Take a step back in English history and immerse yourself in a period of romance, intrigue and tradition with the Downton Abbey: Season four England tour.
Organized by luxury online travel specialists Zicasso, this tour takes travellers to all key locales in the fourth season of the popular PBS show (the season finale airs this Sunday, Feb. 23), from London to the village of Bampton and, not least of all, to the iconic Highclere Castle: stand-in for Downton Abbey.
The journey begins in London, where guests on this group tour will see Buckingham Palace, Saint Pancreas train station and Lady Rosamund’s home in Belgrave Square. An expert will also take travellers to the Notting Hill neighbourhood, where Lady Edith’s love interest Michael Gregson lived.
Enjoy lunch at The Criterion, where Lady Edith donned an unforgettable green frock for lunch with Gregson, and enjoy dinner at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, similar to the jazz club where Lady Rose sees Jack Ross perform for the first time.
Continue on this guided tour with a trip to Oxfordshire, home to Swan Inn, where Lady Sybil and Tom Branson ran away to in season two, and Byfleet Manor, stand-in for Dowager Countess Violet’s home of Dower House.
From there it’s on to Bampton, the real village that acts as Downton Village. See Isobel Crawley’s home, the church where Lady Mary and Matthew wed and, finally, Highclere Castle. The 300 room castle is still occupied by a real earl and countess and guests will enjoy an expertly guided tour of the castle — including rooms that appear on the show like the library and great hall — and grounds.
This seven-day tour carries the rather royal price tag of $3,230 per person and is available for nine departure dates between July 20 and Aug. 24, 2014. Accommodations and some meals are included in the cost, though international airfare is not. For full details on the package, visit zicasso.com.