Bath, Bristol and Wells
5 days from £449 per person*
*Based on two sharing in a twin / double room with a minimum of 40 members travelling
Wells, England’s smallest city, welcomes the visitor with its warm atmosphere and striking Cathedral. Bath, the beautiful Georgian city, is renowned for its stunning architecture and ancient Roman past. Bristol has its own identity and more recent history – the vibrant city straddles the River Avon and its harbourside area has developed into a cultural hub. In addition to these three very different cities, the area offers an array of possible visits.
Day 1 – Depart local area by coach and travel to Wells, with an appropriate stop en-route at a town or property of interest. On arrival check into the hotel and relax before dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 – Today we travel to the Georgian city of Bath. On arrival we will be met by a local guide for a morning city tour, part on foot and part by coach. Following the tour there will be a little time at leisure before visiting the Holburne Museum, located in a stunning Grade 1 listed building, originally designed and constructed as a hotel, and now home to a collection of fine and decorative art, from Renaissance treasures to masterpieces by Gainsborough. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 – After breakfast we stroll the short distance to the magnificent Cathedral for a guided tour. Wells Cathedral was the earliest English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style and was erected between the 12th and 15th Centuries. Today the Cathedral has one of the largest collections of historic stained glass in the country. After the tour we continue to the adjacent Bishop’s Palace, a stunning moated mediaeval palace which has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years, with 14 acres of garden. This afternoon we travel by coach to Stourhead – a Palladian house and world famous landscape garden, which when it first opened in 1740 was descripted as ‘a living work of art’. The house itself contains a Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 – Our first destination today will be Tyntesfield (NT), a spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival House which today shows the ordinary and extraordinary lives and possessions of four generations of the Gibbs family. After the visit we continue to Bristol, a city full of history and culture, offering a selection of museums and an interesting harbourside. We include a visit to Brunel’s SS Great Britain, which tells the story of its 170 years of adventure. The ship has travelled a million miles at sea and been around the world 32 times. Informative audio guides are provided. Dinner at hotel.
Day 5 – Checking out of the hotel we commence our homeward journey with an appropriate visit en-route.
The exact order of excursions may be subject to change.
Swan Hotel, Wells
The historic, award-winning 3 star Swan Hotel in Wells could not be more centrally located or have a more dramatic view, located directly opposite Wells Cathedral, and with parts of the hotel dating back to 1422. Bedrooms are equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Owing to the historic nature of the building, there is no lift. The hotel boasts an elegant yet modern bar, a comfortable lounge with a warming log fireplace, a beautiful wood panelled restaurant 15c A. D. (awarded Two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence in 2015).
Alternative hotels are available in the area including Bristol and Bath.
• Executive touring coach throughout
• Four nights half board accommodation
• Itinerary as described
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel Insurance
• Entrance to NT properties for non NT members
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or email@example.com