Welsh Discovery

Cultural & Theme Tours, Cardiff to Brecon LD3, UK

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Discover Wales - your own way. Forget destinations that are over-run with tourists and explore this beautiful country at your own pace.This tour allows you complete freedom to pick and choose exactly where you want to go and what you want to see. Your CADW Explorer Pass allows you access into a great number of Wales' historic sites and attractions, whilst driving yourself allows you to take off the beaten tracks to create your own adventures.
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.

What’s included

  • 8x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • Return journey on Vale of Rheidol Railway
  • 3-Day CADW Explorer Pass
  • Entry/Admission - Caerphilly Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Dragon Hotel
  • Entry/Admission - Dragon Hotel
  • Entry/Admission - St. David's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Nanteos Mansion
  • Entry/Admission - Vale Of Rheidol
  • Entry/Admission - Nanteos Mansion
  • Entry/Admission - Brecon Castle Hotel - Restaurant

What’s not included

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Entry/Admission - Elan Valley

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival into Wales Stop At: Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, South Wales, Wales Today 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 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: No 10 Hotel, Cardiff
Day 2: Welsh History and Castles Stop At: St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, South Wales, Wales This 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 hours Stop At: Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly, Caerphilly County, South Wales, Wales Wales 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 hours Stop At: Dragon Hotel Check in to your accommodation for the evening and enjoy a dinner here. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Dragon Hotel, Swansea
Day 3: The Gower Peninsula Stop At: Gower Peninsula, Swansea, Swansea County, South Wales, Wales This 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 hours Stop At: Swansea Marina, Swansea, Swansea County, South Wales, Wales Retreat back to Swansea for the afternoon and enjoy a spot of shopping or a walk around the museum. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Dragon Hotel Enjoy another dinner at your hotel this evening. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Dragon Hotel, Swansea
Day 4: Tenby Stop At: Tenby South Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales After 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 hours Stop At: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire, Wales This 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 hours Pass By: St David's Dewi Sant, Cardiff, South Wales, Wales Check into your hotel for the evening Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: St. David's Cross Hotel, St. Davids
Day 5: St. David's Stop At: St. David's Cathedral, Cardiff, South Wales, Wales The 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 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: St. David's Cross Hotel, St. David's
Day 6: The West Coast Stop At: Aberaeron Beach Enjoy 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 hours Stop At: Aberystwyth Marina Ltd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales Check 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 hours Stop At: Nanteos Mansion Enjoy a three-course dinner at your accommodation for the evening, the grade one listed Georgian property, Nanteos Mansion. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Nanteos Mansion, Aberystwyth
Day 7: Full Steam Ahead Stop At: Vale Of Rheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales This 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 hours Stop At: Nanteos Mansion Enjoy another dinner at your accommodation this evening. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Nanteos Mansion, Aberystwyth
Day 8: Escape to Elan Stop At: Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, Wales Bid 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 hours Stop At: Brecon Castle Hotel - Restaurant This 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 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Brecon Castle Hotel, Brecon
Day 9: Departure Day Pass By: Brecon Beacons National Park As 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: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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