The Nineteenth Century saw the blossoming of the nationalist seeds sown during the Napoleonic Wars. Although Waterloo had ushered in almost half a century of peace in central Europe, by 1859 national rivalries had re-ignited continental warfare between Prussia, France and Austria. Across the Atlantic, having successfully fought its war of independence the newly formed United States of America was torn apart by Civil War. To a greater or lesser extent, these conflicts also saw the advent of industrialised warfare – the use of railways and factories to increase mobility and lethality, and the increase in the scale of conflict – all ominous harbingers of global conflicts that would break out in the following century. Meanwhile Great Britain – having lost America and retrenched from Europe, stood aloof from these trends. Instead, the Victorian era saw the apogee of the British Empire and a period of of relatively small scale ‘bushfire’ wars. But the cracks were showing – even in the jewel in the crown in India where the formerly harmonious relationship between British and Indians broke down. Whether this was simply an Indian mutiny or the first war of Indian Independence is still a matter of debate.
Day 1: On arrival at London airports, a private transfer will take you to our selected 4-star hotel, your central London location for the first three nights. In the evening, we invite you for a welcome drink followed by our dinner together. This is the perfect opportunity for our group to get to know each other. Lunch N | dinner Y
Day 2. After breakfast, we travel the short journey to Kensington Palace, which was once home to Princess Diana. The palace has been a royal residence since the 17th century and is now the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Our visit includes a tour of the State Rooms and the sell-out exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story. Lunch is in Kensington’s elegant Orangery, which was originally built for Queen Anne. In the afternoon, there’s time to explore the palace gardens and to go on if you wish to Hyde Park, where you’ll find boating on the serpentine, fountains and statues including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to spend at your leisure. Breakfast Y | Lunch Y | Dinner N
Day 3. In the morning, we visit the State Rooms of the Queen’s principal London residence, Buckingham Palace. The Garden Café offers light lunches and views across Buckingham Palace’s famous lake and lawn – scene of many a garden party. In the afternoon, we move on to the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the world’s great centres for art and design. Here, the fabulous Fashion galleries give us further glimpses of our two muses – Georgiana and Diana. You’ll take afternoon tea in the V and A’s elegant café and afterwards explore at leisure some of the treasures of this stunning museum. Returning to our hotel, the final night of your tour in London will be free for you to explore this great city. Breakfast Y | Lunch N | Afternoon tea Y | Dinner N
Day 4. After breakfast, we leave London and head north to Althorp, home of the Spencer family since 1508. Today Althorp is the family home of Diana’s brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer. In the past, it was childhood home to both Georgiana and Diana. Our guided tour takes us through beautiful rooms and past exquisite furniture and paintings that they both would have known. There’s then the rare chance to see an exhibition of Mario Testino’s Vanity Fair series of photographs of Princess Diana, followed by lunch on the Portico, overlooking Althorp’s deer park. In the afternoon, we continue north for the upland beauty of the Derbyshire Peak District, Britain’s first National Park. Checking in at the Peak Edge Hotel there’s time to freshen up before we meet for drinks in the bar, and then dinner, when we are joined by our guest speaker who will help bring our story to life. Breakfast | Lunch Y | Dinner Y
Day 5. We start the day with a beautiful journey skirting moorlands, limestone cliffs and the River Derwent as we head for glorious Chatsworth House, once home to Georgiana Cavendish. One of the most renowned stately homes in England, Chatsworth is today home to the present Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Our visit includes a guided tour of the exhibition House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth. Curated by American Vogue's international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles – the exhibition showcases the history of fashion through the Devonshire Collection. Rich displays of clothes and accessories give a glimpse into the lives of Georgiana and other remarkable women. You’ll find two of the famed ‘Mitford sisters’; Stella Tennant, who was photographed at Chatsworth with her grandmother, the 11th Duchess, for Vogue; and the Americans Adele Astaire, sister and dance partner of Fred, and John F Kennedy’s sister Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, both of whom married into the Cavendish family. We’ll take lunch at Chatsworth and there’ll be time to explore the garden at your leisure. Travelling through Chatsworth’s parkland (designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown) we’ll then follow the River Derwent as we head for the John Smedley knitwear shop and factory. This iconic company dates back to the very beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In the 1950s John Smedley was brand of choice for Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and the Beatles. In the ‘80s their knitwear was championed by Dame Vivienne Westwood and Sir Paul Smith, and the brand is still at the forefront of fashion today. We then take the scenic route back to our hotel for a refreshing rest. Our last dinner together will be in one of Derbyshire’s beautiful country inns. Breakfast Y | Lunch N | Dinner Y
Day 6. We return you to your London airport for your flight home. If you wish to extend your vacation we will be pleased to help with suggestions or arrangements. Breakfast Y
The Power of Fashion
The birth and explosion of thr railway system in England had an immense impact in many ways.
Linked across three centuries by blood and by the shared home of Althorp, we explore these two women’s stories – their fame, their glamour and their wonderful wardrobes.
You will visit royal palaces, parks and country houses in London, and in the glorious Peak District of Derbyshire.
A unique opportunity to enjoy a trio of wonderful exhibitions – the sell-out ‘Diana Her Fashion Story’, Mario Testino’s Vanity Fair photographs, and ‘House Style: Five centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth’.
Plus a visit to the iconic John Smedley, holder of the Royal Warrant of Appointment as “Manufacturer of Fine Knitwear”.
A visit to the Diana/Duchess Fashion exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
From the thrill of central London to the glorious beauty of the Peak District of Derbyshire and the pleasures of two quintessential English market towns, Bakewell and Stratford-upon-Avon.
From the thrill of central London to the glorious beauty of the Peak District of Derbyshire and the pleasures of two quintessential English market towns, Bakewell and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Expert and experienced Tour Director, to look after the group, helping shape and share the story
Airport transfers from and to London Airports
3 nights in London at the 4-star Grange Strathmore Hotel
2 nights in the Derbyshire Peak District at the 4-star Peak Edge Hotel and Red Lion
Breakfast on five mornings, three lunches, and three dinners
FTravel to and from all excursions
All entrance costs
Travel to and from all excursions
This tour starts in London with reception services upon your arrival at the airport or the hotel.
6 Days - 5 Nights
Program pricing is based upon hotel occupancy options
Single: $5,269.00 Canadian plus taxes
Double: $4,499.00 Canadian plus taxes
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You may cancel your booking up to 57 days before the tour is due to start and you will only forfeit the deposit of $700.00 per person. If you cancel 56 days or less from the start of the tour you will forfeit 100% of the tour cost. If you cancel your booking in a double or twin room but are travelling with a companion who chooses to continue to participate on the tour, the companion will be liable to pay the stipulated single supplement.
The best city to visit within easy striking distance of London is Bath — just a 1.5-hour train ride away. If ever a city enjoyed looking in the mirror, Bath's the one. Its streets a series of architectural chorus lines, Bath has more protected historic buildings per capita than any other town in England. Built of the creamy warm-tone limestone called "Bath stone," it beams in its cover-girl complexion. Proud locals remind visitors that the town is routinely banned from the "Britain in Bloom" contest to give other towns a chance to win. Bath's narcissism is justified. Even with its mobs of tourists and greedy prices, Bath is a joy to visit.
London is the L.A., D.C., and N.Y.C. of Britain — a living, breathing, thriving organism…a coral reef of humanity. Blow through the city on a double-decker bus, and take a pinch-me-I'm-in-London walk through the West End. Ogle the crown jewels at the Tower of London, hear the chimes of Big Ben, and see the Houses of Parliament in action. Cruise the Thames River, and take a spin on the London Eye. Hobnob with the tombstones in Westminster Abbey, visit with Leonardo, Botticelli, and Rembrandt in the National Gallery, and explore Harry Potter's stomping grounds at the film studio in Leavesden. Enjoy Shakespeare in a replica of the Globe Theatre and marvel at a glitzy, fun musical at a modern-day theater. Whisper across the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, then rummage through our civilization's attic at the British Museum.
Visit world famous Stonehenge and nearby Salisbury. The countryside surrounding Bath holds two of England's most goose-pimply prehistoric sites, Stonehenge and Avebury. As old as the pyramids, and older than the Acropolis and the Colosseum, Stonehenge amazed medieval Europeans, who figured it was built by a race of giants. Today, it still retains an air of mystery and majesty (partly because cordons, which keep hordes of tourists from trampling all over it, foster the illusion that it stands alone in a field). Nearby Avebury is a prehistoric open-air museum, with a complex of fascinating Neolithic sites all gathered around a great stone circle that's likely even older — and for many, more enjoyable — than Stonehenge.
Ever since the first homework was assigned in 1167, the University of Oxford’s stellar graduates have influenced Western civilization; its alumni include 26 British prime ministers, more than 60 Nobel Prize winners, and even 11 saints. But that doesn't mean that Oxford is stodgy. Although you may see professors in their traditional black robes, this is a fun, young college town, filled with shopping streets, cheap eats, and rowdy, rollicking pubs. Step off the busy, urban-feeling High Street into the hushed sanctuary of a grassy college quad. See the dining hall that inspired the one where Harry Potter eats his meals, or the pub where J. R. R. Tolkien first spoke about hobbits. Just outside town is the magnificent Blenheim Palace, England's finest countryside estate.
Enjoy the world class museums and art galleries of London. Whether you love Old Masters or modern art, contemporary sculpture or Impressionist paintings, London has an art gallery to suit you. London's smaller art galleries are full of hidden treasures. Whether you're into fine art, sculpture, photography, contemporary works or arty events, you will find hidden gems to satisfy your artistic interests in one of London's more intimate art spaces. The National Gallery - The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery is a vast space filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Find works by masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs. The National Portrait Gallery - The National Portrait Gallery near Trafalgar Square is home to the world's largest collection of faces and personalities, from Tudor times to the present. From Shakespeare to kings and queens, and icons of our time, it also has a photographic collection and one of the best roof-top restaurants in London. The list goes on with over 50 options available.
TRAVEL & HEALTH DOCUMENTS: Passport and visa requirements, as well as vaccination certificates and other health requirements for travel between your home city and your tour destinations, may change from time to time. It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to determine if any visas and vaccinations are needed. Passengers who do not have proper documentation may be prevented from boarding a flight and will consequently lose 100% of total package price.
The Duchess – Amanda Foreman’s book (biography of Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer)
Single Suppliments and Currency
All prices on this website are per person and based on double occupancy, unless otherwise indicated. and are quoted in Canadian Dollars. Single rates apply as stipulated. Rates are subject to change without notice. Tour prices are subject to change depending upon currency exchange rates. Final tour payment price may therefore change between th etime a deposit is made and when the final payment is due.
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