We begin the tour with a visit to imposing Hughenden Manor close to High Wycombe. The manor was the family home of Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister, Benjamin Disreali. As well as the impressive interior, there are beautiful gardens which were designed by the Prime Minister and his wife in an Italianate style. The Manor played an important role during the Second World War as it housed a secret map making operation and a new exhibition reveals some of these secrets. We also include a visit to Windsor Castle built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, which has since been home to 39 monarchs and take a scenic lunch cruise along the River Thames, passing the homes of the rich and famous.
The Hilton Hotel Reading is within easy reach of London and Windsor. The hotel has leisure facilities and a lift serves all floors. The en suite bedrooms are comfortably furnished and have a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Meals are usually served buffet style.
Friday: Travel to High Wycombe in time for our afternoon visit to Hughenden Manor before continuing on to the hotel.
Saturday: After breakfast, we head to Windsor for our morning visit to the Castle followed by free time in Windsor.
Sunday: Drive to Maidenhead for a lunch cruise along the River Thames to Bray Lock, after which we begin our return journey to Derbyshire.
Cost shown is per person for half board sharing a double or twin room
Single room supplement £55
Admissions to Hughenden Manor and Windsor Castle and Thames cruise with a Ploughman’s lunch are included