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Christmas at Highgrove

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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A champagne reception, afternoon tea and time for Christmas shopping at the Highgrove Estate
  • A talk by one of HRH the Prince of Wales' Expert Guides
  • A visit to Bourton-on-the-Water
  • One night's bed and English breakfast accommodation at a three-star standard hotel in the Gloucestershire/Swindon area
  • Coach travel from the local area
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

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).

Day Two

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.
Departure county Pick-up points
Essex
Essex Basildon, Benfleet, Colchester, Romford, Witham
Norfolk
Norfolk Dereham, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Norwich
Suffolk
Suffolk Ipswich, Lowestoft

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.

Further Information

Security at Highgrove

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.

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.

Meal arrangements

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.

Triple rooms

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Christmas at Highgrove reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas at HighgroveScores 7.5 out of 10 based on 8 reviews
(9 out of 10)

SUE

Basdildon Single traveller
Was good overall. Felt brochure description a bit misleading ie. brochure said afternoon tea and we felt it should have said cream tea. We also felt that dinner on arrival could have been included. However holiday was good fun tour manager and driver where friendly and fun
Confirmed traveller: 29 November 2016
Published on: 07 December 2016
(7 out of 10)

CHRISTINE

Lyng Norwich Norfolk Friends
Too long a journey, could have used feeder coach, 10 hours on coach far too long
Should state if hotel as a lift as very important to some people
Afternoon tea wrongly advertised, should have stated the facts glass of champagne and slice of sponge cake or 2 small scones with tea

All though tour was reasonably priced it was let down by misinterpretation
Confirmed traveller: 29 November 2016
Published on: 07 December 2016
(8 out of 10)

JULIE

Witham Couple
It was enjoyable. Excellent tour manager and driver. However, it wasn't an afternoon tea as described when booked and Newmarket are still advertising it as that. Nor did I receive any notification about needing I'd. Also thought it was a tour of the house itself
Confirmed traveller: 29 November 2016
Published on: 07 December 2016
(10 out of 10)

Eve

Chadwell heath Single traveller
Lovely break away, rest of passengers were great too, nice friendly bunch. Tour guide very nice and helpful. Coach driver was very nice too. It was a most enjoyable break and would recommend it.
Confirmed traveller: 29 November 2016
Published on: 06 December 2016
(6 out of 10)

Jacqui

Birmingham Friends
Too much coach travelling. Hotel to far away from first venue ie Bourton on the Water, this place is for the Spring/Summer not winter months. Afternoon tea at Highgrove was a great disappointment all we got was a slice of cake or scone and cream, cup of tea, it did not include sandwiches or other small cakes, jellies etc. Thought there was too much travelling on the coach, would not have wanted to have picked the coach up at first pick up point, felt sorry for those passengers.
Confirmed traveller: 22 November 2016
Published on: 10 December 2016
(5 out of 10)

GINA

Derby Friends
A visit to Highgrove Estate for Christmas shopping. Advert in newspaper showed picture of Highgrove House which was very misleading as the actual tour took us to a purpose built barn and no sight of Highgrove House was seen. Afternoon tea as advertised should have stated 'refreshments'! All passengers on the coach were extremely disappointed.
Enroute to Highgrove a stop was made at Bourton on the Water where quite a few shops and cafes were closed due to the end of the season...1hr would have been long enough instead of the 2hr stop.
The travelling involved was a nightmare as endless pick-ups were made and it took us all day to get to the hotel in Swindon. On return the driver took a de-tour resulting in taking an hour long on the journey.
Confirmed traveller: 22 November 2016
Published on: 07 December 2016
(5 out of 10)

Christine

Oxfordshire Friends
Was slightly disappointed to drive all the way to Swindon just to sleep, then back track to Bourton, when we got to "Highgrove House" disappointed not to actually go in The house, but a marquee in the grounds, the Afternoon Tea was also disappointing, Afternoon Tea to me is Tea, cakes and sandwiches, although the scone was very nice we didn't have lunch because we thought we would have plenty at The Tea, the term Afternoon Tea is a bit misleading.
I took my friend for a celebratory 70th birthday treat, but was slightly disappointed for her, have usually been pleased with Newmarket Trips, haven't put me off Newmarket, hopefully this is a one off bad experience
Confirmed traveller: 22 November 2016
Published on: 07 December 2016