This specially designed tour will introduce you to the very best of South Wales, while affording you a glimpse of West Country England.
It is the ideal tour for those who want to leave the typical ‘touristy’ routes behind and get down the back roads on the discovery trail. The small group size coupled by traveling in a comfortable mini-coach ensures a more leisurely exploration of the various attractions along the way.
Visit Glamorgan and see the school which Sir Anthony Hopkins attended. Roman ruins in Caerleon and a typical Welsh mining valley are other highlights of this tour. Stay in a traditional Welsh country farmhouse, vineyard or manor house and learn more about the fabulous history, wonderful scenery, and local people of South Wales.
Our tour begins this morning in the Welsh capital, Cardiff. After meeting our guide and travel companions, we depart for a panoramic tour of the Cardiff Bay area before visiting the National History Museum of Wales at St. Fagans, which offers a fantastic insight to Welsh heritage. Heading north we will pass the dramatic Caerphilly Castle in the region known as the Welsh Valleys, home to Wales’s former coal mining industry. At the Big Pit, one of Britain’s leading mining museums, we will have the chance to go down a real mine and learn more about the history of the industry in Wales. We then travel into the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park to Penderyn for a tour of an award winning Welsh whisky distillery before continuing to our accommodation base in Crickhowell.
This morning we journey south from Crickhowell to enjoy some Roman history at Caerleon – the site of one of Britain’s three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses. We then drive to the beautiful Wye Valley where we stop at Tintern, home to the Abbey that inspired Wordsworth’s famous poem, Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey. After lunch we will travel up the steep valleyside, to learn about the United Kingdom’s growing wine industry as we stop at an award winning vineyard. Continuing our journey, we pass the beautiful ruined Augustinian priory at Llanthony before winding our way back to Crickhowell via Hay-on-Wye, commonly known as the ‘Town of Books’
We bid farewell to the Brecon Beacons this morning and travel north through the border regions of Mid Wales stopping at Abbey Cwm Hir Hall, a gothic-style stately Victorian home with 12 acres of beautiful gardens and passing the impressive Froncysyllte Aqueduct, the longest and highest in the United Kingdom. Later today we will enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at Cefn Park, where the owners of this country estate will tell us the fascinating story of how they unearthed and restored the original below stairs Victorian kitchen. After check-in at our hotel in Conwy, we head to Llandudno for some evening entertainment in the form of a traditional Male Voice Choir concert.
Today you have a day at leisure in the medieval walled town of Conwy. We particularly recommend a visit to Conwy Castle, originally built by Edward I between 1283 and 1287. You may also wish to take a short trip to the pleasant seaside resort of Llandudno.
This morning we leave Conwy and head west to Caernarfon Castle. Built by Edward I as a Royal Palace, in the 13th century, it is probably the most famous castle in Wales and its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest. We then pay a visit to the National Slate Museum in Llanberis. This afternoon we travel along the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula to the Heritage Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn where we will enjoy a short talk on the ancient Welsh language. You will also have the chance to learn a few words in this notoriously difficult to pronounce language for yourself and enjoy a welsh tea! We then return to Conwy where we enjoy dinner with the rest of the group.
We bid farewell to Conwy this morning and drive south through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. We make a stop at Harlech, home to another impressive castle and an important place in Welsh national culture. Later this morning, we will enjoy a spectacular ride on the Talyllyn narrow-gauge steam railway. Cutting through rural mid-Wales, Talyllyn became the world’s first preserved railway in 1951. We then head to Aberdovey for lunch before making our way south to our accommodation base in the Ceredigion region where we enjoy a final group dinner together.
We continue our journey around the west coast of Wales this morning as we head into the beautiful coastal county of Pembrokeshire. Our guide will give us a choice of places to stop on the way to Laugharne, where we visit the boathouse that was home to Dylan Thomas, Wales’s greatest poet. We then return to Cardiff where our tour ends.
04 May – 11 Oct: Sunday
7 days / 6 Nights
Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
Duration: 7 days / 6 Nights
The tour start from Maldron Hotel, St Marys St, Cardiff, CF10 1GD.
Tour end at the starting point.
Carry your camera. Don’t forget your rain gear, strong walking shoes and comfortable clothes Do wait at the hotel concierge desk for pick-up Do not bring along bags that are heavier than the normal standard airline permissible weight and size, as European Health and Safety regulations apply due to which guides may rightfully be reluctant to carry your bag
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
The vast majority of the accommodations used do not have traditional-style porterage (neither do they have lifts/elevators). Your guide, however, will normally be able to assist with your baggage only if you carry bags with normal standard airline permissible weight and size.
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