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England and Wales Beyond the Hedge Row
CaernarfonCastle
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Tour Dates June 15th - 30th, 2018 (16 days)
Included meals 14 breakfasts, 14 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Bill Wheeler
Pricing from $7,895 CAD
Come along as we travel through Wales and England and visit sites of great historical importance and places of wonderful scenic beauty. Our journey takes us through scenic Northern Wales and Snowdonia National Park. We also see the great castles built by King Edward I and many quaint little villages along the way. There is no shortage of picturesque vistas. Then we travel into England to see the home of Wiliam Shakespeare, Blenheim Palace and incredible Stonehenge.Then after visiting Canterbury, Dover, Brighton and Portsmouth, we finish our travels in the Great city of London.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Canada

Friday, June 15th, 2018

The excitement builds as we prepare to leave for the British Isles, a land filled with a proud history, majestic castles, quaint villages and countless scenic delights.

Day 2 - Arrive Manchester

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

WalledRomancityUpon arrival in Manchester, we are met by our guide and directed to our waiting coach. We then travel to Chester where we see the medieval homes, and the Roman Amphitheatre. After a short walking tour we are taken to our hotel to check in and freshen up before dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Llandudno - Conwy - Caernarfon

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

SnowdoniaToday we travel into Wales and make our first stop in Llandudno. Here we take a ride on the Great Orme Tramway which is comprised of four of the original Victorian Tramcars. It is a unique experience, offering fantastic views of Llandudno's sweeping bays and the Great Orme, a site of specific scientific interest. Then we stop to visit Conwy Castle, built by King Edward I in the late 13th century. Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of the Welsh castles, begun in 1283 by King Edward I. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. On our way back to Chester we travel through the magnificent Snowdonia National Park. A spectacular sight rising to 3,560 feet, Snowdon is the biggest mountain in Wales and England.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Devil's Bridge - Aberystwyth

Monday, June 18th, 2018

DevilsBridgeAberystwythToday we are back to Wales and the area of Pontarfynach where we see the Devil's Bridge and take a walk up to see the waterfalls. Please note that this can be a difficult walk, but there is a tea house for those not up to it. After our visit to the falls we travel on to Aberystwyth, the principal holiday resort and administrative centre of the west coast of Wales. It is also home to the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the National Library. Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest electric cliff railway in Britain. It climbs Constitution Hill from the northern end of the town's promenade to the summit which reveals an amazing panorama. We then check into our hotel in Aberystwyth for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Shrewsbury - Stratford

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Shakespeare's BirthplaceToday we leave Wales and travel to the beautiful Garden city of Shrewsbury. We enjoy a walking tour of the city which is the county town for Shropshire, England. Set amidst glorious countryside near the Welsh Borders, it is one of England's finest medieval market towns. We'll see the timber-framed black & white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways. Visit the Castle, now a regimental museum, and see the many references around the town to Charles Darwin, who was born and educated here. Later, we continue to Stratford and our hotel for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Stratford City Tour

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Anne Hathaway's CottageThis morning we will tour Stratford, visiting the birth home of William Shakespeare, and enjoy a walk along High Street. Then we will visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage on the outskirts of the city. The remainder of the day is free to explore, shop or just relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Blenheim Palace - Winchester

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Blenheim PalaceWe travel south today and make a stop at Blenheim Palace (WHS). Boasting a long and diverse history, it is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, and was the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim is Britain's greatest Palace, and was built between 1705 and 1733. Today the palace and gardens are one of the finest heritage attractions in the UK. Next it's on to Winchester, where we visit the impressive Cathedral. Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the massive Cathedral you see today. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, on the site of an early Christian church. It’s been a place of worship ever since.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Glastonbury - Stonehenge

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

StonehengeToday we travel to Glastonbury to visit the Abbey, which has been there in some form since the 7th century. Next we'll visit the Chalice Well Gardens. The Chalice Well is one of Britain's most ancient wells, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards as a living sanctuary in which the visitor can experience the quiet healing of this sacred place. Next, we arrive at Stonehenge where we can walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. If time permits on our way back to Winchester, we will make a stop in Salisbury to see the cathedral.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Royal Tunbridge Wells - Sissinghurst

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

PantilesWe travel across southern England today and make a stop in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a large affluent town in western Kent. Here, we have time to wander the Pantiles which is THE must-see of the borough. After a break for lunch, we take a short ride to visit Sissinghurst Castle - the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. The castle gardens are world renowned. We then carry on to Folkestone and our hotel for the next three nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Tour Canterbury - Free Time

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Canterbury CathedralToday we tour the sights of Canterbury. Starting with a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. It dates back to 597AD when St Augustine became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat in Canterbury. Then we see the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, which include the remains of the monastery where the monks lived and worshiped. St Augustine first worshiped with his followers in St Martin's Church. These three sites are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS). This afternoon we are free to learn about Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their pilgrimage from London to Canterbury Cathedral. Or take a stroll along the sculptors trail around the old city.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Day Trip to Dover

Monday, June 25th, 2018

WhiteCliffsWe take a short ride to the city of Dover, "The White Cliffs Country". Our first stop is at the famous White Cliffs to get a view of what the pilots in the second world war saw as the safety of home when returning from missions in Europe. We visit the Battle of Britain Memorial. Next we will tour Deal Castle, one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England. Today you can explore the whole castle, from the exciting dark passages to the first floor captain's residence. Then after a break for lunch, we visit Dover Castle and discover 2000 years of history. Step inside the Great Tower and immerse yourself in the medieval world and royal court of King Henry ll. Later, we return to our hotel in Folkestone.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Brighton - Chichester - Portsmouth

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Royal PavilionToday we travel to Brighton, where we have some time to stroll along the Palace pier and the beach area. Then a short break for lunch and the opportunity to ride the British Airways i360 tower, the world’s tallest moving observation tower. We continue to Chichester and a tour of the Weald and Downland Living Museum - a step back in time to explore a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings. Finally it's off to Portsmouth where we stay for the next two nights. The UK’s only island city is ideal for a short break by the sea.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Portsmouth Touring

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

HMSVictoryAfter breakfast, we tour the sights of Portsmouth where we will view the ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. The Victory is the Royal Navy's most famous warship. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy. Then the HMS Warrior - the fastest, largest and most powerful warship in the world when she was launched. We take a break for lunch at the Gunwharf Quays and afterwards visit the Mary Rose Museum. The Mary Rose is a Tudor ship built in 1510, in service for 34 years, then sunk in 1545. It was subsequently re-discovered in 1971 and raised in 1982.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - Hampton Court - Windsor Palace

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Windsor CastleThis morning we visit Hampton Court Palace and gardens. Building of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, but when he fell out of favour, the King took the palace back. Next is the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle. It is the largest inhabited castle in the world and has been home to the monarchy since 1078 when it was first built by William the Conqueror. After our tour of the castle, including the sumptuous state apartments, we travel into London and our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - London Sightseeing

Friday, June 29th, 2018

London Eye DuskDuring our panoramic tour of London this morning we'll see all the major sights including Harrods, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. We make a stop at Westminster Abbey (WHS), the coronation site for all but two British monarchs. Then we take a 'flight' on the "London Eye", the world's highest observation wheel which provides amazing views over the city. The Eye is a thirty-minute ride in a high-tech fully enclosed capsule which rises 450 feet above the river Thames. After a break for lunch, perhaps at a local pub, we visit and tour the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. Tonight we toast the success of our journey at a farewell supper.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Return Home

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

We are taken to the airport for our return flight with fresh memories of our tour and the new friends we have made along the way. While we may be sad that our trip is over, we are excited about returning home to share our experiences with family and friends.

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Llandudno Tram Ride
  • Ride the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway
  • Explore Dover Castle
  • Ride the British Airways i360 tower in Brighton
  • Flight on the London Eye

Prices per person (CAD)

Toronto$7,895
Single supplement$1,300

Deposit

Deposit of $300 is fully refundable until March 7th, 2018

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Included

  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for included services
  • All foreign taxes
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation

Not included

  • Meals not shown
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
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