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5-day Discover Wales Small Group Tour from London

Day 1: Leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds through England’s prettiest historic villages. Get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Travel through the Welsh Marches marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. Head into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights. Day 2: Travel to the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park. Visit the mountain village of Beddgelert to see the famous grave of Gelert, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. Next, head to the town of Machynlleth to see the ancient clock tower and the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. Move on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching the impenetrable medieval Harlech Castle. After a fulfilling day, return to Aberystwyth in the late afternoon. Day 3: Travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through Aberaeron to New Quay. Explore the picturesque harbor and get the chance to spot dolphins and whales. Head into the foreboding Black Mountains to explore a bedrock cave under a castle, before you visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play Under Milk Wood. Move on to Tenby, a charming seaside town and your base for two nights. Day 4: See some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Travel to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and exploration, and stop in the county town of Pembroke to enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. From here, return to Tenby for a relaxed evening. Day 5: Leaving Tenby in the morning, begin your return journey to London. Head past the industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, and visit the outdoor National History Museum. Stop at the well-preserved Roman Fortress at Caerleon. Take the Severn Bridge back into England, and take a break at Castle Combe, a Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th-century ironstone cottages.

$330.39 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-day Snowdonia, North Wales and Chester Small-Group Tour from Manchester

Day 1: You leave Manchester and head straight for the border of Wales. Your first stop of the day is Conwy. This little towns deserves to win awards for most picture-perfect harbour town. There’s a castle perched by the sea, the ‘world’s smallest house’, and lots of little restaurants boasting the best fish and chips. After you’ve soaked up the sea air, you travel to the Llanberis Slate Museum. It’s a little less cute here, but the history of the second largest slate mine on the planet will stay in your memory for a long time. Beddgelert in Snowdonia is your next stop. This place is known as the most ‘lovely’ village in Snowdonia. And you must agree, the stone houses and arched bridge are simply beautiful. You travel through the heart of Snowdonia as the light softens and arrive at your overnight stop in Aberystwyth in the evening.Day 2: In the morning, you leave your abode in Aberystwyth and journey to the colourful seaside town of New Quay. It may be a little too early for ice cream, but you can still enjoy a stroll along the beautiful beach. You travel to Laugharne, this may have been the inspiration for Dylan Thomas’ famous ‘Under Milk Wood’. You may not have even heard of this, but it doesn’t matter, because you’ll be more than impressed by this village’s towering castle. And now, it’s time for an even more impressive castle. You go to Carreg Cennen, an imposing fortress perched on top of a hill within the Brecon Beacons National Park. After roaming these ramparts, it’s time for something a little more luxurious. You travel to Newton House, a palatial building that boasts rich gardens, unique architecture, and famous ghost stories. You arrive back in Aberystwyth in the evening.Day 3: Your first task of the day is to watch Snowdonia’s mountains fly by as you head to Harlech Castle. This is one of our favourite castles in the whole of the UK. You can enjoy epic sea views and an amazingly war-torn history that involves a lot of dynamite. You stop for lunch in the little village of Betws-Y-Coed before heading to one of England’s most historic towns, Chester. There’s a lot to do here, but we’d advise you just head to the Cathedral, you could spend a whole week here and not get bored. You arrive back in Manchester in the early evening.

$1240.62 Cultural & Theme Tours

A Snapshot of Wales

ItineraryDay 1: Laugharne and TenbyStop At: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire, WalesTravel into the stunning Pembrokeshire National Park, after stopping at the small town of Laugharne where the famous poet, Dylan Thomas once lived.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Lovespoon Workshop, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, WalesLearn about this particularly Welsh custom at the Lovespoon Workshop.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Tenby South Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, WalesEnjoy the rest of the day at the picturesque Tenby.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: 3* hotel, PembrokeDay 2: St. David's and Cardigan BayStop At: St. Davids Cathedral, St. Davids, St Davids Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, WalesThis morning you will visit the smallest city in Britain, St. Davids. Spend some time at the magnificent St. David's Cathedral and Bishop's Palace.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, WalesJourney North along Cardigan Bay to the bustling university town of Aberystwyth. You will have a tour of the National Library of Wales here.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: 3* hotel, AberystwythDay 3: Devil's Bridge and SnowdoniaStop At: Vale Of Rheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, WalesEmbark this morning on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, a journey that showcases the magnificent Rheidol Valley and rugged Cambrian Mountains.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Devil's Bridge Falls, Devil's Bridge (Pontarfynach), Ceredigion, WalesExplore this mythical yet beautiful area - with spectacular waterfalls and a unique bridge and said to be the last place in Wales the devil visited. Duration: 2 minutesStop At: Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, WalesContinue on your journey North Wales through Snowdonia National Park - touring the mountainous landscape on the way.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: 3* hotel, LlandudnoDay 4: Snowdonia and AngleseyStop At: LlanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochVisit the Island of Anglesey this morning after stopping off at the town with the longest name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, North Wales, WalesSee the hulking Caernarfon Castle and enjoy a tour here.Duration: 1 hourStop At: National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, WalesDiscover more of Wales' industrial past at the National Slate Museum.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: 3* hotel, LlandudnoDay 5: Departure DayPass By: Llandudno Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesToday you will depart for your onward journey. Your trip can be extended, or transfers can be arranged if required.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$2733.35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Castles, Coast & Celts

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival into WalesPass By: Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesArrive into Cardiff and discover the capital city of Wales. You will enjoy a welcome dinner with your group this evening.Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: 4* hotel, CardiffDay 2: Cardiff Stop At: Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesToday you will have the chance to explore Wales' vibrant capital even further. You will be taken on a tour of the city with a Food & Drink Safari - enjoying tastings and drinks with a local food expert. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, South Wales, WalesVisit Cardiff Castle this afternoon - the castle which the whole city was built around!Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: You won't need lunch after your tastings around the city!Accommodation included: 4* hotel, CardiffDay 3: Laugharne and TenbyStop At: Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, WalesVisit the small town of Laugharne this morning where Dylan Thomas, the famous poet once lived. Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire, WalesTravel into the stunning Pembrokeshire National Park.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: 5* hotel, TenbyDay 4: St. David'sStop At: St. Davids Cathedral, St. Davids, St Davids Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, WalesThis morning you will visit the unique city of St. Davids - the smallest city in Britain and spend some time in the magnificent Cathedral and the ruins of the medieval Bishop's Palace.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: The Lovespoon Workshop, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, WalesVisit the Lovespoon Workshop to learn about this custom before enjoying free time for lunch in the picturesque seaside town of Tenby.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: 5* hotel, TenbyDay 5: Aberystywth and Devil's BridgeStop At: Aberystwyth BeachStop at the coastal town of Aberystwyth where you will have free time to explore the independent shops available here.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, WalesYou will have a tour of the National Library of Wales, if you have any Welsh lineage - this is the place to find out!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Vale Of Rheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, WalesThis afternoon you will embark on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, through the stunning Rheidol Valley to the village of Devil's Bridge - in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. Spend some time here to take a walk around the mythical waterfalls which are said to be the last place the Devil visited in Wales.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: 3* hotel, AberystwythDay 6: SnowdoniaStop At: Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, WalesToday you will explore Snowdonia National Park, home to the highest mountain in England and Wales!Duration: 3 hoursStop At: National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, WalesThis afternoon you will visit the National Slate Museum in the heart of Snowdonia to learn about Wales' industrial past.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Llanberis StationJourney to the peak of Snowdon on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, offering fantastic sights across the National Park.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: 3-4* hotel, LlandudnoDay 7: Anglesey and CaernarfonStop At: Llanfairpwll Railway Station, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, North Wales, WalesThis morning you will travel to the Island of Anglesey. Stop at the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch for those essential photo opportunities!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, North Wales, WalesVisit the busy market town of Caernarfon, where you will tour the imposing medieval castle built by Edward I. Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Llandudno Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesEnjoy an afternoon free to explore the town of Llandudno. This evening you will have a final dinner with the group.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: 3-4* hotel, LlandudnoDay 8: Departure DayPass By: Llandudno Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesToday you will depart for your onward journey. Transfers can be arranged if necessary.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$159.22 Private & Custom Tours

Cycle the River Ystwyth - Bike Tour for Two

This one-day cycling tour follows the picturesque river Ystwyth as it carves its way through the spectacular Cambrian mountains and winds its way towards the beautiful seaside town of Aberystwyth.This is a perfect experience for exploring Mid Wales, with stunning scenery, rugged mountain passes, river gorges and lush green pasture. Learn more about the mining heritage of the Ystwyth valley, its Victorian estates and the wildlife that's found in abundance along its banks. Aberystwyth offers the ideal place to end your ride, and why not indulge in a post ride ice-cream on the prom?Please note: This voucher includes the hire of two hybrid bikes, transfers to start of ride, detailed route instructions and local information, and home-made treats to enjoy along the way.Subject to availability. Valid from March - October 2019.

$2254.35 Cultural & Theme Tours

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.