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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 at a local restaurant.

    Overnight: The Coal Exchange Hotel (or similar), Cardiff

    Meals: Dinner included.

  2. Day 2 Big Pit 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: The Coal Exchange Hotel (or similar), Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  3. Day 3 St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, Laugharne and Tenby

    Today we leave Cardiff to head West; first stop we’ll visit the Museum of Welsh Life set in the expansive grounds of the Elizabethan manor house of St Fagan’s Castle where you can trace Welsh life through the centuries. 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 and see the sweeping golden bays or climb the rocky headland overlooking the harbour before taking dinner together at our hotel.

    Overnight: Heywood Hotel and Spa (or similar), Tenby, 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: Nanteos Mansion Hotel (or similar), near 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.

    Overnight: Dunoon Hotel (or similar), Llandudno

    Meals: Breakfast 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 seaside resort with a Victorian 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 sites to enjoy including a Victorian cable tramway ride to the top of the Great Orme headland for spectacular panoramic views or exploring the medieval ramparts of the imposing 13th century fortress at Conwy Castle.

    Overnight: Dunoon Hotel (or similar), Llandudno

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  7. Day 7 Llangollen, Powis Castle and the Brecon Beacons

    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. By afternoon we’ll continue south pausing at the beautiful National Trust Powis Castle where we’ll admire the interior collections of the Herbert family and explore the manicured and wild gardens. Finally, we arrive in the barren landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park where wild ponies roam the hillsides. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together at our village hotel.

    Overnight: Bear Hotel (or similar), Crickhowell

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  8. Day 8 Tintern Abbey, the Wye Valley and Bath

    After a leisurely start our journey will take us south along the scenic Wye Valley where we’ll visit the haunting riverside ruins of Tintern Abbey which is said to have inspired Wordsworth himself. By lunchtime we return to Cardiff where you bid farewell to Welsh tour leader and board the train for a brief rail journey over to English Bath. After hotel check-in, the balance of the day is yours to explore as you wish. Using your complimentary tickets, be sure to visit the magnificent Roman Baths which date back over 2000 years. By evening, meet with your tour leader and the rest of the group to dine together at a local restaurant.

    Overnight: The Bird Hotel (or similar), Bath

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  9. Day 9 Avebury Stone-circle and Lacock Abbey

    Today we enjoy an excursion from Bath to take in the Southern Cotswolds. First stop will be the honey-coloured village of Castle Combe, widely regarded as the prettiest village in England. Then we’ll head for Avebury to see the intriguing standing stones – lesser known than Stonehenge but equally enigmatic, here you get to walk freely amongst the stones themselves. Final stop will be the historic town of Lacock – seemingly frozen in time this charming village and Lacock Abbey have been used in TV and film productions such as Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey and Harry Potter. Then it’s back to Bath to explore further at your leisure and to dine independently.

    Overnight: The Bird Bath Hotel (or similar), Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  10. Day 10 The Villages of the Cotswolds

    Leaving Bath behind, today we dedicate to exploring the heart of the Cotswolds. As we journey North we’ll pass through rolling patchwork fields and a wealth of quintessential Cotswold villages with eccentric names such as Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. Each village is unique but characterised by honey-coloured buildings, thatch cottages, cobbled market squares and historic parish churches; we’ll pause in various spots of particular beauty or interest to soak up the atmosphere. By afternoon we’ll make our way to our base for the next two nights in the heart of a Cotswold market town.

    Overnight: Noel Arms Inn (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  11. Day 11 Shakespeare’s Stratford and Cotswold Ale Tasting

    Our journey this morning takes us to the nearby bustling medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare. We’ll learn about the life and times of the great bard at Shakespeare’s Birthplace before taking time to stroll around this pretty town nestling on the banks of the River Avon. By afternoon we head for a local brewery to learn about the brewing process and sample some innovative English beer. Later we return to our base in the heart of the Cotswolds where we’ll dine together.

    Overnight: Noel Arms Inn (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  12. Day 12 Blenheim Palace and Historic Oxford

    On our final day we enjoy a relaxing start. After breakfast we’ll head East and visit the elegant country manor at Blenheim Palace, former childhood home of Winston Churchill where we’ll gain an insight in to his life and achievements. Our final stop will be in the beautiful medieval university city of Oxford where we’ll enjoy a brief orientation before free time to explore – perhaps take a “punt” on the river, climb Fairfax Tower for views of the town’s renowned “dreaming spires” or wander the historic college quads of one of the world’s most famous educational institutions. After a perfect end to our Cotswolds tour we’ll return to London where our journey ends.

    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 the Welsh Capital Cardiff.
  • Visit the historic harbour town of Tenby and unique Italianate village of Portmeirion.
  • Enjoy a mountain railway journey in the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Stroll the Royal Crescent in Bath which featured in “Bridgerton”.
  • Discover some of the most beautiful villages in England
  • Visit a real working Cotswold farm and meet the family.
  • Walk amongst the standing monoliths of Avebury stone-circle.
  • Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

What's Included

  • 11 nights in charming boutique accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver / tour leader.
  • Rail travel from London to Cardiff at the start of your tour.
  • Rail from Cardiff to Bath when transitioning from Wales portion of the tour to England.
  • Full Welsh / English breakfast daily.
  • 6 x evening meals.
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Cardiff Castle
    • St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life
    • Big Pit working mine
    • St Davids Bishops Palace
    • Portmeirion
    • Snowdonia Mountain Railway Journey
    • Llandudno and Conwy City Sightseeing Tour Ticket.
    • Powis Castle and Gardens
    • Tintern Abbey
    • Bath’s Roman Baths
    • Lacock Abbey
    • Cotswold Farm visit
    • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
    • Blenheim Palace
  • 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 London to explore the capital city in more depth.
  • Private transfers in Cardiff, Bath or London.

This tour is a combination of our other British tours “Enchanting Wales” and “Quintessential Cotswolds”.


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)*
October 3, 2022
October 14, 2022
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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 £850 applies.

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