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  1. Day 1 The Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey

    Arriving in Cardiff (rail tickets from London available), collect your vehicle and make your way in to the South Wales countryside. Head firstly for the border town of Chepstow to see the stunning medieval fortress at Chepstow Castle before following the course of the beautiful Wye Valley where you can visit the magical ruins of Tintern Abbey - a view which once inspired Wordsworth. Pass the market towns of Monmouth and Abergavenny before arriving in the dramatic moorlands of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

    Overnight: Brecon Beacons area.

    Journey details: 85 miles / 2hrs approx*

  2. Day 2 The Brecon Beacons and Hay-on-Wye

    Dedicate today to exploring the beautiful and barren moorlands and mountains of the Beacons National Park where sheep and wild-horses roam the hillsides. You may choose to visit the southern valleys where Wales' industrial heritage is evident especially at Big Pit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can descend a real working coal mine. Alternatively, head to the border town of Hay-on-Wye, self-proclaimed second-hand book capital of the world the quaint town bustles with bookshops, tea-rooms and antique dealers.

    Overnight: Brecon Beacons area.

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Carreg Cennen Castle and Tenby Village

    Passing along the northern edge of the of the Beacons you enter the Welsh county of Carmarthenshire. Stop at one of Wales’ best kept secrets at the hilltop medieval fort of Carreg Cennen Castle before making your way in to the coastal county of Pembrokeshire. You may choose to visit Dylan Thomas’ former home in Laugharne before making your way to the historic town of Tenby, home to a bustling harbour, Norman Castle and city walls, a labyrinth of cobbled streets and flanked by stretching sandy bays.

    Overnight: Pembrokeshire

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 75 miles / 1hr 45mins approx*

  4. Day 4 Pembrokeshire Coast and St Davids Cathedral

    Today enjoy the breath-taking scenery of 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 St David’s, the namesake of the Welsh patron Saint – this tiny village enjoys city status due to its stunning cathedral and Bishop’s Palace.

    Overnight: Pembrokeshire

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Castle Coch and St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life

    Today return East along the South coast of Wales. Arriving in the Cardiff area take time to explore the city’s outlying areas; visit the fairytale Victorian castle at Castel Coch or the 13th century fortress at Caerphilly Castle complete with its archetypal moat and famous leaning tower. Finally, make your way to the St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh life, a living museum where you can experience Welsh life through the ages. By evening return your vehicle in Cardiff.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 95 miles / 1hr 45mins approx.*

  6. Day 6 Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Bay

    Spend today discovering central 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. A short boat or train ride brings you to 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.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Tour Ends in Cardiff

    Enjoy a final breakfast in your Cardiff Hotel before check-out. Time-permitting do some last minute souvenir shopping in Wales before taking a train back to London or making your way onwards to an airport for your return flight.

    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

  • 6 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked Welsh breakfast each morning.
  • 6 days car rental (outside of Cardiff) inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges.
  • Admission to Cardiff Castle.
  • CADW Wales Explorer Pass (7 days in 14) offering admission to dozens of Castles and historic sites across South Wales such as Beaumaris  or Caerphilly castles.
  • Shipment of your personal travel document and information pack containing all travel vouchers/tickets, printed copy of your itinerary, overview driving map and our own travel information and tips.
  • Toll-free calls (from USA and Canada) to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local out-of-hours number for use during travel.

Our Selected Lodging

  • The Bear Hotel (or similar), Crickhowell x 2 nights
  • The Grove at Narbeth (or similar), Pembrokeshire x 2 nights
  • Lincoln House Hotel (or similar), Cardiff x 2 nights
Wherever possible we select characterful accommodation representative of the destination where you're staying. We regularly personally visit and quality-check hotels across the country. The hotels listed are a representative selection of just some of the properties we work with, ask your consultant for their personal favourites and recommendations. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

Optional extras

  • Enjoy a City Sightseeing open-top bus tour of Cardiff.
  • Enjoy a traditional Welsh Banquet in the grounds of Cardiff Castle.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in London or Cardiff before or after your trip.
  • Add rail travel to/from Cardiff before or after your tour.

Customize this tour!

  • Add extra nights in any of your destinations to explore further.
  • Add a night in historic Bath in England on route to/from London.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-tours.
  • Enjoy an upgrade to a luxury castle or manor hotel on one or more nights of your stay.

Exclusions

  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates 2023/2024

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!

Pricing 2023/2024

From GBP £1,695 per person (based on two people travelling).
Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.

 

Pricing above is representative pricing of this tour - this pricing is based on travel in shoulder-season (April/October) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in the sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. Our proposals are always based on live availability and pricing which may fluctuate based on a range of factors and inclusions. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on shoulder-season travel (April/October). 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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