15th July 2019
Price per person:
£17 per night single occupancy supplement.
With its colourful promenades, sandy beaches, Victorian pier, quaint shopping streets and rich history, it is not hard to understand why Eastbourne has been attracting holiday makers since Victorian times. In addition to plenty of time in the resort, this tour includes a visit to vibrant Brighton, as well as a number of well known and popular market and seaside towns.
We depart our local area and make a brief comfort stop before continuing onto our hotel for our 4 night stay.
We travel east along the Sussex Heritage Coast to Beachy Head, the UK's highest chalk sea cliff. We then travel onto Seaford and Newhaven before arriving in Brighton for time at leisure. Originally a fishing village, Brighton is now a vibrant city with a cosmopolitan air. Brighton is also famous for The Lanes, a series of twisting alleyways with a splendid mix of boutique fashion, antique and jewellery shops. For the braver visitor take a trip on the British Airways i360 experience. Ride in the futuristic glass pod 450ft into the sky for unparalled views of Brighton and the surrounding area. If you prefer to travel in a more nostalgic and leisurely way then why not take a trip on the Volks Electric Railway. A round trip on this historic railway along the seafront takes about 30 minutes (local attractions costs may apply).
Today we spend the morning in Hastings, one of the medieval Cinque Ports, Hastings has a long and close relationship with the ocean, and although its fishing industry has declined, it still has Europe's largest beachlaunched fishing fleet. Hastings offers a range of attractions from Britain's steepest funicular, to the meandering alleyways of the Old Town. In the afternoon we visit the Carr Taylor Vineyard who started to produce fine English wine in 1971 and since then has won over 130 awards for this superb wine. Your visit begins with a tour around the vineyard with an experienced guide. They will entertain you with a brief history of English wine, the problems encountered and the basic differences between a UK vineyard and those in Europe. You will also have the opportunity to visit the winery to see the vats and presses being used and learn about some of their winemaking techniques. This is followed by a visit to the bottling room to see the machinery and learn about the specialist production of the Carr Taylor still and sparkling wines. No visit to a vineyard wouldn’t be complete without a tutored wine tasting of some of their wines and finally a quick trip to the coffee shop for a drink and piece of cake.
Today we spend at leisure to do as we please in Eastbourne.
After a leisurely breakfast we depart our hotel and commence our journey home with a brief comfort stop before arriving home early afternoon.