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WONDERS OF WALES

A land of mystery, delight and a rich Celtic heritage, the Wonders of Wales explores all aspects of this small but fascinating nation. This week-long journey through the Welsh Principality takes us to the nation's major sites and to learn about Welsh history, language, culture, and industry, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the United Kingdom.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
8 days / 7 nights

Regions visited:
Wales

Start point:
Cardiff

End point:
Cardiff

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers.

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UK international:
+44 (0)2921 660 747

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

Wonders of Wales Tour - Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle, Wales

St Fagans, Roman Caerleon and the Brecon Beacons

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 from Celtic settlers right through to the industrial revolution. Our next stop is at Caerleon, a small town which marks the site of one of only three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses across Britain. Passing North we pass through the South Wales valleys on route to beautiful landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the quaint market town of Crickhowell, our base for the next two days.

accommodationAccommodation: The Bear Hotel (or similar), Crickhowell - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, Caerleon Roman site and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

DAY TWO

Big Pit, Tintern Abbey and Wine Tasting

This morning we journey in to the South Wales Valleys, home to Wales's famous coal mining industry; at the Big Pit we have the chance to descend a real coal mine and learn more about the history of mining in Wales and how it shaped an entire nation. 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.

accommodationAccommodation: The Bear Hotel (or similar), Crickhowell.

attractionsHighlights: Big Pit and Tintern Abbey.

DAY THREE

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Mid-Wales and Welsh Male Voice Choir

Wonders of Wales Tour - Llandudno Pier

Llangollen Viaduct, Llangollen, 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. As we pass North through the mountainous landscapes we'll stop to enjoy an afternoon tea in one of this little nation's most scenic spots. By evening we enjoy some real Welsh 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.

accommodationAccommodation: The Castle Hotel (or similar), Conwy.

attractionsHighlights: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Male Voice Choir Concert.

DAY FOUR

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.

accommodationAccommodation: Castle Hotel (or similar), Conwy.

attractionsHighlights: Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr or a trip to Llandudno.

DAY FIVE

Caernarfon Castle, Nant Gwrtheyrn and Llanberis Slate Mine

Wonders of Wales Tour - Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

This morning we visit the slate mine at Llanberis to learn about how this abundant resource is mined and learn about the art of slate splitting. Then 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. By afternoon we 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.

accommodationAccommodation: The Castle Hotel (or similar).

attractionsHighlights: Caernarfon Castle, Lleyn Peninsula and the Nant Gwrtheyrn Heritage Centre.

DAY SIX

Devil's Bridge, Welsh Book Shop and Tregaron

Today we explore some of Wales' hidden gems. After passing through the mountains of Snowdonia. Our first stop takes us to the restored farmhouse home of famous World War One poet, Hedd Wyn for an insight in to his life and works. Then onwards to the Devil's Bridge; beautifully set in a deep gorge the stacked bridges and waterfalls are not only beautiful but also steeped in Welsh myth. Afterwards, we enjoy a steam train experience through the woods and hills of this region. Later, we enjoy a private tour of the first Welsh book shop and meet the owner before retiring to our hotel for a dinner together in Tregaron.

accommodationAccommodation: Y Talbot (or similar), Tregaron - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Snowdonia National Park and Devil's Bridge.

DAY SEVEN

Castell Henllys, Pembrokeshire and Welsh Gold Centre

Wonders of Wales Tour - Tenby

Pembroke Coast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Today, we head South through West Wales; first stop is a visit to a Welsh gold centre, before we stop at Cenarth Coracle Centre set in the grounds of a 17th Century Flour Mill beside the beautiful Cenarth falls famed for its Salmon Leaps and 200-year old Bridge over the Teifi River. Our final stop is at the majestic Castell Henllys, one of Wales' most important archaeological sites before we land in the coastal county of Pembrokeshire amd our stay at an elegant country estate. Don your best outfit as we meet one last time for dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: Hammet House (or similar), Llechryd - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: the Welsh Gold Centre, Cenarth Coracle Centre and Castell Henllys.

DAY EIGHT

Lovespoon Workshop and Cardiff

This morning we briefly explore some of Pembrokeshires scenic coastline before making our way to the Lovespoon Workshop in Kilgetty. Here we learn about this ancient custom of intricately carving wooden spoons to be presented to that special someone in your life. After our visit, there's time to pick up some final souvenirs before we return East and back to the bustle of city life in Cardiff where our tour ends and we bid farewell to the group.

attractionsHighlights: Pembrokeshire coast, Welsh lovespoon workshop and the Capital City of Cardiff.

MAP

Wonders of Wales Tour Map - Small Group Tours of Wales

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE FEATURES

  • 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.

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights in charming hotel accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver and separate tour leader
  • Full Welsh breakfast daily
  • 5 x evening meals
  • 1 x afternoon tea
  • Wine tasting experience
  • Welsh language lesson
  • Visit the first Welsh bookshop
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • CADW Explorer Pass
    • St Fagans Museum
    • Big Pit Museum
    • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
    • Llanberis Slate Mine
    • Caernarfon Castle
    • Nant Gwrtheyrn
    • Hedd Wyn Home
    • Cenarth Coracle Centre
    • Rhiannon Welsh Gold Centre
    • Castell Henllys
    • Lovespoon Workshop
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in central Cardiff.
  • Rail transport to/from Cardiff before/after your tour and accommodation in central London or at London Airports.
  • Hotel accommodation in London.

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2018

START DAY
(in Cardiff)
END DAY
(in Cardiff)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Sat 21 Apr, 2018 Sat 28 Apr, 2018   £ 1,835
Sat 05 May, 2018 Sat 12 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 1,915
Sat 12 May, 2018 Sat 19 May, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 19 May, 2018 Sat 26 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 1,915
Sat 26 May, 2018 Sat 02 Jun, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 02 Jun, 2018 Sat 09 Jun, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 09 Jun, 2018 Sat 16 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 1,915
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 Sat 23 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 1,915
Fri 22 Jun, 2018 Fri 29 Jun, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 30 Jun, 2018 Sat 07 Jul, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 07 Jul, 2018 Sat 14 Jul, 2018   £ 1,915
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 Mon 23 Jul, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 04 Aug, 2018 Sat 11 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 1,915
Sat 11 Aug, 2018 Sat 18 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 1,915
Sat 18 Aug, 2018 Sat 25 Aug, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 25 Aug, 2018 Sat 01 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 1,915
Sat 01 Sep, 2018 Sat 08 Sep, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 08 Sep, 2018 Sat 15 Sep, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 15 Sep, 2018 Sat 22 Sep, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 22 Sep, 2018 Sat 29 Sep, 2018   £ 1,915
Sat 29 Sep, 2018 Sat 06 Oct, 2018   £ 1,915

Single Supplement: £500.

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.

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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