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The Wonders of Wales - Back Roads Experience

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 2,493

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$ 2,493

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Day 1

Cardiff to Brecon Beacons

We set off from our meeting point in search of the Wales of old before gaining our first glimpse in the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans followed by a stop via Caerleon to visit the Roman Fortress and Baths. After a fascinating visit, we point our compasses north and take a route through the dramatic Welsh Valleys. If that isn't enough remarkable scenery for one day, we reach the Brecon Beacons National Park and our beautiful base for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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The Bear Hotel

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    The Bear Hotel



    The Bear is famous far and wide for its welcoming atmosphere, historic character, convivial surroundings and good food. A cobbled forecourt, archway into the inner courtyard and 19th-century stagecoach timetable in the bar are all reminders of the Bear's former role. Set in the heart ...

    The Bear is famous far and wide for its welcoming atmosphere, historic character, convivial surroundings and good food. A cobbled forecourt, archway into the inner courtyard and 19th-century stagecoach timetable in the bar are all reminders of the Bear's former role. Set in the heart of The Brecon Beacons National Park, one of Britain's most beautiful wilderness areas, you'll find some of the finest walks in Britain with the Beacons themselves and The Black Mountains right on the doorstep. The Bear's low-beamed bar, filled with antiques and warmed by a roaring log fire in winter, has twice won the 'Best Pub in Britain' award. Although a building of great antiquity, dating back to1432, the Bear tastefully incorporates all modern comforts into its historic surroundings.

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Day 2

Wye Valley

Centuries of history have left their mark on this remarkable landscape. First, we visit the Big Pit National Coal Museum before we travel through the spellbinding scenery that winds through the Wye Valley before we come to the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Tintern Abbey, followed by a wine tasting nearby. Out of the valley we find ourselves at an award-winning vineyard, which brings us to the end of a busy day.

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Day 3

Brecon Beacons to Conwy

Our journey takes us further north along the border regions of mid Wales. We reach Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the longest and highest structure of its kind and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, we enjoy an afternoon tea together. By evening, we'll have taken in staggering architecture, so it's only right we add traditional Welsh culture to the mix. Tonight a Welsh male voice choir treats us to a performance in Llandudno. Then it's on to our Conwy hotel, where we stay for the next three nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Castle Hotel

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    Castle Hotel



    Castle Hotel, an old coaching inn, stands on the site of a Cistercian abbey and used to consist of two famous hostelries, The Castle and the 15th Century King's Head. The Castle was by far the larger and in Victorian times has had an attractive ...

    Castle Hotel, an old coaching inn, stands on the site of a Cistercian abbey and used to consist of two famous hostelries, The Castle and the 15th Century King's Head. The Castle was by far the larger and in Victorian times has had an attractive face lift of local granite and Ruabon brick and is now one of Conwy's most photographed buildings. In the 20th Century, the ownership of the Hotel was almost exclusively by London based companies and it's fitting that this wonderful old hotel reverted back to private ownership in the summer of 2000. Since then, the famous old hostelry has had a major upgrade and improvement programme and now sits proudly once again in the middle of the town and the hub of the local community.

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    • Bar
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Restaurant
    • Spa Services

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Day 4

Conwy

After an eventful few days, today is all about you with free time to explore Conwy.

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Day 5

Caernarfon Castle and Nant Gwrtheyrn

We turn west today and make for the Llanberis Slate Mine, Caernarfon Castle, once a royal palace built for Edward I before we head to Nant Gwrtheyrn, home to the fascinating Welsh Language Heritage Centre located in a former quarrying village. We don't just stretch our legs when we get here, we flex our language skills with a lesson in tongue-twisting Welsh pronunciation. Practise your new-found skills at dinner tonight.

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Day 6

Conwy to Tregaron

Rise and shine, we've got a handful of sights to tick off today. Our first stop whisks us away to the home of famous Welsh poet, Hedd Wyn and onwards to the Devil's Bridge -- a world famous attraction and home to stunning waterfalls and a steam train experience. Later, enjoy a private tour of the first Welsh book shop and meet the owner. After an exciting day, enjoy dinner in Tregaron together.

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Duration1 Night
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Y Talbot Tregaron

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    Y Talbot Tregaron



    Y Talbot has lots to offer, whether you're visiting for a quick drink, a leisurely meal, a relaxing break, a celebration dinner or a business meeting. Besides our cosy and characterful pub, guests may enjoy our contemporary restaurant, superb bedrooms, function rooms, stunning gardens and ...

    Y Talbot has lots to offer, whether you're visiting for a quick drink, a leisurely meal, a relaxing break, a celebration dinner or a business meeting. Besides our cosy and characterful pub, guests may enjoy our contemporary restaurant, superb bedrooms, function rooms, stunning gardens and guest parking.

    Y Talbot has been completely renovated with all conveniences in mind for the discerning traveller, to ensure every comfort during your stay.

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    • Bar
    • Disabled Friendly
    • WiFi

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Day 7

Tregaron to Pembrokeshire

On the cards for today offers a visit to a Welsh gold centre, a visit to the Cenarth Coracle Centre and stop at the majestic Castell Henllys before we land in Pembrokeshire -- an elegant country estate. Don your best outfit as we meet one last time for dinner together.

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Duration1 Night
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Hammet House

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    Hammet House



    Hammet House is a luxury country house in beautiful Pembrokeshire. In glorious landscaped grounds the house sits on the famous river Teifi right on the Pembrokeshire Ceredigion border. A luxury bolthole set in secluded grounds, Hammet House is a hidden escape that nestles discreetly amongst ...

    Hammet House is a luxury country house in beautiful Pembrokeshire. In glorious landscaped grounds the house sits on the famous river Teifi right on the Pembrokeshire Ceredigion border. A luxury bolthole set in secluded grounds, Hammet House is a hidden escape that nestles discreetly amongst Pembrokeshire's glorious coastline and countryside, and Ceredigion's spectacular beaches and heritage. Built in 1795 by Sir Benjamin Hammet, the grade II listed Georgian house has been brought bang up to date with a clear focus on modern luxuries, great service and ultimate relaxation. The 15 Bedrooms are packed with contemporary style and luxuries, with Egyptian cotton on the beds, flat screens on the walls and indulgent Ren products in the bathrooms. In the bar and dining room you'll find cool contemporary spaces to unwind, relax, eat and drink in, all brought to you with our easy-going yet impeccable service.

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    • Bar
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Pembrokeshire to Cardiff

We finish our adventure by voyaging along the west coast to meet with the Lovespoon Workshop in Kilgetty. After our visit, there's time to pick up some final souvenirs before we return to Cardiff and say farewell to the group.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Apr 21; May 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16, 22; Jul 7, 16; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 19

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 BACKROACAR18SG: RDW
21 Apr 2018
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