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England's loveliest countryside
Don't miss this chance to combine the gently rolling hills and honey-coloured stone villages of the Cotswolds with a nostalgic railway journey aboard the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Sit back, relax and enjoy all the romance of steam on this fantastic weekend break.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Visits to Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Campden
- A scenic drive through the Cotswolds
- A ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway from Toddington to Cheltenham
- Two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the West Midlands area
- Coach travel throughout
- The services of a friendly Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Leaving the local area by coach, this morning we'll travel to your hotel. Check in, then simply relax until dinner.
After breakfast we'll journey through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside to Chipping Campden. Follow the curved high street past ancient buildings and wonderful independent shops, or visit St James' Church to see the oldest altar tapestry in England. Enjoy lunch (payable locally) in one of the town's tea-rooms before we continue to nearby Toddington.
From Toddington we ride the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway to Cheltenham station, through the 693-yard Greet Tunnel and past Winchcombe Station (whose buildings have been transplanted, stone by stone, from Monmouth Troy in Wales). Your 40-minute journey winds through some unforgettable countryside, with views of the Malvern Hills and Vale of Evesham, so keep your camera handy.
This morning you'll visit Bourton-on-the-Water. Stroll along the banks of the Windrush, past the low-arched stone bridges that gave the town its "Little Venice" nickname. See St Lawrence's domed tower, visit the Model Railway Exhibition or the Perfume or Motor Car museums, or simply sit in one of the cafes and watch the world go by.
After time for lunch (payable locally), we'll head for home, arriving back in the local area during mid-to-late evening.
|Departure Date||Price From|
|Fri 05 May 2017||£199.00|
|Fri 12 May 2017||£199.00|
|Fri 02 Jun 2017||£199.00|
|Fri 09 Jun 2017||£199.00|
|Fri 16 Jun 2017||£199.00|
|Fri 01 Sep 2017||£199.00|
|Fri 08 Sep 2017||£199.00|
|Fri 29 Sep 2017||£199.00|
In the event that a steam locomotive is unavailable, GWR reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive.
Coach seating arrangements
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
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