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Heart of Wales and England 2020 (8 Days)

8 days with CIE Tours   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 London Arrival & St. Paul’s Cathedral
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of central London to see the city’s famous landmarks. Stop at St Paul’s Cathedral to tour the awe-inspiring interior. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group at your hotel. (B)

Day 2 Independent Touring in London
Explore London at your own pace on an independent Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour to see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and more. With your included vouchers, visit either Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana, or the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in their distinctive Tudor uniforms. (B, D)

Day 3 Stonehenge, Bath & Cardiff Castle Banquet
Head to Salisbury Plain to view the huge monoliths of Stonehenge and, in the visitor center, learn about how they were built over 4,500 years ago. Visit the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times and enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Travel into Wales to tour Cardiff Castle, then enjoy a fun Welsh banquet with entertainment. (B, D)

Day 4 Train Ride & Welsh Scenery
Enjoy a panoramic drive around Cardiff to view its principal features. Continue through the Brecon Beacons National Park and through rural Wales with its picturesque countryside. Take in the beauty of the Snowdonia National Park. A narrow-gauge train ride will take you through the heart of the region to admire mountain scenery. Head to your hotel in Caernarfon where you might choose to take a gentle walk through the ancient streets after dinner (B, D)

Day 5 Wales & Snowdonia
Visit the National Slate Museum, which highlights the region’s former slate industry at its height in Victorian times. Pause for photos of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. Stroll in the quaint village of Betws-y-Coed. Stop in Conwy and take a walk through the narrow medieval streets to see the smallest house in Britain. Tour the walls and battlements of 13th-century Caernarfon Castle (B, D)

Day 6 Llangollen & Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon
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 (B)

Day 7 Cotswolds & Windsor Castle
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 and enjoy lunch on your own. Tour Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences, to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. Then take a brief stroll around the compact and historic town of Windsor with a local guide. Spend your evening independently. (B)

Day 8 Tour Ends in Windsor
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
Map
All This Included
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.
  • Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person
Highlights
  • Mighty Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of the castles throughout Wales. Begun in 1283 by Edward I, Caernarfon was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and palace. Explore its huge walls and towers as you learn about its history and use from your guide.
  • Cardiff Castle is one of Wales' leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital, Cardiff Castle's walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history.
  • Around Britain's only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water. See extensive remains and a Roman museum of international significance as well as the 18th century Regency influence
  • The present cathedral, built by Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, is at least the fourth to have stood on the site. It was built between 1675 and 1710 and services began in 1697. See the breathtaking view of the Nave and the many treasures contained within the walls of the cathedral.
  • This carefully restored 16th century half-timbered house in Stratford-upon-Avon is where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years. See an exhibition on Shakespeare and his times before walking through the house, now restored to look at it would have been in his day.
  • Snowdonia is the mountainous region in North Wales with Mount Snowdon being the highest peak. A narrow-gauge rail trip is fun and will show you some of the glorious mountain scenery.
  • Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in Britain. The circle of vast monoliths date from about 3,100 B.C. and are built from bluestone, sarson and Welsh sandstone. It is aligned with the summer solstice and is believed to have been built for lunar and solar worship.
  • Founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, the tower has played an important part in English history for the past millennium. See the White Tower, dating from 1078, view the priceless Crown Jewels and learn about all the monarchs associated with the Tower.
Accommodations
London: Doubletree by Hilton London West End
Cardiff: Park Plaza Cardiff
Caernarfon: Celtic Royal Hotel
Stratford: Mercure Shakespeare Hotel
Windsor: Macdonald Windsor Hotel
Notes
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