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Small group tour: Wonders of Wales tour
Caerphilly Castle, Wales
St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life and Big Pit
Our tour of Wales begins in the nation's beautiful capital city as we head out in search of the Wales of old. Our first stop is the National History Museum of Wales at St. Fagans, a unique living museum which offers an insight of Wales and Welsh heritage throughout the ages. Heading north we pass in to the South Wales Valleys, home to Wales's former coal mining industry; at the Big Pit we have the chance to descend a real coal mine and learn more about the history mining in Wales and how it shaped an entire nation. We then continue into the beautiful scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, our base for the next two days.
Accommodation: The Bear Hotel (or similar), Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons – dinner included.
Highlights: St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, Big Pit and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The Brecon Beacons, the Wye Valley and Welsh Wine
This morning we journey south from Crickhowell to enjoy some Roman history at Caerleon a small town which marks the site of one of only three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses across Britain. We then follow the scenic Wye Valley to the hauntingly pretty ruins of Tintern Abbey, one of Britain's most important monastic ruins and the site which inspired Wordsworth's famous poem, Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey. After lunch we will travel up the steep valley side, to learn about the United Kingdom's growing wine industry as we stop at an award-winning vineyard to sample some of the much-celebrated wines. Returning along the very scenic back roads we make our way back to Crickhowell for an evening at leisure.
Accommodation: The Bear Hotel (or similar), Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons.
Highlights: Caerleon Roman Site, The Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey.
Mid-Wales Manors, Llandudno and Male Voice Choir Concert
Llandudno Pier, Llandudno, Wales
Today we continue north through the Brecon Beacons and in to the Wales border Marches; we pause near Llangollen for views of the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct; an awe-inspiring site it is the longest and highest structure of its kind in Britain and carries canal boats 100 feet above the valley floor. Later we head for the historic country estate at Cefn Park, where we will enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and learn about the upstairs-downstairs life of its former Victorian residents and the fascinating story of how the current owners unearthed and restored the original Victorian kitchens. After experiencing Welsh architecture and history it is time for some culture which we'll find in Llandudno as we're treated to a performance by a traditional Welsh Male Voice Choir before we retire to our hotel in nearby Conwy.
Accommodation: Castle Hotel (or similar), Conwy.
Highlights: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Cefn Park and Male Voice Choir Concert.
Conwy at Leisure
Today you have a day at leisure in the medieval walled town of Conwy. Stroll the tranquil docks and visit Britain's smallest house, wander the ancient city walls overlooking the small market-town or visit the spectacular 13th century Conwy Castle or Plas Mawr, the 6th century Elizabethan townhouse built for influential Welsh merchant Robert Wynn (admission to both is included in your complimentary CADW Explorer Passes). If the seaside is more your thing you may prefer to take a short trip to the pleasant seaside resort of Llandudno to stroll the promenade and explore the Victorian shopping arcades or take a taxi to visit the beautiful Bodnant Gardens.
Accommodation: Castle Hotel (or similar), Conwy.
Highlights: Conwy Town and Conwy Castle.
Caernarfon Castle, the Lleyn Peninsula and the Welsh Language
Snowdonia National Park, Wales
This morning we head west to the commanding Caernarfon Castle, originally built by Edward I as a Royal Palace in the 13th century, it is one of Wales' most famous castles and was the location of Prince Charles' investiture as Prince of Wales. We then continue to the beautiful and remote Lleyn Peninsula which is a stronghold of traditional Welsh culture and heritage; at the Nant Gwrtheyrn Heritage Centre we enjoy a short talk on the ancient Welsh language and have the chance to learn a few words of this notoriously difficult language. Later we wind our way through the scenery of Snowdonia as we make you way back to Conwy where we enjoy dinner together as a group.
Accommodation: The Castle Hotel (or similar).
Highlights: Caernarfon Castle, The Lleyn Peninsula, Nant Gwrtheyrn Heritage Centre and Welsh Language Class.
The Snowdonia National Park and Narrow Gauge Rail Ride
Today we head south through the dramatic back-roads of the Snowdonia National Park in the shadow of Mount Snowdon itself, the tallest peak in England and Wales. We then swap the mini-coach for a train as we board an historic narrow-gauge railway. This memorable journey will take us back in time as we trundle the tracks in an elegant carriage passing through spectacular Snowdonia National Park landscapes of glorious coastline, mountains, rivers and ancient woodlands. Later we head south along Wales' West coast passing through the charming harbour town Aberdovey and onwards to through the Ceredigion region to our elegant country house hotel, an ideal location for our final night and a dinner together.
Accommodation: Falcondale Hotel (or similar), Ceredgion – dinner included.
Highlights: Snowdonia National Park, narrow-gauge railway ride and the West coast of Wales.
Pembrokeshire and St Davids Cathedral
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
This morning we continue our journey around the west coast of Wales as we pass through more of Wales' beautiful scenery in Pembrokeshire much of which boasts National Park Status and as such is a protected area of natural beauty; the coast alternates between wild rocky cliffs and sweeping bays. We'll make our way to the tiny town of St Davids, the Welsh patron Saint's namesake; only really a tiny village, the town has city-status owing to its stunning Cathedral. We'll visit the cathedral and adjoining Bishop's Palace, where 1500 years of history are held within their walls, before enjoying free-time for souvenir shopping in this charming town. Later we returning East past the city of Swansea as we make our way back to Cardiff where our tour ends.
Highlights: Pembrokeshire National Park and St Davids Cathedral.
Small group tours: Wonders of Wales tour
- Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at a stately home
- Listen to the unique tones of a Welsh male voice choir
- Take a trip on a narrow gauge steam railway
- Try learning the notoriously difficult ancient Welsh language
- Drive along single-track lanes in Snowdonia National Park
- Freedom to explore further historic attractions with the Cadw Explorer Pass
- Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
- 6 nights in charming hotel accommodation
- Transportation by luxury mini-coach
- The services of your professional driver-guide tour leader
- Full Welsh breakfast daily
- 3 x evening meals
- 1 x afternoon tea at Cefn Park's 'Victorian Kitchen'
- Welsh wine tasting experience
- Welsh language lesson
- Trip on a narrow gauge steam railway journey
- A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
- CADW Explorer Pass
- St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life
- Big Pit National Coal Museum
- Caerleon Castle
- Nant Gwrtheyrn
- Caernarfon Castle
- St Davids Cathedral
- Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
- Postage of your vacation documents pack.
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Cardiff.
- Rail transport to/from Cardiff before/after your tour and accommodation in central London or at London Airports.
- Airport transfers.
Small group tours: Wonders of Wales tour
DEPARTURE DATES 2016
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
|Sun 04 Jun, 2017||Sat 10 Jun, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,715|
|Sun 11 Jun, 2017||Sat 17 Jun, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,715|
|Sun 18 Jun, 2017||Sat 24 Jun, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,715|
|Sun 02 Jul, 2017||Sat 08 Jul, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,715|
|Sun 16 Jul, 2017||Sat 22 Jul, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,715|
|Sun 06 Aug, 2017||Sat 12 Aug, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,715|
|Sun 13 Aug, 2017||Sat 19 Aug, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,715|
|Sun 20 Aug, 2017||Sat 26 Aug, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,715|
|Sun 27 Aug, 2017||Sat 02 Sep, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,715|
|Sun 03 Sep, 2017||Sat 09 Sep, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,715|
|Sun 10 Sep, 2017||Sat 16 Sep, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,715|
|Sun 17 Sep, 2017||Sat 23 Sep, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,715|
|Sun 24 Sep, 2017||Sat 30 Sep, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,715|
Single Supplement: £70 April, £100 May-September.
This tour starts in central Cardiff (adjacent to Cardiff railway station) at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in central Cardiff at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.
- 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.