The third season of Downton Abbey may have come to an end, but romantics can relive all the splendor of the small screen tale as they find themselves in the presence of the past thanks to Zicasso’s new 8-day getaway.
The online luxury travel service has created a Downton Abbey– Season 3 Customizable Vacation, which begins with a two-day look at London sites, including a quintessentially English experience– taking afternoon tea at The Goring Hotel, where Kate Middleton dreamt of her I do’s the night before her wedding to Prince William.
The aristocratic-themed adventure continues at Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, where sightseers can experience the “upstairs downstairs” workings of a historic mansion.
In Oxfordshire visitors can walk in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace. The 18th century edifice played a pivotal role in the life of famed former Prime Minister as the place of his birth as well as the site of his proposal to his bride, Clementine. Also a star on the big screen, the estate appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet and The Young Victoria, which was written by Downton Abbey screenwriter Julian Fellowes.
On day six, a journey to the village of Bampton (where many of Downton Abbey‘s outdoor scenes have been filmed) takes traveling TV viewers on a trip back to the early days of the 20th century, where a little imagination is all it will take to spot Mrs. Hughes, Carson or Mrs. Patmore strolling along the cobblestone streets, or see Mary and Matthew on their wedding day at St. Mary’s Church. The day also includes an outing to Greys Court, which fans will recognize as Downton Place, the property which the Crawleys pondered over during troubling financial times.
The star of the sojourn takes center stage on day seven, as admirers of the Emmy-winning series enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Highclere Castle. Weaving the fantasy of TV with reality, visitors will walk through rooms which have provided the backdrop to both the Edwardian era drama and the lives of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
Travelers can also opt to extend their excursion for a two-night trip to Scotland’s Inveraray Castle, the filming location of Duneagle, home to the Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire and Lady Rose MacClare.
Pricing begins at $3,250 per person, double, and includes 4-star hotel accommodations (with the option to upgrade to 5-star for an additional fee) including breakfast, airport transfers, day tours and the service of a private driver-guide, who is an expert historian on World War I (WWI), the British monarchy, and noble society. Tours booked by April 15th will also include an award-winning afternoon tea for two at London’s exclusive Goring Hotel.
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