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Thoroughly England and Wales
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Tour Dates May 28th - June 15th, 2018 (19 days)
Included meals 17 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 15 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Dr Bob & Fay Jackson
Pricing from $9,095 CAD
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable trip to England and Wales, a region filled with rich history, beautiful nature, quaint villages and world-class cities. The majority of your meals, a great variety of sightseeing and several special highlights are included to make this tour stand out from anything else in the marketplace. Join us on this comprehensive tour that reveals England and Wales cultural heritage, natural beauty and friendly people as never before experienced.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart for London

Monday, May 28th, 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 in London - Windsor

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Windsor CastleUpon arrival in London, we are met by our guide and driver. We travel a short distance to visit Windsor Castle, and if the Queen is not in residence we will inspect the state apartments. We have a short break to have lunch, and later drive past Eton College on our way to our hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Tunbridge - Knole House - Dover

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

WhiteCliffsRoyal Tunbridge Wells is a large affluent town in western Kent. Here, we have time to wander the Pantiles which is THE must-see of the borough. We also visit Knole House nestled in a vast medieval deer-park nearby. After a break for lunch, it's off to Dover to admire the famous 'White Cliffs' that welcomed home the fliers during WWII. During a visit to the famous Dover Castle we learn about its history. Then back to Tunbridge and our hotel for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Brighton - Portsmouth

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

HMSVictoryAfter breakfast we depart our hotel for Brighton. Here, we will wander along the beach, Boardwalk and pier before seeing the British airways i360 tower, the world’s tallest moving observation tower. Then we continue to Portsmouth to 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 HMS Warrior was the fastest, largest and most powerful warship of her day.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Salisbury - Stonehenge - Bath

Friday, June 1st, 2018

PanoramaThis morning we visit the city of Salisbury with its famous cathedral where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Our next stop is the awe inspiring World Heritage Site of Stonehenge (WHS). This Neolithic monument is one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Later we drive to Bath and check-in to our hotel for two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Bath

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Roman BathsWe start the morning off with a short walking tour of the city of Bath (WHS), visiting the Roman Bath that the city drew its name from. This afternoon is free to relax or explore on our own, and this evening, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Blenheim Palace - Oxford

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Blenheim PalaceToday we travel to visit Blenheim Palace (WHS), located just outside of Oxford. This home boasts a long and diverse history. It was the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill and currently houses the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family. We take a break for lunch in Oxford and stop for a photo of the famous Oxford University. Later, we arrive in Stratford for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Stratford - Coventry - Chester

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Anne Hathaway's CottageThis morning we will tour Stratford, visiting the birth home of William Shakespeare, and enjoy a walk along High Street. Before departing we will visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage on the outskirts. Then we travel to Coventry to see the bombed out ruins of the Cathedral, as well as the new Cathedral built to replace it. We then continue to Chester and our hotel for the next three nights. While we are here we will see the medieval homes, and the Roman Amphitheatre.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Llandudno - Caernarfon

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

CaernarfonCastleToday our coach takes us to Wales. We stop to visit Conwy castle (WHS) built to protect the northern coast. Then we travel to Llandudno and enjoy a tram ride to the top of the Great Orme Hill to admire the stunning views. We continue southwest to Caernarfon to see the walls of the city and visit Caernarfon Castle (WHS) where King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of the Welsh castles. On a clear day, we may also get a view of Anglesey Island, just off the coast. Later, we return to Chester on a drive via Snowdonia National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Portmeirion - Aberystwyth

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Snowdonia LandscapeThis morning, we enjoy another drive through the beautiful Welsh countryside to the tourist village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the style of an Italian village. From here, we head to the town of 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. This afternoon, we take a ride on the Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway! This 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. On a clear day this extends as far as the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire to the south, the expanse of Cardigan Bay to the west, and the mountains of Snowdonia to the North. Later we return to Chester for dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Liverpool - Manchester

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

BeatlesStoryWe depart Chester today and drive north to Liverpool (WHS) to visit Albert Dock, and take in the Beatles Story, the world's largest permanent exhibition devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. Next, we drive to Manchester and visit Media City where the hit television show Coronation Street was filmed. Later, we check into our hotel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Pately Bridge - Yorkshire Dales

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Yorkshire Dales National ParkThis morning we take a leisurely drive up through the Yorkshire Dales, and make a stop at Pateley Bridge where we visit the oldest sweet shop in all of England. We continue through the Dales and into the Lake District and our hotel in Windermere. We have some free time this afternoon to wander the town and enjoy the scenery.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Hadrian's Wall - Newcastle - Harrogate

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Hadrian's WallToday we continue the scenic drive through the lake country on our way to visit Hadrian's wall (WHS), and Housestead. After our visit here, we start the journey south to Newcastle where we see the Quayside, Millennium Bridge, Tyne and Swing bridges as well as the Castle Keep and Sage Gateshead. We continue to our hotel in Harrogate for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - York City tour - Yorvik Museum

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

York MinsterWe have the whole day touring the city of York, starting with the City Walls and Micklegate. We meander through the Shambles area to visit York Castle and Clifton's Hill. At the Yorvik Viking Centre we see life in the times of the Vikings. Afterwards, we visit York Minster and may attend Evensong if we wish at 5:15 pm. We also will have free time in the afternoon to explore on our own.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Cambridge - London

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Cambridge UniversityToday we are bound for London. On the way we stop in Cambridge for a short tour to see the university and its botanical gardens. Later, we check into our hotel in London.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - London City Tour

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Westminster AbbeyWe enjoy a tour of the city of London today. At its heart we see the parliament buildings and Big Ben, admire Westminster Abbey, and visit Trafalgar Square. We will enjoy lunch at Crypt of St Martin in the Field, and in the afternoon take a ride on the famous London Eye. Later we visit the V&A Theatre Exhibition. Tonight is free to do as we please and perhaps try one of the local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17 - Tower of London - Globe Theatre

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Tower of LondonThis morning we are taken to visit 'Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London' (WHS). Here we see the magnificent Crown Jewels. Next we travel to the Globe Theatre, which was originally built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. It was destroyed by fire in 1613. A modern reconstruction was built on the original site in 1997, and houses remarkable artifacts of the early days of theatre. Tonight we will enjoy dinner in the theatre district, followed by a live play in one of the many theatres located in the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 - Free day in London

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Buckingham PalaceToday we have the full day to enjoy London on our own. Visit Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace, or take a hop on hop off bus tour of the city. Most museums in London have free entry, and there are too many to list. Tonight we meet for our final dinner together to toast the success of our travels.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 - Return Home

Friday, June 15th, 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

  • Explore Dover Castle
  • Llandudno Tram Ride
  • Ride the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway
  • Flight on the London Eye
  • Theatre Performance in London

Prices per person (CAD)

Toronto$9,095
Single supplement$1,900

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Deposit of $300 is fully refundable until February 17th, 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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