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  1. Day 1 Arrival in Wales and Cardiff Castle

    This morning, make your way to Cardiff, the Welsh Capital (just 2hrs from London by direct rail). After checking in to your central hotel the afternoon is yours to explore the city at your own pace. With your included tickets, you can visit the unique Cardiff Castle whose history stretches from Roman times right through to the industrial revolution and an illustrious Victorian manor house. By evening meet your tour leader and the rest of the group where we’ll enjoy a hearty Welsh dinner together.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Dinner included.

  2. Day 2 Museum of Welsh Life and Cardiff Bay

    Boarding the mini-coach, a short ride from central Cardiff, we’ll visit the Museum of Welsh Life; set in the expansive grounds of the Elizabethan manor house of St Fagan’s Castle you can trace Welsh life through the centuries. We’ll then head for the cosmopolitan Cardiff Bay area to see the vibrant Mermaid Quay which is now a hub of Welsh heritage and politics and is home to a host of waterfront cafes, bars and eateries. Your afternoon is free to explore “the Bay” or return to central Cardiff to see more of the historic city.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  3. Day 3 Big Pit, Laugharne and Tenby

    Today we leave Cardiff for a day of contrasts; we’ll ascend the renowned South Wales valleys to visit to experience Wales’ industrial heritage at Big Pit where we’ll have the opportunity to descend a an operational coal mine. We then pass West in to the Welsh countryside – we’ll pause at Laugharne the picturesque home-town of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, before continuing to the beautiful seaside town of Tenby. There’ll be time to wander the within the 13th century town walls, see the sweeping golden bays or climb the rocky headland overlooking the harbour. This evening, enjoy a dinner together in your Pembrokeshire hotel.

    Overnight: Pembrokeshire

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  4. Day 4 St Davids and Cardigan Bay

    This morning we continue to explore the natural scenery of the protected Pembrokeshire Coast. We’ll head for St Davids, namesake of Wales’ patron saint. This tiny village enjoys city status owing to its beautiful cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. From here we’ll turn North and follow Wales’ scenic west coast past the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay and in to rural mid-Wales. We’ll pause in one or more of the bustling harbour towns before arriving in Aberystwyth, our overnight destination. In the evening we enjoy our dinner together.

    Overnight: Aberystwyth

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  5. Day 5 Portmeirion and Snowdonia Mountain Railway

    After a hearty Welsh breakfast we’ll enjoy a scenic drive North to the intriguing town of Portmeirion. Nestling in a sheltered position on an enclosed estuary this beautiful Italian style village was uniquely designed by Sir William Clough Ellis and has since been used for various television productions. After plenty of time to explore, we’ll head for the local train station – here it’s all aboard a narrow gauge steam train for an epic mountain railway journey of breath-taking views in to the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Later we retire to our base in Llandudno on the North Wales coast and share stories over an included dinner.

    Overnight: Llandudno

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  6. Day 6 Llandudno and Conwy at Leisure

    Today is a free day to enjoy at leisure; equipped with your complimentary open-top bus tour tickets you can explore the contrasting towns of Llandudno and nearby Conwy at your own pace. Llandudno is an elegant Victorian seaside resort with a sweeping sandy bay and long promenade whilst Conwy is a cobbled medieval market town nestled on the shores of the Conwy estuary. Between the two there are a host of leisure and visitor attractions to enjoy including a Victorian cable tramway ride to the top of the Great Orme headland for spectacular panoramic views or wandering the cobbled streets and medieval town walls to the ramparts of the imposing 13th century fortress at Conwy Castle.

    Overnight: Llandudno

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  7. Day 7 Llangollen and Powis Castle

    Today we make our way south along the course of the Conwy Valley to the charming Welsh town of Llangollen home of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a stunning waterway which carries boats more than 100 feet above the valley floor and enjoys World Heritage status. By afternoon we’ll continue south to visit the beautiful National Trust Powis Castle where we’ll admire the interior collections of the Herbert family and explore the elegant manicured and wild gardens. Later we continue in to our hotel on the edge of the scenic Brecon Beacons where we will enjoy a farewell dinner together.

    Overnight: near Brecon

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  8. Day 8 Rail to Manchester

    Today we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we transfer to a local train station where you bid farewell to your Wales driver. Using your complimentary rail passes you’ll travel independently back over the border to England to the thriving city of Manchester. Your afternoon is free to explore the city's industrial and cotton-making heritage at the Museum of Urban Living, wander the redeveloped canal district and Salford Quays, explore the ultra-modern shopping centre or visit the exhibitions of the Imperial War Museum.

    Overnight: Manchester

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  9. Day 9 Rail to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

    Today, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and then use your inclusive rail passes to continue North by rail to Edinburgh in Scotland (journey time 3hrs 20mins approx.). After checking-in at your hotel your day is free to explore this historic city at your leisure. You’ll have complimentary tickets for admission to Edinburgh Castle which is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and St Margaret's Chapel. By evening meet your Scotland portion tour leader and the rest of the group where we’ll enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

    Overnight: Bonham Hotel (or similar), Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  10. Day 10 Exploring Edinburgh and Scottish History

    After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll get together to enjoy a brief drive through Edinburgh spotting the city’s many highlights from the elegant avenues of the Georgian New Town to the rambling alleys and stacked town houses of the medieval old town. Then we head for the National Museum of Scotland for to gain an insight into Scotland’s turbulent history. The balance of your day is then free to explore Edinburgh further – perhaps visit the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks or the Queen’s residence at Holyrood Palace.

    Overnight: Bonham Hotel (or similar), Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  11. Day 11 St Andrews and Glamis Castle

    This morning we board the mini-coach and head into the Scottish countryside. We’ll pass through the rolling hills of Fife on route to St Andrews, a charming seaside town that is the renowned spiritual home of golf and where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met at the historic university. Later, we’ll head for Glamis Castle; this elegant country house has an intriguing history with connections to Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and more recently as the childhood home of the Queen Mother. We round off our day passing north in to Aberdeenshire and to our hotel on the banks of the River Dee, where we’ll enjoy an included dinner.

    Overnight: Aberdeenshire

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  12. Day 12 Royal Deeside and Scotch Distillery Tour

    Today we leave the coast and head in to the heart of Scotland; meandering along the course of the River Dee we’ll pass through Royal Deeside and pause at various points of interest such as scenic waterfalls, unique castles and a church attended by the Royal family when they’re in residence in Balmoral. Later we turn north in to the dramatic landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park. Reaching the renowned Speyside Whisky region, we’ll visit one of the many Scotch distilleries to tour the facilities, learn about the Scottish “Water of Life” and of course sample a dram or two. Later we continue to Inverness and our overnight base for the next two nights, where we dine together.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  13. Day 13 Inverness at Leisure

    Today is completely free for you to spend at your leisure. Equipped with your complimentary open-top-bus tour tickets you can discover the “Capital of the Highlands” at your own pace. Take in the historic cathedral, hill-top castle or simply indulge in some souvenir shopping in the many gift shops and boutiques of the town. Using public transport you may choose to visit the nearby Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, site of the infamous battle which played a crucial role in Scottish history. Your evening is free to dine in one of Inverness’ many restaurants.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  14. Day 14 Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the Highlands

    Today we board the mini-bus for an epic journey over the Scottish Highlands. Departing Inverness we’ll follow the scenic shores of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle whose weather beaten ruins hide an intriguing history and whose ramparts offer a perfect lookout for legendary Nessie. We then continue across the barren landscapes of the Highlands pausing at Eilean Donan Castle for a photo-stop and stretching our legs in a traditional highland village. The final leg of our journey today takes us over the bridge to the scenic Isle of Skye, our destination and base for the next two nights. In the evening enjoy dinner together as a group.

    Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  15. Day 15 The Enchanting Isle of Skye

    Today is dedicated to exploring the enchanting Isle of Skye. We’ll head through the heart of the island past the imposing Cuillin Mountains to the northern territories. Passing along the picturesque Trotternish Peninsula we’ll take in dramatic landscapes and seascapes as we spot the region’s unique geological features such as Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr. There’ll be plenty of time to visit Portree, the island’s principle town, where pastel fishermen cottages bustle around the harbour. A day on Skye is one to remember.

    Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  16. Day 16 Glenfinnan, Fort William and Glencoe

    Today we head for the south of the Isle of Skye to board the ferry for a journey over the water back to the mainland at Mallaig. Enjoying scenic Highlands landscapes on our journey to Glenfinnan, we’ll climb to a viewpoint, for stunning vistas overlooking the Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Shiel and the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the “Harry Potter” movies. There’ll be time for lunch in Fort William before pass through the beguiling landscapes of Glencoe to our overnight base where we enjoy a farewell dinner together.

    Overnight: Ballachulish / Glencoe Area

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  17. Day 17 The Trossachs and Doune Castle

    The final leg of our journey takes us through more dramatic landscapes as we pass South over the desolate Rannoch Moor and through the wilds of the Trossachs National Park; we’ll pause at various view points for some final stunning photo opportunities. After lunch we’ll visit the imposing Doune Castle which you may recognize as Winterfell from “Game of Thrones” or from the “Outlander” series. We’ll pause briefly to view the magnificent modern sculptures of the Kelpies arriving back in Edinburgh where our tour ends by early evening.

    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.

Unique Experiences

  • Spend two nights in each of the Welsh and Scottish Capitals.
  • Enjoy a mountain railway journey in the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Visit the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion.
  • Explore some of Wales’ renowned medieval castle ruins.
  • Visit the childhood home of the Queen Mother at Glamis Castle.
  • Enjoy a distillery tour and whisky tasting in the Speyside region of Scotland.
  • Journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Highlands.
  • Visit Doune Castle which featured in "Outlander" and "Game of Thrones".
  • Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

What's Included

  • 16 nights in charming boutique accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • A three day rail pass for rail travel as detailed.
  • The services of your professional driver / tour leaders (one in Wales, one in Scotland).
  • Full Welsh or Scottish breakfast daily.
  • 10 x evening meals.
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Cardiff Castle
    • St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life
    • Big Pit National Coal Museum
    • St Davids Bishops Palace
    • Portmeirion Village
    • Snowdonia Mountain Railway
    • Llandudno and Conwy City Sightseeing Tour
    • Powis Castle and Gardens
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • National Museum of Scotland
    • Glamis Castle
    • Speyside Whisky Distillery
    • Inverness City Sightseeing Tour
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Doune Castle
  • Expert local advice during planning your trip.
  • Postage of your travel documents pack.

Optional Extras

  • Additional pre-tour accommodation in London or Cardiff.
  • Post-tour accommodation in Edinburgh, Glasgow or London.
  • Private transfers in London.

This tour is a combination of our other tours: “Enchanting Wales” and “Secrets of Scotland” .

Exclusions

Our tours are fully land inclusive but there are some things we do not include as standard:

  • 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

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice
(per person)*
 
Monday, 3 July 2023
Wednesday, 19 July 2023
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5450
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Monday, 9 October 2023
Wednesday, 25 October 2023
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5250
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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.

Pricing Notes

A single supplement from £1,500 applies for solo travellers.

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