Downton Abbey swept into family rooms and show-binging homes back in 2010 and is now resurfacing with a new story — this time on film! For Downton Abbey enthusiasts, this is a highly-anticipated event; for newcomers, this is a great chance to binge the show ahead of the film’s release; and for families looking for any excuse to get away, this is the time to take advantage of CIE Tours lineup of Downton Abbey-themed stops.
Catch up with the Crawleys before heading on an adventure to the real-life destinations that set the scenes for the famous family.
Build your own Private Driver itinerary with CIE Tours, complete with all the iconic Downton Abbey locations. Relive your family’s favorite scenes and moments in person and get all the goods and insider knowledge of the neighborhood from your expert, local driver, including hidden gems along the way.
See the countryside at a leisurely pace with the Private Driver experience, which effortlessly combines the freedom of unstructured travel with the guidance, assistance and convenience of a guided tour.
Stroll through Bampton in Oxfordshire, or what fans may know as the village featured in the Downton series, including the church in Bampton that can be found in many scenes from local town festivals and events in the series.
Another stop, Highclere Castle in Hampshire, is the main set for the Downton Abbey castle, both in the TV series and new film. Visit the Gothic house with its grand rooms and history, home to Lord and Lady Carnarvon.
Visit Lady Edith’s home, known as Brancaster or Alnwick Castle. Stop by the cinematic exhibit showcasing costumes, photography and props from the show. Cinephiles can delight in the fact this castle was also featured a few times in the Harry Potter movies and Transformers: The Last Knight.
Check out all the cinematic stops with the help of CIE experts and your driver.
Guests also enjoy pre-booked hotels and easy transportation to each excursion. All excursions are self-appointed and planned. Just choose your must-see destinations or ask your driver for suggestions. This allows for guests to enjoy freedom to start their day when they want and dine where and when they want — all with helpful suggestions from the driver — a great option for families to move at their own pace while feeling like a local.
For something similar, but with a little more structure, check out the Best of Southern England tour, kicking off next year.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.