The Wonders of Wales 2024

The Wonders of Wales 2024

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The Wonders of Wales 2024

8 Days Starting and ending in Cardiff

Visiting: Cardiff, Brecon Beacons, Llangollen, North Wales, Eryri National Park (Snowdonia), Portmeirion, West Wales Cottages, Pembrokeshire, Tenby, St Davids

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BWWCC4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Private Available:

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From:
$3700
$2750 (USD) Operator discount: $872 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $78 -26%

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Tour Overview

On this captivating journey through deep green valleys, past snow-dusted mountains and along an unforgettable coastline, we’ll go high and low in search of Wales’ most iconic sights. Join us as we walk the ancient lands of Celts and Romans, immersing ourselves in age-old local traditions as we go.

Highlights

  • Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea served in glorious surroundings

  • Embark on a steam train ride through the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia National Park

  • Visit the enchanting Italianate village of Portmeirion – an architectural marvel

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cardiff (Wales)
Location: Cardiff
Accommodation: The Coal Exchange Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

After meeting the group in Wales’ vibrant capital, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Cardiff – Brecon Beacons
Location: Cardiff, Brecon Beacons
Accommodation: Hotel, The Bear (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Following a hearty breakfast at our hotel we’ll venture through the dramatic Welsh Valleys to Brecon Beacons National Park, taking in the view of medieval Caerphilly Castle along the way. Afterwards – if time allows – we’ll delve into Welsh mining heritage at the Big Pit National Coal Museum. This evening, another delicious group dinner awaits us at our hotel.

Day 3: Brecon Beacons – Llangollen – North Wales
Location: Brecon Beacons, Llangollen, North Wales
Accommodation: Hotel, Empire (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today’s itinerary will take us further north along the border regions of Mid Wales to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: the longest and highest structure of its kind (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Next, we’ll pass by the mesmerising Valle Crucis Abbey before pausing for an afternoon tea together at a charming local tearoom. Upon our arrival along the rugged North Welsh Coast, we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure.

Day 4: North Wales
Location: North Wales
Accommodation: Empire Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

There’s plenty of free time to explore the nearby towns of Llandudno and Conwy today. How you choose to spend the day is up to you – but we recommend visiting the imposing Conwy Castle and taking a look at the medieval town walls. Later, you could uncover the self-proclaimed “smallest house in Great Britain” along the picturesque quay – which also plays host to an abundance of cosy cafes and traditional pubs perfect for spending a relaxing afternoon.

Day 5: North Wales – Snowdonia National Park, Including Portmeirion – West Wales
Location: North Wales, Eryri National Park (Snowdonia), Portmeirion, West Wales Cottages
Accommodation: The Falcondale (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Continuing our journey today, we’ll have a brief photo opportunity at the village with the longest place name in Europe – Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch – before moving on to the fascinating Llanberis Slate Mine. After enjoying a demonstration and stroll around the museum, it’s onwards to the Welsh Language Heritage Centre in Nant Gwrtheyrn – where a lesson in tongue-twisting Welsh pronunciation awaits. Next: we’ll soak up the quirky pastel-hued houses, classical mansions and maze-like gardens of whimsical Portmeirion – a real feast for the eyes! Finally, we’ll journey through breathtaking Snowdonia National Park before discussing the day’s events over a group dinner.

Day 6: West Wales – Pembrokeshire
Location: West Wales Cottages, Pembrokeshire
Accommodation: Hotel, Wolfscastle Country (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

All aboard! Today we’ll take in the stunning landscapes of the Welsh countryside in comfort and style with a historic steam train ride. Travelling around horseshoe bends, through mountain tunnels and along cliff edges – there’s no better way to discover the region’s lush green pastures, glittering lakes and serene forests. Afterwards, we’ll pay a visit to the National Wool Museum to learn more about the booming Welsh wool industry during the 19th century. Finally, our day will end in picturesque Pembrokeshire – where you’ll have the evening to spend at your leisure.

Day 7: Pembrokeshire, Including Tenby And St Davids
Location: Pembrokeshire, Tenby, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Accommodation: Hotel, Wolfscastle Country (or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we’ll admire the verdant rolling hills of the Welsh countryside as we set a course for the picture-perfect fishing village of Tenby. Perched on a headland and surrounded by Norman-built walls, we’ll have time to explore the medieval village streets and array of cafes and stores at our own pace. Later, we'll stop off at lovely St Davids – Britain’s smallest city – to discover the ruins of the magnificent Gothic Bishop’s Palace. Upon returning to our hotel, we’ll don our best outfits for tonight’s final group dinner. Here’s to an incredible journey!

Day 8: Pembrokeshire – Cardiff
Location: Pembrokeshire, Cardiff
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, it’s back to Cardiff we go! This morning we’ll make the scenic drive south towards the capital, where we’ll pay a visit to St Fagans National Museum of History – Wales’ most popular heritage attraction – before our tour comes to a close.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

  • What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

NIgel Ra  

The Wonders of Wales 2024

20-Jul-2019

Loved the whole trip, change the weather but it never stopped us doing anything.

Terry Cr  

The Wonders of Wales 2024

21-Jul-2019

Small group, great guide & driver. Well thought out itinerary. not too rushed

Anonymous  

The Wonders of Wales 2024

05-Aug-2019

Anonymous  

The Wonders of Wales 2024

23-Jul-2019

Christine L  

The Wonders of Wales 2024

21-Jul-2019

The tour of Wales was very comprehensive and not too rushed in most locations. The Driver and Tour Director very accommodating with all our needs. Good information and nothing too much trouble.

Ros  

The Wonders of Wales 2024

29-Jul-2019

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  • Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform back-roads touring, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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