United Kingdom Touring Vacations
Tinturn Abbey (left), Harlech Castle and Conway Castle
WALES DISCOVERED TOUR
YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE THIS TOUR
4 DAYS -
Wales is a country of outstanding natural beauty with varied landscapes. Long popular with British holidaymakers, the many charms of Wales are becoming better known internationally. Along with the spectacular scenery, Wales has a vibrant culture specializing in male-voice choirs, poetry and a real passion for team sports, especially Rugby. Wales is a country with its own distinct Celtic culture. With the 4 day tour example of Wales you see below all the major places of interest are seen in that 4-day tour. You can extend this tour to incorporate more of Southern Wales including: Cardiff, the Brecon Beacons, St David's, coastline drives and outstanding Powis Castle.
Day 1 Castle Combe, visit this wonderful Cotswold village, a real filmmakers dream. The parish church of St Andrew's complete with 15th century clock and burials of Crusader knights. Bath, the world heritage city with more listed buildings than London. See the Roman Baths and museum with hot springs, which have drawn people to this city for two millennia. We drive over the Seven Road Bridge one of the engineering marvels of the 20th century. We are now in the proud Nation of Wales; we snake our way through the beautiful Wye Valley to Tintern Abbey. The Abbey is one of the finest relics of the monastic age. These romantic ruins stand in the heart of the Wye valley surrounded by wooded hillsides. Lunch in the Wye valley. Raglan Castle, a moated fortress with massive hexagonal keep, the views of the countryside are breathtaking.
Ludlow, one of Britain's loveliest towns. Harmonious mix of medieval, Tudor, and Georgian buildings. The perfect place for afternoon tea in traditional English tearooms. The town has a great 11th century castle rivalled by the huge 15th century church. Poet A.E Housman is buried in the churchyard. Shrewsbury, this historic fortress town, built to guard Welsh borders, attractive alleys ways and Georgian terraces. We drive the through the mountains to our north Wales retreat. Overnight: North Wales.
Day 2 Tour north Wales: Conwy, one of the best-preserved medieval fortified towns in Britain with battlemented walls, narrow gateways, and the frowning bulk of King Edward I's great castle. Walk the walls of this castle and town. Beaumaris, elegant little town dominated by castle built by King Edward I's. Moated fortress whose outer walls boast 16 towers. Caernarfon, walled town of narrow streets lined with ancient houses, shops and inns. Craggy mountains, steep valleys and jewels like lakes make up Snowdonia National Park. Snowdon highest mountain in Wales. We can reach the summit by railway, still using Victorian engines. On a clear day you can see the peaks of the English Lake District. Return to your hotel via the Swallow falls and mountain passes. Overnight: North Wales.
Day 3 Bodnant Gardens The finest garden in Wales, renown for its lily ponds, Italianate terraces, and remarkable collection of rhododenrons. Stunning views of the Snowdonia. Betws-y-Coed, delightful village with waterfalls and beauty spots, perfect for our Lunch stop. Tour through the mountains to the coast. Then suddenly we see the view of formidable Harlech Castle. The towers raise 200ft on a rocky spur above sand dunes, truly magnificent. Portmeirion, a fantasy village created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis in the late 1920's. fountains, statues, waterfalls and buildings of all different styles, it is really quiet amazing. Lunch can be pre-arranged at the exclusive hotel in the village (with lovely views of the bay) return to Hotel via the valley's. Overnight: North Wales.
Day 4 Take the coastal road to Chester, famous for their two-tiered shopping arcades dating from medieval times. Roman walls surround the town. This is a perfect stop for Lunch and shopping. The journey to the Peak District National Park is absolutely awe-inspiring. We see the patchwork countryside that makes English countryside famous. caves, Iron Age hill top forts, and delightful towns and villages characterise this region. Chatsworth House, the palatial stately home of the Dukes of Devonshire. Featuring the grandest of landscaped gardens with maze, sunken gardens, secluded walks, and the 290ft jet of the emperor fountain. Bakewell, a handsome market town. Home of the Bakewell Tart, tasting at the bakery is essential. Stamford, with fine Tudor and Georgian town houses, nearby is Burghley House. The grandest Elizabethan House in the Country, see the Deer park and time permitting the interior with rare furniture and 400 old master paintings. Nearby by is Fotheringhay. Now a tranquil riverside village, a grassy mound marks the site of the castle in which Mary, Queen of Scots was executed in 1587. An early evening meal in Stamford is recommended before our return to London.
Cost is per car not per person and include: The services of your professional authorised Blue Badge driver/guide with luxury people carrier with air-con front and back, local tax, parking, complimentary mineral water, newspaper, tour planning for vacations and theatre booking if required. Please remember only Blue Badge driver guides are authorised to give guided tours inside the many of the great churches, museums and castles around Britain. Guides gratuity is at your discretion.
Cost for extended vacations is based on a daily rate and number of persons touring.
Qualify for Winter* rates when you book two full day tours in and around London. Offer not to include period starting 20th of December to the 2nd of January. Touring on the 24th/25th/26th /31st of December/1st January will incur a £150 per day surchange.
- For up to 2 people, per day cost: £350 GBP including guides overnight expenses.
- For up to 4 people, per day cost: £450 GBP including guides overnight expenses.
- For up to 6 people, per day cost: £550 GBP including guides overnight expenses.
Entrance fees are not included. Example of entrance fees: The Tower of London: £13.50 for adults, £37.50 for family (2+3) The British Museum: FREE, Natural History Museum: FREE, Science Museum: FREE, Shakespeares Globe: £8.00 for adults, £24.00 for family (2+3) London Eye: £11.50 Westminster Abbey £7.50 for adults, £15.00 for family. Windsor Castle: £12.00 for adults, £30.00 for families (2+3)
How to pay and cancellation
We accept Visa, Mastercard Or Cash. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will incur the full cost of tour. Cancellations with less than 14 days notice will incur 50% of full cost of tour.
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