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Ceredigion is located in the real heart of Wales. You will visit some amazing Welsh towns where there is so much to see and do, and where you can really soak up the culture and atmosphere.
There is alot to do in this area of mid-Wales and everything is in relatively close proximity which makes travelling around very easy and you get the chance to see as many sites as possible! Visit the bustling university town of Aberystwyth, colourful Aberaeron for some great cuisine just down the coast, the mystical village of Tregaron the beautiful waterfalls at Devil's bridge and the town of Cardigan - unrivalled for its wildlife spotting opportunities and impressive castle ruins.
Travel your way then up the Cambria Mountains for spectacular views. The nature and countryside of Wales is second to none and this tour offers a whole host of stunning and diverse landscapes - perfect for adventure activities if you wish!
So take a week away and enjoy the varied and exciting area of Ceredigion, enjoying all this beautiful and interesting county has to offer!
6 nights accommodation with a full Welsh breakfast
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Day 1: Arrival in Aberystwyth
Today journey to Aberystwyth and have your evening free to explore this bustling university town.
Day 2: Aberystwyth
This morning you will travel up to the National Library of Wales, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the library, one of the UK’s few copyright libraries. This fantastic building has exhibitions of Welsh literature, and offers fantastic views across the town and of Cardigan Bay. From here, travel on to the quaint village of Llandre. St Michael’s Church, located at the head of a charming woodland valley, houses the Peaceful Places exhibition, which is the beginning of a trail of sacred spaces through North Ceredigion. Spend the afternoon exploring the town, taking a walk along the promenade followed by a ride on the ‘Y Consti’ Aberystwyth Cliff Railway to get fantastic views of the bay and the castle ruins and enjoy some refreshments at the café at the top of Constitution Hill.
Day 3: Devil’s Bridge & Tregaron
This morning travel on the Vale of Rheidol railway on a traditional steam locomotive all the way up to the beautiful Devil’s Bridge, famous for its mythical waterfalls which you will have a chance to peruse this morning. While you are here, visit the Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolates shop where you can see award-winning chocolatiers at work creating confectionery. From here, journey on to Strata Florida, an ancient monastery. The graveyard here is still active and tradition claims that it was the burial site of renowned Welsh language poet, Dafydd ap Gwilyn. A memorial to him is to be found on the site, under the famous Yew tree. No less than eleven princes of the Welsh Royal House of Dinefwr were buried here also. Your final stop for the day will be the village of Tregaron where you can learn about the mythical figure of Twm Sion Cati and visit renowned Welsh jewellers Rhiannon’s.
Day 4: Cambrian Mountains
This morning you will take a full day trip into the Cambrian Mountains, and through the Elan Valley for beautiful views and scenery. The rugged peaks offer a surprisingly varied landscape and the area offers a wealth of wildlife to enjoy. This area is also known as the ‘Welsh Lake District’ and you will soon see why! Make a stop at the Elan Valley visitors’ Centre to take in the sight of the spectacular dams and reservoir and learn about the building of the dams.
Day 5: Tregaron > Aberaeron
Today travel at the colourful harbour-town of Aberaeron, and spend the morning exploring the cafes and shops which boast some of the best local produce of the area. Visit the Hive on the Quay, a highly commended modern British restaurant which specialises in locally caught fish, organic food and honey ice-cream. The Hive has been recognised in Rick Stein's Food heroes Guide and by Henrietta Green, a British food expert. This afternoon travel to New Quay to experience the New Quay Honey Farm which features a shop, tea-room and exhibition. As well as producing honey the farm produces mead, a sweet alcoholic drink made since the Middle Ages from honey. The exhibition, the largest of its kind in Wales, occupies the whole of the top floor of the old Chapel. You will have the chance to see bees working in a variety of natural habitats and also in man-made hives which open to show the mysteries of the bees' nest.
Day 6: Aberaeron > Cardigan
Today you will visit the town of Cardigan. Cardigan Bay is an area renowned for its wildlife, particularly the UK’s biggest pod of dolphins. Take a boat-ride here and see if you can spot them! Next stop at the newly restored Cardigan Castle and enjoy its fabulous gardens and splendour of the Georgian mansion. There is a range of adventure sports available in this area also, and you will next visit the Welsh Wildlife Centre from where you can choose to canoe, cycle or simply take a stroll around this wonderfully scenic location which overlooks the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve.
Day 7: Departure journey
Today will be your final day in the area. Spend the morning picking up some souvenirs to take home with you, before embarking on your onward journey.