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  Improved Itinerary  

  1. Day 1 Arrival and Rail to Cardiff

    After arriving into Heathrow or Gatwick Airports, validate your Britrail Passes and travel by rail to the vibrant Welsh capital city of Cardiff, your base for the next three nights. Drop your bags at your hotel begin by wandering the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays Park, home to the national museum and gallery of Wales, the Victorian market and shopping arcades or tour the famous Millennium Stadium home of the Welsh national rugby team. Not to be missed is the city's magnificent centrepiece at Cardiff Castle which combines Roman walls and Norman tower with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Journey details: 20 minutes to London (via Gatwick/ Heathrow Express) and London Underground, followed by 2 hours to Cardiff (approx.)*

  2. Day 2 Cardiff Bay and Caerphilly Castle

    A short train ride from the centre is the cosmopolitan Cardiff Bay; once the largest coal port in the world the rejuvenated “bay” is now home to a host of sites including the seat of Welsh government, the Millennium Centre, the Victorian Pierhead building and Norwegian Church. By afternoon you may choose to take a local bus or taxi to the open-air museum at St Fagans which showcases Welsh life through the ages, or take a short train ride to nearby Caerphilly to see the magnificent ruins of the 13th century fortress at Caerphilly Castle complete with concentric moat and leaning tower.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey Excursion

    Today is dedicated to exploring rural South Wales which is more difficult to reach by rail alone. Meet your local guide and tour group for a journey to take you away from the bright lights of Cardiff deep in to the scenic Wye Valley. ON your journey we’ll make various stops to take in beautiful forest vistas, charming Welsh market towns and enchanting historic sites ; we’ll pause at the elegant ruins of Tintern Abbey, which once inspire Wordsworth, and stop at one of the magnificent medieval fortresses which dot the Welsh borders region. Please note: on some days an alternative tour to the Gower Peninsula or the Brecon Beacons may substituted.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 Rail to Fishing Town of Tenby

    Today board the train and head West passing firstly through industrial South Wales then into the rolling hills of Carmarthenshire. Make your way in to one of the nation's most scenic corners, Pembrokeshire, a peninsula home to almost two hundred miles of protected coastline. Head for Tenby, your base for the next two nights; Tenby is one of Wales’ best kept secrets, home to a bustling natural harbour, Norman Castle and city walls, a labyrinth of cobbled streets and flanked by far reaching, sparkling sandy bays.

    Overnight: Tenby

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours (approx.)*

  5. Day 5 Pembrokeshire Towns and Villages

    With Tenby as your base today you can make some short rail journeys to visit nearby towns and villages of Pembrokseshire. You may like to head along the coastline to the harbour village of Saundersfoot to sample a traditional fish ‘n’ chips on the seafront or inland to the tiny village of Lamphey home to an historic Bishop's Palace. Alternatively, make your way inland to the town of Pembroke to visit the imposing medieval fortress at Pembroke Castle.

    Overnight: Tenby

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 Rail to Historic Shrewsbury

    Today embark on a rail journey to the historic town of Shrewsbury – on route you’ll either pass through central Wales and the Brecon Beacons National Park on the Heart of Wales line or through the rolling hills of the Welsh Border Marches. Arriving in the English border town of Shrewsbury you can explore this traditional market town of Tudor timberwork buildings. Climb to the unique red sandstone castle, home to a local museum, gallery and gardens, spot the Charles Darwin Monument or visit Shrewsbury Abbey which inspired the stories and television series of medieval monk Brother Cadfael.

    Overnight: Shrewsbury

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 5 hours 15 minutes (approx.)*

  7. Day 7 Rail to Llandudno and Historic Conwy

    Today a scenic rail journey takes you back over the border into Wales and along the North Wales coast to the Victorian resort town of Llandudno, your base for the next two nigths. You may choose to take a ride on the oldest working cable tramway in Britain which offer trips to the summit of the Great Orme headland offering vistas of Snowdonia and the Isle of Anglesey. A short rail ride from Landudno is another of Wales’ hidden gems at Conwy, a town seemingly frozen in time with its traditional market square, stunningly preserved medieval town walls and an imposing 13th century fortress.

    Overnight: Llandudno

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours and 20 minutes (approx.)*

  8. Day 8 Conwy Valley and Snowdonia National Park

    This morning embark on a rail journey along north Wales’ stunning Conwy Valley line taking you in to the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Potential stops are the village of Llanwryst to visit the beautifully restored Tudor Mansion at Gwydir Castle or the village of Dolwyddelan to hike up to the medieval tower offering spectacular panoramic views over Snowdonia. If you travel as far as traditional slate quarrying town of Blanau Ffestiniog you may choose to take the narrow gauge historic steam train mountain railway winding down the side of the mountain to Porthmadog (please note this is not included in your rail pass).

    Overnight: Llandudno

    Meals: Breakfast included

  9. Day 9 Rail to London and Icons of London

    Today return over the border and through the heart of England to London to explore the stunning English Capital. London is a thriving metropolis with a vibrant modern culture and rich history and heritage. Explore world renowned sights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. In the East of the city you’ll find the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. By evening why not take a flight on the London Eye for spectacular views of the city skyline.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours and 40 minutes (approx.)*

  10. Day 10 Return Home

    Today bid farewell to the UK as you board the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links to take you back to your departure airport.

    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

  • 9 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail Flexi Passes (8 day) – Passes offer 8 separate days of travel on the British National Rail Network within a one-month period. Travel is fully flexible and completely unlimited on each day of use and will cover all outlined rail journeys including transit on the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links.
  • Our hand-picked small-group day-tour to explore the more rural area of South Wales which cannot be easily reached by rail, as follows:
    • South Wales, Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey tour from Cardiff.
  • Admission to the following attractions on your itinerary:
    • City Sighteeing Open-Top Bus Tour of Llandudno and Conwy.
    • Cardiff Castle in Cardiff.
  • Adeo travel documents pack and suggested rail schedule information for each of your point-to-point journeys including journey durations and departure stations and travel departure times etc.
  • 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.

Suggested accommodations

  • Lincoln House Hotel, Cardiff x 3 nights
  • Park Hotel, Tenby x 2 nights
  • Prince Rupert Hotel, Shrewsbury x 1 night
  • Dunoon Hotel, Llandudno x 2 nights
  • Mornington Hotel, London x 1 night

 

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

 

Unless otherwise requested all suggested accommodations for our rail tours will be within walking distance or a short taxi journey from the local railway station.

Optional extras

  • Upgrade your rail passes for First Class Travel – first class carriages are available on many inter-regional services across Britain.
  • Purchase London Oyster travel cards for flexible travel around London on its underground rail network.

Customize this tour!

  • Add additional nights in Cardiff to take additional day-tours in to the South Wales countryside including the Brecon Beacons or Gower Peninsula.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours.

Exclusions

  • Travel on the London Underground rail network – these are separate to the national rail network and your Britail Passes will not be valid.
  • Taxis / transfers from train stations to your hotels – taxis are readily available at all major train stations in the UK and hotel receptions / concierges will be happy to call local taxi firms for collection on days of departure.
  • 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 2020/21

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 2020/21

Twin/Double - from GBP £1320 per person.

Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April). As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room with one adult Britrail pass per person as specified. (Please enquire for single supplement)
  • 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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