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A perfect combination of city and countryside, this tour of South Wales has it all. Staying in the lively capital Cardiff every night you will be able to explore the beautiful surrounding area that is all in driving distance from the city itself.
With plenty of time to experience the highlights of the city, you have the chance to head out to the Brecon Beacons National Park one day and the Gower Peninsular another. Both are within an hour and a half drive from Cardiff and offer some spectacular scenery.
The Brecons are famous for rolling green hills, lakes and majestic waterfalls, perfect for hill walking. The Gower is home to impressive rugged coastline, a great coast path and golden beaches – one of which being Rhossli Bay, named one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Take a trip to Wye Valley where you can see fascinating ancient Roman ruins and architecture, castle ruins, and the impressive Raglan Castle. This area has so much history surrounding it and is well worth a visit.
This tour is perfect for any traveller and is the ideal way to see the incredibly diverse South Wales.
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Day 1: Arrival in Cardiff
Today you will arrive in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales and have the evening free to relax in your hotel or explore.
Day 2: Brecon Beacons
Today you can explore the Brecon Beacons National Park. Begin with a visit to the famous “Big Pit” at Blaenavon, a World Heritage Site. Here you will discover a real Welsh coal mine and experience its award-winning underground tour. From here, travel on to the Brecon Beacons National Park, where you will see high mountain lakes, cascading waterfalls, rolling green hills. Stop at the old market town of Brecon. A lovely town with cosy streets, which have plenty of shops and boutiques. Travelling on then to The National Park Visitors Centre where you can take a short walk to an ancient iron-age hillfort where people lived over 2,500 years ago.
Day 3: Wye Valley
Today you can explore some of the finest ruins and ancient Roman architecture in South Wales, beginning with a visit to Britain's most preserved Roman town - Caerleon - "Fort of the Legion". Explore the amphitheatre where gladiators fought to the death, the bath house around which, much of a Roman soldier's life revolved and the National Legionary Museum displaying all the archaeology of a way of life which existed almost 2000 years ago. A highlight of the day is sure to be a visit to the majestic ruins at Tintern Abbey, stepping into the footsteps of the Cistercian Monks who lived her long ago. Finally, why not visit Raglan Castle, one of the finest late-medieval fortresses in Britain and enjoy the wonderful views of the Monmouthshire countryside along the way.
Day 4: The Gower
Explore the stunning Gower Peninsular today with its golden sandy beaches, rugged coastline and prehistoric wonders. We suggest beginning your day with a short visit to the newly refurbished Dylan Thomas Centre at Swansea where you will learn about the life of one of Wales' most celebrated poets. Next travel into the Gower, Britain's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wales is the only country in the world which you can walk along the entire coastline and this day tour will offer you the chance to explore some of the famous coastal path here. Stop at the spectacular Rhossili Bay, named the best beach in the UK and one of the top ten in the world!
Day 5: Departure Journey
Today you will depart Cardiff for your onward journey. Why not spend the morning exploring the city, including the impressive Cardiff Castle and Sofia Gardens? You could go on one of the many themed walking tours of the city, or spend some time in Cardiff Market, which has occupied the same site for over 100 years, is well worth a visit and has a wide range of Welsh produce on sale. Cardiff Bay, the largest waterfront development in Europe, is a very popular spot to visit with its variety of restaurants and cafes, and is home to the National Assembly for Wales.