2017 Shakespeare's Severn

2017 Shakespeare's Severn

This delightful tour features a day at the popular Severn Valley Steam Railway, the Shakespeare Express vintage steam train to Stratford upon Avon and a canal cruise - all from our base at a 4* hotel with leisure facilities.

5 Days From Only £475.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 3 August 2017

Thursday 24 August 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A "Freedom of the Line" ticket for the Severn Valley Steam Railway

  • A canal cruise from Birmingham’s Gas St Basin out into the leafy suburbs

  • A return steam journey on the Shakespeare Express from Birmingham to Stratford

  • A guided walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Free time in Shakespeare’s Stratford and Birmingham

  • A 4* hotel with leisure facilities

  • No single room supplement!

DAY 1

Thursday - Arriving in Solihull, check into the St John's Hotel close to the station. Relax this afternoon in the hotel's leisure club ahead of dinner this evening in the hotel restaurant.

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DAY 2

Friday - We travel by train to Kidderminster for a day exploring the Severn Valley Railway. Preservation of this historic full-size standard gauge line began in 1965. From Kidderminster the steam-hauled trains ply a scenic 16 mile route closely following the River Severn to Bridgnorth in Shropshire. On arrival there is free time to explore this lovely town before returning by steam train to Kidderminster and our service train onwards to Solihull.

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DAY 3

Saturday - After breakfast we take a short journey to Birmingham, where we take a nostalgic narrowboat journey from the city's Gas Street Basin through the canal system out into the leafy suburbs. After experiencing England's second city and its industrial heritage from the water, we then enjoy some free time to explore the rejuvenated city centre and maybe visit the famous Jewellery Quarter.

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DAY 4

Sunday - A short train journey to Moor Street station allows us to join the "Shakespeare Express" train along a section of the former Great Western Railway's main line. The restored carriages hauled by a steam locomotive transport you along the picturesque "Shakespeare Line" to Stratford-upon-Avon. On arrival our local guide introduces Shakespeare's Stratford on a guided walking tour. Our return journey from Stratford by steam takes an alternative route allowing the steam locomotive to work up to a top permitted speed of 75mph! Back at the hotel, we enjoy a final dinner together.

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DAY 5

Monday - We bid farewell to our hotel and the 'Heart of England', making our journeys home.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

St John’s Hotel, Solihull

The St John’s Hotel is a 4* hotel with 180 comfortable rooms equipped with satellite tv, coffee/tea making facilities, iron and board, and individual climate control. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, plus a leisure club including swimming pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and gym.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Euston

£625

£540

-£10

Greater London

£665

£560

-£10

South of England

£685

£575

-£10

East Anglia

£695

£590

-£10

South West

£660

£565

-£10

Heart of England

£575

£505

-£5

Midlands

£545

£495

-£5

Yorkshire

£600

£525

-£10

North East

£645

£565

-£10

North West

£585

£515

-£5

South Wales

£645

£555

-£10

North Wales

£625

£550

-£10

Scotland

£715

£600

-£15



 

Tour Base Fare (joining at hotel) £475

No Single Room Supplement

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & dinner each evening

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail travel as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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