HEART OF WALES & ENGLAND 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Tour begins 2:00 PM, London hotel. 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. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.
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. Or you might opt to visit Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana. The evening is free for dining on your own.
Head 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. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. Travel into Wales to tour Cardiff Castle, then sit down to a fun Welsh banquet with entertainment.
Enjoy a panoramic drive around Cardiff to view the principal features. Continue through Brecon Beacons National Park and through rural Wales with its picturesque countryside. Take in the beauty of Snowdonia National Park. A narrow-gauge train ride will take you through the heart of the region to admire mountain scenery. Head to Caernarfon where you might like to take a gentle walk through the ancient streets after dinner.
Visit the National Slate Museum, which tells about the region’s former slate industry, at its height 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. Take a walk through the narrow medieval streets and see the smallest house in Britain. Tour the walls and battlements of 13th century Caernarfon Castle.
Head 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 to enjoy the picturesque town of Bridgnorth, with attractive black and white houses. Take a panoramic tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, with an exhibition about his life and work, before walking through the house where he was born.
Take in 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. Take a walking tour through Oxford to learn about the famous colleges. Tour Windsor Castle, one of The Queen’s official residences, to see the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. In the evening, take a brief stroll around the compact and historic town with a local guide.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner