September 19 – October 2, 2017 (This tour is now closed to reservations)
From exciting London to the peaceful countryside – Come and join us in the best of England and Wales.
Your Tour Includes:
- Airfare from Salt Lake City (airfare can be arranged for other cities) Please inquire.
- 13 nights superior hotel accommodations
- Motor-coach transportation
- Breakfast daily plus 6 dinners
- Sightseeing in England & Wales with admissions to: London City Tour, Hampton Court Palace, Hever Castle, Canterbury, Greenwich Museum, Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace, Oxford, Stratford, Shakespeare Birthplace, Cotswold Villages, Liverpool, Bath, Port Sunlight Village, scenic North Coast of Wales drive, Mersey Cruise, Gloucester Cathedral, St. Fagan’s Museum, Big Pit Museum, and so much more!
- Hosted by Professional Travel Director
$3785.00 Double occupancy
Single occupancy add $885.00
All rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Taxes are an additional $310.86
Call Knight Tours and Cruises 1-877-811-3244
Be sure to enroll early as this tour is limited in size.
Countryside of England and Wales
England and Wales Itinerary
September 19th – This morning we will meet at the Salt Lake City airport to board our flight to Manchester, England.
September 20th – Upon our arrival in Manchester we will travel a short distance to the Port city of Liverpool, where we will begin our Liverpool experience on an exciting Mersey River Adventure, which offers a stunning view of the cities famous skyline. As you relax and take in the views, you’ll be captivated as the rich and fascinating history of the UNESCO World Heritage waterfront unfolds before you.
September 21st – Before leaving Liverpool, we will stop at the focal point of Liverpool, the restored Albert Docks complex where thousands of Mormon converts boarded ships for their journey to America. Another unique stop we will make this morning will be Port Sunlight, a model community built by the Lever Brothers to accommodate workers in their soap factory. This charming village is full of fascinating stories and incredible architecture dating back to the 1880’s. You’ll enjoy Port Sunlight!
This afternoon we’ll enjoy a scenic drive on the north coast of Wales overlooking the Irish Sea where we will make a short stop at the seaside resort town of Colwyn Bay. On our way to Worcester, we will pass through the picturesque market town of Denbigh which is known for its friendly Welsh town folks. The 12th century Worcester Castle overlooks this University Cit that has a steep history of industry, architecture, and top class sports teams and venues. It is here where we will enjoy a delightful dinner at our hotel which was once a Victorian glove factory. (breakfast, dinner)
September 22nd– Today we’ll start the day off with a pleasant drive to Gloucester. Originally Gloucester was a settlement for retired Roman soldiers but it came into its own in medieval times, when the pious public flocked to see the grave of Edward II who financed the building of what remains one of England’s most beautiful cathedrals. We will have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral which has almost 1000 years of history to share. Maureen Nield spent her youth growing up in Gloucester and has so much to share with us in this country town.
Have your cameras ready this afternoon as we enjoy a beautiful drive through Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. Formerly a royal hunting grounds, the Forest of Dean is the oldest oak forest in England and is a wonderful place to walk, cycle, or paddle. Its mysterious depths supposedly inspired the forests of JRR Tolkien’s books, and key scenes in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows were set here. We will continue onto Cardiff Wales to spend the night. (breakfast)
September 23rd – If you have Welsh ancestry you’ll enjoy what is in store for today. St. Fagan’s is one of Europe’s leading open-air museums chronicling the historical lifestyle, culture and architecture of the Welsh people. You’ll love strolling through the gardens, visitng the 16th century manor house, the St. Fagan’s Castle and over 40 more structures at this village museum.
You’ll get an up close look at how many of the Welsh men earned a living as we visit the Big Pit National Coal Museum. The museum is set in a unique industrial landscape, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain’s leading mining Museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, visiting Big Pit is an exciting and informative day. (breakfast, dinner)
September 24th – Leaving Wales, we cross the Severn Bridge for a visit to the elegant Georgian City of Bath, famous for its Roman relics. In a nation packed with pretty cities, Bath still stands out as the Belle of the ball. The city was founded by the Romans, who established the spa resort of Aqua Solis to take advantage of the area’s hot springs. Today we will visit the huge abbey church which took over 100 years to build and completed in 1616, making it the last great medieval church raised in England. While here, we’ll visit the Romans Baths Museum to see the elaborate spas, valued since roman times for their curative properties.
You won’t have to pinch yourself – because it is true, this afternoon you get to visit some of the finest Cotswolds Villages. Charming stone cottages with thatched roofs, graceful churches, narrow streets, meandering streams, and well-manicured English gardens. We’ll visit the most picturesque villages in England, including Bilbury and Buford. This is Old England as you pictured it and you won’t be disappointed. We will wind up our day with our arrival in Oxford, where we will spend three nights at the same comfortable and centrally located hotel. (breakfast, dinner)
September 25th – We have purposely kept today free so that you can enjoy the day at your own pace and do the things you desire in the legendary university city of Oxford. Perhaps you’ll want to participate in a walking tour of Oxford, visit one of the many amazing museums, or enjoy a stroll around the botanical gardens. Maureen & Barry will be happy to make a recommendation for you or to have you join them in a memorable adventure. (breakfast)
September 26th – The pursuit of literary history will take us to the village of Shottery to visit the timber-framed childhood home of Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare. Then on to Stratford-upon-Avon, to Shakespeare’s birthplace. Browse exhibits that tell the story of how his name and works came to be known around the world and then check out the town at your own pace. Next, we’re off to nearby Warwick which still remains a treasure-house of medieval architecture with rich veins of history and charming streets, dominated by the soaring turrets of Warwick Castle of which we will pay a visit. We will return to our hotel in Oxford and enjoy a delightful dinner at the hotel restaurant. (breakfast, dinner)
September 27th –One of the country’s most stately homes, Blenheim Palace, is a monumental Baroque fantasy designed in the early 1700’s The land and funds to build the house were granted to John Churchill Duke of Marlborough, by a grateful Queen Anne after his decisive victory at the 1704 Battle of Blenheim. After visiting the home filled with statues, tapestries, ostentatious furniture and giant oil paintings, we will visit the Chruchill Exhiition, which is dedicated to the life, work and writings of Sir Winston Churchill who was born at Blenheim in 1874. You’ll want to retire to the lavish parks and gardens for a quiet moment here at Blenheim.
You are in for a treat this afternoon as we have admission to visit the largest and oldest occupied fortress in the world, Windsor Castle. It is a majestic vision of battlements and towers. It’s used for state occasions and is one of the Queen’s principal residences; and if she’s at home, we’ll see the Royal Standard flying from the Round Tower. We’ll arrive in London this evening with pleasant accommodations in the Kensington area of the city. (breakfast)
September 28th – Just 13 miles outside of London is the Hampton Court Palace, England’s largest and grandest Tudor structure. Our tour of the palace is led by costumed historians which will help make our visit fun and informative. After the tour, feel free to visit the gardens but don’t get lost in the 300-year old maze because our next stop will be Greenwich, which is just down the River Thames from London.
Greenwich overflows with royal, maritime and astronomical associations – and is known across the globe for Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian where east meets west. We’ll visit the Maritime Museum and add to that the rolling parklands, superior views and lively markets, and you will have the ingredients of a great day in Greenwich. Back in London a pub dinner is planned for our group. (breakfast, dinner)
September 29th – Canterbury is a showpiece from the past, with its dominating cathedral, medieval alleyways, riverside gardens and ancient city walls. You’ll have free time in Canterbury to write your own Canterbury tale as you explore its abundance of chapels, cloisters and crypts. We will leave Canterbury to travel to the village of Hever, where you’ll see a charming 13th century double-moated castle containing a comfortable Tudor manor house within its walls. Famous as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of Elizabeth I, much of what you see inside today is the work of American millionaire William Waldorf Astor, who lavishly restored and extended the castle and grounds in the early 20th century. You’ll love touring the castle followed by a visit to the breathtaking Italian Garden or the stunning Rose Garden (breakfast)
September 30th – Today we get to see the popular sights of London on the hop-on, hop-off double-decker buses. We will split the group up into smaller groups with Maureen and Barry each taking a group, or you may venture out on your own. Buckingham Palace the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge, and Kensington Palace are some of the famous sights that can be part of your itinerary today. If you want to attend an optional West End theatre production, this would be the night. Your guides will assist in setting up reservations in advance should you wish to attend. (breakfast)
October 1st – What’s your pleasure? Today is devoted to exploring on your own and to utilize your Oyster card pass (unlimited use of London’s transportation system). You can choose to join Maureen or Barry on a variety of different venues in the city. Whether it be visiting the Imperial War Museum, attending Evensong at Westminster Abby, touring the Tower of London, or other attractions. We have fun things planned for this free day in the city. (Optional entrance fees on your free day are at your own expense and are not included in your tour cost). (breakfast)
October 2nd – Today we will transfer to the London airport for our non-stop flight back to Salt Lake City. (breakfast)
Be sure to enroll early as this tour is limited in size.
Call Knight Tours and Cruises 1-877-811-3244