Discover the Royal Family's Heritage
It is no secret that the Royal Family changed their name from Saxe - Coburg and Gotha to Windsor in 1917 after WWI to distance themselves from their German roots. On this tour we will take you back in time when Queen Victoria loved to visit her beloved husbands home country and show you how connected the British crown is with Germany.
Vienna House Easy Coburg Hotel ****
Very pleasant modern hotel Recently refurbished En-suite bedrooms Hairdryer Cable television Restaurant Easy bar lounge Lift. www.vi-hotels.com
Following the Channel crossing we continue to our overnight bed and breakfast accommodation.
We complete the journey to Coburg.
Coburg had been the seat of power of the dukes of Saxe - Coburg and Gotha for a very long time and with its majestic fortress towering high above the city the old glory of nobility is still visible. In the morning we visit the impressive castle complex, one of the largest in Germany and also known as the 'Franconian Crown'. At the beginning of the 20th century it was home of Duke Carl- Eduard of Saxe - Coburg and Gotha - a grandson of Queen Victoria. Nowadays it hosts collections such as a print room, beautiful Venetian glass, historic weapons and the world’s oldest carriages and baroque sledges. In the afternoon we include a guided walk where we pass the monument of Prince Albert, the city hall and Coburg’s oldest school. The walk concludes with a fascinating visit to the largest doll museum in Europe, where the highlight will be a little steam engine producing freshly baked little pancakes on a doll’s cooker. In the evening we have arranged dinner in one of the restaurants in Coburg.
It was the year 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe - Coburg and Gotha which fastened the bond between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Germany. Today we will walk in the footsteps of the beloved prince consort and explore some of Queen Victoria’s favourite places in Germany. Albert was born in Castle Rosenau near Coburg, where we include a guided tour. We then make our way to Coburg to enjoy some of the popular Grilled Coburg Sausage for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Palace Ehrenburg, the main seat of the duke of Saxe - Coburg and Gotha. "Queen Victoria" will pick you up from the front gate and guide you through magnificent rooms, her splendid apartments and the Giant Hall.
This morning we will make our way to the city of Gotha which was part of the Duchy of Saxe - Gotha where we will visit the Palace Friedenstein for a guided tour, the oldest Baroque palace in Germany. The palace is closely linked to the British crown through Victoria and Albert as their second son, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh once renounced his title and moved into Friedenstein Palace as the late duke did not have an heir. Afterwards you will have some time to enjoy the generous parks and grounds before we will discover the town which was once a rich trading town on the trade route Via Regia and popular as centre of science and arts.
We say goodbye to Coburg and continue to our overnight bed and breakfast accommodation.
Continue to Calais and complete the journey home.
Executive coach travel
Door to door pick up
Short sea ferry / shuttle crossing
2 overnights bed and breakfast accommodation
3 x buffet breakfast and 3 course dinner in our hotel
1 x buffet breakfast and 3 course dinner in a local restaurant in Coburg
Entrance to the Fortress of Coburg,
1 x guided tour Coburg
Entrance into the doll museum Coburg
A guided tour and pancakes in the doll museum
Entrance and guided tour of Rosenau Castle
A grilled Coburg sausage lunch
Entrance to the Ehrenburg Castle included, guided tour by 'Queen Victoria'
Entrance and guided tour of Friedenstein Palace
A guided tour of Gotha
Services of a local Tour Manager throughout
Excursions as described in the itinerary
Entry fees not included unless otherwise stated
2nd Jun 6 nights £819
6th Oct 6 nights £889 Red Dragon
Single room supplement £165
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|Bracknell - Bagshot Road|| Opposite Glebewood Bus Stop |
Bagshot Road - Before the Leisure Centre
|Cardiff West Services|| Cardiff West Services Coach Park |
|Chieveley Services|| Chieveley Services (A34/M4) Newbury |
|Clackett Lane Services|| Clackett Lane Services, TN16 2ER (Anticlock) |
|Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet|| Travel Centre, Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet |
|Edwards Depot LLANTRISANT|| Edwards Depot, Llantrisant, CF72 8QZ |
|Extra Services Cobham EB|| Extra Services Cobham Eastbound, M25 Jct 5-6 |
|Leigh Delamare Eastbound|| Leigh Delamare Services Eastbound Before J17 |
|Magor Services|| Magor Service Coach Park |
|Maidstone Services|| Maidstone Services, Junction 8 - M20 |
|Neath - Railway|| Neath - Outside Railway Station |
|Reading Services|| Reading Services, Junction 11-12, RG30 3UQ |
|Sarn SERVICES|| Sarn SERVICES - Coach Park |
|Stop 24 Svcs (M20 J11)|| Stop 24 (Westenhanger) Services (M20 J11) |
|Swindon Hilton|| Swindon Hilton - Outside the hotel, Junction 16 |
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