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7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 1 - Cardiff - Brecon Beacons
We set off from our meeting point, a group of new travelling companions in search of the Wales of old. And we get our first glimpse of that in the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans. After a fascinating visit, we point our compasses north and take a route through the dramatic Welsh Valleys. This is the epicentre of the country's coal mining heritage and we're given an incredible insight into it as we go below ground to see a working coal mine. If that isn't enough remarkable scenery for one day, we reach the Brecon Beacons National Park and our beautiful base for the next two nights. (D)
Overnight: Bear Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 - Brecon Beacons - Wye Valley - Brecon Beacons
Centuries of history have left their mark on this remarkable landscape. And at Caerleon, our first stop toda, we see the impression the Romans made at a Legionary Fortress - one of only three permanent sites like this in the whole of Britain. Onwards through the spellbinding scenery that winds through the Wye Valley, we come to the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Tintern abbey. Another one-of-a-kind monument, it's one of Wales' greatest monastic sites. Up out of the valley we find ourselves at an award-winning vineyard. It gives us an exclusive opportunity to sample some lesser-known, yet celebrated wines, and to learn about their production. That brings us to the end of a busy day. So the evening is yours to enjoy back in Crickhowell. (B)
Overnight: Bear Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 - Brecon Beacons - Cefn Park - Conwy
Our journey takes us further north along the border regions of mid Wales. We reach Pontcysyllte Aqueduct first, the longest, highest structure of its kind in the UK and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon brings us to grand Cefn Park and a genteel hour for a spot of afternoon tea. We'll hear the stories of upstairs and downstairs life as the owners tell us tales of their ancestors, and how they unearthed and restored the estate's original Victorian kitchen. By evening, we'll have taken in staggering architecture and stately homes, so it's only right we add traditional Welsh culture to the mix. Tonight a Welsh male voice choir treats us to a performance in Llandudno. Then it's on to our Conwy hotel, where we stay for the next three nights. (B)
Overnight: The Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 - Conwy
You write your own itinerary today. You could visit Conwy Castle, the stronghold of Edward I. Or see inside Plas Mawr, a 16th century Elizabethan townhouse built for influential Welsh merchant Robert Wynn. If you feel like venturing further afield, the sea-and-sand cham of Llandudno is day-trip distance away. Then there's sublime Bodnant Garden that spans 30 acres and boasts Snowdonia as a distant backdrop - just a short taxi ride away too. If you've packed your walking boots and a little gumption, you can even hike up Conwy Mountain. (B)
Overnight: The Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 - Conwy - Caernarfon Castle - Nant Gwrytheyrn - Conwy
We turn west today and make for Caernarfon Castle, once a royal palace built for Edward I. With a commanding presence, it's easy to see why it's one of Wales' finest and most famous castles. Onwards along the stunning Lleyn Peninsula we discover the tucked away village of Nant Gwrtheyrn, now home to the fascinating Heritage Centre. We don't just stretch our legs when we get here, we flex our language skills too, with a lesson in tongue-twisting Welsh pronunciation. There's plenty of time to practice on our journey back to Conwy, which winds through Snowdonia's pretty-as-a-postcard villages. Tonight's dinner is a group affair. (B, D)
Overnight: The Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 - Conwy - Snowdonia National Park - Pembrokeshire
Today we swap mini-coach for a narrow gauge railway - one of the first of its kind. This memorable journey will carry us back in time as we trundle along in an elegant carriage through spectacular Snowdonia National Park, with glorious coastline, mountains, rivers and ancient woodlands framed by the window. When we climb aboard our mini-coach once again, we continue along the back roads of Ceredigion, tracing the shoreline as we go. Our destination is Pembrokeshire and an elegant country estate - perfect for our final night and dinner together. (B, D)
Overnight: Hammet House (or similar)

Day 7 - Pembrokeshire - St Davids - Cardiff
We finish by voyaging along the west coast of Wales, taking in Pembrokeshire's heart-stealing scenery. Then we swap seashore style for city chic - with a difference. St Davids, Britain's smallest city, is our last stop of the week. It was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II, all because of its cathedral, so it's only right we stop by to take a look. From the gatehouse to the cloisters, 1500 years of history are held within these walls. After our visit, there's time to pick up some final souvenirs with free time in St Davids, before we return to Cardiff. (B)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off
This tour commences from Clayton Hotel Cardiff, St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1GD at 9.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
The tour finishes at 5:30pm at Clayton Hotel Cardiff, St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1GD.

         
    2017    
         
    Departure : April - September, 2017  
         
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Jun 04, 11, 18 $3,025 $3,470
    Jul 02, 16 $3,025 $3,470
    Aug 06, 13, 20, 27 $3,025 $3,470
    Sep 03, 10, 17, 24 $3,025 $3,470
Inclusions:
  • 6 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Full Welsh breakfast daily (B)
  • Three evening meals (D)
  • One afternoon tea at Cefn Park
  • A Welsh wine tasting experience
  • Entrance fee included to: Cadw Explorer Pass, St Fagans National History Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Caerleon Castle, Nant Gwrtheyrn, Caernarfon Castle and St Davids Cathedral.
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