Eat England Tour 2019!

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England Sightseeing & Culinary Vacation
10 Days of Exploring Food & Drink in the U.K.
  • Date:  September 11 - 20, 2019
  • Price:  $3950 per person + air, Optional Single Supplement: $910
  • Meeting Location:  Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Ending Location:  Windsor, United Kingdom
  • Group Size:  6-12 guests
  • Duration:  10 days, 9 nights
Join us on this one-of-a-kind culinary adventure through England’s stunning countryside.   Our team will greet you in Bristol, a thriving cultural hub brimming with up-and-coming chefs, art and architecture, and centuries of history.   From there you’ll explore Stonehenge, the beautiful Georgian town of Bath, and the ruins of medieval Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle.    In the Welsh market town of Abergavenny you’ll have a full day to take-in the Abergavenny Food Festival - an annual event where the countries top chefs meet for a weekend of feasting - before moving on to Worcestershire to tour cider makers and hopyards.   You’ll also visit picturesque villages of the Cotswolds, the magnificent Blenheim Palace, and historic Windsor, with a cooking class, traditional English high tea, and plenty of sights along the way!
  • Full-time guide and driver
  • Tours, admissions, and activities: Bristol walking tour, Stonehenge, Roman Baths, Bath walking tour, Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey & picnic, Abergavenny Food Festival, Regency Food Tour, Stocks Farm & Orchard Tour, Cotswolds driving tour, Chef’s Table Supper, Blenheim Palace & Gardens, Traditional Victorian afternoon tea, Windsor walking tour, Windsor Palace, and more!
  • Group transportation, starting in Bristol and ending in Windsor
  • 9 nights’ Accommodation
  • All breakfasts, plus at least one other meal per day
  • All gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Optional single supplements for solo travelers

Daily Walking Guide

  • Light = less than 4 miles of walking throughout the day, mostly level
  • Medium = less than 6 miles of walking throughout the day, with some hills and stairs
  • Heavy = less than 8 miles of walking throughout the day, with hills and stairs

Day 1: Welcome to Bristol!
The Eat Team will meet the group at our Bristol hotel at 4 p.m. for a welcome reception, followed by a quick tour of the neighborhood to help get your bearings.  A welcome dinner is scheduled this evening to kick the tour off and become better acquainted with our fellow travelers.

Sleep:  Bristol
Driving:  None
Walking:  Medium

 

Day 2: Stonehenge and Bath
Today we visit prehistoric Stonehenge in Wiltshire, with time to tour the site and visitors center.  When we’ve had our fill of stone circles, we’ll drive to the historic city of Bath for lunch. After lunch the group will tour the 2,000-year-old Roman Baths, followed by the option of a guided tour of the city or free time to explore on your own.

Sleep:  Bristol
Driving:  3 hours
Walking:  Medium

 

Day 3: Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle  
The day kicks-off by crossing into Wales for explore Chepstow Castle, the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain.  You will have free rein to tour the castle ruins and surrounding villages of Thornwell and Crossway Green. From Chepstow, we’ll drive through the Welsh countryside to Tintern Abbey, 12 century ruins of the first Cistercian foundation in Wales.  In the afternoon we’ll continue driving to the Welsh market town of Abergavenny, for a group dinner and free time.

Sleep:   Abergavenny
Driving:   3 hours
Walking:   Medium to Heavy

 

Day 4: Abergavenny Food Festival
Today is dedicated to the Abergavenny Food Festival – an annual event designed to bring together Britain’s finest chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers, and food producers.  There will be a number of chef demos, cooking classes, tours, and talks for you to partake in, plus eats and drinks aplenty! Festival admission and tickets to one event (of your choice) are included, but you’ll have the option of adding on as many events as you’d like.

Sleep: Abergavenny
Driving: None
Walking: Light

 

Day 5: Worcestershire Orchard and Hopyard Tour
The day begins by driving back into England, with a drive through the Herefordshire and Worcestershire countryside to a 200-year-old hop and apple farm.  Here you’ll tour the orchard and farm with one of the owners, followed by a picnic style lunch with beers and ciders in their beautiful Georgian house. After lunch, we’ll drive to Ledbury, a village known for its “black & white” style timber-framed buildings and historic Market House.

Sleep: Ledbury
Driving: 2 hours
Walking: Light

 

Day 6: Cheltenham and Cirencester
We’ll begin our day by driving to Cheltenham, a regency era spa town located on the edge of the Cotswolds.  Here you’ll explore the city’s eats and drinks on a private food tour, followed by free time to check out other sites.  In the evening we’ll drive to Cirencester, where the group will have the option of a guided tour of the city or free time.

Sleep: Cirencester
Driving: 1 hour
Walking: Medium

 

Day 7: Cotswold Villages
Today we explore the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for its rare limestone grassland habitats and old growth beech woodlands.  We’ll be visiting quintessentially English villages and market towns known for their golden stone architecture, picturesque bridges, scenic footpaths. You’ll have the option of a guided tour of the villages or free time to explore on your own.  In the evening, the group will dine together for a chef’s table supper.

Sleep: Cirencester
Driving: 2 hours
Walking: Medium

 

Day 8: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace
The day begins by visiting Bibury for a scenic morning walk in what has been touted as the Cotswolds most photogenic village.  We will then drive through the English countryside to Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and the principal residence of the 12th Duke of Marlborough.  Here the group will have a private tour of the palace state rooms, followed by a Victorian afternoon tea in the palace Orangery. After tea, you have free time to explore the extensive grounds: the park, formal gardens, maze, and butterfly house.

Sleep: Windsor
Driving: 2 hours
Walking: Light to Medium

 

Day 9: Windsor Castle and Town
We’ll start the day with a guided tour of the city.  This will be followed by free time for lunch and to explore.
You’ll have the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle at your leisure for self-guided tour of the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world.  Tonight we’ll meet for a final group dinner.

Sleep: Windsor
Driving: 1.5 hours
Walking: Medium

Day 10: Farewell Breakfast
The Eat Team will greet the group in the morning for breakfast, to help with any travel arrangements and answer questions.  There are no group activities today, but Windsor is perfectly located to easily reach Heathrow and Gatwick airports, or to extend your vacation by visiting London.

Itinerary specifics are subject to change.   

Weather in September

London: Temperatures from 55° to 67° Fahrenheit, with an average 7 days of rain.

Bristol: Temperatures from 53° to 65° Fahrenheit.

Abergavenny: Temperatures from 49° to 64° Fahrenheit, with average 20% chance of rain.

Fitness Level & Physical Demands

Travel in the Old World often includes more time on your feet than we’re used to in America.  Ancient walkways and streets make up much of England’s charm, but can be uneven and bumpy, with little to no vehicle access.  Please be prepared to:

  • Carry or roll your own luggage for up to 15 minutes over uneven pavement from the tour van to the hotel.  In addition to this, you may be required to carry your own luggage up as many as four flights of stairs to reach your room.
  • Be comfortable on your feet for two-hour walking tours, climbing stairs, plus standing and walking for up to four hours while visiting historic sights and museums.  This is applicable for both indoor and outdoor activities.
  • After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own during free time.

Bathrooms Abroad

Even in nice hotels, the bathrooms can be small by American standards.  Please remember, many of the buildings are hundreds of years old, and weren’t originally designed with spacious private bathrooms in mind.  Showers may be tight, and counterspace limited. It’s all part of the adventures of traveling abroad!

Accommodation

Eat Adventures has taken all reasonable precautions to ensure a comfortable tour for our guests, and provide accommodation with as many American-style amenities as possible.  Luxuries such as air conditioning, elevators, and spacious bathrooms are often not available in hotels that are located in properties that are older or historic buildings. Please be prepared to sleep with no (or inadequate) air conditioning and street noise in some hotels.

Double occupancy rooms may request 1 or 2 beds, but please note we cannot guarantee separate beds for each hotel.  For rooms with one bed, the beds will always be queen-sized or larger (this includes beds for single supplement guests).  All accommodations will be finalized after March 11, 2019, and any specific questions will be answered after that time.

Meals & Alcohol

Most meals are included during the tour, including all breakfasts, and at least one lunch or dinner per day (with beverage pairings).  We will also be including food/alcohol during many of our group activities.

Smoking & Vaping

No smoking or vaping is allowed in the tour van, hotel, where other tour members are present, or where is strictly prohibited by the United Kingdom Health Act.  Guests are asked to refrain from smoking/vaping at all times during the tour.

For additional information please review our Terms & Conditions here.

Transportation

As London will not be a stop on this tour, we highly encourage you to spend a few days checking the city out.  Both the tour meeting location (Bristol) and ending location (Windsor) are easily accessed from central London and Heathrow Airport.

 

By Air: Bristol Airport (BRS) is about 20 minute drive from central Bristol.  London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is about 20 minute drive from central Windsor.

By Train: Direct trains to Bristol are available from London’s Paddington Station, and take about 2 hours.  Windsor is an 1-hour 30-minute train ride from central London.

 

Tour Hotels

If you would like to extend your trip before or after the scheduled tour dates, the contact information for the first and last hotel will be provided in your confirmation email after we receive your down payment.  Final information for all hotels and activities will be provided one month before the tour, with details on how to get to our first hotel.

 

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Bristol before your tour begins, here are a few suggestions of things to do and see that are not included in our group activities:

Bristol Tourist Information Centre

St. Nicholas Indoor Market

Clifton Suspension Bridge & Visitor Centre

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

 

Packing

To ensure our tour van can accommodate guests luggage, each tour member is allowed to bring just one airline carry-on-size piece of luggage (approximately 21” x 14” x 9”) plus a small day pack or shoulder bag.  Your Pre-Tour Planner will include tips for packing light and creatively.

 

Insurance & Travel Documents

We encourage guests to purchase their own travel insurance for travel to/from the United Kingdom, and for the duration of your stay.  Travel insurance is recommended to protect travelers from lost luggage, travel delays, trip cancellations, etc.

 

The United States State Department advises U.S. citizens to visit the Travel.State.Gov webpage for the United Kingdom for passport and visa information, alerts, travel information, and U.S. Embassy location.

 

For additional information regarding travel insurance and travel documents, please review our Terms & Conditions.

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