Includes champagne and afternoon tea!
Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the private estate of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Indulge in a glass of champagne and a delicious afternoon tea, enjoy a fascinating talk from one of the Highgrove Estate's Expert Guides and finish your visit with some leisurely Christmas shopping in the Highgrove Estate's Christmas Shop.
Leaving your pick-up point, this morning we'll take a leisurely journey to our hotel. Check in, unpack and then relax or head out for dinner (payable locally).
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, and perhaps stop for an early lunch before returning to our coach.
A short drive through the Gloucestershire countryside will take us to the village of Tetbury and the Highgrove Estate. You'll be welcomed into the Ante Room with a glass of Highgrove champagne, before sitting down to afternoon tea in the Estate's beautiful Arts-and Crafts-style Orchard Restaurant. Afterwards, there will be a 15-minute talk about the Estate and its history from one of HRH Prince of Wales's Expert Guides.
You'll also also have time to enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping at the Highgrove Estate's special Christmas Shop. Pick up a souvenir, or browse for unusual and royally-inspired gifts complete with the Prince of Wales' crest. We'll leave Highgrove in the late afternoon to begin our journey home, arriving back at your original pick-up-point in the mid-to-late evening.
Gloucestershire/Swindon Area Hotel ★★★
You will be staying in a three-star standard hotel in the Swindon and Gloucestershire area. All guest rooms will have private facilities, TV, radio, and tea- and coffee-making facilities, and all the hotels used have good restaurant and bar facilities.
Strict security measures are in place at Highgrove, and you will need to bring photographic identification (such as a passport, driving license or bus pass) or two different utility bills. You will not be admitted without identification. The use of mobile phones, cameras, binoculars and all recording equipment is not allowed while on the Highgrove Estate.
Security at Highgrove
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.