The Wye Valley & the Forest of Dean

Highlights: Ludlow, Hay-on-Wye, Scenic Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, Symonds Yat, Tintern, Worcester, Welsh Borderlands

The ancient cathedral city of Hereford is more like a market town, set in a peaceful rural landscape of farms, orchards and half-timbered villages. It grew up on the River Wye on the border of Wales; a garrison protecting the Saxons from the Welsh tribes. With the Malvern Hills to the east and the wilder mountains of mid-Wales to the west, it makes a fascinating base for touring the delightful surrounding countryside.

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A full day tour starting with a visit to the beautiful old town of Ludlow with its riot of black and white half-timbered buildings - nearly 500 are listed – and a huge 11th century castle, much of which still stands. Then it’s across the line of Offa’s Dyke, constructed in the 8th century to mark the border with Wales, for a stop in the eccentric little town of Hay-on-Wye, which is the second-hand book ‘capital’ of Britain, and has its own ‘King’! 

Valleys & Views

On our second full day tour we follow the River Wye southwards past Ross-on-Wye into the Forest of Dean, to admire the view at Symonds Yat with a great loop of the river far below. From the handsome border town of Monmouth we reach the most scenic stretch of the Wye Valley, halting at Tintern, where the 14th century ruined Abbey has a beautiful setting. 

Cathedral City

A morning visit to the cathedral city of Worcester, sitting pretty on the banks of the River Severn. Here there is time to explore the medieval streets, magnificent cathedral or perhaps visit the fascinating Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum.

Hereford, Green Dragon Hotel

Hereford, Green Dragon Hotel

This former coaching inn is situated in the heart of the city of Hewreford, just 200 yards from the imposing Norman Cathedral.

The hotel enjoys a warm and traditional atmosphere, with a comfortable lounge, elegant buffet restaurant with a choice of English and International cuisine, and a cocktail bar.

All bedrooms feature private facilities, television, hairdryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.

• Full buffet breakfast and dinner plus tea or coffee

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  • All coach travel from selected local departure points
  • Reserved seats on tour coaches
  • Complete luggage handling
  • Half board accommodation with choice of menu
  • Evening entertainment and sightseeing excursions (if stated)
  • The services of the SunriseDirect driver

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