TOUR ITINERARY

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.   

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