WALES & THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – Some of the most beautiful scenery in all of England will be found on the first few days of our tour. Stonehenge, with its huge monoliths that are said to have been built over 4,500 years ago. Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, the Cotswolds, with its gentle hills, pretty cottages and colorful gardens and Wales, a place where folklore abounds. Wales isn’t big and grand – its wee corners and crannies are what is special about it. It’s a green, watery country – its rivers, hills and coastline are unforgettable.
When visiting Wales, it feels like you’re coming home – even if you’re not Welsh by origin.
LONDON – A visit to London is more than a visit to a key European city. It’s an encounter with a living, breathing entity in its own right. The Changing of the Guard, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Square – all sites you have heard about. A city full of the character and personality of having been around for nearly 2,000 years. It’s a city of extremes, where dives and luxury coexist almost side-by-side. And where modern and medieval know no boundaries. While in London, enjoy incredible theater, wonderful restaurants, and great shopping …
The option of extending your stay in London on your own for an additional 2 days and return on Sunday
- Round-trip transportation from Montauk & East Hampton to departure airport
- Round-trip jet flights to London
- Round-trip transfers between airport and hotels
- Accommodations in outstanding hotels
- Airline & hotel taxes
- Service charges at the hotel
- Daily breakfast
- Additional meals as indicated
- Sightseeing tour as per itinerary
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Welcome dinner at a local Welsh restaurant
- Special London farewell dinner cruise on the Themes River
Day 1: Friday, April 22: Depart for London
Depart late this evening for England.
Day 2, Saturday, April 23: To London, Stonehenge and onwards to Cardiff, Wales (D)
Arrival in London and after clearing Customs and Immigrations, we board our coach and depart for the Salisbury Plain to view the huge monoliths of Stonehenge, and in the interpretive Visitor’s Center, where we learn about how they were built 4,500 years ago and how people moved huge blocks of stone with primitive tools. Leaving Stonehenge, we depart for Wales and our accommodations and dinner in Cardiff.
Day 3, Sunday, April 24: In Cardiff, Wales (B)
After breakfast, we meet our guide for a panoramic tour of the capital’s prosperous past and present. Cruise past landmarks like Millennium Stadium; admire the city’s impressive Civic Buildings; and gaze at the modern new Bay area. This is followed by a visit to Cardiff Castle that looks over the city center and surrounded by the idyllic Bute Park. Cardiff Castle is one of the capital’s most visited tourist attractions. Spanning an incredible 2,000 years of the city’s illustrious history, the castle has been variously, a Roman Garrison, a Norman Stronghold, a Second World War hideout and, most recently, the fairytale medieval home of the Marquess of Bute. Inside, the opulent furnishings bring to life the work of architect William Burges whose 1866 refurbishments feature dramatic murals, intricate stained glass fittings and tasteful gilding. Each room is exquisite, with themes ranging from ‘Mediterranean’ to ‘Arabian’ and never failing to incite gasps from the crowd. Return to our hotel where we have the afternoon on our own. Maybe explore the underground WWII tunnels or visit the iconic 12th century Llandaff Cathedral. For “Dr Who” fans, take an optional tour of all the Doctor Who filming sites. Cruise by the American cafe, where the Doctor often meets up with his friends and see places frequented by Captain Jack Harkness from the Torchwood Institute, an extraterrestrial-fighting team. See the Face of Boe, a fictional character ‘played’ by a huge mechanical head and pass by Amy’s and Rory’s houses, two of the Doctor’s trusted sidekicks.
Day 4, Monday, April 25: In Cardiff, Wales (B/L)
We start our day with a visit to the Big Pit, National Mining Museum and its award winning and unique tour, as we experience what it’s like to descend into the depths of an actual mine to experience the life of a Welsh miner and how this mine became the start of the Industrial Revolution over 100 years ago as well as how it resulted in the nearby town of Blaenavon becoming a World Heritage Site. Then continue to beautiful Brecon National Park with its landscape shaped by glaciers that created the famous rolling green hills, sandstone peaks, mountain lakes and cascading waterfalls of Wales. We end the morning tour in Brecon with its cozy little streets and a visit to its famed Cathedral. This is followed by lunch at a local pub and some time to explore the town on our own. Or shop at the indoor market and handicraft shops before returning to Cardiff and our overnight.
Day 5, Tuesday, April 26: To Stratford-upon-Avon and London (B)
We leave Wales and travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, 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. Our tour includes an exclusive visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace before we continue to London and check into our hotel. In the evening, try some of London’s newer restaurants.
Day 6, Wednesday, April 27: In London (B)
We depart after our filling English breakfast for a full morning to experience London’s West End, including a look at Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Square and a guided tour of Westminster Abbey. An architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries, it presents a unique pageant of British history – the shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the tombs of kings and queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great. It has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 CE, as well as for numerous other royal occasions. Afterwards you can be dropped off in the area or return via our motor coach to the hotel. Lunch on our own. The afternoon is free to explore this most cosmopolitan of cities on your own. Maybe visit some of the museums that reign in London. For modern works, check out the Southwark’s Tate Modern; the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square showcases an impressive array of artists, such as Van Eyck. When it comes to performance art, London is a leader – and many of the city’s theaters are congregated together in the neighborhoods around Covent Garden. But Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, one of London’s main attractions and the most well-known theater, is located in South Bank and still performs Shakespeare’s plays in period dress.
Day 7, Thursday, April 28: In London – Free Day (B/D)
A free day to explore London. London is a world-class city, filled with enough attractions to pique even the pickiest traveler’s interest. There’s Piccadilly Circus for its flashing lights, Big Ben for its stately grandeur, the London Eye Ferris wheel for its soaring views, and so on. Those interested in British history tend to enjoy the Imperial War Museum, the Churchill War Rooms and the British Museum, Shopaholics will meet their match along Oxford High Street and in Knightsbridge. The city’s high-end trinity is made up of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. For cheaper price tags, look in Marks & Spencer or Topshop. Enjoy Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the London Zoo. In the evening we will have a special “Farewell to England” as we cruise on the Thames river and view monuments and sites once the sun sets. We’ll pass beneath many of the most beautiful bridges and enjoy a wonderful dinner watching the glittering London skyline.
Day 8, Friday, April 29 To JFK (B)
Transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Note for those who want to stay longer in London:
A limited number of travelers can avail themselves of this deviation for a supplement fee of $85. Return must be from London there is no transportation included from the airport back home and confirmation is dependent if same class of service being open.
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OUR HOTELS (or similar)
In Cardiff – The Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Located in the city center on St Mary Street, the first-class Clayton Cardiff hotel has nicely furnished rooms 216 rooms. The hotel features a bar, restaurant and fitness center.
In London – The Copthorne Tara Hotel Kensington
Located in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the 4-star Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington offers an extremely convenient location, with easy access to many shops and restaurants, as well as to the popular districts of Knightsbridge and Notting Hill. Situated in a quiet residential corner, just minutes from High Street Kensington, this hotel is perfectly situated for guests wishing to visit some of the British capital’s greatest attractions. Nearby places of interest include Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace. The hotel offers comfortable guest rooms, 24-hour room service, wi-fi, a fitness center, a great bar and restaurants and of course, English breakfast.
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