You’ve watched every episode of Downton Abbey and may even own boxed sets of each series. On the April 13th and 20th 2014 departures aboard hotel barge Magna Carta, you will be able to relive some of your favorite moments through a visit to Highclere Castle, the family home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The massively imposing Victorian castle is situated on a 1,000 acre estate. This is the iconic home of the fictional Crawley family on the program, and where you will find the recognizable state rooms that the drama between Matthew and Mary plays out. You will have an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Lord or Lady Grantham as you explore the stunning parkland with its secret gardens and woodland walks.
The “real” Downton Abbey has been owned by the Carnarvon family since 1679, where Lord and Lady Carnarvon still reside today. While visiting, it is also worth a stop at the Egyptian exhibition. This showcases many of the treasures from the ancient tomb of Tutankhamun, which was discovered by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, an ancestor of the current countess and owner of Highclere.
Cruising along the legendary River Thames in England, passengers aboard hotel barge Magna Carta will not only spend a week in Downton Abbey’s world but will also enjoy “royal” views and excursions to magnificent castles, palaces and cathedrals. Magna Carta‘s itinerary features a private tour of Dorney Court, a remarkable Tudor home on the banks of the Thames, where “Elizabeth”, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, and Agatha Christie’s series “Poirot” were all filmed. The cruise concludes with a tour of Christ Church, one of the most prestigious colleges at the University of Oxford and one of the settings for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
What better way to see England than to be “on location” with like-minded passengers who share your fascination and enthusiasm? If you are considering a Downton Abbey special interest hotel barge cruise, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.
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