Authors, TV shows and gourmet food celebrated in new group tours

Date Posted: 21/04/2015

Albatross Travel, a provider of group travel packages to coach operators, has launched its new UK and Ireland brochure for 2016/2017, which includes tours celebrating literary greats, famous artists, iconic TV programmes and gourmet food.

Within Albatross Travel’s UK and Ireland brochure for 2016/2017, group travel organisers can find plenty of ideas and opportunities for the history buffs, popular culture lovers and culinary fans within their group.

Literary tours

Highlights of the literary excursions on offer include Jane Austen’s Bristol and Bath tour which includes a visit to Bristol’s Blaise Castle, featured in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, as well as a trip to The Jane Austen Centre, in Bath to explore memorabilia of the author.

The Wordsworth, Windermere and Jemima Puddleduck tour is a five day visit to the Lake District to celebrate the works of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The itinerary includes Wordsworth’s former home, Dove Cottage, and Hawkshead Grammar School Museum, where the famous poet carved his name into his desk. The tour also visits Wray Castle, where Beatrix Potter lived when she was 16, and ‘Hill Top’ cottage, which was purchased in 1905 with the proceeds from her first book.

Food tours

For food lovers, a trip to Wales as part of the Gourmet Gwynedd tour will whet the appetite. Based at the newly featured Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon, the tour includes a lunch at Gwesty Ty Newydd, a two hour Welsh food history tour and tastings at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre followed by a tasting session at Conwy Brewery. A guided tour of the first commercial vineyard the family-run Pant Du Vineyard is also included in the packaged itinerary.

TV tours

Another highlight of the tours on offer is the Inspector Morse, Dreaming Spires and Blenheim tour. Focusing on Oxford, the home of the 1990s BBC drama Inspector Morse, the tour includes a guided walking tour of the Bodleian library, lunch at the Ashmolean and a stop off at the Turf Tavern, where Dylan Thomas and Inspector Morse could often be seen taking a mid-afternoon break. The tour also includes a visit to Blenheim Palace, setting of the fictional scene of a murder in The Way Through the Woods.

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