Burghley Horse Trials UK – 2020
14 Days | Departs 29 August 2020
Tour Dates:  29 Aug –  11 Sep 2020

Photos courtesy Burghley Horse Trials Media – Photographer, Kit Houghton

Overview

Burghley 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.

Our own Australian riders Christopher Burton, Lucinda Fredericks and Andrew Hoy have all won this event and lets hope its Australia’s turn again in 2020.

Tour Highlights

  • Return international economy airfares:
  • Coach transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 10 nights accommodation 4 star hotels with twin/double share rooms
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights in London including sightseeing
  • London Oyster card and one day hop on hop off bus
  • Royal Mews entrance fee and optional tour to Changing of the Royal Horse guards at St James Palace in London
  • 2 hour guided walking tour of Cambridge
  • Sightseeing tour to Newmarket including the Gallops, Trainers yard, National Horse Stud & Palace House
  • 5 nights in Peterborough area near Burghley Horse Trials
  • Four day coach transfers, exclusive members entry to Burghley Horse Trials (Dressage & Show Jumping grandstand tickets included)
  • 2 nights near Oxford
  • Sightseeing in the Cotswolds
  • Visit to a riders yard *pending availability
  • Blenheim Palace with entry to the Palace & gardens
  • Opportunity to shop in London and Burghley equestrian shopping village
  • Travel wallet and Tour host

 

Itinerary

day1Saturday 29 August 2020
Australia / New Zealand – London

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

(B) Sunday 30 August 2020
London 

On arrival in London you will be transferred to your hotel.  After you have settle in we will visit the Royal Mews and enjoy a behind the scenes tour.  See the latest Royal State carriages, some of which have been used at Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding. The rest of the day is free to explore your new surrounds of London. (Airport transfer, entrance to Royal Mews and London Oyster card)

(B) Monday 31 August 2020
London

This morning after breakfast you are free to explore London with your London hop on hop off bus pass.  Some of the sights you will see from the bus are Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster, Trafalgar Square and London Tower to name a few. Other options are a walk through Hyde Park or you may like to go shopping in Oxford Street, browse through Harrods or one of the other famous department stores. (London Oyster card and Hop on hop off bus pass included)

(B) Tuesday 01 September 2020
London

This morning after breakfast explore London further with your London Oyster card.  You may like to visit St Pauls Cathedral or one of the many other sights in around London. Perhaps take the train out to Hampton Court Palace and in the evening attend one of the many shows on offer in the Westend. (London Oyster card)

(B, D) Wednesday 02 September 2020
London – Cambridge – Peterborough

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and drive to Peterborough.  En-route we stop at the University town of Cambridge for a guided walking tour of this lovely historical University town.  Later we travel to our hotel in Peterborough which will be our home for the next five nights.  (Dinner and Cambridge guided walking tour included)

(B,D) Thursday 03 September 2020
 Peterborough – Burghley – Peterborough

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and tour escort and travel to Burghley for the first day of the dressage. You might have some favourite riders to watch or enjoy a cross country course walk. (Entry to Burghley including members tickets and grandstand entry included)

(B) Friday 04 September 2020
 Peterborough – Burghley – Peterborough

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and tour host and travel to Burghley Horse Trials for the second day of the dressage.  Today you will have plenty of time to view the dressage, check out the cross country course and explore the shopping village. *An optional course walk *Course walk details advised closer to departure and subject to availability. (Entry to Burghley Horse Trials including membership tickets and dressage grandstand seating included).

(B) Saturday 05 September 2020
Peterborough – Burghley – Peterborough

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

(B,D) Sunday 06 September 2020
Peterborough – Burghley – Peterborough

This morning travel to Burghley 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 group dinner at our hotel. (Dinner and entry to Burghley Horse Trials with seating in the grandstand for the show jumping).

(B, L) Monday 07 September 2020
Peterborough – Newmarket – Oxford

After breakfast the group will travel to Newmarket the home  of British Horse racing and the birthplace of the sport. You will enjoy a gallops tour with a visit to a trainers yard.  Afterwards enjoy a guided tour of the National Horse Stud and  hear about the history, and an overview of the work that goes in to producing the future champions of the turf. The group will stop for some lunch at a local Cafe.

Afterwards visit the National Heritage Centre for Horse racing in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; a new National Horse racing Museum, a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art. (Newmarket tours, lunch  and entry fees included)

(B,D) Tuesday 08 September 2020
Oxford – Cotswolds – Oxford

After breakfast we will board our coach for a tour of the Cotswolds. The first stop is Burford which, is justifiably one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town. There will be free time to wander at leisure to enjoy this town which, has lovely honey coloured old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages. After visiting Burford, we continue on to Bourton-on-the-Water where you will have free time to have lunch and wander around this lovely Cotswold town.  Perhaps enjoy lunch at one of the quaint English pubs. We maybe able to visit an International riders yard, pending availability. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (Cotswolds sightseeing, Rider yard visit* pending availability and dinner)

Wednesday 09 September 2020
Oxford – Australia

Today is the final morning breakfast before a transfer to Blenheim Palace for a visit and to view the beautiful gardens. Afterwards transfer to Heathrow airport. (Entry to Blenheim Palace & gardens and transfer to the airport)

Thursday 10 September 2020
Australia

Transit en-route to Australia

Friday 11 September 2020
Australia / New Zealand

Arrive home and after going through customs collect your luggage at baggage reclaim.  Please note this itinerary may have to be altered to fit flight schedules.

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