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April 06-14, 2022
Double Occupancy: $4800 per person
Single Occupancy: $5400 per person
Airfare is not included.

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Daily Itinerary

What is it about the English countryside—why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?
—Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Wednesday, April 6

Trafalgar-SquareWelcome to London! Our first hotel, the Rockwell Hotel, is perfectly located at historic Earl’s Court tube station, making it the perfect launching place for adventures across the city of London. The day is young when we arrive, thus let’s explore the city together! We start with a history-focused walking tour through Central London and then an unforgettable visit to Churchill’s War Rooms. We have a welcome dinner in Covent Garden at the fabulous Wahaca Restaurant. Then we will send our weary travelers to bed for a well-deserved rest.

Hotel: The Rockwell Hotel, London
Meals: D

Thursday, April 7

Kensington-PalaceAfter breakfast at the Rockwell, we head to Portobello Road for our favorite shopping in London. From antiques to tweed to the ultimate in souvenirs, Portobello Road market has it all. For fans of the show Victoria, we’ll visit the Victoria and Albert museum or Queen Victoria’s childhood home, Kensington Palace, then head to the theater district and experience the best theater London has to offer.

Hotel: The Rockwell Hotel, London
Meals: B

Friday, April 8

Minack TheatreToday we are heading to the rugged shores of Cornwall via train. From Paddington Station we board the fast train to the most southwesterly part of England, arriving in Truro and on to our beautiful hotel The Alverton – a restored convent. For the next three days Truro is our home and the perfect location to make our day trips to the surrounding areas. This evening we'll have a picnic dinner and attend a play at the Minack Theatre, a unique open-air theatre perched on the Cornish cliffs.

Hotel: The Alverton Hotel
Meals: B,D

Saturday, April 9

PoldarkThis day is dedicated to Poldark, the Masterpiece series located in stunning Cornwall. Out local guides know every nook and cranny of this part of the Cornish coast, and have driven the cast of Poldark from location to location. They are filled with behind the scenes stories and anecdotes. The all-day excursion visits filming locations and follows the footsteps of Ross Poldark’s adventures after returning home to Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War, attempting to restore his fortunes. We’ll finish our day with a social hour and learn about the history of Cornwall during the time of Poldark.

Hotel: The Alverton, Truro
Meals: B

Sunday, April 10

Port IsaacWe are headed for Port Isaac, known to us as Port Wenn, the home of our favorite misanthrope, Doc Martin. The series Doc Martin enjoyed overwhelming success and has been filmed for 9 years in Port Isaac, making many locals extras in the series, and firmly placing the town on the map as a must-visit filming locale. We will spend a leisurely morning exploring this seaside gem and discovering our favorite scene sights. In the afternoon we’ll head to Charleston, the port of tall ships seen on Poldark where we’ll have time to try a Cornish Cream Tea or pasty.

Hotel: The Alverton, Truro
Meals: B,T

Monday, April 11

Chavenage HouseToday we leave Truro and head for the Cotswolds stopping first for a tour and tea at Chavenage – known to us Poldark fans as Trenwith, the Poldark family home occupied by George and Elizabeth Warleggan. Known for its beauty, it is now the home of a landed English family since the time of Oliver Cromwell. We will have a private guided tour of the house learning all about its history and provenance and the many BBC shows filmed there. We finish the day by checking into our hotel in the Cotswolds.

Hotel: The Kings Head Hotel, Cirencester
Meals: B,T

Tuesday, April 12

highclere castleToday it’s all about Downton Abbey, the historical period drama of PBS’s Masterpiece Classic. Discover the Oxfordshire village of Bampton that stood in as Downton Village with its hospital, the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley, and the local church. You’ll be delighted with anecdotes about how this hit TV series was made, the actors, and the wonderful history of places on the tour. This afternoon we will tour Highclere Castle, aka Downton Abbey, explore the grounds and enjoy lunch on your own in one of the tea rooms and cafes on the grounds. Highclere Castle offers many stories beyond the TV series and its stunning interior will let you time-travel 100 years back to Edwardian Britain..

Hotel: The Kings Head Hotel, Cirencester
Meals: B,D

Wednesday, April 13

hidcote gardensThis is the day to explore the Cotswolds. In the morning we'll visit Hidcote Manor Gardens, an arts and crafts inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswold hills. After lunch we'll have time to explore other quaint villages in the region. We finish our day in Ealing on the outskirts of London at a quintessential English Pub/Hotel close to Heathrow for an easy departure Thursday morning.

Hotel: The Drayton Court, West Ealing
Meals: B, D

Thursday, April 14

One final scrumptious full English Breakfast and we are off to home. An easy ride on the bus/van/shuttle will deliver us to Heathrow airport. Farewell England.

Meals: B