Highclere Castle, England: Photo courtesy Marci-Beth Maple

The Downton Abbey Movie Tour

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Countries Visited

England

Places Visited

London, Windsor, Hampshire, Berkshire...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

The world of Lord and Lady Grantham will burst into life during your handcrafted tour of England, which is inspired by the upcoming Downton Abbey film and the series most beloved characters. Experience the grandeur and the elegance of the British aristocracy of the 1920s as the Granthams prepared to welcome the King and Queen to Downton in the 1927 setting of the film. Travel through London to follow the life of the royals, and then step into etiquette lessons in connection to the strict...

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Trip Highlights

  • Embrace the grandeur, charm, and sophistication of Downton Abbey with a tour of Highclere Castle and an elegant picnic to commemorate the life of the Dowager, Lady Violet Crawley
  • Respect the ways of Carson as you learn the rules of etiquette and the ways of 1920’s society as they are taught by a Royal Butler with a lavish afternoon tea at the Ritz
  • Indulge in the delicious and subtle flavors of 1920s Britain with a private cooking class that is focused on the recipes of Mrs. Patmore
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Lady Mary’s contemporaries as you walk in the footsteps of the real-life Mary, Princess Royal, and Countess of Harewood when touring the Gallery and the exceptional terraces of Harewood House, which is featured in the film
  • Relive the bustling and fast-paced ambiance of Jazz Age London in connection with Lady Edith during an evening at a prestigious jazz club with a vintage dress code
  • Learn the delicate skill of skeet shooting with a private instructor in Windsor following in the avid hunting lifestyle of Lord Grantham
  • Bask in the tranquil ambiance, gentle breeze, and exquisite views of a hot-air balloon ride over Lacock Village in the famous Cotswolds

Detailed Description

The glitz, fashion, glamour, and overall flavor of the Grantham household becomes the ultimate England vacation during your exclusive, 9-day journey through Downton, which will coincide with the release of the film. The majesty that is inhabited in destinations like Highclere Castle and the Ritz brings to life the fabulous moments of the series and film as you traverse the halls and State Rooms of the Crawleys and discover artifacts from the royals of that time. You will also sip tea in the shadow of Lady Edith and explore the true history of King George V and his wife Queen Mary, who set in motion the events that take place in the film within the exquisite and extravagant setting of Britain in the 1920s.

Your tour will begin with four days in the vibrant city of London, where you will have an introductory and immersive tour of the city. You will experience a different side of the city by discovering the contemporary history that can be found in celebrated jazz clubs and along the streets of Soho which are imbued in the glamourous lifestyle of Lady Edith. You will traverse the path that was laid by King George V and his wife, Queen Mary, while you visit his birthplace at Marlborough House, Chapel Royal, and Westminster Abbey. Afterward, you will be taught about proper etiquette and the traditional cuisine of 1920s England from a Royal butler during a private cooking class.

Outside of London, you will have one day in Windsor, which will immerse you in the grandeur of Lord and Lady Grantham and showcase the sophistication of the Royal Family during a private clay pigeon lesson, a tour of Windsor Castle, and a scenic cruise along the River Thames. You will then continue into the life of the Dowager for an evening in Hampshire before spending an evening in Berkshire near Highclere Castle, which stands in as the setting for Downtown Abbey. Here, you can delight in a tour of the manicured grounds and opulent interior that possess one of the most famous collections of Egyptian artifacts. You will later delight in the comforts of the greenery during a picnic and tea on the grounds for a demonstration of the aristocratic lifestyle of the Crawleys that is portrayed in the show.

For a touch of the quiet, village life in connection to the supportive family characters, such as Tom Branson, you will be provided with a night in Wiltshire, where you can bask in the beautiful scenery of a Cotswolds village during a walk or on a hot-air balloon ride at Lacock village. Afterward, you will travel to County Durham and Yorkshire for a night. Here, you will step inside the life of Lady Mary, which is featured in destinations like Beamish Open-Air Museum and the Harewood House, where you will indulge in the fantastic display of artifacts from the real life of Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood. The Beamish Open-Air Museum and the Harwood House are accentuated by the captivating design of the landscaped gardens by Capability Brown. Your private transfer will greet you at your hotel lobby in the morning of the final day of your tour and escort you to the airport for your flight home.

Note: DOWNTON ABBEY is a trademark of Carnival Film & Television Limited, Focus Features, and Perfect World Pictures and/or its affiliates. Neither "The Downton Movie Tour" nor this website is in any way affiliated with, related to or authorized by Carnival Film, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures nor any officially licensed or authorized DOWNTON ABBEY tours or other goods or services.

Starting Price

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