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For fans of the hit TV show, “The Crown,” the wait is almost over as the popular series that chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II returns for a third season on November 17. Fans of the show and the Royal Family can explore real-life settings of destinations that serve as the backdrop for the TV drama.

If you have clients on your roster who would love to follow the footsteps of The Crown, and Queen Elizabeth II, book them on CIE Tours Private Driver Itineraries. These customized tours will feature popular filming locations as their guide shares insider’s knowledge and hidden gems along the way. CIE’s Private Driver experiences combine the best of both worlds while giving your clients the flexibility of traveling on their own, with the convenience of a guided tour.

A sampling of where these tours travelers will take your clients include Wilton House in Wiltshire, home to the Earl and Countess of Pembroke, which was used to recreate the lavish interiors of Buckingham Palace in seasons one, two, and three of “The Crown.” The Ely Cathedral, which stood in for Westminster Abbey in the series on the wedding day of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, and where most coronation scenes are filmed, is also a stop. In season three, the Audley End House in Essex has a prominent role in the show, as it portrays the interiors of Balmoral Castle—the Queen’s Scottish residents.

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Views of Edinburgh Castle. (Photo courtesy of CIE Tours.)

In addition, guests of a Private Driver tour can also stay in pre-booked hotels, giving them the freedom to start their day when they want and dine at their leisure, with plenty of local recommendations from their driver. Most of CIE Tours’ guided vacations in Britain visit memorable locations from the series as well. Some of the Royal-family related tours include: Highlights of Britain, starting at Windsor Castle and heading to Blenheim Palace (a popular stop for fans of Downton Abbey as well. While in Scotland, guests tour Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother. The tour ends in London with a panoramic tour of The Crown landmarks such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. A new tour for 2020, Taste of England, includes stops at Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana; the Tower of London, where guests can see some of the Crown Jewels; and Ely Cathedral. And, the 5-day London Locals tour features stops at Buckingham Palace, and a cruise along the Tiver Thames as guests take in the sights of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben, plus have time for independent sightseeing.

For more information, visit cietours.com/uk/tours. Don’t miss more new tours for CIE in 2020.

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