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Royal Oak partners with extraordinary travel companies to provide its members with a curated list of exciting itineraries. See below for 2018-2019 trips with Arrangements Abroad and Albion.

2018-9 Tours with Arrangements Abroad

Crossroads of Cultures: Canary Islands, Morocco & Iberia Aboard Sea Spirit

APRIL 5 – 18, 2019
Moulay Ismail mausoleum in Morocco
Discover lesser-known islands, magnificent Moroccan cities, and storied Spanish and Portuguese ports on a new cultural cruise from the Canary Islands to Lisbon. In the Canaries, visit UNESCO-listed historic towns and lush gardens. Spend a day on Portuguese-accented Madeira, then cruise east to Morocco to explore Marrakech, Casablanca, and Rabat. Continue to Gibraltar to ascend its legendary rock. In Spain, step ashore in Cádiz for an excursion to Seville. Pause in Sagres and Lagos, Portugal, before concluding in Lisbon, where an optional postlude is offered. CRUISE RATES FROM $9,999*. (*Early Booking Incentive applies.)

 

Conquering Heroes from Joan of Arc to Eisenhower: Normandy to Paris Aboard Amalyra

JUNE 4 – 13, 2019

Chantilly Castle On this specially timed program, be in France on D-Day, June 6, and visit Omaha Beach or Caen to observe the anniversary. Explore nearby Caen’s impressive Mémorial Museum before boarding AmaLyra for a seven-night cruise down the Seine River. Stop at sites central to the lives of William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Claude Monet, and other iconic figures. Conclude a memorable voyage with an afternoon in Paris. CRUISE RATES FROM $6,999*. (*Early Booking Incentive applies.)

 

Castles & Collections of the Celtic Isles: Dublin to Edinburgh Aboard Sea Cloud II.

JULY 6 – 17, 2019

The SeaCloudAnchor in Londonderry for a specially arranged lunch at Baronscourt, followed by a tour of its private collections and gardens. Cross the North Channel to step ashore on tiny Iona. Explore the Inverewe Gardens, a subtropical oasis, and call at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands to discover a series of remarkable Stone Age sites. From Inverness, tour Cawdor Castle before sailing to Aberdeen to admire nearby Crathes Castle. Conclude in Edinburgh, to step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia or explore the Old Town on a guided walk. CRUISE RATES FROM $10,999* (Early Booking Incentive applies.)

 

2018-9 Tours with Albion

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Chelsea Flower Show and Hidden London | May 22 – 27, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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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Queen Victoria 200: Regal Splendor & an Island Getaway | March 31 – April 9, 2019

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, 2019

North 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, 2019

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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Edinburgh, Northumberland & the Scottish Borders | May 5 – 15, 2019

Mellerstain-house-gardens-scottish-bordersThe compelling and often turbulent history of the border country that separates Scotland and England has resulted in a region that is exceptionally rich in cultural heritage; with a host of defensive forts, ruined abbeys, ancient castles and picturesque stately homes scattered through the scenic and romantic landscape. On this engaging tour, we discover the fascinating stories behind some of these iconic places, from Hadrian’s Wall with its tales of Roman Britain to the lives of Christian Monks in the 14th century, with the area immortalised in the work of Sir Walter Scott, whose home we also visit.

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London’s Hidden Houses | May 12 – 19, 2019

Join us to delve deeper into this fascinating capital city, looking beyond the typical touristic sights and discovering the famous faces behind some hidden London houses on this tour. From the US Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin’s House, to playwright William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, to Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel, who all had a role in the Foundling Museum, each property has a fascinating story to tell.

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Jane Austen & Georgian Treasures of the South | June 2 – 11, 2019

English novelist Jane Austen is famous the world over for her entertaining novels that gently satirise the dating game in Georgian society. She is forever associated with the south of England, from her home in Chawton, Hampshire to Regency Bath where she lived for a time. We travel to many other places associated with her life and work, and uncover other Georgian gems along the way, such as Bowood and Longleat House and also visit the country’s only surviving Rococo Garden.

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Fairytale Castles of Kent | June 9 – 17, 2019

We explore the romantic county of Kent on this fascinating tour as we learn about its role shaping English history, and discover some of its famous residents such as Ann Boleyn, Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill, in his former home of Chartwell. In a county famed for its castles, we also explore historic Hever Castle, impressive Leeds Castle and the treasure house of Chiddingstone Castle.

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Cambridgeshire & the Origins of the Mayflower 400 | June 11 – 20, 2019

Ahead of 2020’s Mayflower 400 celebrations, we discover the origins of the Pilgrim Fathers in the heart of England. From a congregation of disgruntled English Protestants from the village of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire through to a voyage into the unknown in the New World, we look at the origins of the as we travel north to Boston and Gainsborough, taking in landmarks around Scrooby itself before we head to Cambridge and Essex to explore their role in the story. We also visit Harwich where the Mayflower was believed to be built and started her journey.

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Liverpool, Cheshire & Northern Ireland | June 7 – 18, 2019

The port of Liverpool has strong links to Northern Ireland, from the flood of immigrants who came to Liverpool in the 19th century, they also share an industrial heritage in shipping, with the Titanic being built in Belfast but registered in Liverpool. We explore further links as we travel to the north of England, taking in grand houses such as Tatton Park and Arley Hall, before flying into Northern Ireland to discover equally stunning Mount Stewart House alongside the natural wonder the Giant’s Causeway and the industrial giant of Titanic Belfast.

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Aristocrats & Manor Houses & a Grand Tour to the North | June 21 – 30, 2019 & August 11 – 20, 2019

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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Glamour of the South East: Georgian Grandeur to Art Deco Elegance | July 28 – August 4, 2019

Glamour has taken many forms through the centuries, from ornate gilding and prestigious portraits in Georgian interiors through to the sleek and angular decorations of 20th century Art Deco, and on this tour we explore it all. We indulge in some 1930s charm at Eltham Palace and coastal De La Warr Pavilion, take in some Victorian Arts and Crafts at Standen and are treated to some lavish luxury at historic Petworth and sumptuous Firle Place.

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The Brontës & Literary Classics of Yorkshire | September 1 – 9, 2019

The Brontës are well known as poets and novelists and their home, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire, has become a place of pilgrimage for thousands of visitors each year. We make the journey north to York to discover places associated with their lives, alongside other historic houses with literary associations such as Knebworth House, once the residence of dramatist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and East Riddlesden Hall, believed to be the inspiration for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore.

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