Explore South East England - Fri 2 March 2018 to Tues 6 March 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Explore the South of England

South East England is renowned for its beautiful gardens and miles of stunning coastline. Rich in cultural attractions, the region is easily accessible from London, and is also home to gentle rolling countryside, two National Parks, and some of Britain’s driest weather!

South West England is home to eleven Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, two National Parks and benefits from a feeling of remoteness and tranquillity which makes it a popular holiday destination

Key gateways

Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton, Luton, Stansted, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Newquay

Portsmouth, Harwich, Dover, Newhaven, Ramsgate, Poole, Plymouth

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - Oxfordshire

17:00 Coach transfer from Newcastle Arena to Oxford (stop for dinner after 2 hrs driving)
19:30 Hotel Site Inspection and dinner at Rudding Park
Overnight Macdonald Bear Hotel, Woodstock

Itinerary Details

Start with a journey from Newcastle to Oxford, stopping for dinner in Harrogate. The restaurant at Rudding Park is famed for its seasonal dishes and cuisine inspired by its very own gardens. The beautiful grounds, luxurious rooms and amenities make a perfect backdrop to this award-winning restaurant. Onwards then to Woodstock, and the MacDonald Bear hotel.

Supplier Information

Name Rudding Park
Category Accommodation
Profile A privately owned luxury hotel, Rudding Park has 90 bedrooms, a spa, two restaurants and a kitchen garden, private cinema, two golf courses and conference and events space. Set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, Rudding Park is one of the most beautiful Harrogate hotels.
Phone 01423 871350
Email guest.relations@ruddingpark.com
Website https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Macdonald Bear Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile Macdonald Bear Hotel is one of the finest 4-star hotels in Oxfordshire and offers a beautiful slice of luxury in the heart of the countryside. Set in Woodstock, in what was once a 13th century coaching inn, our hotel combines history and culture with exceptional facilities. With direct access to the historic city of Oxford, our hotel is a popular choice for leisure breaks, business and weddings.
Phone 01993 811124
Email enquiries@Macdonald-Hotels.co.uk
Website http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-bear-hotel/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 2

Saturday 3 March


07:30 Breakfast at hotel
09:00 Coach Transfer
10:00 Private tour of Blenheim Palace
13:00 Coach transfer
13:30 Cookery class
15:00 Coach transfer Transfer to Bicester Village
13:30 Time in Bicester Village (Welcome drinks in VIP lounge with presentation + 10% VIP discount card)
17:15 Coach Transfer to MacDonald Bear hotel, Oxford
19:30 Dinner at MacDonald Bear
Overnight Macdonald Bear

Itinerary Details

A visit to the UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace provides a step back in time. With opulent state rooms, and as the birthplace of Winston Churchill, this palace has a rich and fascinating past.

What better way to get a taste of England than to attend a cookery class? Using local Oxfordshire ingredients, it’s a great chance to create some magnificent dishes for lunch.

From eating to shopping, Bicester Village offers a great opportunity for some discount retail therapy. With more than 160 boutiques and designer shops, it’s a great place to make savings on brands including Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Versace.

Dinner tonight is at Macdonald Bear hotel, which offers a choice of classic British dishes

Supplier Information

Name Macdonald Bear Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile Macdonald Bear Hotel is one of the finest 4-star hotels in Oxfordshire and offers a beautiful slice of luxury in the heart of the countryside. Set in Woodstock, in what was once a 13th century coaching inn, our hotel combines history and culture with exceptional facilities. With direct access to the historic city of Oxford, our hotel is a popular choice for leisure breaks, business and weddings.
Phone 01993 811124
Email enquiries@Macdonald-Hotels.co.uk
Website http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-bear-hotel/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Blenheim Palace
Category Attraction
Profile Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Surrounded by spectacular Parkland and Gardens designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown the Palace offers visitors an unforgettable day out.
Email uericson@blenheimpalace.com
Website https://www.blenheimpalace.com
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Bicester Village
Category Retail
Profile Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the region’s ultimate shopping destination. Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, each offers savings of up to 60%, all year round.
Phone 01869 366266
Email cdoble@valueretail.com
Website https://www.bicestervillage.com/en/home/
Min - Max capacity: 1-1000
Frequency: Daily
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: FIT and Groups
Translation: Arabic and Mandarin
Day 3

Sunday 4 March


07:00 Breakfast at hotel
09:00 Transfer – Bath
11:30 Roman Baths private tour
13:30 Lunch in Roman Baths Kitchen
15:00 Thermae Bath Spa Experience
17:00 Hotel Check in & Freshen-up
19:00 Dinner at Dower House Restaurant
Overnight The Royal Crescent Hotel

Itinerary Details

After breakfast at the hotel, the itinerary heads west to Bath, soaking up the countryside landscapes that make the South West of England so famous.

The iconic Roman Baths can best be enjoyed with a tour – giving the chance to learn all about how they were used for worship, socialising and more. From the iconic Grand Pump House, to finding out how the natural hot springs are generated, it’s fascinating to discover why this site forms such an important part of England’s history. And, after working up an appetite, lunch can be enjoyed in the Roman Baths Kitchen, a beautiful Georgian townhouse opposite the main entrance to the baths.

After a visit to the Roman Baths, it’s time for the modern-day equivalent at Thermae Bath Spa. Britain’s only natural thermal spa offers a range of indulgent treatments as well as warming waters and a state-of-the-art wellness suite.

And the perfect place to eat and rest after a busy day, The Royal Crescent Hotel has a fantastic central location and an award-winning 3 AA Rosette restaurant, serving contemporary classic cuisine.

Supplier Information

Name The Roman Baths
Category Attraction
Profile Walk in the footsteps of the Romans as you explore one of the finest spas of the ancient world. See the ruins of the temple where worshippers prayed to the goddess Sulis Minerva and the bathhouse where they took the waters.
Phone 01225 477785
Email romanbaths_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk
Website https://www.romanbaths.co.uk
Min - Max capacity: 20 minimum, 220 maximum (per tour operator)
Frequency: Private tours are available but must be booked in advance
Private tours: Yes. Tours must be booked in advance
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Audioguides are available in the following languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Extra information: Group rates apply for groups of 20 or more

Supplier Information

Name Thermae Bath Spa
Category Attraction
Profile Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal spa, located in the historic city of Bath, offers traditional and state-of-the-art spa facilities. Guests can bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters, enjoy the Wellness Suite and a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body & soothe the mind.
Phone 01225 331234
Email reservations@thermaebathspa.com
Website https://www.thermaebathspa.com/
Min - Max capacity: 1-10.
Frequency: n/a
Private tours: Yes. Tours must be requested in advance by calling Peter Rollins on 01225 328463
FIT or Groups: Small groups
Translation: n/a

Supplier Information

Name The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Category Accommodation
Profile The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is a perfectly formed 45 bedroom hotel situated in the world famous Royal Crescent, one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK.
Phone +44 1225 823333
Email info@royalcrescent.co.uk
Website https://www.royalcrescent.co.uk/
Min - Max capacity: 8 guests to 90 guests or 4 Bedrooms to 45 Bedrooms
Frequency: As required
Private tours: Available on request
FIT or Groups: Available on request
Day 4

Monday 5 March


07:30 Breakfast
09:00 Coach transfer
11:00 Tour at the View from the Shard
12:30 Lunch and Hotel Site Inspection at Shangri-La Hotel
14:45 Transfer to Shakespeare’s Globe
15:30 Afternoon tea & guided tour at Shakespeare’s Globe
17:00 Coach transfer to hotel for check in and freshen up for dinner
19:00 Dinner and Hotel Site Inspection at Corinthia Hotel
Overnight Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Itinerary Details

From historic Bath to futuristic London, “The View from The Shard” offers some of the best views of the capital, with 360-degree views stretching for 40 miles. There are three restaurants and bars in the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel at the The Shard – LANG, TING and GONG – and it is also home to the highest bar in Europe. The hotel boasts decadent guestrooms and communal areas, which makes it a tranquil escape from the buzz of the city below.

And for a more traditional London experience, Shakespeare’s Globe is the home of one of London’s most beloved theatres. Enjoy a guided tour as well as a delicious afternoon tea, including finger sandwiches, patisserie and warm scones – the perfect spot for a bite to eat.

With time to check-in to the Corus Hotel Hyde Park, dinner is at The Corinthia Hotel London, home to grand architecture, city centre views and fine dining.

Supplier Information

Name View from the Shard
Category Attraction
Profile See all of London from incredible heights. At nearly twice the height of any other viewing platform in the city, The View from The Shard is the only place to take in over 1,000 years of the Capital's history all at once. Situated at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The View from The Shard offers unrivalled 360 degree panoramic views, stretching over 40 miles of London's skyline.
Phone +44 (0)844 499 7111
Email luke.reilly@theviewfromtheshard.com
Website https://www.theviewfromtheshard.com/
Min - Max capacity: N/A
Frequency: Admission available throughout the day
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Shangri-La Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile After a morning’s stroll through London’s bustling Borough Market, you enjoy a short walk back to the comfort and elegance of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. The 34th to 52nd floors of Renzo Piano’s iconic building house the hotel, which is Shangri-La’s first property in the UK. When you arrive, you savour a refreshing cup of Chinese tea at on level 35, before making your way to your spacious room. Here, floor to ceiling windows showcase breathtaking views of vibrant London, and you watch the life of the city unfold along the River Thames.
Phone 07234 8000
Email rana.elzein@shangri-la.com
Website http://www.shangri-la.com/london/shangrila/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Shakespeare's Globe
Category Attraction
Profile We celebrate Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world by conducting a radical theatrical experiment. Inspired and informed by the unique historic playing conditions of two beautiful iconic theatres, our diverse programme of work harnesses the power of performance, cultivates intellectual curiosity and excites learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all.
Phone +44 (0)20 7902 1400
Email info@shakespearesglobe.com
Website http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/
FIT or Groups: n/a

Supplier Information

Name Corinthia Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile Rated among the city's finest, Corinthia London combines grandeur and heritage with modern freshness. Featuring seven penthouses, two world-class restaurants, the award-winning ESPA Life at Corinthia spa and much more, the hotel is a destination in itself, minutes from the West End and the River Thames.
Phone 020 7930 8181
Email luis.valente@corinthia.com
Website https://www.corinthia.com
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Corus Hotel Hyde Park
Category Accommodation
Profile Located in an elegant 200-year-old listed Georgian mansion in the fashionable Hyde Park neighbourhood of London, Corus London Hyde Park hotel offers discreet yet warm, friendly and genuine service combined with four-star comforts and amenities to make you feel completely at home.
Phone 020 7262 5022
Email reservations.londonhydepark@corushotels.com
Website https://www.corushotels.com/london
Min - Max capacity: 387 rooms
FIT or Groups: Groups
Day 5

Tuesday 6 March


09:00 Coach Transfer to London Heathrow for departure