Bibles, Boats & Bulrushes – NEW TOUR
Includes lunch and a cruise on the River Lea
Just north of London, Hertfordshire and the bordering Essex has plenty to offer. This tour will give you an overview of the wonderful countryside, the River Lea flowing through the Lea Valley with its idyllic meadows either side, and a chance to see some of the quaint towns and villages along the way including Waltham Abbey, Stanstead Abbotts and Ware. Your full day out will be with an experienced local guide who will ensure that your get the most out of the day. You will start with a Norman church, reputably the burial place of King Harold and of course there will be a relaxing 2.5 hour cruise on the river after lunch with a bit of free time thrown in.
April - September 2018
Travel to Hertfordshire
Travel to Hertfordshire to arrive during the afternoon – let us know your route and we will be pleased to offer suggestions for a stop.
Dinner will be served in your hotel this evening.
A full day – Hidden Hertfordshire and Essex
The Abbey Church Waltham Abbey
After breakfast in the hotel, travel to Waltham Abbey, where you will meet with your guide for the day. Your first stop will be at the Abbey Church, a Fine Norman Abbey founded in 1060 by King Harold, who is reputedly buried here. The Lady Chapel and crypt (now a visitors’ centre and shop) date from the 14th century and the tower from the 16th century. The east end was restored in the 19th century; the rose window was designed by Edward Burne-Jones. Other notable features are the painted ceiling, the Denny monument, the “Doom” painting in the Lady Chapel, the pulpit, altar and font.
River Lea boat cruise and lunch
After the visit, continue to Hoddesdon where you will enjoy a fish & chip lunch at a delightful riverside pub, before embarking on your boat for a delightful 2.5 cruise along the River Lea to Ware. As you pass through numerous locks and open meadows, you will pass through the village of Stanstead Abbotts, and then to the town of Ware, passing the riverside Gazebo’s.
The Gazebos date from the 18th century gazebos and are a unique feature of Ware. Whilst there may be individual gazebos elsewhere in Britain, nowhere else do they survive as a group as they do on the River Lea in Ware. These riverside summerhouses stand in the former gardens of the High Street coaching inns that used to run down to the river.
On arrival at Ware Priory, disembark from the boat, where there will probably be some free time to explore this charming small market town. There are numerous pubs and cafes just a short walk along the High Street as well as a small museum and St Marys Church which dates back over 900 years. Rejoin your coach for a short guided drive out of the town and into the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and back to your hotel.
Dinner in the hotel this evening.
Return Home – More to see & do
After breakfast in your hotel, if your route allows, can we suggest a visit to St Albans.
The Cathedral dominates the city’s skyline from every approach. Its architecture is a blend of many different periods, and its great tower includes Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of Verulamium. It is best known for the shrine of St Alban, Britain’s first Christian Saint, which continues to attract pilgrims from far and wide.
Or visit the award-winning museum, displaying beautiful objects from the Roman City of Verulamium, featuring superb mosaics and re-created Roman rooms giving the visitor an opportunity to discover the life and times of a major Roman city.
We have a selection of hotels in Hertfordshire & Essex available, including The Cheshunt Marriott, the Waltham Abbey Marriot, Holiday Inn Elstree, Mercure Hatfield Oak.
All hotels offer free parking and a good standard of accommodation.
The tour is available for Sunday to Thursday arrivals between April & September
|3 days / 2 nights|
|April – September 2018||From £159.00 per person|
Single room supplements apply – Details on request