Day 01, U.S. - London
Depart the U.S. on overnight flight to London.
Day 02, London
Arrive in London. Shared transfer to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy London on your own. (Please note, hotel check-in is generally between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. If you are arriving into London early the hotel should be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).
Day 03, London - Touring Begins - Shrewsbury
Make your own way to the the the London departure point 9:00 am(unless optional transfer was purchased at time of booking). We depart from London at 9:15 am and make our way to William Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford on Avon, home to the Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, Anne Hathaway. You will have time to explore the magnificent village of Stratford and enjoy lunch, before continuing to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge. Set in a stunning forested gorge on the river Severn this historic valley boast the world’s first ever iron bridge and a host of attractions to choose from. It was once described as the most extraordinary district in the world! From here we travel to the beautiful riverside town of Shrewsbury for the next two (2) nights (on some dates the accommodation may be in Chester).
Day 04, Touring
This morning our tour will take us into the heart of North Wales. We will travel through beautiful green valleys and lovely little towns and villages then visit the picture book medieval castle of Conwy, built by Edward I in the late 13th Century. We will also explore the impressive mountain scenery of the Snowdonia National Park including the huge Dinorwic slate quarries and the dramatic Pass of Llanberis in the shadows of Snowdon Wales’ highest peak. We will hear tales of Owain Glyndwr and the Welsh struggles for independence before traveling back through the borderlands into England.
Day 05, Touring
To the northeast of Shrewsbury lie the hills of the Peak District National Park with a mixture of stunning scenery and beautiful little villages. We will take a scenic route through the Park to the village of Castleton then in the afternoon we can visit the famous mansion house and gardens of Chatsworth, home to the Cavendish family, Duke of Devonshire. Chatsworth is often named the UK’s favorite country house and a visit will reveal some of the finest collections of furniture, priceless paintings, Old Master drawings and neo-classical sculptures. From here we travel east out of the hills to the wonderful historic city of York where we will spend the next two (2) nights.
Day 06, Touring - York
Today we have a choice of things to do. We can spend the whole day at leisure exploring the medieval heart of York, a city whose rich history goes back to the time of the Romans, Vikings and Normans. Visit some of the fascinating museums, the amazing York Minster or just lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets and ancient city walls. Alternatively we could join our guide on a half day excursion into the Yorkshire dales visiting the pretty market towns of Knaresborough or Ripon and some of the remote valleys and rugged scenery of the Eastern Dales, followed by a free afternoon in York.
Day 07, Touring - York - London
Leaving York in the morning we begin our return journey south to London stopping off in the town of Stamford, with its fine collection of historic stone buildings, and the famous University City of Cambridge with its ancient colleges, stunning architecture and medieval streets. See the world famous Kings College Chapel and take a stroll along the river Cam before arriving back in London around 7:30 pm. Make your way to your pre-booked hotel, where your evening is free to enjoy London independently.
Day 08, London - U.S.
After breakfast, check out of your London hotel, with a shared transfer included back to the airport.