Virgin Vacations Announces 'Downton Abbey' Tour of England

Can't get enough of Downton Abbey? You're in luck: Virgin Vacations has added two fall “Four Star London with Downton Abbey” tours, each including a private cocktail reception at Highclere Castle, where the hit television series is filmed.

The seven-day tour includes round-trip flights on Virgin Atlantic to London, five nights’ First Class hotel accommodations, transfers, breakfast daily, one dinner, sightseeing, a private cocktail reception at Highclere Castle, travel by motorcoach, and the services of a tour manager throughout.  Three nights are spent in London, with two nights in Bracknell, close to Highclere Castle in the center of Berkshire County, an area favored by the Royals for its scenic countryside.

But, of course, the highlight will be attending a benefit hosted by Highclere Castle’s owners, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. During the reception, the castle’s public rooms—including the Main Hall, Saloon, Library, and Sitting Rooms – will be open, and guides will be on hand to answer questions.  The cocktail receptions each benefit a different charity:  Langalanga Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to needy children in Kenya, on the September 16 departure; and the Newbury Cancer Trust for the October 31 departure.

In addition to the Highclere Castle cocktail event, the tour includes a post-reception dinner, a full day excursion to Bath and Stonehenge; plus a morning in Oxford, visiting Christchurch, the grounds of Oxford College, and the countryside where parts of “Downton Abbey” are filmed.  The tour also features a morning sightseeing tour of London via a vintage bus, with the Tower of London and a Thames River Cruise; plus a free day in London for individual pursuits. 

Departure dates are September 16 and October 31.

For more information and to book the special Downton Abbey fall departures, visit