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Heart of Wales & England
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2016 Rates Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Destinations: Cardiff Castle - Welsh Banquet - St Pauls Cathedral - Stonehenge & Bath - Shakespeare’s Birthplace Windsor Castle - Snowdonia Train Ride

Start in London to visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Discover historic Stonehenge and the Roman spa in Bath. Feast at Cardiff Castle’s Welsh banquet and travel north to Caernarfon, with its dramatic castle and stunning scenery. Stay in Stratford-upon-Avon and explore Oxford on foot before ending in royal Windsor, close to London.




 
         
 

Itinerary

Day 1: London Arrival & St Paul's Cathedral
Start your tour at Heathrow Airport and take a group transfer to your hotel.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 meet your tour director to discuss your trip over a welcome drink and dine in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights
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. (B)

Day 3: Stonehenge, Bath & Traditional Welsh Evening
Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the huge monoliths of Stonehenge and, in the interpretive visitor center, learn about how they were built over 4,500 years ago and how people moved huge blocks of stone with primitive tools. Next head to Bath to visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. The fashion of “taking the waters” was revived during the 18th century Regency period when much of Bath’s elegant houses were built. Travel into Wales to tour Cardiff Castle, built up over centuries and especially in the 19th century. Then sit down to a fun Welsh banquet with entertainment. (B, D)

Day 4: Train Ride & Welsh Scenery
Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff, Wales’ proud capital, to view the principal features. Then drive north through the lovely scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park and continue north through rural Wales, which is mainly picturesque countryside with mixed farms. In North Wales travel through hills and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park. Take a narrow-gauge train ride through the heart of the region to admire mountain scenery. Drive to Caernarfon for your next overnight stay. Your hotel is just outside the walls and you may like to take a gentle walk through the ancient streets after dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Castles of North Wales, Slate Museum & Snowdonia
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. (B, D)

Day 6: Llangollen & Shakespeare’s 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. Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon for a panoramic tour around the city center and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of his death. 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. (B, D)

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 city and its most 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. (B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends in Windsor
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

CIE Tours reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment and other features when cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control.
(October 22,2015) 

 

 

Price Includes:

  • Group transfer from/to airport
    - arrival and departure
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • 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 & strap
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
     

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Heart of England and Wales

Prices and Dates

Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Heart of Wales & England Tour
8 days / 7 nights
Prices from (Saturday Departures)
Adult
Twin Single
7-21 May 2016 (Sat) 2609 3508
4 Jun - 24 Sep 2016 (Sat) 2679 3578
1-15 Oct 2016 (Sat) 2479 3378
Departs from London