For six seasons, fans of Downton Abbey have been hooked on the Crawley family, its staff, and all that drama. With the airing of its final season, it may be the perfect time to bid farewell to the show by taking a trip to England. What’s more, Gate 1 Travel is offering a four-night trip to London and a visit to Highclere Castle -- the backdrop to the show -- from $1,499 per person.
The package is available at a $100 discount, exclusive to ShermansTravel, if you book by February 29 for the March 29 departure. It includes non-stop round-trip flights between London and New York, four-night hotel stay, airport transfers, daily breakfast, and sightseeing tours. Use promo code SHHCDA100. When compared to other company’s packages -- most of which don’t usually include a Highclere Castle trip -- you can save up to $200 with this deal.
On this six-day trip, you’ll get the chance to see London’s most famous sights -- from Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey -- during a half-day motorcoach tour through Kensington. Though you’ll get some time for yourself, you can also opt for additional tours of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.
Next up on the itinerary is a stop at Highclere Castle, where you’ll have the chance to roam freely and explore the rooms used for Downton Abbey filming, gardens, and other nooks and crannies. Be sure to ask the guides for any behind-the-scenes secrets. Wrap up the day with a tour of Oxford, where sights include the Shaldonian Theatre and the Bodleian Library. (Fun fact: Oxford University was one of the shooting locations for the Harry Potter movies.) The last day of the trip belongs to you, but there is the option of joining a full-day tour of Stonehenge and Bath.