Days: 9 days
- An extensive 9 day tour around majestic Wales discovering the unique Welsh culture, proud people and ancient language. Enjoy industrial heritage, medieval fortresses, spectacular mountain passes, lush valleys, Britain's tiniest city, dramatic coastlines and Europe's youngest capital - Cardiff.
An extensive 9 day tour around majestic Wales discovering the unique Welsh culture, proud people and ancient language. Enjoy industrial heritage, medieval fortresses, spectacular mountain passes, lush valleys, Britain's tiniest city, dramatic coastlines and Europe's youngest capital - Cardiff.
Day 1 Chepstow Castle and the Wye Valley
Crossing the Severn Estuary in to South Wales you will find Britain's oldest stone fort at Chepstow Castle. From here follow the enchanting Wye Valley, passing the 13th century monastic ruins of Tintern Abbey, to the ancient border town of Monmouth . Continue to the traditional welsh market towns and villages of Raglan, Abergavenny and Crickowell being sure to visit the stunning Raglan Castle .
Day 2 The Brecon Beacons, Conwy and Llandudno
Experience welsh industrial heritage with a visit to the Big Pit coal mine before heading north through the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Spectacular scenery of mid Wales to Welshpool and Powis Castle and Gardens. Arriving in North Wales enjoy Victorian coastal resort of Llandudno before exploring the grand 13th century fortress of Conwy Castle in the medieval walled town of Conwy .
Day 3 Caernarfon, the Llyn Peninsular and Port Meirion
From Conwy tour the Isle of Anglesey (known as "Mother of Wales") visiting the stunning concentric fortress of Beaumaris Castle and the town with the longest name in the world (with 58 letters!). Travelling south, pass another domineering fortress at Caernarfon Castle before exploring the untouched countryside and spectacular seascapes of the Llyn Peninsula . Finally enjoy the entirely unique italianate village of Portmeirion, the location for cult sixties TV show "The Prisoner".
Day 4 Snowdonia, Harlech Castle and Aberystwyth
Continue south through the stunning Snowdonia National Park to the quintessential medieval fortress at Harlech Castle, before passing through the tiny fishing enclave of Aberdyfi on the serene Mawddach Estuary. Visit Machynlleth , which was Owain Glyndwr's rebel capital of Wales in the middle ages, before arriving in charming university town and Victorian coastal resort of Aberystwyth home to the "Treasure House of the Welsh" at the National Library of Wales .
Overnight Gwesty Cymru or Harbourmaster Hotel , Dyfed West Coast.
Day 5 St Davids and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Continue south along the Cambrian Coast to scenic Cardigan Bay and Fishguard located in the spectacular scenery of the north Pembrokeshire Coast National Park . Stop in the Preseli Hills at the megalithic burial chamber of Pentre Ifan before visiting St David's . The spiritual capital of Wales and named after the Welsh patron Saint, this village has official city status due to the St Davids Cathedral whose adjoining Bishop's Palace is also well worth a visit.
Day 6 Pembroke and Tenby
Continue to explore enchanting Pembrokehire visiting Pembroke Castle and nearby Manorbier Castle . Then to coastal town Tenby, a jumble of pastel georgian townhouses, cobbled streets, the sweeping sandy bay and a bustling harbour. Explore the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery and historic Tudor Merchant's House before taking a boat trip to the magical Caldey Island.
Day 7 The Gower Peninsula and Caerphilly Castle
Travel east making a stop at the inspiring hamlet of Laugharne and the Boat House, both associated with famous welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Entering Carmarthenshire visit the spectacular National Botanic Gardens of Wales before exploring the beguiling Gower Peninsula coastline. Round off the day visiting Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch both in the outlying areas of Cardiff.
Day 8 The Welsh Capital, Cardiff
Take a full day to explore the vibrant and unique capital city of Cardiff . Experience welsh history first hand at St Fagan's interactive Museum of Welsh Life before returning to the city-centre where modern developments rub shoulders with unique historic architecture. Visit the National Museum and Gallery of Wales and Cardiff Castle which has evolved throughout history, touched by the Romans, Normans and Victorians. Finally round off the day with a visit to the Millennium Stadium and food or drinks at the fashionable Cardiff Bay Development.
Day 9 - Return Home
Return home with memories of the musical welsh language, memories of glorious landscapes and a welcoming people vivid in your mind.
- Purchase the Great British Heritage Pass offering free entry and queue skip to a number of sites on the itinerary.
- Enjoy a City Sightseeing Tour of Cardiff.
Customize Your Tour
- Upgrade to a Castle or Manor House Accommodation in certain areas.
- Add a night in the Brecon Beacons national park.
- Combine this tour with one of our England self-drive tours.