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Flying Scotsman, Bath & The Cheddar Gorge
3 days - by coach

Price from £219.95 per person*
Departs 9th Sep 2017

Single person supplement : £60.00 per person

This superb value 3–day weekend break takes you to some of the west country's most celebrated tourist destinations, the Cotswolds, Cheddar Gorge, and Bath, but the highlight of this special weekend is a ride on a steam train hauled by that most iconic of steam locomotives, Flying Scotsman.

Flying Scotsman came perilously close to being scrapped in the 1960s, but was rescued by a private railway enthusiast, and after time on display in the National Railway Museum followed by years in a repair shed undergoing restoration, the world's most famous steam locomotive was returned to service in 2016.

Flying Scotsman Factfile

  • Built in 1923
  • First locomotive to break the 100mph speed barrier
  • World record (in Australia) for the longest non–stop run, at 422 miles
  • Best known for its green–lacquered livery, but was painted black–out black during the war
  • Starred in its own movie, a 1929 crime thriller called The Flying Scotsman
  • Retired in 1963, after 2.08 million miles
  • Restoration cost £4.2 million
  • Returned to service 2016

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return coach travel from your local departure point
  • 2 nights at a 3 or 4 star South West area hotel with 3–course dinner and full English breakfast
  • Return steam–hauled trip on the West Somerset Railway; one way hauled by Flying Scotsman
  • Visit to Cheddar village and Cheddar Gorge
  • Opportunity to see cheddar cheese being made (optional; small extra charge)
  • Free time in Bath
  • Tour of picturesque Cotswold villages, with a stop and free time
  • Services of an Omega coach driver/tour representative
  • VAT at 20%

*Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £60pp for the break.

†Omega Holidays cannot be held responsible in the unlikely event that Flying Scotsman is taken out of service for whatever reason.

Day 1  After a morning pick up from your local area we travel to the Cotswolds, where you will have a stop in one of the picturesque villages in the region before we continue on to your hotel in good time for dinner and your first night's stay.

Day 2 A fortifying full English breakfast will set you up for a full day of sightseeing. We head first to Cheddar village, and Cheddar Gorge, one of the UK's natural wonders. In the village there is a wide variety of gift shops, coffee shops, tea rooms and streets of country cottages extending from the lower gorge down to the historic Market Cross. You may wish to visit the dairy to see how cheddar cheese is made the traditional way - entrance to the Cheese Company shop is free, but there is a small charge to see the cheese–making process.

In the early afternoon, we'll continue on to the West Somerset Railway at Bishop's Lydeard. This 20–mile line is the longest heritage line in the UK, and we're booked on the 15:30 steam–hauled departure to Minehead. The first leg of the journey will be hauled by a named locomotive, and after travelling through the Quantock Hills and along the Bristol Channel coast, we'll arrive in Minehead at 16:39. After a quick turnaround, the return journey commences at 17:00, this time hauled by probably the most famous steam locomotive in the world - Flying Scotsman! We arrive back in Bishop's Lydeard at 18:07, and the coach will be waiting to take you back to the hotel for dinner.

Day 3 A final breakfast at the hotel, then we'll check out and board the coach for our visit to Bath, a city steeped in history with its Roman baths and iconic Georgian architecture. Famous sights include the Circus, Bath Abbey, the 18th–century Pulteney Bridge (one of only four in the world built up with shops on both sides), the Roman Baths and Royal Crescent. You'll have some free time to explore, so you could visit the Roman Baths, browse the Victorian shopping arcades, or perhaps try a Sally Lunn bun in the tearoom at one of the oldest houses in Bath. We'll depart for home in the mid to late afternoon.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

To be confirmed 3 or 4 star South West area hotel,
This will be either a 4 star or superior 3 star hotel in the South West area, to be confirmed before departure date...
 

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