Coasts & Castles of Wales & England 2024

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4 Days / 3 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : Year Round
Start: Bristol, England
End: Bristol, England

Coasts & Castles of Wales & England: 1 nts Tenby, 1 nt Abergavenny, 1 nt Stratford

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

From coastal roads to the scenic Bannau Brycheiniog National Park mountain range, you’ll be spoilt for views on this trip.

Bookworms, in particular, will get a kick out of this tour. Hay-on-Wye is known as the First Book Town in the world, famous for its secondhand and antiquarian bookshops. Perhaps leave some space in your suitcase for a few extra purchases.

Awe-inspiring nature isn’t all you’re getting on this trip. History lovers will get their fill too. If you’ve always wondered what the fuss is all about over Oxford, now is the time to dive deep into the city and learn all about its past. Not to mention you’ll be staying in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare.

Get your cameras ready because you’re about to find out what’s so special about Wales and some of the most inspiring spots in England.

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHT / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

Tenby – After a night in this beautiful medieval harbour town, you might never want to leave.

Carreg Cennen Castle – Protected by limestone cliffs to the south and rock-cut ditches to the west, this striking Welsh castle has a dramatic history.

Bannau Brycheiniog National Park – Each area of this national park is unique in its own way, so you’re sure to love this scenic drive.

Hay–on–Wye – Booklovers are going to lose it when they visit the world’s first book town. 

Stratford–upon–Avon – Spend the night in the birthplace of Shakespeare and discover more about the life of this renowned playwright.

Cotswolds – Drive through and explore the iconic region known as the Cotswolds, enjoying beautiful landscapes and villages along the way.

Oxford – Whether you’re excited for the internationally-acclaimed university, or for seeing the locations where they shot Harry Potter, we know you’ll get a kick out of Oxford.

Pembrokeshire Coast – Backed by hills, estuaries, valleys, and woodlands, a stunning coastline isn’t all on offer in this beautiful region.

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Bristol (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 08:15 (tour departs at 08:30) – Bristol Pick-Up, DoubleTree by Hilton, Redcliffe Way, Bristol, BS16NJ

Drop off Location & Time

Bristol
5:45pm

Price Includes

  • 3 nights Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full English breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Bristol - St Davids - Tenby

  • Venture to the smallest city in Britain, St Davids
  • Explore the beauty of the south of Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast

It’s time to explore the beauty and history of south Wales.

Leaving Bristol, your first main destination is St Davids, known as the smallest city in Britain. Despite its tiny stature, St Davids has claimed city status thanks to the 12th century cathedral found in the heart of the town. The cathedral is definitely worth a visit, not just for its beauty, but you can learn all about the history of the city inside.

In the afternoon, your driver-guide will take you on a beautiful drive along the Pembrokeshire Coast in the south of Wales, choosing the best places to stop depending on what might interest the group. Hills, estuaries, valleys, and woodlands, this stunning region really has it all.

You arrive in Tenby in the early evening and this is your destination for the night. Settlement in Tenby town dates back to the 9th century, so no surprise there’s plenty to see here.

Day 2Tenby - Laugharne - Castle Carreg Cennen - Bannau Brycheiniog National Park - Abergavenny

  • Wander the medieval town walls and castle of Tenby
  • Retrace Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ steps in Laugharne
  • Marvel at Carreg Cennen Castle

You have the morning to explore Tenby and we’d highly recommend taking advantage. This town has some fascinating history and amazing things to see, including Tenby Castle and the medieval town walls.

Poetry lovers will enjoy the stop at the lovely town of Laugharne. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas lived here from 1949 until his death in 1953 and those that are interested can visit Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse. Perhaps you’ll use your time for a quick refreshment since there are plenty of pubs to choose from.

In the afternoon you visit Castle Carreg Cennen. This incredible stronghold sits high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Cennen, so get your camera ready. There’s time here to explore the ruins and even grab a quick bite for lunch.

We then treat you to a drive through the scenic Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park  mountain range. A perfect way to end the day before you arrive in Abergavenny for the evening. (B)

Day 3Abergavenny - Hay-on-Wye - Ross-on-Wye - Broadway - Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Lose yourself in the many bookstores of Hay-on-Wye
  • Spend the night in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare

Bookworms get ready. Your first stop of the day is in Hay-on-Wye, known as the First Booktown in the World. This town has become famous for its secondhand and antiquarian bookshops, so your free time here could result in a small reading collection for your travels.

You then travel onwards to Ross-on-Wye, the UK’s best loved market town. Here you have some time to wander and grab some lunch before you meet up with your new tour.

Then it’s time to head to Broadway. No, we’re not talking about seeing a stage production, we’re talking about the picturesque village in the Cotswolds. This is a great time for a spot of shopping, or simply wander and enjoy the town before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon, your base for the night. You arrive in the birthplace of Shakespeare in the mid-afternoon so there’s still some time to explore and sort yourself out for dinner.

You’re spoilt for choice in Stratford-upon-Avon. Perhaps you’ll explore the Schoolroom and Guildhall, where Shakespeare was first inspired by literature and theatre. Or perhaps you’ll visit his childhood home and hear tales of his family life. (B)

Day 4Stratford-upon-Avon - Chipping Campden - Bourton-on-the-Water* - Oxford - Bristol

  • Stroll around Chipping Campden, one of the most beautiful tourist spots in the UK*
  • Enjoy your time exploring the sites and history of Oxford

You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a movie today. Your first destination is considered one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the UK. Wander around the picturesque village of Chipping Campden before heading to Bourton-on-the-Water. Quite a literal name, as this village boasts the beautiful River Windrush running through it.*

You continue onto Oxford, your main stop for the day.

Famously known for its university, the city of Oxford has an interesting history and plenty of things to do and see. You can learn about some of it at the Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum. If museums aren’t your thing, there’s always Oxford Castle & Prison, a tour of the University and several Harry Potter locations to spot.

Enjoy a relaxing drive back through some of England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the perfect way to end your day as you head to Bristol where your tour ends in the early evening. (B)

* If your tour leaves after 1st April 2025, you will visit Blenheim Palace instead.

 

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April to May – Tuesday $1,190 $1,390
2024: June to September – Tuesday $1,260 $1,460
2024: October – Tuesday $1,190 $1,390
2024: November to December – Tuesday  $1,120 $1,320
2025: January to March – Tuesday $1,120 $1,320

All guaranteed departures.

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April to May – Tuesday $1,370 $1,950
2024: June to September – Tuesday $1,440 $2,030
2024: October – Tuesday $1,370 $1,950
2024: November to December – Tuesday $1,300 $1,880
2025: January to March – Tuesday $1,300 $1,880

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

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Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

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Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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