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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
Escape busy London on a 5-day small-group tour to North Wales and the heart of England! Visit Stratford-upon-Avon to trace the footsteps of William Shakespeare; relax and enjoy the wilderness of Snowdonia National Park; visit the small town of Buxton and beautiful Chatsworth House in the Peak District; and explore the historical cities of York and Cambridge. Four nights of 3-star guesthouse or hotel accommodation is included, comprising two nights in Shrewsbury and two nights in York.

Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

Highlights

  • 5-day tour from London to North Wales and the heart of England
  • Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and see the sights that inspired Shakespeare's 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 historical cities of York and Cambridge
  • Enjoy four nights of 3-star accommodation in Shrewsbury and York
  • Small-group tour ensures personalized attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

5-Day Heart of England Tour from London: North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, Buxton and York

See beautiful Stratford on this 5-day tour of England!

Back in the 16th century, none of the inhabitants of Stratford-upon-Avon thought that their sleepy village would one day become one of the most important tourist attractions in the UK, but William Shakespeare, who was born there, certainly changed that. This famous town is the first stop of your 5-day tour from London to the heart of England. You’ll also visit Shrewsbury, where you’ll stay for two nights and York where you will spend two further nights in a 3-star guesthouse or 3-star hotel.

On your second day, visit Wales and the beautiful castle of Conwy. Continue through Snowdonia National Park, home to the highest mountain in Wales, and then visit the small spa village of Trefriw plus Llanberis, a favorite destination for lovers of the great outdoord.

Continue through the Peak District, a region of stunning landscapes, where you'll visit the small town of Buxton, and then head to 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.

Itinerary

Day 1: London Stratford-Upon-Avon Shrewsbury (B)
From London, head to Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Explore the beautiful, rural village and trace the playwright’s famous footsteps. Have lunch here (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 to the beautiful riverside town of Shrewsbury, where you’ll spend two nights in your choice of a bed-and-breakfast or hotel. Have free time to eat dinner in Shrewsbury (at own expense).

Overnight: 3-star hotel in Shrewsbury


Day 2: Shrewsbury Wales Shrewsbury (B)
After breakfast, 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 Shrewsbury in the early evening and have dinner there in one of the various restaurants (at own expense).

Overnight: 3-star hotel in Shrewsbury

Day 3: Shrewbsury Peak District York (B)
After breakfast, head to the Peak District with its spectacular landscape, perfect for photos! Visit the pretty village of Castleton, home to Peveril Castle. Enjoy lunch in one of the local village pubs (own expense).

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. Check in to your hotel, enjoy the evening in the city and have dinner in one of the various restaurants (own expense)

Day 4: York (B)
Spend today 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 with their ancient city walls. Eat lunch at one of York's many cafes, restaurants or bars, or take an optional half-day excursion (own expense) into the Yorkshire Dales to visit the pretty market towns of Knaresborough or Ripon and see the remote valleys and rugged scenery of the Eastern Dales. Then, enjoy an afternoon of free time in York.

Day 5: York Cambridge London (B)
After breakfast, start your journey south to London via the town of Stamford to admire its fine collection of historic buildings. Stop for lunch, and then continue to the city of Cambridge for 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 returning to London in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

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.

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