Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace
2 days - by Coach
Price from £159.95 per person*
Departures from 16th Aug 2014 to 13th Sep 2014
Single person supplement : £25.00 per person
* Additional supplements may apply depending on your choices.
This is an exceptional value Omega weekend break to see two of the world’s most famous royal residences in one fell swoop. Included in the price are admission tickets for both visits (face value total £36.75), plus coach travel from your area, all transfers, and 4 star hotel, 3 course dinner and a full English breakfast. Not just a gem of a weekend, but the crown jewel!
Included in this summer’s tour of Buckingham Palace is the new Royal Childhood exhibition, featuring clothes, toys and belongings of royal children dating back more than 250 years, together with previously unseen photographs and film footage.
So what did royal children play with? Like a lot of small girls of earlier days, the young Princess Elizabeth had a toy pram, a doll and a tea-set. She and her young sister Margaret also had a doll’s house, a Welsh cottage with lattice windows and a thatched roof. This wasn’t your average table-top doll’s house, but was so enormous the girls played inside it. In fact fully-grown adults could fit in it. There were four rooms on two floors, with a hall and landing, and blue curtains and carpets. The cottage also had a wireless radio, a reading lamp, a Welsh dresser set with blue and gold china and a bookcase containing Beatrix Potter stories in miniature. There was full electric lighting, hot and cold running water and a working telephone. You’ll be able to see parts of the interior of the cottage, which have been specially reconstructed for the show.
This tour is organised and operated by Omega Short Breaks Ltd ABTA Y5914
- Return coach travel from your chosen local departure point
- Overnight stay at a 4 star outer London area hotel with 3 course dinner and full English breakfast
- Admission ticket (value £17.75) to Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoon
- Coach transfer and admission ticket (value £19) to Buckingham Palace on Sunday morning
- Services of an Omega coach driver / tour representative
- VAT at the government's prevailing rate at the date of travel
Saturday: From a morning pickup in your local area we travel by comfortable coach to Windsor. This 11th-century property has been home to monarchs for 900 years and is the Queen’s favourite residence, with 500 staff, 1,000 rooms and more gilt, velvet and Old Masters than you can shake a tiara at. You can visit St George’s Chapel, where 7 queens and 11 kings are entombed. There is a magnificent doll’s house at Windsor, built by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Queen Mary, a 4 storey Edwardian mansion, beautifully furnished, with electric chandeliers, lifts, flushable toilets, a secret garden, a wine cellar, and a library with 200 printed volumes specially written for it by Hardy, Kipling, JM Barrie and Conan Doyle. Windsor Castle once also contained a siege catapult called Lady Gunhilda, which is thought to be the origin of the word ‘gun’. In the late afternoon we rejoin the coach and make our way to our 4 star hotel in time for our 3 course dinner, followed by our overnight stay.
Sunday: After a full English breakfast we travel back into central London to visit Buckingham Palace. It seems hard to believe, with its 19 state rooms, 52 principal bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms, that Buckingham Palace is considered small by world standards. There are carpets as big as cricket fields, state rooms the size of bus depots, and lofty vaulted corridors dripping with Holbeins and Van Dykes. The young Queen Victoria complained about how cold it was in winter until Prince Albert got the heating fixed. It was a family house, and a happy one too, full of songs and parties, but after Albert died Victoria shuttered herself and the Palace away in sorrow and perpetual mourning. At last, in 1901, Edward VII and his fashionable Marlborough Set friends brought joie de vivre back to Buckingham Palace, and had the whole place done out in the latest Belle Époque colours, gold, cream, more gold, a riot of reds and pinks, and still more gold. Nobody has changed the decor since, and it remains the ultimate show home, and an amazing place to visit. There will be plenty of time to wander around the palace and check out the souvenir shop before we set off for home in the afternoon.
Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.
Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)
|We take good care with our coach route planning, and then allocate a good quality 4* hotel to each coach. Our route planning is completed about two weeks before departure, so up to that date it is not possible to say which of our selection of hotels you will be staying in. However, for your infomation, the hotels featured below have previously been allocated to this tour on a regular basis and will be used for future departures. For more infomation please click on the 'more details' link to the left of the page.|
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