Il Cuore dell'Inghilterra, Galles e Yorkshire
5 giorni

  • Stratford upon Avon Shakespeare trip
  • Elan Valley tours
  • River Severn
  • Chatsworth House

Cinque giorni per esplorare le terra di Shakespeare, il sito patrimonio dell'umanità di Ironbridge, le montagne e i castelli di Crusader del Galles del nord.

Mappa del tour

Highlights

National Parks
Mountains
Cathedrals
Universities

Posti che esplorerai


- Stratford-upon-Avon

- Ironbridge World Heritage Site

- The mountains of Snowdonia

- Conwy Castle

- Peak District National Park

- Chatsworth House

- York and the Dales

- Cambridge


Il tuo viaggio


Cinque giorni per esplorare le terra di Shakespeare, il sito patrimonio dell'umanità di Ironbridge, le montagne e i castelli di Crusader del Galles del nord, la raffinata eleganza di Chatsworth House, la bellezza scenica del Peak District e dei Yorkshire Dales, con tempo a disposizione per scoprire le storiche città di York e di Cambridge.


Tour Details

Andata
09.15 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
(Tours su e dopo 1 aprile partono alle 09.15)
Ritorno
19.30 approx
Discounts

Studenti, persone che abbiano compiuto i 60 anni, bambini e ragazzi tra i 5 e i 15 anni

Important information
  • Metti in valigia scarpe comode e indumenti impermeabili
  • Una valigia o borsa di 15 kg a persona
Tour inclusions
  • Trasporto su un minibus Mercedes a 16 posti
  • Aria condizionata
  • I racconti e i servizi di un autista-guida di Rabbie's
Tour exclusions
  • Biglietti di ingresso alle attrazioni turistiche
  • Alloggio

Itinerario

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Customer Reviews

Excellent tour--Suggested Reading/Listening

Dave and Linda Rosedahl Posted on 13/11/2014

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.

Heart of England 5 Day Tour was Incredible!

Charlie Muw Posted on 04/11/2014

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.

Accommodation

Da dove viene questo tour pernottamento?

Tu rimani due notti, nel centro storico di Shrewsbury e due notti nella città medievale di York. Si prega di notare - in alcune date di questo tour potrebbe rimanere a Chester per le prime due notti.


Come funziona?

Nel tour non è incluso l’alloggio. Questo significa che puoi chiederci di prenotarti un alloggio di buona qualità nelle strutture locali, oppure puoi trovare un alloggio tu stesso.


Voglio che Rabbie’s prenoti il mio alloggio. Cosa succede ora?

Il tuo alloggio sarà riservato e ti accompagneremo fino alla porta. Il pagamento per l’alloggio dovrà essere versato direttamente alla struttura ospitante, quindi assicurati di avere con te contanti, perché non tutti i bed and breakfast accettano carte di credito.

In base alla disponibilità, non sempre possiamo garantire l’alloggio di tua prima scelta. Ma non devi preoccuparti, in caso di serie difficoltà ti invieremo un’e-mail.


Che cosa succede se voglio cambiare la mia prenotazione dell’alloggio effettuata da Rabbie’s?

I cambi di alloggio non possono essere garantiti e sono soggetti alla relativa disponibilità. Sarà applicata una tariffa minima di modifica pari a £5, fino a un massimo di £20 in base alla durata del tour.


Ho prenotato l’alloggio io stesso. C’è qualcosa che devo fare?

Dovrai avere la conferma della prenotazione per i bed and breakfast e gli alberghi.


Una volta arrivati nelle località di sosta per la notte, ti accompagneremo al tuo alloggio purché sia relativamente centrale.


Quali sono le tipologie di alloggio e quanto costano?

In genere, i nostri alloggi distano non più di 15 minuti a piedi dal centro della città. Ispezioniamo periodicamente le strutture di cui ci serviamo per garantire che i letti siano comodi e che le camere siano pulite. I prezzi riportati qui di seguito sono puramente indicativi.


Bed and Breakfast - standard

I servizi igienici e la doccia sono in comune con una o altre due camere della struttura. Il costo per una camera condivisa è di £30- £35 a persona per notte. Una camera singola standard va da £35 a £60.


Bed & Breakfast - servizi privati

La doccia e i servizi igienici sono privati.

Il costo per una camera condivisa è di £40-£ 50 a persona per notte, mentre il costo per una camera singola è di £55-£65 per notte. Nei periodi di alta stagione, i costi possono arrivare fino a £75-£80 per notte.

A Oban, Portree e Inverness le camere con una splendida vista possono essere più costose. In Irlanda il costo dei bed and breakfast si aggira intorno a €45-€55 a persona per notte.

Hotel

Gli hotel dispongono di un bar o di un ristorante e offrono pasti serali. La colazione viene servita al mattino ed è inclusa nel prezzo. Il costo degli hotel 3* è di £65-£85 a persona per notte. Negli hotel 4* il costo è di £75-£120 a persona per notte.

In Irlanda, il costo degli hotel sarà circa €55-€65 per persona per notte.

Ostelli

Gli ostelli offrono dormitori con 4 fino a 16 letti a castello. Gli asciugamani non sono forniti, ma è possibile noleggiarli. I servizi igienici sono a breve distanza dal dormitorio. La cucina, a disposizione di tutti gli ospiti, è pienamente attrezzata per la preparazione dei propri pasti. Il costo di un ostello è di £15-£25 a notte.

Si può scegliere tra un dormitorio misto (uomini e donne nella stessa stanza) o un dormitorio separato (solo uomini o sole donne). Se hai una preferenza, ti preghiamo di farcelo sapere al momento della prenotazione.


Ho altre domande, a chi posso rivolgermi?

Se hai altre domande, non esitare a contattarci al numero +44 (0) 131 226 3133, o via e-mail all’indirizzo: rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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