- Castle Combe and Lacock, two of England's loveliest villages
- The stone circles at Avebury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The House and Gardens at Bowood House
- A tour of Highclere Castle (TV's Downton Abbey)
- Bampton village, a key location in Downton Abbey
Get to know the lives of lords and servants on this Walk in the heart of the English countryside. The Upstairs / Downstairs theme takes you through some of the Cotswolds' prettiest villages crammed with thatched cottages, and to the stately home and splendid gardens at Bowood House.
To crown it all, we visit Highclere Castle, owned by the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and the setting for Downton Abbey, as well as Bampton village, one of the main Downton locations. Literary links abound. We visit beautiful Lacock, a village mostly owned by the National Trust and featured in the BBC' s Cranford and Pride and Prejudice, and our route through ancient Savernake Forest takes us close to Wolf Hall, home of Jane Seymour, featured in Hilary Mantel' s eponymous bestselling novel.
Sunday Overnight: The Plough
Monday Overnight: The Plough
This morning's walk takes us to Avebury, with its Neolithic henge containing three stone circles. Unique among megalithic monuments, Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe and is one of the foremost prehistoric sites in Britain. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the afternoon, we continue our walk past one of the famous Wiltshire White Horses carved into the hillside before reaching our hotel in Marlborough. We have dinner in a private house near Marlborough College, alma mater of the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), and near the site of Jane Seymour's Wolf Hall on the edge of Savernake Forest.
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Departure: Chippenham Rail Station
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants