One of the leading heritage travel providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Albion provides Royal Oak members with custom itineraries that include visits to National Trust properties.

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Kent Castles & Coasts

Romantic Castles, Rural Villages & Stunning Coastlines

The romantic county of Kent offers a multitude of historic treasures, from enchanting castles and stately homes to imaginative gardens and delightful coastal towns. On this captivating break we learn about Kent’s role in shaping English history, and discover some of its famous residents such as Ann Boleyn, Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill. In a county famed for its castles, we also explore historic Hever and impressive Leeds Castle. We combine these fascinating architectural wonders with the peacefulness of the Kentish coast, as we experience the classic seaside charm of Margate and Whitstable.

Dates:

May 5 to 13, 2020

Cost:

From $4,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Bonnie Prince Charlie & the Jacobite Rebellion

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Romance, Rebellion and Warfare North of the Border

Follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie 300 years on from his birth. Prince Charles Edward Stuart, born to the exiled Stuart King James II, was raised in the belief that his family were the true rulers of Britain. Supported by his fellow Jacobites, he landed in Scotland in 1745. His planned invasion of England starting promisingly but ultimately ended in a disastrous defeat with the Prince forced to go on the run, always one step away from capture, before escaping to the continent. We tell the fascinating story of the young prince’s time in Scotland, visiting the places where he sought refuge, in a story that has shaped Scottish history and been immortalized in books and songs from Sir Walter Scott to the current Outlander TV series.

Dates:

May 10 – 20, 2020

Cost:

From $6,490 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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North Wales

Glorious Gardens & Grandeur

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.

Dates:

June 7 to 16, 2020

Cost:

From $5,750 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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A Tour Around the Treasure Houses of England

Explore the most magnificent palaces, castles and houses in England

The Treasure Houses of England are a collection of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles, each with its own unique charm, stunning architecture and beautiful gardens. Most are still homes to the great families who have owned them for generations. Together, the houses display some of the most important art collections in the world, showcasing exquisite examples of fine furniture, porcelain, china and portraiture. On this captivating tour, we explore nine of these impressive places, alongside other historic gems, giving us a fascinating insight into life in England over the centuries.

Dates:

June 21 – July 2, 2020

Cost:

From $5,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Bloomsbury Group In the South East

Explore the Lifestyle and Legacy of English writers, intellectuals and artists

In the early part of the 20th century a group of writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists who lived and worked in Bloomsbury were perhaps best known for their liberal views on politics and social conventions as well as their infamous love triangles. Luminaries including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey also undertook an experimental attitude to ways they decorated their homes, resulting in highly original and inspired designs. We uncover the finest examples of their work as we visit the houses where they lived and loved.

Dates:

July 14 – 22, 2020

Cost:

From $5,690 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Aristocrats & Manor Houses

A Grand Tour to the North

Our unforgettable tour explores the architectural grandeur and superb collections of some of Britain’s finest estates, some still family homes to this day. From the world-famous Highclere Castle, television’s Downton Abbey, to Winston Churchill’s birthplace of Blenheim Palace and beyond, we discover several historic treasures and their society stories. We juxtapose these fine manor houses with the rugged landscapes of the north, providing us with the perfect opportunity to explore Britain’s rich heritage and diverse countryside.

Dates:

July 19 to 28, 2020

Cost:

From $5,490 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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South West England

English Gardens & their Manor Houses

The picturesque South West of England is home to a veritable treasure trove of impressive stately homes and atmospheric manors. These magnificent properties boast extraordinary interiors and often feature fascinating garden styles and parkland too, many of which were created by 18th-century garden design trendsetters such as ‘Capability’ Brown. On this tour, we uncover some of these classic and sometimes hidden gems, from the Elizabethan Longleat House to the tranquil Heale House Gardens and Italianate Peto Garden.

Dates:

August 2 to 11, 2020

Cost:

From $4,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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East Anglia

Cambridge, Mansions, and Villages

The region of East Anglia is filled with natural beauty, charming villages and historic wool towns that have changed little since Tudor times, with their timber-framed buildings and crooked streets. On this insightful tour we explore some of these wonderful locations and discover magnificent houses rich in history and architecture such as elegant Holkham Hall and the breathtaking Jacobean mansion of Blickling.

Dates:

August 17 to 26, 2020

Cost:

From $4,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Oxford & the Home Counties

Picturesque Houses & Gardens

The pastoral landscapes of the Home Counties that surround London provide a beautiful backdrop to some of Britain’s most impressive homes. We uncover the fascinating stories of these magnificent places with their wonderful mix of architectural styles and fine treasures within, and explore spectacular landscape gardens and parkland. Our tour is complemented by a stay at Hartwell House Hotel, a stunning stately home and one of the Historic House Hotels of the National Trust.

Dates:

September 6 to 13, 2020

Cost:

From$4,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Mayflower 400 Celebration Tour

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Celebrate the historic journey of The Mayflower Ship

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage from England to America. In 1620, an intrepid group of dissenters set sail across the Atlantic on what was then an incredibly dangerous journey to start a new life in the New World. To commemorate this anniversary, we follow in the footsteps of the Mayflower Pilgrims and trace the Mayflower’s journey en-route for America, learning more about the ship that links four nations and the legacy of a voyage that changed history.

Dates:

September 10 – 20, 2020

Cost:

From $5,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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‘Step Back in Time’

Traditional Country House Christmas in England

Christmas in England conjures up images of Dickensian London and A Christmas Carol or traditional country houses where families gather around roaring fires. We celebrate the spirit of Christmas past and catch a glimpse of festivities of times gone by as we travel from London to the pastoral Home Counties. We enjoy enchanting visits to magnificent properties which are specially decorated for the season, from the royal residence of Windsor Castle to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. To complete our festive getaway we experience the magic of Christmas at Kew and also visit the lovely city of Oxford, where we indulge in the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea and have time for some Christmas shopping.

Dates:

December 2 to 7, 2020

Cost:

From $3,900 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Monasteries, Castles & Manors

of Ireland

With the beautiful and vibrant cities of Dublin and Galway as our base, we discover Ireland’s long and rich history through its magnificent buildings. St Patrick introduced the monastic way of life to the country in the 3rd century, promoting simple living in remote places. This simplicity contrasts with the grand castles and manors which we also explore, including a unique tour of Birr Castle, where we are entertained by the owners, Lord and Lady Rosse. These illuminating visits are complemented by lovely experiences which deliver a real taste of Ireland, including a music trail through Galway, a cruise on River Corrib and a state-of-the-art whiskey distillery tour.

Dates:

June 6 to 14, 2021

Cost:

From $4,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Turrets, Towers & Spires

of Yorkshire

Glorious Yorkshire is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain as well as a wonderfully rich and diverse skyline with a range of architecture which reflects its fascinating heritage. Many of the region’s finest historic houses have been lived in by the same families for generations, including remarkable Harewood House, magnificent Castle Howard and the largest privately-owned country house in Europe, Wentworth Woodhouse, bursting with architectural splendor and filled with treasured collections. Our tour is complemented by accommodation at two of the Historic House Hotels of the National Trust, country houses with their own stunning architecture that have been rescued and carefully restored, bringing them back to life as luxury hotels.

Dates:

June 13 to 21, 2021

Cost:

From $4,690 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Castles Along the Welsh Borders

The rolling hills and picturesque valleys of the Welsh borders are peppered with hundreds of defensive castles and ancient fortresses, reflecting a turbulent history between England and Wales. With battles fought over these lands for centuries, it is no surprise that the Welsh borders once had the greatest concentration of castles in Europe. Many still stand proudly in their strategic positions today, from Chepstow Castle, the crucial gateway to Wales, to England’s impressive Berkeley Castle, built shortly after the Norman Conquest to defend against the Welsh. During our fascinating tour, we weave across the Anglo-Welsh border, exploring these architectural splendors and discovering their captivating stories.

Dates:

July 4 to 13, 2021

Cost:

From $4,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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Discover the South East of Ireland

Kinsale, Waterford & Dublin

Join us on a journey of discovery to Ireland’s Ancient East, with its beautiful lush green landscapes, idyllic towns and rich heritage dating back 5,000 years where we enjoy the opportunity to experience a slice of Irish life. From Waterford’s Viking Triangle and medieval Kinsale to the story of the Irish famine emigrants of the 19th century, we take a step back in time in this fascinating, unspoilt region full of legends and stories. We finish our enchanting tour in the capital of Dublin, enjoying the diverse highlights of this captivating city.

Dates:

September 6 to 14, 2021

Cost:

From $4,990 per person
Includes a $150 discount for Royal Oak Members

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