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Are you a Downton fan?
Alnwick Castle and Gardens
North York Moors Railway
The movie version of Downton Abbey brought the stunning world of the Crawleys to the big screen. We have custom designed a unique itinerary including the key filming locations from the movie, so that you can experience the delights of Britain for yourselves. This relaxed-pace tour is ideal for anyone who enjoyed the TV series and movie, as you will meet fellow enthusiasts and see stunning areas of England.
This luxurious tour, hosted by Taree McGee, is specifically designed for Downton Abbey fans and includes the following:
IF = In flight meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
Day 1: Monday, July 4, 2022: Depart
We will depart from the USA today. Group flights (minimum of 10) or individual flights can be arranged. Pre-tour arrangements can also be made through Reformation Tours. (IF)
Day 2: Tuesday, July 5, 2022: Arrive in Edinburgh
On arrival in Scotland, we will meet our tour director and transfer to the luxurious Kimpton Charlotte Square in Edinburgh’s New Town district. After some free time to buy lunch and browse the delightful shops nearby, an expert local guide will take us on a tour of the stunning Edinburgh Castle, including viewing the Crown Jewels. Our Welcome Dinner will be in the hotel this evening. We can get to know the rest of the group and share favorite moments from the Downton Abbey series and movie. (IF/D)
Day 3: Wednesday, July 6, 2022: Alnwick Castle, Beamish
After a leisurely breakfast, we will depart from Scotland and drive to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. This was known as Brancaster Castle in two Christmas specials, as well as being used for Harry Potter movies. Our hotel this evening, the Beamish House Hotel, was used as a filming location in the Downton movie. This former manor house, dating back to the 13th century, is in a delightful woodland setting, with a garden center on the grounds. We will dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 4: Thursday, July 7, 2022: Beamish Open Air Museum, York
This morning we will have the opportunity to walk through the Beamish Open Air Museum, which was used as a film set for the movie, particularly Branson’s garage and Mr Bakewell’s grocery store. We can take a tram ride back in time and experience the sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of the past. In the afternoon, we will have a relaxing visit to Crook Hall, a 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall in Durham City, described in the Sunday Telegraph as ‘stunning.’ The English themed gardens include a maze, a Shakespeare garden, and a Secret Walled garden. We will continue on to York, where we will stay for 3 nights. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 5: Friday, July 8, 2022: Harewood House, York
Harewood House, a stately home set in parkland, stars as itself in the new movie, due to its royal connections. This was the real-life home of Princess Mary, the daughter of George V and Queen Mary. Her personal archive has been made public for the first time and we will be able to see letters, diaries, clothing, and personal items. The family called her their “darling little butterfly” and her parents let her know in their letters how much they missed her and her brothers, who went on to be Edward VIII and George VI. We will return to York in the afternoon and our guided tour will include York Minster, the medieval street known as the Shambles, and the Roman wall surrounding the city. (B)
Day 6: Saturday, July 9, 2022: North Yorks Railway, York
Today we will have the unique experience of traveling on a steam train on the North York Moors Railway, which was used for the opening shots of the new movie. Pickering Station, where we will board our train, was transformed into King’s Cross Station. We will travel in style up to Grosmont and return to Pickering, with lunch on board the train. The rest of the day will be at leisure to enjoy York.(B/L)
Day 7: Sunday, July 10, 2022: Wentworth Woodhouse, Oxford
Wentworth Woodhouse is a stunning stately home in South Yorkshire, that has the longest façade of any country house in England. In the new movie, it’s the setting for the ballroom scene. The house was built for the 1st Marquess of Rockingham, Thomas Wentworth, in the early 18th century. The interiors at Wentworth are some of the finest of the Georgian era and we will have a private guided tour. We will have lunch in a private room, followed by free time to explore the grounds. We will then continue on to Oxford, where we will check in to the Randolph Hotel. The evening will be at leisure. (B/L)
Day 8: Monday, July 11, 2022: Cotswolds, Oxford
The honey-colored stone and charming villages make the Cotswolds one of the most attractive areas of England. We will visit the village of Bampton, which was used to film Downton Village. The town library was transformed into the cottage hospital. St. Mary’s Church was used in several episodes of the drama. We will have lunch at Cogges Manor Farm, where young Marigold spent her early childhood. The afternoon will be at leisure in Oxford and we will dine together this evening in the hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 9: Tuesday, July 12, 2022: Lacock, Highclere Castle, London
This morning we’ll explore the delightful village of Lacock, which was used for the fabulous street parade in the movie. The charming village of Lacock is owned by the National Trust, and is frequently used for period dramas. Today’s highlight will be a tour of Highclere Castle, which is the filming location for the fictional Downton Abbey. We will have a tour of the house and time to explore the spacious grounds. Our final hotel is the Sarova Rembrandt Hotel in Kensington. The evening will be at leisure and tickets can be arranged to a London show. (B)
Day 10: Wednesday, July 13, 2022: London
This morning we will have a panoramic “Downton Abbey” sightseeing tour of London including Lincoln’s Inn Old Square, (Inns of Court), the National Liberal Club (Liverpool Grand) and Bridgewater House (Grantham House). The afternoon will be at leisure and we will meet up again for our Farewell Dinner. (B/D)
Day 11: Thursday, July 14, 2022: Return
A group transfer will be arranged to Heathrow Airport. Alternative transfers can be arranged. (B)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
Please note that these hotels are subject to change.
July 5-6, 2022
The Kimpton Charlotte Square
38 Charlotte Square
Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ
July 6-7, 2022
Beamish Hall Hotel
County Durham, DH9 0YB.
July 7-10, 2022
York, YO24 1AA
July 10-12, 2022
73 High St
Oxford OX1 4BE
July 12-14, 2022
11 Thurloe Place
London, SW7 2RS
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Flights can be arranged once this tour is a guaranteed departure. We will let you know as soon as we have reached the minimum number of participants.
If you would like assistance with flights, please visit our Book a Flight page. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare and send a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it. Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
Arrival: Please arrange to arrive in Edinburgh no later than 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
Departure: You are welcome to depart from London at any time on Thursday, July 14, 2022
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Edinburgh and post-tour nights in London, but due to the volume of tours in 2022, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in 4 and 5-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling when available
• All taxes and tips
• Round-trip air transportation (Reformation Tours can assist in booking flights)
• Single supplement ($1,000)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Travel insurance (see below)
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in March 2022
• Final payment is due on April 21, 2022
• Reservations will be accepted after April 21, 2022, subject to availability
We are now partnering with an award-winning company called Squaremouth, which helps travelers search, compare, and buy the best travel insurance for the lowest price. They offer excellent customer support and can help you find the best policy for your trip.
We will continue to assist clients who have a current policy with Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly, so we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure (if not canceled by us): $100
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
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