Reader offer: Tour Britain’s finest palaces – and hear from Royal expert Robert Hardman
Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Tour Britain’s finest palaces – and hear from Royal expert Robert Hardman
Celebrate the Coronation of King Charles on this trip which takes place just over a week after the unforgettable occasion that will mark his accession to the throne.
On this fascinating three-day tour, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life and homes of the new King and his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II.
You’ll also visit the Royal Vaults in St George’s Chapel† where Her Majesty was laid to rest.
And you will explore the capital’s regal history on visits to Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle, where you’ll go on a private tour of the State Apartments and enjoy a glass of champagne.
From Henry VIII to King Charles, the British monarchy features some of history’s most captivating figures and grisliest tales, and these palaces are the ultimate seats of power.
Regal: Buckingham Palace (pictured) is one of the stops on The Mail on Sunday’s three-day Royal tour
So who better to give you a unique insight into them than our very own Robert Hardman? As a Royal writer, commentator and film-maker, Robert has had privileged access to the Royal Family and the Royal Household for more than 25 years and can give you an insider’s view on their past, present and future.
Now a much-loved Mail columnist, Robert will join you for an exclusive talk and Q&A. You will also receive a copy of his book Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II**, which he will happily sign for you.
Don’t miss your chance to explore these four magnificent palaces and celebrate 1,000 years of regal history on the ultimate Royal tour of London.
You’ll enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Hampton Court Palace (above), forever associated with Henry VIII and the Tudor court
ABOUT THE EXPERT
You will be joined by Robert Hardman
A journalist for more than 30 years, Robert Hardman is one of the UK’s leading authors and commentators on the Royal Family. His books include Monarchy, Queen Of The World and Our Queen. He has also written and produced documentaries including Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, Anne: The Princess Royal At 70, George III: The Genius Of The Mad King and Charles At 60 on both the BBC and ITV. As the writer of the Daily Mail’s How I See It column, Robert covers all aspects of Royal, national and international news.
REASONS TO BOOK
Exclusive talk by Robert Hardman: Robert is one of the UK’s most respected Royal reporters and will give you an extraordinary insight into the workings of the modern Royal Family in a talk and Q&A session. He has covered more than 60 international tours and interviewed many members of the Royal Family, including King Charles, and is the author of the biography Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II.
Royal Vaults at St George’s Chapel†: On the first day of your trip you can visit the Royal Vaults†, located in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The late Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin rested there before being transferred to the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where she is buried next to her husband and parents.
Royal castles and palaces: The walls may not be able to talk, but you will hear more astonishing true tales of the monarchy from your tour manager in the most important Royal houses across the city. These include Westminster Abbey, which has witnessed the Coronation of every monarch since William the Conqueror; the Tower of London, the mighty fortress that is now the permanent home of the Crown Jewels; and Buckingham Palace (exterior view only), the official Royal residence in London since Queen Victoria’s accession in 1837.
Explore Hampton Court: You’ll enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Hampton Court, forever associated with Henry VIII and the Tudor court. Admire the magnificent Great Hall and the huge Tudor kitchens, and walk down the infamous Haunted Gallery to the State Apartments.
Behind the scenes at Windsor Castle: Another highlight will be Windsor Castle, a Royal stronghold since the Norman Conquest, where you will journey through 1,000 years of regal history on a private tour of the State Apartments at a time when the castle is otherwise closed to the public. You’ll enjoy a refreshing glass of champagne at the tour’s close.
Historic hotel stay: You’ll be based at The Talbot, a charming former coaching inn in the renowned Surrey village of Ripley. It has many period features from its 500-year history and was also reputedly used as a hitching post by Lord Nelson. It is said that his love affair with Lady Hamilton blossomed here.
- Two nights’ bed-and-breakfast at the four-star Talbot Ripley Inn in Surrey.
- Second-night set-menu dinner in the hotel restaurant.
- Exclusive talk and Q&A with the Mail’s Robert Hardman.
- Visit the Royal Vaults at St George’s Chapel†.
- Private after-hours tour of Windsor Castle and glass of champagne.
- London palaces tour taking in Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace exterior and the Tower of London, plus National Gallery visit, including all admission fees.
- Coach transfers.
- Services of an experienced tour manager throughout.
YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Check-in, St George’s Chapel† and Windsor DAY 2 Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, National Galleryand exclusive talk with Robert Hardman DAY 3 Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: May 15 to 17 and September 25 to 27, 2023. The price: From £875pp*.
Call 020 4571 9750 quoting ref MOS HARDMAN. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/royaltour.
Terms and conditions: *From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £90pp. Deposit £75pp. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. ** One copy per booking. † Subject to the chapel being open. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Travel Editions Group Ltd, ABTA V3120 and TS Travel Limited (ATOL-bonded).