8 Day Heart of Wales & England – CIE
Heart of Wales & England 8 Days / 7 Nights
For single tour rate, please add AU$767 single room supplement to featured price.
Day 1: London Arrival & Tour
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.
Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights
Today take an open-top bus tour to travel at your own pace on a number of different bus routes. Visit either the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana. The evening is free for dining.
Day 3: Stonehenge, Bath & Traditional Welsh Evening
Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the huge monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about their history. Next head to Bath to visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. Travel into Wales to your hotel in Cardiff and dine at a Welsh Evening with a show.
Day 4: Train Ride & Welsh Scenery
Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff, Wales’ proud capital, to view the principal features. Drive through the gentle hills of Brecon Beacons National Park and continue north through charming countryside and local towns. Take a narrow-gauge train ride through Snowdonia. Continue to Caernarfon, where the Prince of Wales was invested in 1969. Check in to your hotel and take a look around the walled town.
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 and pause for photos of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. Stop in Conwy to view its huge castle, narrow medieval streets and the smallest house in Britain. Tour the massive walls and battlements of Caernarfon Castle, one of the many 13th century castles built by Edward I.
Day 6: Llangollen & Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon
Drive to the charming village of Llangollen with many quaint tearooms and shops, if you wish to buy any Welsh souvenirs. Head across the English border for a look around the picturesque town of Bridgnorth. Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon for a panoramic tour and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and the house where he was born. Today it is furnished as it would have been in his day. Check in to your nearby hotel.
Day 7: Cotswolds & Windsor Castle
Drive through the gentle hills of the Cotswolds and stop in Broadway, typical of the lovely old villages with centuries-old houses built in the local stone. Take a walking tour through Oxford to learn about the city and the famous colleges, most of which date back centuries. Tour Windsor Castle, where you can see the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Take a brief walking tour around the town with a local guide after dinner.
Day 8: Tour Ends in Windsor
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
- Welsh Evening with Dinner & Entertainment
- St Pauls Cathedral, London
- Stonehenge & Bath
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- Windsor Castle
- Snowdonia Train Ride
Superior First Class
- Park Plaza Hotel Riverbank London
London (2 nights)
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Cardiff (1 night)
- Celtic Royal Hotel
Caernarfon (2 nights)
- The Stratford Hotel
Stratford-upon-Avon (1 night)
- Macdonald Windsor Hotel
Windsor (1 night)
- 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 & strap
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies