New tour for 2019
- Day 1 Raglan Castle, Big Pit and the Brecon Beacons
Departing London, we head West for Wales. Our journey takes us through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds where we’ll make a stop at one of the beautiful villages before crossing into Wales via the Welsh borderlands, known as the ‘marches’. Our first stop in the ‘land of song’ is the imposing Raglan Castle, which dates back to the fourteenth century and was once a childhood home of King Henry VIII. Today you can still today stroll the castle moat or climb the main tower for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Next stop is the nearby Big Pit National Coal Museum, which explores Wales’ industrial heritage and coal mining history, an industry which transformed the economic and physical landscape of South Wales. Enjoy the enlightening exhibitions or descend a real working coal mine! We'll absorb splendid scenery as we cross the Brecon Beacons National Park to Brecon itself, our destination for our overnight stay.
- Day 2 Carreg Cennen Castle, Dinefwr Estate and Devil's Bridge
Departing Brecon our first stop today is the majestic Carreg Cennen Castle; perched atop a limestone cliff this castle ruin is one of Wales’ most aesthetically spectacular fortresses. Next onwards to Dinefwr, a magnificent Welsh country estate home to a Castle, Country House and extensive parklands; Explore the manor house, perhaps the Downton Abbey of Wales, spot wild deer in the grounds or enjoy a traditional Welsh lunch of Cawl & Bara Brith. This afternoon we’ll head north through the heart of Wales towards the Elan Valley, an area of stunning landscapes wooded landscapes. Traversing through the Cambrian hills, we’ll arrive at our next stop, Devil’s Bridge, where three stacked bridges cross the Rheidol river and where, if legend is to be believed, on his first visit to Wales the devil was outwitted by an old Welsh lady. Finally we descend to the coastal town of Aberystwyth, our overnight base for the next two nights.
Meals: Breakfast included
- Day 3 Snowdonia and Harlech Castle
This morning we explore North Wales, and the beautiful mountain landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park; in the foothills of Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak, we’ll stop at the picturesque village of Beddgelert, home to riverside craft and tea shops, not to mention the ‘grave’ of the legendary hound ‘Gelert’ after which the village is named. After a short journey to the coast, we’ll visit Harlech Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site which makes up one of Edward I’s ring of 13th Century medieval fortresses around North Wales. There’ll be time for lunch and to enjoy breath-taking mountain and seascapes from the castle ramparts. By afternoon, we’ll travel back down the coast to Aberystwyth in time for you to explore the town perhaps strolling along the seafront esplanade and castle, or taking a journey on the Victorian Cliff Railway up Constitution Hill for some panoramic views of the town.
Meals: Breakfast included
- Day 4 Pembrokeshire Coast, St Davids and Pembroke Castle
Today we explore the south-westernmost corner of Wales; passing south along Wales’ west coast we visit the tiny harbour town of New Quay and its multi-coloured cottages and sandy beaches. The town has connections with 20th century poet, Dylan Thomas and pods of dolphins can often be spotted from the quay. Passing through the Preseli Hills we’ll stop at a working Welsh woollen mill before making our way in to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and our next stop, Britain’s smallest city; St Davids. Despite its village size the “city” is home to a magnificent cathedral sited next to the Bishop’s Palace, founded by Wales’ patron saint, St David. Inside the cathedral are the tombs of many influential medieval knights, as well as a shrine to St David himself. Our last stop today is Pembroke; town and castle, one of the largest and most important castles in Anglo-Welsh history, before we finally make our way to the charming seaside walled-town of Tenby, where we'll spend the last night of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast included
- Day 5 Welsh Capital Cardiff and Avebury
Returning East, our final day takes us to Wales’ cosmopolitan capital city, Cardiff. We can visit both the city centre and the nearby Cardiff Bay - formerly the city docklands and once the largest coal-trading port in the world, the bay area has now been regenerated and is home to the Sennedd, (the Welsh parliament) and the Millennium Centre cultural centre. In the centre of ‘old’ Cardiff you’ll see the National Museum, the Victorian shopping arcades, Cardiff Castle and the Principality Stadium; sporting home of Wales' national game, Rugby. After time to explore and have lunch, we’ll head away from Cardiff and over the Severn estuary that defines the English-Welsh border. On route back to London we’ll make a final stop at Avebury stone-circle; unlike at Stonehenge, this UNSECO World Heritage Site offers the opportunity to walk amongst the stones and even touch them. Now it’s time to return to London, where our tour of Wales concludes.
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.
- 4 nights in Hotel accommodation (minimum 3* standard).
- Full Welsh breakfast each morning.
- All transportation by luxury mini-coach.
- Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
- Services of a professional driver/guide (one person).
- Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
- Postage of your vacation documents pack.
- 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).
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London.
- Airport transfers or transport to/from London before/after your tour.
- You can choose to depart the tour in Cardiff in which case we can provide additional hotel nights in Cardiff and rail travel back to London at a later time.
** 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
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.
Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.
This tour starts at 9.00am on the first day of travel and returns around 6.30pm on the final day of travel. We recommend arriving in your city of departure at least one day prior to the start of your tour. If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central London, please let us know.
- 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.