Sunday 17th – Monday 18th November 2019
We depart Devon, enjoying a coffee stop en-route and head to the Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel right in the heart of the city. Once we have checked in, we have the rest of the day to spend at the nearby Christmas markets at St George’s Plateau. Over 40 traditional festive cabins will be dressed in the best garlands and twinkly lights for that festive feel!
After breakfast we have a full day to spend at our leisure before meeting our driver at a prearranged pickup point to then return home.
Price: £99pp Twin/Double Room (single supplement £30pp)
Includes: Hotel accommodation on a B&B basis and coach travel
Day 1 We depart Torbay at 5am and after a breakfast/comfort stop en-route we arrive at Dover for a midday ferry to Calais. After the short sea crossing we make our way to Disneyland arriving late afternoon. After check-in at the Santa Fe Hotel, the evening is then our own to visit the shops, bars and restaurants of Disney Village.
Day 2 We start our magical journey and head to the parks – our full pass includes entrance to Disneyland & Walt Disney Studios. Both parks open at 8am for guests staying at the Disney complex hotels. Staying for the ‘Electric Light Show’ on our first day is an absolute must.
Day 3 We enjoy our second day in the two parks from 8am until we drop!
Day 4 We pack our bags and place them in a secure room ready for the journey home before heading to the parks for our third and final day. After lunch we return to the hotel to claim our luggage ready for departure.
Price: Maximum of 4 people per room.
4 adults in 1 room £385 each
3 adults sharing 1 room £415 each
2 adults sharing 1 room £475 each
1 adult in a room £655 each
Children (3-11yrs) £249 each
Under 3’s £109 each
How to work out the prices per room:
The Quad, Triple, Twin and Single room rates are based upon the adult
occupancy of the room. For example, a room with 3 adults and 1 child would be
worked out as: 3 x triple adult rate + 1 x child rate = total room rate.
Includes: Hotel accommodation, 3 day Hopper Pass & coach travel
Meal Plan: Upgrade to half-board? .
Contact the office for meal plan details
We depart Devon and make our way to Wightwick Manor, with a coffee stop along the way. The Manor is an outstanding example of late Victorian taste and craftsmanship. The house was designed by the architect Edward Ould in the “Old English” style, for the Wolverhampton Paint and Varnish manufacturer Theodore Mander and his Family in 1887. With interiors inspired by the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement, Wightwick provides an appropriate setting for a superb collection of William Morris textiles, wallpapers and furniture, William De Morgan ceramics, Charles Kempe stained glass, and many Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings. We depart Wightwick and journey to the 4* Crowne Plaza Harrogate in time our 3 course evening meal.
After breakfast we visit the picturesque Yorkshire manor house Nunnington Hall. Here we enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful Yorkshire manor house, nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye. We also explore the period rooms whilst hearing the Hall’s many tales and discover one of the world’s finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic. Famed for its picturesque location and organic walled garden, flamboyant resident peacocks and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Following breakfast we travel to the ancient ruins of Fountains Abbey and the awe-inspiring Studley Royal Water Garden. For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place. From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.
After breakfast we visit Treasurer’s House. A house of contradictions, café and garden in the centre of York tucked behind York Minster, Treasurer’s House is not as it first appears. In 1897, Frank Green (the grandson of a wealthy industrialist) bought the property and created a lavish show home, grand enough to impress Edward VII during his visit. He was passionate about history and indulged this by saving this and other buildings in York. Frank Green built a large collection of fine antiques, art and furniture, and this was the first house given to the National Trust, complete with its collection. The award-winning garden is an oasis of calm, so relax and enjoy unrivalled views of the Minster.
On our final day, we depart after breakfast and travel back to Devon, stopping en-route at Calke Abbey. The un-stately home and country estate with peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story. We discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve.
Member £335pp for a twin or double room
(single supplement £70)
Non Member £385pp for a twin or double room
(single supplement £70)
We depart Devon early & begin our journey to the Bothwell Bridge Hotel in Glasgow with stops along the way. We will arrive at the hotel in time to freshen up for our evening meal.
After a leisurely breakfast we depart the hotel and travel into Edinburgh city centre, where you will have free time. Be sure to take a stroll through the Old Town. Although it is only about a mile long and 300 yards wide, it represents the total extent of the twin burghs of Edinburgh and Canongate for the first 650 years of their existence. Its general appearance and character remain indubitably medieval with its tortuous alleys and tightly packed closes. Late afternoon we meet our driver at a pre-arranged pickup point and then head to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The annual series of military tattoos is performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. After this spectacular experience we make our way back to the hotel.
Today we visit the 82 acres of Edinburgh Zoo, The land lies on the south facing slopes of Corstorphine Hill, from which it provides extensive views of the city. Built in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. We will then head back to the hotel for our evening meal.
After breakfast we head to Ocean Drive to board the Royal Yacht Britannia Queen’s floating residence, considered a five-star visitor experience. Berthed in Edinburgh home to the royal family for over 40 years, this impressive vessel has sailed 1,000,000 miles around the world. Equipped with audio-guide you’re free to explore five fully accessible decks. Highlights include the State Apartments and Royal Bedrooms, the Crew’s Quarters and the gleaming Engine Room. See the Rolls-Royce Phantom V, that used to travel on Royal Yacht Britannia and a modern-day addition, an eleven-foot Lego model of the great ship herself. After lunch we make the short journey to the historic fortress Edinburgh Castle. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. After this enjoyable day, we head back to the hotel for our evening meal.
We depart the hotel after breakfast to embark our journey home to Devon with stops along the way.
Price: £540 Twin/Double Room (single supplement £110)
Includes: Hotel accommodation B&B, 3 evening meals, entry to all attractions and coach travel.
5th and 6th July 2017
Holiday inn, Heathrow Hotel
Day 1 RHS Kew Gardens
Depart Devon enjoying a coffee stop en-route to Kew Gardens. Enjoy the seasons and explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world’s most famous garden. Spread over 300 acres the delights of the garden include the Rhizotron and Xstrata treetop walkway 18 metres (59ft) in the air, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and their Japanese Minka. Late afternoon we re-board the coach and continue on to the hotel, where there will be time to change before your evening meal.
Day 2 RHS HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW
After breakfast, we travel to Hampton Court Palace for the 22nd RHS Flower Show. Enjoy a full day at this wonderful event before re-joining the coach in the late afternoon for our journey home, with a comfort stop along the way.
Price: £189.00pp (single supplement £40pp)
Includes: Hotel accommodation with gym, sauna, steam room and indoor pool. Full English breakfast & 3 course evening meal. Entry to Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Flower Show and all coach travel.