Trafalgar Tours Scenic England – Glastonbury, Bath & Stratford

Trafalgar Tours Scenic England – Glastonbury, Bath & Stratford

Trafalgar Tours Scenic England – Glastonbury, Bath & Stratford

Trafalgar Tours Scenic England – Glastonbury, Bath & Stratford

Daily Itinerary:

Day 5 – Glastonbury to Bath to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Another full and fun-packed day was ahead of us as we departed Bideford in Cornwall and got underway to our first stop, the small town of Glastonbury in Somerset, followed by Bath – a large Roman city also in Somerset.

Highlights:

Glastonbury – Lyndon guided passengers around the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, giving a brief overview of the many associated legends and myths. Legend has it that King Arthur was buried in the abbey grounds – there is even a plaque to identify the supposed site of his tomb. Now all that remains of the abbey are ruins of what once must have been a monstrous structure.

Bath – The Romans established a spa resort in AD 43, building baths and a temple. Our group was able to spend time doing a self-guided audio tour of the Roman Baths, wander the city and grab a bite for lunch.

Bath Roman Spa

Bath Roman Spa

The city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities to partake in.

Bath

Bath

Bath Abbey is of Anglo-Saxon origin dating back to AD 757. After being destroyed and rebuilt a number of times over the centuries the present Abbey dates from AD 1499.

Cream Tea – As we spent so long exploring the Roman Baths, we had little time remaining before rejoining the bus for our next stop. But, we did take Lyndon’s suggestion for where to get a great cream tea and got it to-go. Boy, were we glad we did! The Bridge Coffee Shop on Pultney Bridge does a smashing job.

Cream Tea - Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream

Cream Tea – Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream

Stratford-upon-Avon – Home to Shakespeare’s birthplace, the Shakespeare Festival and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, this vibrant market town in Warwickshire proved to be one of the most popular stops among passengers.

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon

There is plenty of history in this town with the lovely and peaceful River Avon running through it. Our first stop in Stratford was a tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace.

By 5:15 p.m. we were checking into our room at the Mercure Shakespeare Hotel, just a few minutes walk from Stratford’s main street. A four-star hotel with loads of character and old-world charm.

Optional Excursion – Most in our group opted to join the evening excursion with a short drive into the countryside, visit to The Saxon Sanctuary (Warwichshire’s oldest church), followed by dinner at a pub called Bulls Head. This was another splendid way to complete an exciting day chock-full of history.

Optional Excursion - The Saxon Sanctuary

Optional Excursion – The Saxon Sanctuary

 

Come along with WAVEJourney and discover what Trafalgar’s Scenic England Tour had to offer:

Overview | Daily Itinerary | Hotels & Dining | Optional Excursions | Tour Director & Gratuities | Bottom Line & Value | Photos |

Day 1 & 2: London | Day 3: London to Plymouth | Day 4:  Plymouth to Bideford | Day 5: Glastonbury, Bath & Stratford | Day 6: Chester to Liverpool | Day 7: Lake District & York | Day 8: Cambridge to London | Day 9: London City Tour |

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Note: Viv & Jill were guests of Trafalgar on the Scenic England Tour in September 2009

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