8 Day - Heart of Wales and England - Escorted Tour
London (2) - Cardiff (1) - Caernarfon (2) - Stratford-upon-Avon (1) - Windsor (1)
- Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
- St Pauls Cathedral
- Stonehenge & Bath
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- Windsor Castle
- Snowdonia Train Ride
- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional tour director
- 7 nights in hotels listed
- Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
- 6 dinners (D) including:
- Welcome dinner in London,
- Welsh Evening in Cardiff,
- 4 table d'hote dinners
- Welcome get-together drink
- Tours of London and Cardiff
- Walking tours of Oxford and Windsor
- Narrow-gauge train ride in Snowdonia
- London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
- Visits and admissions to St Paul’s Cathedral, Stonehenge, Roman Baths & Pump Room, National Slate Museum, Caernarfon Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Windsor Castle
- Headsets for walking tours
- Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & straps
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
Superior First Class
- Park Plaza Hotel Riverbank, London (2 nights)
- Clayton Hotel, Cardiff (1 night)
- Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon (2 nights)
- The Stratford Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon (1 night)
- Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor (1 night)
8 Day - Heart of Wales & England - Itinerary
Day 1 : London & Welcome Dinner
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks. Stop at St Paul’s Cathedral to tour the awe-inspiring interior. In the evening discuss your trip with your tour director over a welcome drink and dine in your hotel.
Day 2 : City Sights & Tower of London
Today explore London at your own pace on an open-top bus tour to see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and more. You may also take a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms and visit some of the historic towers where important historic events have taken place. You may prefer to visit Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana. The evening is free for dining on your own and there is no shortage of great restaurants.
Day 3 : Stonehenge, Bath & Cardiff Castle Banquet
Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the huge monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about their history. Next stop in Bath, popular for for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the Regency period. Take a short panoramic drive to view elegant row houses and Bath Abbey before visiting the Roman Baths & Pump Room to see many sections still preserved after two millennia. Travel into Wales for a tour around Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style castle in the 19th century. Then sit down in the Castle for a fun Welsh banquet with entertainment.
Day 4 : Brecon Beacons & Snowdonia
Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff, Wales’ proud capital, to view the principal features and the regenerated Cardiff Bay area. Drive through the gentle hills of Brecon Beacons National Park and continue north through charming countryside, where sheep graze peacefully. Wales is famous for its wool production and its mainly agricultural economy. Take a narrow-gauge train ride through the heart of Snowdonia to admire mountain scenery. Drive to Caernarfon for your next overnight stay. Caernarfon is renowned for its great stone castle, built in 1283 by Edward I, where Charles, the Prince of Wales, was invested in 1969. You may like to stroll around the narrow old streets after dinner.
Day 5 : National Slate Museum & Caernarfon Castle
Today tour North Wales, starting with a visit to the National Slate Museum, which tells about the region’s former slate industry. This industry developed in Victorian times when most houses in Britain had slate roofs. Pause for photos of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. Stop in Conwy to view its massive castle, which was built by King Edward I in the 13th century as part of his mission to conquer Wales. Take a walk through the narrow medieval streets and see the smallest house in Britain, located on the quay and was home to a fisherman. Tour the massive walls and battlements of 13th century Caernarfon Castle, also built by King Edward I.
Day 6 : Llangollen & Stratford-upon-Avon
Drive to the charming village of Llangollen and take a look around this typical Welsh settlement with many quaint tearooms and shops. Then head across the English border for a look around the picturesque town of Bridgnorth, with attractive black and white houses. Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon for a panoramic tour around the city center and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Here you will see an exhibition about his life and work before walking through the house where he was born. Today it is furnished in the style of his time. Check in to your centrally-located hotel.
Day 7 : Cotswolds & Windsor Castle
Drive through the gentle hills of the Cotswolds, renowned for its pretty cottages and colorful gardens. Stop in Broadway, typical of the lovely old villages in the region where the houses are built of local honey-colored stone. Take a walking tour through Oxford to learn about the famous colleges and see how the two communities of “town” and “gown” live. Tour Windsor Castle, one of The Queen’s official residences, to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. This is the largest inhabited castle in the world. After dinner in your hotel, take a brief stroll around the compact and historic town with a local guide.
Day 8 : Tour Ends in Windsor
The tour ends after breakfast