The rich intricacies of Gothic architecture, Kings College Chapel seen from across the River Cam and punts ferrying from Silver Bridge Street to Magdalene Bridge, all confirm that there’s something special about Cambridge. We visit Europe’s largest man-made lake in Britain’s smallest county, the winding thoroughfares and the, ‘Ship of the Fen’, at Ely and also The Queen’s private retreat at Sandringham on this memorable tour.
Day 1 All aboard the SwanTourer as we head towards Cambridge, for five nights stay at the Hallmark Hotel ****
Day 2 A local guide accompanies our tour around one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Britain: Cambridge. Its unique setting on the banks of the River Cam, complete with magnificent architecture combine to make Cambridge an unforgettable place to see.
Sir Christopher Wren designed Emmanuel College in the 17th Century, Charles Darwin studied at Christs College in the early 19th Century, whilst St Botolphs Church is dedicated to the patron saint of travellers on the fringe of the medieval town. Onto the city of Ely, rich in history, charm and beauty and the jewel in the crown of the Fens;
we enjoy a guided tour around one of Englands most beautiful and largest cathedrals, known locally as the Ship of the Fens.
Day 3 Sandringham House is the country retreat of The Queen and is part of our SwanTour today. Standing in 60 acres of glorious grounds and built by King Edward VII, it has been passed down as a private home through three generations of monarchs. A friendly and informal place to visit, we can marvel at collections of porcelain, jade,
crystal and personal mementoes.
Day 4 Our first stop today is at the town of St Ives which owes its importance to its position on the meandering River Ouse. The unusual bridge and chapel of St Leger, built midstream is the most famous landmark of St Ives and is one of only four surviving bridge chapels in England. Onwards to Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lose Mill, a tranquil
setting containing the fascinating Fairhaven art collection, formal gardens and an 18th Century working watermill.
Day 5 An excursion to Cambridge where you will have free time, allowing you to enjoy this city situated on the River Cam. Take in the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating back over 800 years.
Day 6 Today we begin our travels home, sit back in your chair and relax as our SwanTour driver drives the coach home to the West Country and surrounding area.
Guided tour of Cambridge.
Entrance to Ely Cathedral.
Entrance to Sandringham House and Anglesey Abbey.
Excursions as detailed.
5 nights hotel stay on half board.
Standing in 200 acres of picturesque grounds, this hotel is perfect for our stay in Cambridge.
A 15 metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa combine with well-appointed contemporary guest rooms.
The hotel has a lift.
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