- 4-day tour from London to North Wales and the heart of England
- Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and see what inspired Shakespeare to write his masterpieces
- Discover the beautiful Peak District and visit the small town of Buxton
- Visit Snowdonia National Park, home to Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon
- Explore the historic cities of York and Cambridge
- Enjoy three nights in 3-star accommodation in Chester and York
- Small-group tour ensures personalized attention from your English-speaking guide
What You Can Expect
On your second day, visit Wales and the beautiful castle of Conwy; Snowdonia National Park, home to the highest mountain in Wales; Trefriw, a small spa village; and Llanberis, a famous destination for sportsmen interested in outdoor activities.
Continue through the Peak District, a region of stunning panoramic landscapes, where you'll visit the small town of Buxton, and then head to the gorgeous Chatsworth House.
Spend your final evening in the beautiful city of York. Explore its quaint cobblestone streets and see its magnificent monastery (St Mary's Abbey), and, of course, York Minster. Finally, stop in historic Cambridge on your way back to London.
Please note: Breakfast is included in your accommodation and you'll have enough free time to enjoy lunch and dinner independently at your own expense.
From London, you will head first to Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Explore the beautiful, rural village and trace the playwright’s famous footsteps. Have lunch here (at own expense) and continue your tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge -- home to the first iron bridge in the world.
Then, make your way a bit closer to the Welsh border, to the city of Chester, where you’ll spend two nights in your choice of a bed-and-breakfast or hotel. Have free time to eat dinner in Chester (at own expense).
Day 2: Chester -- Wales -- Chester (B)
After breakfast (included), you'll have free time in the morning to explore more of Chester, whose cathedral is worth a visit. It was built in 1541 on an ancient temple site of the Druids and is a jewel of medieval architecture.
In the late morning, your guide will lead you across the Welsh border into Northern Wales. Visit the castle of Conwy, which was built by Edward I and is an excellent example of a picture-book medieval castle.
After lunch in Conwy (own expense), move on to Snowdonia National Park. Take a look at the impressive Dinorwic slate quarry, and admire Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain. Then head to the small spa village of Trefriw, where you can enjoy free time before passing the village of Llanberis.
Return to Chester in the early evening and have dinner there in one of the various restaurants (at own expense).
Day 3: Chester -- Peak District -- York (B)
After breakfast (included), your last day begins in the Peak District with its spectacular landscape -- perfect for photos! Visit the small town of Buxton with its stunning opera house and try some of the clear mineral water that the village is famous for.
Stop at Chatsworth House, seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and the setting for the hit Jane Austen film adaption -- Pride and Prejudice. Choose to either visit the house (own expense) and admire its fine collection of furniture, paintings and Neo-Classical sculptures, or take a walk through the woods with your guide to the nearby village of Eyam.
Leave the Derbyshire hills by coach and travel through Sherwood Forest, home to legendary Robin Hood, on your way to the historical city of York. Enjoy the evening in the city and have dinner in one of the various restaurants (own expense)
Day 4: York -- Cambridge -- London
Enjoy a morning at leisure exploring York, a city with a rich history that dates back to Roman times. Visit beautiful York Minster, or get lost in the maze of narrow streets, admiring the ancient city walls. Enjoy an early lunch (own expense) before heading back south. Your last stop will be in Cambridge, where you'll enjoy a walking tour with your guide. Marvel at the city's majestic architecture and medieval streets, and pose for pictures in front of Kings College Chapel before leaving to arrive back in London in the early evening.
A fabulous tour through amazing countryside and historic towns. Small group is the way to go. Great B and B's and plenty of private time to explore. Just one recommendation - an extra night in York would have been a bonus.