This 7-night tour highlights some of the historical monuments and beautiful towns found throughout Southern England & Wales. After two nights in London, head west, visiting Stonehenge and the unique Roman City of Bath en route. Continue through Brecon Beacons National Park – an International Dark Sky Reserve – and Snowdonia National Park, the third national park to be established in Britain. Travel through the charming Cotswolds Region with its famous stone-built cottages and villages. End your tour in the shadow of Windsor Castle – official residence of the Queen, and the largest inhabited castle in the entire world.
• Panoramic Tour of Central London
• St Paul’s Cathedral
• Tower of London
• Roman Baths and Pump Room
• Cardiff Castle
• Brecon Beacons National
• Snowdonia National Park
• National Slate Museum
• Caernarfon Castle
• Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Day 1: Arrive London: St Paul’s Cathedral
Arrival at the airport to be met by your guide. Depart on a panoramic tour of central London to see many famous landmarks. The tour includes entrance to the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Dinner and overnight in the London region.
Day 2: Tower of London
Visit the Tower of London, a historic castle on the bank of the Thames, and learn about its colourful history. The Tower is home to the English Crown Jewels. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and six ravens are kept there at all times, under the guard of the Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters. It is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Ann Boleyn.
Day 3: Stonehenge and Bath
Depart London to see the huge monoliths of prehistoric Stonehenge, and learn their fascinating history in the visitor centre. Continue on to World Heritage Site City of Bath, and visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot springs that have been popular since Roman times. Travel into Wales to tour Cardiff Castle, a Victorian Gothic fantasy. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 4: Brecon Beacons – Snowdonia
In the morning, enjoy a panoramic drive around Cardiff. Travel through Brecon Beacons National Park and the beauties of rural Wales, to Snowdonia National Park. Take a narrow-gauge train-ride to admire the scenery. Dinner and overnight in the region.
Day 5: North Wales – Snowdonia
In the morning, visit the National Slate Museum and learn about the heart of the Welsh slate industry. Carry on for a photostop of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. Continue to the medieval village of Conwy to view both its large castle and the smallest house in Britain. Tour 13th century Caernarfon Castle with its polygonal towers. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Llangollen – Stratford-upon-Avon
Depart Wales, with a stop at the village of Llangollen. Continue back across the English border to enjoy the picturesque town of Bridgnorth. Continue to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, with an exhibition about his life and work. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Cotswolds – Windsor Castle
Travel through the lovely Cotswolds to stop in its jewel, the beautiful and historic village of Broadway. Continue to Oxford – ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’ – for a walking tour, then on to Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences, to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer by coach to airport for departure.