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Waterways, Chester & North Wales

Waterways, Chester & North Wales

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Join us on this fascinating holiday which explores the region’s waterways, illustrating the important part it has played to our nation’s heritage. Visit the historic city of Chester and the award-winning Ness Botanic Gardens.

Day 1

We depart home area and make our way to our hotel making suitable refreshment stops. Our lunch stop will be in Coventry with opportunity to visit the famous Transport Museum or purchase lunch in one of the many restaurants the town centre has to offer.

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Day 2

This morning we visit charming Chester, first founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D. It is known for its extensive Roman walks and in the old city, the Rows are distinguished to 2-level shopping arcades and Tudor style half-timbered buildings. Enjoy a 30-minute cruise on the River Dee including commentary. In the afternoon visit Ness Botanic Gardens, located on the Wirral peninsula. These award-winning superb gardens which overlook the Dee Estuary were founded in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a Liverpool cotton merchant with a passion for gardens and for plant collecting. The gardens were donated to The University of Liverpool in 1948 by Lois Bulley, the daughter of the founder. A visit to these gardens is not to be missed!

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Day 3

Today enjoy a leisurely drive past Ruthin before travelling over the spectacular Horseshoe Pass, known in Welsh as Bwlch yr Oernant (pass of the cold stream) to the market town of Llangollen. Enjoy free time here to purchase lunch before a short coach ride to Froncysylite to join a canal cruise on a brightly coloured narrowboat, where you will sail across the Pontcyslite Aqueduct, or 'Steam in the Sky', then through the beautiful Vale of Llangollen. An interesting commentary will give you an insight into the history of the area and other canals in the UK.

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Day 4

Today a choice of a full day visit to Chester Zoo (£26.36 extra per person to be paid at time of booking). Chester Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country to visit. They are very passionate about what they do; whether it’s creating a brilliant time for you or working with endangered wildlife from around the world. There are over 20,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens to explore. Or a mid morning visit to Northwich for a ride on the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift. A visitor centre houses an exhibition focusing on the lift’s history, so you can get close to the action afterwards we return to our hotel with the afternoon for us to enjoy the leisure facilities.

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Day 5

We return to home after breakfast, making suitable comfort stops.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

MERCURE CHESTER ABBOTS WELL HOTEL, CHESTER ****

This 4-star hotel is located within 2 acres of landscaped gardens. The open plan lounge-bar offers a place to relax after your day excursions. Your evening meals will be served in the Brasserie. Fresh coffees and light snacks can be enjoyed on the garden terrace or in the bar. The hotel has a leisure centre including an indoor pool. Please Note: This hotel does not have a lift, please enquire for a ground floor room.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Free use of the hotel leisure facilities

  • Cruise on the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

  • 30-minute River Dee cruise

  • Entrance to Ness Botanic Gardens

  • Optional visit to Chester Zoo or ride and cruise on the Anderton Boat Lift

  • Coach excursions as described

  • Fully escorted throughout

 

TRAVEL OPTIONS

Upgrade your room (subject to availability). Supplements apply, call 01268 777 777, option 1

 

GROUP BOOKINGS

If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE

 

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Barking Station Parade, IG11 8TU
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Barkingside Fullwell Cross, Bus Stop A - IG6 2EA
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Basildon Cherrydown East Bus Stop, Basildon
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Brentwood Brentwood, Outside The Dairyman
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Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop, London Road
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Chelmsford Victoria Road Victoria Road CM1 1JR
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Collier Row White Hart Lane - Bus Stop out Tythe Court RM7 8LZ
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Corringham Town Centre Gordon Road, Bus Stop opposite Colbourne Close
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Cranham Front Lane/Moor Lane Junction Bus Stop RM14 1XJ
Outside Restaurant Opp. Car Park
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Dagenham Church Elm Lane, Bus Stop L - RM10 9QS
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Depot Depot, Princess Road, Rayleigh
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Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
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Harold Wood Bus Stop A, Gubbins Lane, RM3 0DR
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Hockley Spa Hockley Spa, Bus Stop outside the Library
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Holiday Inn, Brentwood Holiday Inn Brentwood
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Hornchurch. Hornchurch Town Centre, outside Sutton Arms
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Hutton Hutton, Bus Stop just past the Chequers Pub
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Ilford Ilford, Bus Stop outside 6 Clements Road, IG1 1BA
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Kavanaghs Rd Kavanaghs Road/London Road, Brentwood
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Palace Theatre Palace Theatre Bus Stop
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Pitsea Outside Gala Bingo Hall, Pitsea
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Queensway Queensway Bus Stop (Behind the Odeon Cinema)
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Rayleigh Stn Rayleigh Railway Station
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Romford St Edwards Way - Bus Stop H - RM1 3DQ
Out: Romford Shopping Hall
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Sadlers Farm Bus Stop on A13, just before Sadlers Farm
roundabout, nr Romsey Road
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Shenfield Stn Shenfield Station, outside Barclays Bank
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Shepherd & Dog Crays Hill Shepherd & Dog, Crays Hill
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Shotgate Shotgate Post Office
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South Green Grange Parade Bus Stop, South Green, Billericay
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Stanford Rookery Corner Rookery Corner Stanford
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Sun Corner Sun Corner London Road - Billericay
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Thames Drive Thames Drive Bus Stop
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The Elms Bus Stop outside Elms Public House, Leigh on Sea
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The Oak Grays The Oak Public House, Lodge Lane, Grays
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Thorpe Bay Stn Thorpe Bay Station, Acacia Drive (opp Station)
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Thurrock Services, Thurrock Services Coach Park, RM16 3BG
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Upminster Bus Stop M, St Mary's Lane- Upminster
Outside St.Laurence Church RM14 2QJ
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Vic Hse Cnr, Rayleigh Rd Vic House Corner, (Rayleigh Road)
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Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh
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White Horse White Horse,Southchurch Road, Southend
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Whittinghams Grg Whittinghams Garage, opp Rochford Railway Station
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Wickford Halls Corner, opposite Police Station, Wickford
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Woodford Green Snakes Lane East, Bus Stop R - IG8 7HU
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