Maupintour Will Not Visit Spencer Estate

LAWRENCE, Kansas -- Maupintour said it was forced to cancel a tour stop at Althorp, the childhood home in England of Diana, Princess of Wales, as part of the firm's 12-day English Gardens summer itinerary.

A statement received by the company from the Spencer family stated that "due to exceptional circumstances, we regret that coach parties will not be admitted to Althorp in 1998." Groups will be welcome to the estate in 1999 after the necessary facilities are completed, it said.

Maupintour said it will replace the planned tour of Althorp with a visit to Eastnor, a Norman Revival castle located at the edge of the Malvern Hills in the South Midlands region.

Maupintour can be reached at (800) 255-4266.

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