Autumn Tints In The Wye Valley & Forest Of Dean

Staying at the 4* Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club

5 DAYS | 3rd October 2021

This year’s Autumn Tints Tour endeavours to immerse you in the seasonal colours and culture of beautiful Welsh border region of the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean there is a wealth of wildlife and history waiting to be discovered! An enchanting land of ancient abbey ruins, castles, mansions, and landscapes, it has inspired the works of poets and writers for generations. At this time of year, as the seasons change, the beautiful autumnal colours bring a whole new beauty to the area that is not to be missed.

Our base for this tour is the 4* Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club; with its history as a 14th century manor house and set in 400 acres of parkland, it the perfect country retreat offering a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. A harmonious blend of ancient and modern 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 the Orangery restaurant. All bedrooms are fully equipped to the highest standard.

We depart Macclesfield and call for coffee enroute to the fabulous Westonbirt Arboretum, well known for its magnificent Autumn tints. Arriving in time for lunch you will then have the afternoon to explore the Arboretum and to enjoy the stunning display of colours adorning over 15,000 trees from all around the world. After our visit we cross the Severn Bridge making our way to Chepstow and our hotel.

After breakfast we take the picturesque route to Tintern Abbey and for morning coffee. We then continue on to Monmouth where we make our lunch stop; with plenty of cafes and pubs to choose from you are sure to find something delicious for lunch. This afternoon we are off on a leisurely boat trip on the River Wye; just sit back and soak up the surrounding sights whilst the local and experienced captain navigates us through some of the most wonderful scenery of this area of natural beauty.

This morning we venture to the pretty town of Usk for a morning coffee and a stroll. There will be time to visit the quaint little museum in the town centre if you wish. We then continue to Tredegar House, one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the whole of the UK. This delightful red-brick house is situated within 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland and provides an ideal setting for a fantastic autumnal day out.

Today we take the short journey to Norchard for a trip on the Dean Forest Railway. After refreshments in Whistlers cafe and a visit to the shop we will then return to the historic walled border town and ancient port of Chepstow. You will have ample time for a relaxing lunch in one of the many cafes or pubs. Then why not take a stroll around the town, visit the local museum and perhaps the castle with its stunning views over the river? We return to the hotel mid-afternoon.

We head for home calling firstly at Nature in Art, the world’s first museum and gallery dedicated to nature-inspired artworks. The unrivalled collection is housed in a fine Georgian mansion, and you will have time to view the collections and exhibitions as well as have a morning coffee. Afterwards we head north and call at Webbs of Wychbold garden centre for lunch. We continue north and aiming to arrive around teatime.

Tour includes: 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast, river cruise and steam train ride with Cream Tea. Entrance to Westonbirt Arboretum.

£482.00 per person sharing twin/double
£100.00 single room supplement
£33.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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