Chepstow – The Wye Valley & Forest of Dean

Staying at the four star Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club

 

5 DAYS | 23rd October 2017

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is alive with colour and is a magical place to visit at this time of year. The stunning landscapes and spectacular scenery of both have inspired artists, crafts-people, inventors, poets and playwrights, as well as the many visitors who return year after year.

Our base for the tour is the four star Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club. Set in 400 acres of beautiful parkland, making it the perfect country retreat. Built around the 14th century Manor House, it is a harmonious blend of ancient and modern, set in a wonderfully relaxed setting and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel facilities include a leisure club with indoor pool, steam room, sauna and spa, health and beauty salon, golf facilities, a lounge, café bar and Orangery restaurant. All bedrooms are fully equipped to the highest standard.

Monday

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to Great Malvern where we stop for lunch. After a leisurely stroll around the town and Priory we continue our journey south to Chepstow and our hotel.

Tuesday

Our excursion today takes us firstly to Abergavenny on market day. Enjoy the morning at leisure to wander and have lunch. We then take the scenic route down to the town of Usk and The Gwent Rural Life Museum.

Wednesday

Take a relaxing morning, go for a swim in the pool or a stroll around the hotel grounds or simply read the paper. Mid-morning we venture into Chepstow for a stroll around the shops, perhaps visit the castle or museum and have lunch. This afternoon we take a steam train ride through the Forest of Dean to admire all the autumn colours on the Dean Forest Railway. Our nostalgic journey includes a Cream Tea served on board.

Thursday

This morning we pass Tintern Abbey and call for coffee at the little Craft Centre next door, we then continue on to the County town of Monmouth for lunch and a browse. Mid-afternoon we take the short journey to Symonds Yat West where we board our boat for a 40 minute cruise through the stunning Autumnal Wye Valley on the River Wye.

Friday

After breakfast we cross the Severn Bridge and head for Westonbirt Arboretum. The famous Japanese maples at this time of year are a blaze of reds, oranges and yellows. Just after lunch we join the motorway network and head for home making a comfort stop enroute. We aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area in the early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast, river cruise and steam train ride with Cream Tea. Entrance to Westonbirt Arboretum.
£448.00 per person sharing twin/double
£100.00 single room supplement
£25.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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