England & Wales Classic
Experience two fantastic countries & famous landmarks including Windsor Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Shambles in York & Conwy Castle in North Wales. Travel thru Snowdonia National Park on Ffestiniog Railway, and spend some time in iconic London. Capture the best of England & Wales on this 8 day first class tour.
Upon arrival at Gatwick airport, you will be welcomed by your first class tour guide who will transfer to your luxury hotel for the first night. This afternoon you will visit Windsor Castle, a Royal Residence and the Queen’s favourite weekend retreat. In the evening you will have a welcome drink followed by welcome dinner in your hotel.
Dinner/Overnight— Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa, Windsor (NEW for 2020)
Oxford & Stratford
After breakfast you will drive on to the ‘city of dreaming spires’, Oxford, where you will have a walking tour of this famous university city and visit Merton College or New College. You will then drive on to Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Here you will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
You will also visit the Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the thatched farmhouse where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway at her picturesque family home.
Overnight— Doubletree by Hilton, Stratford-upon-Avon
After breakfast you will drive north to Yorkshire and on to York. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of this historic city, renowned for its exquisite architecture and tangle of quaint cobbled streets known as ‘The Shambles’. You will also visit the iconic York Minster, one of the great cathedrals of the world.
Dinner/Overnight—Aldwark Manor Hotel, York (NEW for 2020)
Liverpool & Chester
After breakfast you will drive to Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, where you will discover the greatness of this trading city on a panoramic tour. Liverpool was founded on the cotton and slave trade with highlights such as stunning Victorian architecture, the Northern Tate Modern Art Gallery, the famed ferry across the Mersey River and the restored Albert Docks. You will have some free time for lunch in Liverpool before driving on to visit historical Chester where your guide will give you a short panoramic tour of this Roman city. You will then drive on to North Wales.
Dinner/Overnight—St. George's Hotel, Llandudno (NEW for 2020)
Today enjoy a stunning visit to Snowdonia National Park. The Park is dominated by Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and is characterized by rugged scenery and breathtaking views. Your tour will also include a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow-gauge railway which takes a scenic 13.5-mile route from Porthmadog Harbour to the mountains and slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. You will also visit Conwy Castle, a gritty dark stoned fortress commanding a rock above the Conwy Estuary.
Overnight—St. George's Hotel, Llandudno (NEW for 2020)
Ludlow & Cardiff
Today you will drive to South Wales and en route will have a lunch stop and free time at the historic market town of Ludlow. Perched on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country. The town came to existence when Ludlow Castle was started in 1086 and the medieval town walls were built shortly after. The town has over 450 listed buildings. You will then drive to the Welsh capital, Cardiff. In the evening you will attend the Spirit of Wales, an evening of Welsh culture and humour in the Welsh Millennium Centre, an iconic building in the fashionable Cardiff Bay area. After a welcome reception with Mead and Welsh nibbles, enjoy a first class meal with wine, including seasonable Welsh specialties.
Dinner / Entertainment / Overnight—New House Country Hotel, Cardiff
Bath & London
After breakfast you will drive to Bath. Here you will view the magnificent Royal Crescent, perhaps the most attractive street in the country, and visit the preserved and fascinating Roman Baths. You will then drive to London for your final night, where you can enjoy the sights in a city filled with iconic landmarks.
Overnight—Dorsett Shepherds Bush, London
Your tour ends after a hearty English breakfast with a transfer to London Gatwick Airport for those guests departing today.
- Shakespeare Country
- Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
- Services of an experienced driver & local touring guide
- 7 nights accommodation in first class hotels
- Full breakfast daily
- Welcome drink on arrival
- 3 table d’hôte evening meals
- Welsh evening with dinner & entertainment
- Train ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway
- Visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace
- Follow in the footsteps of the Beatles in Liverpool
- Walking tour of Oxford, York and York Minster
- Panoramic tour of Liverpool, Chester & Cardiff
- Admissions to: Windsor Castle, Oxford College visit, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Conwy Castle, Roman Baths
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