Eat England Tour 2020!

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England Sightseeing & Culinary Vacation
8 Days of Exploring Food & Drink in the U.K.
  • Date:  September 22 - 29, 2020
  • Price:  $3950 per person + air, Optional Single Supplement: $800
  • Meeting Location:  Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Ending Location:  Windsor, United Kingdom
  • Group Size:  6-12 guests
  • Duration:  8 days, 7 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.   From the Regency spa town of Cheltenham you will visit the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds, and the hopyards and cider orchards of Worcestershire.   Along the way you will experience a private chef’s cooking demonstration and dinner, the magnificent Blenheim Palace and their traditional English high tea, historic Windsor, 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, Cheltenham brewery 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
  • 7 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 ground
  • 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 2:00 p.m. for a welcome reception, followed by a quick tour of the neighborhood to help get your bearings.  A welcome dinner at a Michelin rated restaurant 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 Georgian spa town of Bath for lunch in the historic Pump Room Restaurant.  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 to 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, a 12 century ruin of the first Cistercian foundation in Wales.  In the afternoon we’ll head back into England to visit the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral before arriving in Cheltenham for a brewery tour.   

Sleep: Cheltenham

Driving: 3 hour

Walking: Medium to Heavy 

Day 4: Worcestershire Orchard and Hopyard Tour

The day begins 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” Tudor style timber-framed buildings and historic Market House.  

Sleep: Cheltenham

Driving: 2 hours

Walking: Heavy

Day 5: 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 free time for lunch and to explore the villages.  In the evening, the group will dine together for a private chef’s table cooking demonstration and coursed dinner. 

Sleep: Cheltenham

Driving: 2 hours

Walking: Medium

Day 6: 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 the tour you have free time to explore the extensive grounds, the park, formal gardens, maze, and butterfly house.          

Sleep: Windsor

Driving: 2 hours

Walking: Medium

Day 7: 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 exploration.  You’ll have the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle at your leisure for a 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 to Heavy

Day 8: 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.

 

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 three 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 15, 2020, 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

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 Heathrow Terminal 4 and London’s Paddington Station, and take about 2-2.5 hours.  Windsor is an 1.5 hour 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 luggage for the entire group, we ask our tour guests to be mindful when packing and limit luggage to two pieces per person (one suitcase and one smaller carry-on).  

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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