England & Wales Explorer

9 days from $5,013 per person*
  • With private guide, tour the Wye Valley, Black Mountains and medieval castles surrounding Cardiff.
  • Discover the famous university town of Oxford, and the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, with a private guide.
  • Tour London in a famous Black Cab.
  • Explore the mysterious site of Stonehenge, en route to Bath.
  • Expert selection of premium accommodations throughout.
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From mega cities to quaint outskirts, medieval castles to historic universities, and Roman relics to neolithic monuments, Great Britain has a wealth of history and culture to soak in on this journey from England to Wales.

Begin in the metropolis London, where you'll take a private guided walking tour of the central core, and then hop in a famed Black Cab for a tour around the city to see the renowned sites like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and more. Make a private guided day trip to Oxford, home of the oldest and most famous university of the English-speaking world, and then enjoy a visit to rural Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, where history and culture collide. On your way to Bath, visit the impressive neolithic monument Stonehenge, a truly bewildering site with as many questions as it has answers. Uncover Roman relics on a stroll through the city of Bath with a private guide, and then cross over into Wales and discover Cardiff, along with nearby medieval castles and towns as you tour the blissful scenery of the Wye Valley and Black Mountains with your private guide. This is the Great Britain you've come to expect, though don't be surprised if there's a trick up its sleeve.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 London
    London
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver- Small MVP
    • England - London Welcome Package
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Central London Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Self-Guided - Dinner at Leisure
  • Day 2 London
    London
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Black Cab London's Hidden Treasures (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 3 London
    London
    • Tour - Private - Oxford & Stratford-upon-Avon - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 London to Bath
    London to Bath
    • Transfer - Private - London - Bath [with Stonehenge (Self-Guided)] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
  • Day 5 Bath
    Bath
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 6 Bath to Cardiff
    Bath to Cardiff
    • Transfer - Private - Bath - Cardiff [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Self-Guided - Exploring Cardiff
    • Wales - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Tour - Private - Brecon Beacons, Books & Black Mountains (approx. 8.5hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Tour - Private - Wye Valley Castles & Tintern Abbey (approx. 8.5hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Multi-day)
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Cardiff - London [Heathrow Airport, 2.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
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Day 1: London

For your added comfort, a Meet & Greet assistant will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall of the airport after you pass through customs. They'll direct you to your transfer, assist in the hotel check-in process, and take you through your travel documents.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Be sure to wear some quality walking shoes as you depart on foot with a private guide for a half-day walking tour of sightseeing in Central London. One of the world's great cities, London manages to shine in the grayest weather, and its diversity defies a simple definition. Depending on the location of your hotel, and your particular interests, your guide will happily tailor the tour so you can get the most out of your day. Wander the cobblestone streets, gardens and markets, and be a Londoner for a day. Walk through renowned Trafalgar Square, explore Soho, and check out some stalls at historic Covent Garden Market. See the Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace, take some photos of iconic clock tower Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, see Hyde Park’s lively Speakers’ Corner. Using the Oyster card provided in your London Welcome Package, perhaps even take the Tube to cover more ground, allowing you to view the UNESCO-listed Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and more.

Tonight, dine at leisure in London. Please ask your travel consultant for a curated list of recommended restaurants in the city.

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)

Located just minutes from Oxford Street, and in the heart of bustling, high-fashion neighborhood Marylebone Village, The Marylebone Hotel (4*) pulls off a rare feat: operating a large urban hotel with a boutique attitude, while maintaining all of the vibrant charm of its central London location. Just a short walk from London’s best, easily access Oxford Street and Park Lane, the world-famous stores of Bond Street and Mayfair, and the elegant green spaces of Regents Park and Hyde Park. Ranging in size from cozy to spacious, The Marylebone’s 252 rooms and suites offer the very best of 21st century technology, seamlessly blended with design flair and premium comforts.  The hotel’s 108 Brasserie and Bar and 108 Pantry provide a wonderful choice of venues to meet, drink and dine for locals and visitors alike, keen to capitalise on the charm and buzz along the cobbles of Marylebone Lane.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  London
London
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone
The Marylebone

Day 2: London

Your professional cabbie will come and collect you from your hotel and then take you on a magical sightseeing journey through London’s signature sights and hidden treasures. Stop for a photograph and historical explanation as you take in iconic sights like in Tower Bridge, the UNESCO-listed 11th century Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace; residence of the Queen. View Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral – where Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral was held, along with Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and several places that visitors to London rarely get to experience. You’ll wander alleyways and hear tales of murder and mystery. See odd spots like the smallest house in London, the smallest square in town, wander into Henry VIII's cow shed and tennis court. This tour takes you to both the landmark sites of London and the unusual for a unique, well-rounded experience.

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Tower Bridge on the River Thames
The Tower Bridge on the River Thames

Day 3: London

Depart with your private guide and vehicle, embarking on a full day tour to visit Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. First, arrive to renowned university town Oxford, nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, and home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world; the University of Oxford. For over 800 years, Oxford has been a home to royalty and scholars, and its age is still evident as you stroll through the lanes of the medieval center, seeing many of Oxford’s thirty-eight famous colleges along the way. Walk through the picturesque Christ Church Meadow, enclosed by the rivers Thames and Cherwell. See the 17th century Sheldonian Theater, the neo-classical Radcliffe Camera, and the main research library of the University of Oxford - the Bodleian Library. Afterward, continue on to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, one of the most influential poets and playwrights to ever live. Steeped in culture and history, and set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside on the banks of the river Avon, you’ll have an opportunity to soak in views of Shakespeare’s childhood home. You'll also stop briefly at Hall’s Croft - a grand Tudor building that was home to Shakespeare’s daughter and her doctor husband, and round out the Shakespeare connection as you see Anne Hathaway’s cottage - the family home of Shakespeare’s wife.

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon

Day 4: London - Bath

Meet your private driver for a transfer to Bath today. En route, you'll stop at Stonehenge, for approximately two hours of self-guided discovery. A prehistoric monument recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is an icon of Great Britain. Dating back an estimated 5,000 years, wonder and mystery surround this impressive stone monument. With your admission included, you'll wander around and decide for yourself whether it was a place of sun worship, a healing sanctuary, a sacred burial site, or something different altogether! Afterward, return to your private driver and vehicle for your transfer to Bath.

Accommodation: Hilton Bath City (4*)

Hilton Bath City (4*) is set amid the fine Georgian architecture of central Bath, offering breathtaking views of the River Avon, and located just minutes from the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Center. All guest rooms and suites are designed with comfort and convenience in mind, and come standard with air conditioning, LCD flat screen television, and optional wifi access. Enjoy a-la-carte French cuisine at the on-site Atelier Restaurant, or relax with a cocktail in the sophisticated Lobby Bar. Recognized under TripAdvisor’s Green Leader program, Hilton Bath City is making steps toward a lower environmental impact, for a cleaner tomorrow.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bath
Bath
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hilton Bath City
Hilton Bath City

Day 5: Bath

Meet your private guide and depart on a half-day walking tour, discovering the best of Bath’s splendid Georgian architecture, its vibrant modern culture, and learning of its ancient Roman heritage. Admire landmarks like Bath Abbey, a stunning Gothic church with history dating back to the 7th century. Stroll past the subterranean Roman Baths complex, and locate its street-level pump room. Marvel at the magnificent 18th century architecture of Royal Crescent, with a uniform Georgian façade designed by John Wood, the Younger, and view the early Georgian townhouses of The Circus, designed by his father - John Wood, the Elder. Unravel pomp and luxury on this walking tour through picturesque Bath. 

Accommodation: Hilton Bath City (4*)
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Royal Crescent
Royal Crescent

Day 6: Bath - Cardiff

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer to Cardiff.  Approximate travel time is 1.5 hours.

The bustling capital city of Wales has lots of sights of interest such as Cardiff Castle, the Civic Centre, the Millennium Centre and stadium, and the exciting new developments of Cardiff Bay, including Cardiff Bay Barrage. Throughout the city, there are a range of theatres, galleries, museums, arts and live music venues. Enjoy time at leisure discovering the sights and places that are of particular interest to you.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Cathedral 73 (4*)

Cathedral 73 is a dignified Victorian townhouse with funky, fashionable 21st-century accommodation. The rooms and suites are bold and beautiful lovely accommodation and amenities designed to make your stay truly unforgettable.. Expect the highest levels of service but they’re relaxed and laid-back when it comes to atmosphere and ambience. They serve afternoon tea the proper, traditional way – then transform themselves into a trendy piano bar in the evening.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cardiff
Cardiff
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cathedral 73
Cathedral 73

Day 7: Cardiff

Spend the day exploring the Brecon Beacons, Books and Black Mountains on a privately guided day tour in the company of a knowledgeable driver-guide and private vehicle. After being picked up from your accommodation, start the day with a short walk with your guide and enjoy the fantastic views overlooking the whole of Cardiff, a panoramic view of the South Wales coast, combined with stunning views of The Valleys and The Brecon Beacon National Park (weather dependent).

Enjoy the drive to Caerphilly Castle, the second largest castle in Britain. Built in the late 13th century, the fortress is a supreme example of the concentric 'walls within walls' system of defence, and the castle's outstanding water defences made it almost impregnable to siege warfare. Particularly noteworthy features include the gatehouse, banqueting hall and full-size working replicas of medieval siege-engines. Often threatened but, unsurprisingly, never taken, the castle's only sign of weakness is its famous leaning tower (which out-leans the tower at Pisa!)

The Brecon Beacons National Park spans 519 square miles of beautiful mid-Wales countryside and contains some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Europe. The landscape is scattered with prehistoric monuments, Roman remains and medieval castles, spectacular waterfalls, caves and wooded gorges, along with distinctive upland formations. Take in the scenery as you are driven to the southern edge of the National Park, taking a scenic route towards the attractive village of Talybont-on-Usk, in the Usk Valley. Absorb the superb views including forests, reservoirs, waterfalls and wildlife.

Then stretch your legs on a 40 minute walk along part of the multi-purpose Taff Trail. This off road walking and cycling track, runs from the Cardiff Bay Waterfront to the Market Town of Brecon, a distance of 55 miles. Continue to Hay-on-Wye, the 'Town Of Books’, with its maze of narrow ancient streets, housing over 35 bookshops with over a million books for sale - a mecca for second-hand book and antiquarian book lovers!

The northeastern most section of the Brecon Beacons National Park is known as the Black Mountains. The Black Mountains displays awesome remoteness, only partly tamed by human habitation. Tiny villages, isolated churches and delightful lanes are folded into the undulating green landscape. Before leaving the Brecon Beacon National Park, enjoy a 30 minute walk, which offers stunning 360 degree views of the National Park, including the Beacons, Corn Ddu and Pen-y-Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales, with its distinctive red table top summit standing at 886 metres. At days end you will be returned to your accommodation in Cardiff. (Includes all entrances to places mentioned)

Accommodation: Cathedral 73 (4*)
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Brecon Beacons landscape
Brecon Beacons landscape

Day 8: Cardiff

Spend the day on a privately guided day tour in the company of a knowledgeable driver-guide and private vehicle. After being picked up from your accommodation, the first visit is to Chepstow Castle, which is perched above the swirling waters of the River Wye. Standing guard over a strategic crossing point into Wales, this well-preserved landmark castle was probably the first stone castle to be built in Britain and one of the few to trace the evolution of medieval military architecture from start to finish.

North of Chepstow is the Wooded Wye Valley, an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' which winds its way through Tintern to Monmouth. Tintern, dominated by the soaring ruins of its medieval abbey, has attracted poets and artists for centuries. The abbey is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture and provides a fascinating insight into monastic life in medieval times.

From here, you'll travel north through the Wye Valley to the historic Welsh border market town of Monmouth, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Wye, Monnow and Trothy. Perhaps best known as the birthplace of Henry V, Monmouth boasts a whole host of historical sites, people and buildings from the Nelson Garden to The Town Hall. It has a medieval 13th-century bridge over the River Monnow, unique in Britain as it is the only preserved bridge of its design remaining.

Raglan was the last medieval fortification built in Britain. Raglan was built on the site of a former Norman motte in 1435. The design combines practical strength with ostentatious style. Raglan Castle is set amongst rolling border country. Once a sumptuous palace, with formal state apartments and a Great Tower, it was more a state of wealth and social aspiration than an intimidating military presence. It acquitted itself well however, when forced into active service, enduring in 1646 one of the longest sieges in the English Civil War, before falling to Cromwell's forces and suffering at the hands of his demolition team. Even in ruin however, noble Raglan remains the finest late-medieval fortress palace in the British Isles.

The landscape of The Marches - the Welsh border, is dominated by two rivers, the Wye and the Usk. They meander through green vales set in rolling countryside. The entire area is idyllic touring country. Scenic roads weave across hill and vale dotted with pretty little towns and villages. Discover the historic floral town of Usk which stands in the valley of the same name.

The final stop of the day is Caerleon, one of Europe's most fascinating and revealing Roman sites. To the Romans Caerleon was known as Isca or often referred to as 'City of the Legions'. Here they created not just a military camp but also an entire township, complete with amphitheatre which, in its heyday, would have seated in the region of 6,000 people and would have been the scene of many gladiatorial games against men and beasts. Dr Mortimer Wheeler extensively excavated the remains of the Amphitheatre in 1926 and they remain some of the best preserved in Britain. The variety of remains on view in Caerleon (from its amphitheatre to the excavated bathhouse complex, barracks and museum) is unparalleled within the British Isles, providing a vivid picture of life in Roman Britain almost 2,000 years ago. At days end you will be returned to your accommodation in Cardiff. (includes all entrances).

Accommodation: Cathedral 73 (4*)
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Raglan Castle
Raglan Castle

Day 9: Cardiff

You will be collected from your accommodation and taken to London Heathrow airport in time for check in. The journey should take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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The Marylebone (4*): London

Located just minutes from Oxford Street, and in the heart of bustling, high-fashion neighborhood Marylebone Village, The Marylebone Hotel (4*) pulls off a rare feat: operating a large urban hotel with a boutique attitude, while maintaining all of the vibrant charm of its central London location. Just a short walk from London’s best, easily access Oxford Street and Park Lane, the world-famous stores of Bond Street and Mayfair, and the elegant green spaces of Regents Park and Hyde Park. Ranging in size from cozy to spacious, The Marylebone’s 252 rooms and suites offer the very best of 21st century technology, seamlessly blended with design flair and premium comforts.  The hotel’s 108 Brasserie and Bar and 108 Pantry provide a wonderful choice of venues to meet, drink and dine for locals and visitors alike, keen to capitalise on the charm and buzz along the cobbles of Marylebone Lane.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone
The Marylebone
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone Hotel - Lobby
The Marylebone Hotel - Lobby

Hilton Bath City (4*): Bath

Hilton Bath City (4*) is set amid the fine Georgian architecture of central Bath, offering breathtaking views of the River Avon, and located just minutes from the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Center. All guest rooms and suites are designed with comfort and convenience in mind, and come standard with air conditioning, LCD flat screen television, and optional wifi access. Enjoy a-la-carte French cuisine at the on-site Atelier Restaurant, or relax with a cocktail in the sophisticated Lobby Bar. Recognized under TripAdvisor’s Green Leader program, Hilton Bath City is making steps toward a lower environmental impact, for a cleaner tomorrow.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hilton Bath City
Hilton Bath City

Cathedral 73 (4*): Cardiff

Cathedral 73 is a dignified Victorian townhouse with funky, fashionable 21st-century accommodation. The rooms and suites are bold and beautiful lovely accommodation and amenities designed to make your stay truly unforgettable.. Expect the highest levels of service but they’re relaxed and laid-back when it comes to atmosphere and ambience. They serve afternoon tea the proper, traditional way – then transform themselves into a trendy piano bar in the evening.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cathedral 73
Cathedral 73

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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