Sussex Steam, Smugglers & Wine
- Duration: 5 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TCRU8920
- Travel Type: Coach
Step Back in Time
Come and explore Sussex – this tour takes you through 11 miles of gorgeous Sussex scenery in the luxury and comfort of a bygone era, enjoy a visit to a vineyard and winery with a passion for producing world class still and sparkling wines and learn of the many comings and goings in Rye the town that became synonymous with smuggling!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange where your holiday begins. Head to the South Coast to your seafront hotel. 4 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 2 – 4 At leisure in Eastbourne with two included excursions & one optional
Explore the attractive Sea Front, the museums, the excellent Shops, attractions and tea rooms.
Travel Back in Time on the Bluebell Railway & Bluebell Vineyard Estates
The Bluebell line is known for its historic carriages, including two 1920s Pullman carriages and its enchanting stations, each restored in the style of a different period. Sheffield Park harks back to the 1880s and you have an included return ticket from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead. Once back on the coach a short drive to the Bluebell Winery set amidst bluebell-strewn woods from which the vineyard derives its name, Bluebell Vineyard Estates is a family-run vineyard and winery established on the site of a former pig farm, the transition from swine to vine began as a hobby: the creation of a fine wine collection, an eye opening visit to Romaneé Conti in France and the belief that truly exceptional wines can be produced in England. A thirty minute wine tasting included. Enjoy a scenic route back to the coast.
Rye & Hastings
A medieval citadel huddled against invaders and the sea, Rye reveals its history gently. Today it’s home to a myriad of art, curiosities and cosy pubs, as well as modern boutique hotels and contemporary restaurants serving the best Sussex has to offer, from land and sea. Built on smuggled secrets and timeless tales, Rye has nooks and crannies to explore and distant views across Romney Marsh to ponder.
Hastings has undergone extensive regeneration in recent years, the centrepiece of which is the new £15m pier. Attractions include the Shipwreck Museum, Castle and Jerwood Gallery. The Old Town features an array of delightful independent shops and a cliff railway. Hastings also has a miniature steam railway (seasonal variations to opening) which has been open since 1948!
Brighton really does rock! The city by the sea is surely one of Britain's most colourful, bohemian and vibrant seaside resorts with a hedonistic joie-de-vivre like no other. Meander through the maze of the historic 'Lanes' bursting with antique shops and kitsch boutiques or maybe a visit to the weird and wonderful Royal Pavilion (entrance not included), the 19th century party palace of the Prince Regent. Whether you want to reminisce about the heady days of Bank Holiday mods and rockers, are keen to try the futuristic Brighton i360 or whether you just want to kick some stones on the beach and blow the cobwebs away on a stroll on Palace Pier, then look no further than Brighton.
Day 5 - Say farewell and all aboard retruning bak to your home towns.
Burlington Hotel, Eastbourne
This impressive Victorian hotel hosts 159 ensuite bedrooms all including flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, desk, daily housekeeping and free WiFi throughout.
Some rooms benefit from a fantastic sea view,
There is also a restaurant, bar and lounge on site for you to indulge in whilst you enjoy the picturesque views. 24-hour reception & lift to all floors