Wales is a land of mystery and delight. It is perhaps the closest of all of Britain’s regions to its Celtic roots. On your multi day small group tour of Wales around this fascinating Principality, take in the major sites and learn about Welsh history, language, culture, and industry, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Small group tours depart typically every 2nd Sunday from April 26 - October 4, 2015, and are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants. In general, the maximum group size is 16.
Consider adding additional days to your trip with the services of a private guide and/or driver to see more of the country - your time on either side of your small group tour can be customized to suit your needs (and private guided tours can be added throughout your small group experience as desired.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a private walking tour today with your local guide. Your guide will pick you up at your centrally located hotel and show you the sites. Walk through the green heart of Cardiff and enjoy the history, geography and architecture of this vibrant and dynamic Capital City. Cardiff Bay offers the visitor to the Welsh Capital a glimpse into Cardiff's historical past, present and future. See the shipping headquarters, once used by the founding family of Cardiff - The Butes, now alongside the modern iconic Wales Millennium Centre, which has captured the imagination of the Welsh people and is recognised on an international stage.
The state of the art Welsh Assembly Government building, Y Senydd, is situated in a prime position on the waterfront. Y Senedd is completely transparent at the public level, a testament to the Welsh Government's philosophy of openness and transparency. This half day walking tour allows you to become familiar with features such as: The Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay Barrage, Mermaid Quay, Y Senydd, Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff Bay's Public Art.
Transfer to the small group meeting point using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Meet your small group and local guide at 9:30am this morning in Cardiff (Maldron Hotel, St. Mary's Street, Cardiff, CF10 1GD, UK) and depart for your multi day small group tour. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
Your tour begins this morning in the Welsh capital, Cardiff. Depart for a panoramic tour of the Cardiff Bay area before visiting the National History Museum of Wales at St. Fagans, which offers a fantastic insight to Welsh heritage. Heading north you will pass the dramatic Caerphilly Castle in the region known as the Welsh Valleys, home to Wales’s former coal mining industry. At the Big Pit, one of Britain’s leading mining museums, you will have the chance to go down a real mine and learn more about the history of the industry in Wales.
Then travel into the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park to your accommodation base in Crickhowell.
This morning you journey south from Crickhowell to enjoy some Roman history at Caerleon – the site of one of Britain’s three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses. Then drive to the beautiful Wye Valley where you will stop at Tintern, home to the Abbey that inspired Wordsworth’s famous poem, "Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey".
This afternoon you'll get to travel up the steep valley side, to learn about the United Kingdom’s growing wine industry as you stop at an award winning vineyard.
Enjoy an evening at leisure tonight in Crickhowell.
Bid farewell to the Brecon Beacons this morning and travel north through the border regions of Mid Wales stopping at Abbey Cwm Hir Hall, a gothic-style stately Victorian home with 12 acres of beautiful gardens and passing the impressive Froncysyllte Aqueduct, the longest and highest in the United Kingdom.
Later today you will enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at Cefn Park, where the owners of this country estate will tell you the fascinating story of how they unearthed and restored the original below stairs Victorian kitchen.
After check-in at your hotel in Conwy, you will head to Llandudno for some evening entertainment in the form of a traditional Male Voice Choir concert.
Today you have a day at leisure in the medieval walled town of Conwy. Particularly recommend is a visit to Conwy Castle, originally built by Edward I between 1283 and 1287. You may also wish to take a short trip to the pleasant seaside resort of Llandudno or a local taxi to Bodnant Garden.
This morning you will leave Conwy and head west to Caernarfon Castle. Built by Edward I as a Royal Palace, in the 13th century, it is probably the most famous castle in Wales and its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest.
This afternoon travel along the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula to the Heritage Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn where you will get to enjoy a short talk on the ancient Welsh language. You will also have the chance to learn a few words in this notoriously difficult to pronounce language for yourself and enjoy a welsh tea!
Later, travel through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park to your hotel where you will enjoy dinner with the rest of your fellow travellers.
Today, depart south towards St David’s, Britain’s smallest city. Along the way, make a stop in Aberaeron, a charming regency town set along the mouth of the Aeron River and Castell Henllys and nestled deep in the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park. This unique Iron Age hill fort recreated with fantastic replica Iron Age roundhouses, has been built right on top of the excavated remains of an existing hill fort, dating back 2,400 years. Visit St. David’s, which was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II because of the presence of the cathedral.
This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner together with your fellow travellers.
Continue your journey around the west coast of Wales this morning as you head into the beautiful coastal county of Pembrokeshire. Your guide will give you a choice of places to stop along the way including Tenby, an attractive walled seaside town.
Return to Cardiff where your small group tour ends.
Your Small Group Tour ends this afternoon upon arrival in Cardiff at Maldron Hotel, St. Mary's Street, Cardiff, CF10 1GD,at approximately 5.30pm. Bid farewell to your Guide and fellow travellers as you close the chapter on this part of your travels.
The Radisson Blu Hotel (4*) is located in the city centre of Cardiff and affords guests access to exciting attractions, thriving commercial districts and lively nightlife. Sporting a stunning glass and metal exterior and streamlined décor, this premier accommodation boasts modern design inside and out. 215 rooms and suites at this Cardiff hotel feature bold design, city views and high-quality amenities. The Filini Restaurant offers innovative Italian cuisine served in a contemporary atmosphere.
Welcome to The Bear, a hotel 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 Britains most beautiful wilderness areas, you'll find some of the finest walks in Britain with the Beacons themselves and The Black Mountains right on your doorstep.
Please note that your hotel may be the above or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.
The 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. The hotels 28 bedrooms to AA and Visit Wales exacting 4 Star Town House standards with a 'boutiquey' feel. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, including the newly improved Dawsons Bar and new Courtyard.
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