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Bradley Walters Journeys is proud to announce their Signature Tour of the Year – Trains Across Britain.


What a unique journey this is. You will travel off the beaten path and into some truly beautiful, rural landscapes. We’ve also decided to add a Rhine River experience! Wales deserves a special mention for its Great Little Trains. Though small in stature, these narrow-gauge lines are real working railways. They were originally built to haul slate and other minerals out of the mountains but are now a wonderful way for visitors to admire the breathtaking scenery. There are eight lines to choose from but we will travel on the most famous one, the Ffestiniog Railway, which is the oldest of its kind in the world. You’ll get to meet locals who will take the time to chat and share a bit of their lives with you. There is also something civilized about travelling by train – it’s one of the only restful travel experiences that we have left.

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TRIP TYPE

Adventure – All-Inclusive ResortsGroup Travel Luxury

LOCATION

Britian Europe United KingdomWales

ITINERARY

OCTOBER 3 • TORONTO TO FRANKFURT

This afternoon we’ll gather in Toronto for our flight to Frankfurt. Dinner will be served after take-off and a light snack prior to arrival. (D)

OCTOBER 4 • COLOGNE, GERMANY

Today we will travel by coach to beautiful Cologne where a welcome lunch awaits us. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town. We’ll visit Germany’s most popular tourist attraction: the famous Cologne Cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline. Join us tonight for our welcome dinner. (L/D)

OCTOBER 5 • BOPPARD ON THE RHINE

Today we’ll be met by a local guide and enjoy a scenic motor coach drive along the spectacular Rhine River towards Boppard. Here, we board a Rhine Riverboat and enjoy sailing past vineyards and castles. The sailing will end in St. Goar, where we’ll enjoy a relaxing luncheon. This afternoon we’ll marvel at the spectacular Moselle Region; Germany’s most scenic wine region, which clings to the twisting banks of the River Moselle. This evening we’ll board another vessel for a dinner cruise highlighting the impressive Cologne skyline. (B/L/D)

OCTOBER 6 • LONDON, ENGLAND

Today we travel by train to the famous St. Pancras Station in London. Critics rate our adjacent accommodations at the beautiful 5-star Renaissance Hotel as one of the very best in London. Join us as we toast London during dinner. (B/L/D)

OCTOBER 7 • BRIGHTON

After breakfast we’ll board a train heading to the fashionable English seaside resort town of Brighton. A coach and a local guide will be waiting to show us the city. Included is admission to the Royal Pavilion, an exotic 19th century party palace for King George IV. You’ll also have time to stroll along the Brighton Lanes. This historic quarter is a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways offering a mix of antique and boutique shops. Later we return to London by train. (B/L/D)

OCTOBER 8 • BLUEBELL RAILWAY

Today we travel by train into the countryside of Southern England—East Grinstead. Here we switch to the Bluebell Railway, Britain’s first standard gauge heritage. This 18km steam-hauled train line features a large collection of Southern Steam Locomotives. A casual ploughman’s lunch will be served on board. From there we will board a return train to St. Pancras Station. (B/L/D)

OCTOBER 9 • LLANGOLLEN, WALES

Today we say farewell to London and board a train for the walled city of Chester (our luggage travels separately). A local guide will join us for lunch. We’ll then cross by motor coach into Wales where we will tour the area of Llangollen. Once there we board a boat on the canal. For over a century visitors have enjoyed the pleasure of a horse drawn boat trip. See a combination of picturesque countryside and breath taking engineering as we cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site. Expect a Bradley Walters Journeys treat onboard. We’ll spend the night in Chester. (B/L/D)

OCTOBER 10 • GREAT LITTLE TRAINS OF WALES

This morning we’ll enjoy a countryside coach journey throughout North Wales with a stop in the village of Trefriw, Conwy. We’ll continue to Blaenau Ffestiniog to board a train that was originally built to transport slate from the quarries. This 13.5-mile journey is on the oldest independent railway in the world. The Great Little Trains of Wales descends over 700ft from the mountains through tranquil forests, past lakes and waterfalls, and around tight bends. Later, we rejoin our motor coach for a coastal journey to stunning Portmeirion, an Italianate village from the 1960’s which is famous for being the backdrop for The Prisoner tv series. Early this evening we return to overnight in Chester and dinner in a popular, local restaurant. (B/L/D)

OCTOBER 11 • CHESTER

Enjoy a few morning hours exploring the two-tiered medieval walkways that surround us in the city of Chester. Its roots date back to Roman times. Add to this mix its attractive bridges, parks and riverside walks and you’ll understand why Chester ranks so highly among England’s most popular places to visit. After our group luncheon we board a train for Edinburgh, Scotland where we’ll enjoy a short city tour before arriving at our comfortable 4-star accommodations. (B/L/D)

OCTOBER 12 • ST. ANDREWS

Today we journey by train over the amazing Forth Bridge (8296 ft long), a cantilever railway bridge that stretches across the Firth of Forth river. We’ll travel along the stunning Fife Coast and finally travel over the 3.4 km Tay Rail Bridge to Dundee. We’ll rejoin our coach for a short journey to St Andrews, a gorgeous place famous for being the home of golf and where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met. Later, join us for our farewell dinner in Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh. (B/L/D)

OCTOBER 13 • FLIGHT TO TORONTO

Today we pack up all of our souvenirs for our flight back to Canada. (B)