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2017 Southern England Tour


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31 August – 19 September 2017
Escorted by Jim and Eve Murphy

We have planned this tour of southern England to include locations and attractions not in the run-of-the-mill itineraries, giving you the opportunity to visit some of those less-accessible, but interesting places.
Jim and Eve will guide you through some of the lesser-known towns and villages and hidden gems of Southern England. History, scenery, village life, special destinations and of course some surprises along the way, make this tour one not to be missed.
Special highlights include:
● Oxford and its famous University ● the medieval town of Tewksbury ● a canal boat adventure in the Bath region; ● the south west corner of Cornwall via Dartmoor and the Cornish fishing villages ● St Michaels Mount ● Glastonbury ● tea at Highgrove Gardens ● the Isle of Wight ● The 1066 battle ground at Hastings ● Sir Peter Blake’s Memorial ● a grand finale in London. 


Thursday 31            Auckland - London
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand

Friday 01                London - Oxford D
On arrival at London Heathrow airport, travel by coach to the university town of Oxford for a two night stay. A welcome dinner is included tonight.
Saturday 02             Oxford B
This morning, set out on a walking tour of Oxford, a city of spires and home to 38 colleges. We see highlights of some of these, hear of famous literary figures such as Tolken, CS Lewis and Oscar Wilde. The afternoon is free to perhaps hire a punt on the Broads, follow in the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland or take in an evening Oxford pub tour.
Sunday 03               Oxford – Tewkesbury B
After breakfast, a leisurely day travelling through some of England’s gentle and picturesque countryside and villages. Arrive in Tewkesbury to enjoy afternoon tea, shop, plus a guided visit to Tewkesbury Abbey - famous for its stained glass windows.
Our hotel tonight dates from the 15th century. Queen Mary stayed there in 1937 which is how it was bestowed its Royal title and Charles Dickens mentions the hotel in his book The Pickwick Papers.

Monday 04              Tewkesbury - Bath B L D
Today travel through the Cotswolds with its golden stone buildings, English gardens and village pubs. See Cirencester and Tetbury where we visit Highgrove Gardens – the country home of Prince Charles and Camilla. Prince Charles started from scratch in 1980 and the garden is entirely organic. He sought advice from Lady Salisbury, an experienced organic gardener and Miriam Rothschild a leader in biodiversity. After lunch, drive to the Roman city of Bath for a two night stay.
Tuesday 05              Bath B L
Today, experience a cruise on the local canals – a day to relax and enjoy.
Wednesday 06           Bath - Tavistock B D
After breakfast, travel to Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s most dramatic gorge with 138m high cliffs. Continue via Glastonbury and Exeter across Dartmoor National Park (famed for its rugged, desolate beauty and once upon a time its wild ponies) to the market town of Tavistock in West Devon. (Birthplace of Sir Francis Drake).
Thursday 07             Tavistock - Marazion  B D
Our coach journey allows us to visit the Eden Project, an environmental complex containing the world's largest greenhouse. It was built in a disused clay pit to study plant populations in a variety of environments
The next three night’s stay is in a delightful but little-known coastal Cornish town of Marazion.
Friday 08                Sightseeing B
An easy touring day of the Penwith Peninsula that includes Mousehole, one of the most picturesque harbours in the south-west, a visit to open air Minack Theatre set on the coastal cliffs, a walk to Lands’ End then on to St Ives, the once internationally-famous artistic centre
Saturday 09              Marazion B
Meet the locals day. Marazion is famous for its island castle, St Michael’s Mount. Access from the town is by a man-made causeway, passable at low tide or boat.  The Mount has a historical link to its sister isle in Normandy, Mont St Michel. A guided visit is planned.
Sunday 10                  Marazion – Taunton B D
Our journey takes us to Bodmin Moor and the Jamacia Inn, scene of Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name and reputedly a haven during the great smuggler days. On to Tintangel, of King Arthur legend on the west coast of Cornwall, then through Devon, ending the day in the Somerset town of Taunton.

Monday 11                  Taunton – New Forest area  (Passford House) B D
Today we drive through the thatched-cottaged valley of Bratton Downs where the famous Whitehorse adorns the hillside and onto Salisbury, famous for its cathedral.  From there, through the 90,000 acre New Forest, planted 1000 years ago and later became a royal hunting reserve for William the Conqueror.
It is mixture of villages, grazing rights, animals in the wild, including different types of deer, donkeys and hundreds of ponies. Note: these animals have the right of way on the road.

Tuesday 12               New Forest - Ryde (Isle of Wight) B D

A forty minute ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth followed by a sightseeing tour of the southern coast.
 The Isle of Wight has a milder sub climate than other areas of the UK which makes it a popular holiday destination. The Isle is also sunnier with 1,800 – 2,100 hours of sunshine a year and has a longer growing season.
Queen Victoria made Osborne House on the Isle of Wight her summer home for many years and, as a result, it became a major holiday resort for fashionable Victorians including Alfred, Lord TennysonJulia Margaret Cameron, and Charles Dickens (who wrote much of David Copperfield there), Queen Victoria died at Osborne House on 22 January 1901, aged 81.
The world's first radio station was set up by Marconi in 1897 at the Needles Battery, at the western tip of the island.
During the Second World War the island was frequently bombed. With its proximity to France the island had a number of observation stations and transmitters.
The Needles battery was used as the site for testing and development of the Black Arrow and Black Knight space rockets, subsequently launched from WoomeraAustralia.

Wednesday 13           Isle of Wight B D
Sightseeing today takes in Newport and Cowes. Cowes Week is one of the yachting world’s traditional regattas.
Cowes is also where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had their holiday home. A visit Osborne House is included.

Thursday 14             Ryde –Eastbourne B L D
Our ferry returns us to the mainland at Portsmouth, from there we will visit the remote countryside area of Hambledon, renowned as the early home of cricket. We lunch at this historical spot at the Bat and Ball Inn.
Next comes Emsworth and a stop-off at Peter Blake’s Memorial.
From there we coach the southern coast through the familiar towns of Chichester and Brighton for an overnight stay at Eastbourne on the Sussex coast.

Friday 15                Eastbourne– London B L
Another major historical stop. A few miles out of Hastings is the town of ‘Battle’, famous for the ‘1066’ Battle, an event that profoundly changed the world. King Harold supposedly died from a stray arrow in the eye and the Duke of Normandy (William the Conqueror) who invaded from France, became King of England.
Continue on to London to our accommodation in Hackney – East London.
Saturday 16                    London B D
Today, visit Buckingham Palace where our four hour tour will include the Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews and the Staterooms.
Rest of day at leisure. 
Tonight we have our Farewell Dinner.

Sunday 17                      Depart London B
For those returning to New Zealand, coach transfer to Heathrow for departure flight.
Cross the dateline
Tuesday 19 Arrive Auckland
*Itinerary subject to change


Cost Per Person *NZD

Twin share


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Land only (London - London)

Deduct $2,613

Early Booking Discount
(if deposit paid by 31 March 2017)


Previous International Tour Client Discount


*This is a cash / cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel surcharges and currency fluctuations, subject to final payment.


  • Return economy airfares Auckland – London
  • 16 nights’ accommodation in 3 / 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Lunches and dinners as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to Tewksbury Abbey, Highgrove Gardens, Glastonbury, Tintagel Castle, Eden Project, Minack Theatre, St Michaels Mount, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, 1066 Battle site, Buckingham Palace
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Luxury coach travel
  • Driver / guide
  • Canal Boat tour near Bath
  • Jim and Eve Murphy as escorts, subject to 15 persons travelling
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Airline and government taxes
  • Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)
  • Gratuities

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 will secure a place on the tour
  • Full payment no later than 19 May 2017 
Cancellations and Refunds
  • From the date of Booking until 19 May 2017 – loss of deposit
  • After 19 May 2017 – no refund
  • A current passport is required, valid six months beyond the date of travel
  • No visa is required for New Zealand Passport holders
  • All other passport holders - please ask

General Information

The weather in England is always changeable and September is the beginning of Autumn – very often warm and unsettled. The days are still long and the countryside mellow. Daytime temperatures are around 20˚c and night time 11 ˚c
Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and climb stairs.
Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions contained within this website without recourse. 

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