FULL DAY: This morning we head into Oxfordshire and visit the 'city of dreaming spires', Oxford, itself the back drop to many popular TV dramas (including Inspector Morse). This afternoon we make our way to Highclere Castle (admission included), the backdrop to the ITV costume drama, Downton Abbey. The castle is portrayed as an Edwardian country house in the TV series and as home to the Crawley family.
FULL DAY: Today we pass through the newest 'Royal' town of Wootton Bassett and on to Lacock. Famous for its picturesque streets, this finely preserved, National Trust protected, town has been widely used in period dramas, from Cranford to the hugely popular Pride and Prejudice. This afternoon we visit the beautiful Roman city of Bath.
FULL DAY: A full day excursion today as we tour into the Cotswold Hills to Tetbury. This attractive Cotswolds town has many elegant buildings and specialty shops to explore before we visit Chavenage House (admission included), portrayed as Candleford House in the TV drama Lark Rise to Candleford. Passing the source of the Thames, we continue to Cirencester, with its bustling market square and medieval atmosphere.
Menzies Hotel, Swindon
Conveniently located in the centre of Swindon, within easy walking distance of many well-known shops, this modern four star hotel offers a spacious lounge, comfortable bar and restaurant. All bedrooms include private facilities, television, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. • Full breakfast and three course evening dinner plus tea or coffee • Lift **** (AA) (01793 528282)
■ Free local joining points■ All coach travel ■ Reserved seats on tourcoaches ■ Hotel accommodation and board as stated ■ Complete luggage handling ■ Excursions as stated ■ Admission fees and entertainment if stated ■ The services of the Grand UK Tour Manager
Grand UK Gold - Raising the Standard
Unashamed luxury in Black & Gold
Representing more than a quarter of a million pounds of trail blazing motoring technology, a Grand UK Gold coach really is the king of the road! As you sink back into the rich leather seats, you’ll immediately appreciate the extra legroom and the individually controlled air conditioning. At the controls sits your Gold driver, a reassuring sight with years of experience - and hundreds of thousands of miles - behind the wheel, as you cruise effortlessly through the countryside…
Getting there is only half the story
As you glide towards your destination from your privileged vantage point, you’ll be presented with our special Gold Welcome Pack. Containing a number of useful travel goodies, it’s all part of the privileged service with Grand UK Gold. En route, your specially chosen Tour Manager will brief you about the journey and make the whole experience enjoyable and informative - only our best Tour Managers get to wear the coveted Gold badge! You can also track your journey from the onboard Satellite Navigation system, or enjoy a drivers-eye view of the road ahead courtesy of the unique onboard camera.
You know you’ve arrived with Grand UK Gold
Arriving at your destination is a pleasure in itself. As you’d expect, we use only specially selected three and four star hotels, so you can look forward to comfortable accommodation, great food, and excellent service. And with Grand UK Gold you’ll also enjoy a Welcome Reception with a complimentary glass of wine and a special commemorative photograph of your Grand UK Gold holiday.
Upgrade to Gold and Enjoy all these Benefits…
■ 3 & 4 star hotels with great food and service ■ Special welcome reception ■ Gold welcome pack ■ Commemorative photograph ■ Top tour managers & tour drivers ■ Luxury coach travel in a class of its own
Our Gold coaches feature:
■ Extra legroom and comfort ■ Luxury leather upholstered reclining seats ■ Panoramic windows for maximum views ■ Individually Controlled Air-Conditioning ■ Onboard sat-nav to track your journey ■ Driver-eye camera to view the road ahead ■ Onboard library selection ■ Level & easy access to the WC/washroom
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