The Duke of Wellington Tour

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Did you ever dream of going on an historical tour of England?  Well, I have and still do, but authors Kristine Hughes and Victoria Hinshaw have taken it one step further by actually organizing one and opening it to everyone.  Here’s your chance to see what you’ve been reading about.  This is Kristine’s pitch:

Are you fascinated by British history? Do you have a passion for Regency rakes, Georgian aristocrats, and Victorian intrigues? If so, you’ll know that the Duke of Wellington’s lifetime spanned all of these eras – Wellington served four monarchs, defeated Napoleon, served as Prime Minister and knew most of the famous and infamous personalities of the periods. Kristine Hughes and Victoria Hinshaw have taken all the best bits of Wellington’s life and incorporated them into The Duke of Wellington Tour, September 4-14, 2014, with stops in London, Kent, Brighton, Hampshire and Windsor.

Aspley House

Apsley House

Your  tour escorts, Victoria and Kristine, are writers, researchers, Wellington aficionados and bloggers ( Number One London – over one million page views!) and they invite you to explore London with them, beginning with a private tour of the Duke’s home, Apsley House, before visiting the Tower of London (Wellington was Warden of the Tower) and Horse Guards (Commander in Chief of the Army). Join them on a walking tour of the St. James’s area, including the infamous Gentlemen’s Clubs and St. James’s Square, where the Prince Regent received the news of victory at Waterloo, and enjoy a private dinner at the Duke’s regimental mess, the legendary Grenadier Pub, steeped in military atmosphere.

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Pavillion

Tower

Following three days in London, it’s off to Kent to visit Walmer Castle, Wellington’s favourite residence, where he lived during his time as Lord of the Cinque Ports. Brighton is next, with a stop to take in the glorious White Cliffs of Dover before arriving at the Royal Pavilion, the scene of many Regency escapades by the likes of the Prince Regent, Beau Brummell, Mrs. Fitzherbert and Princess Lieven. Then tour the Regency Town House, a renovation work-in-progress, shedding light on daily life during the 19th century.

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Highclare Castle

Highclere Castle

In Hampshire, your  group will have private tours of three very different country homes – the Duke of Wellington’s Stratfield Saye, the most impressive Basildon Park, which has featured in such films as Pride & Prejudice, and the now legendary Highclere Castle, more popularly known as Downton Abbey, for which tickets are otherwise sold out until 2016.

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The last stop on the Tour is Windsor, where you’ll enjoy the royal splendour of Windsor Castle, Frogmore House & Gardens (a royal residence since the 18th century), and a leisurely cruise on the River Thames.

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Frogmore

Frogmore

Best of all, you’ll spend ten days in the company of congenial  travelers who share your passion for the most exciting periods in British history. Hotels and most meals are included in the tour cost.

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The Duke of Wellington Tour is your opportunity to leave all the travel hassles to us and to be escorted via private motor coach through the English countryside as you explore the people, places, stories and highlights associated with these fascinating periods in British history.

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Bottom Line:  Any chance to catch up with the Royal Family?

Comments

  1. Barbara — thanks for giving us this spot! I hope some of your loyal readers and lovers of historical romance will find this tour irresistible. It certainly is a great itinerary — if I do say so myself! Come one, come all, a hassle free way to see the best of England! cheers, Vicky

  2. Susan Carlisle says:

    I would love to go. I love England with all the history and castles. I sounds like a fabulous tour.

  3. Tammy C. says:

    Finally Summer!

    Love the sound of the tour.

  4. Mary M. says:

    Finally Summer!
    I had too much fun at Lori’s and missed the giveaway, but I look forward to posts to come.

  5. Tammy and Susan – We’d love to have you along for the journey – consider joining us!

  6. librarypat says:

    What a well planned trip. Unfortunately, my husband won’t yet be retired, so I doubt I’ll be able to make it. Any chance you will be repeating it?