Carpenter Holidays

Culture & Leisure
  • T: +44 (0) 20 8946 6821

8-15 June 2023 Camelot tour

Thursday 8 June 2023 to Thursday 15 June 2023

Join Kayleen Asbo PhD and Stephen Carpenter for a one-week immersion in the myths and magic of the Southwest of England as we follow the trail of Arthurian Legends and the Holy Grail. Our pilgrimage will weave together history and legend with art, music and the stunning scenery of Somerset and Cornwall. Our journey will begin in the beautiful city of Bath which we will explore together and use as a base to visit Glastonbury, Salisbury Cathedral and Wells Cathedral, and Stonehenge before moving on to Tintagel in Cornwall, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. This will be the third tour organised by Kayleen Asbo and Stephen Carpenter who have collaborated on other tours to the UK since 2019. If you would like to join Kayleen and Stephen on this Camelot pilgrimage, see details of how "To Book" below.

Please note: for your own safety and that of your fellow travellers, it is a condition of your participation in this holiday that you are fully vaccinated with the latest Covid-19 booster jabs as recommended by the health authorities in your country of residence. It is not possible to predict what restrictions will be in place in June 2023 but it is possible that it may be a requirement for everyone to wear a mask when travelling on our coach.

Itinerary

This is a draft itinerary at this stage and may change in some details, but the broad plans will remain the same:

THU 8 JUNE
Independent arrival at the Hotel Indigo in Bath for a four-night stay. Check in from 15h00.  Welcome dinner at 19h00.

FRI 9 JUNE
Morning bus tour of the City of Bath followed by a visit to the fascinating Roman Bath Museum and lunch in the elegant and ornate Pump Room so cherished by Victorians. We may be in luck to have this accompanied by a string trio. Late afternoon to relax, take the Baths yourself, or visit the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. Dinner together at the hotel.

SAT 10 JUNE
Early morning visit to Stonehenge to take in the wonders of the pre-historic stone circles. We travel next the historic and absolutely beguiling town of Wells. You may wish to collect a picnic for yourself of tasty treats from the weekly market or dine at one of the charming tea rooms, pubs or inns.  We will rendezvous in the afternoon to tour the gardens of the Bishop's Palace and Cathedral and then drink in the beauty of the 5:15 Evensong by the renowned Cathedral choir. Return to Bath for dinner together at the hotel.

SUN 11 JUNE

An early departure for Glastonbury, legendary site of Avalon and the final resting place of King Arthur. At the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, will tour the museum, the Medieval-style herb gardens, then pay homage to the tombs of Arthur and Guinevere amid the ruins of the monastery. We will pause in St Patrick's Chapel  (the only building which escaped destruction by Henry VIII in his quest to dissolve the monasteries) and as we gaze at the stained-glass windows of St. Patrick, St. Brighid and Saint Mary Magdalene, we will learn about how Christian monasticism spread from Egyptian Christianity to France, England and Ireland.

After lunch on your own in one of the quaint cafes in a town straight out of Harry Potter, will walk up the land labyrinth to the iconic Tor and then visit Chalice Wells where British legends claim Joseph of Arimathea hid the Holy Grail. We return to Bath where dinner will be under your own arrangements in one for the many restaurants in the city.

MON 12 JUNE
Journey by coach to Tintagel, stopping en route for lunch under your own arrangements in the city of Exeter. Arrive at the Camelot Castle Hotel in mid-afternoon and check in for a three-night stay.

TUE 13 JUNE
Labyrinth ritual at the Camelot Castle Hotel followed by visit to Tintagel Castle, Nectan's Glen and Merlin's Cave. Lunch under your own arrangements in the village of Tintagel and dinner together at the Hotel.

WED 14 JUNE
In the morning we take the short journey to the charming seaside village of Boscastle and the option of visiting the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic followed by lunch under your own arrangements in Boscastle. Return to Tintagel in the afternoon for free time and a late afternoon concert of music followed by farewell dinner in the hotel.

THU 15 JUNE
Independent departure home with the option of taking our bus from the Camelot Castle Hotel to the train station, Exeter St David's from where there are several trains to London.

Programme

14 JUNE – CAMELOT CASTLE HOTEL
Programme to be confirmed

Travel Information

Bath is easily accessible by train from London. There are regular trains from London Paddington to Bath Spa and the journey time is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. The cost of travelling to Bath is not included in the tour price, but if you would like help in booking a train ticket then please get in touch with Stephen Carpenter, and he will be happy to assist. Alternatively, you can book on thetrainline.com but you advised to wait until around 10 weeks before travel before you book, as this is when cheaper tickets become available.

Please also note that you will need to arrange your own travel insurance. It is recommended that you obtain insurance that will cover you in the event of illness or accident before the holiday preventing you from being able to travel, as well as the more usual medical cover whilst you are actually on the trip. It is also a requirement of joining the Camelot tour that all travellers sign a liability waiver confirming that Carpenter Holidays and Mythica LLC shall not be held liable for theft, loss, injury, illness, or damage to person or property during the holiday. A copy of the liability waiver can be downloaded from the "Document(s)" section at the bottom of this page.

For your return journey, we will be organising a bus transfer from our Hotel at Tintagel to Exeter from where you can catch a train from Exeter St David's station to London.

The Indigo Hotel in Bath is a short walk (or taxi journey) from Bath Spa Station.

Price per person

Tour price per person based on sharing a double or twin room £3,300 
Single room supplement £595
Deposit required £1,000
Upgrade to Superior Room in Bath and Deluxe/Four Poster/Suites in Tintagel available on request
Final instalment of £2,300 (plus £595 if you are a single traveller) due by 31 January 2023

Tour price includes: Accommodation, breakfast daily, six dinners, one lunch, sightseeing trips as described, coach transfers, concert of music on 14 June, the services of Kayleen Asbo and Stephen Carpenter as guide and tour manager.

Excluded from the price is the cost of your travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the holiday, lunches on all days except Thursday 8 June, drinks with dinners, dinner on Thursday 8 June, insurance.

To Book

Booking is through Stephen Carpenter, at Carpenter Holidays.

Please complete the Booking form which you can download from the "Document(s)" section below. Once completed, email it to stephen [at] carpenterholidays.com or send it by post to:

Stephen Carpenter
67 Stuart Road
London
SW19 8DJ

Once you have submitted the booking from, you will be sent details of how to pay the deposit for the holiday. This will be payable either by bank transfer, details of which will be given to you on completion of the form - NB, we offer a £50 discount if you pay by bank transfer - or via PayPal:

Prices

If you have any questions about the Camelot tour, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen by email as above, or by phoning him on +44 (0)20 8946 6821 or +44 (0)7730 817891.

Document(s)