This tailor-made package includes executive coach travel throughout the holiday and from three nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at a 3* or 4* hotel in The New Forest / Hampshire area to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.
- Our itinerary could include:
- Portsmouth & the Historic Dockyard
- Beaulieu & Bucklers Hard
- Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
- Salisbury & the Cathedral
- There is the option to add a day excursion to the Isle of Wight**
- Group Organiser benefits
- No single room supplements (selected tours only)
To tailor-make your tour or for a personalised quotation call 01943 605999.
Day 1 - Marlborough is the archetypical English market town. It is a where coins were minted in Norman times, Tudor kings hunted for deer and where coaches heading west from London stopped to feed and water their horses. On March 10 1498, Thomas Wolsey - later to become Cardinal Wolsey - was ordained in St Peter's; one of the two churches which stand at either end of Marlborough's wide High Street.
Day 2 - Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard is the home of the Royal Navy. You can go aboard HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and also find out more about the Mary Rose Story. Portsmouth Harbour’s leading attraction also includes the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tours. This attraction is a great place to experience 800 years of naval history surrounded by working docks and historic buildings. Portsmouth is also famous for its involvement in the preparations for and launch of ‘Operation Overlord’, which led to the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. The ‘D Day’ Museum is situated on Southsea seafront and depicts the events surrounding the build up and launch of this massive operation which led to the beginning of the end of WWII. The famous Overlord Embroidery is also to be found in the Museum. Other attractions worth noting are the Spinnaker Tower, Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, the Royal Marines Museum and the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson. Explore Old Portsmouth with its quaint streets and Spice Island, where the Spice Merchants landed their merchandise and at Old Portsmouth Point there are wonderful views of Portsmouth Harbour and Gunwharf Quays.
Day 3 - The picturesque 18th century village of Buckler's Hard on the banks of the Beaulieu river is famed as the place where some of the ships of Nelson's fleet were built. Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway consist of a spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquility in summer and there is a splendid show of coloured leaves in autumn. In 2011, the Gardens were awarded the prestigious Hudson's Heritage UK 'Best Garden' award.
Day 4 - Visit to Salisbury with a leisurely guided tour of the Cathedral, Chapter House and Magna Carta. You may wish to extend your stay with time for refreshments in the spectacular glass roofed restaurant in the Cathedral.
With all packages we supply a tailor-made flyer to assist in the promotion of your group holiday, along with a booking form which provides us with all the details we require from each participant.