Explore three national parks. Visit an incredible array of castles. And learn about ancient Celtic culture. This is our ultimate tour of Wales.
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 Coombe - Don’t let the name fool you. This village full of gentle cottages and trickling waterways couldn’t fend off anything.
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.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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You stay two nights in Aberystwyth and two nights in Tenby.
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.
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 hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.
Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.
Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.
Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.
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.
We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.
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 rooms 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.
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 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.
In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.
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. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.
In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. 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). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.
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Highlights: national parks, mountains, cathedrals, universities
Highlights: beaches, unesco heritage sites, prehistoric sites, national parks, castles
Highlights: unesco heritage sites, mountains, national parks, cathedrals, castles, universities