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UK CHRISTMAS & FESTIVE DAY TRIPS BY COACH

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  • The Opal Coast Explorer, France by Ferry

    The "Opal Coast" is situated in Northern France and is the name given to the green coastline stretching 26 miles between Calais and Boulogne-Sur-Mer.

    It is a landscape full of contrasts, mixing the bright green of its meadows with the blue-grey of the waves: a region which lives from the sea and plays with the wind.

    The Côte d'Opale is traditionally both influenced by the sea and rooted in the land, an alliance that, although often violently broken throughout history, has always been repaired, to form a fragile balance between the waves of the Channel and the furrows of the fields.

    Our coach day trip takes in some of the sights of the Opal Coast with suitable stops on the way*, plus the added highlight of a ferry crossing between Dover and Calais.

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled ferry crossing.

    *Actual stops may be weather dependent and may vary

    Wed 05 August 2015

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Portsmouth

    Visit Portsmouth on this coach day trip.

    Portsmouth is packed with things to do and is one of Britain's favourite waterfront destinations, with more and more to offer every year. Enjoy Portsmouth's irresistible mix of history and heritage, specialist shopping, lively arts and great restaurants. Take a walk around the city and you'll notice a striking contrast of old and new. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard stands close to Portsmouth's newest landmark, the Spinnaker Tower. Portsmouth is home to a host of fascinating museums covering all aspects of Portsmouth's past as well as the award-winning Gunwharf Quays - with over 20 cosmopolitan bars and designer outlet shopping.

    Subject to travel time, we should enjoy around 4 hours of free time in Portsmouth.

    Includes return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure.

    For more information on Portsmouth, please click here

    Thu 06 August 2015

    1 Day

    Buy one get one free per adult

  • Mapledurham House & Watermill and River Cruise

    Visit the Mapledurham House and Watermill in Oxfordshire, both of which date back to Doomsday England.

    Away from the distractions of town, business or busy hotels, Mapledurham is an oasis of peace, natural beauty and history. The historic home of the Blount family for over 500 years, it contains collections of paintings and portraits, great oak staircases and original ceilings. You can view the private family chapel decorated in Strawberry Hill Gothic.

    The watermill at Mapledurham is the last working watermill on the River Thames and still producing high-quality stone-ground flour. A more recent addition is the Archimedes Screw turbine producing green electricity using the power of the river.

    Interesting literary connections with Alexander Pope, Galsworthy's "Forsyth Saga" and Graham's "Wind In The Willows". Mapledurham was also the setting for the film "The Eagle Has Landed" and has been used for several TV productions including Midsomer Murders and Miss Marple.

    We will take a lunch stop on the way before joining a relaxed River Thames cruise at Caversham at 2pm arriving at Mapledurham for our guided visit of the House and Watermill at 245pm.

    Coach travel with entrance and guided tour of Mapledurham House and Windmill plus River Cruise included in the price.

    For more information, please click here

     

    Thu 06 August 2015

    1 Day

    £45 per adult

  • D Day Museum,Overlord Embroidery & Spinnaker Tower

    A chance to see the landmarks, coastline and berthing points that became crucial during the D-Day campaign from a unique perspective on the view decks of the Spinnaker Tower, combined with a visit to the D-Day Museum. Find out about the key role the city of Portsmouth played in one of the most momentous days in world history, plus view the amazing Overlord Embroidery, representing stories of the brave troops and providing a fascinating insight into Operation Overlord. 

    Soaring 170 metres into the sky, The Spinnaker Tower offers breathtaking views at an altitude of 328 feet over three stunning viewing platforms with views across the whole region as far as the eye can see and the largest glass floor in Europe.

    Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part. Click here to find out more about what you can see at the museum. The Overlord Embroidery, the centrepiece of the D-Day Museum, traces in stunning visual form the progress of Operation Overlord, from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944.

    Price includes return coach travel and joint entry ticket. This may be a shared departure.

    Thu 06 August 2015

    1 Day

    £40 per adult

  • Highgrove Private Gardens Of The Prince Of Wales

    Join us on this very special opportunity to explore the garden at Highgrove House, home of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. HRH The Prince of Wales has spent 30 years transforming the grounds of Highgrove into what have been acknowledged as some of the most inspired and innovative gardens in the United Kingdom. His Royal Highness’s strict adherence to organic and sustainable methods has helped create gardens which are both magical and intriguing while being environmentally sound; encouraging both plants and wildlife to thrive.

    Led by one of His Royal Highness’s knowledgeable guides, we take a fascinating private tour around the extraordinary series of gardens including The Stumpery, the stunning wildflower meadow and the impressive walled garden. Each of these is a highly personal and inspiring reflection of the interests and enthusiasms of His Royal Highness. Included in our tour, we have arranged for a 2-course lunch* which will be served in The Orchard Room restaurant. There will also be free time to explore the adjacent Highgrove shop.

    Along with our Highgrove visit, we will also visit wonderful Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, which is an internationally recognised collection of trees all set in a heritage landscape. Perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum in the United Kingdom, it is managed by the Forestry Commission and was established in 1829 by Robert Stayner Holford. It comprises some 18,000 trees and shrubs, over an area of approximately 600 acres with numerous ‘champion’ trees including rare magnolias, tree rhododendrons and maples as well as a wide variety of smaller trees and shrubs. We also take in some of the wonderful Cotswolds towns and villages.

    Following many requests, we include a spring tour plus a summer visit.

    * Itinerary amended March 2015 following release of Highgrove entry dates

    Highgrove image credit Niels van Gijn 2012

    HIGHGROVE HOUSE & GARDENS

    The garden at Highgrove embodies The Prince's environmental philosophy: that it is better to work with Nature than against it. When he bought the Highgrove estate in 1980, The Prince was adamant that it should be an entirely organic garden and farm. However, at that time there was no sign of a garden at all. Thirteen years later in the book ‘Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate’ The Prince wrote: “It was difficult to know where to begin and I knew nothing about the practical aspects of gardening.” His Royal Highness sought the advice of a friend, Lady Salisbury, who was an experienced organic gardener well-known for her work at Cranbourne and at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. She and The Prince laid out parts of the garden with scented plants. Wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine, holboellia, lilies and thyme were chosen to surround the house. On the advice of Miriam Rothschild, another gardening expert and one of the country’s leading advocates of biodiversity, The Prince created an experimental wild flower meadow. His Royal Highness desperately wanted to protect our native flora and fauna which was in decline due to modern farming methods. The meadow already boasts around 32 different varieties of endangered native plants including ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle, common spotted orchid, meadow crane’s bill and ragged robin. At its westerly end, the meadow is also home to some of the National Collection of Beeches which The Prince maintains on behalf of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG). The Prince is Patron of the NCCPG, which conserves the diversity of our plant heritage through its national collections. In addition to part of the National Collection of Beeches, His Royal Highness has the National Collection of Hostas, a large-leafed plant which he loves. Every year The Prince takes on a new project to take his garden in new directions, such as his walled kitchen garden or the arboretum. The Walled Kitchen Garden helps the Highgrove estate achieve self sufficiency in fruit and vegetables. Colour and form are important, with lettuce seedlings planted in rows of contrasting colours, but ultimately the garden is used to grow vegetables in the cottage garden tradition. Vegetable varieties loved by The Prince are grown such as Charlotte potatoes and Happil strawberries, leeks, spring cabbage, brussel sprouts and carrots. A wide variety of apples are grown from trees next to the Orchard Room, along with others gathered from the Walled Garden, including Formosa Nonpareil, Golden Knot, Cornish Aromatic and Lady’s Delight. There are also examples of some very rare cooking apple trees, of types which are now virtually extinct. Many of the apples grown in the orchard are sent to the Priory, a local retirement home and Tetbury Hospital.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    All visitors to Highgrove must bring some form of photographic identification with them - ideally a passport, driving licence or bus pass. Alternatively two utility bills will be accepted. Cameras, binoculars or any other form of recording equipment are not allowed on the Estate.

    Mobile phones may not be used on the Estate. If you have one with you, please make sure it is switched off at all times and left in the coach during your visit to Highgrove. We regret Highgrove Garden Tours are not appropriate for children under the age of 12 years.

    Our guided tour around the garden takes approximately 2 hours and covers two miles of garden. Visitors with walking difficulties should also be aware that some paths are unmade and there are cobblestones on the estate. We suggest suitable walking shoes and clothing as the tours continue during wet weather.

    Light lunches, teas and refreshments are available in the beautiful setting of The Orchard Room. Only food purchased at Highgrove may be consumed in the Orchard Room or on the Terrace. Please be aware that there are no picnic facilities on the Estate. The Highgrove Shop is situated adjacent to The Orchard Room.

    Highgrove visit subject to their operational changes.

    Thu 06 August 2015

    3 Days

    £229 per adult

  • Leeds Castle

    Another in our series of closer-to-home excursions introducing us to the best of Kent and East Sussex and avoiding doing battle with the M25!

    The beautiful Leeds Castle benefits from an absolutely idyllic location – rising majestically from the moat as it has done for 900 years surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, it’s easy to see why it was described as “the loveliest castle in the world”!

    A castle has been on the site since 1119 at it has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. The castle today dates mostly from the 19th century and is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds. It has been open to the public since 1976.

     

    Image: "Leeds castle" by Adusha - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

    Fri 07 August 2015

    1 Day

    £31 per adult

  • The View from the Shard & BBQ Thames Cruise

    Start your day with Buzzlines on a 2 hour boat cruise along the Thames. The cruise incorporates a lavish BBQ lunch served at your table on deck as you watch the views of London pass by.

    The View from The Shard offers a high tech and multi-sensory experience with exhilarating 360°views previously unseen stretching 40 miles across the city of London. The View is situated on floors 68, 69 and 72 of The Shard. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), it redefines London's skyline and will be a dynamic symbol of London, recognizable throughout the world. On level 72 experience the elements with part of the building exposed through the fractures where the shards of glass come together. A premium visitor experience, which offers guests an unparalleled encounter with an incredible building and the creativity, history and culture of London.

    For more information about The Shard, please click here.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip. 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.

    Sat 08 August 2015

    1 Day

    £74 per adult

  • Harrogate & Treasure Houses of Yorkshire

    We are delighted to return to a super location for this 5 day coach holiday. The rolling dales and rugged lay of the land make the region a favourite destination. Our coach holiday is based in the attractive spa town of Harrogate, with its magnificent Victorian buildings, broad tree-lined boulevards and wide open spaces. Reminders of the regal era are the 19th century Royal Pump Room Museum, housing the original sulphur well and the Royal Baths Assembly Rooms, built in 1897, where the Turkish baths are still in daily use. You could also visit famous Betty's Tea Rooms or stroll around Valley Gardens, known worldwide for their flower displays. Harrogate is a great place to visit at any time of the year but we also experience the wonderful eminent estates of Yorkshire with visits to Castle Howard and historic Harewood House, two of the Treasure Houses of England.

    Altogether, some great places to visit, based in a famous hotel close to the city centre, and with no extra supplements for single travellers.

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1 - Departing Kent this morning we make our way north to Harrogate. On arrival our luggage is taken to our rooms and we have time to settle in prior to dinner this evening.

    DAYS 2 - 4  – At leisure in Harrogate or join us on our included excursions.

    HARROGATE
    Harrogate with Betty's Tea RoomsDay 2 begins with a 30 minute illustrated talk at the hotel by the author and historian Malcolm Neesam. The talk will be on Agatha Christie and her association with the hotel. This will be followed by tea or coffee and biscuits. The remainder of the day is then free for you to explore Harrogate. This wonderful spa town is renowned for its floral beauty, with its Victorian Pump Room, Royal Baths, curiosity shops and beautifully manicured gardens. Afternoon Tea at Betty’s could be a perfect treat.

    HAREWOOD HOUSE
    Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire. The house was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land in the setting of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscape. This fine Georgian mansion has works by JMW Turner and El Greco, renaissance masterpieces, exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture and fabulous Robert Adam interiors. As well as the house, you can explore the renowned lakeside Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite award-winning gardens, and breathtaking views throughout the "Capability Brown" landscape. In each room, friendly guides are on hand to offer insights into the history and detail of the House, including the extensive art collections. Perhaps treat yourself to a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea and experience the high life, relaxing on the south facing Terrace with spectacular views over the award winning formal parterre and landscape as Red Kites soar overhead. 

    CASTLE HOWARD
    Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-centuryCastle Howard residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire. Known as the film location for "Brideshead Revisited", this spectacular house is still owned and lived in by the Howard family, adding a personal dimension to this beautiful setting. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, the stunning interiors of Castle Howard are the perfect backdrop to world-famous collections; from frescos and furniture to paintings and porcelain, all brought to life by friendly and knowledgeable guides. Castle Howard's magnificent grounds and idyllic gardens, with statues, temples, lakes and fountains, give endless opportunity to relax and explore. Meander along the woodland and lakeside walks and discover seasonal displays, or enjoy the tranquil setting of the 18th-century walled garden with its rose collection and ornamental vegetable garden.

    DAY 5 - This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we leave our hotel and make our way back home, making suitable refreshment and lunch stops on the way.

    Mon 10 August 2015

    5 Days

    £389 per adult

  • Bellewaerde Park, Ypres

    Buzzlines is delighted to offer this great-value day excursion to Bellewarde, one of Belgium’s finest theme and animal parks, followed by a free evening in Ypres which gives us all  - and perhaps especially the youngsters - a chance to reflect on the events of 100 years ago by joining the 8pm salute at the Menin Gate.  

    To make the most of Bellewarde we will aim for a tunnel departure before 8am, so please be conscious that pick-ups are likely to be between 05:30 and 06:30.  We should then arrive at the Park, which is just outside Ypres, by 11am local time, giving you 6-7 hours to enjoy all the animals and rides, and of course to break for lunch there.

    We will aim to depart from Bellewaerde at 5.30pm for the short hop into Ypres, allowing you plenty of time for a stroll around the spectacular Market Square, with its beautifully restored Cloth Hall and Bell Tower.

    You will find it hard to believe that Ypres was almost completely destroyed in the Great War, and its restoration faithful to the town’s original medieval layout remains as a lasting testament to the determination and vision of the townspeople of 100 years ago.  You will find many pavement brasseries where you can enjoy an early evening meal before we advise you to make for the Menin Gate by no later than 19:30 (and ideally a bit earlier for the best positions) for the 8pm Last Post ceremony.

    The coach will be positioned to depart from Ypres at around 20:30 for a return crossing that is expected to get us back to Kent around 22:30 our time, and feeder services will aim to have you swiftly home from there.

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    For further information on Bellewaerde Park, please click here.

    Brochure Price
    £55 including entrance and all rides, £25 for children under 1 metre height

     

    Mon 10 August 2015

    1 Day

    £54 per adult

  • Langemark and Ypres including the Menin Gate

    2015 marks the second of three costly First War Battles of Ypres, and is notorious for the devastating effect of gas attacks by German forces against unprotected allied forces. This map shows the front line before and after the gas attacks in April and May 1915, and as so often in the analysis of the conflict it underlines the limited territorial gains involved in trench warfare. This map also illustrates the shape of the Ypres salient.

    Ypres front line

    We make an early start to our trip as we connect with tunnel crossings at 07:50 (April) and 07:30 (August). This should get us to our first calling point in Langemark-Poelkapelle soon after 10:30 local time.

    In Langemark we first visit the sobering German Cemetery just north of the town. superbly explained by the Great War website at http://www.greatwar.co.uk/ypres-salient/cemetery-langemark.htm This sombre place accommodates over 44,000 German war dead, many of them unknown and including some 3,000 who were as young as 14, serving along the Ypres salient as student “volunteers”. Our accompanying guide will help us to appreciate both the history of this cemetery and its wider setting along the Ypres salient which saw so much terrible fighting for almost the entire duration of the war.

    Remaining in Langemark, we then continue south of the village to the new Memorial to all those of Welsh descent who took part in World War 1. http://www.welshmemorialflanders.co.uk/#

    Welsh Memorial at Langemark

    The new Welsh Memorial at Langemark

    From Langemark we continue the few miles into Ypres where we are then free to enjoy an afternoon in this beautifully restored town. Aside from the great choice of brasseries and specialist restaurants in the square and surrounding streets, there is plenty more history to occupy our afternoon, headed by the excellent In Flanders Fields Museum, located in the historic Lakenhalle in the main square. Of course there is also some time for shopping in Ypres, which offers familiar Belgian specialities including of course chocolate and perhaps a box of beer!

    Those up for some exercise might like to go down to the Menin Gate and then follow the ramparts of the old fortified town down the course of the surrounding moat to Lille Gate on the south side of town, where there are some pleasant gardens. For those interested, our driver will also be available at around 4pm for a short trip out to Tyne Cot Cemetery and Visitor Centre at Passchendaele, largest of all the Commonwealth war cemeteries.

    Returning to Ypres in time for a bite of supper, we will suggest strolling across to the Menin Gate by 7pm in good time for the ceremony, perhaps a bit earlier if you would like to be at the front. We won’t try to stay as a group for the evening but your driver will have given you good directions on the meeting place and time after the ceremony, and we will aim to be on our way back to Calais, only an hour or so away, soon after 20:30.

    Our return tunnel crossing is at 22:50, so we should be back into Kent by around 10.30pm our time.

    Mon 10 August 2015

    1 Day

    £38.50 per adult

  • Thames River Boat Lunch Cruise & Windsor

    Leaving Windsor Promenade, passengers will have excellent views of Windsor Castle and Eton College. After passing Windsor racecourse, the boat goes through Boveney Lock and passes Sutherland Grange. It then head towards Oakley Court, Queen's Eyot and Monkey Island where the boat turns for the journey back to Windsor.

    While you take in the beautiful scenery of the Royal River Thames, you will be served a delicious light lunch.

    Includes return travel by coach, cruise and lunch along with some free time in Windsor itself following the cruise.

    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 12 August 2015

    1 Day

    £46 per adult

  • LEGOLAND® Windsor

    NEW FOR 2015 Lego Friends fans can now enjoy the brand new Heartlake City area of the park, featuring new attractions, a live action music show and a Heartlake City Mall themed area. You’ll also be able to meet the Heartlake City girls themselves: Mia, Andrea, Stephanie, Emma and Olivia!

    There are also new improvements to the Lego City area, with the Lego City Driving and Boating Schools, with more capacity, Lego models and new sounds and animations there’s no better time for youngsters to get their first lesson in driving!

    Brave buccaneers will be able to join Captain Good Brick to find Captain Black Heart’s treasure on the Pirate Falls Treasure Quest log flume or act out pirate legends on the high ropes, slides and nets at Castaway Camp. Pirate Shores was a new area for 2014 and provides watery fun for all adventurous deckhands.

    Smaller children will enjoy the paradise of Duplo Valley, where imaginative fun and play await! Duplo Valley features popular Duplo characters, animals, vehicles, toddler friendly rides and a wet play area.

    There’s plenty across the resort to keep all the kids entertained, including the Imagination 4D Theatre and Miniland; featuring famous landmarks painstakingly recreated in Lego.

    With so many adventures to discover in 150 acres of beautiful parkland there's never been a better time to visit the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. Check www.legoland.co.uk for full details.

    LEGO, the LEGO logo and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2011 The LEGO Group.

    Price includes admission and return travel by coach.

    A travel only price may be available on request should you have your own entrance tickets-please contact us to book this.

    Wed 12 August 2015

    1 Day

    £54 per adult

  • Royal Windsor

    You can’t say the word Windsor without conjuring up images of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, royalty, the changing of the guard, the River Thames and Eton College. Windsor thrives on its royal patronage, rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture and beautiful natural scenery. Add to this an abundance of quaint one-of-a-kind shops and culinary scene headed by the likes of Heston Blumenthal and you’ll have a reasonable idea of the treats in store for you in Windsor.

    Subject to traffic and travel, there will be around 5 hours free time in Windsor. Enjoy time at your leisure in either the town or at the Castle (entrance is not included). Perhaps even take a cruise down the Thames.

    Includes return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure with another day trip. 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.

    Photographer: Peter Packer
    The Royal Collection © 2010 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    For more information on Windsor, please click here

    Wed 12 August 2015

    1 Day

    £28 per adult

  • Eastbourne & The International Air Show

    The Eastbourne International Airshow, also called Airbourne, is now one of the world’s biggest free seafront airshows.

    Participating aircraft include the Royal Air Force, Army, Navy, Civilian, Display teams, Warbirds, and International aircraft. There are also many ground attractions including a funfair, stalls, exhibits, arena displays, helicopter rides, and plenty of entertainment for the kids including giant inflatables, and trampolining on two designated beach areas.

    Alternatively, you can of course enjoy free time at leisure in the charming seaside resort of Eastbourne. Five miles of promenade run along the beaches leading you past the stunning Carpet Gardens, the famous 1930s bandstand, historic Napoleonic Towers and the famous Victorian Pier, majorly damaged by fire in 2014. Or you may wish to take in the good shopping in the landscaped pedestrianised town centre.

    We will depart for home at around 530 to 6pm.

    Includes return travel by coach.

    For the latest information about the Airshow, please click here

    (All flying is subject to serviceability, weather and operational commitments.)

    Click here for further information on Eastbourne.

    Eastbourne Promenade

    Fri 14 August 2015

    1 Day

    £27 per adult

  • Monet's Garden, Paris & The Palace of Versailles

    This wonderful coach break combines the timeless beauty of Paris; one on the world's most celebrated cities, with the splendid house and gardens of Claude Monet; inspiration for so many of his paintings, plus the spectacular Palace of Versailles; the royal residence of France for little more than a century when the French Revolution began.

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1 - Leaving the local area by coach in the early morning, we'll head to the Channel Tunnel for our scheduled crossing to France at 08.20am. From Calais, we make our way to Giverny to visit the house of one of the most famous artists in the world and the gardens that inspired him. Monet’s Garden has an intimate and welcoming feel and these wonderful flower gardens stand in contrast to France’s numerous formal gardens.

    The gardens have been lovingly restored and give a vivid impression of Monet's favourite subject for painting. There are two parts of the garden which contrast and complement one another - a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden. You will be able to explore and marvel at the vibrant flora and fauna and abundant colour that inspired much of this great impressionist’s finest work. Arched bridges, painted an acid apple green, are festooned with wisteria and the draped fronds of weeping willow frame the water lilies - Monet's paintings brought unnervingly to life.

    The taking of pictures is permitted in the garden, but only from the walkways. Photos and videos are strictly forbidden in the house, however pictures can be taken out of the windows in Monet's bedroom. Picnics are forbidden and no catering facilities are available at the venue.

    From Monet’s Garden, we journey on an hour or so to our hotel located in Orgeval , on the outskirts of Paris. We stay on a bed and breakfast basis, but meals can be taken either at the hotel or perhaps in one of the nearby restaurants. Further information on these can be obtained at the hotel.

    DAY 2 PARIS - Nowhere in the world is quite like Paris; nowhere quite so exciting, glamorous or beautiful, especially in the summer, when it is bathed in glorious sunshine. Discover - or rediscover - all the wonders of the French capital as we enjoy a full day in this beautiful city.

    Paris in Summer

    Discover Paris' famous sights on our included sightseeing tour - the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and the gleaming dome of Sacre Coeur - and then have free time to explore at your leisure. It is a wonderful place to wander - with its famous landmarks, fascinating museums, pavement cafes from which you can watch the world go by, stylish stores and specialty shops. Perhaps visit the renowned Cathedral of Notre Dame or for a different view of the city, we recommend our optional narrated River Seine cruise. We depart from Paris late evening to give you the opportunity to purchase an evening meal in one of the many lovely restaurants it has to offer.

    DAY 3 PALACE OF VERSAILLES - After a leisurely breakfast, we leave the hotel and make the short journey to visit the exquisite Palace of Versailles, a World Heritage Site with 800 hectares of manicured gardens, sculptured statues and ornamental fountains. This is one of France’s most visited attractions and it is one of the most impressive achievements of 18th century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful. No expense was spared in the creation of the sumptuously decorated palace, best known for its Hall of Mirrors, which was previously used for lavish celebrations. Wonder at the grandeur of its opulent architecture and interiors, stroll through the intricately designed gardens and visit the fascinating exhibitions. 

    We will look to allow a good amount of time for the visit to be able to take in all of the sights and leave mid to late afternoon to head back to Calais for our evening crossing which should get back into the UK around 21:30 hrs and aim to have everyone home within an hour or so after that.

    Palace of Versailles

     

    Fri 14 August 2015

    3 Days

    £199 per adult

  • Royal River Lunch Cruise & Savill Garden

    A 2½ hour boat cruise from Runnymead in the morning with a Ploughmans lunch served on board, followed by an afternoon visit to the Savill Garden with a cream tea.

    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.

    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

    Sun 16 August 2015

    1 Day

    £54 per adult

  • Chatham Historic Dockyard & Call the Midwife Tour

    Another in our series of “Closer to Home” excursions designed for us to avoid motorway traffic and explore the best that Kent and East Sussex have to offer.

    Today we enjoy a return to Chatham Historic Dockyard for a visit themed around the highly acclaimed BBC drama series Call the Midwife.   In 2012 the Historic Dockyard Chatham was transformed into the 1950’s Poplar Dock for this series, which proved so successful that two further series have since been filmed and a Christmas Special.

    Many of the Dockyard buildings can be spotted in the series.  A variety of locations around The Dockyard have now appeared in the production and at 11am we enjoy a guided tour – escorted by a costumed midwife – to make the best of the opportunity chance to explore the areas featured in the production.

    Aside from the tour,  we have the regular dockyard highlights, all included in the day’s excursion price.  The Historic Dockyard is one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and the world’s most complete dockyard from the age of sail.  You can step aboard a Victorian Naval Sloop, a Second World War Destroyer, and a Cold War Submarine, and savour Chatham's remarkable shipyard heritage via a sequence of well-explained static exhibits.

    A central attraction is the quarter-mile long Ropery that has been making rope for Britain's ships since 1618, plus the digital theatre experience in the Hearts of Oak gallery.  Then you can visit the dockyard’s steam railway shed, and its Smithy which showcases collections from the Royal Museums Greenwich and the Imperial War Museum.

    We will aim to arrive at the dockyard for around 10:30 and depart at 16:00 to be ahead of peak-hour traffic.

    There are good refreshment facilities at the dockyard, but if the weather looks reasonable it might be a good option to bring a packed lunch to enjoy in the peace of the Commissioner’s Garden.

    Pick-ups will be available as usual across all of Kent and for this destination we are able to extend to pick-up in Dartford and Gravesend.  Some local Medway or Maidstone feeders are likely to run direct to venue.

    There’s lots more to help you plan your visit at http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/plan/plan-your-day/

    Mon 17 August 2015

    1 Day

    £29 per adult

  • Houses of Parliament, IWM Museum & Afternoon Tea

    Discover a unique combination of 1000 years of the UK's history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture within one iconic building.

    2015 promises to be a memorable year at the Houses of Parliament. In addition to the General Election in May, two significant anniversaries on the theme of ‘Parliament in the Making’ are being commemorated; 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta (1215) and 750 years since Simon de Montfort’s first parliament (1265).

    Also in 2015, Westminster Hall will host a colourful banner exhibition that charts an 800 year history of rights and representation. Nine artists have been commissioned to create 18 large banners which will line the walls of this magnificent medieval space where numerous trials, banquets and important state occasions have taken place.

    Our insightful and entertaining guided tour of the Houses of Parliament offers the opportunity to discover the fascinating blend of history and politics that lie within one of the most instantly recognisable buildings in the world. Also known as the Palace of Westminster, 1000 years ago it was the official residence of the English royal family. The oldest part of the building is Westminster Hall which was completed in 1097 and has held a central role in British history since then. The majority of the original palace was destroyed by fire in 1834 and the magnificent Gothic-Revival building which now stands, majestically, in its place was designed by Sir Charles Barry and completed in 1870. While the outside of the building is well known, the guided tours allow visitors to discover the many treasures within the building such as the spectacular fixtures and fittings designed by the eccentric A.W.N. Pugin, including the wonderful throne in the majestic Lords Chamber, and a rich collection of works of art. Led by a highly qualified and knowledgeable Blue Badge Guide, the 90 minute tour takes in the Lords and Commons Chambers plus other highlights such as Westminster Hall, the Queen's Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, Aye Lobby, Central Lobby, Members' Lobby and St Stephen's Hall. Jubilee Cafe, located next to Westminster Hall, offers a selection of light meals, and hot and cold drinks. The souvenir shop is located along the tour route.

    Airport style searches are in place at the Houses of Parliament. Sharp items e.g. knives (including Swiss army knives) scissors, cutlery and screwdrivers are not permitted on the parliamentary estate and will be confiscated. Please also restrict the size of bags brought to Parliament.

    For more information on the Houses of Parliament, please click here. We also visit take a short morning visit to the transformed Imperial War Museum London which tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war and conflict. In 2014 following a major transformation and redevelopment programme, the Museum re-opened with new galleries, exhibitions and an improved visitor experience so that you can find new ways to explore the diverse collections. For more information on IWM London, please click here.

    After our tour of the Houses of Parliament we will continue to The Grosvenor Hotel where afternoon tea will be served. Price includes return travel by coach, guided tour of the Houses of Parliament & visit to the Imperial War Museum and Afternoon Tea at the Grosvenor Hotel.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is an audio tour of the Houses of Parliament. It is not a guided tour like our other day trips. 

    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.

    Mon 17 August 2015

    1 Day

    £56 per adult

  • St Valery-sur-Somme and the Steam Train Home!

    A day out of all the bustle as we enjoy a short journey from Calais down to the Bay of the Somme and relax for lunch and some sea air in the little port of St Valery before taking the steam train back across to Bay to Le Crotoy and onwards back to Kent.

    Our tunnel crossing is timed to get us out of Calais and down to St Valery well before lunchtime and we can then enjoy a delightful stroll through the narrow main street and its many delightful shops and restaurants.

    It may be a small town, but St Valery is rich in history.  It can trace its origins back to pre-Roman times and is notable as the spot where William the Conqueror assembled his fleet before setting sail for the Sussex coast in 1066.  The town was popular during the 19th century with artists and writers.  Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Sisley and Degas all had villas here at one time or another.   And Joan of Arc is reputed to have been imprisoned here before being taken to her untimely end at Rouen.

    There has been an Abbey in St Valery since the 7th Century and although repeatedly plundered, destroyed and rebuilt in conflicts over the centuries, the current Abbey has endured since mediaeval times and is the centrepiece of the old town.  St Valery also boasts a large sea lock connecting the bay with the maritime canal de Somme and onwards into great navigable river and canal system of France and the Low Countries.  Many a yacht skipper brings his craft through here en route to the River Rhone and onwards to the Mediterranean.

    As the afternoon moves on, we re-assemble at the railway terminus on St Valery waterfront where we join our 4pm steam train for a one-hour journey across the world-famous Bay of the Somme to Le Crotoy on its northern side.  Spectacular both for its vista across one of the great bays of the world and its glimpses of the rich wildlife, the railway also takes us back to a bygone age of seaside recreation.  The railway, commissioned in 1887, was originally built to serve the great passion for seaside holidays and is today celebrated as an integral component of the heritage of this environmentally protected area.

    On arrival in Le Crotoy we make back for Calais – less than an hour along the Autoroute, and as we gain an hour on the way home we expect to be back in Kent around 7:30 our time.

    Please note that depending on train loadings and times we may on some dates start our day by taking the steam train from Le Crotoy into St Valery – basically reversing the itinerary but the time spent in St Valery is the same either way. 

    St Valery Steam Train

     

    Wed 19 August 2015

    1 Day

    £41.50 per adult

  • London & River Rover Unlimited Hop on Hop off

    See London from the river perspective in this great day excursion which includes an all-day riverboat pass with Thames Clippers.

    Our day starts with the coach ride to North Greenwich pier, alongside the O2 arena. If you like you can pause here to take the spectacular Emirates cable car service to and from Royal Victoria dock on the north side of the Thames. Back at North Greenwich, your Thames Clipper River boat services then depart about every 20 minutes throughout the day, and you have many onward options…

    • Canary Wharf for the financial hub skyscrapers and perhaps a trip on the DLR to Tower Gateway
    • Tower Millennium for the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, perhaps walking across the bridge via the new glass walkway to take in the South Bank regeneration and to re-connect with the riverboat service at…
    • …London Bridge City, for the Shard, London Dungeon or the London Design Museum
    • Bankside, for the Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern, Bankside Gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
    • Blackfriars, for Fleet Street, Holborn Viaduct and St Pauls
    • Embankment, for Trafalgar Square, Strand, Aldwych, and Covent Garden
    • London Eye, for the Eye, Aquarium, and a walk over Westminster Bridge to Whitehall, Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.
    • Millbank, for Tate Britain

    For further information, please click here.

    Please note that if you decide to try the Emirates Airline cable car the round trip from North Greenwich costs are payable separately at the cable car terminal (as at Jan 2015 - £8.60 for adults, £4.60 for children).

    Price includes return coach travel and all-day hop-on hop-off riverboat ticket.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    Thu 20 August 2015

    1 Day

    £34 per adult