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Tales of Wales & England | 8 Day Self-Drive

Tour Inclusions:

Transport

Automatic economy car with:
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • Theft protection (TP)
  • Value added tax (VAT)
  • Third party liability
  • Location service charge (LSC)

Accommodation

    • Windsor - (1 night)
    • York - (2 nights)
    • Liverpool - (1 night)
    • Cardiff  - (1 night)
    • London - (2 nights)

      Other Inclusions

      • Discount book, deluxe travel wallet with comprehensive travel documents, luggage tags and driving map.
      • Expert service from dedicated sales guide before, during and after your trip.

      Optional Extras

      Highlights:

      8 Days / 7 Nights

      Royal Family Attractions

      Warwick Castle

      Yorkshire Dales

      Liverpool, Home of the Beatles

      Cardiff City

      Stonehenge

      London City Highlights

       

      8 Day Tales of Wales & England Tour Itinerary

      Day 1 : Arrival & Windsor Castle

      Arrive at the airport where you will pick up your rental car. Drive out of the city to Windsor where you can check into you hotel. See Windsor Castle, parts of which date back to the 11th century, is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture.

      Overnight in Windsor

      Day 2 : York via Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle

      Head north. Your final destination today will be York but there are many different paths you can take to get there. If you have time to visit all of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon & Warwick Castle, we advise you to do so.

      Known for its culture and prestigious university, the historic city of Oxford lays just the other side of the Chiltern Hills from London. Enjoy a gentle walking tour with a friendly tour guide. The college featured heavily in the Harry Potter films.

      Birthplace of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language, and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. A delightful river winds its way through the town, past the beautiful Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare lies buried.

      Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the Warwick Castle transports visitors back to the Middle Ages. Release your inner warrior by immersing yourself in the mock battle preparations, feeling the weight of a medieval sword and trying on a battle helmet – or just enjoy the show if you’re not feeling energetic!

      Overnight in York

      Day 3 : Yorkshire Dales

      You will not have had time to explore yet but take the morning to go for a drive around. The Dales is a collection of river valleys and the hills among them, rising from the Vale of York westwards to the hilltops of the main Pennine watershed. Take in the beauty of the place before you return to York.

      On your return to the city, stop at Castle Howard, one of the grandest private residences in Britain. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent.

      Overnight in York

      Day 4 : Liverpool & The Beatles Story

      From York, you have a short journey to Liverpool so you may wish to spend a few hours walking around the city if you did not get a chance yesterday. You should aim to be in Liverpool by lunch time to give you some time to see Liverpool. There are lots of Beatles related stuff to see and do such as special tours and The Beatles Story.

      Located in the Fab Four's hometown of Liverpool, the award-winning Beatles Story experience is an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. See how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of worldwide fame and fortune to become the greatest band of all time.

      Overnight in Liverpool

      Day 5 : Cardiff City

      Depart Liverpool early in the morning and make your way south to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Walk around the shops of St. Davids Centre. Not far away, you’ll find Cardiff Castle and the National Museum of Cardiff. Both make for great areas to tour, should you wish to see one or both. Later on, stroll along the piers and boardwalks of Cardiff Bay where you’ll find plenty of restaurants for dinner. Head to your accommodation and settle in for the evening.

      Overnight in Cardiff

      Day 6 : Bath & Stonehenge

      This morning you will leave Cardiff to go to London. Stop off and explore Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the 18th century. Tour the Roman Baths & Pump Room (well preserved after two millennia), and view stately Regency mansions.

      Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Continue to your London hotel.

      Overnight in London

      Day 7 : London & The Royal Family

      If you have an interest in the Royal Family, take a tour of the iconic Buckingham Palace to see the London residence of the Royal family. Visit the British Museum to see Egyptian mummies and a remarkable collection of human history. Step into St. Paul’s Cathedral and marvel at the amazing interior. While you’re there, be sure to climb the dome of the cathedral in order to enjoy spectacular views across London. Fun Fact: Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral!

      Overnight in London

      Day 8 : Return Home

      Check out of your hotel, make your way to the airport and return home.

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