4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
3 course menu with 4 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Full cooked breakfast
Stratford-upon-Avon cruise with live commentary
Entrance to Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Entrance to Shakespeare's Birthplace
Entrance to Blenheim Palace, Park & Garden with audio guide
Entrance to Charlecote House, Park & Garden
Fully escorted throughout
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
Stratford & River Cruise
We can begin our day with a relaxing 45 minute river cruise with an engaging guide who will bring Shakespeare’s Stratford to life, before spending the afternoon at leisure exploring Stratford. We have time to visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, a beautiful 500 year old cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be, as well as the birthplace of Shakespeare.
We spend today at the fabulous Blenheim Palace, the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough. One of England’s largest houses, it was built in the early 1700s and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The palace is a family home, a mausoleum and national monument, and is notable as being the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Here, we can explore the gilded State Rooms, visit the Churchill Exhibition and wander the Formal Gardens.
Charlecote Park & the Cotswolds
This morning we make our way to Charlecote Park, a grand National Trust property which was one of the first great Elizabethan houses. Queen Elizabeth I stayed here and, as a boy, William Shakespeare got into trouble for poaching here. Nestled in the Warwickshire countryside, along the banks of the River Avon, we can enjoy the house and the gardens with their colourful parterres. Afterwards, we can drive through the beautiful Cotswolds to the historic village of Broadway, with time to browse the independent shops and cafés.
After breakfast, we begin our journey home.
4* Crowne Plaza, Stratford upon Avon
With a picturesque setting amid landscaped gardens and beside the River Avon, the hotel is ideally situated within walking distance of central Stratford-upon-Avon and its many attractions. The welcoming bedrooms are bright and modern, and guests can enjoy lovely views from the riverside restaurant or relax with a drink at the terrace bar and lounge.
Lift Restaurant Bar Lounge TV Tea/coffee in room Heated indoor swimming pool Sauna Spa pool Steam room Gym