10 Day Southern England & Wales

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10 Day Southern England & Wales
DoubleTree by Hilton London Islington London
Mercure Stratford Shakespeare Stratford-Upon-Avon
Clayton Hotel Cardiff Cardiff
Jurys Inn Plymouth Plymouth

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 18  (Sold Out) $2649* $1899
$2569* $1999
$2359* $1789
$2369* $1689
$2349* $1789

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This fast-paced trip covers a good amount of ground each day. We can spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking.

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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for England
Depart for England

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in London
Arrive in cosmopolitan London; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore all of the delights of this sophisticated and energetic city. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and briefing on the extraordinary tour of Southern England & Wales that lies ahead
Overnight: London

DAY 3, Sunday - London City Tour
Today, discover the history, pageantry and sights of the city with a half day tour of London's West End. Begin with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and parks. Pass Harrods store and continue to view Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the famous Big Ben. Continue to view Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Your tour ends in the heart of town to explore this afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, join the optional tour to visit the Tower of London, a former fortress and Royal Palace that has witnessed 1,000 years of history including a viewing the Crown Jewels. The optional tour also features a scenic cruise on the Thames River, viewing highlights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, the mighty Shard of Glass and St. Pauls Cathedral
Optional: Tower of London & Thames River Cruise (PM)
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Windsor Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon
On your drive toward London, stop to visit Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the world, home to over 39 monarchs in the last 1,000 years. You will tour the splendidly furnished State Apartments that include art from the Royal Collection. Or, if the Queen is in residence, you will visit St. George's Chapel with its resplendent ceilings and Royal Tombs. Continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, a thriving market town on the River Avon. The town is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, England's greatest poet and playwright. You will visit Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley Street, followed by a view of Anne Hathaway's cottage. Enjoy some free time to explore. Later this evening, dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Oxford University
Morning drive through the pretty Cotswolds region of outstanding natural beauty, characterised by attractive small towns and thatched villages of yellow Cotswold stone made prosperous by the historic wool trade. Visit Blenheim Palace. This birthplace of Winston Churchill and home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough is a true masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture that was built in celebration of the English victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim. Time to enjoy this glorious UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on over 2,000 acres with stunning formal gardens. Next, travel to the university town of Oxford, housing the second oldest university in the world. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are renowned for some of the finest architecture in Europe. View Christchurch, used in many of the Harry Potter movies, with its impressive landmark tower designed by Chistopher Wren. Return to Stratford-upon-Avon for an evening at leisure. Tonight, choose the optional dinner at a local pub in town
Optional: Local Pub Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Bath, Cardiff
Travel to the charming city of Bath, founded by the Romans as a thermal spa. Admire the Georgian architecture of the imposing 18th century terraced houses of the Royal Crescent, graceful Poultney Bridge and the preserved 2,000-year-old Roman Baths with its natural mineral springs. The drive then takes you to the bustling port city of Cardiff, capital of Wales. Get acquainted with Cardiff, one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. View remarkable 2,000-year-old Cardiff Castle, once a Roman Fort that was converted into an impressive Norman castle and then a Victorian Gothic home for the rich and famous. View the modern Welsh Parliament building, the National Museum and tranquil Alexandra Gardens. Tonight enjoy an evening of traditional Welsh entertainment and a hearty meal
Overnight: Cardiff
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Glastonbury, Plymouth
This morning stop in the small Somerset town of Glastonbury brimming with history, myths and colorful legends of King Arthur. It is believed that King Arthur is buried in the Glastonbury medieval Abbey, an early center of pilgrimage. Now, this new age city with its bohemian culture is known primarily for its annual music festival. Then continue to Plymouth, a city in Devon, where the Rivers Plym and Tamar flow into the bay of Plymouth Sound creating a perfect natural harbor. Stop at Plymouth's Mayflower Steps, a commemoration built close to the site where the Mayflower departed in 1620 to North America. Next, choose to take the optional relaxing boat trip round Plymouth harbour and the Royal Navy Dockyard, one of Europe's largest. Commentary is provided as you view coastline vistas of the Plymouth Hoe and out into Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar. Tonight, dinner in Plymouth
Optional: Scenic & Naval Harbour Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Plymouth
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Excursion to Cornwall
Your day begins with a journey along the picturesque Cornish coast dotted with quiet coves and quaint villages to Cornwall. Here view mighty St. Michael's Mount near Penzance, the jewel in Cornwall's crown; it is steeped in both legend and folklore. This spectacular castle perched atop a granite crag dates from the 14th century. Stop in the trendy artist's town of St. Ives before heading back to Plymouth for overnight
Overnight: Plymouth
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Salisbury, Stonehenge, London
This morning travel to Salisbury Cathedral where you view a copy of the Magna Carta, signed in 1215 by King John and land barons of medieval England. After time for lunch, on your own, visit the most mysterious prehistoric monument in the world, Stonehenge; named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the middle of the Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge is unique among stone circles and its construction still defies belief. The first stone was placed here 5,000 years ago with the structure finally completed 1,400 years later. Continue on to London and arrive early evening. Enjoy free time tonight for last minute shopping, theatre going or dining at some of the city's chic restaurants
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Depart England
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Featured Hotels

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Optional Tours

This afternoon visit the Tower of London, a former fortress and Royal Palace that has witnessed 1000 years of history most notoriously as a prison. Now the Crown Jewels are kept here and you will have a viewing of these, as well as seeing the iconic Tower Bridge. Also included is a scenic cruise on the Thames River, viewing highlights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, the mighty Shard of Glass and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Drop off details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

*In the event of adverse weather the cruise might not operate.

Day #3 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $80.00
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While in the birthplace of William Shakespeare head into town for a hearty meal. Enjoy dinner at a traditional local pub, with other members of the group who choose to attend.

Day #5 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $65.00
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At Pylmouth Sound the tour departs from where the Mayflower departed in the early 17th century. Cruise through Plymouth Sound with the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts on each side. During the cruise your captain will provide commentary throughout.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $20.00
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