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Spend a day in another country without the need of a passport, visit a land of mountains, legends and magic, the historic and beautiful land of song, the wonderful country of Wales!!
Full day professional tour guide
Travel by executive coach
Visit to Gloucester Cathedral
Admission to Tintern Abbey.
We leave London and head west, travelling through some of England's finest scenery by driving through the heart of the Cotswold region and down into the valley of the River Severn to the Welsh borderlands. Our first stop will be in Gloucester, with its magnificent cathedral and historic 18th century docks.
Here, your guide will tell of the city's connections with world trade and the development of the American colonies, we will learn of the gruesome death of one of our kings, Edward II, now buried in the cathedral, and see where some of the scenes from the Harry Potter movies where filmed.
We musn't forget another Potter, namely the writer Beatrix, who's Tailor of Gloucester had a house nearby.
We then move towards Wales, onwards into the Royal Forest of Dean, where monarchs hunted and played sport, across the border, down to the River Wye and the town of Monmouth, birthplace of King Henry V. We follow the Wye Valley to the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey, once the richest abbey in all of Wales. Made famous by the poetry of Wordsworth and portrayed on canvas by Turner. Tintern Abbey and the Wye Valley show nature and mankind in harmony with stunning views in every direction. There will be plenty of time for lunch in one of the riverside inns and cafes. There are well stocked souvenir shops in the village of Tintern Parva and a craft centre at the Abbey Mill.
Following the river further downstream to its confluence with the River Severn, we end the day at the ancient sea port of Chepstow with its town walls, fisherman's cottages and impressive castle, the oldest stone castle in Britain.
The border with England is very close by, in fact one can walk between the two countries by crossing the river via the old town bridge. The castle hugs the cliff edge along the Wye and affords spectacular views from in or outside the fortress itself.
We leave Chepstow by crossing the mile long Severn suspension bridge over the Wye and Severn estuaries, and then drive back into England towards London.
Wales & Wye Valley Schedule
Central London Gloucester
Gloucester Tinturn Abbey
Tinturn Abbey London Victoria Station
Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will arrive back in London.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
Outside International Student House, opposite Great Portland Street tube station, W1W 5PN (MAP)
Outside Gloucester Road Tube station, meet at the station exit. (MAP)