We return to the Hotel Rex in the seaside resort of Weymouth, with its golden beaches and idyllic leisure harbour, which nestles perfectly alongside the rugged Isle of Portland. We visit Dorchester, Bournemouth and Shaftesbury; and delve into history at the Bovington Tank Museum, Sherborne Castle and the wonderful Tutankhamun Exhibition.
Day 1 After your taxi pick up, we make our way west to Bovington Tank Museum, where we ﬁnd a unique collection of over 300 vehicles over six halls, with the personal touch of ﬁrst-hand accounts of those who fought in them. We continue our journey to Weymouth and our hotel.
Day 2 In the morning we visit Dorchester, an historic market town with its roots in Roman times, and close associations with Thomas Hardy. We have included entrance into the Tutankhamun World Heritage Exhibition, a facsimile exhibition following Howard Carter’s discovery of the impressive tomb. There is also free time to visit the variety of shops and cafés on the pedestrianised main street. Your afternoon is free in Weymouth.
Day 3 After breakfast, we travel to Sherborne, to visit the magniﬁcent castle. This historic Digby stately home was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, and we enjoy a private tour to view the magniﬁcent staterooms, Raleigh’s kitchen and the museum in the Castle’s cellars. The stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds will be wreathed in red and gold as the autumn colours begin and our tour is followed by a light lunch in the Tea Room. In the afternoon we head out across the Dorset countryside to Shaftesbury. Walk down the famous ‘Hovis’ Gold Hill if you dare, or take in the glorious views from Park Walk.
Day 4 We leave our hotel after breakfast and travel via Bournemouth with a stop for refreshments. We arrive in the local area in the afternoon, where your taxi will be waiting to take you home.
A very warm welcome awaits you at the Hotel Rex, which oﬀers the comforts and luxuries of a modern hotel yet still retains its original character and splendour. This three-star hotel is situated on the Esplanade overlooking the stunning golden sands of Weymouth Beach and the Jurassic Coastline beyond. All bedrooms are en suite and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms and there are some steps at the entrance.