Wartime secrets and spies
Uncover the secrets of Bletchley Park and discover how its code-breaking activities, and Churchill's 'Silent Geese', hastened the end of World War Two. Clandestine operations, enigma machines and tales of deception are brought to life on this fascinating trip, which includes an optional 'Palace of War' excursion to Blenheim Palace.
Leaving your pick-up point in the morning we'll head to beautiful Oxford, the "city of dreaming spires". Explore the colleges, such as imposing Christ Church, head to the shops of the charming Covered Market, or simply relax and enjoy afternoon tea at England's first coffee house, the Grand Cafe.
Day One: Optional Blenheim Palace guided tour
Alternatively, join our optional excursion to stunning Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Learn some of the stories and secrets of this historic palace on a guided tour, marvel at the English Baroque architecture, and wander the award-winning formal gardens and 2000 acres of 'Capability' Brown's parkland. We'll arrive back at our hotel in time for dinner.
Find out how the intelligence produced at 'Station X' shortened the Second World War by two years on today's fascinating Bletchley Park self-guided tour, using excellent, multi-media guides. See the famous German 'Enigma' code cipher machines up close; and visit Bletchley's wartime sub-post office, believed to be an undercover mailroom with the secret address of PO Box 111 Bletchley.
Day Two: Included Bletchley Park tour
In the afternoon we'll head home, arriving back at your original pick-up point by early-to-mid evening.
Bletchley Park Area Hotel
You will be staying in a good, three-star standard hotel within 60 minutes of Bletchley Park. All the bedrooms will have private facilities, colour TV, radios and tea- and coffee-making facilities, and the hotel will have a good bar and restaurant.
Please note that there is a significant amount of walking involved in the self-guided tour at Bletchley Park. You will cover approximately one mile, with stops throughout.
Bletchley Park self-guided tour
There is a small on-site charge to enter the National Museum of Computing and the Colossus and Tunny galleries.
Museum entrance fees
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.)
Coach seating arrangements
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.
Joining your holiday
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.