Discover Wales
5 day tour

  • Welsh castle
  • Cardigan Bay
  • Shakespeare's home
  • Stratford upon Avon

Explore three national parks. Visit an incredible array of castles. And learn about ancient Celtic culture. This is our ultimate tour of Wales.

Tour map

Highlights

National Parks
Mountains
Castles
Beaches
Roman Ruins

Places you'll explore


Stratford upon Avon - Charmingly ornate wooden houses make this town a history lover’s paradise.

Welsh Borderlands and the Cambrian Mountains - Cross the gentle rolling hills that have divided kingdoms for hundreds of years.

Snowdonia National Park - Discover the jagged peaks of Wales’ first national park.

Harlech Castle - UNESCO described this castle as one of "the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in Europe".

New Quay and Cardigan Bay - White houses speckled on a hill overlooking a gorgeous beach.

Dolaucothi Gold Mine - Visit the only Ancient Roman gold mines in the whole of Britain.

Laugharne and its Dylan Thomas connections - Explore the town that inspired one of the world’s greatest poets.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park & the Preseli Mountains - A spectacular coastline packed with untouched beaches and crumbly cliffs.

St Davids - Britain’s smallest city contrasts a tiny population of 1,841 people with a remarkable cathedral.

Castle Combe - Don’t let the name fool you. This village full of gentle cottages and trickling waterways couldn’t fend off anything.


Your journey


Wales is an intriguing place.

Somehow this small country has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in Europe. Amazingly, 20% of the country is protected by national parks. And strangely, their national animal is a mythical dragon!

What’s more is it’s packed full of delightful coastal villages, incredible Roman ruins, and stunningly white beaches.

But most intriguing is the warm welcome you’ll experience when you travel through this wonderful country on our five day tour.


Tour Details

Departs
09.15 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
Returns
19:30
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • See how the Tudors lived in Stratford on Avon
  • Venture through the wondrously rolling hills of the Welsh borders

You leave London and travel west to William Shakespeare’s birthplace and hometown, Stratford on Avon.

This town’s beautiful black and white timber frame buildings are almost unchanged since Tudor times. Walk amongst them and feel as if you’ve been transported to the past.

Following lunch in Stratford, you travel west through the Welsh Marches and the borderlands between England and Wales; marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke.

The route then leads into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Leaving here in the late afternoon, it’s just an hour or so to the beautiful seaside town and cultural centre of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights.

On tours departing from April 2018, you visit the Cotswolds instead of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Day 2

  • Admire the crests and dips of sharp mountains and deep valleys at the Snowdonia National Park
  • Compare the ramparts of two magnificent medieval Welsh castles, at Harlech and Criccieth

Travel north into the spectacularly mountainous region of the Snowdonia National Park. You visit the beautiful mountain village of Beddgelert, where you can see the famous grave of ‘Gelert’, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine.

From here, it’s a short ride to the small coastal town of Criccieth. And nearby there’s an exemplary example of one of the castles of the Welsh Princes. You get stunning views from the ramparts along the coast and out into Cardigan Bay.

You travel on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching Harlech Castle. This mighty medieval castle sits high on a hill, and looks perfectly impenetrable.

After a fulfilling day you return to Aberystwyth in late afternoon.

On tours departing from April 2018, you visit the village of Machynlleth instead of Criccieth Castle.

Day 3

  • Wander around New Quay and wish you could move into this picturesque little town
  • Hunt for gold in Britain's only Roman gold mine

Leaving Aberystwyth, you travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through the quaint town of Aberaeron, and to New Quay.

A sumptuous sandy harbour, whitewashed houses, and connections to Dylan thomas: this town is one of the most picturesque and interesting little towns in Britain. What’s more, is from the breakwater wall you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins and whales.

Turning inland, You strike out for gold at the Dolaucothi mine, which dates back to Roman times. Following this excursion you head into the foreboding Black Mountains.

You may get the chance to explore a mysterious bedrock cave under a castle before you head for the coast, and visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play “Under Milk Wood”.

From here it’s a short distance to Tenby, the small, charming seaside town that’ll be your base for two nights.

On tours departing from April 2018, you do not visit the Dolaucothi Gold Mines.

Day 4

  • Visit the only national park in Britain that’s dedicated to gorgeous coastline views
  • Stumble upon the grand cathedral of Britain’s smallest city, St Davids

Our last full day in Wales is spent exploring the extreme south-west.

You see some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This region is stunning and was the birthplace of both the patron saint of Wales, and the Twdyr (anglicised to Tudor) royal dynasty.

You stop in the county town of Pembroke, where you can enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. And after this, you travel on to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and time for exploration.

In the afternoon the tour follows the coast to Strumble Head, the site of the last invasion of Britain in 1797, and on to the Presili Hills. These hills are a place of entombment in Neolithic times and the source of the bluestones of Stonehenge.

From here we return once more to Tenby for a relaxed evening.

On tours departing from April 2018, you spend more time in Tenby instead of visiting Strumble Head.

Day 5

  • Delve deep into history at the National History Museum and the Roman Fortress at Caerleon
  • Wander around the quintessential Cotswold village of Castle Combe

Leaving Tenby in the morning, you begin your return journey to London.

You travel past the big industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, for a visit to the outdoor National History Museum (an optional drop-off for anyone wanting to end the tour in Cardiff is available).

After a quick tour through the impressively modern Cardiff Bay area, head 2000 years back in time with a stop at the remarkably well preserved Roman Fortress at Caerleon.

From here, it’s time to say goodbye to Wales. You take the Severn Bridge back into England, where you have one final break at Castle Combe.

This gorgeous Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th century ironstone cottages.

From here you will head back to central London.

On tours departing from April 2018, you spend more time in St Fagan's, Caerleon, and Castle Combe instead of visiting Cardiff Bay.


Customer Reviews

Great Tour!

Marti Posted on 28/06/2017

My third Rabbies tour in 3 years. Fantastic tour with Andy...whos very knowledgeable, great driver and has a wonderful sense of humor. Visited a variety of sites and indeed, discovered Wales. Highly recommend going on this tour.

Fabulous experience

Suzanne Dross Posted on 22/05/2017

On May 2, 2017 we went on the 5 Day Wales tour. Our guide was Dan. He was wonderful and made our trip a great experience. His head is so full of facts about Wales! He joined in with us whenever we stopped to see something and while on the bus he kept us listening with information about wherever we were. Wales is beautiful. Rolling green hills and amazing castles. We could drive for miles with out seeing any other people. If you are looking for an adventure, join a tour to Wales.

Fantastic tour of Wales!

Kathryn Jankowski Posted on 04/05/2017

Loved Wales! Dan was an excellent guide! We saw so much - from the mountains to the coast! Dan tried so hard to get some extra places into the itinerary and was very flexible. We learned a lot about the culture and history. Would highly recommend Wales as a destination!

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Aberystwyth and two nights in Tenby.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central. You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £80.00 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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