Historic Hampshire Tour

Historic Hampshire Tour

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Historic Hampshire Tour

3 Days Starting and ending in Winchester, England

Visiting: Winchester, Southampton

Tour operator:

Travel Editions

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 45

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:

English
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Tour Overview

Discover the rich history of Hampshire on this immersive three-day tour based in the charming city of Winchester. Stay at the elegant Royal Hotel, a 16th-century gem in the heart of the city, and enjoy guided tours of iconic landmarks such as Winchester Cathedral, Winchester College, and the City Museum. Explore the ancient city walls, Jane Austen's House, and the legendary King Arthur's Round Table. Venture to Romsey Abbey, Old Southampton City Walls, and the historic Hospital of St Cross. With expert talks by Julian Humphrys and Elizabeth Norton, this tour offers a deep dive into the cultural and historical tapestry of Hampshire.

Highlights

  • Winchester – Cathedral, Castle & City walls

  • Still running almshouse of Hospital of St Cross

  • Romsey Abbey with Mountbatten’s grave

  • Old Southampton

  • Guided tour of Winchester College

  • Visit to City Museum with its model of Victorian Winchester

  • Tour of Winchester Castle and King Arthur’s Round Table

Itinerary

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Day 1:

Location: Winchester

Accommodation Name: Royal Hotel, Winchester

Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive independently from 15.00. Evening welcome reception, followed by a talk by Julian Humphrys: ‘The story of Winchester’. Group dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 2: Guided Walk Around The Historic City Walls

Location: Winchester

Accommodation Name: Royal Hotel, Winchester

Meals Included: Breakfast

Full day in Winchester on foot today, starting with a guided tour of Winchester College, one of the world’s most famous and distinguished schools founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham. We walk to City Museum with its spectacular model of the city in Victorian times, and then onto the Norman and late medieval architecture of Winchester Cathedral and its award-winning Kings & Scribes exhibition, remarkable memorials (including Jane Austen’s grave) and an atmospheric crypt.  Along the way we will have time for lunch (own expense), and will pass by the Church of St Swithun perched above one of the gates in the city walls, Jane Austen’s House, Wolvesey Castle where Mary Tudor and Philip of Spain held their wedding feast, the picturesque river Itchen and the world-famous statue of Alfred the Great. We end our walking tour with a tour of Winchester Castle and the world-famous King Arthur’s Round Table. This evening there will be another talk by Julian Humphrys at the hotel, then the evening is free to dine out in one of Winchester’s many restaurants.

Day 3: Romsey Abbey, Old Southampton City Walls, And Hospital Of St Cross

Location: Southampton

Accommodation Name: Royal Hotel, Winchester

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we start with a visit to Romsey Abbey with its superb Norman architecture and the grave of Earl Mounbatten. After a guided tour there we walk to the nearby White Horse Hotel which dates back to the 14 th Century, for a light lunch together. Next stop is Old Southampton City Walls, and a stop at Tudor House and Gardens which gives an insight into the lives of people who lived in Southampton over the last 800 years. St Michael’s Church is opposite Tudor House; Founded in 1070, it is the oldest building still in use in Southampton. Our last tour of the day is at the Hospital of St Cross back near Winchester. St Cross is an ancient almshouse complex, originally founded in the 12th century and still running today. It still offers the Wayfarer’s Dole (a small chunk of bread and a tumbler of beer) to any visitor who asks for it, and boasts a fine transitional church. Return to hotel for approx. 17.30.

What's Included

  • Two nights bed and breakfast at the four-star Royal Hotel Winchester

  • First night welcome reception and 3-course dinner with wine

  • Lunch at the White Horse

  • All guided tours and admissions

  • Coach on Day 3

  • 2 talks from Julian Humphrys

  • Julian Humphrys and Elizabeth Norton throughout

What's Not Included

  • Transport to the hotel is not included

  • Double for sole use supplement

  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis

  • Holiday insurance

  • Meals other than those stated

  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc

  • Porterage and gratuities

Mode of Transport

Transport to the hotel is not included. A coach is provided on Day 3 for travel between Romsey Abbey, Old Southampton City Walls, and the Hospital of St Cross.

Accommodation

Royal Hotel, Winchester: Charming 16th century hotel located in the heart of historic Winchester, offering a bar and restaurant overlooking a beautiful walled garden. The comfortable bedrooms offer modern amenities including private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, WIFI, and cosy seating area.

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  • What meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes two nights bed and breakfast at the Royal Hotel Winchester, a welcome reception and 3-course dinner with wine on the first night, and lunch at the White Horse on Day 3.

  • What type of accommodation is provided during the tour?

    The accommodation is at the Royal Hotel, Winchester, a charming 16th-century hotel located in the heart of historic Winchester. The hotel offers a bar and restaurant overlooking a beautiful walled garden, and the comfortable bedrooms come with modern amenities including a private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, WIFI, and a cosy seating area.

  • Are guided tours and admissions included in the tour package?

    Yes, all guided tours and admissions are included in the tour package.

  • What is the itinerary for Day 1 of the tour?

    On Day 1, you will arrive independently from 15:00. There will be an evening welcome reception followed by a talk by Julian Humphrys titled 'The story of Winchester'. The day will end with a group dinner with wine at the hotel.

  • Is transport to the hotel included in the tour?

    No, transport to the hotel is not included in the tour.

  • What will we visit on Day 3 of the tour?

    On Day 3, you will visit Romsey Abbey, have lunch at the White Horse Hotel, and then visit Old Southampton City Walls and Tudor House and Gardens. The day will end with a tour of the Hospital of St Cross near Winchester.

  • Are there any additional costs not included in the tour package?

    Yes, additional costs not included in the tour package are transport to the hotel, double for sole use supplement, extra nights on a bed and breakfast basis, holiday insurance, meals other than those stated, items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc., and porterage and gratuities.

  • Is there any free time during the tour?

    Yes, on the evening of Day 2, after the talk by Julian Humphrys, the evening is free to dine out in one of Winchester’s many restaurants.

  • Who will be the guides during the tour?

    Julian Humphrys and Elizabeth Norton will be the guides throughout the tour.

  • Is there a coach provided for travel during the tour?

    Yes, a coach is provided on Day 3 for travel between Romsey Abbey, Old Southampton City Walls, and the Hospital of St Cross.

  • What activities are planned for Day 2 of the tour?

    Day 2 includes a full day in Winchester on foot, starting with a guided tour of Winchester College. You will visit the City Museum, Winchester Cathedral, and other historic sites such as Jane Austen’s House, Wolvesey Castle, and the world-famous statue of Alfred the Great. The day ends with a tour of Winchester Castle and King Arthur’s Round Table, followed by another talk by Julian Humphrys at the hotel.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final joining instructions and documentation will be despatched approximately 10 days before travel.

  • Do I need any Visas or Vaccinations for my holidays?

    Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change. Please check with your local doctor/GP about the current Vaccination requirements of the country you are visiting. For Visa enquiries, please contact the Embassy of the country you are visiting.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Generally, single and double rooms carry the same price, which means that single supplements for certain itineraries can seem high. We would be pleased to arrange for clients travelling alone to share with another client, however this is subject to somebody in the same situation booking on the tour. If you would be interested in this option, please let us know at the time of enquiry/booking.

  • Where does the tour manager meet us?

    In most cases the tour manager will travel out with the tour group from the UK. However, this is not always the case and the tour manager may meet you at the destination station / airport. The exact details specific to your tour will be given to you in your final documentation, 10 days prior to departure.

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31-Aug-2019

Lovely hotel in Ripley near Winsor the Royal Tour looks amazing unfortunately due to a severe knee injury i had to miss most of the tours. Susanna Lipscombes talk on Henry VIII was fascinating highly recommend this tour also thank you to the Travel Editions staff so helpful

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Recently went on a tour with Travel Editions —what an amazing experience! The tour was well-planned, and the team ensured everyone, regardless of age, had a fantastic time. Highly recommend for an enriching travel adventure!

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My mother has been a regular customer of Travel Editions. She's always rated this company and has encouraged her friends to also book with them. However, her trip to The Netherlands was cancelled because of Covid 19. I accept that this is not the fault of the company but the way they've dealt with my mother is appalling. They accept that she is due a full refund of the money she's paid and that it is their legal obligation to do so. However, the Managing Director, Ed Coventry has made it clear he intends to break the law and is refusing to refund my mother. Please note, this company is still taking bookings and deposits from new customers on their website and it seems to be the case that if the holiday cancels because of Covid 19, they refuse to return your deposit even though you should be refunded.

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Breaking the law. I would like to echo the remarks made by other recent reviews, (see review "My mother has been a regular customer of Travel Editions") This company has broken the law, its contractual obligations, and its word, by refusing to make refunds for cancelled tours until March 2021. It is therefore not to be trusted. I am hoping that the recent ruling against TUI will make them change their minds but I doubt it.

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