Visit the filming locations of the much-loved and world-renowned Edwardian period drama, “Downton Abbey”
Step back in time through some of the filming locations of the popular TV series and experience beautiful English countryside settings.
Day 1: Arrive London
Welcome to London, capital of Great Britain. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel or take a stroll down Oxford Street – one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception at a traditional British pub.
Meal: Welcome Reception
Hotel: Cumberland / The Grosvenor
Day 2: London Sightseeing – Oxford (2 nights)
This morning enjoy an included half-day morning sightseeing tour featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. See the Changing of the Guard before the tour finishes in central London for free time at lunch. Later travel to the city of dreaming spires – Oxford. A short walking orientation of the city will show you the main sights and give you the opportunity to admire the magnificent architectural highlights of one of the world’s greatest and oldest universities.
Meal: Full Breakfast
Hotel: Holiday Inn
Day 3: Excursion to Blenheim Palace, Cogges Farm and Bampton
Today enjoy a full-day excursion into the picturesque Cotswold countryside to discover some of the film locations and stories behind Downton Abbey. First, visit the impressive Blenheim Palace which was built for the 1st Duke of Marlborough. This historic stately home is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and features interiors designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Discover how the British aristocracy lived and gain an insight into the ‘upstairs and downstairs’ of class conscious life. Enjoy some free time after the visit of the house to take in the beautiful gardens. Later, visit Cogges Farm (Yew Tree Farm), one of the filming locations, where you’ll explore the great house and historic farm buildings. Immerse yourself in the dramatic storyline and come to appreciate old ways and the relationships between land owners and tenant farmers. Finally, stop in the village of Bampton, the location of much of the filming of the TV drama series, Downtown Abbey, including the on-screen hospital and doctor’s surgery, as well as St. Mary’s Church. Later return to your hotel in Oxford.
Meals: Full Breakfast
Day 4: Oxford – Highclere Castle, London
Today’s highlight is a visit to the magnificent Highclere Castle, undoubtedly the highlight of your trip. Enjoy a tour of the castle’s public rooms, the main hall, library and sitting rooms, the scenic gardens and consider visiting the tea rooms before your return to London. This evening is a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with a toast to your unforgettable Edwardian experience. FB, FD
Meal: Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Cumberland / The Grosvenor
Day 5: Depart London
After breakfast, say farewell to London and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after your Edwardian escape. Transfers are provided to London Heathrow Airport.
Meals: Full Breakfast
Your Included Sights
- City tour in London: View Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace
- Orientation of Oxford, Bampton and visit Cogges Farm
- Visit Blenheim Palace and its gardens
- Visit Highclere Castle including the Egyptian Exhibition and Gardens
Your insider experiences
- Cultural Insight: Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle for a step back to Edwardian times, one of the filming locations from popular TV drama series, Downton Abbey
- Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in London
- Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
Your First Class Highlights
- Must-see sightseeing and Hidden Gems
- An expert Travel Director and a dedicated Driver
- Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Immersive Insider Experiences
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Daily breakfast and 50% of evening meals
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel
- London airport transfer service is available. Conditions apply
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
Terms and Conditions
What’s Not Included: Airfares, airport taxes and charges imposed by third parties, passports and applicable visa fees, laundry, phone calls, items of a personal nature, beverages, meals and sightseeing not detailed on the itinerary, tips and gratuities to the Tour Director, coaches
drivers and local city guides, excess baggage, Optional Experiences and travel insurance. Please note that travel insurance is highly recommended. Please see your Travel Agent for further details.
A deposit of ZAR R3000 per person is required within 7 days of booking.
Final Payment: Required to your travel agent no later than 70 days prior to departure.
Price: the advertised price is in South African rands. No surcharges in regards to cost or currency fluctuations will be made once deposit is received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or its
Discounts: Frequent Traveller and second tour discount apply only. No other discounts are available on this tour. Refer to our current Europe & Britain brochure for conditions of these.
The following scale of charges apply when cancellation is notified:
No of days prior to commencement Cancellation fee as tour % of total tour price.
More than 70 days: Loss of deposit
Between 69 & 30 days: 38.5%
Between 29 & 08 days: 55%
07 days or less 100%
Amendments: A fee of ZAR R500 may apply to any change made to your booking once confirmed.
Refunds: No refund is available if cancellations occur after the tour has commenced or in respect of any tours, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilised.
Itinerary Changes and Tour Cancellation: Trafalgar reserves the right to vary itineraries should circumstances dictate, as well as cancel or reschedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements, or circumstances beyond its control. The advertised
tours require minimum numbers to depart. Should these not be met Trafalgar reserves the right to alter or cancel arrangements.
Hotels: The hotels listed in the itinerary are confirmed, although subject to change for reasons beyond our control.
Rooming Arrangements: Please note that single accommodation is usually limited. Occupying a single room either by choice or circumstance is subject to the applicable supplement.
Tour Membership: Any person aged 5 years or more is eligible, though if under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The Tour Director may, at his or her discretion, require any person to withdraw from any tour if he or she deems the person’s acts or conduct
offensive or a nuisance to other passengers, and we shall have no further liability.
Porterage: for one suitcase on tour is included in the tour price and at arrival or departure from each tour hotel. Due to limited coach capacity this single bag should have a weight not exceeding 30kg (66lbs) and dimensions not exceeding 77.5cm (30.5in) x 56cm (22in) x 32cm (12.5in).
Charges will be levied in the event these limits are exceeded and our promise to transport you as indicated may be invalidated. Note: Airlines may restrict check-in baggage to 20kgs per person.
Documentation: Approximately 2 weeks prior to departure from Australia, documentation will be received by your travel agent including a tour itinerary, a full Hotel list, an Optional Excursion list, baggage labels & ticket wallet.
Holidays and Changes: During local or national holidays abroad, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing tours and shopping may be limited. In such instances, and whenever possible, slight itinerary adjustments are made by Trafalgar to minimise inconvenience to our passengers. If, however you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by such minor limitations please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a specific departure. Similarly, holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, sightseeing or other activities. Due to the unreliability of domestic air scheduling, religious festivals, and other unforeseen circumstances, the itineraries, hotels or order of sightseeing may change at short notice.
• Pre or post tour accommodation is subject to availability. If not available, an alternative may be offered.
Booking Terms and Conditions: These conditions incorporate the basis upon which bookings are accepted by your Travel Agent and Trafalgar. By making a booking you are agreeing to these terms & conditions. Trafalgar is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. For further information about Trafalgar please refer to Trafalgar’s brochure. These conditions must be carefully studied prior to making the commitment of paying the deposit as they must be referred to.
Additional terms and conditions may be applicable to group bookings and will be advised.