- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional driver/guide
- Park Plaza Hotel Waterloo London (2 nights)
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff (1 night)
- Celtic Royal Hotel Caernarfon (2 nights)
- The Stratford Hotel (1 night)
- Macdonald Windsor Hotel (1 night)
- Full breakfast daily except on day 1
- 6 dinners
- Welcome get-together drink
- Visits, tours and admissions
- 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
7 Nights / 13 Meals
Starts in London / Ends in London
Welsh Castles & Scenery
Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
Tower of London & Crown Jewels
Train Ride in Snowdonia
8 Day Heart of Wales & England Itinerary
Day 1 : London & Welcome Dinner
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 discuss your trip with your tour director over a welcome drink and dine in your hotel.
Day 2 : City Sights & Tower of London
Today 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 and visit some of the historic towers where important historic events have taken place. You may prefer to visit Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana. The evening is free for dining on your own and there is no shortage of great restaurants.
Day 3 : Stonehenge, Bath & Cardiff Castle Banquet
Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the huge monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about their history. Next stop in Bath, popular for for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the Regency period. Take a short panoramic drive to view elegant row houses and Bath Abbey before visiting the Roman Baths & Pump Room to see many sections still preserved after two millennia. Travel into Wales for a tour around Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style castle in the 19th century. Then sit down in the Castle for a fun Welsh banquet with entertainment.
Day 4 :Train Ride & Welsh Scenery
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.
Day 5 : North Wales & Snowdonia
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.
Day 6 : Llangollen & Stratford-upon-Avon
Drive 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 for a look around the picturesque town of Bridgnorth, with attractive black and white houses. Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon for a panoramic tour around the city center and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Here you will see an exhibition about his life and work before walking through the house where he was born. Today it is furnished in the style of his time. Check in to your centrally-located hotel.
Day 7 : Cotswolds & Windsor Castle
Drive through 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 where the houses are built of local honey-colored stone. Take a walking tour through Oxford to learn about the famous colleges and see how the two communities of “town” and “gown” live. Tour Windsor Castle, one of The Queen’s official residences, to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. This is the largest inhabited castle in the world. After dinner in your hotel, take a brief stroll around the compact and historic town with a local guide.
Day 8 : Tour Ends Heathrow Airport
The tour ends after breakfast