Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Duke of Wellington Tour
Presented by Number One London
September 4th to 14th, 2014


Join Kristine Hughes and Victoria Hinshaw - authors, bloggers, and Wellington aficionados - as they travel through the English countryside on a one-of-a-kind tour visiting locations connected to Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, including London, Walmer, Brighton, Hampshire, and Windsor.

Thursday, 9/4:  Depart from your USA airport on an overnight flight to London before joining the group at your London hotel.  Air transportation is not included in the price of the tour.

 Friday, 9/5:  Arrive in London and transfer on your own to the Grosvenor Hotel, housed in a Grade II listed building attached to Victoria Station.   Meet Kristine and Victoria, as well as your fellow travelers, at late afternoon tea in the hotel, when you’ll be given an overview of your London itinerary. Spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure or join Kristine and Victoria on a jaunt to their favorite London spots. Be prepared to raise a few toasts to the Duke along the way.

Saturday, 9/6:    Travel via private motor coach for an exclusive guided tour of Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s London home, also known as Number One London. Afterwards visit the nearby Wellington Arch, built to commemorate the Duke of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon.  Transfer by motor coach to the Tower of London for the special exhibition on Wellington's influence and the changes he made to the Tower as both Constable of the Tower and Prime Minister. You’ll have time for a light lunch on your own before motoring to Horse Guards for the 4pm Dismounting Inspection of the troops.  Visit the Household Cavalry Museum before returning to the hotel to freshen up before heading to the Grenadier Pub, once used by the Duke’s own regiment, for an included three course dinner. 

 Sunday, 9/7:  Join Kristine and Victoria for a special walking tour of London. Spend the day strolling through Regency and early Victorian London and listen to tales of the people, places, and things that shaped Wellington’s life and times. The walk through the neighborhoods of St. James and Mayfair will include landmarks that are either famous or infamous, with some located in plain sight and others hidden from view. There will be stops for eating, drinking, and shopping along the way. If you prefer not to join the walking tour, you may spend the day at your leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own.  This may be a perfect time to take in a distinctive pub or a show in the West End.
Monday, 9/8:  Check out of the hotel and journey through the Kent countryside to Walmer Castle, where Wellington lived as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and where your visit includes a guided tour and talk on the Duke of Wellington.  Afterwards, enjoy some free time in Deal. Explore the market town, have lunch and stroll the beach before travelling on to Ashford where you’ll check into the Ashford InternationalHotel for a one night stay.  Dinner is in the hotel.
 Tuesday, 9/9:  Drive two hours to Brighton for a self-guided tour of the Brighton Pavilion, one of the most decadent Regency buildings in England. Built by George IV, Wellington was a frequent visitor to the Pavilion and was known to participate in blanket races along its corridors. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the Museum, located in the refurbished stables, and free time to explore nearby shops and have lunch on your own, or you may want to stay at the Pavilion and visit their tea room. This afternoon take a private tour with the curator, Nick Tyson of the Regency Town House, a period town house meticulously restored to reflect daily life in the Georgian era, both upstairs and down. Later, travel to Reading to the Mercure George Hotel for the next three nights. Dinner at the hotel.

 Wednesday, 9/10:  Spend a special day at Stratfield Saye, the Duke of Wellington’s country estate, where you’ll be given a guided tour before visiting the adjacent museum and walking the grounds to the final resting place of Copenhagen, the horse ridden by the Duke throughout the Battle of Waterloo.  A two course lunch will be provided in the tea room.  Visit the on-site Farm Shop before leaving the estate.  Dinner at your hotel.

Thursday, 9/11:  Visit Highclere Castle, home of the Earl of Carnarvon, who sat in the House of Lords with the Duke of Wellington. Enjoy a guided tour of the Castle, better known today as Downton Abbey, with free time afterwards to visit the grounds and the gift shop.  There will be free time to have lunch at the estate.  Afterwards travel to Basildon Park, for a tour and talk about the impressive Georgian mansion that served as Netherfield Park in the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice.   Dinner in the hotel.

 Friday, 9/12:  Travel to Windsor, a Royal site with many Wellington connections.  After checking into the Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel, take a guided tour of Windsor Castle, including the Waterloo Chamber; learn more about the Duke’s connections to the Royal Family. Afterwards, we’ll visit the nearby Windsor and Royal Borough Museum, which is conveniently located across the street from the hotel.  The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the quaint town, do a bit of shopping in Peascod Street and have lunch on your own.  Return to the hotel for dinner .

 Saturday, 9/13: After breakfast, visit Frogmore House and Gardens for a guided tour of this property that is rarely open to the public.  Afterwards, enjoy the surrounding countryside during a forty minute, round trip Thames River cruise.  The rest of the day is at leisure to finish exploring Windsor and Eton, a perfect opportunity pick up last minute gifts and also to begin packing for the return trip home.  Farewell dinner in the hotel.

 Sunday, 9/14:  Your motor coach will transfer you to Heathrow airport for your return flight home.

Land Only Tour Pricing $2,689/£1615.00

Reservation Deadline is July 4th!

Reservations/Questions: london20@aol.com

What is Included in Tour

Porterage of 1 bag in and out of hotels                    Nine Nights Hotel Accommodations

Full English breakfast each Morning                        Six dinners in hotels as noted

Apsley House Guided Tour                                           Dinner at the Grenadier Pub

Wellington Arch Admission                                         Full Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor Hotel

Tower of London Admission                                        Royal Horseguards  Inspection

Household Cavalry Museum Admission                  Basildon Park Talk and Tour

London walking tour with Kristine & Victoria      Walmer Castle Guided Tour

Walmer Parish Church Tour and Talk                     Brighton Pavilion and Museum Admission

Regency Town House (Hove) Guided Tour             Stratfield Saye Guided Tour

Two Course Lunch at Stratfield Saye                        Highclere Castle Guided Tour

Windsor Castle & Museum Admission                     Thames Cruise

Frogmore House Guided Tour                                    Transfer to Heathrow Airport at end of Tour

 Motor Coach Services for duration of tour                          

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