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Landmark Winchester Cathedral which is main tourist attraction of this English historic city.

Join us on our weekend break in Hampshire as we celebrate the life of Jane Austen. With a visit to the Cathedral where she’s buried and guided tours accompanied by stories of literary history, our short break offers a fascinating insight into the life of one of our country’s greatest novelists.

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Check-in at your hotel. When evening comes, we can enjoy a welcome drink with other Solos guests before having dinner in the hotel restaurant. 

  • Accommodation 4 * Apollo Hotel Basingstoke
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast on Saturday morning, we’ll head into Winchester to the city’s magnificent Cathedral.

It is here where Jane was buried after her tragic death on the 18th of July 1817 at the age of 41. She lies under the floor of the north aisle of the nave, where you can still see her simple gravestone. The inscription recorded her personal virtues, but made no mention of her writing, and her modest funeral was attended by just four people. Jane Austen’s brief life was lived in relative obscurity, with many of her novels remaining unpublished until after her death, yet she put her stamp on the English novel for all time.

After coffee and cake at the cathedral, we will be introduced to the city of Winchester on our guided tour, which takes us through the streets of England’s ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great. In addition to the Cathedral, we will see historical buildings such as Abbey Gardens, Westgate, The Great Hall, Round Table, Wolvesey Castle, Winchester College and Jane Austen’s House (from the outside).

In the afternoon we will return to our hotel for a rest before enjoying dinner in the hotel restaurant.

  • Accommodation 4 * Apollo Hotel Basingstoke
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

On Sunday after checking out, you may like to explore the local area before heading home.

  • Accommodation 4 * Apollo Hotel Basingstoke
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Apollo Hotel Basingstoke ★★★★

This modern and stylish hotel is ideally positioned for heading into Winchester, being just 30 minutes away. Located off Junction 6 of the M3 or Junction 11 of the M4, the hotel is a short drive from Basingstoke station. Complimentary car parking is available.

Facilities Include

Superb facilities including a fine dining restaurant, library bar and brasserie with its conservatory and patio – perfect for sitting outside in the sun. The Horizons Health Spa offers the latest treatments (charges apply), an indoor swimming pool equipped with a waterfall feature, a sauna, steam room, spa pool and gym.

Rooms Include

The tasteful bedrooms come equipped with an LCD TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, trouser press, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.

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What’s included:

  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Transfers to/from Winchester
  • Guided tour of Winchester (90 mins)
  • Winchester Cathedral visit for a Jane Austen themed tour
  • Coffee & cake at Winchester Cathedral
  • Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here

Useful Information

Location
The hotel is ideally positioned for heading into Winchester being just 30 minutes away. Located off Junction 6 of the M3 or Junction 11 of the M4, the hotel is a short drive from Basingstoke station. Complimentary car parking is available.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of £5.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Dress Code
The dress code for during the day is casual. In the evenings the dress code is smart, with gentlemen requested to wear a shirt and tie. Comfortable shoes for walking and sightseeing are recommended.

Please note the order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change.

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What’s included:

  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Transfers to/from Winchester
  • Guided tour of Winchester (90 mins)
  • Winchester Cathedral visit for a Jane Austen themed tour
  • Coffee & cake at Winchester Cathedral
  • Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here

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