Departs from London as follows:
Mondays - April 2 to October 22, 2018
Five days to explore the best of Wales, a land of historic castles, dramatic mountains, beautiful coastal scenery and fascinating Celtic Culture. This tour takes you to three National Parks, a huge variety of scenic countryside spots and some of the finest historical attractions in the country. If you want to get a real feel for Wales and its intriguing mix of landscapes, history, culture and friendly people then this is the tour for you.
Stay 2 nights in the coastal University town of Aberystwyth and 2 nights in the seaside resort of Tenby
DEPARTURE FROM LONDON: Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH. If coming on foot access is through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH.
The tour departs at 9:15am and returns at approx. 7:30pm on Day 5.
Cotswolds & the Welsh Marches
Departing London the road north west takes you through the Cotswold’s, an area of outstanding beauty that is unchanged in many ways for hunderds of years. Following lunch you will 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 centre of Aberystwyth where you will spend the next 2 nights.
OVERNIGHT - Aberystwyth
Snowdonia National Park
Travelling 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. You will 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. You will return to Aberystwyth in late afternoon
OVERNIGHT - Aberystwyth
Dylan Thomas & Carreg Cennen Castle
Leaving Aberystwyth we travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through the pretty little planned town of Aberaeron to New Quay with its a 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 1. 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 your base for 2 nights.
OVERNIGHT - Tenby
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 Davids for lunch and time to explore this magical place. In the afternoon we return to Tenby for an afternoon exploring this colourful town with it’s beachside Georgian Houses, Cobbled Alleys and 13th century Medieval town walls.
OVERNIGHT - Tenby
Caerleon & Castle Combe
Leaving Tenby in the morning, you begin your 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 Fagans 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. Your driver/guide will aim to have you back in Central London by around 7.30pm.
- Welsh Borderlands and the Cambrian Mountains
- Snowdonia National Park
- Harlech Castle
- New Quay and Cardigan Bay
- Laugharne and its Dylan Thomas connections
- Pembrokeshire Coast National Park & the Presili Hills
- St David’s – Britain’s smallest city
- Castle Coombe
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
- Services of a professional local driver/guide
- 4 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full English breakfast daily