Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

The Classic World of Downton Abbey (8 days)

Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland

London, United Kingdom To London, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 Aug 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
London, United Kingdom
The Milestone Hotel and Residences None

Arrive London


Upon arrival at London Heathrow airport you will be welcomed to England by your local Guardian Angel as you exit customs into the arrivals hall, and transferred to your hotel where you will be assisted with check-in procedures.


The Milestone Hotel is wonderfully located within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. When the good weather is upon us, enjoy a peaceful stroll to Kensington Park and Gardens, a lovely green space that flanks Hyde Park, at your leisure.

Day 2
London, United Kingdom
The Milestone Hotel and Residences Breakfast

London


Meet your local guide and private vehicle for a half-day (4hr) orientation tour of London. Your guide will show you the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. You will also gain a spectacular panorama of the city from the London Eye, the world's largest observation wheel.


Optional Extra (charges apply):

This afternoon meet Mrs Guilliana for an afternoon tea making class in her own house.  This includes a ‘mini’ house tour of this detached Victorian 1860’s house. Receive step-by-step instructions and recipes for making scones, shortbread and specialty sandwiches and take home a written reminder of what you have learned.  After the baking and preparations are complete, enjoy a full afternoon tea in the drawing room as the character of Downton Abbey often do. This poses an ideal opportunity to execute the art of English etiquette and conversation in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  

Day 3
Dogmersfield, United Kingdom
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Breakfast

London - Hampshire


Depart you hotel this morning and head to the Victoria and Albert Museum where you will meet your guide for a short tour. The Victoria and Albert Museum is world renowned for its fashion collection covers changing shapes and tastes in style, from beautiful 17th-century fashions to contemporary, cutting-edge designs and haute couture. Here you will be able to see the famous dinner jackets introduced in Downton Abbey and the introduction of the flapper dresses which caused so much controversy when they were first worn. The collection also includes accessories such as jewellery, gloves and handbags.


You will also have the opportunity to visit the furniture exhibition where Dr Susan Weber Gallery tells the story of furniture design and production spanning the past 600 years, including chairs, tables, bureaux, stools, chests, cabinets and wardrobes. Designers such as Thomas Chippendale, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, Tom Dixon and Ron Arad sit alongside lesser-known names all selected for their superior techniques.


When you have finished your tour, say goodbye to London with your driver-guide and head south to Hampshire.


Optional Extra:

This evening you may like to cruise down the picturesque Basingstoke Canal, which runs through your Hotel's Estate

Day 4
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Breakfast

Portsmouth


This morning depart your hotel with your driver-guide and head further south, starting with a tour of the motor car museum; Beaulieu. The Motor Museum exhibits include some of the earliest examples of motoring to legendary World Record Breakers like Bluebird, ‘TV Star’ cars like Del Boy’s Reliant Regal and rare oddities like the giant orange on wheels. You can also view cars like the ones Lady Edith learnt to drive in during series 3 of Downton Abbey.


You may also wish to visit the ‘secret army exhibition’ where you will discover how a scenic and serene Hampshire village became the base for sabotage and subversion. The exhibition will introduce visitors to the training schools, instructors, secret agents and unsung heroes of the SOE. Further displays describe agents’ training, recount secret missions and their outcomes and provide a learning zone for younger visitors.


After exploring Beaulieu you may wish to then head to Portsmouth historical dockyards. Here you will see vessels and battle ship used over the centuries. Portsmouth is also the oldest dry dock in the world. Portsmouth Historical dockyards were used to defend the British Isles during wars and other attacks on England. Here you can walk on some of the vessels, walk through the museums or take a ride around the harbour on a public boat with your private guide. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a memorable experience on a luxurious 17-metre (56-foot) canal boat. The boat offers endless possibilities no matter the weather, with heating and air-conditioning ensuring a comfortable on-board temperature. You may like to enjoy a private dining experience or have a drink upon the canal boat before stopping at a local English pub for a meal (taxis to be arranged for return transfer).

Day 5
Highclere, United Kingdom
Ellenborough Park Breakfast

Highclere Castle - Cotswolds


Today embark on an adventure with your driver-guide, venturing to where the renowned Downton Abbey was filmed*.  The fictional Downton Abbey is set in Yorkshire however it was filmed in Hampshire at Highclere Castle, one of Britain's most spectacular Victorian Castles.


The castle is owned by the Earl & Countess Carnarvon and has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679. Set among 1000 acres of beautiful parklands and gardens, the castle dates back to medieval times as it was built on the foundations of a medieval palace.


Upon arrival at the Castle you will get the opportunity to wander the lavish rooms where most of the period drama was set, including the Drawing Room, Library, Main Hall and bedrooms. Images are instantly conjured up of Lord and Lady Crawley sipping on their aperitifs before going through to dinner, or where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley shared their first kiss in the Main Hall. Whilst seeing the opulent "Upstairs" you will also get the chance to explore the starker "Downstairs", the servants' quarter, where Mrs Patmore and the other maids cooked many a fine feast.  There is also the opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounding parklands with many different walkways meandering through the stunning gardens and woodlands.


You can also visit the nearby, idyllic village of Highclere where other scenes of the drama was filmed, including the small church, where many of the services were set and the village square which held the village fete. After your tour you will venture to the beautiful Cotswolds to your hotel.


*Tours of Highclere Castle are subject to availability

Day 6
Woodstock, United Kingdom
Ellenborough Park Breakfast

Bampton – Blenheim Palace


This morning continue into Oxfordshire to the village of Bampton. Bampton was used during the filming of Downton Abbey for their village scenes, and whilst exploring you have the chance to see some of these film locations. The main places you will see during your tour are the local village church, the hospital and the village pub. You may also have the chance to see the home of Matthew Crawley.


Continue to Blenheim Palace; currently home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, the Palace was designed by the architect Vanbrugh and was the birthplace of wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill. A vast park, wonderfully landscaped by Capability Brown, surrounds the palace. Here you will have the opportunity to hear how ‘Grace Ridley’ who is the 1st Duchess’s maid, and hear about life as a servant in a palace. After your tour you will be privately transferred back to your hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Day 7
London, United Kingdom
The Milestone Hotel and Residences Breakfast

Cotswolds - London


Today depart the Cotswolds and head first to the Lacock. The village has been used in a number of popular period TV dramas, including 'Cranford' and 'Pride & Prejudice', as its original timber-framed houses are the perfect authentic backdrop. It featured most recently as the location of a village livestock market in the latest series of Downton Abbey.


Time permitting you may also like to visit the Spa town of Bath. Bath is famous for being the locations that Jane Austen set two of her six published novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion and she made the city her home from 1801 to 1806. You may wish to visit the Jane Austen Museum during your visit or explore the Roman Baths that were discovered in an excellent state of preservation near to Bath Abbey church, and also see the magnificent Palladian architecture for which the city is renowned (seen at its best in the Circus and the Royal Crescent). After your tour you will be privately transferred to your London hotel.

Day 8
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Depart London


Today you will be transferred by private vehicle to the London Heathrow airport to board your flight.

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Description

A classic English 8 day tour with vast appeal for enthusiasts of the period drama Downton Abbey.  Visit some of the filming locations for the hugely popular TV series, take a look at some of the first motor cars as shown in Downton Abbey along with the fashion and furniture of the early 20th century.

About Us

For more than 25 years, Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland has provided outstanding journeys for discerning travellers across the United Kingdom. From its central base in the Cotswolds, the company operates an unsurpassed, localised network that allows the company to effortlessly arrange tours across the two regions. Guests enjoy a range of unrivalled benefits, such as Guardian Angels who provide friendship and reassurance and an inspired collection of "Insider Access" experiences such as granting private access to see the iconic Crown Jewels followed by an evening of cocktails and canapés in the Hall of Monarchs.

Insider Tip

The cities of London, Dublin and Edinburgh are wonderful but be sure venture out of the cities during your tour and experience the picturesque and often dramatic countryside of the UK & Ireland.

Terms & Conditions

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR FIT CLIENTS


1. CONFIRMATION OF RESERVATIONS

If after reviewing the one of our proposals your clients would like to accept a tour, we would require


A deposit of 10% of the indicated cost.


The final balance 30 days prior to departure.


Within 30 days prior to departure 100% of the estimated cost is required as deposit.


2. AMENDMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Once hotels and services are confirmed, any changes made will incur an administration fee of /50.00.


Cancellation received any time after the deposit has been made and up to 30 days prior to departure will result  in no cancellation penalties except for a /250.00 per person admin fee.


Cancellations received 30-15 days prior to departure will be subject to 25% of the total tour cost.

 

Cancellations received 14-7 days prior to departure will be subject to 50% of the total tour cost.

      

Cancellations received within 7 days of arrival will be subject to 100% of the total tour cost.


We regret that refunds cannot be made for any unused services confirmed on the itineraries.


3. FORCE MAJEURE

Abercrombie and Kent will not be responsible for any direct or indirect loss, financial loss, consequential loss, loss of enjoyment, oain and suffering, damage, injury, accident delay or irregularity resulting from acts of God, civil commotion, arrest or constraint by prines, rulers and people, bad weather, closure of ports, quarantine and epidemics or any other event whatsoever arising that cannot be avoided or guarded against by the exercise of due diligence or the consequences of which cannot be avoided or guarded against by the exercise of due diligence.


Abercrombie and Kent acts as a booking agent for the suppliers of products and accepts no liability for any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay or irregularity that may arise to any customer or third party resulting from the customer's or third party's use of the products. Abercrombie and Kent makes all reasonable enquiries to determine that suppliers provide appropriate products.


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Payment may be made to Abercrombie and Kent Europe by wire transfer in US Dollars, GB Pounds Sterling and Euros to our bank accounts as follows:


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By: klnews


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

We especially liked the wonderful service when we arrived in our cities. Guides were fantastic too
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Wonderful Experience

By: Janice


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2015

Abercrombie & Kent made arrangement for us to have drivers for July 5th, 6th and 7th and to return us to Dublin on the 8th. Although the drivers said they were not from A&K, they had been hired by them and took us to the preplanned sites and tours that we had agreed on. In addition, they (one on the 5th and 6th, another one on the 7th and 8th) included many sites and historical tours of the cities which we visited. Both were excellent drivers and expert guides! They were not, apparently, aware of the agreed to contract with A&K and we did have to pay for admission to all the tours that required fees, but we felt we got so much more from their experience that the cost was well worth what we paid.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Shepard
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Excellent guides

By: ScottSh


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2015

Each of our guides in different parts of Greece provided an amazing and insightful experience.
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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excellent guides and hotels

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

The hotels and France were fine, the guides and drivers excellent and historical explantions excpeptional. We appreciated that our excellent guides took us off the beaten tourist path and to places extraordinary and special. these fellows were wonderful and friendly and knowledgeable. terrific
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman

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By: Shelley


Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Our family loved our trip to London! We were well taken care of by Peter and Vanessa. They were warm and welcoming to us in addition to being very knowledgable about everything London. Our Guardian Angel checked in on us several times and it was nice to have a contact in London in case an emergency arose. Thank you for helping to execute a wonderful, memorable trip!

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Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2017

We went on the A&K trip to Croatia, not GB & Ireland. It was wonderful
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