Explore Windsor Castle on a private champagne tour, then visit Buckingham Palace with the BBC’s former royal correspondent on this exclusive trip

Step inside the real-life world of The Crown and follow in the footsteps of monarchs past and present on this fabulous three-day tour, exploring the royal residences and seats of power in the ultimate royal city - London.

On this exclusive tour, you will be joined by the BBC's former royal correspondent, Jennie Bond, who will share her inside knowledge of the UK's first family. Jennie, who spent 14 years in the role during what was a turbulent time for the monarchy, will also give a talk and take part in a Q&A session, as well as join you for a private tour of The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, escorted by expert guides.

Inside Windsor Castle

Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world - with the State Apartments having been added in the early 19th century. It's been the home of 39 monarchs and The Queen still spends many of her private weekends at Windsor. The State Apartments form the centerpiece of the castle and were modernised by Charles II, who was trying to outdo his cousin Louis XIV's palace in Versailles. Admire painted ceilings and the many works of art from the royal collection that adorn the walls.

Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace

Westminster Abbey has been the venue for 16 royal weddings, including the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned here. Many are buried here, too, so as you wander around its imposing Gothic arches, you'll be at the heart of the royals' story. Buckingham Palace has been the royal family's official London residence since Queen Victoria's reign and, on this tour, you'll go behind the rope to see The State Rooms, where extravagant banquets are held for visiting dignitaries and heads of state.

Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace

Your final day will be spent at two of the UK's most popular (and most historic) sights, including the Tower of London - built by William the Conqueror to protect himself from dissident Britons, and then used as England's most notorious prison. To round off the trip, you'll visit Hampton Court Palace (perhaps best known for Henry VIII's life of excess), with its famous maze and lavish rooms.

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Jennie Bond
Broadcaster and journalist

As a royal correspondent for 14 years, broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond was at the heart of events that made headlines. She gave a personal account of her time as a royal correspondent in a documentary for Channel 5, Jennie Bond's Royals, and is the author of several books on the subject.

I’ve reported on the royal family for 30 years, through divorces and deaths, right up to the popularity the monarchy is currently enjoying. I hope my stories will help you understand what goes on behind palace walls – and make you laugh at the adventures royal reporting entails.

Jennie Bond

Price includes

  • Two nights' B&B at the four-star The Talbot, Ripley.
  • Afternoon tea at the 500-year-old hotel.
  • Talks and events with Jennie Bond.
  • Dinner at the hotel restaurant on the first and second night.
  • All guided tours and admissions.
  • All coach transfers and a tour manager throughout.


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  1. Day
    Windsor, United Kingdom

    Arrive independently to the atmospheric Talbot Inn, Ripley, where you will have a delicious afternoon tea shortly after checking in around 14.30. Parking is available at the hotel, in the village green car park or the High Street itself.

    Following your afternoon tea, you'll leave for Windsor Castle, where you'll take a private tour of the sumptuous State Apartments. The castle enjoys the distinction of being the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Its construction was ordered by William the Conqueror, and in its original form it was a Motte and Bailey castle, but is now much changed following development by numerous monarchs since Henry I. As well as the State Apartments, your visit will take in the Royal Collection and includes a glass of champagne. In the evening, enjoy a late dinner in the hotel restaurant.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Westminster Abbey, Banqueting House and Buckingham Palace
    City of Westminster, United Kingdom

    In the morning, you will arrive at the extraordinary Gothic masterpiece, Westminster Abbey, where we will take a guided tour. This has been the site of many Royal coronations and burials. The current church was begun in 1245 on the orders of Henry III. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned on the site, and there have been 16 Royal weddings including that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in spring 2011.

    After lunch (not included), we will move on to Banqueting House, which is the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall. Our final visit of the day is to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace which has been an official London residence of the British monarch since the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. Our tour includes an audio guide which will lead us throughout the State Rooms which are used both privately by the Queen and for official banquets and engagements.

    This evening dinner will be in the hotel restaurant. Jennie Bond, Royal Correspondent, will be on hand to offer her thoughts. There will also be an exclusive event this evening, Jennie Bond will give a talk and Q&A to guests, giving her thought-provoking insights into the Royal Family.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace
    Hampton Court Palace, United Kingdom

    On today's agenda is one of the world's most extraordinary buildings, the Tower of London. This is another construction that was built on the orders of William the Conqueror, to keep hostile Londoners at bay. Since then some of Britain's most dramatic, surprising - and grisly - historical episodes have unfolded in its grounds.

    After lunch (not included), we will stop at our final site of the tour, Hampton Court Palace, which is perhaps most associated with Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty. We will return to the hotel for approximately 6pm, when the tour will come to an end.

    Meals - Breakfast


The Talbot Inn

Ripley, United Kingdom

Historic pub, hotel and restaurant on the high street in Ripley

It is said that this 500-year-old coaching inn on Ripley's historic high street is where Lord Nelson's relationship with Lady Hamilton "blossomed". Rooms are spread across four buildings, some overlooking the old coach courtyard. Originally a stop-off point between London and Portsmouth, this puropse remains today, although many punters drop by for the history lesson, ordering a pint and some 'Nelson's nuts'.

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