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This tour will give you a real flavour of life in Wales, including the language, industry and landscape throughout its history. Get a taste for Welsh life, and visit ancient sites, national parks and National museums. Spend time in its modern capital, and key towns and cities throughout the country.
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Day 1: Arrival in North Wales
Today you will arrive in North Wales and make your way to the Snowdonia National Park. On arrival, you will take a steam train ride alongside Llyn Padarn and spend some time at the Llanberis Slate Museum, before travelling on to your accommodation for the night.
Day 2: Anglesey
Today you will drive over the Menai Strait on to the beautiful island of Anglesey, connected to the North Wales coast by two bridges and featuring long stretches of coastline that have been declared Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Next, said to be the most beautiful place on Anglesey is the ‘island’ of Llanddwyn, named after the Welsh patron saint of love, Dwynwen. Afterwards you will visit one of the most popular attractions on Anglesey, South Stack Light house.
Day 3: Caernarfon > Aberystwyth
Today you will see some spectacular scenery as you travel through the Snowdonia National Park to Aberystwyth. You will travel through Machynlleth, said to be the final hiding place of Owain Glyndwr, the last prince of Wales. Machynlleth is traditionally known as the "ancient capital of Wales". We will make a short stop here and explore the local market that has been held here since 1291, and visit the Centre for Alternative Technology, one of the world’s most renowned eco-centres. On arrival in Aberystwyth you will take a tour of the National Library of Wales, one of the UK’s few copyright libraries.
Day 4: Aberystwyth > Devils Bridge > Aberystwyth
This morning you will take part in a welsh lesson, before travel from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge by steam train through the beautiful Rheidol Valley. Welsh is Celtic language spoken natively in Wales and it has been spoken throughout recorded history. You will visit the stunning waterfall at Devil’s Bridge, said to be the last place the Devil visited in Wales, before travelling on to Strata Florida in the afternoon.
Day 5: Aberystwyth > Swansea
Today travel to the second biggest city in Wales, Swansea, the birthplace of poet and playwright Dylan Thomas. On the way, stop at the small town of Laugharne on the banks of the Taf estuary. You can have a guided tour of the town, including a visit to the boathouse where Dylan Thomas lived with his family for the last four years of his life, the final resting place of himself and his wife Caitlin and the fantastic ruins of Laugharne castle. On arrival in Swansea you will visit the Swansea museum, the oldest museum In Wales.
Day 6: Swansea > The Gower > Swansea
Today take a boat trip from Swansea to Gower and back. The Gower coast is the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the 19 mile-long Peninsula starts at Mumbles and extends westwards.. See the whole of the delightful South Gower Coast and do some porpoise or dolphins spotting!In the afternoon you will have a Dylan Thomas tour of the city with an expert on the poet.
Day 7: Swansea > Cardiff
Today, visit St. Fagans Natural History Museum, located just outside Cardiff. St. Fagans is one of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction, and it provides an insight into Wales from Celtic times to modern day.
Day 8: Cardiff
Today you will have the morning free to explore the welsh capital of Cardiff. Why not join one of the fantastic walking tours of the city which take place every morning? After lunch you will be taken on a tour of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, the meeting place of the National Assembly of Wales. This afternoon, visit the Cardiff National History museum before having free time for the evening.
Day 9: Cardiff > Brecon Beacons
Today you will have a day trip out from Cardiff into the Brecon Beacons National Park. You will visit Castle Coch, a High Gothic, opulent castle built during the Victorian Period by ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges. We will also visit Caerphilly castle, the largest Castle in Wales. Finally make a stop at Rhondda Heritage Park, whose main highlight is the Blaenavon big pit. Blaenavon town is a World Heritage site, and you can embark on a 300 foot descent into the former colliery to experience the life of a working miner
Day 10: Return journey
Your final morning will be free to explore Cardiff one last time. This afternoon travel to the airport with a stop at Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey; the abbey meditated upon by Wordsworth in his poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798”, on the way.