Explorer le pays de Shakespeare, l’Ironbridge, le nord du Pays de Galles, le Peak District et des Yorkshire Dales.
Endroits à découvrir
- Le Pays de Shakespeare et Stratford on Avon
- Le site du Patrimoine Mondial d’Ironbridge
- Les montagnes de Snowdonia
- Le château de Conwy
- Le Parc National du Peak District
- Chatsworth House
- York et les Dales
Cinq jours pour explorer le pays de Shakespeare, le site du Patrimoine Mondial d’Ironbridge, les montagnes et les châteaux des Croisés du nord du Pays de Galles, l’élégance raffinée de Chatsworth House, la beauté pittoresque du Peak District et des Yorkshire Dales, et le temps de découvrir les cités historiques de York et Cambridge.
Étudiants, personnes plus de l'âge de 60, et enfants (entre 5 et 15 ans)
Departing from London, you travel to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon. Home to the beautiful gardens and thatched Tudor cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway, you have time to explore the charming village of Stratford. Enjoy lunch in one of the quaint restaurants before heading to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, the world’s first ever bridge fully made of iron, set in a distinctive forested gorge on the River Severn. The amazing sights here were developed during the rise of Britain’s Industrial Revolution and there are many attractions within the site for you to learn more about this fascinating period.
You then wind your way down to the riverside town of Shrewsbury, a pretty county town that lies on the banks of the mighty River Severn. The birthplace of Charles Darwin, this bustling market town and its timber framed black and white Tudor buildings are your home for the next two nights.
Your tour takes you to the heart of North Wales today. Firstly, you explore the picture book beauty of Conwy and its picturesque medieval castle. Built by Edward I in the 13th century, this estuary fortress offers spectacular views from the battlements.
Next you roam the impressive mountains and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park, delving into the massive Dinorwic slate quarries and the powerfully dramatic Pass of Llanberis under the shadow of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak. Relive the struggle for Welsh independence and the rebellious tale of Owain Glyndwr, the last native Prince of Wales before heading back over the English border to your accommodation.
Lying northeast of Shrewsbury are the incredible peaks and valleys of the Peak District National Park. Picturesque villages and unbeatable scenery line your route as you wind through the park’s inimitable landscape. After a visually spectacular drive, you arrive in the charmingly attractive village of Castleton, nestled in the Vale of Hope. Overlooked by Peveril Castle, this hospitable place offers a chance for a pretty picnic and to enjoy the fine local fare.
In the afternoon, you make your way to the Duke of Devonshire’s famous mansion house and gardens at Chatsworth. Home to the Cavendish family, this renowned building is regularly named the UK’s favourite country house thanks to its fantastically large collection of furniture, priceless paintings, Old Master drawings and neo-classical sculptures. Travelling east from the estate, you pass through rolling green hills to the historic walled city of York, where you will spend the next two nights.
Today there are two major options for the events of your day. Firstly, you can choose to spend the day leisurely exploring the medieval heart of York, an ancient city with a colourful history dating back to the times of the Romans, Vikings and Normans. The towering Gothic spire at York Minster rises above the city, casting its spirituality across the brilliant museums, narrow lanes and distinctive stone city walls.
Alternatively, you could journey out with your guide on a half day excursion across the Yorkshire Dales to the handsome market towns of Knaresborough or Ripon. Take your time with the beautiful architecture and spa town luxuries on offer before heading to some of the more remote valleys and formidably impressive scenery of the Eastern Dale, followed by a free afternoon in York to dine and relax in the city’s plentiful restaurants and shops.
Departing the fair city of York in the morning, you begin your journey south to London. Stopping in the town of Stamford, famed for its superior collection of historic stone buildings. Declared as “the finest stone town in England” by Sir Walter Scott, it’s more than 600 listed buildings made from mellow limestone are a real visual feast, especially its five medieval churches.
After leaving its phenomenal structures behind, you head south to the university city of Cambridge. Home to one of the world’s finest universities, the iconic architecture of the 16th century Great Gate and the historic medieval streets surrounding it are a delight to behold. Wander through the world famous Kings College Chapel and stroll alongside the river Cam before heading back to London.
A fantastic way for my father and I to see some of the best and most historic landmarks in England. We had a wonderful small group of travellers from around the world. Accommodation was always great and the free time allowed for individual choices. Our tour guide, Peter (who incidentally doesnt mind being called Paul) was an absolute pleasure and a wealth of knowledge, information and kindness. Thank you mostly to you Peter, and to Rabbies! Ill be sure to look you guys up first for any future UK plans. Sincerely, Cath Dennis
Professional guide, relaxed travel, extraordinary destinations unforgettable vacation. This was our first time in the U.K. and I decided to book a short tour at the beginning of our vacation as an introduction to England. Best idea I ever had! We we so impressed by the itinerary, accommodations, and Steve, our guide, that we will gladly book another Rabbies tour in future.
Had the most amazing 5 days away from the hustle and bustle of London on this great little tour! A small but good group of people and the amazing tour guide Peter made it a fun and exciting journey to be apart of! Entertaining and informational :) .. Lots of information shared but not to much to over load the brain.. lots of time to explore the magical places we stopped in and lots of memories to take home :) Thanks to Peter for letting me ride shotgun and talk his ear off in between places of interest! Will 100 consider doing another one of Rabbies many tours during my UK journey! THANK YOU 10084 Amy
We had the greatest bus tour of the heart of England. Peter our tour guide made the experience all worthwhile with his knowledge of all the areas we visited.
We toured Yorkshire North Wales with Jamie and Peter (a trainee) as our tour guides/drivers. They were very knowledgable on almost every subject the group members brought up. Peter was quick to get an answer from his smart phone if Jamie was stumped for an answer. They took great care of us and made sure we were comfortably settled in our accommodations. Most of all they were lots of fun to be around.
Loved the sites, accomodation and cometary. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Learnt heaps. Linda
Enjoyed our tour with Steve. Since returning to US, I've been listening to Teachg Company Great Courses lectures by Prof. Patrick Allitt, Emory Univ on Victorian Britain. I'd recommend them to anyone taking this tour, as he mentions several of the places we visited: Chatsworth, York Railway Museum, Ironbridge, etc. and describes historical context. Steve did an excellent job as well.
Originally uploaded by Liza Neft on 9/10/2014 I had a wonderful time on the Heart of England Tour earlier in September (12th – 16th). Steve was an excellent tour guide and added so much to the trip. There were only a few of us on the journey and we received such personalized attention. Rabbies is to be commended for running their tours regardless of the number of people who sign up. The tour began on Friday morning, departing from Victoria Coach Station, and we drove to Stratford upon Avon. Although I did not visit the Shakespeare museums, I enjoyed exploring the town and having lunch. We then drove on to the Ironbridge area on the River Severn where there was time to walk around and go the museum, before driving the rest of the way to Shrewsbury where the tour spent two nights. The bed and breakfast where we were booked, The Trevellion House, was delightful. Sonia took excellent care of all of her guests, there was a cooked to order breakfast, and the single room that I stayed in had a very comfortable double bed and a spacious bathroom. Saturday was spent in Wales. In the town of Conwy, we explored the ruins of Conwy Castle and did a tour of Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan house that was really amazing. In the afternoon we drove into the Snowden National Park and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and learned that the sheep outnumber people in Wales 10 to 1. Stopped at the National Slate Museum before returning to Shrewsbury, where my fellow tour-mates and I had a great dinner at Koochini’s restaurant. On Sunday morning we said goodbye to Shrewsbury and drove into the Peak District. Our first stop was at the spa town of Buxton, known as the Bath of the North. Then onto Chatsworth! It surpassed all expectations I had after watching the different specials on PBS over the years. The house and gardens were truly something to see, you could easily spend an entire day there. After driving to York, Steve dropped us off at our accommodations, and I had a great dinner at Jamie’s Italian restaurant. I stayed at The Groves in York, which was a B&B style hotel. My room was in one of the annex buildings across the parking lot from the main hotel, and I had a huge room with three single beds and a very nice bathroom. The hotel was a short walk to the walled city centre, and I spent Monday exploring the city on my own. (There was an option to drive into the countryside in the afternoon, but there was more than enough to do in the city so I decided against it.) I had a fun day seeing York Minster, the York Castle Museum, Clifford Tower, and walking around city, and had a nice late lunch at the most popular restaurant in the city, Rustique. Tuesday was the last day of the tour, and we visited Cambridge for a few hours before returning to London. Overall it was a great trip and I hope to take a Rabbie’s Tour again in the future.
Vous passerez deux nuits dans la ville historique de Shrewsbury et deux nuits dans la cité médiévale de York. (**Veuillez noter que lors de certaines dates,le circuit passera les deux premières nuits à Chester)
Votre hébergement n’est pas inclus dans le prix de votre excursion. Cela signifie que vous avez le choix entre nous demander de réserver un hébergement local de qualité ou réserver vous-même votre propre logement.
Nous réservons votre hébergement et nous vous déposons à votre porte. Vous devrez régler vos hôtes directement, veuillez donc vous assurer que vous avez suffisamment d’espèces car les B & B n’acceptent pas tous les cartes de crédit. Comme cela dépend de la disponibilité, nous ne pourrons pas toujours réserver votre premier choix d’hébergement. Ne vous inquiétez pas, s’il y a quelque problème important, nous vous enverrons un email.
Il n’est pas possible de garantir les changements d’hébergement car cela dépend de leur disponibilité. Des frais minimum de modification d’un montant de 5 livres seront appliqués, ils augmenteront jusqu’à un maximum de 20 livres, selon la longueur de l’excursion.
Vous aurez besoin d’une confirmation de réservation des B & B et hôtels. Quand nous arrivons à nos étapes pour la nuit, nous vous emmènerons jusqu’à votre hébergement, si toutefois il n’est pas trop loin du centre.
En général nos hébergements ne sont pas à plus de 15 minutes à pied du centre ville. Nous les vérifions régulièrement pour nous assurer que les lits sont confortables et les chambres propres. Les prix mentionnés ci-dessous sont à titre indicatif.
B & B (Chambre et petit déjeuner) Standard
Les toilettes et les douches sont en commun avec une ou deux autres chambres. Le prix est entre 30£ et 35£ par personne par nuit. Une chambre simple standard coûte entre 35£ et 60£.
B & B (chambre et petit déjeuner) avec salle de bains particulière
Les toilettes et les douches/bains sont privés. Le prix d’une chambre double occupée par deux personnes est de 40£ à 50£ par personne par nuit, le prix d’une chambre simple est de 55£ à 65£ par nuit. Durant les périodes de pointe, les prix peuvent monter jusqu’à 75 £ ou 80 £ la nuit. A Oban, Portree et Inverness les chambres avec une belle vue sont parfois plus chères. En Irlande, les B & B coûtent environ 45 € ou 55 € par personne par nuit.
Les hôtels ont un bar ou un restaurant et servent les repas du soir. Le petit déjeuner est servi le matin et est inclus dans le prix. Le tarif d’un hôtel 3 étoiles est entre 65£ et 85£ par personne par nuit. Un hôtel 4 étoiles coûte entre 75£ et 120£ par personne par nuit. En Irlande, les hôtels coûtent entre 55€ et 65€ par personne par nuit.
Auberges de jeunesse
Une auberge de jeunesse consiste de chambres partagées/dortoirs avec 4 à 16 lits superposés. Les linges de toilette ne sont pas fournis mais on peut en louer. Les blocs sanitaires sont à proximité des dortoirs. Une cuisine équipée est à votre disposition pour que vous puissiez y préparer vous-même vos repas. Le tarif d’une auberge de jeunesse varie de 15£ et 25£ par nuitée. Il y a le choix entre un dortoir mixte (hommes et femmes dans un dortoir) ou un dortoir non mixte (dortoir réservé aux femmes ou dortoir réservé aux hommes) ; si vous avez une préférence, veuillez nous le faire savoir au moment de votre réservation.
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