you ROYAL CRESCENT, the CIRCUS, ROMAN BATHS and ABBEY. You then have free time to visit the Jane Austen Centre or the numerous shops. DYRHAM PARK is a lovely small stately home and a classic of its period – early C18th. The house is used in many film sets such as Pride and Prejudice and recent productions of Dracula. Travelling east, we arrive at LACOCK, a whole village preserved as it was over 200 years ago. Lacock Abbey was also the birthplace of modern photography as the home of William Fox Talbot. It featured in the Harry Potter films.

Day 8: Avebury Landscape - Oxford

Day 8: Avebury Landscape - Oxford

The largest pre-historic stone circle surviving in the World is AVEBURY. Built over 4500 years ago, the stones form a series of ceremonial avenues and are surrounded in mystery. Close by is SILBURY HILL, a man made hill once believed to be higher than the pyramids and the Long Barrow is a prehistoric burial site into which you can walk. Finally, OXFORD England’s premier seat of learning and a fantastic ending to our tour. Here you will discover CHRIST CHURCH Cathedral not only a glorious church but the film set for many of the scenes in Harry Potter such as the Dining Room and steps.


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