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5 Day Yorkshire, Wales and the Heart of England Tour

This tour takes you through 2,000 years of history journeying through England and Wales.  You’ll discover the Tudor buildings of Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon, the stunning panoramic countryside views of Snowdonia, the medieval Conwy Castle and the university cities of York and Cambridge with their beautiful architecture and parks.  Soak up the history, dream away in this captivating getaway and enjoy some of the best that Wales and England has to offer.




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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the delightful city of Cambridge which is home to one of the 5th best universities in the world.
  • Ironbridge named after its iron bridge, the oldest in the world and known as ‘the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’.
  • Conwy Castle is a wonderful example of a medieval fortification, built by Edward I.
  • See stunning views of the lush green countryside and moorlands in the Peak District National Park.
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon an English medieval town steeped in history and the 16th century birthplace of William Shakespeare.
  • View Chatsworth House, this lavish stately house is home to the Devonshire family and lies within the heart of the scenic Peak District.
  • Enjoy York with its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral and its surrounding glorious countryside.
  • Be in awe of the stunning Snowdonia National Park landscape, home to Wales’ highest mountain.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Stratford-Upon-Avon and Ironbridge

Day 2

Wales Conwy Castle and Snowdonia National Park

Day 3

Chatsworth House and Peak District National Park

Day 4

York and the Yorkshire Dales

Day 5

Stamford and Cambridge

Day 1

Setting off from London you’ll journey to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Here in this charming market town you’ll have time to explore the many independent shops, pubs and restaurants where’ll you’ll enjoy lunch before travelling onto your next destination.

Leaving behind Stratford you’ll continue your tour to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, the world’s first ever bridge fully made of iron built in 1779. Known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, this Shropshire village will delight with its beautiful views across the River Severn.

Heading on from Ironbridge, your next stop is the market town of Shrewsbury. Birthplace of Charles Darwin, this bustling town with its Tudor architecture will be your base for the next two nights.

Day 2

Setting off from Shrewsbury, you’ll journey to the heart of North Wales today.

Your first stop will be the medieval fortification of Conwy Castle. Built by Edward I in the 13th century, it offers amazing views from its battlements.

Leaving Conwy Castle behind, you’ll travel to the spectacular mountains and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park. Taking in the dramatic landscape of slate quarries, valleys and rugged mountains you’ll travel through the Pass of Llanberis in the shadow of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak.

Hear about the Welsh struggles for independence and the rebellious tales of Owain Glyndwr as you travel back to Shrewsbury for a comfortable night in your accommodation.

Day 3

Setting off in the morning, you’ll head northeast of Shrewsbury to the Peak District National Park. Take in the absorbing rugged moorland with wooded valleys, walled pastures and charming villages on this winding route of stunning landscapes before stopping at the picturesque village of Castleton.

Peveril Castle dominates the southern Castleton skyline and was built by William the Conqueror. Here you’ll enjoy some lunch before continuing your tour.

Chatsworth House the stately home of the Duke of Devonshire’s family is your next place to discover. Within the impressive walls of this stately home is an immense collection of furniture, neoclassical sculptures and antique paintings. The house is set within expansive parkland and backed by wooded, rocky hills rising to heather moorland.

Taking in the old industrial heartlands of northern England, your final stop of the day is the historic walled city of York, your base for the next two nights.

Day 4

Today you’ll have the choice of two options.

You can enjoy your day exploring the medieval heart of York, with its plentiful history and attractions.

Alternatively, you can take a tour with your guide on a half day travelling through the Yorkshire Dales to the historic market and spa town of Knaresborough. Knaresborough has a castle dating back to 1100 during the Norman times and a beautiful bridge crossing the River Nidd.  Enjoy some lunch before heading to some of the most impressive and remote areas of the Eastern Dales.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll spend your evening taking in the sights and sounds of York.

Day 5

Leaving lovely York behind, your first destination of the day on your journey back towards London is the town of Stamford.

Stamford is famed for its abundance of historic stone buildings. Declared as ‘the finest stone town in England’ by Sir Walter Scott, and is home to many 17th and 18th century listed buildings made from mellow limestone.

Your final stop on this wonderful tour is the iconic city of Cambridge, with its famous university founded in 1209. Climb St. Mary’s tower and take in the beautiful city skyline or why not drift along ‘the backs’ on a guided punting ride past the iconic King’s College Chapel.

‘Farewell’ Cambridge and ‘Hello’ London as you make comfortable journey back to the capital.


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover the Tudor houses of Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare
  • Marvel at the engineering of the world’s oldest Ironbridge
  • Engage in the history of Conwy Castle
  • Take in the impressive views of Snowdonia National Park
  • Wander around the magnificent stately home and gardens of Chatsworth House
  • Enjoy views of the rugged moorland of the Peak District National Park
  • Wander around the Yorkshire Dales and the market town of Knaresborough
  • Indulge in the sights and sounds of York with its museum, churches and scenic river views
  • Feast on the medieval buildings of Stamford
  • Marvel at the stunning university city of Cambridge

Important Information

Departs 09.15 am- Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
Returns 19.30pm approx.

  • Discounts for Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an expert driver-guide


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


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