Explore the west of England with tastes of Wales and Scotland. Start in Windsor, near London and travel to Devon and Cornwall. Head to Cardiff Castle for a Welsh banquet, tour Shrewsbury with a town crier, explore Chester and the Lake District. End with a 3-night stay in Edinburgh. Spend a full day in St Andrews.
ALL your sightseeing, hotels, and attraction entries are covered AND you get a full breakfast every day (except day 1) plus 5 dinners! Tour operator (CIE Tours) have over 85 years experience and guaranteed departures.
Please contact us for more information and to book: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 975 2047
Weekly departures. Starts in London and ends in Edinburgh. (We can book your trains/coaches/private transfers in the UK too.)
Rates vary according to dates. Please contact us for more information.
2018 price per person* April to October
R36 144 – R44 800 INCLUDES all hotels 3* & 4* and 18 meals
Great value for money!
*Prices valid until 31 October 2018, and are subject to continued availability and major currency fluctuation.
Single supplement applies.
Children 8 – 18 years pay 90% of adult rate; children under 8 years not permitted (why not consider a self-drive tour?).
Highlights – ALL included (see below for full itinerary)
- Windsor Castle
- Walking tour of Windsor town
- Travel through Bodmin Moor
- Photo stop at Jamaica Inn
- Lanhydrock House
- Plymouth see the Mayflower Steps and have a short harbour cruise
- Free time in Royal William Yard
- Marazion town to see St Michael’s Mount
- Walking tour of St. Ives
- Bath – Roman Baths
- Cardiff centre tour
- Cardiff Castle
- Welsh banquet with dinner and lively entertainment
- Travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park
- Hay-on-Wye visit
- Shrewsbury walking tour
- Travel through the Horseshoe Pass
- Working farm and sheepdog display
- Conwy walking tour
- Chester walking tour
- Travel through the Lake District
- Grasmere Village
- Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green (1754)
- Edinburgh and Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment
- Explore central Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Castle
- (NOTE: 29 July – 12 August departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.)
- Glamis Castle
- St Andrews (pictured above)
- Edinburgh pub dinner
“No optional extras” policy
- Breakfasts: 10
- Dinner: 8
- Welcome drink
- Entry to attractions
- Free wi-fi on the coach
- Daily sightseeing and entry to attractions
- Document wallet, backpack, luggage tags
- All on-tour transport including ferries and shuttles
- Local tour guide’s services
- Local taxes, hotel service charges, suitcase handling (1 per person)
Does not include:
- Certain meals and drinks
On the coach
- Breaks at approximately 2-hour intervals to stretch your legs, take photos, etc.
- Seats are rotated daily so all passengers have a chance to sit at the front of the coach.
- Seat belts must be worn.
- Emergency toilets are available on the coaches but cannot be used while coach is in motion. Frequent bathroom breaks are included in the itinerary.
Need to know
- Clothing: comfortable and casual – remember to pack comfortable walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket.
- Luggage: 1 piece of luggage + 1 carry-on
- Money: Most components are prepaid. You may need money for lunches and dinners when there is an evening at your leisure. You will also need money for shopping. We recommend carrying small denominations, and use credit or ATM cards (most towns have ATMs).
- Currency: Northern Ireland and Britrain: Pound Sterling £ | Southern Ireland (Republic of Ireland): Euro €
- Tipping: It is customary to tip your driver and guide at the end of the tour. Feel free to contact us for more info.
Day 1: London Arrival and Windsor Castle
Tour begins 14h00 PM at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. Then take a brief evening walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.
Day 2: Stonehenge and Salisbury
Marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument. Stop in Salisbury, a charming old city where the cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England. Arrive in Tavistock, a market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.
Day 3: Bodmin Moor and Lanhydrock House
Travel through Bodmin Moor, an area of unspoiled natural beauty, stopping for photos at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s tale of smugglers. Explore Lanhydrock House, a late-Victorian country house with grand rooms and servants’ quarters. In Plymouth see the Mayflower Steps (from which the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have finally left England aboard the Mayflower) and enjoy a short cruise around the harbor. Spend the evening independently in Royal William Yard, former Royal Navy buildings that now host a range of restaurants and bars.
Day 4: Cornwall and St Michael’s Mount
Visit the coastal village of Marazion to see the majestic outline of St Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination. In St. Ives enjoy a walking tour of the main sights and admire the array of beautiful sandy beaches surrounding the town. Enjoy some free time to browse around before returning to your hotel in Tavistock.
Day 5: Roman Baths and Cardiff Castle
Explore Bath and tour the wonderfully preserved Roman Baths renowned for its mineral-rich hot springs, popular 2,000 years ago. Head to Cardiff for a sightseeing tour around the city center. Tour Cardiff Castle before sitting down for a Welsh banquet with dinner and lively entertainment.
Day 6: Hay-On-Wye and Shrewsbury
Travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park to Hay-on-Wye, a town famous for books. Continue to Shrewsbury, a picturesque town near the English/Welsh border. Take a walking tour with the town crier to see black-and-white buildings that line the narrow streets. Travel through Cheshire to your hotel in Chester.
Day 7: North Wales and Chester
Drive across the Horseshoe Pass for wonderful vistas. Visit a farm to see trained dogs herding sheep, then travel to Conwy, a medieval town dominated by a huge castle. Enjoy a walking tour around the picturesque streets and see the smallest house in Britain. In Chester, another walking tour will reveal medieval buildings and Roman walls.
Day 8: Lake District and Scottish Evening
Travel through the glorious Lake District, which inspired many of Beatrix Potter’s children’s books. Stop in the village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried. Stop at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. At your hotel, enjoy a drink with your fellow travelers before a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.
Day 9: Edinburgh Castle and City Tour
Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses, and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free. The July 29 – August 12 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
Day 10: Glamis Castle and St Andrews
Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Cross the modern Tay Bridge to the medieval town of St Andrews, ”the home of golf.” Enjoy a panoramic tour and spend some free time browsing on your own. Back in Edinburgh, head to a nearby pub for dinner with your group.
Day 11: Tour Ends In Edinburgh
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner