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GLOUCESTERSHIRE GLOUCESTER To find out more visit saga.co.uk/gloucester The Glorious Cotswolds and Gloucester The Cotswolds' aged market towns, castles, cathedrals, and 3000 miles of public footpaths, beckon visitors to Gloucestershire... 5 nights from 449^ HALF BOARD l l l l l l l All breakfasts and dinners Unlimited tea and coffee-making facilities in your room Orientation walk Saga Host Welcome drink Porterage in your hotel Cancellation rights Excursions Sudeley Castle and Gardens (half day) Bourton on the Water (half day). l l Special Interest Holidays Available Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel QQQQ Set in 12 acres of park and woodland, in the pretty village of Upton St Leonards, the 4-star Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel is a handsome, listed Georgian house-turned-hotel. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and lounge area where you can also enjoy drinks, light snacks and meals. All 72 rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer and complimentary Wi-Fi. There are four floors and no lift. Arlington Row Gloucester Cathedral The bucolic Cotswolds The city of Gloucester itself is set below the Cotswolds Hills in the lush Severn Valley. It has a long history, from the Roman fort to Elizabethan port the furthest inland in Britain. In 1794 a new canal helped create a direct trading route to London and the Midlands. The city has been undergoing a major regeneration programme, particularly at the historic Gloucester Docks. This lively, revitalised waterfront is home to Victorian warehouses converted into museums and exhibits about the city port's history, along with restaurants and bars. You won't want to miss the cathedral either. Here you can trace back the architecture from its Norman origins, through the medieval period and to the present day. Admire the fan-vaulted cloisters, stained glass windows and the tomb of King Edward II, then perhaps climb the tower's 269 steps or descend to the crypt... During your holiday you'll visit Bourton on the Water and Sudeley Castle and Gardens on included excursions. A visit to the National Arboretum at Westonbirt is a must for nature lovers, while Bristol and Bath are perfect for sightseeing and shopping. Your stay at the Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel is on a half-board basis. The town of Gloucester is approximately four miles away from your hotel, with the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath approximately a one-and-a-quarter hour drive away. Special interest holidays Gardens of the Cotswolds 5 nights from 689 departing July 11, 2019. Enjoy two talks and four full-day excursions with eight visits. Holiday code: AH280. Visit saga.co.uk/cotswold-gardens Fine Art in the West 5 nights from 569 departing October 20, 2019. Enjoy three talks and six visits during three full-day and one half-day included excursions. Holiday code: AT085. Visit saga.co.uk/west-art The Cotswolds Amazingly, five English counties can claim some of the landscape of rolling hills or 'wolds' that is known as the Cotswolds, although Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire are the main ones. With hills stretching from the Dorset coast to the edge of Yorkshire, the Cotswolds is the largest of the 38 designated 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty' in England and Wales, at around 800 square miles, and is dotted with charming hamlets, stately homes and gardens. The majority of this important unspoilt landscape lies within Gloucestershire, including the ancient Forest of Dean and the stunning Wye Valley. A trip to the Cotswolds is akin to a trip back in time as aged market towns of honey-hued local stone and grand Regency spa towns, castles, cathedrals, Roman remains and famous battle sites, not to mention 3,000 miles of public footpaths, beckon visitors. SAVE 20 ^per person on Apr 18, 2019 departure when you book by January 31, 2019 Prices from: Apr 18, 2019 May 19 Sep 16 5 nights 469 449 479 489 The Glorious Cotswolds and Gloucester - Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel. Holiday code: TB132. All prices are s per person based on two people sharing, including savings as advertised and are subject to availability.Single rooms: (supplement per person, per night:) 19 on all dates. To book see page 53 and call FREE on 0800 414 441 or visit saga.co.uk/uk Please quote UG337 27