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Key Features
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Central London
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: Cardiff, St Davids, Tenby
Key attractions: Cardiff Castle
  1. Day 1 The Cotswolds, Hay-on-Wye and the Cambrian Mountains

    This morning, meet your driver-guide at London Victoria and West for the undiscovered land of Wales. This morning we’ll pass through the quintessential English villages and countryside of the Cotswolds before arriving in the Welsh Marches, the borderlands between England and Wales. In Hay-on-Wye we’ll pause to see this charming “book-town” home to dozens of second-hand book shops, tea-rooms and antiques shops. Our route then leads into the scenic heart of Wales through the Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful Elan Valley on route to the seaside town of Aberystwyth.

    Overnight: Aberystwyth, North West Wales

  2. Day 2 Snowdonia and Harlech Castle

    Our day today explores north Wales and the Snowdonia National Park; mount Snowden is the tallest peak in England and Wales and the surrounding hills and mountains of this protected region provide some of the most dramatic and glorious scenery found anywhere in Britain. We head in to the mountains to see some of the mountain villages including Beddgelert, to see the resting place and hear tales of the legendary hound, ‘Gelert’. On the coast we’ll pause to visit Harlech village and 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. By afternoon we return for free-time in Aberystwyth.

    Overnight: Aberystwyth, North West Wales

    Meals: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 New Quay 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. Passing inland, we visit the Dinefwr Estate and its ruined castle before making our way to 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 far south-west of the country, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Britain’s only coastal National Park. We’ll see beautiful bays and seascapes on route to the St Davids village; the namesake of the Welsh patron saint, this tiny village enjoys city status owing to its elegant cathedral and adjacent Bishops Palace. Then on to Pembroke town where you can wander the dramatic medieval ruins of Pembroke Castle before we return once more to Tenby, where you will enjoy free time to further explore this beautiful Norman town with its natural harbour, town walls and golden bays.

    Overnight: Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 The Museum of Welsh Life and 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. Your guided tour ends here and you may take public transport or a taxi in to central Cardiff to enjoy two independent nights at your leisure.* *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 packages.

    Overnight: Lincoln House Hotel, Cardiff or similar

    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 (tickets included).

    Overnight: Lincoln House Hotel, Cardiff or similar

    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 mins 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. * Supplements may apply for early rail departures prior to 9am. If you would like an early departure, please specify at the time of booking.

    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.
  • Admission to Cardiff Castle (Includes tour of the Victorian Mansion).
  • 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 and guarantees private / en-suite bathroom facilities.  Specific accommodation is selected and allocated after confirmation of your booking. As tour accommodation is allocated after confirmation of the tour booking not all tour participants stay in the same establishment. Please advise if you are travelling with other guests under a different reference and we can confirm accommodation together in the same property.

Departure Dates 2019

We have 2019 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. This tour departs frequently from April to October 2019 - please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a tour proposal and quotation.

Pricing 2019

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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