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Discover the birthplace of William Shakespeare with a visit to the houses of his family in which he grew up and spent his early life.

What's Included

Brunch with Bucks Fizz on outward journey, guided coach tour of Shakespearean properties, four course supper with champagne and wine on return journey.


London Victoria


2004: 15 Sep
(Book the journey above departing on 15 September 2004 and travel for �243 per person, a saving of 10% on the 2004 price of �270 per person. Please note: when booking as a gift certificate, reduction is only available when booking a specific date.)







Please note: All timings shown are for your guidance only. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.

Your Journey

Your journey takes you to the historic town of Stratford upon Avon, famous birthplace of William Shakespeare and the site of three homes with Shakespearean connections.

Brunch with Bucks Fizz will be served on the outward journey. On arrival at Leamington station you will be met by your guide who will accompany you on the transfer to Mary Arden House, home of Shakespeare's mother. You will then be taken to Anne Hathaway's Cottage, early home of Shakespeare's wife and a beautiful example of a substantial thatched farm house. Then on to Shakespeare's Birthplace itself in the town centre. A small amount of free time is available in Stratford upon Avon, depending on the time spent in Shakespeare's birthplace. You will rejoin the coach for the transfer to Stratford station for the return journey to London aboard the British Pullman.

A glass of chilled champagne is served as soon as you board the train. This is followed by a four course supper accompanied by half a bottle of wine.

Please note: As the properties are small it is not possible to guide inside. Passengers walk through on their own, however, there will be a guide on each coach who will talk about the properties en route.

What to Wear

Smart day wear is appropriate. You are asked not to wear jeans. Please remember you will be outdoors for part of your time in Stratford upon Avon.


This journey is rated as difficult for passengers with special access needs. All of the Shakespeare properties have stairs, uneven floors and low beams and do not offer wheelchair access.

Questions & Answers

Are all my meals and drinks included?
Are disabled people able to travel on the Orient-Express?
Can I buy souvenirs or presents on board the train?
Can I get a group discount?
Can I smoke on board the British Pullman?
Can I use my mobile phone on the train?
Can you cater for special meal requirements such as vegetarian?
What do I need to wear on board the British Pullman?
Will I need insurance for my trip?
Will I need to tip the staff?

Are all my meals and drinks included?
While you are on board the British Pullman your meals and drinks, as described in the itinerary, are included. Full details of what is included for each trip are shown in the Journey Planner section on this website. A selected range of alternative alcoholic drinks are also available on board and these may be purchased at the prices shown on the on board bar list.

Are disabled people able to travel on the Orient-Express?
We are able to accommodate passengers with slight walking difficulties although we recommend that they are accompanied by an able-bodied passenger. We regret that the dimensions and layout of the train are not suitable for wheelchair bound passengers. Should you have any special requirements please contact Orient-Express on +(44) 0845 077 2222 weekdays from 09:30 to 17:30.

Can I buy souvenirs or presents on board the train?
Yes. The Collection Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has a range of exclusively designed gifts. This includes such items as silk scarves and ties, exclusive luggage, jewellery, leather belts and trinket boxes. Smaller items can be purchased on board while larger gifts can be ordered through our mail order catalogue. Gift items can also be ordered via our web site.

Can I get a group discount?
Yes. The British Pullman is ideal for celebrating a private occasion or entertaining clients on a corporate event. The minimum number required to qualify for a group discount is 16. The British Pullman can also be chartered for bigger occasions.

Can I smoke on board the British Pullman?
With apologies to smokers, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates a no smoking policy on board the British Pullman.

Can I use my mobile phone on the train?
Out of consideration for your fellow passengers, please turn off mobile phones whilst in the Pullman carriages.

Can you cater for special meal requirements such as vegetarian?
Yes. As long as we are notified at the time of booking, of any special dietary requirements, we will do our best to comply. We do however regret that we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in the preparation.

What do I need to wear on board the British Pullman?
Smart casual wear (not jeans) is the order of the day, such as a jacket and tie for men. For Royal Ascot more formal wear is customary and for outdoor events such as golf and Cowes, practical wear is recommended.

Will I need insurance for my trip?
Orient-Express recommends that you have adequate travel insurance in the interests of you and your family. If you do not have your own insurance and are resident in the UK we will be pleased to arrange this for you. Insurance is arranged with Travel and Personal Underwriters Limited. Details are contained within the booking conditions.

Will I need to tip the staff?
The price you pay for a journey aboard the British Pullman is fully inclusive of all service charges. However, if your steward, or any other member of staff serving you, have helped make your day particularly special then any gratuities you wish to give will be much appreciated.

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