24th - 29th July 2021
Elizabeth I, arguably the most successful Tudor monarch, was the leader of a Golden Age in England.
Visiting key places, with top historians, we will tell the story of the life & times of Elizabeth. Covering her relationship with Robert Dudley the man she called her “eyes”, her patronage of the arts all the way from her birth in 1533, her accession to the throne in 1558 through to her death in 1603 and the end of the Tudor dynasty.
If you are an Elizabeth I admirer then this is the tour you've been waiting for!
Meet at our convenient London meeting point before boarding our luxury coach to Stratford upon Avon.
After settling into your room and having time to explore Stratford, meet the group for a beautiful 3-course dinner followed by our first talk, from Claire Ridgway, on Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley.
After a relaxed breakfast we head to Kenilworth Castle, the bricks and mortar of the love story of Elizabeth and Dudley, where you will have time to explore the romantic ruins which witnessed 4 visits from Elizabeth I including an extended final visit in 1575.
We then visit the tomb of Robert Dudley before returning to Stratford to visit the Shakespeare's birthplace.
We leave beautiful Stratford upon Avon and head to a place very special to Elizabeth's story, Hatfield House.
After a private guided tour, we continue to the magical surroundings of Hever Castle where you will be shown to your beautiful room. While we are here you will enjoy exclusive access to the entire Astor Wing with its own private heated swimming pool, tennis court, billiards room and lawn next to the moat.
Settle in before meeting the group in the early evening for our 'Hidden Hever' tour, with Owen Emmerson, before dining in the Castle's dining room! (the one normally roped off)
A leisurely breakfast is followed by a visit to Penshurst Place, where Elizabeth visited on many occasions and reportedly danced La Volte with Robert Dudley, the subject of the famous portrait also housed there.
After our guided tour we return to Hever for a free afternoon and a talk from the incredible Lesley Smith as Elizabeth I!
Today we span Elizabeth's entire life with a visit to the site of her birthplace, Greenwich Palace followed by a journey up the river to her final resting place at Westminster Abbey.
We return to Hever for a relaxed farewell meal and a chance to talk history for one more evening!
Wake up for a final time at Hever. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a walk around the grounds, perhaps even a game of croquet on the lawn, before boarding our coach back to London from where we say our final farewell!
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