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England & Wales

August 20-29, 2020

Classic Tour

It might be small but England packs a lot of scenery and history into its pint-sized shores. With a story that stretches back more than 5000 years (and likely long before), England is a place where the past is a constant presence, ruined castles perch on lonely hilltops, medieval cathedrals compete with regal palaces and improbably ostentatious stately homes pop up with bewildering regularity. Join us as we explore this Royal yet quaint country.

 

Signature Moments

  • Experience everything London has to offer
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at the Wallace Collection
  • Relax on a cruise on the River Thames and Avon
  • Feel the mystery of Stonehenge
  • Take your iconic picture in front of Buckingham Palace
  • Feel like royalty with a castle dinner
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 9 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Group Airport transfers
  • 9 breakfast, 3 dinners
  • Private minivan transportation throughout
  • Guided tour of London
  • Visit Westminster Abbey & St Paul's Cathedral
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Cruise on River Thames
  • Visit British Museum
  • Visit Kew Gardens
  • Afternoon tea at Wallace Collection
  • Visit Stonehenge
  • Panoramic tour of Bath
  • Visit Roman Baths and pump room
  • Panoramic tour of Cardiff
  • Cardiff Castle Banquet
  • Panoramic tour of Brecon Beacon
  • Snowdonia Steam Train ride
  • Tour of Caernarfon
  • Visit National Slate Museum
  • Visit Caernarfon Castle
  • Panoramic tour of Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Cruise on River Avon
  • Panoramic tour of the Cotswolds
  • Walking tour of Windsor
  • Visit Windsor Castle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club England & Wales Tour
Day 1 - Arrive London

Welcome to England!
On arrival we will set out on a guided tour of London, including a photo stop at Buckingham Palace, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and a visit to the Tower of London. After our tour we will check into our hotel. This evening we will a welcome dinner together to get better acquainted.
Accommodations - Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

 

Day 2 - London

After breakfast we will continue our touring of London with visits to Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and St Paul's Cathedral. One of the most impressive historic places to visit in London, the gothic spires of Westminster Abbey are a sight to behold. It’s been the centerpiece of royal ceremonies for centuries, from coronations to royal weddings and funerals. Step inside and explore the magnificent interior, from the vaulted ceilings and coronation chair to the tombs of kings and famous poets.
Sit back and relax this afternoon on a cruise on River Thames and then tonight we will enjoy a wonderful dinner in an authentic English Pub.
Accommodations - Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

 

Day 3 - London

We will start our day with a visit to the British Museum. Founded in 1753, the British Museum is London’s largest and most visited museum. Its gigantic permanent collection includes over 8 million historical artifacts, with everything from Egyptian mummies to Roman treasures. Highlights include sculptures from the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, and the 12th-century Lewis chessmen.
In the afternoon, visit Kew Gardens With 326 acres (121 hectares) of exotic plants, woodland trails, and lily ponds, plus 30,000-plus plant species, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew offer an idyllic escape for Londoners. As well as being one of London’s most visited outdoor attractions, the gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and house one of the oldest and most significant botanical collections in the world.
Afternoon tea at the Wallace Collection. The Wallace Collection is this incredible collection of fine art, sculptures, furniture and all kinds of odd things, homed across 25 galleries in central London. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea of delicate finger sandwiches, homemade scones, Cornish clotted cream, Peyton & Byrne preserves and a delicious medley of cakes.
Accommodations - Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

 

Day 4 - Cardiff

This morning we depart for Cardiff. Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff with a brief walk to see the principal areas and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since ancient Roman times. Stop for lunch on your own in this historic spa town. Then marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge at Salisbury Plain and learn about the primitive building methods used to create such an enduring monument.
Then we make our way to Cardiff Castle. Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic, the original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort. After a tour of the castle enjoy a Welsh banquet with lively music and entertainment
Accommodations - Mercure Hotel, Cardiff

 

Day 5 - Caernarfon

We will start our day with a panoramic tour of Brecon Beacon, before boarding the Snowdonia Steam Train Ride. Since 1896 visitors have been travelling to Llanberis, to experience this unique rail journey to the Summit of the highest mountain in Wales and England. A true mountain and place of legend, come with us and see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most wonderful railway journeys in the world.
On our way to the hotel for the evening we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the royal town community of Caernarfon.
Accommodations - Celtic Royal Hotel

 

Day 6 - Caernarfon

First we visit the National Slate Museum. The National Slate Museum is located at Gilfach Ddu in the 19th-century workshops of the now disused Dinorwic slate quarry. The museum also has the largest working waterwheel in mainland Britain, which is available for viewing via several walkways.
We will stop for a photo stop at Mount Snowdon before heading to the village of Betws-y-coed.
Then we will visit Caernarfon Castel, a brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less. Most castles are happy with round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the order of the day, with the Eagle Tower being the most impressive of these. You will also note the colour-coded stones carefully arranged in bands. The site of this great castle wasn’t chosen by accident. It had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort stood nearby. The lure of water and easy access to the sea made the banks of the River Seiont an ideal spot for Edward’s monster in masonry.
Accommodations - Celtic Royal Hotel

 

Day 7 - Stratford-Upon-Avon

This morning we head to Stratford Upon Avon, a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands and the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Later enjoy a cruise on the River Avon.
Accommodations - Doubletree by Hilton

 

Day 8 - Windsor

This morning we will head for Windsor. En-route, enjoy a panoramic tour of the Cotswolds.
If you’re looking for somewhere with a surprise round every corner then look no further than the beautiful Cotswolds. Famous for quintessentially English market towns and villages built from honey-coloured stone, the Cotswolds are a range of gently rolling hills and the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales making them a perfect base for keen walkers and cyclists. The Cotswolds are about 25 miles across and 90 miles long, cross six English counties and stretch from just south of historic Stratford-upon-Avon to beautiful Bath. During the Middle Ages the area became prosperous from the lucrative wool trade which is why you’ll find so many beautiful churches and manor houses. Hardly surprising then so many Cotswold locations have featured in tv programmes and films – most recently Poldark, Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films.
Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of Oxford with local guide. Oxford is one of England’s most renowned university cities and on this walking tour, admire Oxford landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, Christchurch Cathedral, and the Ashmolean Museum; learn more about the city’s fascinating history and heritage; and see the famous Oxford University colleges.
Accommodations - MGallery Hotel

 

Day 9 - Windsor

This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of Windsor.
This afternoon we will visit Windsor Castel. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years and is today one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. In May 2018, the Castle was provided a spectacular backdrop to the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which took place in St George's Chapel. Occupying over 10.5 hectares, the Castle offers a varied day out for visitors, including a visit to the magnificent State Apartments and St George's Chapel, and an opportunity to see the tiny treasures of Queen Mary's Dolls' House. The Castle's State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works from the Royal Collection, reflecting the changing tastes of the Castle's royal occupants, particularly those of Charles II and George IV. Among the masterpieces on display are paintings by Holbein, Rubens and Van Dyck, Sèvres porcelain and exquisite English and French furniture. Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the kings and queens who have lived at Windsor.
This afternoon is yours at leisure to further explore. Windsor is filled with cute boutiques, grand cafes and buzzing restaurants, so there is something for everyone.
Accommodations - MGallery Hotel

 

Day 10 - Windsor - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and the amazing friends you have made along the way. After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $6129 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $6999 CAD per person (your own room)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $250 per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - June 1, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Irene Murray
Irene has recently retired and really enjoys to travel to fill her time. She loves to stay active and is looking forward to trying some competitive running.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to London
Depart from London

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
Women's Travel Club England & Wales Tour
Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

Once home to the Vanderbilt family, this elegant hotel with a columned facade occupies 10 19th-century townhouses.

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Mercure Hotel Cardiff

The Mercure Cardiff Holland House and Spa is a modern 4-star hotel situated in the vibrant capital city of Wales.

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Celtic Royal Hotel

Dating from 1794, this upscale hotel is a 6-minute walk from the 13th-century Caernarfon Castle, and 15 minutes' walk from Segontium, a Roman fort.

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Doubletree by Hilton

Experience the charm, warmth and friendly service of the DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford upon Avon. This hotel is the perfect base for exploring Shakespeare’s home town, within easy reach of historic attractions including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Warwick Castle.

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MGallery Hotel

Immerse yourself in history in a unique location. Castle Hotel Windsor is an elegant Georgian building with a rich past and an enviable address: directly opposite Windsor Castle. Walk through the doors and walk back in time, as you discover fascinating authentic features and lovingly restored décor, before you retire to your gloriously relaxing room.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request