UK Airshow Tours escorted from New Zealand. Our fascinating journeys are a MUST for those passionate about aviation!

Share in our excitement as we take you to some of the most amazing air shows & events, “Flying Legends” at Duxford, the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Goodwood Revival, War & Peace Revival, Shuttleworth Military Pageant and the Duxford Airshow. There are plenty of museums to delight the aviation, rail & motoring enthusiasts, and we have made sure there is lots of interesting leisure time and alternatives for those who would rather see more sights and maybe go shopping (ladies!). With a husband & wife team escorting the tours, we keep everyone happy! Why choose a group tour? You can relax knowing that everything is organized for you and there is nothing better than reflecting on your day with a group of likeminded people, sharing your stories and experiences. The moment you were moved to tears by the sound of 12 Spitfires taking off or the personal accounts of those who gave their lives for us. We’d love you to join us so call soon on 07 578 8759 or 021 076 8308, or email melanie(at)travelmanagers.co.nz now for more info. Our trip for 2018 is SOLD OUT, please register above for our newsletter if you would like to hear about future tours.

Bomber County 100

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A leisurely 23 day escorted tour departing 27th June 2018 from Auckland, or join us in Singapore or London.

This special centenary tour includes three air shows, Shuttleworth Military Pageant, Royal International Air Tattoo and Flying Legends at Duxford. Let us take you on an amazing journey to these fantastic shows, and some of the best museums, focusing on Bomber County “Lincolnshire”. Why not Take a taxy ride in Lancaster "Just Jane", a once in a lifetime experience.

Tour Itinerary – Bomber County 100


Day 1 - Wednesday 27th June - Auckland to Singapore

Singapore Air flight SQ286 departs 12.10pm, arrives 7pm

Meet and greet at Auckland airport at 10.30am. We depart on Singapore Air SQ286 at 12.10 pm, and arrive in Singapore at 7pm. We will be transferred to our hotel for our overnight stay.

Day 2 - Thursday 28th June - Singapore Air Force Museum

Singapore Air flight SQ322 departs at 11.30pm, arrives 6am on 29th June

Spend your day at leisure or join us for a morning visit to the Air Force Museum with the afternoon at leisure. Leisure options include, Morning at the Zoo, Hop on Hop off bus tour, Botanic Gardens, Singapore Flyer, River Safari, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands viewing platform & plenty more. We have a late check out at 6pm, will have dinner together, and then transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to London departing 11.30pm.

  • Breakfast & dinner included in Singapore, with overnight dinner & breakfast in flight

Day 3 - Friday 29th June - Kelvedon Nuclear Bunker

Arrival into London Heathrow

After a breakfast stop, we start our tour with a visit to this secret bunker hidden under a bungalow. First built as an air defence station, it went on to become the base for the survival of the population in the event of nuclear strike. We will check in to our hotel as early as possible.

Day 4 - Saturday 30th June - Bletchley Park

A day trip out to Bletchley Park

The historic site of secret British code breaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer will keep us busy today. If you prefer, you can stay in Bedford for the day resting or visiting the local sights. Priory Park is a short walk away and the Glenn Miller Museum not far.

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included.
  • Barnes Hotel, Bedford

Day 5 - Sunday 1st July - Shuttleworth Military Pageant

A day trip out to Old Warden

We will spend the day at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden with the afternoon air display. The collection depicts the history of flight from the early 1900s to the 1950s and shows how the aeroplane operated in the pioneering years, was rapidly developed through necessity during World War I, was used for sport, pleasure and business in the 1920s and 30s and once again became a fighting machine in World War II. Also includes the beautiful Swiss Gardens and Shuttleworth House.

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included
  • Barns Hotel, Bedford

Day 6 - Monday 2nd July - RAF Wyton

The Pathfinder Collection

We head North today to the historic “Home of the Canberra”. Here we find the RAF Wyton historical timeline, a longstanding tribute to the work of No 8 Group RAF, along with the fascinating Photo Reconnaissance Collection and the Pathfinder Collection

Day 7 - Tuesday 3rd June - Lincs Aviation Heritage Centre

A day trip to Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby

This living memorial to Bomber Command, holds one of the rarest aircraft the Avro Lancaster Bomber “Just Jane” in its collection along with many wartime vehicles. We spend the day here soaking in the atmosphere.

We have only 6 places reserved for a VIP Taxy Ride Day in “Just Jane” -own cost. The Taxy Ride gives you the chance to experience the Lancaster from a completely different point of view. You get to experience the vibrations, smells, sound and atmosphere of a real Lancaster Bomber operating on a real Bomber Command airfield in front of an original Control Tower providing you with the ultimate WW2 aviation experience.

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included
  • Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa

Day 8 - Wednesday 4th July - BBMF Visitors Centre

A day trip to RAF Coningsby to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitors Centre

We have a guided tour of the hangar and maybe the opportunity to see the Flight’s historic aircraft at close quarters, and to observe the BBMF technicians working to maintain them in airworthy condition. We will stop at the famous Bluebell Pub for lunch – own cost, then have the afternoon at leisure in Woodhall Spa.

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included.
  • Petwood Hotel Woodhall Spa

Day 9 - Thursday 5th July - Newark Air Museum

A short trip to Newark for the Air Museum

We spend the day at Newark Air Museum whose diverse collection of aircraft and cockpit sections covers the history of aviation. The aircraft on display include 13 National Benchmark aircraft; 34 significant aircraft and 21 Noteworthy aircraft as listed in the National Aviation Heritage Register. In addition to the aircraft the museum displays a diverse display of aviation artefacts and a collection of more than thirty aero engines. There are open cockpits for viewing –Vulcan, Shackleton, Hastings & Varsity. If you prefer, you could stay in Lincoln, there is a lot to do here.

Day 10 - Friday 6th July - At Leisure in Lincoln

Lots of choice today

We recommend a visit to the Cathedral and the Airmen’s Chapel. Lincoln Castle is also well worth a visit and is home to one of only 4 surviving copies of the Magna Carta.

  • Dinner at the hotel and breakfast included.
  • Holiday Inn, Lincoln

Day 11 - Saturday 7th July - IBCC & RAF Scampton

International Bomber Comand Centre and RAF Scampton on the way to York

The Spire Memorial was unveiled in 2015 with the International Bomber Command Centre due to open in April 18, in line with the RAF 100 celebrations.We will spend the morning here before heading up to Scampton, current home of Red Arrows and former home of the Dambusters. We have a private tour of the grounds & Museums including Guy Gibson’s office, and then head up to York

Day 12 - Sunday 8th July - Yorkshire Air Museum

A day trip to Yorkshire Air Museum

We spend the day at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington. Situated in a 20 acre parkland site on the former World War II RAF Bomber Command Station , it is the largest and most original WWII station open to the public. This is another day some might prefer to spend shopping or sightseeing in York.

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included
  • Principal Hotel, York

Day 13 - Monday 9th July - At Leisure in York

A day to explore the wonderful town.

We suggest a group visit to the Railway Museum before headingoff to explore but the day is yours to do as you wish. We recommend the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Minster and the Shambles (Medieval Town Centre).

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included
  • Principal Hotel, York

Day 14 - Tuesday 10th July - Avro Heritage Museum and Spitfire to Jaguar Tour

Two great visits as we head South

Heading South we stop at the new museum on the site of theformer Woodford Aerodrome. Vulcan XM603 is being restored here. Then we will be treated to a Spitfire to Jaguar tour at the Castle Bromwich Jaguar factory.

Day 15 - Wednesday 11th July - RAF Cosford

A day trip to RAF Cosford

We spend the day at RAF Cosford. Sister Museum to Hendon, with over 70 aircraft including the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber, it is the only place in the UK where you can see Britain’s three V Bombers: the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant. Home also to the recovered Dornier. If you prefer, you can spend the day exploring the 10 acre Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, a rare example of formal English garden design.

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included.
  • Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel, Castle Bromwich

Day 16 - Thursday 12th July - SS Great Britain

The ship that changed the world.

Today we visit the ship that changed the world, heading beneath the glass sea, walking the SS Great Britain's history in the Dockyard Museum and onto the ship itself. Alive with sights, sounds and even smells, prepare to set sail on the most extraordinary time machine. The Brunel Institute’s Maritime Collection is also here.

Day 17 - Friday 13th July - Optional Royal International Air Tattoo or at Leisure

Choose an optional ext ra day at the airshow today or a day at leisure in Chelmsford.

Your choice today. A full 7 hours of flying at the airshow, the coach will be taking you but the choice of ticket is yours at your own cost.

Or stay in Cheltenham and explore or rest. There is a WW1 Museum, the Pittville Pump Room, beautiful parks & gardens. The area around the hotel is an attraction in itself - The Montpelier District.

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included.
  • Malmaison Hotel, Cheltenham

Day 18 - Saturday 14th July - Royal International Air Tattoo

This is what it is all about!

The Royal International Air Tattoo. The Royal International Air Tattoo, the world's largest military airshow, has gained the well-earned reputation as one of the UK's top outdoor events. Over two miles of static aircraft, interactive activities and ground exhibitions with a thrilling 8 hour flying display including fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft and much more. Enjoy the show with our Cotswold Club pass including lunch.

Day 19 - Sunday 15th July - Flying Legends

The Greatest Warbird Event!

The Greatest Warbirds Event in Europe produced by The Fighter Collection in association with Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Our Gold Pass includes use of a lined and carpeted marquee with luxury toilets, seated viewing enclosure, private access to the flight line walk, a souvenir programme, a collectible pass. The unique atmosphere at Legends is not to be missed.

  • Own arrangements for dinner, breakfast included
  • Gonville Hotel, Cambridge

Day 20 - Monday 16th July - Imperial War Museum Duxford or at Leisure in Cambridge

Return to the IWM or spend the day exploring Cambridge

You can return to Duxford and the museum today at your own cost, to make sure you haven’t missed anything, and also catch some extra flying as many aircraft return home. Alternatively, a day at leisure in Cambridge. This historic town has much to offer.

  • Farewell dinner and breakfast included.
  • Gonville Hotel, Cambridge

Day 21 - Tuesday 17th July - Mosquito Museum and The Bunker Uxbridge

A great final day!

This morning we will visit the De Havilland Heritage Centre incorporating the Mosquito Aircraft Museum, the birthplace of the Wooden Wonder. In the afternoon we have a private tour of The Bunker at RAF Uxbridge which housed the Fighter Command No.11 Group Operations Room throughout WW2. Key decisions that would decide the fate of the nation were taken in the Bunker during 1940 and it was thanks to the tireless work of the plotters and controllers that the RAF's fighter pilots managed to keep the Luftwaffe at bay. We then head to Heathrow for the flights home or your onward journeys. SQ321 departs at 10.05pm

Your tour hosts will be staying on in the UK. Arrangements can be made for an extension to include the Farnborough Airshow, or any other further arrangements. Don’t hesitate to ask.

  • Dinner and breakfast in flight.

Day 22 - Wednesday 18th July - In flight

Transiting Singapore

In flight through Singapore. Please ask if you would like to stay overnight or longer on the way back.

SQ 321 arrives at 6.10pm

SQ285 departs at 9.15pm

  • Meals in flight

Day 23 - Thursday 19th July - Auckland

Welcome home!

Arrive in Auckland at 10.50am

Tour Itinerary – Bomber County 100

Bomber County 100

23 Day Tour including flights

$10895 per person twin/double share

Single Supplement $2355

$500 non-refundable deposit required on booking with full balance due by 31st March.

Please ask if you would like any variations to the above arrangements. We are quite flexible! You may choose a different return date or stop over on the way back to break the journey. Costs subject to availability.

Inclusions - Economy return airfares on Singapore Air. Accommodation with private facilities. Transfers. Private Coach Transport. All breakfasts. Dinners as stated. Tour Escorts from NZ. Sightseeing as stated. Gold Pass for Flying Legends. Cotswold Club Pass for Air Tattoo.

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Testimonials

Irene and I thank you for a great aviation tour – the fabulous air shows, museums and other places of interest visited. The accommodation was excellent and we formed some lovely friendships with others on the tour. Mel, your organizational skills are second to none and your friendly, caring manner delightful. Good friends of ours had joined your tour in 2013 and were so enthusiastic we decided to join your ‘Bomber County 2014’. It lived up to every expectation and we happily recommend any like-minded enthusiasts to join future aviation tours.
With sincere thanks and best wishes.
David & Irene - Bomber County 2014
As a 62 year old who hasn’t been further than Australia before this trip, at first appeared daunting. I wanted to do it but it was clearly well outside my comfort zone. I shouldn’t have worried because Melanie and Kev made this a magical trip, organising everything for us, nothing was a trouble. The camaraderie we as a group established made every day a moment to remember and cherish forever.
Les - Wings and Wheels 2017