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England’s Best Breweries

July 2-9, 2022

Hosted By: Brass Ring Brewery and Sphera Travel | Grand Rapids, MI

Enjoy the sites, breweries, and pubs of England

with your friends from Brass Ring Brewing

Take time away to live the English Pub life with staff and friends from Brass Ring Brewing.

Brass Ring Brewing is a community-focused brewery located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brass Ring strives to provide an authentic listing of English-style pub ales.

In 2022, Brass Ring and Sphera Travel are partnering on a trip focused on seeking out  English-style pub ales in London, Bath, and Oxford. We will see the sites of London, and enjoy time together sharing some great beers!

Expand your horizons, explore the world of beer, and create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime while you enjoy …

DISCOVERING THE WORLD TOGETHER with Sphera Travel and Brass Ring Brewing.

Day-by-Day Highlights

Day 1 | 03 July 2022

 Welcome to London! 

On arrival, take your group transfer to your hotel. Embrace the pomp and pageantry of a city that marches to its very own vibrant tune – yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers later this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

Toast the start of your adventure at a traditional English pub. Dine on classic British dishes complemented by a great range of well-kept traditional ales,  craft beers, local gins, and fine wines.

You will enjoy the next three nights in London staying at the Rubens Palace

Day 2 | 04 July 2022

London Sightseeing and Pub Crawl

Embark on a half-day sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, which features Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the stately Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Later, experience London’s traditional drinking scene on an afternoon pub crawl visiting four historic pubs and tasting different brews.

Pop into centuries-old alehouses, see literary haunts favored by writers  like Charles Dickens and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.

Day 3 | 05 July 2022

Soho Food and Cultural Walking
Tour and Shepherd Neame Brewery

Come on a unique gastronomic adventure through Soho, one of London’s most colorful and interesting boroughs.

Get a taste of culture, history, and London’s incredible cosmopolitan flavors – including a stroll through Chinatown.

Then travel to Faversham Brewery, home to Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer  Nestled in the medieval market town of Faversham in Kent, brewing has continued on this site for centuries.

Take a guided tour and learn about this ancient art. See brewing and fermentation vessels; taste natural mineral water  from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley and
smell locally-grown Kentish hops.

Day 4 | 06 July 2022

London – Blenheim Palace – Hook
Norton Brewery – Oxford

We depart London and travel to the impressive Blenheim Palace which was built for the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

This historic stately home is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and features interiors designed by Sir Christopher Wren.  Admire the stunning details behind the portraits,
tapestry, and furniture in the lavishly decorated State Rooms.

Continue to the Hook Norton Brewery, one of only 32 family-owned breweries and the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country.

Learn about their history and how they make our range of delicious beers.

After a tour of the stables, if they are in residence, you’ll be able to see the lovely Shire Horses who still deliver beer to local pubs in the
traditional way.

After a beer tasting, continue to Oxford.

Tonight we will stay at the Voco Oxford Spires Hotel

Day 5 | 07 July 2022

Oxford – Bath Brew House – Bath

This morning, explore the delights of Oxford with a Local Specialist before visiting one of Oxford’s famous colleges.

Then it’s on to the glorious UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and world-famous Roman Baths.

Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a center for bathing and socializing.

Visit the Bath Brew House to learn the brewing
process of traditional British ale and enjoy a tasting

Tonight we will stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Bath

Day 6 | 08 July 2022

Bath – Wadworth Brewery – London

Step back in time as we take a tour of the historic Wadworth Brewery in Devizes and discover Britain’s long beer-brewing heritage.

Learn the secrets of Wiltshire cask ale as you witness modern and traditional brewing methods in the Victorian Tower Brewery and the Copper House.

Complete your experience with an expert-led real ale tasting and sample a selection of handcrafted beers.

Then tread in the footsteps of druids and pagans at Stonehenge, before continuing through the lush Wiltshire and Hampshire landscapes to London.

Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a historic pub to
celebrate your unforgettable week.

Tonight we find ourselves back at Rubens at the Palace for our final night in London

Day 7 | 09 July 2022

Depart London

After breakfast, your group is transferred to the airport for your flight home.

What’s Included?

 

  • 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
  • Hotels, all tried and
    trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences (supplement)
    and free time
  • All luggage handling and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise
    extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a
    professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges, and local taxes
What’s Not Included?

 

  • Meals when not mentioned as included
  • Early check-in/late checkout
  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance, visas, and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities to Travel Director, Coach Drivers, and Local Experts
  • Private transfers if you do not arrive/depart with the group
  • Additional pre/post nights

 

 

Trip Costs

$3495 double occupancy (per person)

$4595 single occupancy (3 available)

 

Space is limited on this tour and will be sold on a first-come basis upon receipt  of deposit.

You must have a valid passport to travel to England.

This tour requires a minimum of 20 participants to operate.

Breweries, hotels, dinners, activities, and attractions can be subject to change.

 

Deposit & Final Payment

Deposit: $399  (non-refundable)

per person due upon making the reservation

 Final Payment:  Due by March 1, 2022

Trip Deposit includes Sphera Travel’s Design Fee of $100.00 per person, and is in addition to the trip cost.

CLICK HERE to learn  more about our Benefits and Design Fees

Airfare

Airfare is not included, but we are happy to assist you in securing your air tickets to London.

Transfers outside of the group times will be available for an additional cost.