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Hosted By: Stacy Grinsfelder
Podcast Host & Writer
Discover royal history, magnificent palaces, and England’s beautiful countryside, which is celebrated in many creative works. A British Blue Badge Guide greets us upon arrival, then the adventures begin in London with a visit to Hampton Court Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater or Buckingham Palace, a city tour, and a traditional afternoon tea. Learn how Alan Turing and other codebreakers played a crucial role during World War II at Bletchley Park before admiring Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. Explore the beautiful birthplace of Winston Churchill during a stop at Blenheim Palace and marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman Baths. Dive into classic literature inspiration at Agatha Christie’s vacation home and see popular television drama settings in Cornwall. After spending an afternoon at legendary Stonehenge, our journey concludes in Windsor with a tour of elegant Windsor Castle.
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September 7th, 2024 - September 17th, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 06/04/2024
Day 1 : Fly to London
Relax during an overnight flight to London
Day 2 : Hampton Court Palace
In London we are warmly welcomed by our British Blue Badge Guide, the most experienced guides in the UK whose enthusiastic passion for British history and traditions enhance our introduction to London. We then depart for Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s favorite palace. Located on the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace was one of England’s most modern, sophisticated, and magnificent homes of its time. Explore Henry’s opulent State Apartments, tour the vast Tudor Kitchens, and feel the eerie chill of the Haunted Gallery before strolling the glorious gardens. In the evening we settle into our accommodations in central London and get to know our fellow travelers during a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Buckingham Palace
Today we tour glorious Buckingham Palace, the headquarters of the United Kingdom’s monarchy. Tour the opulent staterooms used by the royal family for public events and ceremonies, the throne room, and the garden where the King holds his annual garden party. Next, savor a fish and chips lunch. The remainder of the day is ours to discover everything London has to offer.
Day 4 : London City Tour
After an included English Breakfast, we arrive at the Tower of London and learn about its legendary past, see Britain’s Crown Jewels, the armory and much more. View the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Prime Minister’s Office on Downing Street, plus Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. Look forward to views of the city from the River Thames on a cruise. Our tour ends with a full afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, expertly brewed tea, freshly baked pastries, and scones with jam.
Day 5 : Bletchley Park & Oxford
We travel northwest of London to tour Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and many others worked in secret to unlock the German Enigma Machine during World War II. Explore the Visitor Center and the Codebreaking Huts. After, we travel to Oxford, known as the City of Dreaming Spires. We go on a walking tour of Oxford’s city center with our Blue Badge Guide, visiting local markets, Christchurch Cathedral and more.
Day 6 : Blenheim Palace & Bath
This morning we travel to Woodstock and the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. The principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, this is the only non-royal country house to hold the title of palace. Filled with marvelous treasures, this 187-room home is truly a wonder. This afternoon, we journey to Bath for a guided walking tour that includes the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Baths before checking in to our comfortable accommodations.
Day 7 : Greenway House
Next, we journey down to Devon and take a ferry to visit Greenway, the vacation home of worldwide best-selling mystery author Agatha Christie, located on a hill overlooking the River Dart. Filled with treasures Agatha collected from her travels around the world, today the home reflects how it looked when she spent her summers there. Our accommodations for the next two nights are in Plymouth.
Day 8 : Port Isaac & Cornwall
Our destination today is Cornwall, and our local guide is also an extra in a famous television series. We embark on a walking tour of the picturesque village of Port Isaac, the setting for a popular British medical drama-comedy. In the afternoon you may spend time at leisure in the village of Tintagel or visit the remains of Tintagel Castle, steeped in the legend of King Arthur with magnificent views of the Cornish Coast. Our dinner this evening is at Jamaica Inn, once a haven for smugglers and shipwreck looters, and the setting to the famous Daphne du Maurier mystery novel, Jamaica Inn.
Day 9 : Stonehenge
After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to the Salisbury Plain for a tour of its most fascinating landmark. One of the most recognized prehistoric monuments in the world, few places have generated more speculation than the mysterious circle of standing stones known as Stonehenge. We have the afternoon to learn about the site, then travel east to the historic town of Windsor.
Day 10 : Windsor Castle
Today we visit Windsor Castle, the final resting place of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the oldest and largest continuously-occupied castle in the world. Prominently situated on 26 acres high above the River Thames, the castle features magnificent state apartments, St. George’s Chapel, and Queen Mary’s Doll House, a masterpiece in miniature. Have the rest of the afternoon on your own in Windsor. Tonight we feast with fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner, celebrating our final evening on the Sceptered Isle.
Day 11 : Fly Home
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Since 2014, Stacy has been writing the Blake Hill House blog, documenting the restoration and rehabilitation of her historic 1800s home. Stacy is also the producer and host of the podcast True Tales From Old Houses. She launched True Tales From Old Houses in 2018 to connect and share stories with old house lovers and devoted DIYers. The goal of the show is equal parts entertainment and education. Since the launch, Stacy has become a trusted voice in the old house community.
Stacy and her husband Andy have four children. They currently split their time between Blake Hill House in Western New York and Salt Lake City. Stacy is an avid runner, frequent traveler, and enthusiastic extrovert.
Join Stacy and other historic home enthusiasts on this fantastic tour!
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