A Taste of Wales 2020
Explore three national parks. Visit an incredible array of castles. And learn about ancient Celtic culture. This is our ultimate tour of Wales. Wales is an intriguing place!
Somehow this small country has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in Europe. Amazingly, 20% of the country is protected by national parks. And strangely, their national animal is a mythical dragon!
What’s more is it’s packed full of delightful coastal villages, incredible Roman ruins, and stunningly white beaches.
But most intriguing is the warm welcome you’ll experience when you travel through this wonderful country on this tour
Tour Highlights include:
- Bask in the peace and beauty of the Cotswolds villages
- Venture through the wondrously rolling hills of the Welsh borders
- Admire the mountainous landscape of Snowdonia National Park
- Explore the ramparts of Harlech Castle; built by Edward I in the 13th century.
- Wander around New Quay and wish you could move into this picturesque little town
- Walk in the footsteps of the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas
- Visit the only national park in Britain that’s dedicated to gorgeous coastline views
- Stumble upon the grand cathedral of Britain’s smallest city, St Davids
- Delve deep into history at the National History Museum and the Roman fortress at Caerleon
- Wander around the quintessential Cotswold village of Castle Combe
When you are on tour, you will travel by comfortable minibus, maximum 16 persons per tour, with an experienced driver/guide.
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Available April 2020 to October 2020
Welcome to London
Arrive at Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, where we will meet and take you to your central London hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax in London.
Overnight in London.
Cotswolds, Hay on Wye and Aberystwyth
Breakfast in the hotel, and then make your way to the central pick up point in London, where you will meet with your group leader and fellow travellers.
You leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. This area of outstanding natural beauty boasts England’s prettiest historic villages. Your friendly driver-guide ensures you get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Your first stop in Wales is Hay-on-Wye, the ‘town of books’, nestled just to the north of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The route then leads to the beautiful Elan Valley and up into the Cambrian Mountains. From there, it’s an hour or so to the beautiful seaside town and cultural centre of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights.
Snowdonia National Park
Breakfast in your accommodation.
Travel north into the mountainous Snowdonia National Park. You visit the beautiful village of Beddgelert, where you can see the grave of ‘Gelert’, the legendary dog. Later you travel to Harlech Castle. Built by King Edward I during his conquest of Wales nearly 800 years ago, this mighty fortress still stands overlooking the peaks of Snowdonia and the sea. After a fulfilling day in the mountains you return to Aberystwyth in late afternoon.
Cardigan Bay, Dinefwr Estate and Tenby
Breakfast in your accommodation.
Leaving Aberystwyth, you travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through the quaint town of Aberaeron, and to New Quay. A sumptuous sandy harbour, whitewashed houses, and connections to Dylan Thomas: this town is one of the most picturesque and interesting little towns in Britain. What’s more, is you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins and whales.
You then go inland to explore the Dinefwr Estate and its ruined castle before heading for Wales’s south coast to visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas lived for the last few years of his life and wrote the famous play “Under Milk Wood”. From here, it’s a short distance to Tenby, the small, charming seaside town that’ll be your base for two nights.
Pembrokeshire Coast and St Davids
Breakfast in your accommodation
Our last full day in Wales is spent exploring the extreme south-west. You see some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This region is stunning and was the birthplace of both the patron saint of Wales, and the Twdyr (anglicised to Tudor) royal dynasty. You travel to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and time for exploration, and you stop in the county town of Pembroke, where you can enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. From here we return once more to Tenby for a relaxed evening.
National Museum of History, Caerleon and Castle Combe
Breakfast in your accommodation.
Leaving Tenby in the morning, you begin your return journey to London. You travel past the big industrial cities of South Wales for a visit to the outdoor National Museum of History at St Fagans (public transport is available from the museum to central Cardiff for anyone who wishes to leave the tour at this point).
Next you head 2,000 years back in time with a stop at the remarkably well-preserved Roman fortress at Caerleon. From here, it’s time to say goodbye to Wales. You take the Severn Crossing back into England, where you have one final break at Castle Combe. This gorgeous Cotswold village is perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th century ironstone cottages. From here, you head back to central London.
On arrival back in Central London, make your way back to your central hotel.
Breakfast in the your London hotel.
It’s time to leave London – or maybe extend your stay for some additional nights in London.
Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Accommodation in London will be in a central 3 star standard hotel and will include English style buffet breakfast.
On tour you have the choice of either guest house / bed & breakfast accommodation or hotel accommodation (2/3 star standard).
All accommodation offers en suite bathrooms.
Entrance fees to attractions are not included in the tour, and any entrance fees must be paid locally.
|2020 A Tate of Wales||April, May & October 2020
|June to September 2020
|3 Star London & Guest house on tour||From GBP £730||From GBP £770|
|3 Star London & 2/3 star hotel on tour||From GBP £850||From GBP £889|
All prices shown are per person, and based on 2 persons travelling together and sharing one room.
Rooms for single occupancy are available and a supplement will apply – please contact us for details.
Rates are Nett and non commissionable and are available to Travel Trade only – Public rates are available on request.