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Virgin/MPT Christmas Season Event at Highclere Castle, Inspired by Public Television's Most Popular Drama

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip Virgin Atlantic flights Washington Dulles-London Heathrow, London Heathrow-Washington Dulles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 6 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout

Special Features

  • MPT Exclusive Welcome Reception
  • Highclere Castle
  • MPT Exclusive Christmas Season Event at the Highclere Castle
  • 3 course dinner served in Highclere Castle's Library
  • Serenade by professional choristers singing festive carols
  • Christchurch College
  • Bampton Village
  • Hampton Court
  • The London Eye - Champagne Experience
  • Tower of London

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for England. Your flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in London
Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival to the hotel, enjoy a welcome reception. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Bracknell

DAY 3, Friday - Oxford Tour, Bampton Village and Highclere Castle Christmas Event
This morning, visit the University city of Oxford, the "City of dreaming spires". Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of Christchurch established in 1564. Tour the grounds of Oxford College, the setting for films such as Harry Potter, Brideshead Revisited and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Admire the colleges architecture, including ivy-clad walls, beautiful chapels, halls, and libraries while learning of the traditions surrounding the institution and the famous students who have studied here. Next, enjoy a visit to the beautiful village of Bampton. Bampton is the setting for exterior village scenes in everybody's favorite public television series. Returning to the hotel, lunch is at your leisure, with plenty of time to change into cocktail attire for an evening Christmas Season Event to Highclere Castle, the filming location for Public Television’s Most Popular Drama. On arrival at the Castle, you will be welcomed in to the Saloon for a champagne and canapé reception. The Saloon is the room at the heart of the Castle with a 75ft high glazed ceiling and a gothic style minstrel gallery. The Drawing Room and the Smoking Room will also be open at this time for you to enjoy. Tour guides will be at hand in the Main State Rooms to answer any of your questions regarding the history of the building, artwork, furniture or even the filming of the series! A delicious 3 course dinner will be served in The Library, which is an opulent room decorated in red and gold with views across the east lawn to the floodlit folly, Jackdaws Castle. After dinner, you will be invited back through to The Saloon where the traditionally decorated 17ft Christmas tree stands. Here we will enjoy festive carols in front of an open fire performed by 22 professional choristers. Enjoy the public rooms of the Castle including the main hall, the library, the sitting rooms and the saloon which will be open for your enjoyment. Highclere Castle guides will be available to answer your questions. As time permits, wander through the surrounding parklands
Overnight: Bracknell
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Hampton Court Palace
This morning, travel to Hampton's Court to discover some of the sights and stories about this enchanting palace and its history. The tour includes visit to The Chapel Royal, The Great Hall, The Triumphs of Caesar and more. Tour in over 60 acres of beautiful gardens that run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parklands. Return to London early afternoon. and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - London Tour including Champagne Experience on the London Eye
This morning join the included guided tour of London. The tour includes famous London landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the Tower of London. Enjoy a stop for pictures at Sir Christopher Wrens masterpiece, St. Pauls Cathedral. Next, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the River Thames for views of Shakespeares Globe, Cleopatras Needle and London Bridge. With a little bit of luck there will be the opportunity to witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Buckingham Palace. The tour ends at the magnificent London Eye. The EDF Energy London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel. During the graceful 30 minute experience, you can see up to 40 km from their fully enclosed, state of the art glass capsules. The winter is the perfect time to visit the London Eye and it guarantees a memorable experience to mark the holidays. Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst taking in London's breathtaking views
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in London
Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world's premier financial, commercial, and cultural cities
Optional: Full Day Stonehenge & Bath
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - Return to the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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