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Holiday type Christmas markets
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £319
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Maritime England

Britain owes its historic pre-eminence to its military and merchant maritime power and this tour explores this facet of history at two key sites - Greenwich and Chatham historic docks - in the company of your guide, Peter Warwick.

Greenwich's maritime history stems from its location on the Thames where there was a substantial fishing community until the late 19th century as well as much of the shipping activity related to London's role as a major port. The strong naval connections began in 1694 with the establishment of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, subsequently the Royal Naval College, and the role of the Royal Observatory in advancing navigation and astronomy from the 1670s. One of the greatest events in its history was January 1806 when its Painted Hall, decorated by Sir James Thornhill (1708-25), was the scene of the lying-in-state of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson before his body was sent up-river for burial in St. Pauls' Cathedral.

Your guide is Peter Warwick who is Chairman of The 1805 Club, a charity conserving the memorials of Georgian naval heroes and is also Chairman of the International committee for Waterloo 200. He was a leading organiser for Trafalgar 200 in the 2005 bicentenary of Nelson's great victory, and is the author of 'Voices from the Battle of Trafalgar'. Peter is also the Chairman of Thames Alive and was a member of the team who organised the Queens Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant.


  • Two nights bed and breakfast at the four star Hilton Dartford Bridge hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours, admissions
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on half board basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Welcome reception and private dinner with wine followed by a talk by Peter Warwick "Nelson & Trafalgar: We have gained a great victory, but we have lost Lord Nelson!". Peter will give a dramatic account of the Battle of Trafalgar, drawing on the latest research, and shows how Nelson changed his tactics at the very last minute and his leadership won the day.

Day two

Accompanied by Peter Warwick you have a full day at Greenwich Maritime Museum and visit the re-built Cutty Sark. You will visit the Painted Hall - part of the Royal Naval College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor and painted by James Thornhill - where the lying-in-state took place for Nelson before his burial at St Pauls. You will also get to see the 'Nelson, Navy, Nation' exhibition and explore the Nelson story from the Battle of Trafalgar to his death, funeral and commemoration in the capital. The exhibition includes an interactive feature with life-size digital reproductions of Nelson's Trafalgar coat and Nile uniform. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

Full day visit to Chatham Historic Docks. We have arranged guides to take you around the Dockyard either on foot or boarding your own coach, allowing you to discover its maritime history through the buildings, architecture, ships and people. Whilst here you can visit the HMS Gannet (1878) - the Victorian Naval Sloop - and HMS Cavalier (1944) - the Second Wold War Destroyer and National Destroyer Memorial, and join a guide for a tour of HMS Ocelot - the last submarine built for the Royal Navy at Chatham. In 2014 a special exhibition will be running to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First Wold War, which will explain the important role Chatham Dockyard, its workers and the Chatham Port Division of the Royal Navy played in the 'Great War'. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Hilton Dartford Bridge, Dartford 

The four star Hilton Dartford Bridge hotel is ideally located for the visits on this tour and offers a restaurant, bar and lounge, fitness centre, indoor pool and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning and hairdryer. Parking is available at the hotel, costing £4 per night payable directly to the hotel.
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