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WALES EXPLORER

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural scenery of Wales as you explore her towering mountains and untouched coastlines.  Magical medieval hilltop fortresses, ancient abbeys and a host of traditional towns and villages await discovery as you experience the age-old and unique Welsh whilst the vibrant capital in Cardiff offers a contemporary twist.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
8 days / 7 nights

Regions visited:
All of Wales

Start point:
London, Bristol or Manchester

End point:
London, Bristol or Manchester

Customizable:
Yes

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1-866-209-4554

Email:
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ITINERARY

selfdrivetourSelf drive tour: Wales Explorer

DAY ONE

The Wye Valley, Tintern Abbey and the Brecon Beacons

Wales Explorer Tour - Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey, Chepstow, Wales

Arriving in to Bristol (or London) cross the border from England in to Wales via the Severn Bridge. You may choose to stop at border town Chepstow to see the stunning medieval fortress at Chepstow Castle before following the beautiful Wye Valley where you can visit the magical ruins of Tintern Abbey. Pass the market towns of Monmouth and Abergavenny before crossing the wild moorlands of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

accommodationOvernight: Brecon Beacons.

distanceJourney details: 160 miles / 260 km, 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.), if starting at Heathrow Airport*.

attractionsHighlights: Tintern Abbey, the Wye valley and the Brecon Beacons.

DAY TWO

The Welsh Marches, Llandudno and Conwy Castle

Today pass north along the ancient Welsh border Marches with England perhaps with stops in traditional Welsh town of Llangollen or at the picturesque Chirk Castle. Continue to the north coast of Wales to Llandudno, a charming Victorian seaside resort with sweeping bay and promenade before exploring the enchanting walled medieval town of Conwy, home of narrow streets, cobbled squares and lying in the shadow of World Heritage site at the magnificent Conwy Castle.

accommodationOvernight: Conwy or Llandudno.

distanceJourney details: 150 miles / 240 km, 3 hours 15 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Llangollen and Conwy Castle.

DAY THREE

Isle of Anglesey and Caernarfon Castle

Wales Explorer Tour - Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales

Today cross the Menai Straits to the old stronghold of Welsh culture and language on the stunning Isle of Angelsey. The isle holds a diverse heritage from the 18th century manor at Plas Newydd to the 13th century Beaumaris Castle and an array of Neolithic and Celtic sites and stone circles whilst natural beauty and wildlife are in abundance along the breathtaking coastlines. Crossing back to the mainland visit Caernarfon Castle a World Heritage site which was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles in 1969.

accommodationOvernight: Conwy or Llandudno.

attractionsHighlights: The Isle of Anglesey and Caernarfon Castle.

DAY FOUR

Snowdonia National Park and Harlech Castle

From Conwy pass south through the dramatic mountain ranges of the Snowdonia National Park home to the highest peak in England and Wales at Mount Snowden. You may choose to ride a mountain train at the funicular railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog before arriving on the coast to visit the awe-inspiring sight of Harlech Castle perched overlooking the Irish Sea. Enjoy visiting traditional Welsh towns such as Machynlleth on route to Aberystwyth, a charming Victorian resort town Aberystwyth where you'll find the National Museum of Wales.

accommodationOvernight: Aberystwyth.

distanceJourney details: 85 miles / 135 km, 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Snowdonia National Park, Harlech Castle and Aberystwyth.

DAY FIVE

Cardigan Bay and St Davids Cathedral

Wales Explorer Tour - Whitesands

Whitesands, near St David's, Wales

Continue along the coastal route exploring a host of picturesque fishing towns such as Aberaeron and the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay where you'll pass in to some of Britain's most breath-taking coastal scenery in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park home to almost two hundred miles of protected coastline. Enjoy walking stretches of the famous coastal path across bays and cliffs as you spot the sea and bird life including dolphins, grey seals in the waters and Puffins nesting in the rock faces. Make your way to tiny town of St David's which has city status due to its stunning cathedral and Bishop's Palace.

accommodationOvernight: Pembroke.

distanceJourney details: 80 miles / 130 km, 2 hours (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and St David's Cathedral.

DAY SIX

Harbour Town Tenby and Laugharne

Continuing through more stunning coastal scenes, make your way to the Pembrokeshire town of Tenby; home to a bustling harbour, Norman Castle and city walls, as well as a labyrinth of cobbled streets and flanked by stretching sandy bays Tenby is an absolute must for your visit. From here continue East with a possible stop at Laugharne to visit the Boathouse visitor centre or where welsh poet Dylan Thomas's penned some of his greatest works. Finally, arrive in to the Welsh Capital city of Cardiff.

accommodationOvernight: Cardiff.

distanceJourney details: 100 miles / 160 km, 1 hour 50 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Tenby and Laugharne.

DAY SEVEN

Cardiff City and Cardiff Castle

Wales Explorer Tour - Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales

Spend today discovering Cardiff from the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays park, home to the national museum and gallery of Wales to the city's stunning centrepiece at Cardiff Castle which combines Roman and Norman history with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion. Explore the cosmopolitan Cardiff Bay area which is home to the National Assembly for Wales, the Millennium Centre and a host of waterfront bars and cafes.

accommodationOvernight: Cardiff.

attractionsHighlights: Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Castle.

DAY EIGHT

Castle Coch and St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life

Enjoy Cardiff's outlying areas today as you explore the St Fagan's Museum of Welsh life, a living museum where you can experience Welsh life through the ages. Nearby is fairytale Victorian castle at Castel Coch whilst 13th century moated Caerphilly Castle complete with its famous leaning tower offers a stunning highlight on which to end your experience of South Wales.

attractionsHighlights: Caerphilly Castle, Museum of Welsh Life and Castle Coch.

Return your vehicle.

distanceJourney details: 135 miles / 130 km, 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.), based on a direct route to Heathrow Airport*.

MAP

Wales Explorer Tour Map - self drive tour of Wales

INCLUSIONS

selfdriveSelf drive tour: Wales Explorer

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 7 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • 8 days car rental inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges.
  • adeo Travel suggested driving itinerary and travel documents pack.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip .
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.

arrowSUGGESTED ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon x 1 night
  • Dunoon Hotel, Llandudno x 2 nights
  • Gwesty Cymru, Aberystwyth x 1 night
  • Lamphey Court Hotel, Pembroke x 1 night
  • Lincoln House Hotel, Cardiff x 2 nights

As our self-drive tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Enjoy a City Sighseeing open top bus tour in Cardiff.
  • Purchase the CADW overseas visitor passes for entry to a number of sites and historic attractions on route.
  • Experience a traditional Welsh banquet in the grounds of Cardiff Castle.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in London before or after your trip.
  • Add rail travel to/from Cardiff before or after your tour.

arrowCUSTOMIZE THIS TOUR!

  • Add an extra night in the Brecon Beacons or Pembrokeshire to explore further.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-tours.
  • Stay in quaint family run B&Bs throughout your tour or on selected nights.
  • Enjoy an upgrade to a luxury castle or manor hotel on one or more nights of your stay.

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PRICING

selfdriveSelf drive tour: Wales Explorer

arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

arrowPRICING 2017/18

From GBP £659 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (May/September) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Your quotation will be based on the suggested accommodations listed however please note that we may tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences. Please indicate these when you contact us.
  • Prices are calculated as per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room and one vehicle.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.

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