Visit Highclere Castle on April 4, 2013 with the WHYY Vacation Club!

WHYY is going to Downton Abbey! And you're invited!

Here's your chance to explore some of the exciting locations and landscapes featured in the highly-praised public broadcasting hit, Downton Abbey while also supporting your public media station!

The WHYY Vacation Club, in partnership with
Collette Vacations, will travel "across the pond" in April of 2013 for a once-in-a-liftime trip, which will take travelers throughout Great Britain, including a tour of Highclere Castle, the Victorian castle made famous by Downton Abbey!


TOUR ITINERARY (For Complete Details/To Register for the Tour Click Here):
Meal Details - Included Meals are listed with each day's itinerary (B = Breakfast, D = Dinner)

Day 1: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 Overnight Flight
Feel the vibrant energy of England, hear the unique sounds of Scotland and see the rolling countryside of Wales on a trip that combines the exploration of dramatic history and natural wonders.

Day 2: Thursday, April 04, 2013 Arrive London
Your tour begins in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of Britain. Today you will visit the famous Highclere Castle, home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The Castle is most recently renowned as the filming location of the PBS hit show Downtown Abbey, and due to the international popularity of the program, it is extremely difficult to book tours of the castle -- you don't want to miss this rare opportunity! Return to London for a free evening.

Day 3: Friday, April 05, 2013 London, England
Today your day is at leisure to explore London at your own pace. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.(B, D)

Day 4: Saturday, April 06, 2013 London
This morning, see the quintessential sights of London hosted by a local guide. View Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the changing of the guard (if held). London has one of the best live theatre scenes in the world. Later today, enjoy one of London’s spectacular theatre performances (if tickets are available). (B)

Day 5: Sunday, April 07, 2013 London - Cambridge - York
Today you visit Cambridge, home of the famous university which is more than 800 years old. Later, stroll through the medieval city of York. See the famous Minster and walk on the “Shambles,” a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Here you’ll find great shopping and a street that is so narrow in parts that you can almost reach both sides with your outstretched arms. (B, D)

Day 6: Monday, April 08, 2013 York - Border Region - Edinburgh, Scotland
Head north through the rolling fields on your way to Bonnie (“lovely” in Scottish) Scotland. Stretching across the country you will find Hadrian’s Wall, which once marked the northern border of the Roman Empire. Stop to see this ancient fortification that was begun in AD 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland’s Border region before arriving in Edinburgh, the "Athens of the North." Enjoy discovering Scotland's exciting capital city which is rich in scenic beauty and culture. (B, D)

Day 7: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 Edinburgh
Enjoy a locally-guided tour of Edinburgh that includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish crown jewels. You will get a glimpse at what life is like for the royals during your visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse***, the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Your evening is at leisure to sample one of Edinburgh’s fine restaurants and perhaps take an evening stroll through Princes Street Gardens to view the illuminated castle above you. (B)

Day 8: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Wales
Your final stop in Scotland is at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to be married. Later, return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. In the heart of the Lake District, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End your day with an overnight stay in beautiful Ruthin Castle situated in the north of Wales. Tonight, enjoy a typical Welsh-style dinner followed by traditional entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9: Thursday, April 11, 2013 Wales - Stratford-upon-Avon
Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, your home for the next two nights and birthplace of William Shakespeare, England’s most famous playwright. Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps, visiting his birthplace as well as Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife. (B)

Day 10: Friday, April 12, 2013 Stratford-upon-Avon - Bath - Stonehenge - Stratford-upon-Avon
Travel through some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Stop in the ancient Roman town of Bath - renowned for more than 2,000 years for its spas and natural hot springs. Visit the Roman Baths Museum to see the elaborate spas, valued since Roman times for their curative properties. Finally, no visit to Britain would be complete without a visit to Stonehenge of Celtic and Druid lore. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner as you toast the conclusion of a wonderful trip. (B, D)

Day 11: Saturday, April 13, 2013 Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends
Your journey through Britain ends today. (B)