Shakespeare's Birthplace | Stratford Upon Avon | United Kingdom
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Shakespeare, Snowdonia & Yorkshire - 5 days map

Take in the Heart of England and North Wales on this 5-day escorted group tour from London. See the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and spend two nights in the historic town of Shrewsbury. Discover the picturesque scenery of Snowdonia and the Peak District, explore Conwy Castle, see the Duke of Devonshire's house at Chatsworth and spend a free day exploring the historic city of York. Admire Lincoln Cathedral, once the tallest building in the world, and take in Kings College or opt for a punt on the 'backs' of Cambridge en route back to London.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Guesthouse Prices/Dates
Hotel Prices/Dates

Trip Highlights

Stratford-upon-Avon - Enjoy free time to take in the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre
Snowdonia National Park - Take in the dramatic mountains and valleys of North Wales, including Mount Snowdon, the country's highest peak
Lincoln - See the sights of the city independently, including the Cathedral which was once the tallest building in the world
Conwy Castle - Explore this medieval castle in North Wales, founded by King Edward I in the 13th Century after he conquered the area
York - Spend two nights in this historic town, an important Roman settlement and also conquered by the Vikings and Normans
Cambridge - Stroll around this pretty university city and opt for a punting experience along the 'backs' of some of the university colleges

Included

4 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
4 nights simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Entrance to Conwy Castle
All road tolls
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

Stratford-upon-Avon, Ironbridge & Shrewsbury

London - Stratford-upon-Avon - Ironbridge - Shrewsbury. Departing London, we drive to Stratford-upon-Avon, best known as the birthplace of legendary playwright William Shakespeare. During free time here, you can see the bard's Tudor birthplace, and the Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried. Stratford is also home to the riverside Royal Shakespeare Company, made up of several theaters. Perhaps pop into the adjacent Dirty Duck pub for a pint, a popular haunt for actors and theatregoers alike. Famous guests in the Actors Bar here have included Dame Judi Dench, David Tennant, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren - their photos are all on the walls!

Our next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, home to the world's first ever iron bridge (clue is in the name!). Learn about this marvel of engineering and admire views of the flowing River Severn from above.

We arrive in Shrewsbury, where the historic town center is almost entirely encircled by the River Severn, and is dominated by black and white Tudor buildings. Charles Darwin was born in this market town, which is our home for the next two nights (please note that on rare occasions we will stay in Chester instead of Shrewsbury).

Please note: Check-in closes at 09:00 on day 1 (tour departs at 09:15) - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal London, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH.
Overnight: Shrewsbury

Day 2

Conwy Castle & Snowdonia

Shrewsbury - Conwy Castle - Snowdonia National Park - Shrewsbury. Today we enjoy a day trip to north Wales. Our first stop is Conwy and its medieval castle. Constructed by conquering King Edward I following his successful invasion of Wales in the 13th century, it offers majestic views and well-preserved battlements.

We then drive into the vast Snowdonia National Park. Cross the dramatic Pass of Llanberis and catch a glimpse of Snowdon, the tallest peak in Wales. We take in the picturesque scenery before making our way back to Shrewsbury, your guide will be able to share tales of the rebellious Owain Glyndwr as we make our way back into England.
Overnight: Shrewsbury  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Peak District to York

Shrewsbury - Peak District National Park - Buxton - Chatsworth House - York. Leaving Shrewsbury, we drive through the scenic countryside and pretty villages of the Peak District, arriving in the spa town of Buxton. The thermal springs here date back to Roman times, and you can fill your water bottle up with crystal clear water directly from the spring.

Our next visit is one of England's most famous stately homes, the Duke of Devonshire's Chatsworth House. Known for its ornate gardens, immense collection of furniture and famous paintings, it's quintessentially English!

We complete our drive through England's former northern industrial heartlands to York, an ancient walled city known for its Roman and Viking history.
Overnight: York  |  Breakfast

Day 4

York free time or Knaresborough day trip

Today you have a choice! You can spend the day independently roaming the city of York, home to a chequered history dating back to the Romans, Vikings and Normans. There are plenty of great museums and historic city walls to discover, as well as a great array of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Alternatively, you can set out with our guide for a half-day trip across the Yorkshire Dales to the market town of Knaresborough. You will also take in some of the scenery and villages of the more remote Eastern Dales. The evening is at leisure in York.
Overnight: York  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Lincoln & Cambridge

York - Lincoln - Cambridge - London. Today we return to London, making two stops along the way. Our first visit is to Lincoln, known for its iconic cathedral, which stood as the tallest building in the world for 200 years! Lincoln is also known for its famous Lincolnshire sausages and a historic and typically English town center.

The final stop of our tour is Cambridge, known as the home of one of the world's most prestigious universities. Admire the iconic King's College Chapel or perhaps opt for a punt along 'the backs' of some of the university colleges. You may also choose to climb the steps of St Mary’s tower to get a skyline view. Spend your free time wisely before we complete our journey to London, and our tour comes to an end.

Please note: This tour ends at 19:30 - London Victoria Drop Off, Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
26 Apr - 30 Apr 15% off
USD $1,445
USD $1,228
USD $1,715
USD $1,458
07 Jun - 11 Jun 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
14 Jun - 18 Jun 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
21 Jun - 25 Jun 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
28 Jun - 02 Jul 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
12 Jul - 16 Jul 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
26 Jul - 30 Jul 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
02 Aug - 06 Aug 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
09 Aug - 13 Aug 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
16 Aug - 20 Aug 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
23 Aug - 27 Aug 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
06 Sep - 10 Sep 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
13 Sep - 17 Sep 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
20 Sep - 24 Sep 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
27 Sep - 01 Oct 15% off
USD $1,535
USD $1,305
USD $1,805
USD $1,534
04 Oct - 08 Oct 15% off
USD $1,445
USD $1,228
USD $1,715
USD $1,458
11 Oct - 15 Oct 15% off
USD $1,445
USD $1,228
USD $1,715
USD $1,458
18 Oct - 22 Oct 15% off
USD $1,445
USD $1,228
USD $1,715
USD $1,458
25 Oct - 29 Oct 15% off
USD $1,445
USD $1,228
USD $1,715
USD $1,458

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
26 Apr - 30 Apr 15% off
USD $1,695
USD $1,441
USD $2,135
USD $1,815
07 Jun - 11 Jun 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
14 Jun - 18 Jun 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
21 Jun - 25 Jun 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
28 Jun - 02 Jul 15% off G
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
12 Jul - 16 Jul 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
26 Jul - 30 Jul 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
02 Aug - 06 Aug 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
09 Aug - 13 Aug 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
16 Aug - 20 Aug 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
23 Aug - 27 Aug 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
06 Sep - 10 Sep 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
13 Sep - 17 Sep 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
20 Sep - 24 Sep 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
27 Sep - 01 Oct 15% off
USD $1,785
USD $1,517
USD $2,225
USD $1,891
04 Oct - 08 Oct 15% off
USD $1,695
USD $1,441
USD $2,135
USD $1,815
11 Oct - 15 Oct 15% off
USD $1,695
USD $1,441
USD $2,135
USD $1,815
18 Oct - 22 Oct 15% off
USD $1,695
USD $1,441
USD $2,135
USD $1,815
25 Oct - 29 Oct 15% off
USD $1,695
USD $1,441
USD $2,135
USD $1,815

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
London
Ends
London
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
5 years, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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