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.
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.
The bustling 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 Szechwan 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.
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 suggestions while you are in Tenby or make your own choices during your stay here.
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).
The Hilton Cardiff (4*) has a city-center location, just 5 minutes' drive from the rail station and 30 minutes from the airport. Bringing together some of the most diverse British and Italian talents for a recent April 2014 renovation of all guestrooms provided a bespoke design evolution to this premier hotel. Situated near a number of attractions such as Millennium Stadium and Millennium Centre, Hilton Cardiff Hotel offers beautifully styled rooms and the largest bathrooms of any hotel in Cardiff. The strength of the Hilton brand, the hotel's history in the city center and constantly delivering an updated offering provides guests with the perfect combination of heritage and innovation. You can expect a warm welcome and attentive service in the heart of the Welsh capital at the Hilton Cardiff.
Elm Grove is an elegant, award winning, family run Georgian Country House Bed and Breakfast. Set among 20 acres of lawns, gardens and fields located 3 miles from Tenby; it’s just a short drive from some of Pembrokeshire's best beaches, coastal paths and attractions. Guests can experience a tasteful mix of marble fireplaces, chandeliers, panelled doorways and large picture windows in this beautiful location. The unique character of this country house and its peaceful surroundings become clear immediately. It is just a 250 yard walk down a tree lined drive to the picturesque village of St. Florence. The properties easy access to nearby amenities including a local shop, parks and 2 public houses only adds to the elegance.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
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We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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