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History, Art and Architecture in Cambridgeshire

Sunday 19th - Thursday 23rd April 2020 (5 days, 4 nights)

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Cambridgeshire is a rural expanse punctuated by magnificent cathedrals, grand country houses and fascinating collections of art. The wide green expanse of reclaimed Fens is broken up by picturesque rivers that lazily meander through the countryside.
Within its historic market towns and quaint villages lie ancient properties, museums and galleries to explore. Opulent mansions offer impressive architecture and stunning grounds from world renowned landscape architects.

Our Hotel
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The modern 4-star Cambridge Belfry Hotel overlooks a lake and is positioned on the outskirts of Cambridge.
Its stylish and spacious bedrooms are all equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Bridge Restaurant is welcoming and boasts beautiful lake views. The hotel has a lift and ground floor rooms.
Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and steam room.

What’s included

* Executive touring coach throughout
* 4 nights half board accommodation
* Wine with dinner on two evenings
* Lunch on day one
* Admissions as per itinerary overleaf
* Gratuities for driver & guide
* Single supplement: £120 per person
* Travel insurance: £26 per person
* Admission to National Trust: non-NT members must pay the relevant fee

The cost of the visit for two people sharing a double/twin room is £715.00 per person *
*  Based on two sharing in a twin/double room with a minimum of 35 members travelling. Should fewer members travel the price will increase.

• Single room supplement - £120 per person (double/twin room for sole occupancy)
• Travel insurance - £26 per person

Day 1 ‒ We depart Cardiff and travel to Waddesdon Manor (NT). This Victorian property, built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the style of a French Renaissance era château, was used to entertain fashionable guests and to house his flamboyant collection of fine art.
A light lunch will be included here, before we continue on to Cambridge..

Day 2 ‒ This morning is spent exploring the architecture & history of Cambridge. A guide will take us on a walking tour of a selection of the ancient colleges. We then continue on to Ely for a tour of the magnificent Cathedral. Highly regarded for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is visible for miles around.

 Day 3 ‒ After breakfast we travel to Stamford, one of the finest stone towns in England. We stop for tea/coffee before commencing our walking tour of the town. After lunch (not included), we continue to Burghley House for a guided visit followed by time to explore the gardens. This grand Elizabethan house boasts 18 magnificent State
Rooms and a huge collection of art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th century Italian paintings.

Day 4 ‒ Our first visit today is to Kettle’s Yard, a unique house in Cambridge and former home of Jim Ede, curator of the Tate London in the 1920s & 1930s. The house is also the University of Cambridge’s contemporary and modern art gallery, showcasing a variety of artworks. Tea/coffee is included.
We then visit the Fitzwilliam Museum, one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe, with over half a million incredible works in its collection presenting world history and art from as far back as 2500 BC.
There will be some time to explore Cambridge independently before returning to the hotel.

Day 5 ‒ Checking out of the hotel we travel south to Audley End, a decadent Jacobean Mansion house with an impressive great hall, magnificent state apartments, intimate dressing rooms, libraries and a Gothic-style chapel. More than 30 lavishly decorated rooms are open to the public, displaying Robert Adam furniture and important natural history and silver collections. Paintings here include works by Holbein and Canaletto, and an outstanding series of British portraits. The house is set within work of two of the most famous and influential designers of the 18th century: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Robert Adam.
After free time here, we continue on our journey back to Cardiff.

The exact order of excursions is subject to change.

Please send your completed booking form and deposit payment of £75 per person to:
Len Metcalfe, 21 Bryn Rhosyn, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8RN   Tel: 02920 843 256
Email: leonard_441@yahoo.co.uk


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