Welcome to Elan Valley

The need to protect the 70-sq-mile watershed (called the Elan Valley Estate) has turned it and adjacent areas into an important wildlife-conservation area, and in 2015 it was awarded Dark Sky Park status. The dams and associated projects also produce some 3.9 megawatts of hydroelectric power.

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The Highlights of Wales: Small-Group Tour from London (5-days)

Day One: Your journey begins by departing London and travelling towards the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds, where you’ll stop in at Burford; a historic market town that typifies the charm of the area. Then, cross over the border into Wales where the next stop is Skenfrith Castle; here you can have some lunch and marvel at the medieval military architecture. After that it's a short trip to the Big Pit National Coal Museum; a celebration of Coal Mining where you can discover Wales’ industrial past and perhaps take an underground tour.Day Two: Today starts by savouring the scenery of the Brecon Beacons as you head to the first stop, Carreg Cennen; a castle with a dramatic location on the top of a limestone cliff. Next, travel to the main stop of today, Dinefwr; a magnificent estate with a Welsh Castle, Country House and extensive grounds. This afternoon you'll travel through the heart of Wales towards the Elan Valley; a terrain defined by impressive dams and stirring wilderness, before arriving at the next stop, the famous Devil’s Bridge and falls.Day Three: This morning you'll travel northwards through the breathtaking landscape of Snowdonia National Park. You’ll stop at the quaint village of Beddgelert, before heading to the coast to visit Harlech Castle; one of Edward I’s ring of magnificent 13th Century medieval fortresses around North Wales. Explore the castle, have lunch and absorb stunning mountain and seascape views. From here it's back to Aberystwyth with time to check out the seafront, castle or ascend Constitution Hill for some panoramic views of the town.Day Four: Today you'll travel along the scenic Pembrokeshire coast, first to the tiny harbour of New Quay; known for multi-coloured cottages, sandy beaches and connection to the famous Welsh 20th century poet, Dylan Thomas. Next, continue to Abercastle, where you can visit a working Welsh woollen mill. Then you'll arrive at Britain’s smallest city; St Davids, the home of Wales' patron Saint where you can explore the iconic Cathedral. Your last stop today is Pembroke; home to one of the biggest and most important castles in Anglo-Welsh history.Day Five: The final day of this Welsh adventure begins by visiting Cardiff, where there’ll be time to discover this cosmopolitan city; including Cardiff Castle, the modern Cardiff Bay area and the National Museum of Wales. After lunch you’ll head to the next stop, Caerleon; home to an important and well preserved Roman Fortress complex. From here, cross back over the border to the final stop, Avebury village, where you'll find the largest stone circle in the world. Now it’s time to return to London, where your voyage concludes.Overnight locations: Brecon Beacons (1), Aberystwyth (2-3), Tenby (4).

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Welsh Discovery

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival into WalesStop At: Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesToday you will arrive into this unique country, Wales. Your Welsh Discovery begins in the capital city of Cardiff. There is plenty to see here, including Cardiff's impressive castle, the National Assembly for Wales and the Wales Millennium Centre. Take the afternoon to explore, shop and enjoy a dinner at leisure in the city. Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: No 10 Hotel, CardiffDay 2: Welsh History and CastlesStop At: St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesThis morning, why not uncover history at St. Fagan's Natural History Museum? One of Europe's leading open-air museums, you will be given an insight into Wales from Celtic times to modern day. There are over forty original buildings from different historical periods, 100 acres of parkland, a farm, a school and a chapel. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly, Caerphilly County, South Wales, WalesWales is famous for its castles, with 641 in total. With your CADW Explorer Pass you are free to explore a wide number of these historic properties, Caerphilly Castle being one of them - the largest castle in Wales!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Dragon HotelCheck in to your accommodation for the evening and enjoy a dinner here. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dragon Hotel, SwanseaDay 3: The Gower PeninsulaStop At: Gower Peninsula, Swansea, Swansea County, South Wales, WalesThis morning why not discover the Gower Peninsula? This coast is the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with 19-miles of stunning coastline that stretch westwards from the Mumbles. Enjoy this in your own way, by either taking a short boat ride, a leisurely stroll or a quick dip in the ocean - the choice is yours!Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Swansea Marina, Swansea, Swansea County, South Wales, WalesRetreat back to Swansea for the afternoon and enjoy a spot of shopping or a walk around the museum.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Dragon HotelEnjoy another dinner at your hotel this evening.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dragon Hotel, SwanseaDay 4: Tenby Stop At: Tenby South Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, WalesAfter breakfast this morning, travel along to the beautiful town of Tenby. Tenby has a rich past that includes great kings escaping through secret tunnels, to the history of the docks and trade coming into the country. With Tenby's Museum, the castle, Cadley Island or simply the beach outlined with picturesque, colourful houses, there is so much to explore in this little town.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire, WalesThis afternoon why not take a walk along the Pembrokeshire coastal path? Pembrokeshire National Park is one of Wales' three National Parks - but the only coastal one! Did you know you can walk the entire coast of Wales? Stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful views to behold.Duration: 3 hoursPass By: St David's Dewi Sant, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesCheck into your hotel for the eveningMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: St. David's Cross Hotel, St. DavidsDay 5: St. David's Stop At: St. David's Cathedral, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesThe unique city of St. David's is a must to explore, despite it being the smallest city in the UK - it's got a whole lot of history! The wonderful Cathedral here is worth a visit, and you will be able to see the St. Bishop's Palace next to it. St. David, or Dewi Sant as he is called in the Welsh language is the patron saint of Wales, and was one of the early saints who helped to spread Christianity amongst the pagan Celtic tribes of Western Britain.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: St. David's Cross Hotel, St. David'sDay 6: The West CoastStop At: Aberaeron BeachEnjoy your drive along the west coast of Wales today, where you can stop and see towns such as Fishguard or New Quay.We recommend a stop in the quaint town of Aberaeron, where you could enjoy a honey ice cream whilst watching the boats in the harbour. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Aberystwyth Marina Ltd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, WalesCheck in to the University town of Aberystwyth this afternoon and take some time exploring the independent shops, the National Library of Wales or even the Aberystwyth Arts Centre which always boasts an interesting exhibition. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Nanteos MansionEnjoy a three-course dinner at your accommodation for the evening, the grade one listed Georgian property, Nanteos Mansion.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Nanteos Mansion, AberystwythDay 7: Full Steam AheadStop At: Vale Of Rheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, WalesThis morning, embark on the Vale of Rheidol steam train to enjoy 12 miles of breath-taking scenery. You will wind your way through the Rheidol Valley to the mythical Devil's Bridge - said to be the last place the devil visited in Wales. Spend some time exploring the waterfalls here, and maybe even the Hafod Estate before your return train to Aberystwyth.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Nanteos MansionEnjoy another dinner at your accommodation this evening.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Nanteos Mansion, AberystwythDay 8: Escape to ElanStop At: Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, WalesBid farewell to Aberystwyth this morning as you journey towards the Brecon Beacons National Park. Why not make a stop to call at Elan Valley? Amongst the great Cambrian Mountains you will find a unique landscape of dams and reservoirs, abundant in wildlife and nature.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Brecon Castle Hotel - RestaurantThis afternoon enjoy some free time in the town of Brecon, before you check into your accommodation for the evening, the Brecon Castle Hotel. Here you will enjoy a delicious dinner.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Brecon Castle Hotel, BreconDay 9: Departure DayPass By: Brecon Beacons National ParkAs you leave your final accommodation, why not discover some of the Brecon Beacons National Park before your return journey home? With vast greenery, hidden waterfalls and mountains to climb - there is something for everybody.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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