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On this special three-day tour to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee you will enjoy visits to Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court and the Tower of London, and be joined by the Queen’s brilliant biographer Robert Hardman for a fascinating talk

Glimpse into the lavish homes and dramatic lives of the Royal Family on this exclusive two-night tour of their spectacular palaces.

You'll be immersed in London's royal history with visits to Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, and at Windsor Castle you'll peek behind-the-scenes during a private tour of the State Apartments, before enjoying a Champagne reception in elegant surroundings. It's the perfect way to celebrate the 70-year anniversary of the Queen's reign, in her Platinum Jubilee year.

From Henry VIII to Queen Elizabeth, the British monarchy is full of tales of romance, betrayal and adventure - and these iconic palaces on the Thames have been at the centre of the action for centuries.

And who better to give you a dramatic insight into this tale than Royal biographer Robert Hardman? As commentator and film-maker, he has had privileged access to the Royal Family and the Royal Household for more than 25 years and can tell you the inside story of their lives, loves and losses.

Now a much-loved columnist for the Daily Mail, Robert will join you for an exclusive talk and Q&A. You will also receive a copy** of Robert's book Queen of the Our Times - the Life of Elizabeth II (one per booking) which he will happily sign for you.

Exclusive talk by Robert Hardman
As one of the UK's most respected Royal reporters, Robert Hardman will give you an extraordinary insight into the workings of the modern British Royal family in a private talk and Q&A session. He has covered more than 60 international tours, been granted special access to and interviewed members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, and written the acclaimed recent biography, Queen of Our Times - the Life of Elizabeth II.

Royal castles and palaces
The walls may not be able to talk, but you will hear more astonishing true tales of the monarchy in the most important Royal houses across the city: Westminster Abbey, which has witnessed the coronation of every monarch since William the Conqueror; the Tower of London, the mighty fortress that is now the permanent home of the Crown Jewels; and Buckingham Palace (exterior view only), the official Royal residence in London since Queen Victoria's accession in 1837.

Hampton Court with Robert Harding
You'll enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Hampton Court, forever associated with Henry VIII and the Tudor court. Admire the magnificent Great Hall, the huge Tudor kitchens and walk down the infamous Haunted Gallery to the State Apartments.

Behind the scenes at Windsor Castle
Another highlight will be Windsor Castle, a Royal stronghold since just after the Norman Conquest, where you will journey through 1,000 years of Royal history on a private tour of the State Apartments at a time when the castle is otherwise closed to the public - you'll also enjoy a glass of Champagne at the tour's close.

Historic hotel stay
You'll be based at The Talbot, a charming former coaching inn in the historic Surrey village of Ripley. It has many period features from its 500-year history and was also reputedly used as a hitching post by Lord Nelson. It is said his love affair with Lady Hamilton blossomed here.

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Robert Hardman
Author and royal commentator

A journalist for more than 30 years, Robert Hardman is one of the UK's leading authors and commentators on the Royal Family. His books include Monarchy, Queen Of The World and Our Queen and he has written and produced documentaries including Prince Philip - The Royal Family Remembers, Anne - The Princess Royal At 70, George III - The Genius of the Mad King, Charles at 60 and The Queen's Castle on both the BBC and ITV. He now writes the How I See It column in the Daily Mail. A Cambridge Classics graduate, he is married with three children and lives in London.

Price includes

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Talbot Ripley Hotel in Surrey.
  • First and second night set menu dinner at the hotel restaurant.
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A with Robert Hardman.
  • Private, after-hours tour of Windsor Castle and Champagne reception.
  • London palaces tour including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace exterior and the Tower of London and all admission fees.
  • Coach transfers.
  • Services of a tour manager throughout.

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 10, 2022
To
Wed, Wed, Oct 12, 2022
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£649*

* Price based on two sharing a twin/double room. Subject to availability. Deposit £75. Double for sole use £96. Itinerary subject to change. Transport to hotel not included. Our travel partner, Travel Editions, is ABTA-bonded. **One copy per booking.

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 17, 2022
To
Wed, Wed, Oct 19, 2022
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£649*

* Price based on two sharing a twin/double room. Subject to availability. Deposit £75. Double for sole use £96. Itinerary subject to change. Transport to hotel not included. Our travel partner, Travel Editions, is ABTA-bonded. **One copy per booking.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Check-in, afternoon tea and Windsor
    Windsor, United Kingdom

    Arrive at the Talbot Hotel, Ripley this afternoon and check-in for your two-night stay. Enjoy afternoon tea at the hotel before an early evening transfer to Windsor. There you'll enjoy a private tour of the State apartments and a Champagne reception before returning to the hotel for dinner (D).

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, National Gallery and exclusive talk with Robert Hardman
    City of Westminster, United Kingdom

    Today you'll enjoy a day in London starting with a tour of Westminster Abbey (including entrance fee), a World Heritage Site with over 1,000 years of history. Traditionally the place for Royal coronations, weddings and burials, every British monarch since King Harold and William the Conqueror in 1066 has been crowned here and it has been the location for 17 Royal weddings, including Prince William and Kate Middleton's in 2011. From Westminster you'll enjoy a guided walk to Buckingham Palace for an exterior view and along The Mall to Trafalgar Square before enjoying lunch at your leisure (not included). Afternoon visit to the wonderful National Gallery before returning to your hotel in time to freshen up for this evening's dinner and talk. This evening enjoy a welcome drink before Robert Hardman joins you for an exclusive talk and Q&A and dinner at the hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    The Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace
    Hampton Court Palace, United Kingdom

    This morning you'll visit the Tower of London, established by William Conqueror in 1066 and still one of the UK's most iconic buildings. In the afternoon you'll visit Hampton Court Palace. Dating back to 1515, it was commissioned by Cardinal Wolsey, who later gifted it to Henry VIII and is one of only two of his palaces still in existence. After time for lunch at the palace (not included) you'll then be transferred back to the hotel to check-out and return home. (B)

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

The Talbot Inn

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Ripley, United Kingdom

Historic pub, hotel and restaurant on the high street in Ripley

It is said that this 500-year-old coaching inn on Ripley's historic high street is where Lord Nelson's relationship with Lady Hamilton "blossomed". Rooms are spread across four buildings, some overlooking the old coach courtyard. Originally a stop-off point between London and Portsmouth, this puropse remains today, although many punters drop by for the history lesson, ordering a pint and some 'Nelson's nuts'.

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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 10, 2022
To
Wed, Wed, Oct 12, 2022
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£649*

* Price based on two sharing a twin/double room. Subject to availability. Deposit £75. Double for sole use £96. Itinerary subject to change. Transport to hotel not included. Our travel partner, Travel Editions, is ABTA-bonded. **One copy per booking.

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 17, 2022
To
Wed, Wed, Oct 19, 2022
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£649*

* Price based on two sharing a twin/double room. Subject to availability. Deposit £75. Double for sole use £96. Itinerary subject to change. Transport to hotel not included. Our travel partner, Travel Editions, is ABTA-bonded. **One copy per booking.

Call now to book 02039934304
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