Welsh Escape with London


  • 7 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

tour : KAWX

Overview

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Escape to Great Britain for six nights on a guided tour of Wales and London in the off-season, which means fewer crowds and better prices! Begin in Manchester, England, and explore North Wales on your way to Caernarvon where Charles, Prince of Wales was crowned. Take in the spectacular views while driving over Llanberis Pass and through Snowdonia National Park. Arrive in the lovely village of Betws-y-Coed and stay overnight in the picturesque Llangollen where poets and musicians converge each year. Experience the beauty of Wales with its quintessential hills, forests, and moors, and visit Brecon Beacons National Park, home of the Welsh mountain ponies. Take an orientation drive through Cardiff and visit Cardiff Castle to discover 2,000 years of amazing history. Your 2-night stay in the Wales capital include a visit to open-air National Museum of History in St. Fagans, as well as free time to explore charming Cardiff on your own. Embark across the Prince of Wales Bridge into England for a visit to the mysterious Stonehenge. Arrive in London for a free evening to enjoy a West End show or local pub. Guided sightseeing in London includes the legendary landmarks of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River. See Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards, Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Crown your trip with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Escape with this affordable off-season guided vacation in Wales and London without the crowds!

Highlights

MANCHESTER
Welcome dinner
NORTH WALESExcursion to Caernarvon, Snowdonia, and Betws-y-Coed
BUILTH WELLSVisit the market town
BRECON BEACONSScenic drive through the national park in South Wales
CARDIFFOrientation, guided tour of Cardiff Castle, visit LF St Fagans National Museum of History
STONEHENGEVisit the prehistoric monument
LONDONGuided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral

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2020 Tour itinerary

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Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners

ARRIVE IN MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Day
1

Check into your hotel. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MANCHESTER–CAERNARVON, WALES–BETWS-Y-COED–LLANGOLLEN

Day
2

Explore North Wales on the way to Caernarvon where the castle saw the investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales. Drive over spectacular Llanberis Pass and through Snowdonia National Park to the pretty village of Betws-y-Coed. Your overnight destination is picturesque Llangollen, home of an annual international contest for poets and musicians.
Today’s Distance: 160 mi / 258 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LLANGOLLEN–BUILTH WELLS–CARDIFF

Day
3

A day dedicated to the splendor of mid Wales with its rolling hills, open moorland and forests. Stop in the pretty market town of Builth Wells before you head south through Brecon Beacons National Park, land of salmon rivers and the Welsh mountain pony. In Cardiff, an orientation drive features all the major attraction and a guided tour of CARDIFF CASTLE reveals its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts over the past 2,000 years. Later, you may choose to join an optional excursion with dinner and entertainment at a local pub.
Today’s Distance: 139 mi / 223 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CARDIFF

Day
4

This morning’s main highlight is a visit to the LF open-air NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY in St. Fagans, where you will see many historic buildings brought from all over Wales and learn about the architecture, culture and lifestyle of the Welsh people. Back in Cardiff, time on your own to explore the Welsh capital this afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CARDIFF–STONEHENGE, ENGLAND–LONDON

Day
5

Cross the spectacular Prince of Wales Bridge into England to visit the intriguing prehistoric monument of STONEHENGE. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. After returning to London in the afternoon, how about taking in one of London’s West End theater shows?
Today’s Distance: 176 mi / 284 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LONDON

Day
6

After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities. Later, how about an optional farewell dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LONDON

Day
7

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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