Authentic Local Experiences:
- Admire the beauty of Snowdonia National Park as a narrow-gauge train takes you through the heart of the region.
- Gain insights into the histories of Conwy, Oxford and Windsor as a local guide recounts facts and local lore on walking tours of these towns.
- Caernarfon Castle
- Cardiff Castle
- Roman Baths
- St Pauls Cathedral, London
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- Snowdonia Train Ride
- Tower of London
- 7 breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D) including a lively Welsh Banquet in Cardiff Castle on most departures.
- Hilton London Paddington, London (2 nights)
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff (1 night)
- Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon (2 nights)
- Mercure Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon (1 night)
- Macdonald Windsor 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.
Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff
This new 12-story hotel, opened in 2011, is one of Cardiff’s tallest buildings, with panoramic views over Cardiff Bay. The Cardiff Hotel Bar is open for drinks and casual food throughout the day. Stir Bar & Restaurant, overlooking Mill Lane, offers an array of dishes to tempt your taste buds. Two hundred sixteen guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay, offering the perfect place to relax and unwind. These spacious and airy rooms offer beds with crisp white duvet and pillows, with outstanding views of the beautiful Cardiff surroundings. Facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon
This Georgian-style property is comfortable and tastefully decorated with all modern conveniences. One hundred ten bright and airy bedrooms each have a cozy seating area, tea/coffee facilities, a TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Brasserie Draco serves Mediterranean-style cuisine and traditional breakfasts using fresh, local produce. Summit/Y Copa Bar and Bistro offers light snacks. The hotel features an indoor heated swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness suite. Located just outside the city walls, the hotel is a short walk from Caernarfon Castle and the charming old streets of the town.
Mercure Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
The Mercure Shakespeare Hotel is a traditional 4-star hotel which sits in the heart of historic Stratford-Upon-Avon. Just a short stroll away from Shakespeare’s birthplace and many local attractions, this hotel is convenient for those looking to explore and relax. The hotel is situated at Chapel Street, CV37 6ER. CIE Tours’ guests will love the guest rooms, all of which are furnished with cozy yet modern décor. Guests are welcome to enjoy lunch or dinner in Marco’s New York Italian, which serves delicious Italian and American cuisine. Those looking to refresh themselves can take afternoon tea or drinks from the huge selection available in The Lounge. When a break is needed from sightseeing, guests are invited to sit by real log fires and unwind.
Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor
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.
HEART OF WALES & ENGLAND 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1LONDON ARRIVAL & ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks. Stop at St Paul’s Cathedral to tour the awe-inspiring interior. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group.
Day 2INDEPENDENT TOURING IN LONDON
Explore London at your own pace on an independent Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour to see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and more. You may also take a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms. Or you might choose to visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. The evening is free for dining on your own. (B)
Day 3STONEHENGE, BATH & CARDIFF CASTLE BANQUET
Head to Salisbury Plain to view the huge monoliths of Stonehenge and, in the visitor center, learn about how they were built over 4,500 years ago. Visit the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. Travel into Wales to tour Cardiff Castle, then enjoy a fun Welsh banquet with entertainment. (B, D)
Day 4TRAIN RIDE & WELSH SCENERY
Enjoy a panoramic drive around Cardiff to view the principal features. Continue through the Brecon Beacons National Park and through rural Wales with its picturesque countryside. Take in the beauty of the Snowdonia National Park. A narrow-gauge train ride will take you through the heart of the region to admire mountain scenery. Head to your hotel in Caernarfon where you might choose to take a gentle walk through the ancient streets after dinner. (B, D)
Day 5NORTH WALES & SNOWDONIA
Visit the National Slate Museum, which high-lights the region’s former slate industry at its height in Victorian times. Pause for photos of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. Stroll in the quaint village of Betws-y-Coed. Stop in Conwy and take a walk through the narrow medieval streets to see the smallest house in Britain. Tour the walls and battle-ments of 13th-century Caernarfon Castle. (B, D)
Day 6LLANGOLLEN & SHAKESPEARE’S STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Head to the charming village of Llangollen and take a look around this typical Welsh settlement with many quaint tearooms and shops. Then head across the English border to enjoy the picturesque town of Bridgnorth, with attractive black and white houses. Take a panoramic tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, with an exhibition about his life and work, before walking through the house where he was born. Later, enjoy a cruise along the River Avon. (B, D)
Day 7COTSWOLDS & WINDSOR CASTLE
Take in the gentle hills of the Cotswolds, renowned for its pretty cottages and colorful gardens. Stop in Broadway, typical of the lovely old villages in the region. Take a walking tour through Oxford to learn about the famous colleges and enjoy lunch on your own. Tour Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences, to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. In the evening, take a brief stroll around the compact and historic town of Windsor with a local guide. (B)
Day 8TOUR ENDS IN WINDSOR
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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