From £ 479 per person sharing Single or Twin Room
£44 Single Room Supplement
£21 per person Door to Door Service (Optional)*
* within 15 mile radius of the City Centre
Sunday 13th September: Aerospace Bristol
Departing Birmingham at 8:30am, time to head South towards Bristol
The holiday starts with visit to “Aerospace Bristol”. This award winning centre charts the history of plane making in Bristol.
From manufacturing helicopters and planes (remember the Bristol Britannia that flew charter flights in the late 60’s early 70’s) to assembling modern day engines and wings for Airbus.
One of the star attractions is the last Concorde to fly in service. Climb aboard and walk through the First Class cabin to get a feel of hat it would have been like. (unfortunately we cannot take you up into the skies you will have to use your imagination.
There are cafeé facilities within the Visitor Centre if you want to refuel at lunch time.
Leaving Aerospace Bristol our journey takes us into Dorset and our Hotel a few miles outside of Dorchester.
Monday 14th September: Explore Durham
Heading in the general direction of Exeter the destination today is Powderham Castle.
The Castle started life as a moated manor house in the 14th century and the core of the building today dates from the 15th Century. It was never a real castle, the castle like elements being added in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Entrance to the Castle is by a guided tour on which we will be visiting the State Rooms on the ground floor, the grandest rooms in the house. During the tour you will hear the History of the Courtney Family spanning 600 years. You will also see the various Archaeological stages of the house from its medieval beginnings through Georgian, Rococo, Regency through to its Neo-Gothic Periods.
The Castle itself stands in the middle of a deer park running down towards the River Exe. During the afternoon there will be a short trailer ride around the estate where you will be able to view the Castle from different angles and perhaps see some of the deer in the park.
Nearer the Castle is a walled garden and more formal Rose Garden, which includes a pets corner..
Tuesday 15th September: Poole and The RNLI Training Centre
Today the morning will be spent in Poole, A vibrant town probably best known for its harbour area, which is Europe's largest "Natural Harbour". During the Morning you have free time to explore the bustling quayside or the Historic Town. If you have time there are harbour tours that depart from the Quayside and last approximately 1 hour. (not included in the tour). Trips to Brownsea Island are possible but need to be timed it takes 20 minutes to get there and 40 minutes to get back not allowing for waiting time for the ferry or time on the island. Ferries run roughly every half hour.
In the afternoon there is a visit to the Royal Lifeboat Institute training college in Poole. The 90 minute guided tour of the facility will give you an insight into how lifeboat crews are trained before going out on the high seas. On the tour you will see the World-Class Sea Survival Centre where you will see the Wave Tank and Lifeboat Simulator.
Please note there will be a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Poole to the RNLI facility..
Wednesday 16th September: Along the Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage site that stretches from Studland Bay near Swanage to Exmouth. Our journey will take in a small part of the Coast with a tour to Lyme Regis and then Seaton.
Lyme Regis sits in an area of outstanding Natural Beauty, sometimes referred to as the middle of the Jurassic Coast at the point where West Dorset meats East Devon. The Cobb wall built in the 13th Century provided shelter for the town's harbour and just about every visitor takes a walk along it. The town is a labyrinth of winding narrow streets that invite you to explore. The town's Museum is housed in the former home of Mary Anning one of History's important Fossil Collectors and Paleontologists.
Moving on our next stop is Seaton situated on the estuary of the river Axe. A popular seaside resort in an unspoiled part of Devon boasting a mile long , mainly shingle beach.
Probably the most famous attractions in Seaton is the Tramway that runs alongside the Estuary from which you can see some of the wildlife that inhabit the Wetlands of the Estuary. A ride on the tram is included in your visit.
Thursday 17th September: Homeward Bound via Frome
Returning to Birmingham there can be o better stop for lunch than the pretty town of Frome
The town has narrow streets winding down towards the River Frome from which the town gets its name. Architecturally it is one of the most historic towns in Somerset containing more listed buildings than anywhere else in the County with the exception of Bath.
The Church of St John the Baptist was built in the 12th and 15th centuries and houses the tomb of Bishop Thomas Ken. Following restoration work in the 19th century the church incorporated a Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) rarely found in an Anglican Church.
One of its narrow streets, going by the name of Cheap Street, has a little stream flowing down its centre. Like many of the streets it is lined with small independent shops.
Finally we return to Birmingham arriving approximately 6pm.
Our Hotel: George Albert Hotel and Spa
The George Albert Hotel and Spa is located approximately 10 miles from Dorchester on the edge of the village of Evershot. The hotel is an independent family run hotel in the Dorset Countryside that was opened in 2010.
All rooms are en-suite with either Shower over Bath or Shower only
Complimentary Tea and Coffee tray
Complimentary high speed internet
What is included in your holiday.
Coach travel throughout from Birmingham City Centre.
Door to Door Service (only if requested).
Half Board Accommodation at the hotel
Evening meal to consist of 3 courses with a minimum of three choices per course.
Powderham Castle including State Room Tour and Tour of the Park
Guided Tour of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute Training College
Return journey on the Seaton Tram
Services of a Tour Manager throughout.
What is not included in your Holiday
Personal Travel Insurance
Please note that Caltours of Birmingham Ltd cannot provide financial assistance in the event of a holiday cancellation or the holiday being curtailed due to any event outside of its control.
Any admission fees not stated opposite
Any meals that are not part of the half board package purchased
Any Drinks consumed during meals other than tea/coffee as part of breakfast or at the end of the evening meal
If you pay any gratuities they should only be given if you have received good service and want to leave a tip. You are not obliged to leave any gratuities unless you want to.
We do ask that you do not tip your Tour Manager, the best tip you can give Caltours of Birmingham Ltd is to travel with us again..
How to Book your Holiday
Once you have chosen the holiday you wish to purchase please phone Caltours of Birmingham Ltd — 0121 459 7524 — to determine availability.
Please read our terms and conditions which will form the basis of a legal agreement between the person booking and Caltours of Birmingham Ltd. The terms and conditions view Terms and Conditions
Once you have made your booking over the phone a deposit of £30 is required per person travelling.
Payments may be made by:
debit or credit card either by
providing your card details over the phone or
by requesting a pay link (pay link means an email is sent to you requesting payment, it is the most secure way of protecting your card details).
You may pay by cheque made out to "Caltours of Birmingham Ltd"
or by Bankers Transfer.
The details we require at the time of booking are:
Name address and telephone number of the person responsible for the booking
The Names and address of any other person who will be sharing a room or occupying additional rooms to the person booking. (Names only if a door to door service is not required)
Whether a Door to Door Service is required.
Any dietary or other special requirements (i.e. allergies etc,.)
Optionally the name and telephone number of anyone you would like us to call if you have any problems (illness/accident) that prevents you from completing your holiday.
Final Payment dates will be recorded on your invoice and will be required 8 weeks prior to travel..
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