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CASTLES, COAST AND CELTS

A luxury tour as rich and diverse as the nation you're exploring – Castles, Coast and Celts takes you on a journey of discovery to all corners of Wales. Behold glorious natural landscapes and enjoy a range cultural experiences; see ancient castles, ride an historic steam train, sample Welsh cuisine and enjoy the majesty of the Pembrokeshire coast and the mountains of Snowdonia.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
8 days / 7 nights

Regions visited:
Wales

Start point:
Cardiff

End point:
Llandudno, North Wales

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers.

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+44 (0)2921 660 747

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1-866-209-4554

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

Arrival in Cardiff, Capital of Wales

Castles, Coast and Celts - Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales

Today, make your way to the ancient land of Wales and its capital city of Cardiff. Explore the city independently, perhaps wandering the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays park, home to the national museum and gallery of Wales, view the magnificent millennium stadium or discover the unique Victorian market and shopping arcades. Later enjoy a welcome dinner in your hotel with a chance to meet your tour director and travel companions.

accommodationAccommodation: Jolyons at No. 10 Hotel, Cardiff – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: National Museum and Gallery of Wales and the Principallity Stadium.

DAY TWO

Cardiff Castle and Welsh Gourmet Safari

Today you will get the chance to explore Wales' vibrant capital. Enjoy a tour of the city with a difference on a food and drink Safari which will allow you to taste your way through Cardiff's streets and pubs on an exploration of Welsh cuisine, accompanied by a local food expert. We also see the undisputed centrepiece of the city at Cardiff Castle, an utterly unique castle which is home to Roman walls, a Norman Motte and gloriously opulent gothic Victorian manor.

accommodationAccommodation: Jolyons at No. 10 Hotel, Cardiff – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay and Gourmet Safari.

DAY THREE

Laugharne and Pembrokeshire

Castles, Coast and Celts - Tenby

Pembroke Coast, Wales

This morning we make our way West in to rural Wales heading for the Pembrokeshire peninsula. On route we make a stop at the small town of Laugharne where famed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas spent the last years of his life. Continuing West, we find ourselves in the beautiful scenery of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, home to almost two hundred miles of protected coastline. Later we make our way to our beautiful country house hotel our base for the next two nights. We enjoy dinner together as a group.

accommodationAccommodation:Elm Grove Country House House, near Tenby – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Pembrokeshire coast and Laugharne.

DAY FOUR

St Davids Cathedral, Welsh Love Spoons and Tenby

This morning we visit the unique city of St Davids namesake of Wales' patron saint; really just a small village, St Davids receives city status owing to its magnificent Cathedral. We take time discover the gothic cathedral and the ruins of the adjacent medieval Bishops Palace. Later we visit the Welsh Lovespoon Workshop to learn about this ancient welsh custom before enjoying free time for lunch in the picturesque seaside town of Tenby, a picture postcard town widely regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Welsh Riviera; it's medieval town walls encircle a bustling harbour and two sweeping sandy bays divided by a rocky headland.

accommodationAccommodation: Elm Grove Country House House, near Tenby – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: St Davids, Bishops Castle, Love Spoon factory and Tenby.

DAY FIVE

Aberystwyth, Devils Bridge and the Cambrian Mountains

Wonders of Wales Tour - Snowdonia

Rheidol Steam Railway, Ceredigion, Wales

This morning we head to Wales' West coast where we stop at the coastal university town of Aberystwyth; enjoy free time to explore the independent shops and take a tour of Wales' National Library. If you have any welsh lineage, this is the place to discover your heritage! Later we board the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway to enjoy a journey deep in to the Cambrian Mountains. Arriving in the secluded village of Devil's Bridge we'll view the stacked bridges and enjoy walk to see the waterfalls which inspired a work by Wordsworth; surrounded by myth the falls are also said to be the last place the Devil visited in Wales.

accommodationAccommodation: Y Talbot Hotel, Tregaron or similar – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Rheidol Steam Railway, Cambrian Mountains and Devil's Bridge.

DAY SIX

The Snowdonia National Park

Today we take time to explore the landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park a region of outstanding natural beauty of sweeping mountain passes, sparkling streams and thick woodland. Snowdonia is also home to the highest mountain in England and Wales, Mount Snowden itself! Following exploration of her landscapes, this afternoon we discover contrasting Welsh heritage; firstly, we explore the region's industrial heritage with a visit to the National Slate Museum in the heart of Snowdonia before enjoying a private visit to a working sheep farm to learn about this traditional way of life in Wales.

accommodationAccommodation: Llandudno Bay Hotel, Llandudno, North Wales or similar – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Snowdonia National Park, National Slate Museum and Welsh traditional sheep farm.

DAY SEVEN

Isle of Anglesey, Caernarfon Castle and Llandudno

Castles Coasts and Celts - Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle, North Wales

Our drive today takes us over the Menai Straits to the island of Angelsey where we have a photo-stop at the place with the longest name in Europe; Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerych-wyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. We then return to the mainland to visit the busy market town of Caernarfon where you will visit the imposing medieval Castle, which was used for the investiture of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Returning to Llandudno you will have the afternoon free to explore the quaint Victorian seaside town perhaps picking up some gifts for home or enjoying a ride on the oldest cable tramway in Britain to the top of the Great Orme headland, a nature reserve offering stunning views over the town to Snowdonia and beyond.

accommodationAccommodation: Llandudno Bay Hotel, Llandudno, North Wales or similar – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Angelsey, Caernarfon and Llandudno.

DAY EIGHT

Tour Ends in North Wales

This morning your tour ends in Llandudno after breakfast in your hotel. You may choose to continue to explore this quaint town or neighbouring medieval town of Conwy before making your onward travel. Please let us know if you require onward rail travel to London, Manchester or Birmingham. Post-tour accommodation can be booked in any of these cities, at airports or at other locations across Britain, please ask for further information.

MAP

Cardiff Castles and Celts - Small Group Tours of Wales

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy a gourmet safari of Cardiff with a local food expert.
  • Learn about the ancient tradition of carving wooden love-spoons.
  • Take a steam train ride through the Cambrian mountains to Devils Bridge.
  • Cross the Menai Straits to the remote Isle of Anglesey.

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights in charming hotel accommodation.
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach.
  • The services of a professional guide/tour director.
  • Maximum Group size of 12 passengers for intimate touring experience.
  • Full Welsh breakfast daily • 7 x evening meals at your hotels.
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and admissions including:
    • Cardiff Castle
    • Cardiff gourmet safari
    • St Fagans National History Museum
    • Tenby Lovespoon centre
    • St Davids Cathedral and Bishops Palace
    • National Library of Wales
    • Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway
    • Caernarfon Castle
    • National Slate Museum
    • Welsh working farm
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Additional pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Cardiff and/or London.
  • Rail transport to/from London before/after your tour.
  • Airport transfers.

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017

START DAY
(in Cardiff)
END DAY
(in Llandudno - North Wales)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Sun 7 May, 2017 Sun 14 May, 2017 Guaranteed £1965
Sun 4 Jun, 2017 Sun 11 Jun, 2017 Guaranteed £1965
Sun 2 July 2017 Sun 9 July 2017 Guaranteed £1965
Sun 6 Aug, 2017 Sun 13 Aug, 2017 Guaranteed £1965
Sun 3 Sep, 2017 Sun 10 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £1965

Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.

Tours begins after check-in (from 2pm) at Cardiff hotel on the start day and ends after hotel check-out of your Llandudno Hotel on the final day of the tour. Pre/post nights and transport to/from London before after your tour are available – please ask for details.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.

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