Key Features
Tour type: Coach Tour
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Tour feature: Full sightseeing programme - no extra excursion costs!
Starting: Manchester
Ending: Windsor
Tour Highlights
Key attractions: Cardiff Castle
  1. Day 1 Manchester Arrival and Chester

    This morning, arrive in Britain and make your way to the charming English City of Chester close to the Wales border. Chester is approximately 30 miles from Manchester Airport and complimentary shared transfers can be arranged (scheduled at set times) from this location upon request. Your tour begins at 2pm when you meet your tour director for a walking tour of the medieval city of Chester, famed for its half-timbered houses and shops known as the “Rows”. With your guide, stroll along part of the city walls, view the Roman ruins and visit Chester Cathedral, which dates to 660 AD, before meeting for a welcome drink with your new group.

    Overnight: Hallmark Queen Hotel, Chester

    Meals: Dinner and Welcome Drink included

  2. Day 2 Rural North Wales and Historic Conwy

    Today cross into the ancient land of Wales and travel along the scenic Horseshoe Pass with spectacular views over the hills and mountains of Snowdonia. In rural North Wales, immerse yourself in traditional Welsh farm life as you watch trained dogs herding sheep. Moving further through Wales, we stop for photos at the small, 13 Century St Asaph’s Cathedral. Arriving into Conwy, a beautiful coastal town dominated by its spectacularly large castle and castle walls, walk through the narrow streets to view Britain’s smallest house. Finally, we drive to Caernarfon for some free time before meeting again for dinner.

    Overnight: Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  3. Day 3 Snowdonia and Mountain Steam Train Ride

    Today we begin with an unforgettable ride on a narrow-gauge steam engine to witness the stunning hills and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park. Pausing for photos of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales, we take time to look around the typical Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed. This afternoon we visit the National Slate Museum of Wales, which beautifully tells the story of the region’s industrial history, which rose to prominence in Victorian Wales.

    Overnight: Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included

  4. Day 4 Harlech Castle and Tenby

    Departing North Wales, we travel South along Wales spectacular Western coastline. Our first stop is the mighty Harlech Castle, perched high upon the rocks of Snowdonia. Harlech Castle is one of the “Iron Ring Castles” built along the Welsh coast by the English in the 13 Century and enjoys World Heritage status. Continuing South, we stop for a stroll around the beautiful Georgian town of Aberaeron, perched overlooking the Irish Sea. Finally, we arrive into the picturesque seaside town of Tenby, complete with sweeping sandy bays, a natural harbour, castle ruins and defensive town walls. Shortly after dinner, we meet to join a local guide for a walk around the town, hearing tales and traditions commonly associated with Tenby and Pembrokeshire.

    Overnight: Fourcroft Hotel, Tenby

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  5. Day 5 Lovespoon Workshop and Pembrokeshire Coast

    Driving around scenic Pembrokeshire, a region of Wales known for its rolling hills and picture-perfect coastline, we make a stop off at the family-run Lovespoon Workshop. Here, we are treated to a demonstration of the ancient Welsh tradition as these small spoons are carved from natural wood. Afterwards, we head to the imposing Pembroke Castle where we explore this 12th Century fortress, from its labyrinth of passageways to its grand towers. Our final visit on our tour of Pembrokeshire takes us to St David’s namesake of the patron saint of Wales; this tiny village receives city status owing to its impressive cathedral and bishop’s palace. Arriving back into Tenby, enjoy a free evening to explore the tangle of cobbled streets with plenty of pubs and restaurants for your evening dining.

    Overnight: Fourcroft Hotel, Tenby

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 Gower Peninsual, Penderyn Distillery and Cardiff Castle

    Today we say farewell to Pembrokeshire as we head East towards the capital of Wales, Cardiff. We pause for spectacular views of Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula. We then stop at the Mumbles, a beautiful town situated on the South Wales coast, where we enjoy free time to explore the many shops and sites of the town. Later we visit the Penderyn Distillery; a famous Welsh Whisky, at Penderyn we will see the process of whisky production and sample some of the finished product. Finally, we arrive into Cardiff for a guided tour of the city’s magnificent centrepiece at Cardiff Castle, followed by a simply unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality at a traditional banquet within the grounds of the castle itself.

    Overnight: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (at Welsh evening) included

  7. Day 7 St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life and Cardiff Bay

    On day seven of our journey we enjoy a relaxing day of sightseeing; in the morning, we travel the short distance to St Fagans, the Museum of Welsh Life, located on the outskirts of the capital in the grounds of St Fagans Castle. This living museum is home to real historic buildings from Welsh history painstakingly relocated to the site; enjoy strolling the grounds and learning about Welsh life through the ages. Leaving St Fagans, we head back to Cardiff and the modern Cardiff Bay area. Here, embark on a walking tour of the Bay seeing some of its famous buildings including the Senedd (home of the Welsh Government). Your evening is free to explore and dine independently.

    Overnight: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 Stonehenge and Windsor Castle

    Today we depart Wales; crossing the Severn Bridge back to England, we stop-off at the wonder that is Stonehenge, an iconic site which dates back more than 2000 years; you’ll have time to stroll around the stones themselves, before heading to the new interactive exhibition to learn about the mysterious history of this magnificent attraction. Continuing West, we arrive at Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. By evening, we meet for one final time for a farewell dinner and drink.

    Overnight: MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor

    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner included

  9. Day 9 Tour Ends in Windsor

    Your touring programme ends after breakfast this morning. There are transfers available to return you to Heathrow Airport however alternatively you may choose to continue exploring Windsor/London independently or make onward travel to other destinations.

    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.

Unique experiences

  • Enjoy a traditional Welsh banquet and entertainment at Cardiff Castle.
  • See many incredible Welsh castles, such as Conwy and Harlech Castle.
  • Board the Snowdonia Steam Train through the National Park.
  • Sample Welsh whisky at the Penderyn Distillery.
  • Watch a demonstration of sheepdogs in North Wales.
  • Visit English icons Windsor Castle and Stonehenge.

What's included

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation, as detailed on itinerary.
  • Full breakfast each morning.
  • All transportation by luxury motor-coach.
  • The services of your professional tour director.
  • 6 x evening dinners including: 1 x welcome dinner in Chester, Cardiff Castle Banquet Dinner in Wales and 4 x table d'hote dinners at your hotels per the itinerary.
  • Complimentary welcome drink on the first day of your tour.
  • Full Sightseeing tour programme and admissions to include:
    • Orientation tour of Cardiff
    • Walking tour of Tenby and Cardiff Bay
    • Windsor Castle
    • Stonehenge
    • Chester Cathedral
    • Harlech Castle
    • Penderyn Distillery
    • St David’s Cathedral
    • St Fagans National Museum of History
    • Snowdonia Train Ride
  • Personal headsets for walking tours
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack

Tour feature

  • This tour includes a complete sightseeing programme - there are no unexpected costs for extra excursions during your tour!
  • Accommodation is in first class hotels.
  • Leisurely pace, multiple two-night stays.

Transfers

  • Complimentary shared airport transfers (from Manchester Airport / to London Heathrow Airport) are available on the first and final days of this tour – conditions apply. Private or rail transfers are available for other times / destinations, please ask for details.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Chester/Manchester or Windsor/London or elsewhere in the UK.
  • Rail travel to Chester prior to your tour (from any other Britain destination).
  • Onward rail travel from Windsor after your tour.
  • Private Airport transfers.

Departure Dates 2017/18

We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start Date End Date Status Price
(per person)*
 
April 27, 2018
May 5, 2018
Small group ? Guaranteed
£
2155
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May 11, 2018
May 19, 2018
Small group ? Guaranteed
£
2155
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May 25, 2018
June 2, 2018
-
£
1805
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June 22, 2018
June 30, 2018
Guaranteed departure
£
1815
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July 20, 2018
July 28, 2018
-
£
1830
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August 3, 2018
August 11, 2018
Small group ? Guaranteed
£
2230
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August 17, 2018
August 25, 2018
Guaranteed departure
£
1880
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August 31, 2018
September 8, 2018
Small group ? Guaranteed
£
2200
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September 14, 2018
September 22, 2018
Small group ? Guaranteed
£
2200
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September 28, 2018
October 6, 2018
-
£
1845
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October 12, 2018
October 20, 2018
Small group ? Guaranteed
£
2130
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) for approximate costs in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.
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