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Marco Polo Journeys

Britain's Great Stately Homes 2018


11 Days from $12,995

Limited to 16 guests

Enjoy exclusive access to some of Britain's most beloved estates as you travel from Edinburgh to the Cotswolds in grand style, exploring this proud nation's aristocratic past and present, and staying in a private country house along the way.

A&K Advantages

Experience the British aristocratic lifestyle as you enjoy private access to lavish country estates

Go behind the scenes with a private tour and cocktail reception at the Duke of Devonshire's Chatsworth House

Enjoy private access to Badminton House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort

Tour Alnwick Castle, a filming location of Downton Abbey and home to the Percy family for the past 700 years

Learn about aristocratic modernization as you tour the Duke of Roxburghe's estate at Floors Castle

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland
DAY 2
Edinburgh | Elegance in a Bustling City
DAY 3
Edinburgh & Kelso | Inspirational Surroundings
DAY 4
Kelso | On Location
DAY 5
Kelso & York, England | Roman Influence
DAY 6
York | Magnificence on the Moors
DAY 7
York & Chatsworth | Renowned Art & Landscape
DAY 8
Chatsworth & the Cotswolds | A Bygone Era
DAY 9
Blenheim Palace | Home of a Legendary Statesman
DAY 10
The Cotswolds & Hampshire | Countryside Charm
DAY 11
Depart London
DAY 1
Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland

Arrive in Edinburgh, where you are met and transferred to your hotel in the center of the city. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director for dinner at a local restaurant.

The Balmoral
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
Edinburgh | Elegance in a Bustling City

Depart Edinburgh this morning and visit nearby Rosslyn Chapel. Continue with an elegant New Town tour, glimpsing the high society lifestyle of the 18th century at the Georgian House.

The Balmoral
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3
Edinburgh & Kelso | Inspirational Surroundings

Begin your day with private, before-hours entry to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official Scottish residence. Continue to Abbotsford, country home of the great author Sir Walter Scott in the Scottish Borders region. After a tour, enjoy lunch at the home. Pause at the magnificent ruins of Melrose Abbey, before arriving at your hotel nestled on the estate of the Duke of Roxburghe.

Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
Kelso | On Location

This morning, see how the Duke of Roxburghe embraces both tradition and modernity with a private tour of Floors Castle. Begin with coffee and a briefing on the property in the Duke’s private dining room. Take in the vast grounds of the estate as you learn about its ongoing horse breeding legacy, as well as modernizations including an on-site biomass power system. Next, drive toward the North Sea to tour Alnwick Castle, seat of the Dukes of Northumberland and a filming location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.

Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
Kelso & York, England | Roman Influence

A scenic drive through the Borders takes you along the route of an ancient Roman road. Pause at Heddon-on-the-Wall to see the remains of Hadrian’s Wall, once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Stop in Durham to visit the massive Norman cathedral. Explore the Victorian Market Hall and enjoy a leisurely lunch in town. Continue to York for a walking tour and dinner in a local restaurant.

The Grand Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
York | Magnificence on the Moors

A short drive takes you to the Yorkshire Moors, inspiration for writers through the ages including James Herriot and the Brontë sisters. Arrive at Castle Howard, home of the Earls of Carlisle. Enjoy a private tour of the home and walk the walled gardens with the head gardener. After lunch and a stroll of the grounds, return to York for leisure time.

The Grand Hotel & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
York & Chatsworth | Renowned Art & Landscape

Begin with a private tour of Haddon Hall and a visit to the village of Bakewell. Continue to Chatsworth, one of the nation’s most-beloved stately homes and seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. Enjoy a private tour of the home, walk the walled gardens with the head gardener, and pause for cocktails and canapés. Afterward, retire to the traditional country coaching inn that graces the grounds.

The Cavendish Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
Chatsworth & the Cotswolds | A Bygone Era

Gain a different perspective at Calke Abbey, which reveals the fate of many British country houses. Left largely as it was when vacated by the last generation of inhabitants, the house evokes the faded glory of a bygone era. Enjoy lunch on the charming grounds. Then, pause in Coventry and visit the renewed cathedral destroyed by World War II bombing. Experience your own private country manor in the Cotswolds. Relax in the library, request a drink from your butler, or perhaps join your chef in the kitchen as he prepares a private dinner for the group.

Foxhill Manor Private House
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
Blenheim Palace | Home of a Legendary Statesman

Visit stunning Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. After a tour of the palace, explore the extensive grounds at your leisure. This afternoon, see the opposite end of the scale as you stop at Court House Gardens, a small private home that opens their garden to the public to raise money for charity. This evening, relax in your private manor.

Foxhill Manor Private House
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
The Cotswolds & Hampshire | Countryside Charm

Depart for Badminton House, home of the Dukes of Beaufort and only accessible by invitation. Privately tour the 17th-century home, visit the extensive stables complex and enjoy lunch at the estate. Later, arrive at your hotel in the Hampshire countryside outside London. Take advantage of the property’s amenities before a farewell dinner with your fellow guests.

Four Seasons Hampshire
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
Depart London

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Jun 18 - Jun 28
    Available
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Price
    $12,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Availability
    Available

    Price shown is guaranteed for 7 or more guests. For 2-6 guests, the price will be $14,995 per person double occupancy.

    This journey can be combined with the Jun 28 departure of English Gardens & the Hampton Court Flower Show

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Sep 10 - Sep 20
    Available
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Price
    $12,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Availability
    Available

    Price shown is guaranteed for 7 or more guests. For 2-6 guests, the price will be $14,995 per person double occupancy.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
Journey Details

Private use of Foxhill Manor is guaranteed for groups of 7 or more guests.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 10.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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