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Royal Britain

Pomp, pageantry and centuries of royal tradition. Steeped in history and full of finery, art, unique objects and incredible craftsmanship, the royal family's houses across the UK are truly magnificent. Buckingham Palace. Windsor Castle. Hampton Court Palace. Sandringham. Holyrood. So many treaures to uncover across the British Isles. Royal events include all manner of ancient customs and festivities, from the ceremonial locking of the Tower of London to the glamour of the annual Royal Ascot horse races and the Trooping of the Colour. It is all here in Britain and waiting for you to discover!

 

Visit the UK locations that have shaped the lives of the British Royals, from Queen Elizabeth, the longest reigning monarch, to Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their children, Prince Harry and Prince William. Explore the world of the Young Royals, Prince William and Kate Middleton and, soon to be married, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. From Wiliiam and Kate's meeting in the university town of St. Andrews, to living together in Anglesey, Wales, to life near the royal residence of Sandringham: explore 'their Britain' for yourself. Come and celebrate Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding!

 

If you were a king or queen for a day, what would you do? Ride around in a carriage made out of gold, wear the world's most famous diamond on your head, or maybe even marry six wives? Dream it! From regal robes and crown jewels to sumptuous state apartments and ceremonial carriages, use the real heritage of British Royalty throughout the ages to make your own way across the capital city of London and the country.

 

Don't see what you are looking for from our suggested samples here? Please get in touch and ask!  SGT creates dozens of themed custom trips each year. We would be delighted to help you too!

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Royal Britain, from Edinburgh to London

September 10th - September 19th 2018
April 15th - April 24th 2019

Pomp, pageantry and centuries of royal tradition. Steeped in history and full of finery, art, unique objects and incredible craftsmanship, the royal family's houses across the UK are truly magnificent. Buckingham Palace. Windsor Castle. Hampton Court Palace. Sandringham. Holyrood. So many treaures to uncover across the British Isles. Royal events include all manner of ancient customs and festivities, from the ceremonial locking of the Tower of London to the glamour of the annual Royal Ascot horse races and the Trooping of the Colour. It is all here in Britain and waiting for you to discover!

 

Visit the UK locations that have shaped the lives of the British Royals, from Queen Elizabeth, the longest reigning monarch, to Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their children, Prince Harry and Prince William. Explore the world of the Young Royals, Prince William and Kate Middleton and, soon to be married, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. From William and Kate's meeting in the university town of St. Andrews, to living together in Anglesey, Wales, to life near the royal residence of Sandringham: sample 'their Britain' for yourself. Come and celebrate Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding!

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The Great West Way® – England's Icons and Scenic Countryside

April 08th - April 10th 2019
June 24th - June 26th 2019

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"The Great West Way®" is based on the first road commissioned by the Kings of England. Visitors do not have to travel far out of London to delve deeper into the countryside, the lush green landscapes that hold a wealth of treasures, both the world famous and soon-to-be-discovered hidden gems. Along The Great West Way you will find extraordinary ancient momuments, quaint traditional villages, 'olde worlde' pubs and inns; World Heritage Sites rub shoulders with friendly local communities. The Great West Way is rooted in history. It follows travellers’ routes used for centuries, the routes that brought druids to Stonehenge, drovers to market, Georgian Society to Bath and our industrial revolution to the world. Explore Royal Windsor, Roman Bath, Regal Salisbury, timeless Stonehenge and historic Oxford. Join us to discover the true essence of England.

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Footsteps of a Queen, Tudor England

Custom trip - As you please!

Before radio, TV or internet, how was an English Monarch to stay in touch with the people?

 

Queen Elizabeth I went on tour each summer. During this Golden Age of England, Elizabeth’s reign brought wealth and stability to the nation and she enjoyed a special relationship of adoration and respect from her subjects. Each summer, Elizabeth went on her tours, or ‘progresses,’ to stay in tune with the needs and wants of the people. One of her more famous trips took place in 1575 and we will loosely follow in the “footsteps of the Queen” to discover some of the rich heritage of Tudor England.

 

Our explorations will feature the quaint villages, beautiful stately homes/castles and gardens throughout the Heart of England and around the capital, all stunningly beautiful in their own right and many of which have Tudor connections. See Stratford-Upon-Avon, Hampton Court Palace, Oxford, Windsor Castle and charming villages around the Heart of England. The Highlights of Tudor England. This is an itinerary we hope is a fun twist to the usual ‘homes and gardens’ tour!

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Maritime Britain

Custom trip - As you please!

"Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves..."  This sceptred isle, set in a silver sea, has long depended upon its prowess as a maritime power. History records that, in the context of its time, it was the greatest maritime power ever. But in addition to the great fighting ships and traditions established by Nelson, Penn and Jellicoe, Britain's maritime past is rich with other seafaring traditions. It has been a nation of sea going explorers - Cabot, Raleigh, Drake and Cook. It has been a nation of pirates and privateers, real and imaginary - Captain Kidd, Henry Morgan and Long John Silver. It's also been home to unnamed smugglers and 'wreckers'.  It once boasted the world's largest commercial marine fleet.  It was, and still to some extent is, a nation of fishermen plying their trade from a hundred ports and harbours. 

 

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Celebrating Shakespeare & Tudor England: London, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Heart of England

Custom trip - As you please!

Our explorations follow the haunts of William Shakespeare in and around his home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon and London. This is a theatre tour, a literary heritage adventure, a garden sampler and a general interest focus on London and the Midlands. The tour will feature quaint villages, beautiful stately homes, a castle and gardens throughout the Heart of England and around the capital, all stunningly beautiful in their own right and many of which have Tudor connections, some which would have been known to the Bard. Go backstage to 3 of the UK's top theatres, experience a theatre workshop and have opportunity to attend a variety of performances.

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Highlights of Wales: The Classic Route

September 08th - September 15th 2018
April 06th - April 13th 2019

WalesThe hills are alive! With singing and the second oldest language spoken in Europe. On this Welsh adventure, sample the fantastic scenery of three National Parks. Enjoy a heritage coastline, a steam train ride through the mountains, cosmopolitan Cardiff and glimpse the past in a fantastic folk park and down a coal mine, remainders of the industrial heritage. Marvel at prehistoric tombs, meander the seaside, castle walled cities, and beautiful gardens. All in all, this tour is a sampler of the best of what this wonderful country has to offer visitors, something to please all tastes.

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Tudor Day Out: Hampton Court Palace & Hever Castle Day Trip

Day Trip!

Henry VIII’s masterpiece Hampton Court Palace is set in over 60 acres of gardens and parklands along the scenic River Thames. Another "Tudor gem" is the double moated Hever Castle but it actually dates back to about 1270. It is most famously known as Anne Boleyn's childhood home.

Enjoy a fabulous day out from the capital!

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Gardens of North Wales & Cheshire featuring RHS Chatsworth Estate Flower Show

June 03rd - June 09th 2018

Welsh Gardens are lush and green, thanks to the high volume of rainfall, higher altitudes, the climate is certainly wetter and usually windier than in neighboring England, these conditions create uniquely Welsh spaces. North Wales is home to the fantastic scenery of Snowdonia National Park, Isle of Angelsey and the most impressive range of 12th Century castles of anywhere in the British Isles! It is not often appreciated that this northern end of the Principality boasts some of the finest gardens in the UK. Enjoy the wonderful tranquility of a Victorian coastal resort, uncover a fabulous industrial heritage, prehistoric tombs and evidence of the rich Celtic culture of our forefathers.

 

Also explore a sampling of the best Cheshire Gardens. From stately homes and secret gardens, botanic blooms, the quintessentially English at Arley Hall & Gardens to exotic, oriental planting at Tatton Park, it’s the ever-changing landscape of the region that continues to inspire and attract. We also have time to explore the best of the classic stately homes of the Peak District.

 

Our grand highlight of this garden adventure is sure to be a full day at the RHS’s newest flower show, the first annual RHS Chatsworth Estate Flower Show!

 

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – 6–10 June, 2018

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North Wales Sampler – Celts, Castles & Gardens

Custom trip - As you please!

North Wales is home to the fantastic scenery of Snowdonia National Park, Isle of Angelsey and the most impressive range of 12th century castles of anywhere in the British Isles. Enjoy the wonderful tranquility of a Victorian coastal resort and a steam train ride into the mountains. Uncover a fabulous industrial heritage, prehistoric tombs and evidence of the rich Celtic culture of our forefathers. All in all, this is a lovely short break in the stunning Welsh countryside!

 

This tour can link with the South Wales Sampler tour via easy rail connections between London and Manchester. Please ask us for details

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Spires, Steeples and Spiritual Britain: A Classic Route

Custom trip - As you please!

Britain is truly blessed with the sort of ecclesiastical architectural and cultural heritage you don't have to be religious to appreciate! There are the magnificent gothic cathedrals towering above their surrounds, exquisite early Saxon structures from 6th and 7th century. There are quaint parish churches, breathtaking ruined abbeys, their remains still testifying to their past glories and many Christian sites built upon ancient places of worship.

 

There are the simple chapels of Methodism and the sumptuous hidden chapels sited inside the great stately homes, each with treasures to discover and countless stories to unfold. Great works of art, splendid stained glass, memorable tomb architecture, carvings and memorials to long forgotten battles. Travel amid stunning countryside, a cathedral of nature waiting to be discovered.

 

The UK offers a host of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples which illustrate not only an incredible religious history but also multicultural diversity. Simply steeped in heritage! Explore the UK from the perspective of its religious houses. This itinerary focuses on Christian heritage but there is a wealth of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh faith connections to also investigate. You tell us your priority and focus (on a specific faith or an overview of all) and SGT will create an itinerary to especially suit your specific interests.