~ Downton Abbey’s Final Season ~

                         DOES IT HAVE TO END… DIDN’T IT JUST BEGIN ?

Have you seen the acclaimed broadcast “Downton Abbey” written by Julian Fellows set in the British country side? It opens in the spring of 1912 with an article being read by the servants about the sinking of the Titanic. The scene quickly shifts to an urgent telegram being read by Lord Grantham to his three daughters at the breakfast table. So begins the saga of the Crawly family whose next heir has inevitably perished with the sinking ship. Robert Crawley who is played by the ever handsome Hugh Bonneville goes on to locate his distant relative who will inherit his castle and run it. The series chronicles the journey of Lord and Lady Grantham’s family through the ups and downs of life, all the while playing on the storyline of its servants and their lives living in the lower half of the castle. There are many things that make this series enduring. Each episode is filmed more like a movie with period costumes, and accurate accounts of history. Its stunning sets, humor, drama and relationships have the ability to whisk your imagination away on a journey back in time.

Highclere castle

In March of this year we read the sad news via USA today that Downton Abbey is filming its final season. Downton has captured the hearts and minds of many. It’s been our Sunday routine to tuck the kids into bed, make tea and settle in for the late evening episode on PBS, for the past few years.  My husband and I stumbled upon season 1 and 2 on Netflix. Dare I admit one rainy weekend we binge watched the first two seasons. We have stayed caught up via PBS since then. We aren’t the only ones who like the series. According to People magazine Princess Kate Middleton made a visit to the set in early spring of this year. Her favorite room according to the article was the Kitchen. Who wouldn’t love to sit with Ms. Patmore the beloved cook and Daisy her assistant for a lovely chat and cup of tea?HighclereCastle_Saloon2 (2)

Our proposed remedy for the sad ending of the series is to “take a trip”! Whether you are a fan or not we hope you’ll consider joining us on our extraordinary Downton Abbey and London getaway. In collaboration with CIE tours this excursion has been designed with the British enthusiast in mind.  Our journey features a wonderful pairing of English country side estate tours partnered with three nights in London. Over the 6 days and 7 nights; picture yourself passing through Ms. Patmore’s kitchen, enjoying British high tea, an exclusive dinner served by staff dressed in Downton attire at the Kingston Bagpuize House. This exciting tour takes you to a land rich with Lords and Lady’s, King’s and Queen’s and will feature Highclere Castle, walking the streets of Bampton (the little village where Downton is filmed) as well as Bath, Oxford and Chertsey. We will also enjoy the sights and sounds of London: Winchester Cathedral, Tower of London, and Tower Bridge Exhibition just to name a few.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Exclusive transport by luxury motor coach with a driver and tour director
  • Meet and greet service with one group transfer upon arrival and departure at the airport
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin bedded rooms with private bath as listed for 6 nights
    • Full breakfasts (6)
    • Dinners (3):
    • Table d’hôte dinners (2)
  • Dinner at Kingston Bagpuize House
  • Walking tour of Oxford with a local guide
  • Tours of Village of Bampton, Bath and London with a local guide
  • Afternoon tea in Winchester
  • Hop on/Hop off London bus tour

Visits and admission fees included: 

Christ Church College

Cotswold Villages

Waddesdon Manor

Highclere Castle

Roman Baths

Stonehenge

Winchester Cathedral

Tower of London

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes

April 4-11, 2016

Itinerary

Mon, Apr 4 UNITED STATES TO LONDON

Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meals as you travel to start your vacation.

Tue, Apr 5 LONDON ARRIVAL & OXFORD WALKING TOUR

Heathrow – Oxford – Bampton in Oxfordshire – Chertsey

DINNER & OVERNIGHT: BEAR OF RODBOROUGH HOTEL, STROUD

Wed, Apr 6 THE COTSWOLDS & DINNER AT KINGSTON BAGPUIZE HOUSE

Cotswolds – Waddesdon Manor – Bagpuize House

OVERNIGHT: TALBOT INN, RIPLEY

Thu, Apr 7 HIGHCLERE CASTLE & ROMAN BATHS

Highclere Castle – Bath Sightseeing

DINNER & OVERNIGHT: BAILBROOK HOUSE HOTEL, BATH

Fri, Apr 8 STONEHENGE & WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

Stonehenge – Winchester Cathedral

OVERNIGHT: COPTHORNE TARA HOTEL, LONDON

Sat, Apr 9  LONDON CITY TOUR

London sightseeing tour and shopping at leisure

OVERNIGHT: COPTHORNE TARA HOTEL, LONDON

Sun, Apr 10 HOP ON, HOP OFF LONDON

OVERNIGHT: COPTHORNE TARA HOTEL, LONDON

Mon, Apr 11    RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES

Journey Travel Presents

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Join us For An Unforgettable Group Adventure

October 11, 2015–October 25, 2015

Photo Credit: Jene’e Bearden ~ Owner of Journey TravelCopy of Ireland24OCT09 029

Need a Flyer ? Click Here!

Land Price: $2574 per person (double occupancy room) Single Room Supplement: $580 / Air Price from Seattle: $1275 per person. Tax and surcharges are subject to change until entire group is confirmed and ticketed

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 13 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily except on day 1
  • 9 dinners including

– Dinner and traditional show in Dublin

– Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

– 7 table d’hote dinners

  • 2 Lunches
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Day tour to Achill Island
  • Boat trip on Donegal Bay
  • Walking tours of Derry and Kinsale with local guides
  • Tours of Belfast and Dublin with your tour director
  • Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness or Old Jameson Distillery
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap  – All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suit-case per person

    Visits and admissions to:

    Cliffs of Moher, Westport House, Museum of Country Life,B. Yeats’ Grave, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle,Blarney Woollen Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Bunratty Folk Park

    • Hotels:
    • Old Ground Hotel
    • Ennis (1 night)
    • Hotel Westport
    • Westport (2 nights)
    • Kees Hotel
    • Stranorlar (2 nights)
    • Europa Hotel
    • Belfast (1 night)
    • Ashling Hotel
    • Dublin (2 nights)
    • Actons hotel (1night)
    • Dingle Skellig Hotel
    • Dingle (2 nights)
    • The Inn at Dromoland Hotel
    • Ennis (2 nights)

    This tour is subject to CIE Tours’ booking guidelines and cancellation penalties. Refer to General Conditions on website (cietours.com) or back cover of current brochure

    CST# 2021285-20. Itinerary and dates subject to change until printing of our 2015 brochure.