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  • Scenic Hampshire & Jane Austen's House Museum

    A day trip by coach from Kent to visit Jane Austen's House Museum & Gardens just outside Alton, followed by a lunchtime break in Alresford and an afternoon excursion on the heritage Watercress Line between Alresford and Alton.

    We will plan our day to arrive at Jane Austen's House by around 10:30 and allow ourselves two hours to enjoy the house, museum and gardens.  Jane Austen lived for the last 8 years of her life in the house, where she revised three unpublished manuscripts she had written previously, wrote three more novels and started one more, which was destined to remain unfinished before illness overtook her.  Jane left the cottage for the last time in May 1817 to take lodgings near her physician in Winchester, but died only a few months later on the 18th July and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.  Our visit will take place only a few days after the bicentenary of her death.

    Jane’s mother and sister, Cassandra, continued to live at the cottage for the rest of their lives. When Cassandra died in 1845 the cottage was split into three dwellings for labourers on the Chawton Estate, and it remained in this state until it was put up for sale in 1947.  After an appeal in The Times by the Jane Austen Society, the cottage was bought by Mr T.E. Carpenter who turned it into a Museum dedicated to the life and works of Jane Austen. Mr Carpenter presented the house to the nation in 1949, in memory of his son Lieutenant Philip John Carpenter who fell in the battle in Lake Trasimene in June 1944. The Museum has been open to the public ever since.  The Museum today reflects the comfortable family home that the Austen women created while telling the story of their lives and Jane’s work.

    At around 12:30 we rejoin the coach and head for Alresford, an attractive Georgian market town and the home of Hampshire’s watercress industry, from which the heritage railway line takes its name. The railway station is in the centre of the town, just a two minute walk from the picturesque High Street with its pubs, cafes and independent shops.  There are some wonderful rural walks within easy reach of the station including the Millennium Trail which takes you down by the River Alre and the historic 13th century fulling mill.   We will pause in Alresford for around two hours for a chance to enjoy refreshments at the railway station buffet or in one of the local pubs.

    At around 15:00 we reassemble at the Station to join a train following the 10-mile course of the Watercress Line to Alton.  The train will pause at Ropley Station, notable for its topiary, and the engineering hub of the Watercress Line. The station building on Platform 2 houses a restored ticket office and a depiction of a typical station masters lounge.  You can also imagine walking in Harry Potter's footsteps over the railway footbridge where he received his Hogwarts Express ticket! 

    Next on the line, Medstead & Four Marks is the highest station in Southern England.  A typical country station, its station building has been completely restored from the shell it had become in the 1970's and now houses a period booking office.  The waiting room on the opposite platform contains an exhibition illustrating the history and transformation of the station. The footbridge offers a grandstand view of trains working hard up the long, straight 1 in 60 gradient from Ropley.

    Anyone wishing to curtail lunch to go ahead on an earlier train for a more prolonged visit to these intermediate stations should be able to do so by upgrading their group ticket after we reach Alresford, and we will all aim to be in Alton by around 16:00 as we set off for home from there.

    Wed 26 July 2017

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Tournai, Belgium

    Tournai is not only the oldest city in Belgium, thanks to King Henry VIII it also has the privilege of being the only city in Belgium which was once English. Crossed by the River Scheldt, 10km from the French border, this 2,000 year old city is waiting to be discovered and is one of Belgium’s best kept secrets with plenty to see and do.

    Tournai cathedral is one of the most beautiful religious monuments in the Western world. The Cathedral of Our Lady (Cathédrale Notre-Dame) is one of the most striking examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dating from the 12th century, The Belfry of Tournai, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, is Belgium's oldest. All the rooms along its 257 steps are now open to the public. Watch the multimedia show on its history, and panels on the purposes the belfry served throughout various times. You can also see the bell ringers room and bells, and climb to the top to gaze at the most beautiful panoramic view over Tournai and its surroundings. The Grand-Place is a relaxing area where you can enjoy local specialities in the shadow of the Belfry or go to the quays of the Scheldt and enjoy a stroll along the river.

    Price includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    Sun 30 July 2017

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Jewels of France - Chartres, Cathedrals & Chateaux

    A lovely coach break from Kent to explore Chartres, a beautiful French town of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, dominated by its great cathedral, the two-spired Cathdrale Notre Dame de Chartres. Also experience the spectacular Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley, the delightful scenery of the Perche regional park, Monet's Garden at Giverny plus the historic cities of Rouen and Orléans.

    ITINERARY

    Travelling outbound on Sunday to make the most of the light traffic, we will take a fairly early Eurotunnel crossing and aim to pause for about three hours over lunchtime in Rouen. Labelled the ‘city of a hundred spires' by Victor Hugo, Rouen's centrepiece is the Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, parts of which date back to the 4th Century. The ‘Gros Horloge’ is one of the city’s most famous sites, a grand astronomical clock spanning the ‘Rue du Gros-Horloge’; and visitors should also try to squeeze in a visit to the Place du Vieux-Marche where Joan of Arc was sacrificed. This is now home to the Church of Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

    From Rouen it is only another 90 minutes or so southwards to Chartres, where we check-in to the welcoming and very well rated 3* L'Hôtel Chartres, one of the Logis chain. This delightful small hotel comes highly recommended by our driver Derek Mulligan after a group trip there in early summer 2016. In Derek's own words..." the hotel was lovely, beautifully clean and Fabienne who owns and runs the hotel with her husband (the chef), was so welcoming and willing to help."

    Our hotel stay includes breakfast and 3-course, 3-choice evening meal with wine and coffee to follow.

    Chartres, regional capital of the Eure-et-Loir Departement, is famed for its massive Cathédrale Notre-Dame, which dominates the skyline for miles around. This well-preserved Gothic cathedral, completed in 1220, features 2 towering spires, flying buttresses, Romanesque sculptures and elaborate rose windows. The interior's blue-tinted stained glass is especially distinctive, and the nearby Centre International du Vitrail has workshops and exhibits on stained-glass art.

    After the outbound journey on Sunday, we give ourselves Monday to explore the city at leisure. Our hotel is only 400m or so from the cathedral and city centre, and it is not much further to find the lovely riverside walks alongside the Eure. We will begin the day with a guided walk of the central sights with a Tourist Office guide, and the rest of the day will then be free. Amongst the many attractions might be the extraordinarily intricate La Maison Picassiette - about 20 minutes walk from the hotel - though we would get the hotel to check its opening hours as it has a reputation for not always being open when expected!

     

    One of the many ceramic fragment mosaics comprising La Maison Picassiette - picture courtesy Chartres-Tourisme

    Throughout the summer, "Chartres in Lights" provides a spectacular colour and music show at more than 20 buildings, bridges and monuments around the city, attracting visitors from all over the world.  The show continues over 210 consecutive evenings and will be provided throughout our stay in the city, so there will be opportunity on all four of our evenings to enjoy a stroll after supper and enjoy the spectacle.

    For Tuesday we turn our attention southwards to theme our day around the Loire. We begin with a scenic drive via Châteaudun and Vendôme to arguably the most spectacular of all the Château of the Loire, at Chambord. Although the largest of all the Loire Châteaux, Chambord was only ever used as a hunting lodge, but its amazing architecture is reminiscent of a fairytale castle and makes it immediately recognisable.

     

    Château  de Chambord - Photo courtesy Wikipedia and Author Elementerre

     

    From Chambord the coach then takes us the short way into the city of Orléans where attractions include another fine cathedral, the 16th century mansion the Hotel Groslot, and the city's many memorials to Joan of Arc. We have plenty of time in Orléans for some late lunch and afternoon shopping and sightseeing before we set off to return to Chartres at around 4pm.

    For Wednesday we enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then head off on the same southerly track as Tuesday, but only as far as Châteaudun where we allow ourselves a couple of hours to explore the picturesque old town with its delightful parks and gardens offering some lovely views of the Loir (not the Loire) Valley, narrow streets and period houses. Visit options include the hilltop castle with its exhibitions about gastronomy in the Middle Ages, a tapestry collection and a mediaeval garden; and there is a well-regarded Natural History Museum noted for its ornithology collection, paintings and archaeological objects.  The Museum also has a space dedicated to the history of Châteaudun.

    We will linger in Châteaudun long enough for a bite of lunch before moving on in the afternoon to enjoy a lovely scenic ride north-westwards into the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche, continuing to the town of Nogent-le-Rotrou, dominated by its overlooking 11th century Château Saint-Jean. From here we turn eastwards through more tranquil scenery back towards Chartres.

    On Thursday morning we say farewell to our hosts at L'Hotel Logis, but the holiday is far from complete as it's only an hour or so from Chartres to Giverny, where we can stop to enjoy the delights of Claude Monet's inspiring gardens before the gardens become busy with tourists flocking out of Paris. You can enjoy refreshments at the Terra Cafe tea rooms just next door to Monet's Garden.

    By around 2pm we will continue our journey home, aiming for an early evening ferry crossing from Calais.

    Sun 30 July 2017

    5 Days

    £425 per adult

  • Bruges

    This wonderful coach day trip takes you to one of Europe's most beautiful and best-preserved medieval cities, with something to see at every turn.

    Not many people realise that the historic Belgian town of Bruges, or Brugge in Flemish, is in fact within easy driving distance from Calais to make an ideal day trip destination. Bruges has been called "The Venice of the North" due to its canal-lined streets and stunning architecture. It is easy to explore on foot, by horse-drawn carriage or canal cruiser. Tempting Belgian chocolates, beautiful hand-made lace and world-famous beers make Bruges one of our most popular destinations.

    Bruges boasts a rich cultural heritage. The majestic past of Bruges lives on in the many works of art that can be seen in the many museums, often housed in historic buildings. The many places of interest, too, are silent witnesses to the city’s rich heritage. Bruges has a lot to offer from a culinary perspective too. Many restaurants, cafes and bars offer typical regional dishes of Bruges as well as exotic delicacies for different tastes and budgets. Trip Advisor may be able to help you choose a suitable venue.

    Normally a minimum of 4 hours in Bruges subject to travel time. So as to preserve its unique heritage for locals and visitors alike,coaches are not allowed into the inner city. We therefore park at the coach park which is a flat, leisurely 20 minute walk to the main city centre or closeby there is a bus stop where a frequent bus service runs to and from the city centre.

    Price includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO STOPS AT ANY WAREHOUSES, SUPERMARKETS OR OTHER OUTLETS SCHEDULED TO BE INCLUDED ON THIS TRIP.

    For our other trips to Bruges, please click here

    For more information on Bruges including maps and other practical information plus city highlights and places of interest, please click here

    Sun 30 July 2017

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Norfolk Coast, Cromer & Country Retreats

    Staying with our longstanding partner hotel, the well run Links Country Park Hotel, join us as we head to Cromer, gem of the Norfolk Coast with a wonderful array of attractions and experiences from start to finish offering a perfect blend for everyone!

    Explore the much-loved Norfolk country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen along with one of the Treasure Houses of England. In addition, enjoy a nostalgic steam train journey to the heart of the Norfolk Broads and discover this magical waterland on a memorable scenic river cruise.

    There is something a little special about the region of North Norfolk with its diverse landscape of unique unspoilt coastline and rolling countryside with panoramic skies. Sandy beaches, unique salt marshes, picturesque seaside towns and quaint villages all combine with a variety of historic venues to complete the picture.

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 - We make our way from Kent with a lunchtime visit to the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. We continue our drive through Norfolk to arrive at our base in North Norfolk late afternoon.

    Day 2 - We enjoy a north Norfolk drive witnessing unspoilt coastline and rolling countryside. We stop at Holkham Hall, where you will enjoy a free-flow visit of this 18th Century Palladian style mansion, home to seven generations of the Earls of Leicester. It is one of the Treasure Houses of England, one of 10 of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England. You can also stroll around the gardens and parkland at your leisure.

    Day 3 - We head to Sandringham, the favourite retreat of the Queen and the Royal Family, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000 hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park.

    Founded in 1932, Norfolk Lavender is England's premier lavender farm, renowned worldwide and has nearly 100 acres of lavender under cultivation. Set in beautiful tranquil gardens, the summer season is the most vibrant when all of the lavenders burst into flower and the air is full of the relaxing fragrance. See the world famous lavender gardens, the Lavender Oil Distillery, National Lavender Collection and Herb Garden.

    Day 4 - We make the short journey to the popular seaside resort of Cromer, perched on the very edge of the north Norfolk coast and famous for its tasty crabs, wide open beaches, spectacular cliffs, traditional pier and many of the great landmarks created by the well-to-do Victorian "summer timers". The streets of Cromer today are little removed from how they looked a hundred years ago.

    We then combine a nostalgic steam train ride with a cruise on the Norfolk Broads. We first join the Bure Valley Railway to experience a nostalgic 45-minute trip by steam on Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway which runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and bustling town of Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The 9 mile trip runs through the pretty Bure Valley countryside following the meandering River Bure through meadowland and ancient pasture.

    Later, we board the wonderful Mississippi Paddle boat for a 90 minute cruise on the Broads with witty and enlightening commentary. This luxury river cruiser departs from the beautiful village of Horning, along the River Bure through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds.


    Day 5
     - After breakfast, we make our return homeward journey with a final treat of a lunchtime visit to Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town.

    Sun 30 July 2017

    5 Days

    £429 per adult

  • Arras & Vimy Canadian Memorial

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the costly Battle of Arras and Buzzlines are proud to offer this chance to salute the memorial to Canadian Forces at Vimy Ridge, followed by some free time in the fine city of Arras.

    The Allied Easter offensive mounted from the tunnels of Arras in 1917 achieved some initial success in breaking through German lines, but soon lapsed into the same form of attritional stalemate that characterised most of the fighting along the Western Front.  British losses in the Battle of Arras exceeded a staggering 150,000 men, with similar casualties on the German side. 

    The most important strategic success of the Battle of Arras was achieved by Canadian Forces in attacking and then holding Vimy Ridge, albeit at a cost of over 11,000 more casualties. The site of that heroic action is commemorated to this day by the magnificent Canadian Memorial, which is our initial destination.  If weather conditions are suitable, we will be offered a 50-minute guided tour of the preserved trenches and tunnels of the Allied front-line, followed by the chance to visit the nearby Cemetery, Monument and Visitor Centre.  Please note the visit to the trenches includes a 10m descent down steps into the support tunnels and that it may be uneven underfoot.

    http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/overseas/first-world-war/france/vimy

    From Vimy we continue by coach just the few miles into the city of Arras, where there will be free time for lunch and to explorethe town. 2,000 years spent at the crossroads of the great flows of European civilisation have left in their wake many vestiges that are still shaping the heritage and urban landscape of Arras today. In addition to the famous squares, strolling in the town is rather like walking through a living open-air museum. Meet the Romans at the Nemetacum archaeological site, come face to face with Louis XIV at the Citadel, meditate to your heart’s content at Saint-Vaast Abbey and the Cathedral, walk in the Age of the Enlightenment in the Arts District and Lower Town, learn about Art Deco in the shopping streets!

     

    Tue 01 August 2017

    1 Day

    £42 per adult

  • Aladdin the Musical

    Brought to theatrical life by a legendary creative team, Disney's new Broadway musical Aladdin will sweep you into a world filled with beauty, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. Follow the story of Aladdin, a young man living on the streets of Agrabah, as he finds a magical lamp and turns his fortunes around with the help of a larger than life Genie! Will Aladdin be able to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, defeat the evil Jafar and free the Genie from a lifetime of servitude?

    With exhilarating choreography, show stopping production and astonishing visual effects - including a real flying carpet - Disney's Aladdin has been described by New York Magazine as 'musical comedy wish-fulfillment'

    Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) with music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), Aladdin features lyrics by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Chad Beguelin (Elf), who also wrote the book. Featuring the timeless songs from the classic film including A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights along with new music written for the production, Aladdin is an extraordinary theatrical event you will want to be amongst the first to experience.

    6th April 2017 - This show is a matinee performance. Please note these tickets are in stalls. Subject to travel you will arrive in London prior to the show and have free time after the performance for a bite to eat. You will leave London at approx 8pm.

    3rd August - This show will be a matinee performance. Please note, for this performance we have tickets the Dress Circle. Subject to travel you will arrive in London at approx 11/1130 and have free time before the show. You will then depart London at approx 1730hr.

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket.

    This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    Thu 03 August 2017

    1 Day

    £79 per adult

  • London Day Out

    Free time to shop, explore or sightsee around our great capital, London. It is one of the best cities in the world with so much to see and do!

    Our drop off locations vary by date, but all are central locations within the city, with great attractions nearby or take advantage of London’s transportation system to travel further afield.

    Timings for these trips will generally see us arriving in London, subject to travel, at 11am and departing between 4.30 and 6.30pm, depending on the date( Times do vary, see below list of dates). The Buzzlines sales team will be happy to advise you on more specific timings for any particular date.

    This will be a shared departure with another day trip to London. The coach for this excursion will serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    For more information on what to see and do in London, please click here.

     

    London Day Out drop off points:

    Thu 3 Aug - Piccadilly - dep approx 17.30

    Wed 30 Aug - St James' Park - dep approx 16.30

    Wed 6 Sep - Piccadilly - dep approx 17.30

    Tue 12 Sep - Knightsbridge - dep approx 18.30

    Sat 30 Sep - Embankment - dep approx 18.30

    Thu 26 Oct - Embankment - dep approx 16.30

    Sat 2 Dec - Embankment - dep approx 18.30

     

    Thu 03 August 2017

    1 Day

    Buy one get one free per adult

  • Ostend, Belgium

    Spend time in the well known enchanting Belgian seaside town of Ostend which combines a fascinating history with a thriving modern culture. Described as the cultural capital of the Belgian coast, it has become a firm favourite with British visitors. Ostend is Belgium's premier resort known as the "City by the Sea", with miles of sandy beaches. Stroll down the delightful wide promenades where you will find many shops to browse and buy or perhaps just relax in one of the many bars or restaurants. Ostend has grown from a humble fishing village into a lively and cosmopolitan seaside resort with a pretty harbour, marina, casino and pedestrianised shopping streets. Visitors will be amazed by all there is to see and do with many activities taking place all year round. It is a fine place to sample a wonderful, friendly European ambience. For further information on Ostend, please click here.

    Price includes scheduled Eurotunnel crossing and return travel by coach.

    Fri 04 August 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • De Panne, Belgium

    Our coach day trip takes us to De Panne in Belgium which is a quiet and friendly town attractively situated in a sandy valley and is reported to have the most beautiful sand dunes on the North Sea coast of West Flanders. De Panne was originally a fishing village, very popular with artists, which quickly developed into a modern holiday centre. It is much favoured by the French, and has many attractions and leisure activities. The town and its surroundings became famous during the First World War as being the only unoccupied part of Belgium and the residence of King Albert and Queen Elizabeth.

    For further information on De Panne, please click here.

    Price includes scheduled Eurotunnel channel crossing and return travel by coach.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    Fri 04 August 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • RHS Gardens Hyde Hall

    A visit to the RHS Hyde Hall estate is unforgettable in any season and allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature. Hyde Hall is in an area of Essex that has very low rainfall, and this factor, combined with the soil conditions and exposed nature of the site, makes it a challenging area for gardening. A visit will show that by choosing the right plants for the right places and by working with the prevailing conditions, it is possible to create a garden of beauty. See Hyde Hall's gardens and enjoy peaceful walks, gardening inspiration & gorgeous views over the open countryside.

    Our visit on coincides with the popular annual Hyde Hall Flower Show. Visitors can browse, buy and pick up advice from a large range of specialist nurseries and garden trade stands, often including many RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal winners.

    Price includes admission and return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    A travel only price is available for RHS Members, this option can be selected during the booking process or please contact us for details.

    For more information on RHS Hyde Hall, please click here

    Sat 05 August 2017

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

    A countryside extravaganza packed with wholesome fun, BBC Countryfile Live returns to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace with live arena shows, hands on activities, animal displays, debates, food, drink and shopping.

    Set in 100 acres of Blenheim Palace’s beautiful parkland and with a whole host of exciting new attractions for 2017, the show brings together everything visitors cherish about our countryside, from wildlife and farming, to outdoor pursuits and food, for everyone to enjoy.

    Watch exciting live arena shows, talks and displays of animals, livestock and farming in action. Try your hand at a thrilling mix of outdoor activities and sports. Browse and buy from hundreds of exhibitors of fine quality products, including food, drink, artisan design and craft, country clothing, homeware, gardening and pet supplies.

    For the latest information on BBC Countryfile Live click here.

    PLEASE NOTE: Entry to Blenheim Palace itself is NOT INCLUDED. For anyone wishing to go into Blenheim Palace, you can pay on the day.

    We will make a fairly early start today to aim to arrive at Blenheim Palace around 11am subject to traffic, leaving around 5pm.

    Sun 06 August 2017

    1 Day

    £55 per adult

  • Oxford

    Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for everyone to do. Whether its visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, enjoying a drink or a meal, or shopping till you drop, Oxford has it all.

    Includes return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    For more information, please click here

    Sun 06 August 2017

    1 Day

    £29 per adult

  • Highlights of Stratford & Diana's Legacy

    Visit ever-popular Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and take in some of the highlights of the surrounding area. Our included river cruise captures superb views of charming Tudor town as well as many of the most significant influences of Shakespeare’s internationally acclaimed work, which have been drawing visitors to this glorious area for over 400 years.

    2017 marks 20 years since the death of Princess Diana but her legacy lives on and we also include a poignant visit to Althorp House, her family home, where she was laid to rest.

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1: We travel to our 4* hotel, Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa stopping en route for a lunch & comfort stop in Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history.

    DAY 2: This morning, we first head for a brief visit to Royal Leamington Spa, a fashionable and elegant town in the heart of South Warwickshire with Georgian and Victorian architecture, tree-lined avenues and squares and The Royal Pump Rooms. You can also find Jephson Gardens which are perfect for a gentle stroll. These Grade II listed gardens of horticultural excellence include a sensory garden, a temperate glasshouse and a refurbished boathouse. There is a riverside restaurant and the charmingly restored Victorian tearoom.

    We then head to Althorp, a magnificent house, home of the Spencer family for 500 years and the resting place of Princess Diana since her death 20 years ago in 1997. You will explore the wonderful State Rooms of the house by guided tour, discovering beautiful interiors and one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, ceramics and art, including numerous paintings by Rubens, Reynolds, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Van Dyck. Then you can explore the magnificent park, take a stroll through the remodelled gardens and perhaps take the opportunity to reflect by the peaceful Round Oval lake. Our visit also includes the current exhibition.

    DAY 3: Today we make the short journey to Stratford upon Avon, one of Britain’s most visited towns steeped in culture and history. We first enjoy a cruise along the Avon with unspoilt views of Stratford upon Avon as your skipper provides you with a commentary on your surroundings. Our 45 minute cruise takes us past highlights including Shakespeare’s burial place, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, historic bridges and beautiful riverside gardens. You will also be able to tuck into some tea and biscuits onboard.

    Stratford upon Avon river cruise

    After the cruise, have free time in Stratford upon Avon itself. Shakespeare's birthplace is one of several timbered buildings that have been preserved or reconstructed here. It is a fascinating house where you discover the world that shaped the man and find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Also, the site of Shakespeare’s New Place, his last home, has undergone a massive £5.25m redevelopment to become a major new landmark attraction.

    Mid-afternoon, we head for a visit to historic Warwick, famous for its magnificent castle plus a rich mix of history and heritage in a picturesque setting.

    DAY 4: After breakfast, we begin our return journey. Our final treat is an en route lunch stop in Henley-on-Thames, probably most famous for its annual Royal Rowing Regatta and featured in many episodes of popular TV drama Midsomer Murders. Perhaps have some lunch or enjoy its historic architecture, specialist shops and cafes. Alternatively, you could walk along the river to take in the River & Rowing Museum or see the beautiful church where Dusty Springfield is buried.

    Mon 07 August 2017

    4 Days

    £269 per adult

  • Colchester Zoo

    Join us on our coach day trip to the wonderful Colchester Zoo.

    Colchester Zoo is now one of the finest Zoos in Europe due to a constant programme of development and has won the coveted "Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” Award and the “Sustainable Tourism Award” for its efforts in recycling and green practices from the East of England Tourist Board. In fact, Colchester has been named the 11th best zoo in the world!

    During your visit to Colchester Zoo, you will see many species from around the world and can learn more about them at the fantastic daily encounters, giving you the chance to see  animals being fed, watch a training session or perhaps just quiz their keepers! With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. There are over 40 daily displays, an undercover soft play area, 4 adventure play areas, 2 road trains and much more!

    For more information on Colchester Zoo, please click here.

    Price includes return travel by coach plus entry costs. A discount is available for children aged 3 - 14 yrs.

    This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    Wed 09 August 2017

    1 Day

    £48 per adult

  • Summer Drive with Pub Lunch & Cream Tea

    This coach day trip combines a delightful drive through the Essex countryside with a lunch stop in a Finchingfield pub and then a visit to the famous Tiptree Tea Room and Visitor Centre for a delicious cream tea.

    We take a drive to the pretty village of Finchingfield where we will enjoy a delicious one-course lunch at Buzzlines favourite The Fox Inn. But save room for more, as we will then take the scenic route down to to The Tiptree Jam tea room and visitor centre. Here we include a traditional cream tea, plus time to explore the visitor centre and museum. The Tiptree museum is a great place to trace the history of Wilkin & Sons and Tiptree preserves, find out more about village life in Essex, and of course to find out all about jam-making. A short video show gives you a flavour of jam-making – you’ll get a chance to find out what it is that makes ‘Tiptree’ products special. And there’s a short audio introduction from John Wilkin. ‘Mr John’ as he was known worked with his wife Daphne to create the first ‘Tiptree’ museum in 1985. The jam shop carries the full range of ‘Tiptree’ products as well as other local foods, souvenir items and other gifts. The tea room offers traditional table service in comfortable surroundings with top quality food with a wide range of ‘Tiptree’ products.

    Price includes return coach travel, a one-course lunch at The Fox and cream tea at the Tiptree Tea Rooms.

    Wed 09 August 2017

    1 Day

    £47 per adult

  • Colchester

    A coach day trip to visit Britain's oldest recorded town, beautiful Colchester in Essex, with so much to see and do.

    Colchester was originally a settlement before the Romans came. The Romans were attacked and Colchester destroyed by Queen Boadicea in the year AD60. Colchester is a great place for a day out, with museums, park and the castle, plus many other things to do as well as shopping. There are small specialist shops as well as the well known stores in the shopping arcades.

    For more information on Colchester, please click here

    This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    Wed 09 August 2017

    1 Day

    £27 per adult

  • Royal River Lunch Cruise & Savill Garden

    In this delightful summer day trip, begin your day with a 2½ hour boat cruise departing from Runnymead for a cruise through Old Windsor Lock, past the Village of Datchet and through the grounds of Windsor Castle. The boat turns at Romney Lock for the journey back to Runnymede. While on board, you'll be served a delicious Ploughmans lunch as you admire the scenery.

    Follow this with an afternoon visit to the Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. Neither a botanical garden, nor a kitchen garden attached to a great house, it is a garden for the garden’s sake, enjoyed by horticulturalists and enthusiasts alike. It never fails to charm visitors who come to explore its 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and exotic woodland. At the Savill Garden, you'll also enjoy an included cream tea.

    Price includes return travel by coach, boat cruise with Ploughmans lunch, entry to Savill Garden and Cream Tea.

    IMAGE: CREDIT TO www.theroyallandscape.co.uk

    Thu 10 August 2017

    1 Day

    £61 per adult

  • Dutch Delights

    In 2017 we return with a great value midsummer break from Kent to Holland, based at the highly recommended, premium 4 star Hilton Rotterdam Hotel located in the centre of Rotterdam which received the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

    Immerse yourself in the charms of the Netherlands and experience the waterways and windmills of South Holland showing the typical Dutch landscape in all of its glory. From our stylish city centre base, discover iconic locations that provide an opportunity to see some of the country’s most beautiful and impressive landmarks. The tour was a great success in 2016 so we will follow the same itinerary in 2017.

    2017 Tour Feedback (out of 10)

    • Hotel: 9.7
    • Overall tour: 9.6

    Mr & Mrs J - "Could not fault anything"
    Mr & Mrs W - "Excellent trip, beautiful hotel"
    Mr & Mrs B - "Very good value, hotel lovely and clean with friendly staff"

    We include an en-route break to experience the Belgian coastal tramway between Ostend and Knokke, a free day to enjoy Rotterdam itself, and a visit to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the major tourist attractions in the Netherlands with the largest concentration of old windmills in the world. During the visit a sightseeing boat trip is included and this is followed by free time in the lovely town of Gouda. On our homebound day we take the scenic coastal route down to Middelburg where we enjoy a prolonged lunch-break before continuing back to Calais via the Terneuzen Tunnel and cross-country via Bruges.

    This is a bed & breakfast short-break allowing us to enjoy the great choice of places to eat-out in Rotterdam.

    ITINERARY

    Travelling outbound on Friday, we take a Ferry crossing to Calais with a departure planned at around 08:30 to get us on the road out of Calais at around 11:00 local time. This brings us nicely into Ostend at around 12:00 with time for local sightseeing and lunch before we join the Belgian coastal tramway at 14:30 for a journey of just over an hour to the terminus at Knokke, passing through the seaside towns of De Haan and Blankenberge and the Port of Zeebrugge. Here we rejoin our coach for the onward journey to Rotterdam, where we are timed to arrive at around 17:00.

    The Coastal Tram Service De Panne-to-Knokke

    On Saturday we travel just a few miles to the UNESCO-listed 18th century windmills at Kinderdijk. The nineteen pristinely preserved wooden mills are lined up in two opposite rows forming a spectacular sight. Built around 1740 to prevent floods and drain water from the polders, they are now a symbol of Dutch heritage and water management. Well below sea level, the mills march towards the horizon on either side of the dyke. We visit the Museum Windmill Nederwaard, then the impressive engine room in the Wisboom pumping station, and we conclude with a gentle canal cruise to explore the surrounding waterways.

     Kinderdijk

    Windmills in formation at Kinderdijk

    From Kinderdijk we continue into the centre of the traditional town of Gouda. Gouda is everything you would expect of a Dutch country town with a ring of quiet canals encircling ancient buildings set amid a tangle of narrow lanes and alleys. The beautiful medieval square is the largest in the Netherlands complete with its 15th century town hall and also offers a cheese museum in the old weighing house. In addition to its famous cheese, perhaps visitors might like to try ’stroopwafels’, the renowned local syrup waffles.

    We leave Sunday clear for you to make the most of Rotterdam’s great array of visitor attractions. These might include the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen – celebrated as one of Europe’s finest museums; an ascent to the top of the Euromast for the stunning panoramic views from its 100m high observation deck; the sprawling and intriguing Blaak Market, the delightful relaxation of Het Park in its lakeland setting; or a visit to Rotterdam Zoo. And then there is the wonderful shopping – as good as any centre in Europe for value and quality.

    If you are familiar with Rotterdam and fancy venturing a little further afield, the local rail and tram network offers lots of scope and you can easily hop into Delft or the Hague, with Antwerp, Utrecht and Amsterdam also easily reachable by direct train.

    On Monday we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before taking the scenic route southwards out of Rotterdam via the causeway-connected islands that span the deltas of the great rivers Maas and Scheldt. This route takes us nicely into Middelberg where we give ourselves 2-3 hours to sightsee and enjoy a spot of lunch. The historic town of Middelburg is the provincial capital of Zeeland. The town’s former connections with the Dutch East India Company (VOC) are visible in the old warehouses and canals. One of the many listed buildings is the abbey complex with the Lange Jan (Tall John), a 91-metre-high tower that is, for many, the ultimate symbol of the town.

    Continuing our return journey, we again pass through the Terneuzen Tunnel under the Scheldt, then following a pleasant non-motorway route across to Bruges and onwards to Calais, where we schedule an early-evening return ferry crossing.

    Fri 11 August 2017

    4 Days

    £315 per adult

  • Continental Mystery Tour

    A mystery long weekend in nearby France or Belgium as we take the short-sea crossing from Dover to explore some iconic destinations within no more than 3 hours of Calais.

    In the nature of mystery tours we keep our destination and itinerary secret, but for clues...

    Well, its a modern and spacious four star hotel, not in a big city, not at the seaside, and within 90 minutes of Calais. On first and last nights we will enjoy a three-course meal in the hotel, and on Saturday evening we will eat out at our own choice of restaurant in a nearby town.

    That aside, you'll be left guessing until we arrivel

    This will be a morning ferry crossing outbound on Friday 11th, and an evening crossing for the return on Monday 14th, so with no great distance to travel all four days will include visits to places of interest with entry prices where appropriate already covered in the tour price.

    Departure from Kent

    Anyone from further afield please feel welcome to join us on this or any other Buzzlines tour.  We are happy to arrange free parking for you here in Kent, or we will pick you up from Ashford International Station – only 37 minutes by HS1 from London St Pancras – and help you to find overnight hotel or B&B stops if needed.  Our pick-up options can include the Holiday Inn at Rochester Airport for anyone who would like to stay and park there ahead of departure.

    GROUPS

    This holiday may be booked or part-booked by groups, and may be arranged to a similar itinerary on other dates.   For Group bookings it is possible to arrange pick-ups from your own local area – please get in touch to discuss.

    To register group interest in this trip please call the office on 01303 261870 or email Groups@Buzzlines.co.uk

    Fri 11 August 2017

    4 Days

    £349 per adult