Badminton Horse Trials & Royal Windsor Show 2022
14 Days | Departs 03 May 2022
Tour Dates: 03 May – 16 May 2022

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: Australia or New Zealand /London/Australia or New Zealand
  • Return coach transfers to and from London Heathrow Airport
  • Accommodation 4 star hotels with twin/double share rooms
  • Breakfast daily, 3 dinners including welcome dinner
  • 10 nights in Gloucestershire, and London area
  • Entry to Blenheim Palace with entrance fees included
  • 5 nights in Gloucestershire area near Badminton Horse Trials
  • Coach transfers and entrance fees to Badminton Horse Trials (Show Jumping grandstand ticket included)
  • Four days at Badminton and Trot up on the Sunday
  • Walking tour of Bath with sightseeing
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in central London
  • Oyster card and two day hop on hop off bus with complimentary river cruise
  • Royal Mews entrance fee and tour
  • Optional free walking tour including Whitehall, Changing of the Horse Guards & Trafalgar Square in London
  • 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

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

Itinerary

day1Tuesday 03 May 2022
Australia or New Zealand – London

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

(D) Wednesday 04 May 2022
London – Gloucestershire Area

On arrival in London meet your coach and transfer to your hotel.  En-route you will enjoy a visit 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 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,D) Thursday 05 May 2022
Gloucestershire Area

This morning after breakfast meet your coach and tour host and travel to Badminton Horse Trials.  Today is the start of the dressage and after watching 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 and dinner).

(B) Friday 06 May 2022
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 07 May 2022
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 08 May 2022
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 09 May 2022
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 four nights. This evening is at leisure. (Coach transfer to London & guided walking tour of Bath included).

(B) Tuesday 10 May 2022
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 London hop on hop off bus and Royal Mews ticket included).

(B) Wednesday 11 May 2022
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. You might like to see the Changing of the Horse Guards at St James Palace which is always a favourite.  This evening you might like to attend one of the many shows on offer in the Westend. (London Oyster card and hop on hop off bus pass included).

(B) Thursday 12 May 2022
London – Windsor – 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.  Later in the evening you will e in for a treat with the evening Pageant Show with a variety of excellent entertainment. (Royal Windsor Show tickets with Pageant evening ticket ).

(B) Friday 13 May 2022
London – Windsor – London

This morning after breakfast make your way to the Windsor Show and enjoy more highlights for the Show.  Watch the hack classes and international Show jumping.  You may even spot the Queen watching one of the events in the show arena.  Perhaps in after lunch visit Windsor Castle or explore the township. Later this afternoon watch the Freestyle dressage. (Royal Windsor Show tickets with evening ticket).

(B) Saturday 14 May 2022
London – London Heathrow Airport 

Today is our final day and you may to choose to have a sleep in enjoy some last minute sightseeing or shopping.  Later this afternoon we will travel to London Heathrow Airport for our flight back to Australia/New Zealand this evening. (Airport transfer included).

 

Sunday 15 May 2022
In transit

Tuesday 16 May 2022 
Australia or New Zealand

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

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