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Great Britain Autumn Adventure
Dartmoor National Park
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Tour Dates September 16th - 28th, 2018 (13 days)
Included meals 11 breakfasts, 11 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Robert & Hilary Merritt
Pricing from $6,195 CAD
Join us on an unforgettable trip to Scotland, Wales and a bit of England; areas rich in history, natural beauty, quaint villages and world-class cities. Travel from Scotland's capital where the ancient Edinburgh Castle towers over the city, to the amazing panoramic views on the west coast of Wales, and England’s southwest county of Devon which encompasses sandy beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks. On this delightful journey discover another side of Great Britain.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart for Britain

Sunday, September 16th, 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 Scotland

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Cityscape At DuskUpon our arrival in Edinburgh Scotland we will be met by our guide and taken to our coach. We enjoy a short scenic drive through the city, stop for lunch on our own, and then continue to our hotel. Later, we have time to freshen up or rest before dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Edinburgh City tour

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

St. Giles CathedralThis morning we have a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS). We see the 16th century "Old Town", steeped in history from the Grassmarket - where criminals were hanged in the olden days, to the cobbled High Street. The Royal Mile, extends from the hilltop Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II). After a visit to Edinburgh Castle, we have time to visit St. Giles Cathedral with its exquisite Thistle Chapel. This was the centre of the Reformation during the ministry of John Knox. We then take a drive through the elegant, wide, tree lined streets of the "New Town" with possibly the most extensive area of conserved Georgian architecture in Europe. Later this afternoon there is a wee bit of time to rest, shop, or explore on our own.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - New Lanark - Windermere

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

New Lanark World Heritage SiteToday we drive to New Lanark (WHS) for a visit. In the late 1700's, Robert Owen harnessed the Falls of Clyde to power four great linen mills. He also built adequate housing for his workers, provided them with medical support, classes for the children, and a nursery to relieve mothers. This World Heritage Site stands as a testament to the man who would not employ children, and who said "women are not to be exploited". After our tour we depart for Windermere in the lake country of northern England. We travel through the Southern Uplands of Scotland and cross into England where we stop to visit Hadrian's wall at Birdoswald. Later, we continue through Carlisle and on to our hotel in the lake district.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Liverpool - Chester

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

BeatlesStoryThis morning we head south to Liverpool (WHS) and stop to visit Albert Dock. Here, we take in the Beatles Story - the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. Afterward, we continue to Chester where we stay for two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Portmeirion - Caernarfon - Llandudno

Friday, September 21st, 2018

WalledRomancityToday our coach takes us across to the Welsh coast and the tourist village Portmeirion in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. Next we travel along the edge of the Snowdonia highlands and enjoy the scenery as we make our way up to Caernarfon where we see the walls of the city and visit Caernarfon Castle (WHS). Here, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of the Wales' castles. We'll also get a view of Anglesey Island, just off the Welsh coast. Now we're off to Llandudno where we take a tram ride to the top of the Great Orme Hill for some remarkable views. After, we visit Conwy castle (WHS) built to protect the northern coast, and then drive back to our hotel in Chester.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Aberystwyth

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

SnowdoniaWe take another ride through the beautiful Welsh countryside, this time to the central coast area and the town of Aberystwyth. Aberystwyth is 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, and at the summit an amazing panorama is revealed. On a clear day views extend as far as the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire to the south, the entire expanse of Cardigan Bay opening to the west, and the mountains of Snowdonia to the north.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Big Pit Mining Museum - Cardiff

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Cardiff CastleToday we travel to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. On our way we drive through the Brecon Beacons National Park, and stop to visit the Big Pit Mining Museum. After some time to enjoy the views, we continue on to our hotel in Cardiff.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Cardiff - Swansea

Monday, September 24th, 2018

View of the BayToday we travel a short distance to visit Swansea. After a break for lunch we visit the Wales National Waterfront Museum which celebrates the industrial and maritime history of Wales dating back to the 1800s. Later, we take a little time to enjoy the seascape vistas of Swansea Bay and to wander along the beach. We head back to Cardiff for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Bath - Exeter

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Roman BathsWe leave Cardiff this morning and head to Bath (WHS). We have a short walking tour of the city, and visit the Roman Bath that the city drew its name from. We continue to our next stop in Exeter, an ancient city on the River Exe. Dating back to the Roman era, the Exeter City Walls surround its centre and the gothic Exeter Cathedral and Castle. Later, we check into our hotel in Newton Abbot located on the banks of the Teign River.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Dartmouth

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

DartmouthCastleToday we travel to the south coast of England and the City of Dartmouth. Dartmouth Museum is a small fascinating museum offering an insight into Dartmouth’s rich history. Housed in the historic Butterwalk building, the collections are wide ranging with everything from the maritime history of Dartmouth, to its physical development throughout the years. We enjoy the passing scenery on our way back to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Plymouth - Dartmoor NP

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Dartmoor National ParkWe set off for Plymouth this morning. Here we see the historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour, the heart of the city's heritage, and a source of many historical stories. We continue to the famous Mayflower Steps from which the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have left England in 1620, for a new life in America. After a lunch break we drive through the Dartmoor National Park – all 368 square miles of it. From its striking granite tors and steep wooded river valleys, to swathes of heather-covered moorland and hidden villages, Dartmoor is an awe-inspiring land of contrasts. Later, we head east to our overnight hotel where this evening at our farewell dinner, we raise a glass to toast our wonderful tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Return Home

Friday, September 28th, 2018

This morning we continue to London's Heathrow Airport to board our return flight. 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

  • Visit the Beatles Story in Liverpool
  • Tram Ride to the top of Great Orme Hill
  • Ride the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Prices per person (CAD)

Toronto$6,195
Ottawa$6,395
Single supplement$850

Deposit

Deposit of $300 is fully refundable until June 8th, 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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