Key Features
Tour type: Small Group Tour
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Group size: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Central London
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: Cardiff, London, St Davids, Tenby
  1. Day 1 Stratford-upon-Avon, The Borders and the Cambrian Mountains

    This morning meet your driver-guide at London Victoria and head out in to the English countryside. The road takes north west to William Shakespeare's birthplace and home town, Stratford-upon Avon. Stratford is a gem of central England, a charming medieval market town of black & white Tudor era timber frame buildings and open greens next to the river. Following lunch in Stratford you will travel west through the Welsh Marches - the borderlands between England and Wales marked out by the ancient Offa's Dyke. The route then leads into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful Elan Valley from where pure Welsh water is supplied to the distant City of Birmingham. Leaving here in the late afternoon it is just an hour or so to the beautiful seaside town and cultural centre of Aberystwyth.

    Overnight: Aberystwyth, North West Wales

  2. Day 2 Snowdonia and Harlech Castle

    Our day today explores north Wales and the glorious, hills and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park; we head firstly for the beautiful mountain village of Beddgelert, the resting place of a legendary hound, 'Gelert', and the nearby copper mine – no longer working but open to visitors. The coast at the small town of Criccieth is a short ride away where there is a fine example of one of the castles of the Welsh Princes; with great views from the ramparts along the coast and out into Cardigan Bay. Then onwards to Porthmadog, home of the Ffestingog light railway and over the Cob causeway before reaching Harlech Castle - one of Edward I's masterpieces of medieval military architecture and part of a set of similar castles which that ring the north Wales coastline, Harlech perches on a rocky precipice over-looking the Irish Sea.

    Overnight: Aberystwyth, North West Wales

    Meals: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 Cardigan Bay, the Black Mountains and Tenby

    Leaving Aberystwyth, we travel south passing the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay, through the pretty little planned town of Aberaeron to New Quay with its a charming harbour containing fishing boats and its connections with Dylan Thomas. From the breakwater wall you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins or whales out in the bay. Turning inland again, we strike out for gold at the Dolaucothi mine which dates back to Roman times before heading into the foreboding Black Mountains. Having perhaps explored the mysterious bedrock cave under a castle with ancient origins we head for the coast again at Laugharne where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play "Under Milk Wood". From here it's a short distance to Tenby, the small, picturesque seaside town that will be your base for 2 nights.

    Overnight: Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and St Davids

    Our last full day touring is spent exploring the extreme south-west of the country, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This region was the birthplace of both the patron saint of Wales, St David, and the Twdyr (anglicised to Tudor) royal dynasty. After stopping in the county town of Pembroke itself, home to yet another imposing castle we make our way to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and time to explore this magical place. By afternoon we follow the coast to Strumble Head, the site of the last invasion of Britain in 1797 (by an American leading coerced Frenchmen!). We then pass through the Presili Hills, a place of entombment in Neolithic times and the mysterious source of the blue stones of Stonehenge before they were mysteriously transported more than 150 miles nearly 4000 years ago. From here we return once more to Tenby.

    Overnight: Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 The Museum of Welsh Life and the Welsh Capital, Cardiff

    Leaving Tenby in the morning, we return East. Joining the main roads, we pass the big industrial city of Swansea on route to the Welsh Capital of Cardiff, Europe's youngest capital. On the outskirts of the city we pause for a visit to the St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life a sprawling open air collection of real historic buildings and exhibitions which details life in Wales throughout the ages from the first Celtic settlers to the industrial revolution. After this visit your guided tour ends in central Central Cardiff *. After bidding farewell to your tour driver-guide you can check-in to your central Cardiff hotel and spend the next two days exploring independently. This afternoon, perhaps take a stroll to see the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays park, home to the national museum and gallery of Wales or to the elegant Victorian market and shopping arcades of the city centre. * Complimentary transfer back to central London with the tour guide is available on this day if you are limited for time please ask for a quotation based on this abbreviated package.

    Overnight: Central Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Castle

    Spend the day today using your included Cardiff City Sightseeing open-top bus tour tickets to experience the sights and sounds of the Welsh Capital. The tour will take you around the highlights of the city viewing the Principality Stadium, home of the Welsh national rugby team and the Welsh government buildings at the Senedd. Perhaps alight for a time in the Cardiff bay area where you'll find the bars and cafes of Mermaid Quay, the cultural Millennium Centre, and the Victorian Pierhead and Norwegian Church buildings both of which are home to arts and cultural exhibitions. Returning to the central Cardiff make a visit to the city's magnificent centrepiece at Cardiff Castle which combines Roman and Norman history with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion.

    Overnight: Central Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Return to London by Rail

    This morning finish off any last minute souvenir shopping for a memento of the ancient land of Wales before boarding the train back from Cardiff to London Paddington Station (tickets included). The direct journey takes approximately 2 hrs 15 minutes and departures leave every thirty minutes throughout the day – we'll book fixed time tickets* and seat reservations for your travel so just let us know approximately what time you'd like to leave and we'll confirm your rail travel and include the relevant information in your travel pack. Your package ends upon arrival in London but let us know if you'd like to add post-tour accommodation in central London or at London's airports.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

What's included

  • Discover Wales escorted small-group tour starting in London on day one and ending in Cardiff at around lunchtime on day five.
  • Your tour is inclusive of:
    • Four nights' hotel accommodation.
    • Full Welsh breakfast each morning.
    • All transportation by luxury mini-coach.
    • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
    • Services of a professional driver/guide (one person).
  • Two nights' hotel accommodation in central Cardiff.
  • Cardiff City Sightseeing open top bus tour tickets.
  • Rail travel from Cardiff to London (off-peak, fixed time tickets).
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

Excludes

  • Attraction entry / attraction admission (this tour focuses on providing free time in various locations and allows you to choose which sites/attractions you may want to see during your visit).

Optional extras

  • A CADW Wales Explorer Pass offering admission to a number of Castles and historic attractions on your itinerary.
  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from London airports before or after your tour.

* Please Note: All accommodation is minimum 3* rated (hotel rated) and guarantees private / en-suite bathroom facilities. For the tour section of this package specific accommodation is selected and allocated after confirmation of your booking. As this tour offers a choice of accommodation type the tour group may not all stay in the same establishment.

Departure Dates 2017/18

We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.

Pricing 2017/18

Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.

This tour starts in London at 9.15am on the first day of travel and returns by rail to London (at a time of your choice) on the final day of travel. If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central London, please let us know.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
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