A short break based in the Granite City Aberdeen
Weds 1st May to Tues 7th May 2019
6 nights/7 days - To include:
Visit to Stirling Castle on our journey up to Aberdeen
4 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen
1 night Dinner B&B Holiday Inn Lancaster
1 night Dinner B&B Best Western Samlesbury Hotel
Visit to Balmoral Castle, exhibitions, grounds and garden
Visits to Braemar, Crathie Church and Ballater
Guided coach tour of and free time in Aberdeen
Visit to Glamis Castle and free time in Montrose
Visit to New Lanark Heritage Centre on our return journey
Coffee/tea and biscuits on both journeys at Gt Danes Hotel Maidstone
Tour Price: £700.00 per person
+ £135.00 single supplement
This short break is organised personally by Teresa Butler who will accompany the tour
Day 1 Weds: Travel to Lancaster, overnight stop
After picking up along our usual coach boarding routes [main coach Sandwich through to Hythe with the feeder coach from Ramsgate through to Faversham] we have coffee and biscuits at the Great Danes Hotel. Refreshed, we all join the main coach for the journey to Lancaster and our overnight stay. To allow for traffic conditions we will not plan a lunch stop at a definite destination, but just stop at Motorway services when convenient along our route. We’ll arrive at our hotel, the Holiday Inn Lancaster in time to settle in before dinner.
Dinner in the hotel this evening
Day 2 Thurs: Travel to Aberdeen and visit Stirling Castle
After breakfast we head North across the border into Scotland, stopping off at imposing Stirling Castle. A tour of the castle will transport us into the rich world of Scotland’s royalty in the 1500’s and how it might have looked as the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. We then travel East up to the Granite City of Aberdeen and our hotel for the next 4 nights, The Hilton Garden Inn.
Dinner in the hotel this evening
Day 3 Fri: Royal Deeside
Leaving the hotel after breakfast we travel through the heart of Royal Deeside to Braemar, famous for the Highland Games. We’ll take a break here for coffee, and a stroll around the village. Then we visit Balmoral Castle. Admission to the castle includes access to the formal gardens, vegetable gardens, the exhibitions in the stables area and the largest room in the castle – the ballroom. Also included in an audio handset tour. All other rooms within the Castle are not available to the public as these are Her Majesty the Queen’s private rooms. We will be able to find lunch in the café here during our visit. Leaving the castle we will stop off at Crathie Church where the Royal family go to church when staying at Balmoral. On our way back to Aberdeen we will stop in Ballater and have time to explore the small individual shops with their Royal Coat of Arms above the doors. Queen Victoria used to arrive here by train and our present Queen still comes to Ballater to see the locals.
Dinner in the hotel this evening
Day 4 Sat:Aberdeen city coach tour and free afternoon
After breakfast we will meet our guide and local coach for a morning coach guided coach tour of Aberdeen. The afternoon is left free for you to explore the city at your leisure [or just relax and rest at the hotel]. Dinner in the hotel this evening
Day 5 Sun: Glamis Castle and Montrose
Our visit today is to Glamis Castle the childhood home of the Queen and Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret. We will enjoy a castle tour lasting 50 minutes and have time to look at the gardens and find lunch in the Victorian Kitchen café. After our visit we’ll head for the coast and the town of Montrose with free time to explore. Dinner in the hotel this evening
Day 6 Mon: Travel to Preston, overnight stop
After breakfast we check out of our hotel in Aberdeen and start our journey home. Our lunch stop will be New Lanark Heritage Site just south of Glasgow. This unique 18th century mill village sits alongside the River Clyde. If you want to visit any of the attractions on offer here charges will apply. In the afternoon we rejoin our coach and travel to our overnight stop, The Samlesbury Hotel on the outskirts of Preston. Dinner in the hotel this evening
Day 7 Tues: Return to Kent
Our drive home will once again not include a booked lunch stop, we will just use motorway services en-route giving us the option of using different routes according to traffic conditions. We aim to arrive at the Great Danes hotel around 4.30pm where we can enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits, meet the feeder coach and continue our journey home.
Holiday Inn Lancaster a 3* hotel with indoor swimming pool. All en-suite rooms have TV, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Lift access to all floors.
Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen a 4* hotelsituated in the city centre just a 5 minute walk from the art galleries and a 20 minute walk from the beach. All en-suite rooms have TV, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Lift access to all floors.
Best Western Plus 4* Samlesbury Hotel Preston. All en-suite rooms have TV, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Lift access to all floors.
Coach boarding points are the same as on our day excursions –timings will be confirmed nearer the departure date but should be around our usual excursion departure times. [Please note: Teresa may have to slightly alter the programme depending on journey timings etc and reserves the right to do so if necessary.]
Price includes: Coach travel throughout ~ 6 nights Dinner B&B ~ All visits as described in itinerary ~ Coffee and biscuits at the Great Danes Hotel Maidstone on outward and return journeys ~ Coach drivers gratuity, restaurant staff gratuities & courier services.
Not Included: lunches are not included
Travel Insurance has not been included so that members can make their own arrangements – strongly recommended – refunds cannot be given
Disclaimer As set out in the Terms and Conditions accepted by members when joining The Theatre Club of Kent, Teresa cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury, delay or inconvenience caused to members during this short break. Copies of terms and conditions are available upon request
ADVISORY NOTE: Teresa endeavours to accommodate all club members, including those with disabilities. However, her experience indicates that some short breaks are not suitable for those who have certain disabilities or conditions. As usual on our short breaks, this one will involve some general walking as we visit the places of interest listed, but nothing too strenuous. If you manage our day excursions on your own, you should be fine on this short break. Things can be taken at your own personal pace and it should be possible for everyone to enjoy the holiday even if some of you are more active whilst others need to take things slower and/or need the help of a walking stick. Please phone Teresa on 01304 380845 if you have any questions or concerns.