Badminton Horse Trials & Royal Windsor Show 2018
14 Days | Departs 02 May 2018
Tour Dates: 02 May – 15 May 2018

Overview

Badminton Horse Trials is one of the toughest and most exciting equestrian events in the world. Horses and riders complete the competition with a different discipline or phase each day. Horses and riders must complete a Dressage test demonstrating obedience, discipline, accuracy and elegance. They need to be fit and athletic to complete a four mile Cross Country ride jumping several solid man-made and natural obstacles within a set time. Finally, they must complete a course of show jumps designed to test their agility and accuracy at speed.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is a horse show held annually since 1943 for five days in May in Windsor Home Park.  The show is the only one in the United Kingdom to host international competition for dressage, show jumping, carriage driving and endurance riding with over 130 showing classes.

Tour Highlights

  • Return international economy airfares: Melbourne/London/Melbourne
  • Return coach transfers to and from London Heathrow Airport
  • Accommodation 3-4 star hotels with twin/double share rooms
  • Breakfast daily, 3 dinners & 1 lunch including welcome & farewell meals
  • 10 nights in Gloucestershire, London and Windsor area
  • Entry to Blenheim Palace with entrance fees included
  • 5 nights in Gloucestershire area near Badminton Horse Trials
  • 3 day coach transfers and entrance fees to Badminton Horse Trials (Show Jumping grandstand ticket included)
  • Full day sightseeing to Cotswolds & Stratford-Upon-Avon includes entry
  • Walking tour of Bath with sightseeing
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in central London
  • Oyster card and one day hop on hop off bus with complimentary river cruise
  • Royal Mews entrance fee and tour
  • Optional walking tour including Whitehall, Changing of the Horse Guards & Trafalgar Square in London
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Windsor area
  • 2 day full entry passes to Windsor show including night time entertainment with reserved seating
  • Opportunity to shop in London and Badminton HT village
  • Travel wallet and London Maps
  • Tour host

Itinerary

day1Wednesday 02 May 2018
Australia – London

Please meet at the airport for your international flight to London. Flight times to be advised.

(B) Friday 04 May 2018
Gloucestershire Area

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and tour host and travel to Badminton Horse Trials.  Today is dressage day and after watch a few dressage tests, check out the cross country course and explore the shopping village. There is an optional course walk subject to availability.  (Transfers and entry to Badminton Horse Trials included).

(B, D) Sunday 06 May 2018
Gloucestershire Area

This morning after breakfast meet your Coach and tour host and travel to Badminton Horse Trials for the final day of the show jumping.  The leaders over night just have to take one rail and they may drop a place or to. So it’s nail biting stuff.  Meet your driver at the planned departure point and travel back to the hotel. Tonight we will have a dinner at a local restaurant. (Entry to Badminton HT with seat in the grandstand for the show jumping and dinner included).

(B) Tuesday 08 May 2018
Gloucestershire Area – Bath – London

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and tour host and visit the lovely ancient town of Bath en-route to London.  Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. We will meet our local guide on arrival and enjoy a walking tour around this lovely old town. The most popular attraction is the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. See elegant honey-coloured crescents, beautiful Georgian squares and the delightful scenery along the banks of the River Avon. You’ll enjoy views of the famous Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.  Afterwards we travel to our hotel in London for the next three nights. This evening is at leisure. (Coach transfer to London & guided walking tour of Bath included).

(B) Thursday 10 May 2018
London

This morning after breakfast enjoy a visit to the Royal Mews with a behind the scenes tour as well as seeing the latest Royal State carriages. The rest of the day is free to explore London.  A visit to St Pauls Cathedral or one of the many other sights in around London, a stroll through Hyde Park or browse through Harrods or one of the other famous department stores. (London Oyster card included and Royal Mews ticket).

(B) Saturday 12 May 2018
Windsor Area

This morning after breakfast travel to Windsor and spend the day at the Royal Windsor show at leisure. You may enjoy a visit to Windsor Castle optional and this is best enjoyed after lunch when the tour buses have left for the day. (Royal Windsor Show tickets with evening ticket ).

Monday 14 May 2018

London – Australia

In Transit.

(D) Thursday 03 May 2018
London – Gloucestershire Area

On arrival in London meet your coach and transfer to your hotel.  En-route enjoy a visit to Blenheim Palace for a tour of the Palace and Gardens.  Wander around at leisure and enjoy some lunch at own expense.  This afternoon travel to your hotel and check in for the next five nights. This evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (Airport transfer, entrance to Blenheim Palace & Gardens and dinner included).

(B) Saturday 05 May 2018
Gloucestershire Area

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and tour host and travel to Badminton Horse Trials for the cross country.  This is an exciting day with plenty of thrills and spills.  See your local Aussie or NZ hero’s or some of the international riders tackle the cross country course. (Entry to Badminton Horse Trials included).

(B,D) Monday 07 May 2018
Gloucestershire Area

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and tour host and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon. The Cotswold’s area is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a type of limestone). The Cotswold countryside has quaint villages, historic churches and peaceful surroundings.  You will have time to wander around some of the picturesque villages or craft shops. Afterwards we head to Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare’s birthplace and you will see the brilliant poet and playwright’s birthplace during this tour.  Afterwards a visit to Anne Hathaway’s lovely quaint thatched cottage to explore at your leisure.  Dinner at a local restaurant tonight. (Entry to Shakespeare’s house & Anne Hathaway’s house and dinner included).

(B) Wednesday 09 May 2018
London

This morning after breakfast explore London.  Some of the sights you will see from the hop on hop off bus are Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster, Trafalgar Square and London Tower to name a few. Changing of the Horse Guards at 11 am at St James Palace is also a favourite.  Another option this evening is to attend one of the many shows on offer in the Westend. (London Oyster card and hop on hop off bus pass included).

(B) Friday 11 May 2018
London – Windsor Area

This morning after breakfast, meet your coach and tour host and transfer to our hotel in the Windsor area.  (Coach transfer to Windsor, Royal Windsor tickets including evening event with reserved tickets).

(B,L) Sunday 13 May 2018
Windsor Area – London Heathrow Airport

Today is our final day and you may to choose to have a sleep in or visit the local shops for some last minute shopping.  We will leave the hotel before mid-day and enjoy a farewell lunch together at a special venue to be advised.  After lunch we will travel to London Heathrow Airport for our flight back to Australia this evening. (Airport transfer and farewell lunch included).

 

Tuesday 15 May 2018
Australia

Arrive home and after going through customs collect your luggage at baggage reclaim.

 

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