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A Tale Of Two Cities

A Tale Of Two Cities

Two cities, two universities - rivals and frenemies for years.


Two cities, two universities - rivals and frenemies for years.

Two cities, two universities - rivals and frenemies for years - which will be your favourite? Both packed with history and heritage there is plenty of shopping & sightseeing in both university towns of Oxford and Cambridge. Included is a visit to the birth place of Winston Churchill, the spectacular Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough, a place to discover the military talents of this extraordinary soldier & statesman. Also there is a chance to see the remarkable aircraft collection at RAF Duxford, a branch of the Imperial War Museum and not forgetting a stop off in the historic market town of Windsor.

Thursday - Day 1

We start out journey to Stevenage and we will break our journey in Windsor, home to the Queen’s favourite residence, the largest inhabited castle in the World. Walk along the cobbled streets under the walls of the Castle, see Nell Gwynn’s House, the Crooked House teashop and Queen Charlotte Street, recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as one of the shortest streets in England. We’ll continue on to our hotel, the Holiday Inn Stevenage, to freshen up before the evening meal. The four star Holiday Inn Stevenage has air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and black out curtains. Tea/coffee making facilities, desk and en-suite facilities are also featured and free Wi-Fi is available through the hotel.

Friday - Day 2

First today we’ll visit the remarkable collections at RAF Duxford to explore a historic airfield famous for its role in the Battle of Britain and discover what it was like to serve there. Find out about aircraft and military vehicles – get up close to a Spitfire, see supersonic Concorde, peer into General Montgomery’s wartime caravans and experience the size and scale of the mighty tanks. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing in Cambridge there's a huge choice of things to do - wander through the picturesque quiet courtyards of the Cambridge Colleges, see the apple tree that jolted Isaac Newton into figuring out the Law of Gravity, or try your hand at punting along the River Cam. Cambridge offers some of the best shopping in the region. Whether you’re looking for department stores, designer shops, or delicatessens you’ll find them all here. The bustling historic central square, with a market every day of the week, is at the heart of Cambridge’s shopping district, and the Grand Arcade is home to all the high street and designer shops you could ever need – all under one roof.

Saturday - Day 3

This morning we visit is to magnificent Blenheim Palace, monumental 18th century home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill, a National Treasure surrounded by romantic landscaped parks and gardens. We’ll spend the afternoon in Oxford, beautiful city of Dreaming Spires overflowing with stunning architecture, history and culture. You’ll find ancient colleges and fascinating museums - wander the chapel, cloisters and quadrangles of one of the largest and most visited, Christchurch, founded in 1525 by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey – don’t miss the Great Hall which inspired Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films.

Sunday - Day 4

Time to return home via Bourton on the Water. We load up the coach after breakfast and start the journey home. One more visit first, to Bourton-On-The Water. Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in the rural Cotswolds area of south central England. Straddling the River Windrush, it’s known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses. The Cotswold Motoring Museum (not included) features vintage cars and a toy collection. Birdland (not included) is home to species including parrots, owls and king penguins, plus life-size model dinosaurs. The Model Village is a 1930s scale replica of the village.

Your Hotel

Holiday Inn Stevenage. Located in the heart of a major business hub of Stevenage with dozens of nearby tourist attractions, this unassuming hotel is a minute's walk from Stevenage Museum and 2 miles from ornate Knebworth House. The relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and desks, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some include sofa beds. Room service is available. Amenities include a casual restaurant and a 24-hour bar,  there's also a fitness centre.  Other amenities available to guests include hydromassage showerheads, coffee/tea makers and pillow menu, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. 

Price Includes

  • Home pick up and drop off

  • 3 nights half board at the Holiday Inn, Stevenage

  • Visit to Windsor

  • Visits to Oxford & Cambridge

  • Visit to Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  • Visit to Blenheim Palace

  • Visit to Bourton-On-The-Water

8 singles have a supplement of £45. Further singles, subject to availability,  may have an additional supplement.

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