Join us on a five-day tour of Wales where we'll explore the history and beauty of the 'land of song'. During this small-group tour to Wales you'll absorb stunning scenery in National Parks, see historic castles, visit the cities of Cardiff & St Davids plus much more...
This tour starts & finishes at the Mercure Kensington Hotel, London.
Tours are fully-guided by our knowledgable Tour Leaders, and include minibus transportation & four-nights accommodation
Small-groups mean you will get a more personalised tour with more time off of the minibus to explore
Option to leave the tour in Cardiff or at Heathrow Airport
Visit the Welsh captial city Cardiff, and also the country’s smallest city St Davids; the home of the Wales' patron saint
Absorb breathtaking scenery in Wales’ three national parks: Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire Coast
Marvel at the history of some magnificent Welsh castles including Harlech Castle, Pembroke Castle and Carreg Cennon
Discover Wales' industrial past, with visits to a traditional Welsh woollen mill and the Big Pit National Coal Museum
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Our Highlights of Wales tours start and end at the Mercure London Kensington Hotel, which is a five minutes walk from Earls Court station. Your tour begins at 9.00am on the morning of departure, but please arrive at at least 15 minutes before.
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The Cotswolds, Raglan Castle & the Big Pit Coal Museum
Our Highlights of Wales tour begins by departing London and travelling west towards the Cotswolds; a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty famed for its rolling hills and sheep farming...
Our Highlights of Wales tour begins by departing London and travelling west towards the Cotswolds; a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty famed for its rolling hills and sheep farming scenes. As we meander through the countryside we’ll stop in at Burford, a quaint market town that typifies the Cotswolds with its charming buildings and history of wool trading. Next, it’s time head into the Welsh borderlands, known as the ‘marches’, before crossing over into Wales. Our first stop in the ‘land of song’ is the imposing Raglan Castle, which dates back to the fourteenth century. Built as a statment of power by Sir William ap Thomas, construction began in 1430, making it one of the last castles to be built in Wales. Ascend the iconic Great Tower for some panoramic views in a castle that was a childhood home of King Henry VII. Next we’ll make the short journey to our afternoon stop; the Big Pit National Coal Museum, one of the leading mining museums in Britain and a celebration of Coal Mining in South Wales. There’s much to do and see here, including exhibitions where you can learn about the history of Wales’ industrial past, and the possibility to take an underground tour. As leave Big Pit we'll absorb some beautiful scenery as we cross the Brecon Beacons and travel towards the town of Brecon, where we'll spend the first night of the tour.
Carreg Cennen, Dinefwr, Elan Valley & Devil's Bridge
We begin our second day by absorbing the beautiful scenery of Brecon Beacons National Park as we travel to our first stop, Carreg Cennen. This is a castle with a...
We begin our second day by absorbing the beautiful scenery of Brecon Beacons National Park as we travel to our first stop, Carreg Cennen. This is a castle with a spectacular location atop a limestone cliff, and perhaps you’ll find the secret underground passage whilst exploring the grounds. Next we travel to our main stop of the day; Dinefwr, a magnificent estate with both a Welsh Castle and Country House; perhaps the Downton Abbey of Wales. Here you can wander through the extensive parklands, see wild deer and have a traditional Welsh lunch of Cawl & Bara Brith. This afternoon we’ll head north through the heart of Wales towards the Elan Valley, an area of stunning landscapes and Victorian engineering. This terrain is defined by magnificent dams and beautiful wilderness which shows off Wales at its best. Traversing through the Cambrian hills, we’ll arrive at our next stop, Devil’s Bridge, where, if legend is to be believed, on his first visit to Wales the devil was outwitted by an old Welsh lady. Now it’s time to descend into the picturesque seaside town of Aberystwyth; the ‘capital’ of Welsh-speaking Wales, where we will spend the next two nights.
Snowdonia, Harlech Castle & Aberystwyth
This morning we continue our journey towards North Wales, promptly crossing into Snowdonia National Park, where we’ll travel through more beautiful scenery. In the foothills of Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest...
This morning we continue our journey towards North Wales, promptly crossing into Snowdonia National Park, where we’ll travel through more beautiful scenery. In the foothills of Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak, we’ll stop at the picturesque village of Beddgelert, with its riverside craft and tea shops, not to mention the ‘grave’ of the legendary hound ‘Gelert’ after which the village is named. Next we’ll make the short journey to the coast, where we’ll visit Harlech Castle, one of Edward I’s ring of magnificent 13th Century medieval fortresses around North Wales. Whilst exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site you can have lunch, and from the castle ramparts there are breathtaking mountain and seascape views. From here we’ll travel back down the coast to Aberystwyth in time for you to check out the seafront esplanade and castle, or perhaps take a journey on the Victorian Cliff Railway up Constitution Hill for some panoramic views of the town.
Pembrokshire Coast, St Davids City & Pemroke Castle
Today we explore the south-westernmost corner of Wales and we’ll begin by departing Aberyswyth and travelling down the coast towards the tiny harbour town of New Quay. With it multi-coloured...
Today we explore the south-westernmost corner of Wales and we’ll begin by departing Aberyswyth and travelling down the coast towards the tiny harbour town of New Quay. With it multi-coloured cottages and sandy beaches, the town has connections with probably Wales’ most famous 20th century poet, Dylan Thomas, and from the quay you can often spot pods of dolphins. Next we continue south, passing the Presili Hills, into Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, where we’ll stop at Abercastle. Here you can visit visit a working Welsh woollen mill; view the chattering looms close up, wonder at the rotating waterwheel, browse high quality mill products in the shop or sample the local fare. Our next stop is Britain’s smallest city; St Davids. Despite its size the city is home to a magnificent cathedral sited next to the Bishop’s Palace, founded by Wales’ patron saint, St David. Inside the cathedral are the tombs of many influential medieval knights, as well as a shrine to St David himself. Our last stop today is Pembroke; a town dominated by one of the largest and most important castles in Anglo-Welsh history. Take a wander around the picturesque Castle Pond, but as you do beware of the infamous ‘Mr Nasty’ swan who lives here. Now we'll travel to the charming seaside town of Tenby, where we'll spend the last night of the tour.
Cardiff & Avebury
The final day of our tour of Wales begins by departing Tenby and heading straight towards the capital of Wales; Cardiff where there'll be a chance to see different parts...
The final day of our tour of Wales begins by departing Tenby and heading straight towards the capital of Wales; Cardiff where there'll be a chance to see different parts of this cosmopolitan city. The now modern Cardiff Bay area was formerly the city docklands and once the largest coal-trading port in the world. Now regenerated, it is home to the Sennedd, the Welsh parliament, the Millenium Centre, and the BBC’s home of Doctor Who. In the centre of ‘old’ Cardiff you’ll see the National Museum, Cardiff Castle and the Principality Stadium; sporting home of Wales' national game, Rugby. After time to explore and have lunch, we’ll head away from Cardiff and towards the border, before crossing the immense bridge over the Severn estuary that defines the English-Welsh border. AS we travel eastwards our final stop is at the charming village of Avebury, home to the largest stone circle in the world. These stones are a designated UNSECO World Heritage Site, and much of the village is actually set within the stone circle itself, meaning you can get close to the stones and even touch them. Now it’s time to return to London, where our tour of Wales concludes.
This tour ends at the Mercure Kensington Hotel at approximately 6.30pm. If traffic conditions allow it may be possible to do an additional stop on Bath Road, Heathrow, for those staying in the Heathrow Airport area.
Includes: Full minibus transportation, services of professional Tour Leader, four-nights accommodation
Extras: Meals (except breakfast), entry to attractions