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Discover London and Wales

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,310

Explore London and the Welsh countryside on this journey through the United Kingdom. Starting in London, you'll see the sights, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace, before heading into the Welsh countryside to visit picturesque villages, learn about the poet Dylan Thomas, and admire some of the most gorgeous landscapes in all of the United Kingdom.


This 8-day England vacation takes you to London and the Welsh countryside.

Your trip to the United Kingdom begins in London, one of the most visit cities on the planet and the capital of the country. With history reaching back to Roman times, you'll find plenty of great historical sites and culture in London. Take advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour to zip between the popular sites in the city, such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Visit the British Museum to gaze upon Egyptian mummies and see the resting place of past kings and queens at Westminster Abbey. Be sure to feast on some famous fish and chips and enjoy a pint in a local pub to get the full London experience.

Leave London and head west to Cotswolds, home to some of the prettiest villages in all of England. You'll then pass over the Welsh border and head into the Cambrian Mountains and Elan Valley before arriving in the seaside cultural town of Aberystwyth. Spend a few days exploring the beauty of rural Wales. Head north into the mountains of Snowdonia National Park to see the mountain village of Beddgelert and see the grave of the legendary dog, Gelert. In Machynlleth, you'll get a taste for the country's history as you shop for antiques and admire the quaint houses and ancient clock tower.

In New Quay and Laughame, you'll learn about the poet Dylan Thomas and see the home where he wrote his drama, Under Milk Wood. You might even spot some dolphins or whales from the tops of Breakwater Wall. Head into the country's southwest to Pembrokeshire where you'll snap photos of the one of the most gorgeous coastlines in the whole United Kingdom. You'll then explore the birthplace of the patron saint of Wales and the Tudor Dynasty before returning to London, exploring the picturesque outskirts of Cardiff and the 2,000-year-old Roman fortress at Caerleon before reaching the English capital and closing out your vacation.

Consider staying a few extra days in London to see all that the city has to offer on an England vacation.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,310

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Day 1

London Heathrow or City Airport to London Central Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Bedford Hotel

At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is the priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our doorstep. But at the Bedford, they promise a good night's sleep too. Many of the rooms overlook our picturesque private garden. The Bedford is small and intimate, offering a warm welcome with a personal touch. And it's a great place to relax with company too, with a charming guest lounge and laid back cafe occupying the ground floor. Meanwhile, the Bedford Garden restaurant serves home-made British specialties, with a modern twist.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Bedford Hotel

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    Bedford Hotel



    At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is the priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our ...

    At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is the priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our doorstep. But at the Bedford, they promise a good night's sleep too. Many of the rooms overlook our picturesque private garden. The Bedford is small and intimate, offering a warm welcome with a personal touch. And it's a great place to relax with company too, with a charming guest lounge and laid back cafe occupying the ground floor. Meanwhile, the Bedford Garden restaurant serves home-made British specialties, with a modern twist.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

The Original London Sightseeing Tour (Hop On and Hop Off)

The Original London Sightseeing Tour provides more than just a great way to travel around London. Founded in 1951 it has now become established as the essential introduction to London. It is the only sightseeing tour to offer you total choice and flexibility. The Hop-on Hop-off service allows you to board any of our tour routes at over 80 different stops with a commentary in English or a wide choice of other languages. The Kids' Club provides an educational but fun alternative for 5-12 year olds. The services are frequent and reliable with tours running daily, every 15-20 minutes. The Original Tour allows you to experience all the magical sights and sounds of London in a comfortable and secure environment. Sit back, relax and take in the sights, sounds and iconic views of the city, both ancient and modern. The fantastic value 24-hour ticket offers a truly comprehensive London sightseeing experience: on foot, by boat and on board a marvellous fleet of London’s famous red buses.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

London Central Hotel to London Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

London to Aberystwyth

You leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. This area of outstanding beauty boasts England's prettiest and cutest historic villages. Your friendly driver-guide ensures you get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. You travel west through the Welsh Marches and the borderlands between England and Wales; marked out by the ancient Offa's Dyke. The route then leads into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Leaving here in the late afternoon, it's just an hour or so to the beautiful seaside town and cultural centre of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

B & B with Ensuite

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    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

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Day 4

Snowdonia National Park and Harlech Castle

Travel north into the spectacularly mountainous region of the Snowdonia National Park. You visit the beautiful mountain village of Beddgelert, where you can see the famous grave of 'Gelert', the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. From here, it's a short ride to the town of Machynlleth. This scenic little place is a treasure trove of history. You can gaze up at the ancient clock tower, marvel at the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. You travel on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching Harlech Castle. This mighty medieval castle sits high on a hill, and looks perfectly impenetrable. After a fulfilling day you return to Aberystwyth in late afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Aberystwyth to Tenby

Leaving Aberystwyth, you travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through the quaint town of Aberaeron, and to New Quay. A sumptuous sandy harbour, whitewashed houses, and connections to Dylan thomas: this town is one of the most picturesque and interesting little towns in Britain. What's more, is from the breakwater wall you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins and whales. Turning inland, you head into the foreboding Black Mountains. You may get the chance to explore a mysterious bedrock cave under a castle before you head for the coast, and visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play "Under Milk Wood". From here it's a short distance to Tenby, the small, charming seaside town that'll be your base for two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

B & B with Ensuite

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    B & B with Ensuite



    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

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Day 6

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Twdyr

Our last full day in Wales is spent exploring the extreme southwest. You see some of Britain's most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This region is stunning and was the birthplace of both the patron saint of Wales, and the Twdyr (anglicised to Tudor) royal dynasty.
You travel to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and time for exploration, and you stop in the county town of Pembroke, where you can enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. From here we return once more to Tenby for a relaxed evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Tenby to London

Leaving Tenby in the morning, you begin your return journey to London. You travel past the big industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, for a visit to the outdoor National History Museum (an optional drop-off for anyone wanting to end the tour in Cardiff is available). After a journey through the Cardiff Bay area, you head 2,000 years back in time with a stop at the remarkably well preserved Roman Fortress at Caerleon. From here, it's time to say goodbye to Wales. You take the Severn Bridge back into England, where you have one final break at Castle Combe. This gorgeous Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th century ironstone cottages. From here you will head back to central London.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Bedford Hotel

At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is the priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our doorstep. But at the Bedford, they promise a good night's sleep too. Many of the rooms overlook our picturesque private garden. The Bedford is small and intimate, offering a warm welcome with a personal touch. And it's a great place to relax with company too, with a charming guest lounge and laid back cafe occupying the ground floor. Meanwhile, the Bedford Garden restaurant serves home-made British specialties, with a modern twist.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Bedford Hotel

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    Bedford Hotel



    At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is the priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our ...

    At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is the priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our doorstep. But at the Bedford, they promise a good night's sleep too. Many of the rooms overlook our picturesque private garden. The Bedford is small and intimate, offering a warm welcome with a personal touch. And it's a great place to relax with company too, with a charming guest lounge and laid back cafe occupying the ground floor. Meanwhile, the Bedford Garden restaurant serves home-made British specialties, with a modern twist.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Restaurant

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 8

London Central Hotel to London Heathrow or City Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

April 4 - October 22: Saturdays.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights in moderate accommodation in London
  • 4 night small group tour of Wales
  • 1 day hop on hop off bus pass
  • Transfers to and from the airport and to the meeting point of the tour 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed as included
  • Entrances to attractions and stops on the tour
  • Transfer at the end of the tour

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 

 

 

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