England and Wales Tour

Before departing from Manchester visit the best places from London and Wales.

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive London

    Meals: None Upon arrival at the airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by your representative and privately transferred to your central London hotel. Overnight: The Milestone Hotel.
  • Day 2: London

    Meals: Breakfast This morning, an expert local guide and chauffeur will be waiting to meet you for a full day sightseeing tour of London. You will start by visiting the Tower of London, home of the 'Beefeaters' where you will see the dazzling Crown Jewels. You will also gain excellent views of Tower Bridge from the medieval palace. Proceed to St. Paul's Cathedral, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. Head along the south bank of the River Thames, and enjoy a ride on the London Eye, from the top of which you will gain spectacular views of the city. Cross over to Westminster to the Houses of Parliament, of which Big Ben is one of the iconic symbols of England. Next visit Westminster Abbey, the national church of England that has been the scene of many state occasions including the Queen's Coronation. Continue down Whitehall and past Downing Street to Trafalgar Square, where the National Gallery of Art is overshadowed by Nelson's Column. Finally return to your hotel driving past Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in London. The staterooms of the palace may be visited in August and September. Overnight: The Milestone Hotel.
  • Day 3: Windsor Castle and Hampton Court

    Meals: Breakfast This morning, you will meet your driver-guide for a full day excursion west along the River Thames. First visit Hampton Court Palace which became a favorite royal residence after being confiscated by Henry VIII from Cardinal Wolsey in the 16th century. In the company of a Tudor courtier, visit the Great Hall and the Tudor kitchens, and see the Royal Tennis Court on which King Henry played. You will also see the ornamental gardens, with its infamous maze, as well as the largest vine in England. Travel to Windsor through Runnymede Meadow, where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215. On arrival you will then tour Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen's favorite residence. Subject to opening restrictions, you may see the State Apartments, St. George's Chapel and Queen Mary's Doll's House. You will also gain excellent views of Eton College from the castle ramparts. Overnight: The Milestone Hotel
  • Day 4: London – Oxford – The Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast This morning, you will meet your driver-guide, who will be waiting with your private vehicle to take you on a full day journey into the English countryside. You will head first to Oxford, home to England's oldest university, where you may take a walk through the impressive buildings that are still home to the university's main ceremonial and educational functions. You will then proceed to Woodstock, stopping at Blenheim Palace for a tour. This home of the Duke of Marlborough, designed by the architect Vanbrugh, was the birthplace of wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill. A vast park, landscaped by Capability Brown, surrounds the palace. Afterwards you will continue to your hotel in the delightful English village of Lower Slaughter. Overnight: Lower Slaughter Manor.
  • Day 5: The Cotswolds Villages

    Meals: Breakfast Your driver-guide will lead you on an excursion to the Cotswold Hills, regarded as one of the most quintessentially English parts of the country. You will see the famed cottages and villages built out of the honey-coloured limestone that is so characteristic of the region in places such as Chipping Campden, Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water. You may also make an appointment to view works of art and antiques in the renowned galleries of Broadway and Stow-on-the-Wold. This part of the world is also renowned for its traditional English pubs and tea rooms. Take time to enjoy a pint of local ale with a Ploughman's lunch, or try an afternoon cream tea in quaint old-fashioned surroundings. Overnight: Lower Slaughter Manor.
  • Day 6: The Cotswolds - Stratford - Warwick - York

    Meals: Breakfast Your driver-guide will lead you on a full day journey north. You will first stop in Stratford-upon-Avon, the market town that is revered as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Tour Shakespeare's birthplace in the town centre, and visit Ann Hathaway's Cottage in the nearby village of Shottery. You may also wish to visit Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. The church lies on the banks of the Avon beyond the world-famous theatre. Continue your journey along the highway to York, where you will be confirmed for 2 nights at Middlethorpe Hall. Overnight: Cedar Court Hotel.
  • Day 7: York

    Meals: Breakfast You will have a day with your driver-guide to explore one of the most historic English cities. You will visit York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral north of the Alps, and browse around the stores of the quaint streets including the Shambles. You may also walk on the ancient walls that circle the city. This afternoon, you may prefer to take an excursion into the countryside surrounding York. Castle Howard is a fine mansion in the hills to the east of the city. With its large landscape garden, it was used as the setting for the television adaptation of 'Brideshead Revisited'. Overnight: Cedar Court Hotel
  • Day 8: York – Yorkshire Dales – Lake Ullswater

    Meals: Breakfast After breakfast, meet your private vehicle and driver-guide for your onward tour through the Yorkshire Dales and into the Lake District. Your journey takes you across the Yorkshire Dales via Wensleydale, and the market towns of Middleham and Hawes, where the famous Wensleydale Cheese creamery is located. There will be an opportunity to visit Middleham Castle, a 12th century motte and bailey fortification and a favourite home of the infamous King Richard III. The James Herriot books about the Yorkshire veterinarian were set in the area around nearby Hawes. Your driver will stop en route for you to take lunch at leisure. During the afternoon, continue across the country into the Lake District National Park where you will check into your hotel. Nestled in twelve acres of private gardens and woodland on the shore of stunningly beautiful Lake Ullswater and surrounded by magnificent fells, Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility with superb views of the spectacular Ullswater landscape. Overnight: Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel.
  • Day 9: The Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast Today, join your driver-guide for a full day excursion through this beautiful corner of England. Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery of the region on your way to Hawkshead, close to Lake Windermere. Hawkshead is a small village with attractive alleyways and squares. Hawkshead has literary associations and you may like to visit either Wordsworth's Grammar School or the Beatrix Potter Gallery here. From here continue northwards up to Grasmere where you will visit Dove Cottage. Built in the early 17th century, the cottage served as an inn for some 170 years before closing and then becoming home to William Wordsworth in 1799 for nine years. It was here that Wordsworth wrote some of his most famous poetry and his sister, Dorothy, wrote her journals. Overnight: Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel.
  • Day 10: Lake Ulluswater - Chester

    Meals: Breakfast Leave Ullswater this morning and head south with your driver-guide. You may stop at Levens Hall, a fine Elizabethan manor house that boasts one of the finest topiary gardens in England. From here continue past the industrial cities of Liverpool and Manchester to Chester. On arrival in Chester, take a walking tour of the city centre. Chester is the only town in England to preserve a complete circuit of medieval walls, from which you can walk and see the site of the Roman amphitheatre. Inside the walls, you may visit the colourful sandstone cathedral, and browse along the medieval half-timbered shopping arcades called The Rows. Overnight: Chester Grosveno.
  • Day 11: North Wales – Snowdonia

    Meals: Breakfast Today, your driver-guide will lead you on a full day excursion into North Wales. You will head west to the fortified town of Conway, where you will see the impressive town walls and ruined castle. You will then travel along the Vale of Conway into Snowdonia National Park, where you will drive over some breathtaking scenery. The Llanberis Pass will take you down to Caernarfon, where Edward I's sizeable castle dominates this largely Welsh-speaking town. Time permitting; you may visit the Italianate village of Portmeirion. This 'ideal village' was created by architect Clough Williams Ellis to demonstrate how people should be able to live in beautiful surroundings. It is possible to arrive at the village by a miniature steam train on the Ffestiniog railway, one of the small trains built to carry slate from the surrounding mountains down to the ports. Overnight: Chester Grosvenor.
  • Day 12: Depart Manchester to Kathmandu

    Meals: Breakfast Today you will be privately transferred to Manchester airport for your departure flight to Kathmandu.

Overview

Most visitors to Great Britain arrive in London, the capital of the United Kingdom and a global financial centre. Its wealth of sites, stores, restaurants and theatres is world famous, offering the visitor countless iconic attractions to explore. The surrounding countryside of Southern England has a gentle landscape with country lanes, rolling hills and shimmering fenlands interspersed with historic cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Bath. The southern coast stretching down to Cornwall is known for its picturesque towns, beaches and resorts. Further afield, Northern England and Wales boast historic towns, moorlands, dramatic coastlines and majestic National Parks. The largest park is the Lake District, which incorporates a landscape of jagged mountains, shimmering lakes and charming villages. Wales is a land of contrasts; often known as ‘the land of castles’, it contains some of the most varied scenery in Europe. Discover its rich historic culture based around the sensual Welsh language.

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