The Best of Wales Tour from London - Six Days

6 Days, 5 Nights
YOU'LL VISIT: Cardiff, Snowdonia National Park, St Davids, the Pembrokshire Coast, Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle, Big Pit Coal Museum, Elan Valley, St Fagans, Oxford and more!

Join us on this small-group Best of Wales tour from London where we’ll explore Welsh history and absorb beautiful scenery. During this tour to Wales you’ll see stunning landscapes in Snowdonia & Pembrokeshire, visit magnificent castles, discover Welsh industrial history and spend time in the cities of Cardiff & St Davids… 

  • Explore the best of Cardiff and Wales in six days
  • Small-groups guaranteed. This means small group numbers, a more personal experience and more time off the minibus to explore
  • Tours are led by a friendly Driver-Guide. Full minibus transportation and five-nights accommodation is included
  • Options to leave the tour in Cardiff, Oxford and Heathrow
  • Spend time in Cardiff, the Welsh capital city, and St Davids; Wales’ smallest city and the home of the nation’s patron saint
  • Absorb breathtaking scenery in Wales’ three national parks: Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire Coast
  • Discover Wales’ past, with visits to St Fagans National Museum of History and the Big Pit National Coal Museum
  • Marvel at the history of some magnificent Welsh fortresses including Harlech, Pembroke and Chepstow Castle’s
  • Covid-19 Ready – social distancing, protective wear and hygiene measures apply to this tour. Click here to learn more.

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This tour includes:

Minibus Transportation
Small-Groups Guaranteed
Five-Nights Accommodation
Friendly Driver-Guide

Departure Details

When?

Departs Every Sunday

Where?

Mercure Kensington Hotel

What Time?

Departs at 9am

(Check-in at 8.45am)

Tour Itinerary

Day One

Avebury, Tintern Abbey & Chepstow Castle

Our Best of Wales tour from London begins by departing London to the west, and on our way to Wales we’ll stop in at the charming village of Avebury; home to the largest stone circle in the world. The village is set amongst the stone circle itself, making for a quirky scene where…

Our Best of Wales tour from London begins by departing London to the west, and on our way to Wales we’ll stop in at the charming village of Avebury; home to the largest stone circle in the world. The village is set amongst the stone circle itself, making for a quirky scene where you can get close to the stones, and even touch them. After a short stop it won’t be long before we’re crossing over the Severn Bridge and entering Wales. Our first stop is Chepstow Castle, the oldest castle in a country that is known as the ‘castle capital of the world’. Set on the cliffs above the River Wye, the castle dates back to the year 1067 and was constructed by the Normans shortly after they had invaded Britain. Given its location only a short distance from England, Chepstow Castle was one of the most important fortresses in Wales. After time to visit the castle and have lunch we’ll travel to the iconic ruins of Tintern Abbey. Founded by Cistercian monks in the early 12th century, Tintern was once the most powerful Abbey in the nation and the remaining ruins are both historic & romantic. Whilst here there will be ample time to explore before we travel to Cardiff, where we’ll spend the first night of the tour.

DAY TWO

Big Pit Coal Museum, Brecon Beacons & Elan Valley

This morning we’ll depart Cardiff city centre and travel north to our first stop, Big Pit National Coal Museum. Big Pit is a celebration of the Coal Industry in South Wales and one of the leading mining museums in Britain. There’s a lot to see and do, and we’ll have ample time…

This morning we’ll depart Cardiff city centre and travel north to our first stop, Big Pit National Coal Museum. Big Pit is a celebration of the Coal Industry in South Wales and one of the leading mining museums in Britain. There’s a lot to see and do, and we’ll have ample time to take-in the exhibitions which tell the the history of Wales’ industrial past and the option to take an underground tour into one of the actual mines. Next, absorb the beautiful scenery as we journey across Brecon Beacons National Park, with the Black mountains to the east, as we make our way to the traditional market town of Brecon, where we’ll stop for lunch. This afternoon we continue north through the heart of Wales towards the Elan Valley, an area of spectacular landscapes and Victorian engineering.  We’ll stop in at the isolated visitor centre and enjoy a 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.

DAY THREE

Snowdonia National Park

Today is all about absorbing the history and beauty of Snowdonia National Park; home to some of the most stunning scenery in Britain. This morning we travel north through the Welsh countryside and it won’t be long before we cross into Snowdonia itself. Covering 823 square miles…

Today is all about absorbing the history and beauty of Snowdonia National Park; home to some of the most stunning scenery in Britain. This morning we travel north through the Welsh countryside and it won’t be long before we cross into Snowdonia itself. Covering 823 square miles, this is Wales’ largest National Park, home to mountains, valleys and charming villages. It is area that provides the sights and sounds of ‘real’ Wales; more than half of the local population in this region speak Welsh. We’ll spend the day travelling through the heart of the region, with a number of stops along the way. In the foothills of Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak, we’ll visit the picturesque village of Beddgelert, with its riverside craft, tea shops, and the ‘grave’ of the legendary hound ‘Gelert’ after which the village is named. We’ll also make the short journey to the coast, where we’ll stop in at Harlech Castle, one of Edward I’s ring of magnificent 13th Century medieval fortresses around North Wales. At the end of the afternoon following a full day exploring Snowdonia we’ll return to Aberystwyth for our second night in the town.

DAY FOUR

Pembrokeshire Coast, St Davids City & Pembroke Castle

Our adventure continues and today we’ll explore the south-westernmost corner of Wales. Departing Aberystwyth we’ll begin by travelling along the coast towards the tiny harbour town of New Quay. With it’s multi-coloured cottages and sandy beaches, the town has connections…

Our adventure continues and today we’ll explore the south-westernmost corner of Wales. Departing Aberystwyth we’ll begin by travelling along the coast towards the tiny harbour town of New Quay. With it’s multi-coloured cottages and sandy beaches, the town has connections with Dylan Thomas, probably Wales’ most famous 20th century poet, and from the quay here you can often spot pods of Dolphins. Next, we continue south, passing the Presili Hills into Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, before arriving in Britain’s smallest city; St Davids. Despite its size the city is home to a magnificent cathedral, sited next to the Bishop’s Palace which was 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. After exploring the city we’ll travel to 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 it’s time to make the short journey to the popular seaside town of Tenby. The evening is free to enjoy this charming harbour town, and this is where we’ll spend the night.

DAY FIVE

St Fagans, Cardiff Bay & Cardiff

This morning we depart Tenby and travel to St Fagans National Museum of History, a fantastic, free open-air museum which captures a huge range of Welsh history in one place. We’ll have plenty of time here as there is much to do and see. Set in 100-acres of parkland in the…

This morning we depart Tenby and travel to St Fagans National Museum of History, a fantastic, free open-air museum which captures a huge range of Welsh history in one place. We’ll have plenty of time here as there is much to do and see. Set in 100-acres of parkland in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, there are more than fifty original re-constructed buildings from across Wales, showing different periods of Welsh architecture. There are also beautiful gardens, native breeds of livestock in the fields, workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills and much more. After ample time at St Fagans, we’ll make the short journey to the modern area of Cardiff Bay, where we’ll have some lunch. Cardiff Bay was formerly the city docklands and once the largest coal-trading port in the world. Now regenerated, it is home to the Welsh parliament, the Millenium Centre, an international sports village and the BBC’s home of Doctor Who. By mid-afternoon we’ll travel into the centre of historic Cardiff, where you can wander through the streets of old Cardiff and perhaps visit the National Museum, Cardiff Castle or the Principality Stadium, sporting home of Wales’ national game, Rugby. Tonight we spend the final night of our tour in Cardiff.

DAY SIX

Oxford & the Cotswolds

The final day of our Best of Wales tour from London begins by departing Cardiff and making the short journey to Caerleon. Here we’ll take a short stop where you can visit the only Roman fortress in Wales; featuring an amphitheatre, museum, barracks and Roman Bath complex…

The final day of our Best of Wales tour from London begins by departing Cardiff and making the short journey to Caerleon. Here we’ll take a short stop where you can visit the only Roman fortress in Wales; featuring an amphitheatre, museum, barracks and Roman Bath complex. Next, its time to cross the border back into England, where our journey takes us into the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Cotswolds is the quintessentially British countryside; famed for its rolling hills and sheep farming scenes. We’ll meander along country lanes, passing farmlands and quaint cottages as we make our way to Cirencester, a place affectionately known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. This town was the second most important Roman settlement and is located in the geographic centre of the Cotswolds. Here, we can explore the quaint streets, historic church and have some lunch. This afternoon we continue east to the ‘city of dreaming spires’, Oxford. Home to one of the world’s great universities, Oxford is a centre of education with Alumni that includes: JRR Tolkien, Stephen Hawking & Bill Clinton. Whilst here you can see the iconic Radcliffe Camera, Bodlean library and visit Christchurch College, where you’ll find the hall that inspired the Great Hall of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. After plenty of time exploring Oxford it’s time to return to London where our Welsh adventure 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.

Tour Summary

Tour: The Best of Wales Tour From London

Includes: Full minibus transportation, services of knowledgeable Driver-Guide, five-nights accommodation (choose B&B or Hotel)

Extras: Meals (except breakfast), entry to attractions

From £630 pp
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