3 days

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Summary

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many of the giants of English literature, including the author of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ herself, have associations and connections with the south-west of England. We have therefore strung together a sequence of visits that unites some of our best loved and most celebrated authors in this corner of the country.

We begin in the village of Lacock, which has been used as the location for countless dramas, notably Pride and Prejudice, and continue to Bath, where we have a guided tour of ‘Jane Austen’s Bath’ as well as a visit to the Jane Austen Centre, where guides in period costume will provide an informative account of the author’s fascination with Bath. From our base in Somerset, we travel into Devon for a day on the trail of the most celebrated crime writer of them all, Dame Agatha Christie, with visits to the Torquay Museum with its dedicated Christie gallery and Greenway, Agatha’s holiday home, which she referred to as ‘the loveliest place in the world’. On our final day, our attention turns to Thomas Hardy as we head for Dorchester and visit the cottage in which he was born and the house he designed himself and lived in until his death in 1928.

Note: this tour has been timed so that it can be taken immediately before our Literary Trails of the South Coast tour, with a night in London in between. The South Coast tour also features Jane Austen - please see separate itinerary for details.

Tour highlights:

  • Lacock Village, recognisable from countless period costume dramas
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Jane Austen and Bath
  • On the trail of the undisputed queen of crime writers
  • Thomas Hardy’s former dressing room at Max Gate

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£395

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  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £100.

Single supplement: £90

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
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  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London
Tothill St, Westminster
0800 1945
Reading
Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
0915 1830

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
18 May 2021 BLTW210518 18 May 2021 (Tuesday) 20 May 2021 (Thursday) £395
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14 September 2021 BLTW210914 14 September 2021 (Tuesday) 16 September 2021 (Thursday) £395
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