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NEW! LONDON GROUP TOUR – Wonderful Winter in Windsor

  • Hampton Court Palace © Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces

    Hampton Court Palace © Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces
3 day tour (2 day tours also available on request)
From £112 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Includes entrance to Windsor Castle 

Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world. Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it has been remodelled by successive kings & queens including Henry II, Charles II and George IV. Today the Queen spends most of her weekends at the Castle, which is also used for ceremonial and state occasions.
More recently, the Castle and St Georges Chapel was the location for the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
This is your chance to see inside this magnificent Castle and follow in the footsteps of Harry & Meghan.
You will have chance to see St Georges Chapel where 10 monarchs are buried. See the magnificent State apartments and the semi-state apartments.
You can also combine this visit with the nearby Hampton Court Palace or for the gardeners, RHS Wisley, an all year round garden.

Dates

January to March 2019


Suggested itinerary

Day 1

Travel to London and arrive at your hotel

On route to the hotel why not stop at one of the many garden attractions in the area, such as RHS Wisley,  The Swiss Garden, The Savill Garden or attractions such as The Musical Museum, the Water & Steam Museum, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum or maybe Hampton Court Palace. We will be delighted to make the arrangements for you, or offer some alternative suggestions.

Continue to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2

Windsor Castle

You will take breakfast in your hotel, then take the short drive to Windsor.

A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Winsdor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties.

St George’s Chapel remains an active centre for worship, with daily services open to all. The Chapel is a Royal Peculiar, that is, a chapel which is not subject to a bishop or archbishop but which owes its allegiance directly to the Sovereign. The Chapel, together with the remainder of the College of St George (a school for 400 children and St George’s House, a consultation centre), is governed by the Dean and Canons of Windsor, who, with their officers and staff, are independent of the Royal Household.

The State Apartments are the grand sequence of rooms forming the centrepiece of the Castle.
Charles II set out to rival the achievements of his cousin, Louis XIV, at Versailles in France. In the 17th century he modernised the Castle’s interiors, which became the grandest State Apartments in England, with painted ceilings by Antonio Verrio and carvings by Grinling Gibbons.

The State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Holbein, Van Dyck and Rubens. Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the kings and queens who have lived at Windsor.

The Semi-State Rooms are the private apartments created for George IV. They feature interiors decorated by Morel & Seddon, with a selection of furnishings and fittings taken from Carlton House, George IV’s former London residence. The rooms are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle and are used by The Queen for official entertaining. Learn more about George IV’s ideas for furnishing the Green Drawing Room in our online trail.
George IV had a love of fine objects and a taste for the theatrical. With his architect, Sir Jeffry Wyatville, he completely remodelled the Castle’s exterior during the 1820s, giving it the romantic and picturesque appearance seen today.

Your entrance includes a multi media tour and a Precincts tour.

You will probably wish to spend 2 or 3 hours here, and afterwards why not spend some free time in Windsor – there is an abundance of cafes, pubs and bars where you can get a late lunch.

Perhaps some free time in the afternoon to explore this riverside town, before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Day 3

Optional visit to Hampton Court Palace or RHS Wisley and return home

After breakfast in your hotel check out, and then you have a choice of optional visits. How about a visit to the RHS Garden at Wisley, just 30 minutes drive from the hotel.

Wisley is the historic home of the RHS and houses one of the largest plant collections in the world. The gardens delight through every season: enjoy swathes of bulbs and blossom in spring, unforgettable mixed borders and roses in summer, autumn’s bountiful colours, and frost-sparkled walks in winter. And don’t miss the stunning Glasshouse, set to transport you to far-flung shores.The huge cathedral-like Glasshouse, covering the area of 10 tennis courts and rising to 12m (40ft) high, is home to the RHS’s world-class tender plant collection.

The gardens are open all year round offering a changing scene of variety and landscape.

You may also wish to visit these gardens on your day of arrival.

Alternatively, Hampton Court Palace is a short drive away – The original Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century, but it soon attracted the attention of Henry VIII, who brought all his six wives here. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features such as the Maze and the Great Vine, the Palace has been the setting for many nationally important events.

When William III and Mary II (1689-1702) took the throne in 1689, they commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new baroque palace. Later, Georgian kings and princes occupied the splendid interiors. When the royals left in 1737, impoverished ‘grace and favour’ aristocrats moved in.

Queen Victoria opened the Palace to the public in 1838. It has remained a magnet for millions of visitors, drawn to the grandeur, the ghosts and the fabulous art collection. This is your chance to get up and personal with the Palace.

Leave the area at your leisure.


Featured hotel

Copthorne Hotel Slough/Windsor ****

This modern hotel is situated on the outskirts of the town of Slough in a semi residential area and just a few minutes from the M4 Motorway. The Town Centre is around a mile away.

There is a large reception and lounge area with a bar. The restuarant has a nice outlook . There are 219 good size bedrooms with ensuite, Tea/coffee making facilities and large flat screen TV.

The hotel offers a leisure club with indoor pool, sauna and gym. Free coach parking is available on site.

Please note Breakfast and Dinner will be served buffet style 

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/slough-windsor/copthorne-hotel-slough-windsor/

Other hotels in the area are also available.


Time to spare ?

This tour is also available on 2 day/1 night itinerary at a variety of hotels in the Heathrow area.

Prices start from £75.00 per person.

Please enquire for further details and information and available hotels.


January to March 2019
3 days /2 nights from £112.00 per person

A single room supplement will apply and this varies between hotels – details on request.

 

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with a free place for the coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.

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