London with Chester & Wales10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Manchester / Chester
Upon arrival in Manchester, you will be met by a Cox & Kings representative and privately escorted to your hotel in the historic town of Chester, dating back to Roman times.Preferred: Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
Elite: The Chester Grosvenor - 2 Nights
Spend the day exploring Liverpool, famous for its musical heritage, where the Beatles were born and raised. Where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea, see the well-preserved 19th Century dockyards on the waterfront. Take in breathtaking 360° views from the rooftop of the towering Anglican Cathedral, the highest in the UK. Visit the Beatles Story museum and see the houses where John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up. View the Cavern Club and Penny Lane before returning to your hotel in Chester.Preferred: Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
Elite: The Chester Grosvenor (B)
Day 3To Northern Wales
Explore Chester this morning. Encircled by a glorious 2-mile ring of Roman and medieval walls, Chester is a rare blend of ancient and traditional. Take in the half-timbered Tudor buildings and the unique covered Rows - today packed with independent boutiques and high street stores. Visit the 16th Century Chester Cathedral, before departing for Northern Wales. In the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno, take a cable car to the Great Orme for the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Bay, the Little Orme, the Conwy Estuary and miles out over the Irish Sea. Enjoy a walking tour of Conwy, with its medieval walls and imposing 13th Century Castle, as well as Britain's smallest house. Afterwards, continue to your accommodations.Preferred: Quay Hotel Conwy
Elite: The Portmeirion - 2 Nights (B)
Day 4Northern Wales
This morning, tour the National Slate Museum, which vividly brings back to life the inheritance of the North Wales slate industry, which roofed the industrial revolution. One of Britain's best-known upland areas, Snowdonia, Wales, is famous for its slate, mountainous terrain and epic landscape of glacially sculpted valleys and craggy peaks. Take a scenic ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway and stop in the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert. Caernarfon Castle occupies a superb setting with the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop and wonderful views across the Menai Strait to Anglesey - this is where Prince Charles' investiture took place.Preferred: Quay Hotel Conwy
Elite: The Portmeirion (B)
Day 5To Cardiff
Visit the strange and wonderful village of Portmeirion, surrounded by the wild Gwyllt gardens, and then begin your journey south to Cardiff. After a break in Machynlleth, enjoy the spectacular landscape of Brecon Beacons National Park including 4 mountain ranges. Arrive late in the day in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff and continue to your hotel.Preferred: Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Elite: St. David's Hotel & Spa - 2 Nights (B)
Explore Cardiff today. Cardiff is a vibrant city that combines the elegance of Victorian architecture with a modern and vital new face. Enjoy a guided visit of the city's most recognizable landmark: Cardiff Castle, which was built nearly 2,000 years ago and features ornate Victorian era salons designed by celebrated architect William Burges. Today will also include lunch and winetasting at a local vineyard.Preferred: Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Elite: St. David's Hotel & Spa (B, L)
Day 7To London
This morning you are accompanied to the train station for your first class train journey to London, journeying through the scenic Cotswolds of the English countryside. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and accompanied to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to rest up from your travels or begin your explorations of one of the world's greatest cities.Preferred: Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
Elite: The Milestone Hotel - 3 Nights (B)
Join your expert guide who will accompany you on a guided visit of London. See the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington, Kensington Gardens, then continue to Buckingham Palace and see the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Your panoramic sightseeing includes Trafalgar Square, the House of Parliament with Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral. Continue on to visit the Tower of London, a magnificent fortress which has stood on the banks of the River Thames for over 1,000 years. Your guide will regale you with incredible tales and you can admire the stunning Crown Jewels on display.Preferred: Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
Elite: The Milestone Hotel (B)
This morning, with your guide continue your sightseeing to visit the Windsor Castle. Explore this half day by visiting this ancient royal castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and has been home of the British kings and queens for almost 1000 years. During your visit you would have the opportunity to visit the wonderful state apartments with their magnificent collection of art and antiquities. Enjoy some of the parks and gardens or some local shopping and pubs before returning to London where the remainder of your day is at leisure.Preferred: Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
Elite: The Milestone Hotel (B)
Day 10Depart London
Today, you are accompanied to the airport or railway station for your onward journey.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
London With Chester & Wales
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