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CASTLES AND MANORS OF WALES

Enjoy a journey of discovery on this tour of ancient Wales staying in elegant country house hotels and grandiose castle accommodations. Explore the untouched landscapes of Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire and the awe-inspiring ruins of Wales' glorious World Heritage Castles including Conwy, Harlech and Caernarfon, not to mention the cosmopolitan capital city of Cardiff.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
8 days / 7 nights

Regions visited:
All of Wales

Start point:
London or Cardiff (Central or Airport)

End point:
London or Cardiff (Central or Airport)

Customizable:
Yes

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ITINERARY

selfdrivetourSelf drive tour: Castles and Manors of Wales

DAY ONE

The Wye Valley, Tintern Abbey and the Brecon Beacons

Castles and Manors of Wales - Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey, Chepstow, Wales

Collect your vehicle in Cardiff (downtown or airport) and begin your tour of the magical land of Wales. Make your way East to visit the border town of Chepstow, the town where Harry Potter author JK Rowling grew up; it's easy to see how the stunning medieval fortress at Chepstow Castle may have inspired her. Then follow the scenic Wye Valley north where you can visit Tintern Abbey, one of Britain's most loved monastic ruins. Pass the market towns of Monmouth and Abergavenny perhaps viewing Raglan Castle before reaching the beautiful and barren moorlands of the Brecon Beacons National Park where sheep and wild-horses roam the hillsides.

accommodationOvernight: Peterstone Court or Gliffaes Country House, mid Wales nr Brecon.

distanceJourney details: 75 miles / 120 km, 2 hours (approx.), if starting in central Cardiff*.

attractionsHighlights: Wye Valley, Tintern Abbey, Raglan Castle, Abergavenny and the Brecon Beacons.

DAYS TWO AND THREE

Llangollen, Snowdonia and Conwy Castle

Continue north through the hills of mid Wales perhaps stopping at Powis Castle and Gardens before passing through the border Marches to Llangollen; this quaint welsh town is a real gem, home to Chirk Castle, the mysterious Caer Derwyn hill fort, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries canal boats 126 feet above the valley floor, and the traditional Llangollen Steam Railway. From your base, tour beautiful North Wales including the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno and Conwy, a medieval harbour town seemingly frozen in time with its ancient town walls, the Elizabethan Plas Mawr, a tangle of medieval cobbled streets and the imposing 13th century Conwy Castle overlooking the town. If nature is your thing, simply indulge in the spectacular mountain scenery of the Snowdonia National Park and the scenic Conwy Valley.

accommodationOvernight: Ruthin Castle, Ruthin, North Wales or Bodysgallen Hall, near Conwy (2 nights).

distanceJourney details: 115 miles / 185 km, 3 hours (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Powis Castle, Chirk Castle, Llandgollen Town, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Ruthin, Caernarfon Castle, Llandudno Town and Conwy Castle.

DAY FOUR

Snowdonia National Park, Port Meirion and Harlech Castle

Castles and Manors of Wales - Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle, Conwy, Wales

Today, you may choose to visit Caernarfon Castle in North West Wales which was the venue of the 1969 investiture of Prince Charles the Prince of Wales. Then make your way directly through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and its glorious mountain landscapes. You may choose to take a ride on the Snowdon mountain railway on route to the West coast and the beautiful and intriguing italianate town of Portmeirion made famous by the sixties cult show, the Prisoner. From here follow the beautiful West coast to another of Wales' World Heritage Fortresses at Harlech Castle, dramatically perched atop a hill overlooking the Irish Sea. Continue south passing through the bustling university town of Aberystwyth, home to the National Library of Wales, on route to Cardiganshire.

accommodationOvernight: The Falcondale, Lampeter or Hammet House, Cardigan, Mid Wales.

distanceJourney details: 110 miles / 175 km, 3 hours (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Port Meirion Village, Harlech Castle, Aberystwyth and Aberaeron.

DAY FIVE

St Davids, Tenby and the Pembrokeshire National Park

Make your way along Wales' West coast passing the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park home to almost two hundred miles of protected coastline and some of Britain's most breath-taking coastal scenery. Enjoy walking stretches of the famous coastal path across bays and cliffs as you spot the sea and bird life including dolphins, grey seals and Puffins. Visit the tiny "city" of St Davids, the Welsh patron Saint's namesake, a tiny village which has city status due to its stunning cathedral and Bishop's Palace. Then onwards to the picturesque Pembrokeshire town of Tenby; Tenby is a bustling harbour town with Norman town walls, pastel cottages, a labyrinth of cobbled streets and stretching sandy bays, an absolute must for any visit to Wales.

accommodationOvernight: Lamphey Court or Penally Abbey Hotel, near Tenby.

distanceJourney details: 90 miles / 145 km, 2 hours 40 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St David's Village, St David's Cathedral, Pembroke Castle and Tenby Town.

DAYS SIX AND SEVEN

The Welsh Capital Cardiff and Cardiff Castle

Castles and Manors of Wales - Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales

From Pembrokeshire return East with a possible stop at Laugharne to visit the Boathouse visitor centre where welsh poet Dylan Thomas's penned some of his greatest works. Then arriving in Cardiff spend two days exploring the Welsh Capital and its outlying areas; visit the contrasting castles at the turreted fairy-tale Castell Coch and the sprawling fortress at Caerphilly Castle. Then discover Cardiff itself; explore Edwardian baroque architecture in Cathays park, home to the national museum and gallery of Wales, the Victorian shopping arcades, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life or the lively Cardiff Bay which plays host to cultural centres and a host of waterfront bars and cafes. The city's stunning centrepiece is Cardiff Castle which combines Roman and Norman history with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion.

accommodationOvernight: Holm House, Penarth or New House Country Hotel, near Cardiff (2 nights).

distanceJourney details: 105 miles / 170 km, 2 hours 10 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Laugharne, Castell Coch, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff City and Cardiff Bay.

DAY EIGHT

Return home

This morning, enjoy a final breakfast in your hotel before checking out. Return your vehicle in Cardiff (downtown or airport) and make your onward journey within Britain or returning to your home nation. Ask about onward rail travel to London and post-tour accommodation in the English Capital.

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Casltes and Manors of Wales - self drive tour of Wales

INCLUSIONS

selfdriveSelf drive tour: Castles and Manors of Wales

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 7 nights accommodation in Castle Hotel or Manor House accommodation as per the itinerary (also listed below).
  • Full cooked Welsh breakfast each morning.
  • 7 days car rental (manual or automatic transmission) inclusive of all mandatory taxes and insurances.
  • Attraction admission via the CADW Wales Explorer Pass (7 day); passes offer admission to dozens of historic attractions throughout Wales including those highlighted on the itinerary and to include Wales World Heritage Castles such as Conwy Castle, Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle.
  • Adeo travel suggested driving itinerary.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.

arrowSUGGESTED ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Peterstone Court or Gliffaes Country House, Brecon Beacons x 1 night
  • Ruthin Castle, Ruthin, North Wales or Bodysgallen Hall,near Conwy, North Wales x 2 nights
  • The Falcondale, Lampeter or Hammet House, Cardigan, Mid Wales x 1 night
  • Lamphey Court, Lamphey or Penally Abbey Hotel, near Tenby x 1 night
  • Holm House, Penarth or New House Country Hotel, near Cardiff x 2 nights

As our self-drive tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

All accommodations are subject to availability for requested dates however adeo Travel will offer a comparable alternative if/when the above are unavailable.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in Cardiff or London before or after your trip.
  • Add an extra night in Pembrokeshire to enjoy this coastal region.
  • Enjoy a traditional Welsh evening including food and entertainment.
  • Add rail travel to/from Cardiff before or after your tour.
  • Upgrade to automatic transmission vehicle for your tour.

arrowCUSTOMIZE THIS TOUR!

  • Add an extra night in a feature hotel on the remote Isle of Anglesey in North Wales.
  • Add extra nights in any location to further explore the area.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • Combine this tour with our Castles and Manors of England Tour.

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PRICING

selfdriveSelf drive tour: Castles and Manors of Wales

arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017/18

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!

arrowPRICING 2017/18

From GBP£ 795 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (September) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.

Single supplement applies for solo-travellers – please ask for details.

arrowPRICING 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 and one vehicle.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in USD$ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.

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