Wales



If you would like a custom tour of Wales designed specifically for you, then information can be found on the Trip Planning page.

DISCOVER WALES

6-Nights with 5 days of touring and 2 independent nights in London (pre/post)

Itinerary

Day 01: London
Arrive London. Transfer to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy London on your own. (Please note: hotel check-in is generally between 2 pm and 4 pm. If you are arriving into London early - the hotel should be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 02: Aberystwyth
Make your own way to the London departure point by 9 am (unless optional transfer was purchased at time of booking). Depart from London at 9:15 am. Departing London, the road north west takes us through the Cotswold's, an area of outstanding beauty that has been unchanged in many ways for hundreds of years. Following a lunch break, we travel west through the Welsh Marches, the borderlands between England and Wales, marked out by the ancient Offa's Dyke. The route then leads into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful Elan Valley, from where pure Welsh water is supplied to the distant City of Birmingham. Leaving here in the late afternoon, it is just an hour or so to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, our base for the next two (2) nights. You will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Day 03: Aberystwyth
Traveling north, our first stop of the day is in the ancient market town of Machynlleth, the gateway to the mountainous region of the Snowdonia National Park. We then head for the beautiful mountain village of Beddgelert, the resting place of a legendary hound, ‘Gelert', and the nearby copper mine, no longer working but open to visitors. We travel on to Porthmadog, home of the Ffestingog light railway, and over the Cob causeway before reaching the castle at Harlech, one of Edward I's masterpieces of medieval military architecture, and part of a set of similar castles which that ring the north Wales coastline. We return to Aberystwyth in late afternoon.

Day 04: Tenby
Leaving Aberystwyth, we travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay, through the pretty little planned town of Aberaeron to New Quay, with its charming sandy harbour containing fishing boats and its connections with Dylan Thomas. From the breakwater wall you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins or whales out in the bay. We continue inland to Carreg Cennen Castle, home to the Welsh princes of Deheubarth and later a stronghold of King Edward I. Explore the castle and learn more about the great period of castle building that helped to consolidate the English kings claim on Wales. Later, we head for the coast again at Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play “Under Milk Wood.” From here, it's a short distance to Tenby, the small, picturesque seaside town that will be our base for two (2) nights.

Day 05: Pembrokeshire
Our last full day in Wales is spent exploring the extreme south west of the country, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This region was the birthplace of both the patron saint of Wales, St. David, and the Twdyr (anglicised to Tudor) royal dynasty. After stopping in the county town of Pembroke itself, with yet another fabulous castle, you will travel on to the tiny cathedral city of St. David's for lunch and time to explore this magical place. In the afternoon, we return to Tenby to explore this colourful town, with its beachside Georgian Houses, cobbled alleys, and 13th century medieval town walls. Overnight in Tenby.

Day 06: Tenby - London
Leaving Tenby in the morning, we begin our return journey to London. We pick up the motorway, taking us past the big, industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, for a visit to St. Fagan's Outdoor National History Museum (an optional drop-off for anyone wanting end the tour in Cardiff is available). Afterwards, we head back in time 2000 years with a stop at the remarkably well-preserved Roman Fortress at Caerleon. From here, sadly it is time to leave Wales behind and head back across the Severn Estuary bridge into England. We will take one final break at Castle Combe, a quintessentially Cotswold village, where you can stroll amongst ironstone cottages dating back to the 16th Century. Arrive back in London at approximately 7:30 pm. Make your own way back to your pre-booked London hotel.

Day 07: London - US
After breakfast, check out of your London hotel. A transfer to the airport is included that will collect you from your hotel to the airport. We welcome your feedback on your return home.

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