Royal Heritage by Rail7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Arrive in London. Meet your Cox & Kings representative for your private transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel - 2 Nights
Join your expert guide who will accompany you on a guided visit of London. Begin at Kensington Palace, where you gain access to a privately guided tour of the State Rooms of Kensington Palace. Among its long history of notable residents, Kensington Palace was home to Princess Diana and her family. Instead of the State Rooms, you may choose instead to privately explore Her Fashion Story, a special exhibit through February 2018. Continue with a panoramic journey including Kensington Gardens and see the iconic sites of Buckingham Palace, the House of Parliament with Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral. Continue on to visit the Tower of London, a magnificent fortress which has stood on the banks of the River Thames for over 1,000 years. Your guide will regale you with incredible tales and you can admire the stunning Crown Jewels on display. Those with a keen interest in military history may enjoy an optional visit to the Churchill War Rooms, the secret World War II bunker which tells the story of Winston Churchill.Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel (B)
Day 3London to North Yorkshire
This morning you are privately accompanied to Kings Cross Station, the famous location of Platform 9 ¾ as referenced in Harry Potter. You are assisted in checking your luggage for your first class train journey into the heart of Northern England. Upon arrival in York, explore the medieval Shambles and the enormous York Minster, the largest and finest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, which is renowned for its outstanding stained glass. Climb the tower for an unparalleled view of the city. Continue into the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire. Tucked away in a scenic river valley, Fountain's Abbey is a World Heritage Site and a picture of medieval grandeur. Once a towering Cistercian monastery, it's now a well-preserved ruin, rich in atmosphere and surrounded by lush green landscapes. Stroll around the beautiful market town of Ripon, referenced in Downton Abbey, and explore the grand cathedral. Continue to Swinton Park, a country castle operating as a luxury hotel on the Swinton Estate.Swinton Park - 2 Nights (B)
Day 4North Yorkshire
Enjoy the day to participate in activities at Swinton Park. While Highclere Castle is used as the fictional "Downton Abbey", the fictional setting was actually in North Yorkshire near the town of Ripon, so Swinton Park sits in this rural setting. It is a beautiful countryside setting with a range of upper class activities - fishing, clay pigeon shooting, cooking experiences and hiking, picnics, and more are all on offer. Guests can also enjoy a tour of the estate and grounds. Perhaps consider an optional champagne tea on a private island. Alternatively, those who wish to see more of the region can choose an optional visit to North York Moors National Park, a vast tract of purple moorland, steep, deep-sided valleys and clumps of thick forest. Visit Goathland, which is known as Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films. Explore the charming village and enjoy a cup of tea in these stunning surroundings. Your journey continues by train on the stunning steam-hauled North York Moors Railway. Upon arrival in Whitby, explore the old seaside town and climb the steps to the famous Whitby Abbey. Afterwards, return to Swinton.Swinton Park (B)
Day 5North Yorkshire - Edinburgh, Scotland
This morning travel to Castle Howard for a private tour with a staff member. This is known to be one of the world's greatest stately homes and can provide a "real" Downton Abbey experience as it is still the private home of the Howard family for over 300 years. Castle Howard is a remarkable piece of the past, full of antiques, magnificent architecture and surrounded by acres of lush green parkland. Discover the stories behind its construction, its lavish decorations and the history of the Howard family themselves. The house featured in both the TV series and film versions of Brideshead Revisited. Afterwards, continue to York for your train to Edinburgh. Upon arrival, you are met and accompanied to your hotel.The Roxburghe - 2 Nights (B)
Begin a full-day tour of Edinburgh with a visit to the "Jewel in Scotland's Crown" - Edinburgh Castle. Also enjoy the amazing views from this striking castle above the Old Town. Spend some time exploring the city - wander around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, stroll down the Royal Mile, and browse some of the bespoke retail outlets selling soft cashmere and beautiful silver gifts. See the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is the grand, official residence of the Queen when visiting Scotland. This afternoon, travel outside of the city to picturesque Scotch whiskey distillery Glenkinchie just outside Edinburgh for an exclusive tasting.The Roxburghe (B)
Day 7Depart Edinburgh
You will be met at the hotel and accompanied to the airport for your onward journey.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Royal Heritage By Rail
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