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ID: 904
ENGLISH, WELSH AND SCOTLAND AFFAIR
Offered by Company : ID 523
Country : United Kingdom
Duration : 13 – 15 day(s)
Minimum Price : $4195 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $4195 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Culture Tour
 
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Cardiff Castle and Medieval Banquet, Castle Coch, Caerphilly Castle, Strata Florida Abbey, Aberystwyth, Harlech Castle, Caernarfon Castle, White Lion Pub Conwy Castle, Betws-y-coed, Wales River Cruise, Chirk Castle, Chester Rows, Lancaster Castle, Ambleside on Lake Windermere, Black Swan Inn, Carlisle Castle, Globe Pub, Robert Burn's House, Traquair House, Abbotsford House, Melrose Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, Rosslyn Chapel, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Bus Tour of Edinburgh,Highland Dinner and Show and more!
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15 Days on a small intimate tour of Wales and Scotland. No place on earth is tea more a way of life than in Great Britain. We have attempted to include every type of tearoom and teatime opportunity to give a full experience of this wonderful and fascinating ritual. This tour is limited to 8-10 people in order to provide a more personal experience. In keeping the tour size small we are able to take advantage of accommodation, restaurant and sightseeing options that would not be available to a larger group. We will not rush you from venue to venue and each tour is designed to spend as little time on the minibus as possible. We will stay in delightful and elegant city guest houses and fine country house hotels. Includes all accommodation, breakfast daily, all listed meals, all entrance fees and admissions, all taxes and guided minibus travel.

Day 1 - Depart for London, England.

Day 2 - Arrive London Heathrow but our adventure starts in Wales. Along the way we stop at The Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford-On-Avon for Afternoon Tea. We then continue to Wales where we find the Capitol City of Cardiff. After getting settled into our accommodation we will gather for a Welcoming Pub Dinner in Cardiff to kick off this tour. Overnight Cardiff.(L,D)

Day 3 - After a good Welsh breakfast we will visit Castle Coch. The name means Red Castle in Welsh and is truly a fairy tale creation designed by William Burges for the 3rd Marquis of Bute. This afternoon we will return to Cardiff where you will board an Open Top Bus complete with guide for a Tour of Cardiff City with hop on and off service taking in Cardiff Castle, National Museum and Gallery, Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay. This evening we visit Cardiff Castle for a Medieval Banquet. Overnight Cardiff.(B,D)

Day 4 - We leave Cardiff behind today on our way to Caerphilly Castle. Caerphilly is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe making it the largest in Britain after Windsor. Of the time of its building in the late 13th century, it was a revolutionary masterpiece of military planning. We will stop in the Market town of LLandovery for tea at the Penygawse Victorian Tearoom. This afternoon we travel to just outside of Tregaron to the haunting ruins of Strata Florida Abbey. Strata Florida Abbey was the base of King Henry IV and his son, later to become Henry V, in 1401. Then we are off to Aberystwyth for an evening free. Overnight Aberystwyth.(B,L)

Day 5 - We will take some time this morning to enjoy the lovely village of Aberystwyth, home to the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the National Library. The town is nestled between three hills, two beaches, and hosts some castle ruins, a pier and a harbour. The surrounding hills hold the visible remains of a iron age fort and also a monument to Wellington and once climbed offer stunning views of Cardigan Bay. We will take Afternoon Tea in Barmouth before we head further north to Harlech and Harlech Castle. As if its spectacular situation, foreboding might, and great power were not sufficient to ensure the fame of this magnificent castle, Harlech is also inseparably linked in Welsh myth with the tragic heroine of Branwen, the daughter of Llyr, of the Mabinogion. We then travel through the beautiful Snowdonia Region of Wales on our way to Betws-y-Coed. Dinner Ty Gwyn Hotel in Betws-y-Coed tonight. Overnight Betws-y-Coed.(B,L,D)

Day 6 - Following breakfast our first visit of the day is Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of the castles in Wales. Most impressive of all is the Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of turrets. We will stop in Llandudno for Afternoon Tea. Then on to Conwy Castle. Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle it is by any standards one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe. Conwy's well-preserved castle wall helps the town maintain a medieval character lost by other Welsh castle-towns over the years. Dinner at the White Lion Inn in Llanelian. Ale has been served on the site of the White Lion Inn since the year 722! Overnight Betws-y-Coed.(B,L,D)

Day 7 - After breakfast this morning we visit Chirk Castle, occupied virtually continuously as a castle and stately home for almost 700 years, sits on a hilltop with its best views over the Ceiriog Valley to the south. Then on to Llangollen, a lovely village nestled along side the River Dee. Afternoon Tea in Llangollen before we depart from picturesque Llangollen Wharf on the canal boat Thomas Telford and enjoy two hours of peaceful cruising along the stunning Dee Valley. A live commentary from the skipper gives the history, local knowledge and up to date gossip along the way. Pub Dinner at the Corn Mill. Overnight Llangollen.(B,L,D)

Day 8 - We leave Wales behind this morning as we enter into England. Our first stop today is at Chester, first settled by the Romans in AD 79. The main street is lined with timber buildings called the Chester Rows first built in the 13th & 14th centuries. Next stop is Lancaster and Lancaster Castle sighted on a city centre hilltop. The castle includes a 12th century Keep and a 14th century Witch's Tower. Our next stop is the lovely village of Ambleside upon the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere. We then continue on to Penrith for Pub Dinner at the Black Swan Inn. Overnight Penrith.(B,D)

Day 9 - Before leaving Penrith behind this morning we will visit Hutton-in-the-Forrest, reflecting centuries of history and change in a North Country Home. The house is of six periods between the 14th and 19th centuries. We will also stop in Carlisle at Carlisle Castle, a great medieval fortress that has watched over the City of Carlisle for over nine centuries. Visitors can explore fascinating and ancient chambers, stairways and dungeons and find the legendary 'licking stones'. This afternoon will find us in Dumfries which will be our home for the next two nights. We will have some time to explore before a visit to the Globe Inn, established in 1610 and a frequent haunt of Robert Burns. The Globe today is a treasure trove of Robert Burns history and an excellent pub. Globe Pub Dinner and Overnight Dumfries.(B,D)

Day 10 - This morning we will visit Burns House before a drive to the wee seaside village of Kirkcudbright. Kirkcudbright is a delightful artist community and home to MacLellan's Castle built in the town centre in 1582 by the Provost of Kirkcudbright. Tea at the Solway Tearoom before visiting Dundrennan Abbey founded in the 12th century and where Mary Queen Of Scots spent her last night before fleeing to England in May 1568. We will return to Dumfries where you will have the Evening Free for Dinner. Overnight Dumfries.(B,L)

Day 11 - Today we journey to The Borders with our first stop at Moffat and the Moffat Woollen Mills. Our next stop will be Traquair House, Scotland's oldest continuously inhabited house with history stretching over 900 years. We will Visit the Tearoom before taking a tour of the house. We next visit one of my favorite places, Abbotsford House, home to Sir Walter Scott. Abbotsford house's many of Scott's collection including items of Rob Roy MacGregor who he immortalized in word. Pub Dinner and Overnight Scottish Borders.(B,L,D)

Day 12 - Today will be spent taking in the Border Abbeys. The first of course will be Melrose Abbey, which was one of the richest Abbeys in Scotland and where Robert the Bruce's heart is buried. We will also visit Scott's View which was Sir Walter Scott's favourite view of the borders. We will visit Dryburgh Abbey which is considered the most evocative monastic ruin in Scotland and the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott. We will Lunch at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel before visiting the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey established in 1138, although fragments of 9th century Celtic stonework survive. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Scottish Borders.(B,L)

Day 13 - On our way to Edinburgh today we visit the 15th century medieval Rosslyn Chapel rich in unusual carvings and masonic symbolism. The Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew as it was to have been called, was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair. We will also stop at Craigmillar Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Scotland and just 3 miles from Edinburgh. It was begun in the early 15th century by the Preston family and the top of Craigmillar Castle ranks strongly as one of the best viewpoints in Edinburgh. Afternoon and evening free to explore. Overnight Edinburgh.(B,L)

Day 14 - After breakfast you will take in the sights of Scotland's Capitol City aboard an Open Top Tour Bus where on your way about the city you will see Holyrood Palace, Grey Friar's Bobby and Deacon Brodie' along with Edinburgh Castle. Get on and off at your own pace. After an afternoon of taking in Princes Street and the Royal Mile we will gather for a Farewell Dinner and Scottish Evening complete with Bagpipes, Song, Dance and the Ceremony of the Haggis! Overnight Edinburgh, Scotland(B,D)

Day 15 - Edinburgh International Airport for your journey home.
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