Guest Feedback 2017

After record numbers of guests travelling this summer, it is time to share just some of the feedback we have recevied from our guests. Those that have travelled so far have offered fantastic feedback, both constructive and helpful, allowing for further development of our tours and an even better experience for those looking to travel in 2018.

Here’s what some of our adeo Travel guests have had to say so far:

  1. “Thank you so much for planning such an incredible trip… it was exceptional”.

Teresa Larada Horner-Miller, London and Beyond, New Mexico, USA

  1. “Your service and advice was great”.

Tim Ross, Best of Britain, West Virginia, USA

  1. “Service was very good and the pre-travel advise helpful, very good information, all events we attended we were very happy with”.

Diane Hinton, Heart of England Tour, New Zealand

  1. “All in all, a great trip. Thank you so much”.

Cate Root, England by Rail, Canada

  1. “We would definitely use your services if the need arises and would recommend these to others”.

Sudha Kalyanpur, Scotland Small Group Tours, New Jersey, USA

  1. “Everything went well on our self-drive in the UK recently which you organised for us… the Hotels you selected were great and we enjoyed our stay in all of them… all in all we had a great time and once again thank you for organising all this for us-we really appreciated your expertise”.

John Whimpey, England Self-Drive, Australia

  1. “Hotel accommodation was generally of a high standard… on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour”.

Judith Merryweather, Outer Hebrides and Skye Tour, Australia

  1. “I must thank you for the wonderful organization of our holiday…. we had a wonderful holiday thanks to you and I want to say how much we appreciated all the work you put into giving us a great schedule”.

Louise Pilon, Multiple Small Group Tours, Canada

  1. “Our trip was fantastic! The rail pass worked perfectly! The itinerary plus trips to the Lake District and Orkney Islands were fabulous!”

Lauren Clarke, Great Britain by Rail, Oregon, USA

  1. “We had a wonder tour of Great Britain. Our travel contact was Darryl Walters, I spoke with him several times while planning this trip. He was very helpful, and kept in contact with us as the trip got closer… the printed information was very helpful and we relied upon it throughout the trip… we had a great time, and hope to work with you again in the future on another tour”.

Michael Benson, Highlights of Britain, Illinois, USA

  1. “If we travel to the UK again which is our intention we will certainly be in touch”.

Sean O’Sullivan, England Self-Drive, New Zealand

  1. “We had a fantastic trip. We certainly saw a lot of Scotland and the weather was actually very cooperative”.

Julie George, Scotland Self-Drive, New Hampshire, USA

  1. “We thoroughly enjoyed touring through Wales and its wonderful monuments and landscapes”.

Diane Bissen, Wales Explorer, Germany

  1. “A big thank you for arranging the trip for us – it was certainly a “trip of a lifetime”. There are NO complaints whatsoever – everything went well and smoothly with all the trip… and we were lucky enough to see Obama and the Queen”.

Nigel van Cuylenburg, Great Britain Tour, Australia

  1. “Overall great… adeo and Darryl did great job and offered continual support through trip…”

Pippa Wiley, England Self-Drive, Texas, USA

  1. “We really enjoyed the trip to Scotland. The services that adeo provided were very good, the printed info was helpful”.

Marcia Parry, A Scottish Journey, New York, USA

  1. “Everything was satisfactory. Prior to tour all communication was excellent. We appreciated all the prompt emails and tour itinerary as well as the literature received from our guide. Itinerary, coach and guide were excellent”.

David Stahl, Private Group Tour, Florida, USA

  1. “Thanks again for all of your help. The trip was fantastic and we will have many beautiful memories for years to come”.

Toby Mandelman, Great Britain Tour, Canada

  1. “We had the most fabulous time in the UK… your suggested itinerary pointers were very helpful in conjunction with our own list of “must see” places to go… we were blown away by the quality and nature of the accommodations you booked on our behalf… we will definitely make contact for our future trips to the UK”.

Joanne Link, Castles and Manors of England and Wales, Australia

  1. “I was really happy with the itinerary you provided and the suggestions for things to see or do. As far as I was concerned it was just right… the hotels were great, all handy to everything, well done. Keep doing it the way you are, it is obvious you know what you are doing, your experience and knowledge shows. You respond promptly to messages and emails and I felt like a valued customer… thanks for helping to make Scotland so enjoyable for me”.

Jack Barker, Explore Scotland by Rail, Australia

  1. “We so enjoyed the trip that we would certainly use you again… the pre-tour pack arrived on time and was relevant and useful, especially the maps, and your communication in response to queries was very quick”.

John Crocker, Wonders of Wales, New Zealand

  1. “We had a wonderful time and agreed that even after 18 days, we weren’t really ready to come home and that is definitely a first. I have already recommended Adeo to several acquaintances who are interested in doing something similar. We had a wonderful time”.

Susan Sieloff, Great Britain by Rail, Massachusetts, USA

  1. “Our trip was great, thanks to your planning. Used all your planning info and appreciated your input into side trips etc… hotels were all great locations, clean and very helpful staff… thank you again for a well-planned holiday in your beautiful country”.

Louise Stafford, England and Wales by Rail, Canada

  1. “The trip went very well. Car hire service was excellent could not be faulted. Likewise, the accommodation you selected was first class and very enjoyable and thank you for booking Rick Steins in Padstow it was all we expected and more”.

Allan Hilless, West Country Legends, Australia

  1. “I am pleased to report that our trip to Scotland and England was a great success! All four of our traveling party were impressed with the accommodations and services provided through adeo Travel, and would give a highest rating to our travel package”.

Leland Anderson, Scottish Dream Coach-Tour, Idaho, USA

  1. “Patti and I would like to sincerely thank you for the superior customer service and attention to detail your team provided for our recent vacation in the U.K. adeo Travel provided an affordable, exciting vacation to beautiful and unforgettable locations while always making themselves available for questions and concerns. I’ve travelled a lot over the past 30 years… adeo Travel is second to none! 4 Stars! Thanks so much!”.

Barbara Hurt, Great Britain Tour, Idaho, USA

  1. “I would like to thank you for all your efforts in arranging all aspects of this trip. We had a great time… our travel contact was outstanding in their efforts to provide all we wanted and accommodated all our additional requests during the planning stage and gave us helpful advice”.

Allan Wilcock, Great Britain Tour, Australia

  1. “We received fantastic service from our Adeo travel contact, Amy, who answered all of our questions patiently. She gave accurate and comprehensive information about the tour, sights and travel information. She also went the extra mile to provide additional guidance for getting from place to place, which turned out to be absolutely essential for us”.

Shin Min Thng, Wales Self-Drive, Singapore

  1. “We really had a great time in Scotland!… overall with the entire trip we are WELL satisfied and happy with the services you and your company provided. I thank you and your team for everything you have done. We will definitely be in need of your assistance on our next trip. Thank you adeo and thank you on a very personal level to Shane. Amazing!”.

Sherry McNett, Scotland Self-Drive, Florida, USA

  1. “The trip was great, long drives along the countryside with pitstops to take photos. We had an amazing time and we truly wouldn’t have been able to plan it all without your help”.

Sara Cheong, British Journey, Hong Kong

  1. “Your booking process and correspondence prior to our trip was exceptional. Very efficient and thorough. The suggested itinerary and directions were great… overall we had a great time and plan to go back to Wales in the future. We are also likely to book one of your Scottish Tours and would certainly recommend Adeo Travel to our family and friends”.

Graeme Carpenter, Castles and Manors of Wales, Kent, England

If the above comments have made you dream of following in their footsteps, why not get in touch and we can discuss a potential trip to Britain? We cater to both guests looking for self-drive tours, and those who would prefer to travel to rail, small-group or coach.

New to 2017, we now have city breaks in locations such as Cardiff, London and Edinburgh!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Discovering the “Wonders of Wales” – #adeoOnTheRoad

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend three nights on the small-group Wonders of Wales Tour, a comprehensive tour of the great nation of Wales! Whilst researching itineraries helps us to provide a nice overview of the tour for our guests, nothing beats experiencing first-hand the quality of such trips to help us with our knowledge and expertise. And, with just 14 passengers, it was the ideal group-size for exploring.

We departed from Cardiff in Wales on a bright Sunday morning (the hottest day of the year, only to be beaten by the following day). Heading North to the Big Pit, we were sent far underground for a crash course in Wales’ coal industry, which, of course, helped a boom in the South Wales economy and helped develop cities such as Cardiff, where we at adeo Travel are based. From the Big Pit, we travelled to the open-air museum of Saint Fagans to learn about Welsh culture and life. Hidden away were some great gardens and a tea room. Finally, we headed to our overnight stay in the Bear Hotel, Crickhowell. The Hotel offers great tasting food (massive portions), and has managed to preserve the charm and draw of a country hotel in such a stunning location, largely due to the great characterful features and top hospitality.

Our next day saw us drive to Tintern Abbey, in the heart of the Wye Valley. The Abbey is famed for its connection to Dylan Thomas and J.M.W. Turner. After lunch, we drove further into the Valley and made a stop at the idyllic White Castle Vineyard. Owned by a married couple who dreamt of such an adventure, we learnt about the production of wine, and the difficulties of growing grapes in the rather harsh South Wales climate (hard to believe for our overseas guests when it was 35 degrees!). Having the evening free, we returned to the Bear Hotel to sample more of their great menu, filled with tasty home comfort foods in addition to luxury items.

On day three, my final day, we began our journey to the North Wales base of Conwy. Our first stop was the impressive Powys Castle. Most castles in Wales are historical ruins, whereas Powys Castle showed off Victorian décor with stunning views across Powys and Mid Wales. Next, we drove the short distance to the Llangollen Aqueduct. Seventy metres in the air, and for those less afraid of heights, the attraction serves as a crossing to the other side of the canal, whilst offering spectacular views across the landscape. Before heading to our new hotel, we made a quick stop at the beautiful Tu Hwnt Ir Bont tearoom. This quaint house has retained its charm and offers a great food stop for guests. From there, we checked in to our second hotel, the Castle Hotel, an old coaching inn in Wales, standing on the site of a Cistercian abbey within the UNESCO World Heritage walled town of Conwy. Finally, the balance of the day was spent in the seaside resort of Llandudno, listening an all Welsh choir. A must-see experience!

The Wonders of Wales Tour gave me an in-depth look at the way small groups are run, in addition to valuable knowledge of attractions, destinations and accommodations used. I would recommend the trip to anyone interested in a hands-free experience of Wales. Attractions I missed out on were as follows: Snowdonia, Welsh Slate Museum, Pembrokeshire Coast, St Davids, Welsh language lesson and Caernarfon Castle, to name a few. In summary, I wish I had stayed longer!

For more information on the Wonders of Wales Tour click here.

To enquire or book click here.

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New Adventure for Wales as its named in Top 10 Destinations Worldwide!

In December we blogged that the Scottish city of Glasgow had been named a top twenty destinations worldwide for 2016; well now we can add the wonderful nation of Wales  to this years’ top international visitor destinations!

Wales - Rough Guide
Wales – Rough Guide

The leading global guide-book producers “Rough Guides” have named Wales amongst their top ten worldwide destinations for 2016. Amongst company including the nations of Kenya, Sri Lanka and El Salvador, Wales made number eight in the top ten and was described as “one of the finest natural playgrounds in Europe”. In fact, Wales was the only country in Western Europe to feature on the list and gained its nomination owing to its “fascinating history, incredible landscapes and unique culture”.

Based here in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff, adeo Travel are slightly biased when it comes to this particular destination (we might even have placed it at number one!) however there is no doubting that this year will be a big one for Wales. In 2016 Wales celebrates the “Year of Adventure”, an initiative launched to showcase Wales on the world stage – and it appears to be working. The year of adventure sets out primarily to exhibit Wales’ breath-taking natural landscapes, which in a country where 80% of the land is considered to be of outstanding natural beauty, is not too difficult a task. Stunning panoramas found here in Wales include those of its three national parks in the towering mountain ranges of Snowdonia, the barren moorlands of the Brecon Beacons and the rugged coastlines of Pembrokeshire.

Harlech Castle, Wales
Harlech Castle, Wales

However in 2016 Wales also celebrates the centenary of renowned author Roald Dahl who grew up in Llandaff in Cardiff and penned dozens of stories which have become loved by adults and children alike. Dahl’s books have spawned multiple film and musical adaptations; stage shows of Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have had runs in both the West End of London and New York’s Broadway, whilst The BFG is set to become a cinematic blockbuster with its Spielberg directed movie release coming later this year. To mark his centenary Wales is set to host a series of events and exhibitions dedicated to the Dahl and his works throughout the year and right across the country as well as in Cardiff.

So ranking in the top ten destinations throughout the world, why not enjoy your own adventure and add Wales to your 2016 vacation bucket list.

Discover Wales by car, coach or luxury mini-coach on one of our recommended itineraries:
Wales Explorer
Heart of Wales and England
Wonders of Wales
Castles, Coasts and Celts

Top Ten Walks in Wales

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts you’ll know that I’m something of an outdoors enthusiast. So living in Wales is ideal for me – there’s so much to do, from climbing to surfing; coasteering to kayaking. And hiking – most definitely hiking!

 

Wales is a bit of a walker’s paradise with wild moorlands, rugged mountain peaks and scenic coastal trails. And hiking is definitely the best way to get off the beaten track and explore the hidden beauty of the Welsh countryside.

Here, in no particular order, are the top 10 walks to try on your holiday in Wales:

  1. St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire

I plan to spend our next Bank Holiday weekend, coming up in just a few weeks’ time, exploring this section of the Welsh Coast Path. This spectacular stretch of coastline boasts golden beaches, ragged sea cliffs and an abundance of wildlife including seals and puffins!Pembrokeshire - Tenby (2)

  1. The Happy Valley Trail, Llandudno

This path through Happy Valley is an adventurous trek which leads to the Great Orme summit, a massive chunk of limestone rising out of the sea. You can reach the summit by cable car or tram but how much more satisfying to join the famous Kashmir goats in a scramble to the top?

  1. Isle of Anglesey Coast, Anglesey

The beautiful Isle of Anglesey is a walker’s haven, criss-crossed with tranquil lanes and paths. The coastal path is not for the faint hearted, climbing 4,174 metres during its journey, but is undoubtedly the best way to experience the wild coastal beauty first hand.

  1. The Branwen Walk, Snowdonia

Snowdonia - Harlech CastleHarlech castle is so impressive that they wrote a song about it: ‘Men of Harlech’. This walk through Snowdonia National Park is steeped in history and legend, taking in the mighty medieval fortresses, the town of Harlech, beach and dunes as well.

  1. The Dylan Thomas Walk, Laugharne

Track a ‘heron priested shore’ en route around the estuary where you’ll find the boathouse where Wale’s most famous poet wrote. With luck you’ll avoid ‘the pale rain over the dwindling harbour’, as you explore the ruins of medieval Laugharne Castle.

  1. Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia

There are many paths up Wales’ highest peak including the Pig and Miner’s path which both turn into motorways on a sunny day. If you’re feeling lazy you could hop on the Snowdon Mountain Railway Line and stop for tea and cake at the summit café.

  1. Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons
Queues to pose on the summit of Pen y Fan!
Queues to pose on the summit of Pen y Fan!

The name Pen-y-Fan roughly translates as Top Spot. The regulars call the four-mile circular walk from the Storey Arms Outdoor Centre to the top of the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park ‘The Motorway’, but the spectacular views bring them back for more.

  1. The Taff Trail and Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

Arguably the most popular walk in South Wales, the Taff Trail follows the River Taff all the way from Brecon, through the Brecon Beacons National Park, down to the Bristol Channel at Cardiff Bay.

  1. Rhossili Bay and Worms Head, Gower Peninsula

So called because of the resemblance of the rocks to the head of a dragon, the Worms Head walk is spectacular but requires careful planning. It is only possible to cross the causeway to Worms Head for 2.5 hours between tides. Never be tempted to swim the causeway if you are cut off; many people have lost their lives in the attempt.

  1. Elidir Trail, Brecon BeaconsBrecon Beacons (4)

The entrance to a fairy kingdom is reputed to be somewhere along the Elidir Trail, a tranquil walk which meanders among cascading and gushing waterfalls in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Want to experience some of these spectacular walks for yourself? Why not visit Wales with adeo travel! Explore North Wales with our Mountains and Medieval Fortresses tour or try our brand new Small Group tour: Castles, Coast and Celts

Our Top 10 Castles of Wales!

With more historic fortresses per square mile than any other country in Europe, it is little wonder that Wales is known as the “Land of Castles”.  In fact, the mountains, borders and coastlines of this small but varied nation were once home to more than 400 forts; whilst many are vanished remaining only as ruins or earthworks, today there still exists more than 100 historic monuments, fortresses and manor houses.  And for the modern traveller they make for a trove of historic treasures just waiting to be discovered.  Here are our top ten Castles of Wales!

10. Carreg Cennen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle
Carreg Cennen Castle

A site dating back to 1300, Carreg Cennen Castle makes for an impressive sight towering some 900ft on a limestone precipice overlooking the Preseli Hills on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in mid-Wales.

9. Raglan Castle
Unlike many of the Wales’ other medieval Castles, this Norman fort has a unique design, styled to appear like an elegant French chateau.  But don’t be fooled, it still offered fierce defences with its hill-top position and moat tower.

8. Powis Castle

Powis Castle and Gardens
Powis Castle and Gardens

Dating back to circa 1200, this castle in mid Wales evolved over the following four centuries and today is home to exquisite interiors and antique collections to include paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.  And all surrounded by stunning grounds of classic Italian and French-inspired manicured gardens.

7. Chepstow Castle
Chepstow Castle is an imposing border fort overlooking the scenic estuary of the River Wye in South East Wales; the town where JK Rowling grew up, it is possible to see how the fortress may have influenced her works of fantasy and potentially inspired parts of Hogwarts Castle.

6. Castle Coch

Castell Coch near Cardiff
Castell Coch near Cardiff

Commissioned by the 19th century coal baron, the Marquess of Bute, Castell Coch is far more recent than many of Wales’ forts and offers a stunning Victorian gothic-revival, fairy-tale castle of spires and turrets scenically set amidst thick woodlands on the outskirts of Cardiff.

5. Harlech Castle
A UNESCO World Heritage Fortress, Harlech Castle perches on a hill-top on the North Wales coast overlooking the Irish Sea and offers a unique history; originally constructed to oppress the Welsh the Castle later fell to Welsh ruler Owain Glyndwr who held a parliament here in the early 1400’s.

4. Caerphilly Castle

Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle

Second in size only to Windsor Castle in Britain, Caerphilly Castle near Cardiff covers a site of 30 acres and demonstrates sophisticated 13th century military design with concentric ringed walls and extensive water defences.

3. Caernarfon Castle
One of Edward I’s “ring of steel” around North Wales and with unique polygonal towers, Caernarfon is a beautiful and well-preserved 13th century fortress which received more recent notoriety as the venue of Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969.

2. Conwy Castle

“One of the greatest fortresses of Medieval Europe” Conwy Castle today holds UNESCO World Heritage status.  Impressive and imposing, the fort remains linked to the Conwy town walls which almost completely encircle this beautiful medieval market town to this day.

1. Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle Interior
Cardiff Castle Interior

An utterly unique castle located in the heart of Wales’ bustling capital city of Cardiff and overlooking acres of open parkland, Cardiff Castle combines Roman history, a Norman Motte and a glorious mock gothic Victorian manor complete with clock tower and opulent living quarters.

To explore the beautiful landscapes, cities, coasts and castles of Wales why not do so on the Wales Explorer self-drive itinerary as featured on our website here.  You can add the CADW Wales explorer pass which offers free admission to dozens of castles and historic sites across Wales.