Explore the best of
England and Wales with
Donegal Square!

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october 21 - 28, 2019

Our deluxe coach bus tour will take in the spectacular scenery, culture, and history of England and Wales. This tour explores some of the most historical locations in both countries with spectacular views to match. The main theme in all of our Donegal Square tours is that we get a nice blend of culture, history and fun in a very easy-going fashion. Our itinerary is not overly full, allowing us to add impromptu treasures and opportunities that you don't usually find on a group tour.


Reserve your space now!

To book space on our 2019 October tour, please complete the Registration Form, print and mail it in with your deposit check, made payable to Donegal Square, to 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. For any questions regarding Donegal Square Travels and the tours offered, please get in touch with Neville Gardner at Donegal Square via phone – 610.866.3244 or email info@donegal.com

Sheep in Wales

Sheep in Wales

 

Tour Includes

A trip to the mysterious Stonehenge, an amazing engineering feat, before visiting the Roman Baths Museum and then on to Wales • Morning tour of Cardiff, Wales including Cardiff Castle • a stop in the Italian fantasy village at Portmerion, Wales •  a Snowdon Steam Train journey to the rooftop of Wales, Mount Snowdon Peak • National Slate Museum • a stop at Conwy Castle; a medieval fortification on the north coast of Wales • Chester Cathedral • a visit to Warwick Castle • Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon • and more!

aerial view of london

aerial view of london

Optional two-Night Stay in London
• October 19 & 20

We’re taking off bright and early for our tour on October 21, from London. If you are not an early bird, or want to spend some time exploring the city before getting on the bus, consider signing up for the optional two-night stay in London. You will be put up in the Melia White House Hotel, a central London hotel, and we can pick you up from the hotel at 9am on October 21. 


"What a trip we had, cheers!"

We just returned from a wonderful week long tour of Ireland, which was facilitated by Donegal Square Travels. We saw amazing sights, beautiful cities, enjoyed lovely accommodations, lots of great meals and through it all, heard lots of interesting history and personal memories of the locations and the country as a whole. With an added sprinkling of comedy that we’ll continue laughing about for years to come. What a trip we had, cheers!

— J.C.

Rates

8-Day Tour of
England & Wales

$2,600, per person
• Land Only.
• Based on double occupancy for accommodations. 
• Single Room Supplement is $500.

Optional Two-Night Stay in London
Before 7-Day England & Wales Tour
Staying at the Melia White House Hotel in central London.
Couples $300 per room, per night.
Single $250 per room, per night.
• Hotel Only.
• Includes breakfast.

 

* Rates are for land only. Air travel is not included in the above prices; assistance with arranging and booking flights is available.
• Above rates are per person, based on the number of people booked.
• For the most up-to-date details and rates, call Donegal Square at 610.866.3244.
• All services and rates are subject to availability at time of booking.


8-Day England & Wales: The Dragon and the Rose Tour Itinerary

Experience England and Wales Like Never Before with Neville of Donegal Square

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, England

Day 1
Monday, October 21 – London to Cardiff

Pick up at your London hotel. 
Leave London and travel northwest to Wales, visit Stonehenge and Bath on the way.

Stonehenge: Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England, but beyond its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role, Stonehenge is also a place of spiritual importance. Early legends link it with Merlin and King Arthur, but over the last hundred years the midsummer sunrise has attracted pagan groups and followers of the Ancient Order of Druids. 

Roman Baths Museum

Roman Baths Museum

Travel to Bath: This beautiful Georgian city has some of the richest ancient history in Britain, and much of the most stunning architecture in Europe. See elegant honey-coloured crescents, beautiful Georgian squares and the delightful scenery along the banks of the River Avon. You'll enjoy views of the famous Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey, known locally as 'The Lantern of the West'.  Visit the famous Roman Baths Museum: Marvellous museum of the ancient Roman baths that gave this city its name.

Continue to Wales. Dinner & overnight at Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.

Day 2
Tuesday, October 22 – Cardiff

Breakfast at your hotel.

Shopping Arcade in Cardiff, Wales

Shopping Arcade in Cardiff, Wales

This morning enjoy a tour of Cardiff City the Capital city of Wales, rich in ancient history.  You will see many famous attractions such as Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle, The National Museum of Wales and the beautiful tranquil Alexandra Gardens.  You will then visit the magnificent hilltop Cardiff Castle; built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.  The castle was commissioned by either William the Conqueror or by Robert Fitzhamon, and formed the heart of the medieval town of Cardiff.  

Fantasy Village of Portmerion, Wales

Fantasy Village of Portmerion, Wales

Following your tour you will travel to and its spectacularly scenic landscape. The National Park is visited by over 4 million people every year, attracted by the beautiful hills, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife.

Return to Cardiff. Overnight at Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.

Day 3
Wednesday, October 23 – Cardiff to Portmerion

Breakfast at your hotel.

Leaving Cardiff today travel Northwards to the Italian fantasy village at Portmerion.  Designed and built by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, and is now owned by a charitable trust.  He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it.  The village was built as a place people could enjoy for its own sake, a place where events, concerts and exhibitions could take place.

Continue Northwards to Caernarfon, Gwynedd. Dinner & overnight at 3 Star Royal Victoria Hotel, Snowdonia.

Snowdon Steam Train along the “rooftop of Wales”

Snowdon Steam Train along the “rooftop of Wales”

Day 4
Thursday, October 24 – Caernafon to Snowdonia

Breakfast at your hotel.

This morning travel a short distance to Caernarfon to visit Caernarfon Castle King Edward I intended the castle to be a royal residence and seat of government for North Wales.  His son the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284.  In 1969 the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the HRH Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. Return to Llanberis for your trip onboard the Snowdon Steam Train – your journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales.  Mount Snowdon peak is the highest in England & Wales at 3, 560ft (1085m) with stunning scenery.

Following your spectacular railway journey you visit the National Slate Museum previously known as the Welsh Slate Museum and the North Wales Quarrying Museum.  The workshops served the needs of the quarry and its locomotives, were built in 1870 on land created from the continuous tipping of spoil from the adjacent Vivian Quarry.  The quarry closed in 1969 and reopened in 1972 as the North Wales Quarrying Museum. Dinner & Overnight at 3 Star Royal Victoria Hotel, Snowdonia.

Conwy Castle, Wales

Conwy Castle, Wales

Day 5
Friday, October 25 – Snowdonia to Chester, England

Breakfast at your hotel.

Leaving Llanberis, travel northeast to Chester.  Stopping in Conwy to visit Conwy Castle; a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289.

Continue to Chester where you will enjoy a walking tour – a captivating journey through 2,000 years of history, taking in all the main sites along the way, including the Rows, Walls and River. Be enthralled by the tales and anecdotes of those who have contributed to the rich heritage of this much-loved city, beginning in Roman times, through the vibrant Medieval expansion period, the desperation of the Civil War, the Georgian elegance and the Victorian.  

Visit Chester Cathedral; a Church of England cathedral and the mother church of the Diocese of Chester, dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Cathedral is many things to many people; a vibrant community of worship, ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence and a unique blend of medieval and modern history. Dinner & Overnight at 4 star Hallmark Hotel, Chester.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stradford-upon-Avon, England

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stradford-upon-Avon, England

Day 6
Saturday, October 26 – Chester to Stratford-upon-Avon

Breakfast at your hotel.

Leaving Chester this morning we head South to Stratford-upon-Avon stopping first in Warwick.

Visit Warwick Castle a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon.

Following your tour continue to Stratford-upon-Avon where you will embark on a guided tour.  A medieval market town in England’s West Midlands, and the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare.  Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace; the half-timbered house is Stratford's most cherished historic place William Shakespeare was born here in 1564. Descendants of the dramatist lived there until the nineteenth century, and it has been a place of pilgrimage for over 250 years.

Dinner & overnight at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Day 7
Sunday, October 27 – Stratford-upon-Avon to London

Breakfast at your hotel.

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Stratford-upon-Avon before travelling to London for your final night. Upon arrival check-in to hotel and free time for shopping or sightseeing.

Overnight at 4 Star Corus Hotel, Hyde Park, London.

Day 8
Monday, October 28 – Transfer to Airport for Trip Home

Transfer to airport for a safe journey home.


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