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The Royal International Air Tattoo At RAF Fairford
2 Days - by coach

Price from £169.95 per person*
Departs 15th Jul 2017

Single person supplement : £30.00 per person

"This is the best airshow!" – Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut

"Epic spectacle ... magical... as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth" – Jeremy Clarkson

"All the thrills of a Grand Prix, but in the air!" – Jenson Button, Formula 1 racing driver

If you thought a Tattoo involved drums, fifes and men in kilts, you're in for a surprise. This is how the RAF does it, with 7 ½ hours of spectacular aerial action. Jets will streak across the sky, giant transporters will lumber across, historic aircraft will spit and sputter and weave, and the US Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team will give a special display to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the USAF. And that's just what's going on upstairs, while on the ground there are a huge number of attractions and amazing exhibits to visit too. No wonder it's the world's greatest airshow and one of the UK's premier outdoor events.

We'll also spend an afternoon among over 100 legendary aircraft at the RAF museum London. Here you'll find a Sopwith Camel, a de Havilland Mosquito B.35, an Avro Lancaster B.1 bomber, a Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress, a Halifax, a Liberator, a Tornado, a Hurricane, a Heinkel... New for this year is a First World War in the Air exhibition, plus a life–sized model of the F–35 Joint Strike Fighter, the only model of its type in the world. You can listen to Winston Churchill giving his Battle of Britain speech on radio, and check out the Bomb Bay television view under a Vulcan bomber.

This event is one of the highlights of the year and your weekend includes coach transport and transfers, hotel, evening meal and full English breakfast, so get ready for take–off!

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return coach travel from your chosen local departure point
  • Overnight stay at a 3 or 4 star outer London / Reading area hotel with 3–course dinner and full English breakfast
  • Visit to the RAF Museum, Hendon, on Saturday
  • Admission to the Royal International Air Tattoo on Sunday
  • Services of an Omega coach driver / tour representative
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £30pp for the break.

Yes but why's it called a Tattoo?

Nothing to do with kilts, or aeroplanes. George Washington knew it as 'taptoo' and it comes from the Dutch doe den tap toe or 'turn off the tap', the military signal performed by drummers in the 17th century to tell the innkeepers to stop serving beer to the soldiers and make them return to barracks for the night. Gradually the signal became a ritual, then a performance, and finally any kind of military show. For more, see here.

Saturday  From a morning pick–up in your local area we travel by coach to the RAF museum at Hendon in North London, where there'll be lots of time to see all the exhibits before we rejoin the coach and continue on to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Sunday  After a leisurely full English breakfast we transfer to RAF Fairford for a day at the Air Tattoo to enjoy air displays plus showground attractions including a Techno Zone, RAF Village, Vintage Village, BAE Collection, and Autodrome. The coach will set off for home in the mid to late afternoon.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

To Be Confirmed 3 or 4 star Outer London /Reading Area Hotel,
We can warmly recommend any of our selection of hand-picked, good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, chosen to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible. Whether your priority is location, style or price, we will find accommodation to suit your needs.


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