Explore Western Wales in the company of a knowledgeable driver-guide and discover the natural beauty of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and the St. David's Peninsula. The rugged western coastline provides dramatic seascapes and has many heritage sites and towns of interest dotted throughout the countryside.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
You will be provided with a welcome pack upon arrival which will include your vouchers, and itinerary as well as additional information such as city maps and train tickets (as relevant).
The bussling capital city of Wales has lots of sights of interest such as Cardiff Castle, the Civic Centre, the Millennium Centre and stadium, and the exciting new developments of Cardiff Bay, including Cardiff Bay Barrage. Throughout the city, there are a range of theatres, galleries, museums, arts and live music venues. Enjoy time at leisure discovering the sights and places that are of particular interest to you.
There are lots of restaurant options to choose from both in Cardiff city centre as well as Cardiff bay. If you like Italian cuisine, you may like to try Positano's (9-10 Church Street tel: 029 2023 5810) or Giovanni's (38 The Hayes, tel: 029 2022 0077) which has a great family atmosphere and an impressive array of barolo's and Chianti's. Alternatively, consider Bullys - (5 Romilly Crescent, tel: 029 2022 1905). Bully’s uses seasonal produce from Welsh providers, complemented by a unique French wine list sourced from small, passionate growers. If you feel like venturing outside of the city and to Cardiff Bay, consider Woods Brasserie - a contemporary restaurant situated within the iconic pilotage building of Cardiff Bay. The restaurant has a modern conservatory style dining room, a comfortable bar area and a balcony offering views of Cardiff Bay. (Pilotage Building, Stuart Street tel: 02920 492 400). Another option in Cardigan Bay is the Pearl of the Orient, situated in the opulent surroundings of Cardiff Bay's mermaid quay development. The restaurant offers the first Cantonese, Peking, Malaysian and swechwan cuisine in Cardiff in a contemporary, relaxed surrounding. (Mermaid Quay, tel: 029 2049 8080). Of course, you may simply like to take a stroll through the city centre and decide what catches your fancy this evening.
The Hilton Cardiff (4*) has a city-center location, just 5 minutes' drive from the rail station and 30 minutes from the airport, and offers wireless internet access in public spaces. Sample modern Welsh cooking at the Hilton Cardiff hotel's Razzi restaurant or graze on tapas accompanied by a specialty cocktail at Steam° bar. Go shopping or visit nearby Cardiff attractions like Cardiff Castle and the striking Millennium Center. The Gower Peninsula and Brecon National Park are less than an hour's drive away. From Hilton Guest Rooms to Junior Suites, all Hilton Cardiff hotel rooms have high-speed internet access. Executive Rooms offer Executive Lounge access.
Leave Cardiff this morning in the company of your knowledgeable driver-guide and private vehicle as you make your way towards Tenby along the South Pembrokeshire coast. Along the western tip of Carmarthenshire, you'll arrive at the ancient town of Laugharne, with its 12th century castle once painted by Turner. The town is synonymous with Wales' best known and celbrated poet - Dylan Thomas. Follow in the great poet’s footsteps and visit The Boat House, where Dylan lived and worked.
From here, continue along the particularly scenic coastal road towards Tenby, which hugs the South Pembrokeshire coastline, occasionally offering glimpses of this popular Victorian seaside resort and the island of Caldey, home to a Reformed Order of Cistercian monks who welcome visitors to their tranquil retreat. A monastic presence has existed at Caldey since it was first settled by Celtic monks in the 6th Century.
Then take in the dramatic views along this dramatic part of The South Pembrokeshire Coast, which has many special features of interest. Photographers, birdwatchers, walkers, climbers, geologists, historians, artists and anthropologists have all been drawn to this most scenic and interesting of areas. Take a short walk to St. Govan's Chapel, one of the wonders of South Pembrokeshire, a remarkable 6th Century hermit's chapel, named after the hermit and saint who lived there. Nearby you can view the dramatic coastline - the chasm of Huntsman's Leap, the sea stacks at Stack Rocks and the rock arch of The Green Bridge of Wales. (Access to St. Govan's Chapel and The Green Bridge of Wales is dependent on access via M.O.D. tank range)A drive to Freshwater West, takes in the village of Castlemartin, whose church houses an organ once owned by Mendelssohn. Enjoy a stop at the hamlet of Carew, where most conspicuously stands its magnificent riverside castle, with an 11th Century Celtic Cross.At days end you'll arrive at your accommodation in Tenby. (includes entrances to sights mentioned).
Restaurant suggestions in Tenby include Plantaganet - The Tudor Merchants House, Bay Tree and Blue Ball. Tenby's oldest building, tucked away in an alley, houses its most atmospheric restaurant- Plantaganet - The Tudor Merchants House, and is dominated by an immense Tudor chimney-hearth (no less than 6m wide). It's a good place for a romantic, candle-lit dinner, the menu ranging from seafood to organic beef. The lunch menu, which includes mussels, battered cod and chips, and bangers and mash, is good value. Bay Tree is a local restaurant which serves locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish and has a set menu and specials board available all week. Situated in historic Tenby, the Blue Ball (Upper Frog Street tel: 01834 843038) sources ingredients from the finest local suppliers, many of whom have won national awards for their produce. As you would expect of a seaside resort, seafood and fish is in abundance and this is used to create many imaginative and fresh dishes, which change often, according to what's in season and in the markets. Try out one of these restaurant sugegstions while you are in Tenby or make your own choices during your stay here.
Hotel Panorama (4*) overlooks Tenby’s golden South Beach and has magnificent sea views towards Caldey Island. With free Wi-Fi, the hotel also offers delicious breakfasts and cosy bedrooms. Set in a Victorian terrace, the traditional bedrooms at Panorama are individually decorated. All eight rooms feature tea and coffee facilities, a hairdryer and digital TV. All have a private bathroom with free toiletries.
Enjoy the day today as you please as you stay in Tenby. Your driver-guide is at your disposal for the day.
Spend the day in the company of your knowledgeable driver-guide with your private vehicle at your disposal today. Start the day by visiting the ancient borough of Pembroke, a small but charming walled town, which was built around the great fortress of Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII. Enjoy the views as you are driven along the Heritage Coast which stretches 50 miles, following the rugged contours of St. David's Peninsula from St. Brides Bay to Fishguard. Composed of low, gentle hills, but strewn with jagged rocks below sharp cliffs, with treacherous tides and strong winds common companions, the magnificent coastline of the St David's Peninsula in the far West of Wales with sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, coves and harbours. At Newgale Sands, you can take in the broad expanse of sand exposed to the Atlantic gales and Solva, and a picturesque village built around a fine natural harbour where there was once a direct passenger service to New York!
Enjoy time at St. Davids, a favourite location of artists, tavellers and pilgrims, and the smallest city in the United Kingdom, with a population of just over 1600. St. Davids' Cathedral is a magnificent building , situated in a grassy depression below the city. Adjacent to the cathedral stands the magnificent ruins of the medieval Bishop's Palace, built by Bishops Beck and Gower around the beginning of the fourteenth century. The Cathedral and Bishop's Palace are marvels of medieval architecture, all the more striking for the remarkable tranquillity of this remote setting.
Absorb the great coastal views along the St Non's bay and consider stretching your legs with a short walk on the Pembrokeshire coastal walk before being returned to Cardiff at days end. (includes all entrances to sights mentioned).
Wales is one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom.It has the same immigration and visa requirements as the rest of the UK. U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 6 months for tourist purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa that can be obtained from the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate where the applicant legally resides. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore its best that you check with the British Embassy for the most up to date visa information.
Health insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/united-kingdom.aspx
COUNTRY INFOCapital: CardiffGovernment: Constitutional monarchy. Language: Thre official languages are Welsh and EnglishReligion: Predominantly Christian and Roman Catholic. Islam is the largest non-Christian religion. There are sizable Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jewish minorities. Time: GMT (UTC0)Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard. Telephone: Country code +44. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in rural areas. Internet: There are Internet cafes and centers in most urban areas.
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