The Royal Palaces of Western Europe - 2023 ~ Pennywood Tours
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The Royal Palaces of Western Europe – 2023

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24th July 2023
Available: 45 seats
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6 nights, 7 full days
Availability : Monday 24th July 2023
Max People : 46

Single person supplement £299

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Departure Locations & Times

Garden Centres in Kent & Sussex between 6:00 and 7:00am

Garden Centres in Surrey & Hants between 4:30 and 5:30am

(Early start owing to loss of 1 hour in time change on the Continent)

Departure Date

Monday 24th July 2023

Price Includes

  • Luxury coach transport
  • 4* hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Entry to all named venues
  • Group Leader to smooth your way and explain each stage of the trip
What to Expect

Our aim at Pennywood Tours is to give you a relaxing and carefree time where we do all the work so you can sit back and enjoy the trip.

To this end, all tours are escorted by a group leader who will check you on board and make sure you can find your allocated seat. We’ll seat you with the person/people you are booked with but if you know of anyone else on the trip who has booked separately please let us know in advance and we’ll try to seat you all together. The coach will be a super deluxe vehicle with a toilet and is incredibly comfortable.

Our Group Leader will advise you of all the details of travel times, stops, when to return to the coach etc. so you will be in no doubt about what and when. He or she will be available for any additional questions you may have.

We will do our best to stick to our itinerary but you will understand that when there are traffic jams or adverse weather conditions, we may struggle to do everything as planned but we will let you know what information we have in these situations when we have it.

We look forward to seeing you and welcome any questions you may have by contacting us at info@pennywoodtours.com or on 01622 434 981.

Itinerary for The Royal Palaces of Western Europe

Day 1Le Château du Champ de Bataille

After an early start we cross the channel by Eurotunnel and visit the fabulous garden the Château du Champs de Bataille. This may be new to you, but it won’t be a disappointment!
We venture on to our overnight hotel at the Hôtel le Louis Versailles Château, only a few hundred yards from the Château itself.

Day 2The Palace of Versailles

We have the day to visit this large palace and extensive grounds built by Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, to create a sense of power and awe amongst his Court, foreign dignitaries and the public looking in from outside (presumably whilst eating their cake!) If you choose, you can explore further into the town later in the day and evening. We overnight at the same hotel.

Days 3Waterloo, end of an Emperor’s rule!

Traveling north into Belgium, we visit the battlefield site and museum dedicated to this day in history where another great French Emperor was finally defeated and eventually sent into exile.
We will stay in the Novotel, Brussels City Centre tonight and tomorrow.

Day 4Royal Palace of Brussels (and maybe some modern palaces)

We visit the palace of the Belgian Monarchy, which is usually open from 24th July. If time permits, we will drive past some of the new seats of power within Europe, the offices and chamber of the EU Parliament.

Day 5Utrecht

Ever heard of the Treaty of Utrecht? It was where the war of the Spanish Succession was brought to an end and our old friend from Versailles, Louise XIV, conceded the limits of his power and also marked the rise of British global power.
We will enjoy a boat tour of the city, and I’m sure we’ll discover more of this history in the town.
We spend tonight and tomorrow night in the NH Amersfoort hotel.

Day 6Palais Het Loo: William of Orange, from hunting lodge to palace and King of England!

The Glorious Revolution in England marked a great constitutional step forward as it became clear that, in England, rule was only by consent of the people. Parliament and the country were in uproar at the fact James II of England (VII of Scotland) was a Catholic and therefore of questionable loyalty to the country. James was forced to flee; his protestant daughter, Mary, was invited to take the throne and co-rule with William of Orange.
At the time, William was a Stadtholder (ruler of a Dutch Province) but also effectively ruler of the then Dutch Republic and embroiled in a war with – guess who? – Louise XIV of France! To him, England was to be a source of cash for his war; to the English, a king with limited powers.
Possessing only a hunting lodge on the site William felt the need to express his new power with a new palace with beautiful gardens and architecture.

Day 7Return to England

Having enjoyed our tour, we wind our way gently back to Calais and England, possibly stopping for chocolates in Belgium!

Please note that all destinations will require walking, with steps and slopes, which may be slippery, and the need to step between the quayside and boat deck. Sensible shoes are a requirement, and you should dress for the weather.

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