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The Wonders of Wales - Back Roads Experience

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,885

Enjoy a week exploring Wales with its ancient castles, beautiful natural countryside, coastal scenery, old houses and traditions of afternoon teas and male voice choirs. You will be surprised at the many contrasts in this comparatively small land.


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Commence your tour of Wales in Cardiff, first exploring Cardiff Bay and then visiting the interesting National History Museum of Wales. Next travel to Caerphilly Castle dating back to the 13th Century with its medieval fortifications. Then comes a unique visit to the Welsh coalmining valleys where you will go down a working mine and also learn about the history of coalmining in Wales. Finally arrive at the Brecon Beacons National Park and stay for 2 nights in Crickhowell with its 17th Century stone bridge.

The next day, travel to Caerleon with its Roman legionary fortress, one of only 3 in Britain. Continue through the Wye Valley with its outstanding natural beauty. Visit here Tintern Abbey dating back to the 12th Century. Later learn about Wales’ wine industry.

Leave Crickhowell and visit Cwm Hir Hall with its 12 acres of beautiful gardens and its eccentric collection of artifacts. Next travel to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the longest and highest in the UK. Later enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at Cefn Park where the owners and their ancestors have lived for 200 years. The present owners will regale you with stories about their ancestors. Eventually arrive at the city of Conwy for a 2 night stay. Head immediately to the nearby resort of Llandudno to hear a concert given by a traditional male voice choir.

The next day is at leisure in Conwy.

The following morning travel to Canaerfon Castle, the most famous castle in Wales. Then head to the Lleyn Peninsula which juts out into the Irish Sea with its steep cliffs and rugged rocks. Visit a Heritage Centre and endeavour to learn a few words of the Welsh language while having tea here. Arrive eventually at the Snowdonia National Park, the largest in Wales for overnight.
The following day, travel to St. David’s on the coast. En route, stop at Aberaeron, a charming Regency town and also at the Pembroke Coastal National Park. Overnight in St. David’s.
The next morning, visit the attractive walled seaside resort of Tenby after which continue to Cardiff where your tour of Wales ends.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,885

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Day 1

Cardiff - Brecon Beacons

After meeting the group in Cardiff this morning, you'll set off in search of the Wales of old. The first stop will be the National History Museum of Wales in St Fagans. Then it's on to Caerleon, where you'll explore the fascinating Roman Fortress and Baths. When you've had a look around, you'll journey onwards through the dramatic Welsh Valleys. After a day of taking in some remarkable scenery you'll enjoy a welcome dinner at Brecon Beacons National Park, your beautiful base for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Brecon Beacons - Wye Valley - Brecons Beacons

Centuries of history have left their mark on the Brecon Beacons' remarkable landscape. First today, you'll visit the Big Pit National Coal Museum before travelling through the spellbinding Wye Valley en route to the next stop: the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Tintern Abbey. After a wine-tasting session at an award-winning vineyard, you'll return to the hotel for an evening of leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Brecon Beacons - Llanngollen - Conwy

Today the journey will take you further north along the border regions of Mid Wales to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the longest and highest structure of its kind and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After enjoying an afternoon tea together, you'll move on to the Conwy hotel, where you'll stay for the next three nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Conwy

After an eventful few days, today you'll have plenty of free time to explore Conwy. This afternoon, you'll be in for a traditional Welsh cultural treat: a soul-stirring male voice choir performance.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Conwy - Caernarfon Castle - Nant Gwrtheyrn - Conwy

You'll turn west today, setting a course for Llanberis Slate Mine and Caernarfon Castle -- once a royal palace built for Edward I. You'll then head to the fascinating Welsh Language Heritage Centre, Nant Gwrtheyrn, which is located in a former quarrying village. Here, you'll flex your language skills with a lesson in tongue-twisting Welsh pronunciation. There will be plenty of time to practice your new-found skills at dinner tonight!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Conwy - Devil's Bridge - Tregaron

First today, you'll be whisked away to the home of famous Welsh poet Hedd Wyn. Then, it's onwards to the Devil's Bridge -- a world famous attraction home to stunning waterfalls and a steam train experience. Dinner is in Tregaron tonight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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Day 7

Tregaron - Pembrokeshire

First today: a visit to a Welsh gold centre, a stop at the Cenarth Coracle Centre and an exploration of the majestic Castell Henllys. Then, you'll continue to Pembrokeshire, where your lodgings come in the form of an elegant country estate. Here, you'll don your best outfit and meet for one last dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Pembrokeshire - St. David's Head - Cardiff

You'll finish your adventure by travelling along the west coast, where you'll meet with the Lovespoon Workshop in Kilgetty. After your visit, you'll have time to pick up some final souvenirs before returning to Cardiff.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2018: May 5, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16; Jul 7, 16; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
2019: Apr 20; May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 1,8, 15; Jul 6; Aug 3, 17, 31 ; Sep 7,14, 21, 28

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Welsh breakfast daily
  • 3 evening meals
  • 1 afternoon tea at Cefn Parks Victorian Kitchen
  • Welsh wine tasting
  • Welsh language lesson
  • Entrance fees to Cadw Explorer Pass, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Caerleon Castle, Abbey Cwm Hir Hall and Caernarfon Castle

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applibable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity (at own discretion)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees not listed in the inclusions
  • Incidental expenses
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Transfer (not stated in the itinerary).

OTHER INFORMATION:

Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

TERMS & 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 enquire.

TB BACKROACAR19SGCAD: RDW
28 Sep 2019
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