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  1. Days 1 Arrival and Rail to Cardiff

    After arriving in to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports, validate your Britrail Passes and travel by rail to the vibrant Welsh capital city of Cardiff. Drop your bags at your hotel begin by wandering the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays Park, home to the national museum and gallery of Wales, the Victorian market and shopping arcades or tour the famous Millennium Stadium home of the Welsh national rugby team. Not to be missed is the city's magnificent centrepiece at Cardiff Castle which combines Roman walls and Norman tower with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Journey details: 20 minutes to London (via Gatwick/ Heathrow Express) followed by 2 hours to Cardiff (approx.)*

  2. Day 2 Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey Excursion

    Today is dedicated to exploring rural South Wales which is more difficult to reach by rail alone. Meet your local guide and tour group for a journey to take you away from the bright lights of Cardiff deep in to the scenic Wye Valley. ON your journey we’ll make various stops to take in beautiful forest vistas, charming Welsh market towns and enchanting historic sites ; we’ll pause at the elegant ruins of Tintern Abbey, which once inspire Wordsworth, and stop at one of the magnificent medieval fortresses which dot the Welsh borders region. Please note: on some days an alternative tour to the Gower Peninsula or the Brecon Beacons may substituted.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Shakespeare's Stratford and Warwick Castle

    Today, take the rails through the Welsh border Marches and into the heart of England to arrive in vibrant city of Birmingham which will be your base for two days. As England’s central rail hub, there are plenty of options for places to visit from here; make the short journey South to the medieval market town of Warwick to see the imposing Warwick Castle or visit Stratford-upon-Avon, a picturesque, town of Tudor timberwork buildings, abundant in heritage sites dedicated to its most famous resident the great bard himself, William Shakespeare.

    Overnight: Birmingham (Central England Rail Hub)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours (approx.)*

  4. Day 4 Oxford and Oxford University

    Dedicate today to visiting the medieval university town of Oxford just over an hour by rail from your central England base; here you can soak up the unique academic ambience and explore the lawns, quads and spires of renowned Oxford University which once inspired the likes of Tolkien and Oscar Wilde. By evening return to Birmingham, itself a vibrant city with an historic town hall and cathedral and fashionable canal side bars and restaurants.

    Overnight: Birmingham (Central England Rail Hub)

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Days 5 Historic Chester and Liverpool

    Board the train Northbound to the charming city of Chester to discover the many historic sites including the medieval City walls and gate towers, the stunning excavated Roman Amphitheatre and an impressive cathedral before wandering along the unique Tudor Facaded “Rows” offering some unique boutique shopping. Time-permitting you may choose to take a short rail ride to the contrasting but equally enchanting city of Liverpool. Achieving the accolade of European City of Culture in 2008, Liverpool is a thriving destination bustling with heritage sites dedicated to its most famous residents – the Beatles.

    Overnight: Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)

  6. Day 6 North Wales Excursion

    This morning you’ll meet a local guide and join a small-group tour taking you once again over the border in to the dramatic scenery of North Wales. Your journey will take you along the coastline to the elegant Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno before heading South along the Conwy Valley and in to the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. We’ll pause for photo-stops along the way and take lunch in the honey-pot village of Betws-y-Coed before returning to the ancient village of Conwy dominated by its magnificent 13th century castle and town walls before returning West to Chester.

    Overnight: Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Rail to York and York Minster

    Hop on the train once more and head East over the rustic landscapes of the Yorkshire to the historic city of York itself. This grandiose city is home to a wealth of historic and cultural sites to explore; wander the city from the cobbles of the famous Shambles, Britain’s first shopping street, to the medieval city walls, gates and towers. The highlight of course will be exploring the gothic masterpiece at the iconic York Minster which dominates the city and marks York as the ecclesiastical capital of the North of England.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)

  8. Day 8 Explore York and Harrogate

    Today explore magnificent York in more depth; discover the city’s Viking history at the Jorvik Center, visit the opulent Georgian era townhouse at Fairfax House or see the Flying Scotsman itself at the National Railway Museum. A short train ride from York you’ll find the elegant Victorian spa town of Harrogate where you can shop in classic boutiques or take afternoon tea in one of the town’s many traditional tea-rooms. Alternatively enjoy an optional small group day-tour to either the Yorkshire Dales or Yorkshire Moors National Parks – subject to availability.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included

  9. Day 9 Rail to London and Icons of London

    Today you’ll be whisked South on the direct line to London; this will be your base for your final two nights offering you time to explore the stunning English Capital. London is a thriving metropolis with a vibrant modern culture and rich history and heritage. Explore world renowned sights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. In the East of the city you’ll find the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. By evening why not take a flight on the London Eye for spectacular views of the city skyline.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours (approx.)

  10. Day 10 London City and Museums

    Today explore London in more depth; culture vultures will delight in some of the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries including the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum. You may choose to stroll through Hyde Park to the elegant Kensington palace or simply enjoy the abundance of shopping opportunities, the city has to offer from the department stores of Oxford Street to the host of traditional street markets such as the one in Covent Garden.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  11. Day 11 Return Home

    Today bid farewell to the UK as you board the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links to take you back to your departure airport.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

What's included

  • 10 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail Flexi Passes (8 day) – Passes offer 8 separate days of travel on the British National Rail Network within a one-month period. Travel is fully flexible and completely unlimited on each day of use and will cover all outlined rail journeys including transit on the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links.
  • Our hand-picked small-group day-tours to explore more rural regions of Wales which cannot be easily reached by rail, as follows:
    • South Wales, Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey tour from Cardiff.
    • North Wales and Snowdonia Tour from Chester.
  • Admission to the following attractions on your itinerary:
    • Cardiff Castle in Cardiff
    • Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • London hop-on-hop-off bus tour to explore the city.
  • Adeo travel documents pack and suggested rail schedule information for each of your point-to-point journeys including journey durations and departure stations and travel departure times etc.
  • Toll-free calls (from USA and Canada) to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local out-of-hours number for use during travel.

Suggested accommodations

  • Lincoln House Hotel, Cardiff x 2 nights
  • Burlington Hotel, Birmingham x 2 nights
  • Queen Hotel, Chester x 2 nights
  • Hedley House Hotel, York x 2 nights
  • Mornington Hotel, London x 2 nights

 

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

 

Unless otherwise requested all suggested accommodations for our rail tours will be within walking distance or a short taxi journey from the local railway station.

Optional extras

  • Upgrade your rail passes for First Class Travel – first class carriages are available on many inter-regional services across Britain.
  • Add a small group day-tour from York or London to explore the Yorkshire Dales or Cotswolds countryside.
  • Purchase London Oyster travel cards for flexible travel around London on its underground rail network.

Customize this tour!

  • Add an extra night in York and enjoy a day-tour to the Yorkshire Moors or Dales.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours.
  • Have your own rail travel expert accompany you on your tour.

Exclusions

  • Travel on the London Underground, the Glasgow Subway rail networks – these are separate to the national rail network and your Britail Passes will not be valid.
  • Taxis / transfers from train stations to your hotels – taxis are readily available at all major train stations in the UK and hotel receptions / concierges will be happy to call local taxi firms for collection on days of departure.
  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates 2020

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

Pricing 2020

Twin/Double - from GBP £1450 per person.

Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April). As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room with one adult Britrail pass per person as specified. (Please enquire for single supplement)
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
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