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From Enchanting Bath to Maritime Bristol

  • 10/07/2018 - 10/14/2018
  • 8 Days
  • Starting price $3,295

Discover the rich architecture of the South West of England as we visit historic Bath and the vibrant city of Bristol. Along the way we take in the stately splendor of Stonor Park and the hidden gem of Bowood House, nestled deep in the Wiltshire countryside. From our base in genteel Bath we explore stunning Georgian architecture and learn more about how Bath was built in the 1800s, with a talk from the curator of the Museum of Bath Architecture.  We also get a dramatic view of Bath from our vantage point of Beckford’s Tower, an architectural folly with a great story to tell. In Bristol we uncover this modern city’s hidden medieval roots with a tour of the Cathedral, and explore how ancient and modern combine with a visit to the Bristol Architecture Centre. We finally explore the medieval city of Salisbury and its historic cathedral.

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Max. guests 25

Architectural highlights

  • Take in the Bristol Cathedral, which mixes a medieval ‘hall church’ with a Gothic Revival nave.
  • Visit the Bath Abbey, one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country.
  • Marvel at the natural phenomenon and well preserved Roman Baths.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Stonor Park.
  • Explore the medieval city of Salisbury.      
  • Discover Beckford’s Tower, an architectural folly built in neo-classical style.   
  • Admire Bowood House, a grade I listed Georgian country house.  

 

More highlights

  • See the No. 1 Royal Crescent, a Georgian Townhouse in the most fashionable row of houses in Bath.    
  • Explore the Bath Museum of Architecture.  
  • Enjoy the Bristol Architecture Centre.
  • Visit Temple Meads Station.  
  • This trip qualifies for up to 10 AIA learning units.

 

Accommodations

  • M Gallery Windsor Castle Hotel: Castle Hotel Windsor is an elegant Georgian building with a rich past and an enviable address which is directly opposite Windsor Castle. Walk through the doors and walk back in time, as you discover fascinating authentic features and lovingly restored décor. You'll have the best view possible for the pomp and grandeur of the Changing of the Guard. With its world-famous Castle and superb Thameside location, Windsor has a rich mix of history, culture, heritage and fun.
  • M Gallery Francis Hotel: The Francis Hotel is situated in the heart of the historic city of Bath. This beautiful 18th-century townhouse offers views over leafy Queen Square. As a member of the MGallery by Sofitel collection, the hotel will make you feel like your stay is unique. The convenient central location allows visitors to discover Bath's fantastic shopping areas and easily explore its most iconic landmarks.

 

Also included

  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert.
  • Land transportation by private motor coach as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
  • Water, soft drinks, and coffee are included with each lunch and dinner; two glasses of wine are included at dinners.

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility.
  • Travelers should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing.
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing stairs.

 

Price

$3,295 per person, based on double occupancy (not including airfare)

$600 single supplement

A deposit of $750 per person, payable by check or by major credit card is required to reserve a space. Deposits are applied to payment of the total price.

 

Not included: Airfare and air departure taxes; airport transfers; passport/visa fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; personal items and expenses; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; other items not specifically mentioned as included. Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

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Itinerary

Overview

Depart Gateway City

Depart your gateway city and fly to London, Heathrow Airport
Overview

Arrivals, Windsor

After arriving to Windsor and settling into the hotel, join a short familiarization walking tour of the town. On your own, you may visit the nearby Windsor Castle. Enjoy a brief orientation and welcome reception before dinner.

Accommodations: M Gallery Windsor Castle Hotel
Meals: Reception, Dinner
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Bath

Start the morning with a visit to Stonor Park. Stonor Park is a historic country house and private deer park situated in a valley in the Chiltern Hills, and home to the same family for 850 years. Enjoy a guided tour of the house, filled with fine arts and antiques, and learn more about the upkeep of this historic property, recently voted the nation’s seventh best stately home. Then continue on to Bath where no visit would be complete without a visit to the Roman Baths. Afterwards, enjoy a late afternoon guided walking tour, to discover the town and learn about the fascinating architecture and history behind some of the iconic properties.

Accommodations: M Gallery Francis Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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1800 and 1900s Bath

Take a tour of NO1 Royal Crescent, a Georgian Townhouse in the most fashionable row of houses in Bath, perfectly preserved to tell the story of the people who lived here in Georgian times. Then, visit the Bath Museum of Architecture. Meet one of the curatorial team members who provides a lecture about the styles of houses built in Bath in the 1800s and 1900s. After time for lunch in the center of Bath, enjoy a guided tour of Bath Abbey. It is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country. After some free time in the afternoon, take a tour of nearby Beckford’s Tower, an architectural folly built in neo-classical style and offering a great view of Bath in addition to the fascinating story of its creation. Finally, return to central Bath and the evening is at leisure.

Accommodations: M Gallery Francis Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Overview

A day in Bristol

Take the train for a short journey into nearby Bristol, arriving in to Temple Meads Station, a marvel of Victorian design, and spend the day in this fascinating city, which skillfully blends old and new design. Start at Bristol Cathedral, which mixes a medieval ‘hall church’ with a Gothic Revival nave, before spending some time at the Bristol Architecture Centre. With the afternoon at leisure, travelers can visit one of the city’s many art galleries or museums before enjoying dinner at a restaurant situated on the banks of the river. Return to Bath by train in the later evening.

Accommodations: M Gallery Francis Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

English Countryside

Today, venture out of Bath to explore some of the glorious English countryside. Visit Bowood House, a grade I listed Georgian country house with interiors by Robert Adam and a garden designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. Enjoy a guided tour of the house during your time here, followed by lunch and a little time to explore the gardens. Then, return to the hotel with the rest of the afternoon free for you to spend at leisure and the evening free for your own dinner arrangements.

Accommodations: M Gallery Francis Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

Medieval Salisbury

Start the morning by checking out of your hotel after breakfast. Travel to the medieval city of Salisbury, and visit the Cathedral and have free time for lunch. Then journey back to Windsor, arriving with a little free time for you to explore the town further. Check in to the MGallery Windsor Castle Hotel, and then enjoy a farewell dinner.

Accommodations: M Gallery Windsor Castle Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Departure

Depart to the United States.

Meals: Breakfast
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