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During you holiday in Wales you will be amazed by the fantastic selection of local produce and great food available at every turn. Whether you are interested in tracing the steps of your food from farm to fork, if you have a sweet tooth or a hankering for something savoury, Wales is the perfect place to eat!
Our tour is well placed to allow you to explore many of Wales’ internationally renowned culinary businesses, and you could arrange to visit places such as Dà Mhìle, a producer of artisan organic spirits including ‘Botanical Gin’ and ‘Seaweed Gin’; Penderyn Whisky Distillery, known for its award winning whisky, as well as its gin, vodka, and cream liqueurs; ‘Blaenafon Cheddar Company' who make Welsh Cheddar cheeses and soft Welsh goats’ cheeses in a variety of flavours; Pant Du Vineyard, a family run business producing the highest quality wine, cider and apple juice overlooking the Snowdonia National Park or ‘Halen Môn’, a saltcote producing award winning Angelsey sea salt used by chefs worldwide.
And if that isn’t enough, the country is full of inns and restaurants priding themselves on using only the best local produce and based in stunning locations. After all – food always tastes better when paired with superb views of mountains, National Parks and coasts.
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Day 1: Arrival in Wales
Today you will arrive in Wales and travel into the beautiful Brecon Beacons where your accommodation for the next two nights will be.
Overnight: Brecon Beacons
Day 2: Brecon Beacons
This morning spend some time enjoying the rugged Brecon Beacons National Park. Nearby is the award-winning Penderyn Whisky Distillery. Using the natural spring water from the Brecon Beacons, the distillery produces Penderyn single malt whisky as well as a gin, vodka and delicious cream liqueur. You could take a tour of the distillery and see where the whisky is produced, barrelled, finished and nurtured before getting a chance to sample some of the finished product. The World Heritage site of Blaenafon is also a short drive away, where the main highlight is the Blaenafon Big Pit. Here you can embark on a 300-foot descent into the former colliery to experience the life of a working miner. There is also the ‘Blaenafon Cheddar Company’ in this town, a family run business producing speciality award-winning hand-made Welsh Cheddar cheeses and soft Welsh goats cheeses. Their Pwll Mawr cheddar is actually matured at the bottom of the mine shaft at Big Pit National Coal Museum where you have visited this morning. Some of their cheeses are flavoured with Penderyn Welsh whisky, Welsh white wine, Reverend James ale and other local ingredients.
Overnight: Brecon Beacons
Day 3: Brecon Beacons > North Wales
This morning travel out of the Brecon Beacons and into the Snowdonia National Park. Take a drive to Caernarfon where you can spend some time at Caernarfon Castle, a hulking medieval fortress that has UNESCO status. From here you can continue on to Pant Du Vineyard, a family run business set in an idyllic location, with views of the magnificent Snowdonia mountain range to the North East and panoramic views of the sea to the West. Since producing the first bottle of wine in 2010 the company has established a reputable name for themselves in producing award-winning wines, high quality cider and apple juice and you can enjoy a wine tasting and talk here. For something a little different this evening, why not arrange to be hosted by a Welsh family in their home, where you can learn about Welsh life and enjoy some home cooking? Don’t forget to ask for the recipes!
Day 4:Snowdonia & Anglesey
Today you will travel through North Wales to the beautiful island of Anglesey. Connected to the North Wales coast by two bridges, it features long stretches of coastline that have been declared Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a lot to see packed into this little island and it happens to be the spot where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to begin their married life. You could spend the morning visiting Halen Môn silicate, a family company that began creating their own sea salt seventeen years ago. This salt is stocked throughout the UK, as well as in more than 22 countries across the globe. You can have an interactive tour here and perhaps even the chance to make your own salt. Why not enjoy afternoon tea on the island, in a French-inspired chateau overlooking the Menai Strait before travelling back to the mainland?
Day 5: Anglesey > Mid Wales
Today travel through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, one of three National Parks in Wales and known as Eryri in the Welsh language, a name that can be translated as “the place of the eagles”. Stop at the picturesque Italian village of Portmierion, a surprisingly colourful place with a Mediterranean feel on the coast of North Wales. You can have free time here to enjoy the fantastic gardens, learn about its history and spend the afternoon in the quaint cafés and shops. For any fans of the series ‘The Prisoner’, this is where the show was filmed. From here, travel on to the ‘ancient capital of Wales’ Machynlleth, where you can visit the Parliament House where Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr held his final parliament. Enjoy Welsh afternoon tea in this quaint town, or visit a local farm whose previous guests include HRH Prince Charles and who supply meat for high quality food chains.
Overnight: Mid Wales
Day 6: Mid Wales > Cardiff
Today you can spend time on the west coast of Wales, visiting first the bustling market town of Aberystwyth. Spend some time exploring the town. Why not takw the train up Constitution Hill where you can be offered fantastic views of the bay and the castle ruins? Just down the coast you can find picturesque Aberaeron, a pretty harbour town that offers breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay. Dà Mhìle distillery, a producer of artisan organic spirits including ‘Botanical Gin’ and ‘Seaweed Gin’ is on the way and you can book a guided tour of the distillery, learning about the process along the way. The Ceredigion Food Trail is also incredibly popular and could be followed in this area. Continue your journey today on to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, where you can spend your final two nights.
Day 7: Cardiff
This morning you can spend some time in the capital city of Wales, Cardiff. This vibrant city is built around a castle and features plenty of impressive historic buildings to visit as well as handsome parks and gardens. Enjoy some free time in the city before visiting Cardiff Castle which stands proudly in the centre. From here you could book yourself onto a culinary walking tour through Cardiff’s thriving food scene – Welsh signature foods, ethnic and continental foods, traditional and street markets and festivals. You can learn about the history as you taste your way through the capital.
Day 8: Return journey home
Today you can depart for your return journey home.