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Castles, Coasts and Celts: Cardiff to Anglesey

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,749

See the best of what Wales has to offer on this small-group tour through the country. Journey from Cardiff to Anglesey to explore quaint villages and admire stunning coastlines. Head into the Welsh mountains, visit medieval castles, and see the country through the eyes of a local.


This 8-day Welsh vacation takes you to the most popular sights in the country. It features moderate and first-class accommodations, escorted small group tours, and is perfect for first-time visitors to Wales.

Your trip to Wales begins in Cardiff, the port capital along the nation’s south coast. The Welsh capital since 1955, Cardiff is renowned for its compact size and stunning architecture, which consists of everything from Gothic castles in the city centre to ultramodern designs along the waterfront. In the company of a local guide, you’ll head on a foodie tour through the city, sampling everything from crempog to a glass of cider. You’ll then visit Cardiff Castle before having the evening to yourself. Leave the city and head to the Pembrokeshire Peninsula, one of the most gorgeous coastlines in the United Kingdom, and visit the small town of Laugharne, where the poet Dylan Thomas spent the final years of his life. Continue to St. Davids, the smallest city in Britain, to see the cathedral that enshrines St. David and the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace.

In the coastal university town of Aberystwyth, explore the seaside shops of the ancient market town and visit the National Library of Wales before continuing to the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway and visiting the village of Devil’s Bridge in the Cambrian Mountains. Hike to nearby waterfalls and experience the rural beauty of alpine Wales. Continue further into the mountains and venture through Snowdonia National Park, home to the tallest mountain in England and Wales. While in the park, you’ll also visit the peak of the Snowdon Mountain Railway and tour the National State Museum.

On the final leg of your journey, travel to the island of Anglesey to see the 13th-century castle before continuing to the town with the longest name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. After trying to pronounce this unfathomably-long name yourself, you’ll stop in Caernarfon to see the castle constructed by King Edward I before reaching the town of Llandudno, where you’ll have one last evening before connecting to your onward destination the following morning.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,749

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Day 1

Arrival in Cardiff

Today arrive in Cardiff and discover the capital of Wales. Enjoy a welcome dinner in your hotel tonight with a chance to meet the group.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Number 10 Hotel

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    Number 10 Hotel



    No.10 Cardiff is a beautifully restored and luxurious Georgian Town House located within 10 minutes' walk of the city centre. Close to Bute Park and the River Taff, it is the ideal base for a city break, business meeting or wedding venue. Its proximity to ...

    No.10 Cardiff is a beautifully restored and luxurious Georgian Town House located within 10 minutes' walk of the city centre. Close to Bute Park and the River Taff, it is the ideal base for a city break, business meeting or wedding venue. Its proximity to both the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle makes it the perfect location for your stay in Cardiff.

    We pride ourselves on our friendly and personal service, value for money, comfortable surroundings and excellent location.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Cardiff

Today you will get the chance to explore Wales' vibrant capital. You will be taken on a tour of the city with a Food and Drink Safari which will allow you to taste your way around the city with a local food expert, as well as visiting Cardiff Castle which stands proudly in the centre of the city.

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Day 3

Laugharne and Tenby

Today you will travel into the stunning Pembrokeshire peninsula. On the way, stop at the small town of Laugharne where Dylan Thomas lived with his family for the last four years of his life, before travelling on to your accommodation for the next two evenings.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Slebech Park

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    Slebech Park



    Slebech Park Estate is all about relaxation, rejuvenation and excellent food. Slebech Park is set at the center of a 650 acre privately owned estate with a commanding position over the upper reaches of the DauGleddau river Estuary, deep in the heart of the Pembrokeshire ...

    Slebech Park Estate is all about relaxation, rejuvenation and excellent food.

    Slebech Park is set at the center of a 650 acre privately owned estate with a commanding position over the upper reaches of the DauGleddau river Estuary, deep in the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park. This is a location that is off the beaten track so much so that it is often described as being on the ''Hidden Waterway'' yet it is actually very accessible, we are about 2 minutes off the main A40 trunk route to Haverfordwest and easy to find if you follow our directions and not the Satnav!

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    • Bar
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

St. Davids and Cardigan Bay

This morning first visit the unique city of St Davids, smallest city in Britain, and spend some time in the magnificent Cathedral and the ruins of the medieval Bishops Castle next to it. Later visit the Welsh Lovespoon Workshop to learn about this custom before enjoying free time for lunch in the picturesque seaside town of Tenby.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge

Stop at the coastal university town of Aberystwyth where you will have free time to explore the independent shops available here, as well as taking a tour of Wales' National Library. If you have any welsh lineage, this is the place to find out! This afternoon embark on the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway and enjoy the village of Devil's Bridge in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and take a walk around the mythical waterfalls here which are said to be the last place the Devil visited in Wales.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hafod Hotel

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    Hafod Hotel



    Our Bar, Brasserie and Hotel is located in an exceptional location. Situated only steps away from the World Famous Devil's Bridge waterfalls and a two minute walk to the award winning Rheidol Valley steam train. The mountains are all around where you can step into ...

    Our Bar, Brasserie and Hotel is located in an exceptional location. Situated only steps away from the World Famous Devil's Bridge waterfalls and a two minute walk to the award winning Rheidol Valley steam train.

    The mountains are all around where you can step into the wild landscapes of the Cambrian Mountains and enjoy the nearby breathtaking views of the Elan Valley. All close by are walking trails, horse riding, fishing, biking, Kite feeding, steam trains and beaches.

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    • Bar
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Snowdonia

Today you will explore the Snowdonia National Park which holds the highest mountain in England and Wales. Journey to the peak (via steam train!) on the Snowdon Mountain Railway to discover the wondrous views across Snowdonia. This afternoon visit the National Slate Museum in the heart of Snowdonia to learn about Wales' industrial past.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Bulkeley Hotel

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    Bulkeley Hotel



    The Bulkeley Hotel is a Grade 1 listed building situated in the heart of Beaumaris, just a short walk from the beach. We have 43 en-suite bedrooms, many with spectacular views of both the Menai Strait and the mountains. Such views can also be enjoyed ...

    The Bulkeley Hotel is a Grade 1 listed building situated in the heart of Beaumaris, just a short walk from the beach. We have 43 en-suite bedrooms, many with spectacular views of both the Menai Strait and the mountains.

    Such views can also be enjoyed from our Terrace Gardens, perfect to enjoy a light bite to eat or a refreshing beverage from our Bar or Coffee Shop.

    After working up an appetite exploring Anglesey, dine with us at the Bulkeley Hotel. We have two restaurants - Bistro 1832 and Hansom's Restaurant - each providing a unique menu and dining experience.

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    • Bar
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 7

Anglesey and Caernarfon

Today you will travel first to the island of Anglesey. Stop at the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllan before the busy market town of Caernarfon where you will visit the imposing medieval Castle, built by Edward the 1st. You will have the afternoon free to explore the town of Llandudno and pick up some gifts for home, before enjoying a final dinner with the group.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Departure Journey

Today you will depart for your onward journey or onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: May 12; Jun 16; Jul 7; Aug 11; Sep 8

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 Nights' Accommodation
  • Local expert driver- guide
  • Cardiff Food and Drink Safari
  • Welsh Lovespoon Workshop
  • Vale of Rheidol Steam Train
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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