Vacations To Go


RORY'S GRAND ADVENTURE
(Revised)

 

 

Day 1 Wednesday    
  Depart: Spokane/Portland  
  Do: Flight  
       



Day 2 Thursday    
  Arrive: Edinburgh  
  Do: Rent a car  
    Scottish Heritage Pass £55.00/£45.00  
  See: Edinburgh Castle (9:30-5) £17.50/£14 (60+)/SHP  
  Lodge:    

 

Day 3 Friday    
  See: Royal Mile  
2:00 p.m. Depart: Edinburgh  
       
3:00 p.m. Arrive: Melrose 39
  See: Melrose Abbey £6/£4.80/SHP  
5:00 p.m. Depart: Melrose  
       
6:15 p.m. Arrive: Chollerford 56
  Lodge: Twice Brewed Inn (95)

 

 

Day 4 Saturday    
    English Heritage Pass (9 days) £37  
9:45 a.m. Depart; Twice Brewed  
10:00 a.m. See: Chesters Roman Fort and Hadrian's Wall £9.90/£9.00 Sr/EH  
10 min   Housesteads Roman Fort £9.90/£9.00 Sr/EH 8
3:00 p.m. Depart: Housesteads  
       
5:15 p.m. Arrive: York, UK 117
  Lodge:   (125)

 

 

Day 5 Sunday    
  See: York Minster (11-4) £11.50 (good for 12 months)
Undercroft Museum
Shop (11:30-4:30)
 
    Walk the Wall  
  See: Jorvik Viking Centre (9-7) £12.50/£10.50 Sr  
    Evensong  
    Shops  
  Lodge: York  

 

Day 6 Monday    
9:00 a.m. Depart: York  
12:00 p.m. Arrive: Caernarfon 173
  Do: Lunch  
    Wales Explorer Pass (3 Days) £23.10  
1:00 p.m.   Caenarfon Castle (9:30-6) £10.40/£8.40 65+/WEP  
  Lodge:   (173)

 

Day 7 Tuesday    
9:00 a.m. Depart: Caernarfon  
9:35 a.m. Arrive: Conwy 24
  See: Conway Castle (9:30-5) £12.70/£10.20 65+/WEP  
    Plas Mawr £7.70/£6.10 65+/WEP

It is quite simply the finest surviving Elizabethan town house anywhere in Britain.

This was a golden age when fabulously wealthy merchants invested in mansions, rich fittings and lavish entertaining. Robert Wynn, third son of a local landowner, wanted a piece of the action.

He entered the service of Tudor diplomats and travelled to the most splendid royal courts of Europe. His fortune made, he bought a mansion house in Conwy for £200 and between 1576 and 1585 turned it into a celebration of his life, times and wealth.

The house’s main frontage is discreetly hidden away in a steep narrow lane. So the High Street gatehouse only hints at the grandeur within, as you rise via a series of terraces to explore 17 impressive rooms.

You won’t have to look far for clues about its creator. Wynn’s initials – R.W. – can be found all over Plas Mawr’s vividly painted ornamental plasterwork.

Over the centuries it became a courthouse, a school and even an art gallery. Perhaps this continual use enabled it to remain so miraculously intact. Four years of painstaking restoration have recreated the Elizabethan garden and returned all the light-filled rooms to their original glory.

 
  Do: Walk the wall  
    Shops  
2:00 p.m. Depart: Conway  
5:00 p.m. Arrive: Stratford-upon-Avon 155
  Lodge:   (179)


Day 8 Wednesday    
9:00 a.m. Depart: Stratford-upon-Avon  
10:45 a.m. Arrive: Bath 85
  See: Roman Bath (10-5) £23/£21.50 65+  
  Depart: Bath  
  Arrive: Salisbury  
50 min Do: Stonehenge (9:30-3) £23.30/£21.00/EHP
Cafe, shop
34
  Depart: Salisbury  
1 hr 45 min Arrive: London 88
  Do: Return rental car  
  Lodge: Cherry Court (207)


Day 9 Thursday    
  See: Walking Tour-Parliament and Big Ben  
    British Museum (9-6) Free
Court Cafe (9-5:30), Pizzaria (11-3)
 
  Lodge: Cherry Court  

 

Day 10 Friday    
  See: Tower of London (10-6) £25.00  
  Lodge: Cherry Court  

 

Day 11 Saturday    
  Depart: London  
    (Turn right from the hotel. In the next block on the right.)  
  Do: Bus-Doubletree Hilton London Victoria  
  Arrive: Dover  
    Disney Cruise  

 

Day 12 Sunday    
  Do: Disney Cruise  
       

 

Day 13 Monday    
  Do: Disney Cruise  
       

 

 

Day 14 Tuesday    
  Do: Disney Cruise  
       

 

Day 15 Wednesday    
  Do: Disney Cruise  
       

 

Day 16 Thursday    
  Do: Disney Cruise  
       

 

Day 17 Friday    
  Do: Disney Cruise  
       

 

Day 18 Saturday    
  Depart: Dover  
  Arrive: London  
  Do: Fly  
  Arrive: Spokane/Portland