Travel Programs

Explore the U.K. and beyond!

Royal Oak has partnered with Albion, one of the leading travel providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to provide custom itineraries. Take in the history and beauty of the National Trust with us!

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Browse the 2018 and 2019 tours below or click through for more details and to book your trip.


2018 Tours with Albion

Chelsea Flower Show and Hidden London | May 22 – 27

The Chelsea Flower Show is the Royal Horticultural Society’s most prestigious and sought-after event. We combine this iconic show with an exploration of many hidden and little known gems nestled amidst the streets of London, uncovering the history of the capital of England through this eclectic mix of properties. We also spend time in Greenwich with its royal heritage, rich culture and beautiful riverside setting.

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Stately Homes of Oxford & the Cotswolds – Meet the Owners | May 27 – June 3

nullWe all dream of living in a stately home but what is the reality actually like? On this unique tour, we meet some of the owners who are lucky enough to call these historic houses their homes, situated in the one of the most quintessentially English regions of Britain. We are also given special access to other impressive properties as we take in the best of the Cotswolds, an area known for idyllic, honey-coloured stone towns and villages set against a picturesque rural backdrop of gently rolling hills. These are complemented perfectly by some magnificent stately homes around Oxford, the city of Dreaming Spires.

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England’s Finest Cathedrals | June 10 – 19

nullEngland is home to a wonderful collection of cathedrals which are a major aspect of the nation’s artistic heritage. Seats of bishops and centers of worship and mission, they are often the oldest, most architecturally complex and diverse buildings in the country. We explore some of these iconic and magnificent places, with their centuries of history, sacred relics and architectural splendors; a testament to the skill and talent of the finest artists, designers and craftsmen of the time.

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The English Arts & Crafts Movement | June 13 – 20

nullThe Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential, profound and far-reaching design movements of modern times. The aim of the movement’s reformers was to re-establish a harmony between architect, designer and craftsman and to emphasise the importance of handcraftsmanship. On this insightful tour, we explore many of the properties and gardens designed by these influential figures; discover country retreats that were a source of inspiration and visit galleries renowned for their Arts and Crafts collections. Our tour will be accompanied by an expert in the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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Historic Castles & Stately Homes of Wales | June 20 – 29

nullWe journey west to experience the romantic landscapes and rich history of Wales, a country steeped in myth and legend, with its own distinctive language and Celtic culture. We uncover an array of fairytale castles, splendid stately homes and beautiful ruins while discovering some of Wales’ most famous artists and writers along the way.

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Aristocrats and Manor Houses: Grand Tour to the North–SOLD OUT

A view towards the East end of the Abbey church showing the great East window arch at Fountains Abbey, North YorkshireBOTH SESSIONS OF THIS TOUR ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.
There are two options for this tour:
July 8 – 17
August 12 – 21
Our unforgettable tour explores the architectural grandeur and superb collections of some of Britain’s finest estates, some still family homes to this day. We also discover how these dramatic properties and their society stories have inspired literature through the centuries as we travel from the Home Counties up to the rugged landscapes of the north.

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A Journey through Glorious Yorkshire & the Lake District | July 21 – 29

nullGlorious Yorkshire and the stunning Lake District are two contrasting regions of outstanding natural beauty and home to three of England’s National Parks. These vibrant landscapes are rich in history, scattered with picturesque rural villages virtually untouched by time. We combine this magnificent scenery with an exploration of the architectural grandeur, superb collections and fascinating heritage of some of the regions’ finest houses and estates.

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Historic Royal Houses & Stately Homes of Kent | August 11 – 18

nullWe explore Britain’s incredible royal heritage in the capital of London and the picturesque county of Kent, home to Royal palaces, historic castles and impressive stately homes. From the largest inhabited castle in the world to one of the last remaining aristocratic townhouses in London, each has been witness to generations of Britain’s rich blue-blooded history.

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The Regal Estates & Jacobean Manors of Norfolk & Suffolk | September 2 – 9

nullA defining period of British history; for the first time Scotland, Wales and England were united under one monarch, the Jacobean era left its indelible mark on many of England’s historic houses. The Jacobean period can be characterised by flamboyant design and extravagant detailing both inside and out. From the unique architectural style of Ickworth to the sumptuous interiors of Blickling Hall, we discover the homes of Britain’s aristocracy while also exploring the historic cities of Cambridge and Norwich.

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Edinburgh, Glasgow & the Scottish Highlands & Islands | September 9 – 18

albionjourneys_edinburghglasgowthescottishhighlandsislands_1496395294edinburgh4inveraraycastlesThe dramatic west coast of Scotland is home to a swathe of unspoilt islands full of breathtaking natural beauty, ancient monuments and a diversity of wildlife, with every isle having its own distinct personality. We mix the historical and natural appeal of these islands with fascinating stories of Scottish clans, iconic castles, vibrant Scottish cities and one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world.

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Insider’s London Signature Tour | September 10 – 16

nullGet an insider’s view of England’s capital city on our fascinating Signature Tour of London’s hidden houses. We uncover the luxurious interiors and secret treasures contained within some of London’s finest houses. Art lovers will enjoy a private tour of the sumptuous Wallace Collection and visit to the Royal Academy, while garden enthusiasts will be charmed by Chelsea Physic Garden. With dinner one evening in a historic restaurant, this promises to be a lavish and enlightening tour.

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Elizabethans in the Heart of England | September 16 – 22

nullThe Golden Age is one of the most fascinating and rich periods in the history of England. Queen Elizabeth I’s reign not only saw a huge revival in the arts but also in the architecture of the country, indeed the Elizabethan style can be characterised by the sheer glory of its stonework construction, its flamboyant designs and opulent detailing. We visit some of the grand houses that typify the legacy of this era where no expense was spared.

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2019 Tours with Albion

Queen Victoria 200: Regal Splendor & an Island Getaway | March 31 – April 9

null2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, Britain’s second longest serving monarch. Victoria’s reign marked a period of great cultural, industrial and political change and a great expansion of the British Empire. This tour takes in some of the famous palaces, castles and country houses frequented by the Queen throughout her reign and offers a very real insight into her life and the people closest to her.

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Glorious Gardens & Grandeur of North Wales | June 23 – July 2

albionjourneys_gloriousgardens_1511275429gggpenrhyncastleNorth Wales, a land blessed with rugged mountains, beautiful beaches and picturesque villages also has some of the most striking gardens in the UK, many attached to magnificent houses with centuries of history to uncover. From world-renowned gardens to hidden gems, we encounter a remarkable array of sweeping landscapes, woodlands, valleys, walled gardens and displays of abundant flowers and shrubs which thrive in the unique climate of this region. We round off our tour with visits to two unique homes and gardens in England with their wonderfully different architectural styles, where we learn about the histories behind their often eccentric owners.

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In the Footsteps of Shakespeare | September 15 – 25

nullA poet, playwright and actor, William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. This tour will provide a very real insight into Shakespeare’s life and times, visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, where he was born and grew up, and exploring other historic houses in the area associated with his story, as we discover pretty market towns and picturesque country villages. On our return south, we recreate the fabled journeys Shakespeare is believed to have taken to Oxford, the iconic city and world-famous seat of learning. A highlight of the tour will be the chance to attend performances at the iconic Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford and at the Globe Theatre in London.

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