Authentic Local Experiences:
- Take a ride on the London Eye, with panoramic London views
- Go behind the scenes and relive the magic of the Harry Potter film series at the Warner Brothers Studio, where it all began
- West End Theater Show
- Themed London Walking Tour
- Roman Baths
- Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language & Heritage Centre
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- Windsor Castle
- Tower of London
- Warner Brothers Harry Potter Experience
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners including a Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
- Hilton London Paddington, London (2 nights)
- Hilton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff (1 night)
- St Georges Hotel, Llandudno (1 night)
- Carden Park Hotel, near Chester (1 night)
- Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon (1 night)
- MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor (1 night)
Hilton London Paddington, London
A Victorian engineering icon in the heart of London, Hilton London Paddington offers modern facilities in a fantastic location at Paddington Station – a beautiful and sophisticated hotel with a large range of rooms offered, from multiple guest room options to executive rooms. Each guest room features TV, air-conditioning, and tea and coffee-making facilities, among other amenities. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, try Carriages, a restaurant located in the Hilton, offering delicious cuisine with an Asian influence. For light snacks and free wifi, visit the lounge. You can also choose to visit 146 Paddington, a bar set in an old train station, featuring street-food-inspired dishes. The Hilton is within walking distance of an array of activities and attractions, Buckingham Palace, Little Venice, The London Eye, and much more.
Hilton Cardiff, Cardiff
Hilton Cardiff is located in the heart of the city, directly opposite Cardiff Castle at Kingsway, Greyfriars Road, CF10 3HH, and is minutes from many local attractions. Step inside the hotel and you’ll find beautifully styled guest rooms, fantastic dining options and a host of amenities for rest and recreation — everything you need for a fantastic stay in the Welsh capital. With a choice of stylish and comfortable rooms and suites, CIE Tours’ guests will find the perfect space to relax at Hilton Cardiff. Experience a sense of belonging at Grey, a contemporary lounge and restaurant that champions the modern dining scene with local and British classics. Tried Afternoon Tea? If not, it’s a must! Metropole Lounge is the place to go for cocktails and our all day dining menu; while Costa Coffee is the ideal spot to read the morning papers with a coffee and pastry.
St Georges Hotel, Llandudno
The Victorians knew a thing or two about relaxing by the sea. Our lovely luxury hotel opened in 1854 and today, while we’ve made a few changes, the things that were a hit back then still delight our visitors 160 years on: excellent service, incredible sea views, and surroundings so comfortable you won’t want to leave. There’s nothing old fashioned about that.Our superbly-appointed bedrooms and opulent suites have cool contemporary styling, with everything you need to make your stay go like a dream. Many rooms overlook the beach and promenade, so you can enjoy stunning sea views without even getting out of bed. If your idea of the perfect break is to do as little as possible you’re in the right place. All you really have to do is make yourself at home.Our beachfront hotel is located in one of the best spots on the Welsh coast. Venture out and you’ll find adventures and attractions of all shapes and sizes. Capture a medieval castle, explore a country house, visit the theatre, do some shopping, try your hand at watersports, go hiking in Snowdonia, hire a bike and jump on the North Wales cycle path. Or stay close and stroll down the longest pier in Wales.
Carden Park Hotel, Chester
Just 20 minutes from Chester city centre, Carden Park Hotel is located within 1,000 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside. It features 196 stylish bedrooms, two championship golf courses – the Cheshire and the Nicklaus – a luxurious spa and two restaurants, including AA Rosette awarded Redmond’s Restaurant. Enjoy a range of thrilling activities onsite, from JEEP off-roading to falconry, or just relax for afternoon tea at Morgan’s Bar.
Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon
Just on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Stratford-on-Avon, the 4-star Hallmark Welcombe Hotel boasts an impressive lounge, with a large marble fireplace, chandeliers and period furniture. Recent upgrades to the Welcombe spa include a newly tiled swimming pool, new sauna and refurbished steam room. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms are decorated in modern colors and feature TVs, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Skip over to nearby Stratford-on-Avon to visit tourist attractions like the Royal Shakespeare Company and Stratford Racecourse.
MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor
MGallery Castle Hotel is a characterful and harmonious building, with a unifying palette and design features. The concept of how history and people have made their mark permeates the entirety of the property’s new creative interior design. Immerse yourself in history in a unique location. Castle Hotel Windsor is an elegant Georgian building with a rich past and an enviable address: directly opposite Windsor Castle. Walk through the doors and walk back in time, as you discover fascinating authentic features and lovingly restored décor, before you retire to your gloriously relaxing room. The town’s cobbled streets offer much to explore, and you’ll have the best view possible for the pomp and grandeur of the Changing of the Guard.
2019 ENGLISH KNIGHTS & WIZARDS 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1LONDON CITY TOUR
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00. See the highlights of London including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square and more. Take a ride on the London Eye, which offers 36 degree views of the city and surrounding areas; on a clear day, you can see as far as Heathrow Airport and Windsor Castle. In the evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome drink. (D)
Day 2TOWER OF LONDON AND WEST END THEATER SHOW
Visit the Tower of London, a medieval fortress that both served as one of history's most infamous prisons and is the current home of the Crown Jewels. Join up with a genuine expert on Harry Potter for a walking tour that will have you tracing the footsteps of the young wizard. Stop for lunch on your own and this afternoon enjoy a musical in the West End - London's version of Broadway! Enjoy free time in the evening to explore independently. (B)
Day 3STONEHENGE, BATH & CARDIFF CASTLE BANQUET
Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the huge monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about how they were built over 4,500 years ago. Next head to Bath to visit the Roman Baths, hot mineral ‐ rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. Meet costumed Roman characters who will tell you of their lives in Roman Britain. Travel to Wales to tour Cardiff Castle, built up over centuries, before enjoying a fun Welsh banquet with entertainment. (B, D)
Day 4NANT GWRTHEYRN HERITAGE CENTRE
Drive through the lovely scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park and continue north through the picturesque countryside of rural Wales. Stop to explore the historic market town of Machynlleth. In the afternoon, visit the Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Heritage Centre for a fun Welsh language lesson and a guided tour of the village. At the end of your visit, sample a traditional Welsh tea with your fellow travelers. Head to the coastal town of Llandudno and check in to your hotel before dinner. (B, D)
Day 5TRAM RIDE & BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE
Head to Llandudno, where you will board the old funicular system known as the Great Orme Tramway. This tram will take you through an area rich in history dating to the stone age, and the home of wild Kashmir goats. Next, drive along the North Wales coast the Liverpool, where you will enjoy the British Music Experience to learn the story of British music from the Beatles until today. Drive to your hotel near Chester, where you will have dinner. (B, D)
Day 6FALCONRY EXPERIENCE & STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Travel through the English countryside to Chester, with its old city walls dating back to Roman times, medieval buildings, and Victorian architecture. Stop at the Cathedral to see a falconry exhibition and learn all about this magnifi cent raptor. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and learn about the Bard’s life. Later, take a cruise on the River Avon. (B, D)
Day 7WARNER BROS STUDIO TOUR & WINDSOR CASTLE
Discover how the magic was made at Warner Bros. Studio’s “The Making of Harry Potter” and see the original movie sets as well as some of the props and costumes. In the afternoon, head to Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the Queen’s official residences, to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group. (B, D)
Day 8TOUR ENDS IN WINDSOR
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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