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THE DINING ROOM AT STAPLEFORD PARK

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BRIEF OVERVIEW Due to popular demand our “Stately Homes & Afternoon Teas” tour of England returns in July 2017. The joy of traveling and exploring new areas of the United Kingdom has been a passion of mine for many years. My own experiences have created a wealth of knowledge that I intend to share with you during this unforgettable tour. Each hotel, country house, restaurant or experience has been carefully selected to ensure that our time together is memorable from start to finish. Not just memorable, but special and unique. Apart from the enjoyment of England’s best stately homes, we will be exploring many of the nation’s finest gardens, afternoon teas and staying at some wonderful hotels, including the magnificent Stapleford Park frequently voted one of the top country house hotels in England. A stay at Stapleford Park is unforgettable for elegance and comfort.

In my book, traveling is about creating a blend of unique and memorable experiences, paired with superior accommodations and delicious meals. In this tour you can be assured of the combination of all three, alongside my personal touches, which will ensure your enjoyment of the entire experience. Throughout the tour, please feel free to regard me as your very own personal England concierge. I have an absolute passion for all things English, so I’ll be very happy to recommend unique experiences during your free time. I do hope you will join us for this memorable tour, where we will explore together the best of England! Best,

Andrew Lannerd Tour Director

QUOTES FROM TRANSCENDENT'S PAST TOUR PARTICIPANTS: "You really hit the mark on hotels, restaurants, travel arrangements, and everything else!" "Thank you for providing us with an experience we will never forget" "We travel to England quite often, but this week was by far our best visit" "We had such a wonderful time and you were an amazing host"

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GARDENS AT CHATSWORTH

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DAY 1

*INCLUDED WITH TOUR

ITINERARY Monday, July 24 • •

AM TRANSATLANTIC ARRIVALS INTO LONDON TRAVEL TO WINDSOR (JUST OUTSIDE LONDON AND A CONVENIENT JOURNEY FROM LONDON’S HEATHROW AIRPORT)

CHECK IN AT THE HARTE & GARTER HOTEL*

(LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM WINDSOR CASTLE & NEXT TO WINDSOR TRAIN STATION)

AFTERNOON TIME TO REST, OR EXPLORE WINDSOR CASTLE*, AT YOUR LEISURE

(EACH GUEST WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A TICKET TO TOUR WINDSOR CASTLE)

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6:30PM | WELCOME TO WINDSOR DINNER* OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE HARTE & GARTER HOTEL IN WINDSOR*

DETAILS

If you are arriving on an overnight transatlantic flight, take the day on your own to check-in to the hotel, rest, relax or explore the magnificent state apartments at Windsor Castle. Our first official event of the tour will be a “Welcome to Windsor” three course dinner at 6:30pm. The early dinner time will allow travelers to adjust to the time difference and get a great night’s rest. You will be staying at the wonderful Harte & Garter Hotel in Windsor. The hotel overlooks Windsor Castle, and you will be able to explore the many quaint shops – as they are just steps from our hotel.

WINDSOR CASTLE TOWER

WINDSOR CASTLE

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DAY 2

*INCLUDED WITH TOUR

ITINERARY Tuesday, July 25 • • •

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL* MORNING TO EXPLORE WINDSOR & LUNCH AT YOUR LEISURE 12:30PM | COACH DEPARTS WINDSOR FOR HATFIELD HOUSE*

(37 MILES, 53 MINUTE DRIVE)

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TOUR OF HATFIELD HOUSE & GARDENS* LUNCH AT HATFIELD HOUSE* COACH DEPARTS FOR STRATFORD UPON AVON*

(SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE)

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EVENING ON YOUR OWN TO EXPLORE STRATFORD UPON AVON OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE STRATFORD HOTEL, STRATFORD UPON AVON*

DETAILS

After a delicious full English breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for Hatfield House, one of England’s finest Jacobean houses. Hatfield is renowned for its gardens as well as the Old Palace’s connections to Queen Elizabeth I. It was at Hatfield in 1558 that Elizabeth learned that she had become Queen. After exploring the house and gardens we will gather for a wonderful lunch and continue on to lovely Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Overnight accommodations are at the centrally located Stratford Hotel in Stratford upon Avon.

HATFIELD HOUSE

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STRATFORD UPON AVON

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BURGHLEY HOUSE

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DAY 3

*INCLUDED WITH TOUR

ITINERARY Wednesday, July 26 • •

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL* MORNING AND LUNCH ON YOUR OWN (AMPLE TIME TO EXPLORE STRATFORD UPON AVON)

12:30PM | COACH DEPARTS STRATFORD UPON AVON FOR STAFFORDSHIRE*

(1 HOUR, 30 MINUTE DRIVE)

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AFTERNOON TOUR OF THE WEDGWOOD FACTORY AND VISTOR’S CENTRE* LATE AFTERNOON WE WILL DEPART VIA OUR COACH FOR DERBYSHIRE*

(1 HOUR DRIVE)

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WE WILL ARRIVE AT BREADSALL PRIORY, DERBYSHIRE WE WILL ENJOY A THREE-COURSE DINNER TOGETHER* OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT BREADSALL PRIORY, DERBYSHIRE*

DETAILS

After breakfast, why not take the morning to explore magnificent Stratford upon Avon. We will spend the afternoon touring the Wedgwood Factory and Visitor’s Centre where we will see first-hand how Wedgwood has been produced by skilled craftsman since 1759. Then we will head to Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire where we will enjoy a three-course dinner together. Guests will also have time to enjoy the resorts many amenities including its beautiful grounds and spa. DERBYSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE

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WEDGWOOD FACTORY

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DAY 4

*INCLUDED WITH TOUR

ITINERARY Thursday, July 27 • • • • •

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL* MORNING DEPARTURE FOR CHATSWORTH PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR AND TIME TO EXPLORE THE GARDENS* PRIVATE FULL AFTERNOON TEA AT CHATSWORTH* LATE AFTERNOON DEPARTURE FOR YORK*

(2 HOUR DRIVE)

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DINNER AT YOUR LEISURE IN YORK OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE CHURCHILL HOTEL IN YORK*

(A SHORT WALK FROM YORK MINSTER AND THE MAGNIFICENT TOWN CENTRE)

DETAILS

We will begin the day at Chatsworth, the most magnificent of all the English Country Houses. Upon arrival, you will be amazed at the glories of the house, its collections and impeccable gardens. After you’ve had a few hours to explore at your leisure, the group will enjoy a sumptuous full afternoon tea in the conservatory. In the late afternoon we will depart for York, a delightful walled Roman city filled with lovely architecture as well as wonderful attractions, shops and restaurants. Our hotel is just a short walk from York Minster founded in 637 AD. The Churchill Hotel has hosted many famous guests including King Edward VI (when Prince of Wales) in 1898. CHATSWORTH STAIRCASE

CHATSWORTH

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DAY 5

*INCLUDED WITH TOUR

ITINERARY Friday, July 28 • • • • • •

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL* WALKING TOUR OF YORK*, TIME TO SHOP/EXPLORE, & LUNCH AT YOUR LEISURE FULL AFTERNOON TEA AT THE WORLD FAMOUS BETTY’S TEAROOM* OPTIONAL: CHORAL EVENSONG AT YORK MINSTER* DINNER AT YOUR LEISURE IN YORK OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE CHURCHILL HOTEL IN YORK*

DETAILS

After breakfast, we will enjoy a group walking tour of York, pointing out all the highlights that make this city so special, including the famous York Shambles. After our tour, you will have a few hours to explore or shop at your leisure. Then we will visit the World Famous Betty’s Tearoom --- where you will enjoy a delicious and elegant afternoon tea. Following the afternoon tea we will have an optional visit to a choral evensong at York Minster cathedral – this will be a day to long remain in your memory! YORK MINSTER

YORK SHAMBLES

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*INCLUDED WITH TOUR

DAY 6

ITINERARY Saturday, July 29 • •

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL* AM DEPARTURE FOR MELTON MOWBRAY, LEICESTERSHIRE (2 HOUR DRIVE)

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EXPLORE THE VILLAGE OF MELTON MOWBRAY AT YOUR LEISURE* ARRIVE AT THE MAGNIFICENT STAPLEFORD PARK* THREE-COURSE DINNER IN THE STAPLEFORD PARK DINING ROOM* OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT STAPLEFORD PARK*

DETAILS

After our departure from York, we will visit the charming Leicestershire village of Melton Mowbray, home to English Stilton Cheese and the traditional Pork Pie. You will also have some time to explore this quaint village on your own. Following our visit to Melton Mowbray, we will head to the magnificent Stapleford Park where we will dine in the glorious dining room and enjoy an unforgettable overnight visit. Stapleford Park is set in 500 acres of glorious grounds, and building of the house begun in 1402. Today Stapleford Park is one of England’s most renowned country house hotels. This will be an unforgettable overnight experience!

STAPLEFORD PARK

PORK PIES

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*INCLUDED WITH TOUR

DAY 7

ITINERARY Sunday, July 30 • • • • • • • • •

A LUXURIOUS BREAKFAST AT STAPLEFORD PARK* AM DEPARTURE FROM STAPLEFORD PARK, LEICESTERSHIRE* ARRIVAL AT BURGHLEY HOUSE* GUIDED TOUR OF BURGHLEY HOUSE* LATE AFTERNOON DEPARTURE FOR LONDON* ARRIVE LONDON, COVENT GARDEN* CHECK-IN AT THE FIELDING HOTEL, COVENT GARDEN* EVENING THREE-COURSE “FAREWELL DINNER” IN THE COVENT GARDEN AREA* OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE FIELDING HOTEL, COVENT GARDEN*

DETAILS

After departing Stapleford Park, we will continue on to Burghley House, the finest Elizabethan estate in England. You will love strolling around the magnificent home and wonderful gardens, where the roses will be in all their glory. After Burleigh, we will continue on to London’s Covent Garden where we will stay in the heart of the city – just steps from the Royal Opera House, and all of London’s major attractions. The final event of the tour will be a memorable three-course candlelit dinner, where we will toast a wonderful journey to many of the finest country houses in England.

HATFIELD HOUSE INTERIOR

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TOUR DETAILS

PRICE: $3,850 PER PERSON

This is a land-only package,

(based on double occupancy)

airfare to and from the United Kingdom is NOT included.

Single occupany is also available for $4,600; see below for details. INCLUSIONS: • 13 superior meals • 7 nights of deluxe accommodations divided between Windsor, Stratford Upon Avon, Derbyshire, York & London • Superior motor coach transportation between tour destinations, guides, tours and admission fees at tour venues SPECIAL EXTRAS INCLUDED IN YOUR ITINERARY: • Curator/expert led tours at various times • Wine included with all group dinners • Snacks at various points during the tour • Welcome goodie bag with various gifts/niceties EXCLUSIONS: • Airfare to/from the United Kingdom • Meals over and above the 13 included in the tour package • Personal expenses • Mixed drinks • Insurance (this may be purchased via Transcendent for a nominal fee - see below) PASSPORTS: Every tour member must have a valid passport that will be in effect for at least six months after the date of the conclusion of the tour. IMPORTANT NOTES: Space is extremely limited on this tour, and because of the exclusivity of the included events, we are unable to add participants once the maximum has been reached. Should you wish to add extra nights in London at the end of the tour, please specify when making your booking. We will be happy to make those arrangements with our hotel in London, alleviating the need to switch hotels after the tour. All pricing is based on double occupancy. Upon request, we will make every effort to match a single guest with another interested party interested in sharing a room. Due to the exclusive nature of the hotels involved, including hotels with a limited number of rooms we are only available to offer a limited number of single occupancy rates. Those are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at $4,600.

PLEASE NOTE: Single rooms in the United Kingdom are often much smaller than double rooms. Paying a single supplement does not guarantee you a full size double room. We will do our best to accommodate mobility requests and needs. Because of the age of many of the buildings on the itinerary, there will not be an elevator at every stop nor in every hotel. Each day will involve a good deal of walking, and ability to maneuver steps. Please make us aware of any special needs when booking. At the time of booking please inform us of any special dietary requests (vegetarian, allergies, etc.). As a tour participant you agree that your image may be used by Transcendent in any way deemed appropriate, but not limited to, publication in newspapers, magazines, and other print media, use in broadcast media, Television or video projects, publication via the Internet, and use in marketing materials used by Transcendent. Tour pricing is based on the current exchange rate of $1.30 to the UK pound. Should the exchange rate rise above $1.60 to the pound within 120 days prior to the start of the tour, Transcendent reserves the right to bill each tour participant an additional $300 USD in order to cover the additional expense. PAYMENTS The following payment schedule will apply per person. Payments to be received by Transcendent Travel Services, LLC. PAYMENT

RECEIVED DATE

$700

AT TIME OF BOOKING

$1,100

FEBRUARY 25, 2017

$1,100

MARCH 25, 2017

$950

FINAL PAYMENT BY MAY 25, 2017

= $3,850

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY RATE

No order/reservation will be processed without the $700 first payment. Should any payment be in arrears more than one payment period and no payment arrangement entered into, Transcendent Travel Services, LLC reserves the right to cancel a passenger's participation in the tour and to hold all payments to date.

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FORM OF PAYMENT Two forms of payment are available at no extra charge: Check or money order. Credit Card payments will incur a fee of 5%. All payments should be made out to: Transcendent Travel Services, LLC. All payments should be mailed to: Transcendent Travel Services, LLC P.O. Box 3181 | New York, NY 10185-3181 Credit Card payments may be made by calling 1.866.654.7508 or online at www.transcendent-travel.com. CANCELLATION POLICY The following cancellation charges will apply if any person cancels their participation on the tour: - 50% cancellation fee after the first deposit. No cancellations or refunds within 120 days prior to the beginning of the tour. Should world conditions affect the staging of the tour (natural disasters, war, terrorism), Transcendent Travel Services, LLC reserves the right to offer the tour at a later date. SUBSTITUTIONS Up to 120 days prior to the tour, Transcendent Travel Services, LLC recognizes that circumstances occur where it may be necessary to cancel participation in the tour. Substitutions are encouraged so that cancellation fees can be avoided. A Substitution fee of $400 will apply. All substitutions must take place no later than 120 days prior to the tour, or additional charges will apply. ITINERARY VARIATION If unforeseen circumstances beyond our control necessitate, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and/ or destinations and to substitute hotels if circumstances warrant. Venues, attractions and destinations may be adjusted, cancelled or modified at the sole discretion of Transcendent Travel Services, LLC. Should you miss meeting the start of the tour or any event during the tour duration all financial responsibility to catch up with the tour will fall on the participant. NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE Those items listed in the exclusions, as well as laundry, valet service, food not included, after-hours tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages or other expenses of a personal nature or any other items not specified on the itinerary are not included in the tour price. RESPONSIBILITY The responsibility of Transcendent Travel Services, LLC is strictly limited. We shall not become liable for delays, losses, or accidents incurred by said persons or operators to passengers and baggage from whatsoever cause. Transcendent Travel Services, LLC also reserves the right to change the routing, hotels, and/or sightseeing and 1 3

any service offered, should local conditions in our opinion warrant; the extra cost, if any, must be paid by the passengers. The right is reserved to refuse any person on this tour. The transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act or omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their conveyances. This passage contract in use by the carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the carrier(s) and the purchasers of the tour and/or passengers. All additional expenses caused by war, natural disasters, landslides, strikes, weather delays, illness or accidents are the responsibility of the passengers. INSURANCE For a nominal fee per traveler, we are pleased to offer our guests peace of mind as we travel together. Travel Insurance is HIGHLY recommended, and may be purchased directly from Transcendent for the following competitive rates: TRAVELER AGE

INSURANCE PREMIUM PER TRAVELER

18 - 30

$100

30 - 45

$125

45 - 60

$150

60 - 75

$200

75 +

$250

Insurance via Transcendent covers the following: • Medical Coverage up to $15,000 • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) $25,000 for Primary & Spouse; $5,000 for Dependent Children • Emergency Medical Evacuation/Repatriation $300,000 • Emergency Medical Reunion $50,000 • Return of Mortal Remains Up to $50,000 The purchase of insurance is optional, but highly recommended. We will be pleased to answer any questions you have about this coverage. *This policy does not cover tour participant cancellation, it covers the individual during the duration of the tour. Should you choose NOT to purchase the insurance, any fees incurred by the individual are the responsibility of the individual traveler. In addition Transcendent is not liable for any charges not covered by the insurance policy/ vendor. All insurance inclusion and exclusion information will be provided to the traveler in advance of travel. ANY QUESTIONS? Contact Transcendent Travel at info@transcendent-travel.com or call toll free 1.866.654.7508.

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HATFIELD HOUSE & GARDENS

CHATSWORTH

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BREADSALL PRIORY, DERBYSHIRE | OUR OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS ON DAY THREE

STAPLEFORD PARK, LEICESTERSHIRE | OUR OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS ON DAY SIX

SPACE IS LIMITED

For more information, or to book your spot on the tour, contact: Transcendent: Experience Based Travel 1.866.654.7508 or e-mail info@transcendent-travel.com

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