Welcome to South Wales and The Cotswolds - May 4-8 2019

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray, Commercial Director

Welcome to Wales

5 days

Only 2 hours from London, Wales provides a backdrop of exciting landscapes for visitors to explore. With 5 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 3 National Parks, with their snow-capped peaks and wild coastline, Wales is the perfect place to switch off and explore untouched valleys and sleepy villages, or to enjoy raring-to-go towns and cities.

Day 1

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - London Heathrow to Cardiff

Arrive in London and make the journey by rail to Cardiff, where the educational itinerary begins. When your train pulls into Cardiff, you will transfer and check into the Park Plaza for the night, before heading out for dinner at the Park Plaza Restaurant.


14:35 – 14:36Flight from Incheon arrives
16:03 – 16:19Heathrow Xpress to Paddington
16:45 – 18:49Rail to Cardiff
19:00Transfer from Cardiff train station to the Park Plaza Hotel followed by dinner at the Park Plaza Restaurant
Day 2

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - Cardiff

After breakfast at the hotel, it’s a 20 minute transfer to St Fagans National History Museum where you will enjoy a tour and an immersive workshop. Then, it’s onto the Loving Welsh Food Tour where you sample some traditional Welsh delights including Bara Brith, warm welsh cakes and award-winning Penderyn whisky.

In the afternoon, you’ll take a tour of Cardiff Castle, a gorgeous neo-gothic castle in the heart of Cardiff city, before transferring to Llanerch vineyard for a tour and dinner.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at Hotel
09:00 – 10:00Transfer to St Fagans
10:00 – 12:00St Fagans National History Museum, with workshop activity
12:00 – 12:30Transfer to Food Tour
12:30 – 15:00Loving Welsh Food Tour of Cardiff (including Lunch)
15:00 – 16:30Cardiff Castle Tour
16:30 – 17:00Free time in Cardiff
17:00 – 17:30Transfer to Llanerch vineyard
17:30 – 18:30Vineyard Tour (Llanerch Vineyard)
18:30 – 20:00Dinner and site inspection at Llanerch Vineyard
20:00 – 20:30Transfer to Park Plaza Hotel

Supplier Information

NameLoving Welsh Food
ProfileLoving Welsh Food offers a variety of food & drink tours, safaris, cooking workshops, demonstrations and Welsh food talks & tastings in Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan.
Phone01970 631731
Min - Max capacity:2 - 50
Frequency:Cardiff Tasting Tour every Friday 10 30 - 14 30 Cardiff Food Safari every Saturday 10 30 - 15 30
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Yes
Translation:English, Welsh, French, Italian, Spanish, German

Supplier Information

NameCardiff Castle
ProfileCardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history.
Phone+44 (0)29 2087 8100
Min - Max capacity:Maximum 25 people on each tour. Larger groups will be split into a 10 minute interval between the start times of each tour group, subject to availability. For a Curator Tour, minimum group size is 20 people and maximum is 45
Frequency:Tours available daily - please enquire to make a booking
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:FIT or Groups
Translation:Audioguides available in English, Welsh, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese
Extra information:The official Cardiff Castle app, containing the audio guide content, is available as a free download from the iTunes and Google Play app stores Coach parking: drop off points immediately outside the Castle offer easy access for coach parties, with parking close by (nearest coach parks: Sophia Gardens and Civic Centre)

Supplier Information

NameLlanerch Vineyard
ProfileLlanerch Vineyard is a successful, modern wine producer offering exceptional hospitality in the heart of the beautiful Welsh countryside, just 20 minutes' drive from Cardiff city centre
Phone+44 (0)1443 222716
Min - Max capacity:Max 30
Frequency:April-October Thursday - Monday: 12:30pm, 3:00pm and 5.00pm. Tuesday & Wednesday: 5.00pm. Please enquire for tours at other times of the year
Private tours:We are able to offer a private tour and tasting and can tailor the tour to you. Please contact us with your requirements and we will confirm availability and pricing.
FIT or Groups:FIT or Groups
Extra information:We politely ask you to arrive 20 minutes before your tour starts in order to collect your tickets, as our tours start promptly. Approximately half of the vineyard tour is outside in the vineyard. The vineyard is exposed to all weather conditions, and the ground can be loose and uneven in places. Please ensure that your clients dress appropriately for the weather and wear the appropriate footwear.
Day 3

Monday, May 6, 2019 - Cardiff to Mickleton

After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to the enchanted world of Puzzlewood, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Puzzlewood is a unique and atmospheric ancient woodland that conjures up thoughts of magic, dragons and unicorns – one of the reasons why it’s such a popular film location for films and television programmes such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Doctor Who.

Following a picnic lunch in the forest, you’ll transfer to Tewkesbury meeting the Blue Badge Guide for a tour of the historic riverside town taking in the medieval town of Tewkesbury and it’s Abbey. As you are visiting in the Mayday bank holiday, your visit coincides with the annual Armour in the Abbey event. The Tewkesbury Medieval Festival group will be in and around the Abbey putting on displays to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury. There will be firings of cannons, Archery demonstrations, a medieval life display and re-enactors explaining about the armour and letting people try helmets and gauntlets on.

After Tewksbury, you’ll transfer to The Hidden Gem of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle, where you can walk in the footsteps of some of history’s most notable characters in the castle’s beautiful gardens before transferring to the Three Ways Hotel Where you will stay overnight along with having dinner.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 – 11:00Drive to Puzzlewood via Abergavenny
11:00 – 12:30Tour of site & lunch at Puzzlewood
12:30 – 13:30Drive to Tewkesbury
13:30 – 14:45Group to meet Anne and Rachel for walking tour of the Medieval town of Tewkesbury
14:45 – 15:15Transfer to Winchcombe
15:15 – 17:15Sudeley Castle Visit
17:15 – 18:15Transfer to Three Ways House Hotel
18:15 – 19:00Freshen Up
19:00 – 21:00Three Ways House Hotel – dinner

Supplier Information

NameSudeley Castle & Gardens
ProfileWalk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens at the regions’ most charming visitor destination. Delve into a 1000 year history, explore award-winning gardens and indulge in luscious lunches and afternoon tea. We can also arrange venue hire if you are planning a private party, event or wedding.
Min - Max capacity:15/60
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 4

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Mickleton to Bicester

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the Kiftsgate Court Gardens, which are famed for their roses. The gardens are the creation of three generations of women gardeners. Started by Heather Muir in the 1920s, continued by Diany Binny from 1950 and now looked after by Anne Chambers and her husband.

Continuing on from there you’ll head to Blenheim Palace, the monumental country house which is the only non royal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s.

Following the palace’s completion, it became the home of the Churchill (later Spencer-Churchill) family for the next 300 years, and various members of the family have wrought changes to the interiors, park and gardens. It is unique in its combined use as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. The palace is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.


Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at the Hotel
09:00 – 09:30Transfer to Kiftsgate Garden
09:30 – 10:30Kiftsgate Garden Visit
10:30 – 11:30Transfer to Blenheim Palace
11:30 – 13:00Blenheim Palace – house tour & site visit
13:00 – 14:00Afternoon tea at Blenheim Palace
14:00 – 16:00Free time to visit the grounds of Blenheim Palace including the chance to explore the gardens and take the miniature train to the maze
16:00 – 16:30Transfer to The Holt Hotel
16:30 – 18:00Free time before dinner
18:00 – 20:00Dinner

Supplier Information

NameBlenheim Palace
ProfileBlenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Surrounded by spectacular Parkland and Gardens designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown the Palace offers visitors an unforgettable day out.
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 5

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Bicester to Harrogate

After breakfast in the hotel, it’s time to check out and then transfer to Harrogate, Stopping for lunch at the Galleon Steakhouse in Chesterfield on the route.



08:00 – 09:30Breakfast at Hotel
09:30 – 12:00Transfer to Chesterfield for lunch
12:00 – 13:30Lunch at the Galleon Steakhouse
13:30 – 14:30Transfer to Harrogate

All times are subject to change.