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Are you a Downton fan? Edinburgh Alnwick Castle and Gardens Beamish Open York North York Moors Railway Harewood House Wentworth Woodhouse Oxford Bampton Lacock Highclere Castle London
Are you a Downton fan?
Alnwick Castle and Gardens
North York Moors Railway
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The movie version of Downton Abbey has 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 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 6, 2020: 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 7, 2020: 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 8, 2020: 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 9, 2020: 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 10, 2020: 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 11, 2020: 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 12, 2020: 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 13, 2020: 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 14, 2020: 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 15, 2020: 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 16: 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!
July 7-8, 2020
The Kimpton Charlotte Square
38 Charlotte Square
Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ
July 8-9, 2020
Beamish Hall Hotel
County Durham, DH9 0YB.
July 9-12, 2020
York, YO24 1AA
July 12-14, 2020
Oxford, OX1 2LN
July 14-16, 2020
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.
When this tour is a guaranteed departure, we will be able to start making air reservations. Various flight booking options will be available at that time. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: For 10+ traveling together, we can provide a group air booking. Payment is due with final payment in April 2020.
Option 2: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking. Please note we are currently not purchasing any new flights, as airlines are so affected by the coronavirus.
Option 3: You may book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of July 7, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Edinburgh. You are welcome to depart at any time on July 16. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare, and send us 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.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Edinburgh and post-tour nights in London, but due to the volume of tours in 2020, 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
• Basic travel insurance (upgrade to full-coverage 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.
• Upgraded passenger trip cancellation insurance
• 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 2020
• Final payment is due on April 22, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after April 22, 2020, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $3,999 – $500 x 6.14% = $215. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice and updated once the air cost is available.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure: $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.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab or click here to download the form.
You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card (additional 3.5% fee.)
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
Toll Free: (800) 303-5534
CST # 2093421-30