A focus on Wales is certainly prominent on this fantastic tour; a country of druids, castles and conflict; Wales is sublimely rich in heritage, culture and folklore, together with its own spoken language makes for a unique and of course a very special destination; and one of which we can't wait to showcase.Book Now
Welsh Discovery 8 nights / 9 days:
A focus on Wales is certainly prominent on this fantastic tour; a country of druids, castles and conflict; Wales is sublimely rich in heritage, culture and folklore, together with its own spoken language makes for a unique and of course a very special destination; and one of which we can't wait to showcase.
Your journey to Wales however starts very much in the UKs capital London; giving you time to settle in and explore all that London has to offer; take in some of the worlds most famous landmarks, such as Big Ben, The Shard and Buckingham Palace. Your itinerary then takes you in a westerly direction, as you snake along the southerly edges of Britain and into the land of dragons, this is where your tour truly begins. As we head to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, it would of course be a huge shame not to fit in some essential visits on the way. We stop to ponder at perhaps the most famous piece of stonemasonry in the world; Stonehenges monoliths, to this day no one is sure how they got there! We also spend time in the picturesque city of Bath, where a visit to The Roman Baths, is of course a must.
Your introduction to Wales is spent with one night in the capital, Cardiff, where this evening you will enjoy a reception before embarking on your tour through some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable; en-route visits include Dylan Thomas's Writing Shed, the Botanical Gardens of Wales and stopping in the heart of mid wales at Rhayader famous for its Welsh Royal Crystal presented to Prince William and Kate Middleton in celebration of their wedding. On reaching North Wales and the heart of Snowdonia, the scenery couldnt be more dramatic. With miles of sandy beaches, craggy coastlines, and mountains reaching into the clouds. There are experiences to enter deep into mines, climb meters high by train, explore countryside by foot and even sail over a stream in the sky!
Returning to London is certainly not the end of this amazing trip; again we dont waste an opportunity, with a visit to the home of William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon is a quintessentially English town, complete with ancient heritage and thatched cottages; and one of the most important tourist destinations in Britain.
This itinerary is one that will keep you in awe and engaged for the duration. The places we visit and the people you meet will simply make for a journey that you will never forget.
Croeso i Cymru .
Highlights of this 9 day tour include: London, Stonehenge, Bath, Cardiff, Conwy, Portmeirion, Caernarfon, Stratford-upon-Avon
Arrive in London (2 nights)
Simply an amazing city, vibrant in colour and pageantry. Perhaps one of the most famous cities in the world, and today its yours to explore. There's so much to see and take in, from the imposing dome of St Pauls Cathedral, the Tower of London, and the Shard which rises high into the sky. Don't waste a minute of this fabulous city; with a fun and flexible 'hop on hop off' bus tour. A perfect casual introduction to the UK's historical capital.
Hotel: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt / Radisson Edwardian Grafton
Optional Experience: Hop On Hop Off Open Top Bus Tour $45
Spend an unforgettable day visiting all the best treasures of London. This fantastic hop on and off tour gives you unlimited access to a open top bus which includes over 60 stops and easy access to everything you would want to see whilst an audio guide tells you fascinating facts and myths about London that you might not know! Sightseeing in London couldn't be easier.
London - Sightseeing and Time at Leisure.
This morning take the opportunity to explore London's more historical monuments under the superb guidance of a local expert. Take in the stunning architecture of perhaps the most well-known landmarks of Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. A big favourite is Buckingham Palace; the official residence of the Royals and of course the queen's guards with their impressive bearskin hats. Your guiding expert will have a font of knowledge and feel free to ask as many questions as you like. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. If shopping is your thing….a visit to the famous Oxford Street is not to be missed. Amble the 300 shops which adorn just over a mile of shopping heaven!
Hotel: Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt / Radisson Edwardian Grafton
London - Stonehenge - Bath - Cardiff
Meet your tour director this morning; an essential point of contact and someone to rely on during your time spent on this amazing tour. After breakfast we leave the hustle and bustle of London heading west to perhaps the most famous piece of stonemasonry in the world! Stonehenge's monoliths are still to this day a thing of wonder; myths surrounding this centuries-old site remain a mystery.
Onwards to the World Heritage site of Bath, where typical Georgian architecture is epitomised through its abbey and bridges; a visit to the Roman baths is of course a must. We end our day in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. This fantastic city offers an abundance of culture and a warm welcome. Enjoy a tour of the city to see the Principality Stadium with its magnificent features, making it one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, then Cardiff Castle; a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of Cardiff. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and look forward to the journey ahead.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Cardiff
Cardiff - Conwy
This morning say goodbye to the Capital and head North; your first stop is the home of the world famous poet and writer Dylan Thomas; a boathouse is situated on the picturesque Taf Estuary and offers views to the Gower beyond. Dylan Thomas wrote in a shed just above the boathouse from which he derived creative renaissance. A tea room serving home cooked scones and cream is a must.
Continue ever North until the Botanical Gardens of wales are in sight; an easily recognisable dome of glass deep within the countryside; 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside await; the gardens have been voted the Number 1 'Wonder of Wales', 'Most Romantic Garden', 'Best Children's Garden' and 'Best Afternoon Tea' by the Western Mail Newspaper.
This afternoon enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery, passing through valleys and mountains as you edge towards the North of the country stopping at Rhayader, where lunch can be sourced, of course a visit to the Welsh Royal Crystal making workshops is a must; made famous for the gift presented to Prince William and Kate Middleton before their marriage. Arrive in the North and home for the next few nights at your Marina fronted hotel with views across the river to Conwy Castle.
Hotel: Castle Hotel / Quay Hotel
Conwy - Porthmadog - Caernarfon - Conwy
Visiting some of the most stunning areas in Wales today; your first stop is Porthmadog; a harbour town rich in maritime history and once busy port for the international slate trade, brought down from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Have a meander around this seaside town and visit some of the many small local shops or cafes. We highly recommend the Welsh Highland Railway optional tour; for a ride through the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia National Park, this train journey is truly something special, and one which you will never forget.
Disembarking in Caernarfon, you visit one of Wales most impressive and brutish castles with rarely seen polygonal towers. Caernarfon castle was made famous by the investiture of the current Prince of Wales; HRH Prince Charles in 1969. Later meet up with the rest of the group, to make our way to the world famous Portmeirion village. This village was made famous by the cult TV series 'The Prisoner', and a must see destination. Take time to explore the acres of gardens along the peninsula, or visit the range of boutique gift shops selling Portmeirion pottery, plus a host of designer products. There is a choice of restaurants and cafes for lunch.
This afternoon a real treat is in store for the wine lovers amongst us; we return to Conwy with an optional visit to a local vineyard where you can enjoy a guided vineyard tour, taste some of the amazing locally produced wine and graze on a fabulous Welsh Cheeseboard.
Hotel: Castle Hotel / Quay Hotel
Optional Experience: Welsh Highland Railway - $29
Travelling by narrow gauge steam train is one of the best ways to see this unspoilt area of the world; step back in time to a more civilised age and experience the ultimate luxury of a First Class Pullman Saloon. On-board relax and enjoy the buffet service with fully-licenced bar, featuring locally-brewed award-winning beers. The historic trains travel their 25 mile journey and climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it. This journey is certainly unique and one that you will never forget.
Optional Experience: Gwinllan Vineyard - $34
North Wales is not typically associated for growing grapes and wine production. However Conwy has its very own vineyard. First planted in 2012, the vineyard has grown each year to over 3 acres with 3000 vines. These special hybrid grape varieties are chosen specifically to work well with the soil and climatic conditions in North Wales. There are five wine varieties each with their own refreshing individual style. Gwinllan Conwy invite you to join them for a unique vineyard experience, with the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia National Park.
Conwy - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Betws y Coed - Bodnant Gardens - Conwy
Departing Conwy at 10am this morning you day begins with a rural drive through to Blaenau Ffestiniog, here we visit Llechwedd slate mines for an exciting underground tour. Join the tram to travel into the mine, or for those who are feeling a little braver, don your hard-hat and try the deep mine tour; descending a jaw dropping 150ft underground into magical world of stunningly lit caverns, and experience life underground in the 1840's.
For something a little more sedate your next stop is Betws Y Coed, a village with almost an alpine feel to it; known as the gateway to Snowdonia Betws Y Coed has an array of outdoor and craft shops. There are numerous riverside boarded walks, and not to be missed; the beautiful swallow falls. There are plenty of eateries to pause for lunch, however we do recommend the Royal Oak for their sumptuous fayre.
Making our way back to Conwy we stop at Bodnant Gardens, a world-famous garden noted for its botanical collections, spread over 80 acres; plants, intimate corners and lawns together with views across Snowdonia are an awe-inspiring sight. The gardens host a myriad of changing colours depending on the time of year you visit, all equally beautiful. A large garden centre, with a street of individually owned art and craft shops, is a great way to amble through a relaxing couple of hours. Before returning to your hotel for the night; enjoy a late afternoon stroll around Conwy town itself, this wonderful medieval walled town is lined with age old cobblestones, stunning scenery and a backdrop domineered by the historic Conwy Castle, where you can walk on the castle walls or explore the castle itself.
Hotel: Castle Hotel / Quay Hotel
Conwy - Stratford-upon-Avon - London
London bound today, but not before stopping at Llangollen; for a leisurely canal boat across the Pontcysllte Aqueduct, or 'the stream in the sky'. This aqueduct is an amazing feat of engineering that holds 1.5 million litres of water and is 126 foot high, do you dare to look down!
As we approach the end of our journey, what tour would be complete without a visit to the birthplace of one of the world's most famous 'A lister' of his time William Shakespeare. Stratford Upon Avon; perched on the river Avon, this idyllic town is simply beautiful. One of the most important tourist destinations in England; Stratford invites you to travel back in time, to meander through its cobbled streets, or picnic by the river, a visit to Shakespeare actual birth place and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage is obviously a must, before we say goodbye to this place of romance and theatre, before returning to London this evening.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Heathrow
Time to say goodbye to your new friends.B
2 Nights in London at the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt 4* or Radisson Edwardian Grafton 4*
1 Night in Cardiff at the Radisson Blu 4*
3 Nights in Conwy at the Castle Hotel 4* or Quay Hotel 4*
1 Night in London at the Radisson Blu Heathrow 4*
Half Day Tour of London
Dylan Thomas Boathouse
National Botanical Gardens of Wales
Llechwedd Slate Mines
London - Hop On Hop Off Open Top Bus Tour - $45
Welsh Highland Railway - $29
Gwinllan Vineyard - $34
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