Steam In The Cotswolds
2 nights. September 2018. From £209.00.
Quaint towns and countryside
Enjoy the romance and nostalgia of the Golden Age of Steam as you journey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, including a tour of the gently rolling hills and honey-coloured stone villages of the Cotswolds and a visit to Ironbridge Gorge.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Visits to Ironbridge Gorge, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Campden
A scenic drive through the Cotswolds
A ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway from Toddington to Cheltenham
Two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the West Midlands area
Coach travel throughout
The services of a friendly Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Departing by comfortable coach from your local area this morning, you'll travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, where you'll be able to see the world's first cast Iron Bridge, engineered by Thomas Telford and spanning the River Severn. Although currently undergoing vital renovation works, you'll still be able to gain a feel for this extraordinary feat of engineering from a pedestrian platform that is planned to run alongside the bridge. Enjoy some time to explore, and perhaps visit the Toll House, before continuing on to your hotel in time for dinner.
After breakfast this morning enjoy our scenic tour through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside as we head to Chipping Campden, one of the region's best preserved towns. Explore its charming high street lined with ancient buildings or take the opportunity to visit St James' Church, which is home to the oldest altar tapestry in England. Perhaps enjoy lunch (payable locally) in one of the welcoming tea rooms before we re-board the coach and travel the short distance to Toddington for our ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, with its stunning views and beautifully restored stations.
Once on board, sit back, relax and enjoy the ten-mile (40-minute) journey from Toddington to Cheltenham, hauled by a heritage steam locomotive. Be sure to have your camera to hand as you take in the lovely scenery of the Cotswolds and the views of the Malvern Hills and the Vale of Evesham. The line also passes through the 693-yard-long Greet Tunnel, one of longest on a preserved heritage railway and don't miss the fully restored station buildings at Winchcombe.
After what is sure to be a memorable day, we'll return to your hotel in time for dinner.
This morning we'll visit delightful Bourton-on-the-Water, often referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' with its picturesque low arched stone bridges across the River Windrush. You may wish to explore St Lawrence's Church with its unusual domed tower, visit the Model Railway Exhibition and Toyshop, or the Perfume or Motor Car museums. Perhaps you'll simply enjoy a seat by the river in one of the many tea-rooms or cafes as you watch the world pass by. After time for a spot of lunch (payable locally), we'll head for home, arriving back in the local area during mid-to-late evening.Back to top
AccommodationMidlands Area Hotel
You will be staying in a comfortable hotel in the Midlands area such as the Quality Hotel, Birmingham and the Holiday Inn Express, Redditch. All rooms in all hotels have private facilities, TV and tea and coffee making facilities, and all the hotels have good restaurant and bar facilities.Back to top
English Heritage has advised that the Iron Bridge is currently undergoing a GBP3.6 million vital restoration work, and that scaffolding will still be in place during 2018. They have planned a pedestrian walkway to run alongside the bridge and we will still be visiting the site on Day One.
In the event that a steam locomotive is unavailable, GWR reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive.
Coach seating arrangements
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.Back to top