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The Wonder of Wales

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,910

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.


Join one of our unique small group Back-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. 

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$ 2,910

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Day 1

Cardiff - Brecon Beacons

After meeting the group in Cardiff this morning, we'll set off in search of the Wales of old. Our first stop? St Fagans National Museum of History, Wales' most popular heritage attraction. After learning a fact or two, we'll move on to Caerleon, where we'll explore the fascinating Roman Fortress and Baths - and find out more about life in second-century Britain. After that, we'll journey onwards through the dramatic Welsh Valleys to Brecon Beacons National Park, where a welcome dinner awaits us.

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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

Brecon Beacons - Wye Valley - Brecons Beacons

This morning, we'll take things underground with a tour of the Big Pit National Coal Museum - a fascinating reminder of the coal industry's importance to Welsh heritage. After returning to the daylight, we'll travel onwards through the spellbinding Wye Valley en route to our next stop: the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Tintern Abbey. Take it from us - the abbey's surroundings are just as beautiful as the building itself!

Before we return to the hotel for the evening, there's a treat in store: a wine-tasting session at an award-winning vineyard.

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Day 3

Brecon Beacons - Llanngollen - North Wales

Today, our journey will take us 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 at the charming Tu Hwnt I'r Bont Tearoom, we'll move on to our hotel - where we'll stay for the next two nights.

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Day 4

North Wales

After an eventful few days, today you'll have plenty of free time to explore Conwy. What you do is up to you - but we recommend visiting the imposing Conwy Castle and taking a look at the medieval town walls. This evening, a Welsh cultural experience is in store: prepare to witness a soul-stirring male voice choir performance

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Day 5

North Wales - Nant Gwrtheyrn - Portmeirion

Today, we'll be whisked away to the village with the longest place name in Europe - Llanfair-pwllgwyngyll-gogery-chwyrn-drobwll-llan-tysilio-gogo-goch - before moving on to the fascinating Llanberis Slate Mine. After that, it's onwards to the Welsh Language Heritage Centre in Nant Gwrtheyrn - where we'll flex our language skills with a lesson in tongue-twisting Welsh pronunciation. There will be plenty of time to practise your new-found skills over dinner in Portmeirion tonight!

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Duration1 Night
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Portmeirion Cottages

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    Portmeirion Cottages



    Portmeirion has fourteen self-catering cottages sleeping from three to eight people. Cottage kitchens are fully equipped and have crockery, cooking utensils, glasses and a microwave oven. All cottages have colour television, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi internet access, heating, towels and linen are included. Guests are ...

    Portmeirion has fourteen self-catering cottages sleeping from three to eight people. Cottage kitchens are fully equipped and have crockery, cooking utensils, glasses and a microwave oven. All cottages have colour television, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi internet access, heating, towels and linen are included. Guests are welcome to use the Hotel and Castell Deudraeth catering facilities subject to availability and the Hotel's pool which is heated from May to September.

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    • Swimming Pool
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Portmeirion - Feestiniog Railway - Pembrokeshire

Today, we'll take in the breathtaking landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in comfort and style as we enjoy a steam train ride along the historic Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway. We'll then stop off at the home of Welsh poet Hedd Wyn before hitting the road to Pembrokeshire.

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Duration2 Nights
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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 7

Pembrokeshire - Castell Henllys - Pembrokeshire

The rugged landscape around Castell Henllys is known as 'the Land of Magic and Enchantment' - and today we'll get to experience its otherworldly charm as we take a tour of the intriguing Iron Age site. After that, we'll visit the National Coracle Centre - before donning our best outfits and meeting for one last dinner together.

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Day 8

Pembrokeshire - St. David's Head - Cardiff

Back to Cardiff we go! From Pembrokeshire, we'll make the scenic drive along Wales' west coast, stopping off at St David's Head (a dramatic headland that's famous for its wildflowers). When we reach the Welsh capital, our tour will come to a close.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Aug 31 ; Sep 7,14, 21, 28
2020: Mar 21; Apr 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23; Jun 6, 13, 20, 27: Jul 4, 18. 25;
Aug 8, 15, 22, 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 3

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:

Blue 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.

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