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English Knights & Wizards

  • 2019 English Knights & Wizards – 8 Days/7 Nights
Starts London
Ends Windsor
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

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

Trip Highlights:

  • Themed London Walking Tour
  • Roman Baths
  • Stonehenge
  • Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language & Heritage Centre
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Windsor Castle
  • Tower of London
  • A musical in London’s West End

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners including a Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet

Hotels:

  • 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)
  • Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor (1 night)

Hotels

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Hilton London Paddington, London

Hilton London Paddington, London Description:

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 The Brasserie, 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

Description:

This luxury hotel is in the city center, overlooking Cardiff Castle and City Hall. The modern luxury rooms have mini-fridges and large flat-screen TVs, and some have city views. The health club features a 50-f00t heated pool, gym, spa, sauna and steam room. Guests can sample modern Welsh and British cuisine at Gray Restaurant. The exclusive Metropole Lounge bar offers famous afternoon tea, and specialty coffee can be enjoyed at Costa. The Hilton Cardiff is near the shops of Queen Street and just a few minutes’ walk from the night life of St Mary’s Street.

St Georges Hotel, Llandudno

St Georges Hotel, Llandudno Description:

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

Carden Park Hotel, Chester Description:

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

Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon Description:

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.

Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor

Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor Description:

Located minutes away from Windsor Castle is the Macdonald Windsor Hotel. Set in a 1700s townhouse this hotel features contemporary design with rich pops of color against a muted palette. The bedrooms are luxurious and elegant and features plush fabrics, free Wi-Fi, and an en-suite bathroom with drench showers. Enjoy a meal at the Scottish Steakhouse which uses quality ingredients to create innovative twists to delicious dishes.

Itinerary

2019 ENGLISH KNIGHTS & WIZARDS 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Day 1: LONDON CITY TOUR
Your vacation starts at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour with your guide to see the highlights of London including the  Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square. Take a ride on the London Eye, which offers 360 ‐ 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 in your hotel.
(D)

Day 2: TOWER OF LONDON, HARRY POTTER WALKING TOUR & MUSICAL
Explore the Tower of London – a medieval fortress that both served as one of history‐s most infamous prisons and  is the current home of 23,578 gemstones 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. This afternoon enjoy a musical in the West End. Enjoy free time in the evening to explore independently.
(B)

Day 3: STONEHENGE, 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. Audioguides bring the history to life, and the costumed Roman characters provide insight into Roman Britain. Travel to Wales to tour Cardiff Castle, built up over centuries, before enjoying a fun Welsh banquet with entertainment.
(B, D)

Day 4: NANT GWRTHEYRN HERITAGE CENTRE
Drive through the lovely scenery of the Beacons National Park and continue north through the picturesque countryside of rural Wales. Take a stop in Brecon, and then stop to explore the historic market town of Machynlleth. Stop at the Nant Gwrtheyrn Heritage Centre, for a foray into the distinctive culture of Wales ‐ take a fun language lesson and a guided tour of the village. At the end of the visit, sample a traditional Welsh afternoon tea and cakes with your fellow travelers. Head to the coastal resort town of Llandudno and check in to your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 5: TRAM RIDE & BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE
Take the Great Orme Tramway, Britain’s only remaining cable‐operated street tramway, enjoying the  fantastic views of the bay from the Victorian tram cars. Go on to Liverpool, where you’ll visit the British Music Experience, which tells the story of British Music through costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia from the Beatles to today. Enjoy dinner at your hotel near Chester.
(B, D)

Day 6: FALCONRY EXPERIENCE & STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
The day starts with an extraordinary hands‐on private falconry experience at Chester Cathedral  ‐ the home of owls, falcons, hawks and a friendly vulture called Tinks. Travel to Stratford‐upon‐Avon. Stop at the birthplace of William Shakespeare to learn about the Bard before venturing on to enjoy a river cruise.
(B, D)

Day 7: WARNER BROS STUDIO TOUR & WINDSOR CASTLE
See how the magic was made at Warner Bros Studio’s “The Making of Harry Potter” and see original movie sets and 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. Have dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 8: TOUR ENDS IN WINDSOR
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.

 

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