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Downton Abbey & Highclere Castle hotel packages
Enjoy a Downton Abbey themed tour package in England's capital city, London. Our most popular package includes arrival and departure transfers, sightseeing and a 4* or 5* London hotel. Our sample itinerary is based on a 3 night stay, but different durations are available, please see the 'Book this Tour' section on the right of this page.
Arrival transfer from London Heathrow Airport to your hotel
4* or 5* London city centre hotel, including breakfast
Fully guided small group day trip to Downton Abbey filming locations and Highclere Castle
Transfer to the Downton Abbey day trip meeting point
Departure transfer from your hotel to London Heathrow Airport
10% discount on any International Friends Small & Friendly day trip
Flexible booking guarantee!*
Day 1 - Arrival Transfer & check in
On arrival into London Heathrow Airport, you will be met by your chauffeur and transferred to your London city centre hotel. Check in at all hotels is usually between 2pm and 4pm, depending on which hotel you have chosen. After check in, the remainder of the day is free to explore the city or relax at your leisure. Please note that if you are arriving at London Gatwick, Stansted or Luton Airports, a supplement will apply. This can be booked in the 'Book this Tour' section on the right of this page.
Day 2 - Downton Abbey Day trip
The perfect day out for Downton Abbey fans! Travelling in executive vehicle with our expert guide the morning is spent exploring the glorious Cotswolds region where many of the scenes are filmed. Visits are included to Downton Farm (Cogges), Downton Village (Bampton) and Downton Church.
In the afternoon we visit the world famous Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey itself! Explore the bedrooms, the library, the dining room, walk up and down the grand staircase and wander in the glorioius grounds.
The day trip is limited to maximum 16 people to ensure a truly personal small group touring experience.
Day 3 - Free day in London or explore England
With a world class selection of attractions, museums, galleries, shops and restaurants you will be spoilt for choice for things to do in London. Visit the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, British Museum or London Eye, explore the vibrant West End and Theatreland, sample a pint in a traditional English pub or a cream tea in Harrods.
If you would like to see more of England we have a fantastic selection of small group day trips from London, destinations include:
Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge
Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford Upon Avon
Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - The Legend of King Arthur
Bath, Stonehenge, Avebury & Cotswolds
Warner Bros Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter
Our full range of small group day trips from London can be found by clicking here.
By booking this package, you will receive a 10% discount voucher which can be used on any International Friends small & friendly day trip from London.
Day 4 - Departure transfer
You will be collected by executive vehicle from your hotel and transferred directly to your departure airport.
*Applies to all bookings made after 10th March 2020 - please see booking conditions regarding your trip.
Day One - Arrival Airport Transfer
When and where will I meet my driver?
After you have collected your luggage, you will walk through into the arrivals hall. Your driver will be waiting in the arrivals hall, holding an 'International Friends' welcome board, with the lead passengers name on.
Our drivers monitor all flight numbers, and will enter the arrivals hall 30 minutes after your actual landing time. Our driver will then wait for you for a further 60 minutes - this gives you 90 minutes to make your way through the airport. Your driver will walk you to the vehicle, helping with your lugagge should you wish them to. You do not have to worry if your flight is delayed en route, as flight numbers are monitored.
If you would like to select a later meeting time please let us know in the ‘Additional Comments’ box during the booking process. In your Welcome Pack, you will find an emergency contact number. If you are delayed at any point in the airport, you must phone this number.
How long will it take to get to my hotel?
London Heathrow to London city centre: approximately 45-60 minutes
London Gatwick to London city centre: approximately 75-90 minutes
What happens if we need to delay our pick up due to a late or cancelled flight?
If your flight is delayed, we will not charge for amending your pick-up time.
If your flight is cancelled, you miss your flight or you are delayed getting through the airport you must contact us as soon as possible on the number given in your Welcome Pack. We will do our best to accommodate a new pick up time.
The driver will wait for a maximum of 90 minutes after your flight has landed. After this you driver may be forced to leave, we may not be able to guarantee your transfer and you may be liable for waiting charges.
We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen delays or other factors beyond your control.
How much lugagge can I bring?
Each person is allowed a maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (23kg each) and 2 items of carry on luggage (10kg each). Should you wish to bring any mobility aids (wheelchairs or walkers) you MUST contact us in advance to let us know. We will require full dimensions and weight. These items must be able to be folded and stored in the luggage hold. Wheelchairs must be counted as 1 item of your hold luggage. Additional charges will be incurred should you bring additional items of luggage or for items weighing more than the maximum weight stated above.
Should we tip our driver?
Tips are entirely at the customer’s discretion and in no way expected. Should you feel inclined to tip your driver would be grateful, but you should not feel obliged.
Day Two - Small Group Downton Abbey Day Trip
*Please note that due to the limited availability of Downton Abbey tickets, this trip may be on day 2 or 3 of your package – we will confirm this with you shortly after booking*
Where is the meeting point for my Downton Abbey day trip?
We have three Central London meeting points - as part of this package, your transfer to the meeting point is included. Your driver will come into the lobby/reception area of your hotel, with an International Friends board. Your driver will then take you to the closest meeting point. Both your transfer time and meeting point will be confirmed in your Welcome Pack.
When and where does this tour finish?
This tour will finish at London Victoria. This is an ideal location to continue exploring from, just a 15-minute taxi journey away from the popular districts of Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. The tour has different return times which are based on your departure time. All timings are approximate and assuming normal traffic conditions.
Check Out & Departure
Check out times can vary based on the hotel you have chosen. Your check out time is likely to be between 10.00am and midday; this will be confirmed in your Welcome Pack.
Where will I meet my driver?
Your driver will collect you from your hotel reception/lobby area.
What time will I meet my driver?
Your pick up time will be confirmed in your Welcome Pack, and will ensure you will arrive at the airport approximately 3 hours before your departure. Our experienced team of staff will base your pick up time on the flight details you have given us at the time of booking.
We have a great range of 4* and 5* London City Centre hotels, in a variety of locations available for you on this pre cruise hotel package, all on Bed & Breakfast basis:
4* Hotel Options
4* Copthorne Tara
The award-winning service at Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is friendly without being fawning, and the experienced team will help make your stay extra special. A stylish and contemporary hotel, perfectly located for the museums on Cromwell Road, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, tucked away behind Kensington High Street.
4* Amba Hotel Grosvenor
A 4* charming hotel in London, styled in a Victorian design, the property is located in the heart of London, around 700m from Victoria tube station. Previously called the Grosvenor Victoria, this hotel in London is a great location for those wanting to explore London, within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
4* Amba Hotel Marble Arch
The hotel is just a stone’s throw from shopping hotspots such as Oxford Street and Mayfair, as well as a host of famous London landmarks including Madame Tussauds and Hamleys. With outstanding modern facilities, as well as luxurious rooms and expert staff, you’ll love your experience at this hotel near Oxford Street. As a 4* hotel, you can expect absolute comfort and impeccable service.
4* Amba Hotel Charing Cross
Just steps from Trafalgar Square, the Amba Hotel Charing Cross is a 4* oasis of calm housed within a beautiful, Grade II listed building. Experience the unique combination of 150 years of British heritage, attentive service and seamless technology, with the personalised service you need to feel at home, indulged and special.
4* Thistle Kensington Gardens
This 4-star luxury hotel is set on the tree-lined Bayswater Road, opposite the stunning Hyde Park and just a short stroll from Kensington Palace and the Princess Diana Memorial Garden. Westminster Borough is a great choice for travellers interested in luxury brand shopping, shopping for clothes and theatre.
4* The Tower Hotel
A 4* hotel near Tower Bridge, The Tower Hotel delivers the ideal hotel experience, combining convenience and comfort, with rooms designed to reflect the individual style and character of the hotel itself. With the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, exploring the city starts the moment you set foot outside.
4* Hard Rock Hotel
Located on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane, just steps away from chic boutiques, world famous department stores, historic West End theatres and the glorious green spaces of Hyde Park. The incredible memorabilia collection at the hotel pays tribute to former residents such as Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, and Bob Dylan.
4* The Bailey's Hotel
You'll feel at home in the Victorian grandeur of this redbrick townhouse, just moments away from world-renowned museums and the luxurious neighborhood of Knightsbridge. With a history as beguilling as the five-story and impressive decor, this characterful hotel will make you wish walls could talk...
4* Copthorne at Chelsea Football Club
Situated within the grounds of Chelsea Football Club, the Millennium Hotel at Chelsea FC is just a short walk from the Kings Road, the heart of fashionable and affluent Chelsea. Just a 5-minute walk from Fulham Broadway underground, meaning London's many attractions are just a short journey away.
4* Millennium Gloucester
Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington blends classic and contemporary styles across all rooms, giving travelers great value for money. The hotel is only a three-minute walk from Gloucester Road underground station – and with local gems such as the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace just around the corner, you’ll have easy access to some of the best sights in London.
4* Millennium Knightsbridge
Nestled on Sloane Street, Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge is a 4-star cosmopolitan hotel in the heart of the luxury fashion district. Situated next to Hyde Park, this hotel is close to Harrods, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Offering a contemporary take on modern hospitality, this hotel is a favorite for the style-conscious and culture-lovers alike.
5* Hotel Options
5* Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Located in London's historic core and close to the Tower of London, Borough Market, St.Paul's Cathedral, the Shard and HMS Belfast, the Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge is in the perfect location to allow you to fully immerse yourself in the heart of central London. This 4-star hotel is located close to the Tower Bridge, the Gherkin and the lively area of Shoreditch.
5* Millennium at Chelsea Football Club
Situated within the grounds of Chelsea Football Club, the Millennium Hotel at Chelsea FC is just a short walk from the Kings Road, the heart of fashionable and affluent Chelsea. While the hotel is right next to Stamford Bridge on Fulham Road – a dream come true for any Chelsea Football Club fan – the hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Fulham Broadway underground, with London's many attractions a short journey away.
5* The Royal Horseguards
The Royal Horseguards is a 5* hotel in the heart of London edging onto Covent Garden and Theatreland, and overlooking the London Eye. A luxury hotel in a Grade I listed building with bedrooms that offer Victorian elegance and modern features, including free Wi-Fi, Elemis toiletries, and a free minibar.
5* Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Pauls
Nestled beside St Paul’s Cathedral, the Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s is the ideal place for leisure visitors to the city. The hotel is conveniently located just a five minutes walk from St. Paul’s underground station, perfect to explore London from.