Badminton Horse Trials & Royal Windsor Show 2020
13 Days | Departs 05 May 2020
Tour Dates: 05 May – 17 May 2020

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.

**Only 6 places left**

Its an OLYMPIC YEAR so the “Worlds Best” combinations will be at Badminton competing.

Tour Highlights

  • Return international economy airfares with Singapore Airlines: Australia/London/Australia
  • Return coach transfers to and from London Heathrow Airport
  • Accommodation 4 star hotels with twin/double share rooms
  • Breakfast daily and 3 dinners including a welcome dinner
  • 5 nights in Gloucestershire and 5 nights in London
  • Entry to Blenheim Palace with entrance fees to the house and park included
  • 4 day coach transfers and entrance fees to Badminton Horse Trials (Show Jumping grandstand ticket included).  Trot up included on Sunday.
  • Sightseeing tour to Burford and Bourton-on-the- water, Cotswolds
  • Guided walking tour of Bath with sightseeing
  • Oyster card and two day hop on hop off bus with complimentary river cruise
  • Royal Mews entrance fee and guided tour
  • 2 day coach transfers to the Royal Windsor Show with full entry passes to Windsor show including Pageant night time entertainment on Thursday with reserved seating and dressage on Thursday and Friday.
  • Opportunity to shop in London and Badminton HT village
  • Travel wallet and London Maps
  • Tour host

If you have travelled on any of our Snaffle Travel tours previously you will receive a repeat discount of $50.00 on this tour.

Please contact us for a full itinerary with details and pricing to email info@snaffletravel.com.au or 03 5428 6061.

Itinerary

day1Tuesday 05 May 2020
Australia – London

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

(D) Wednesday 06 May 2020
London – Gloucestershire Area

On arrival in London meet your coach and travel to Blenheim Palace with a tour of the Palace and gardens.  Wander around at the Palace and gardens at leisure and enjoy some lunch at own expense. After lunch travel to Carl Hesters yard* for a visit (Subject to availability) and afterwards 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, Carl Hesters yard and dinner included).

(B,D) Thursday 07 May 2019
Gloucestershire Area

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Cotswolds. 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 and enjoy lunch.

Today is the first day of the dressage and for those that prefer to go Badminton Horse Trials for the first day of the dressage we will arrange a separate transfer and the coach will pick you up after the dressage. (Transfers and entry to Badminton Horse Trials included and the welcome dinner).

(B) Friday 08 May 2020
Gloucestershire Area

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and tour host and travel to Badminton Horse Trials for the second day of the dressage.  See local Aussie or NZ hero’s ride their tests with time to explore the trade stands and you might like to walk the cross country course. (Entry to Badminton Horse Trials included).

(B) Saturday 09 May 2020
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) Sunday 10 May 2020
Gloucestershire Area

This morning after breakfast meet your Coach and tour host and travel to Badminton Horse Trials.  We depart the hotel early this morning to watch the trot up.  Today is 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) Monday 11 May 2020
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 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 five nights. (Coach transfer to London & guided walking tour of Bath included).

(B) Tuesday 12 May 2020
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. Afterwards enjoy the London sights from the hop on hop off bus.  Some of the sights you will see 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. (Royal Mews entry, London Oyster card and hop on hop off bus pass included).

(B) Wednesday 13 May 2020
London

Today you have another free day to explore London with your hop on hop off bus pass.  Perhaps 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 Hop on hop off bus ticket).

(B) Thursday 14 May 2020
London

This morning after breakfast meet the coach for your travel to Windsor and spend the day at the Royal Windsor show at leisure.  There are hack classes and top international show jumping to spectate.  The Grand Prix dressage is on in the evening and you may see some of your favourite stars like Carl Hester or Charlotte Dujardin competing. In the evening watch the Spectacular Pageant. (Royal Windsor Show tickets with Dressage and Pageant evening tickets ).

(B) Friday 15 May 2020
London – Windsor – London

This morning after breakfast meet the coach for your travel to Windsor and spend a second day at the Royal Windsor show.  The driving starts today with the Driving dressage phase, more hack classes and top international show jumping.  The whose, whose of the Show jumping world with names like Scott Brash, Eric Lamaze, the Whittakers, Bertram Allan and world number one Steve Guerat. You may even spot the Queen watching one of the classes.  Perhaps in the afternoon visit Windsor Castle or explore the township. (Royal Windsor Show tickets with evening dressage ticket).

(B) Saturday 16 May 2020
London – Singapore

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and travel to London Heathrow Airport for your flight home to Australia or New Zealand. 

Sunday 17 May 2020
Singapore – Australia/New Zealand

In Transit

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

 

 

 

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