DISCOVERING WALES

8-day/6-nts with 5-day of touring with 2 independent nts in London (pre/post)


Highlights

Discovering Wales

Two (2) independent days in London (pre/post) with five (5) days Discovering Wales! From Snowdonia National Park to Cardigan Bay to the Black Mountains and the extreme south west of Wales, this tour brings you the best of Wales!

Tour Highlights

  • Visits to: Beddgelert, Porthmadog and Tenby.
  • Includes Snowdonia National Park, Castle at Harlech, Cardigan Bay, Black Mountains, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Castle Combe.

Discovering Wales Tour Includes

  • Six (6) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in London (pre/post) at pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4 * hotel in London. To be advised at time of booking (subject to availability).
  • Two (2) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in Aberystwyth.
  • Two (2) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in Tenby.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in London.
  • Five (5) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Itinerary

Day 01, U.S. - London

Depart the U.S. on overnight flight to London.

Day 02, London

Arrive London; Shared transfer to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy London on your own. (Please note, hotel check-in is generally between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. If you are arriving into London early - the hotel should be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 03, London - Touring Begins - Aberystwyth

Make your own way to the the the London departure point 9:00 am (unless optional transfer was purchased at time of booking). We depart from London at 9:15 am. We travel the road north west takes we first to William Shakespeare's birthplace and home town, Stratford on Avon. Unchanged in many ways since Tudor times, black & white timber frame buildings fill the town center. Following lunch in Stratford we will travel west through the Welsh Marches - 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 the beautiful Elan Valley from where pure Welsh water is supplied to the distant City of Birmingham. Leaving here in the late afternoon it is just an hour or so to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth where we will spend the next two (2) nights.

Day 04, Touring

Traveling north into the mountainous region of the Snowdonia National Park, we head for the beautiful mountain village of Beddgelert, the resting place of a legendary hound, ‘Gelert', and the nearby copper mine - no longer working but open to visitors. The coast at the small town of Criccieth is a short ride away where there is a fine example of one of the castles of the Welsh Princes; with great views from the ramparts along the coast and out into Cardigan Bay. We will travel on to Porthmadog, home of the Ffestingog light railway and over the Cob causeway before reaching the castle at Harlech - one of Edward I masterpieces of medieval military architecture and part of a set of similar castles which that ring the north Wales coastline. We return to Aberystwyth in late afternoon.

Day 05, Touring

Leaving Aberystwyth we travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through the pretty little planned town of Aberaeron to New Quay with its a charming sandy harbor containing fishing boats and its connections with Dylan Thomas. From the breakwater wall we may be lucky enough to spot dolphins or whales out in the bay. Turning inland again, we strike out for gold at the Dolaucothi mine which dates back to Roman times before heading into the foreboding Black Mountains. Having perhaps explored the mysterious bedrock cave under a castle with ancient origins we head for the coast again at Laugharne where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play “Under Milk Wood”. From here it's a short distance to Tenby, the small, picturesque seaside town that will be our base for two (2) nights.

Day 06, Touring - Tenby

Our last full day in Wales is spent exploring the extreme south-west of the country, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This region was the birthplace of both the patron saint of Wales, St David, and the Twdyr (anglicized to Tudor) royal dynasty. After stopping in the county town of Pembroke itself with yet another fabulous castle you will travel on to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and time to explore this magical place. In the afternoon the tour follows the coast to Strumble Head, the site of the last invasion of Britain in 1797 (by an American leading coerced Frenchmen!), and on to the Presili Hills, a place of entombment in Neolithic times and the source of the blue stones of Stonehenge, to where they were transported nearly 4,000 years ago. From here we return once more to Tenby.

Day 07, Touring - Tenby - London

Leaving Tenby in the morning, we begin our return journey to London. We pick up the motorway taking us 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 we head back in time 2000 years with a stop at the remarkably well preserved Roman Fortress at Caerleon. From here sadly it is time to leave Wales behind and head back across the Severn Estuary bridge into England. We will take one final break at Castle Combe, a quintessentially Cotswold village where you can stroll amongst ironstone cottages dating back to the 16th Century. Your driver/guide will aim to have you back in Central London by around 7.30 pm. Make your way to your prebooked hotel, where your evening is free to enjoy London independently.

Day 08, London - U.S.

After breakfast, check out of your London hotel, with a shared transfer included back to the airport.

Optionals

Rates & Hotels

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* All Prices are in USD
2017Land Only
May 7 (Sold Out)   1379
Jun 4 (Sold Out)   1429
Jun 11   1429
Jun 18 (Sold Out)   1429
Jun 25; Jul 2; 9   1429
Jul 16 (Sold Out)   1429
Jul 23; 30; Aug 6; 13; 20; 27   1429
Sep 3 (Sold Out)   1429
Sep 10; 17; 24   1429
Oct 1; 8; 15; 22   1379

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

Pre and post nights are based on Grange Hotels / Park City or or similar. Hotel is on a request basis. If necessary, a hotel upgrade may be necessary. Your booking agent can advise this at time of booking. Property in Cirencester will be advised once confirmed by our UK supplier.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would depart from the US. Tour begins in UK one day later.

 
Hotels featured on this tour
Discovery Wales - B&B Package - [details] 
Discover Wales - Hotel Package - [details] 

 

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