Welsh Wanderer Tour

Steeped in Celtic mystery, the Welsh countryside will enchant you with her towering mountains shrouded in mist and tumbling river valleys roaring with Arthurian legends. Visit the Ring of Iron with her countless castles defending the northern shores against invaders, or summit the highest peak in the region by a Victorian-era cog railway. And whatever the weather, Wales is full of wonders!

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Journey by Victorian-era steam train

Delve into legendary history

Immerse yourself in stunning landscapes

 

At a Glance

8 days/7 nights

Trip Duration

$2650/person

2022 Guide Price (Variable depending on group size)

March - September

Best season

London Heathrow

Arrival point

1-7 people

Group size

London Heathrow or Manchester

Departure point

 

Program

Subject to changes and modifications, based on local conditions at the time of tour.

This tour can be customized to your interests.

Check out this itinerary on Wanderlog.com for more additional details.

Day 1:

Arrival

Arrive in London. Travel to Cardiff across the beautiful Cotswolds region. Shake off any jet-lag with fresh air in an afternoon stroll around Cardiff Castle and nearby Bute Park.

Overnight in Cardiff.

Day 2:

South Wales & the Brecon Beacons

Explore St Fagan's National Museum of History, an open-air history of Welsh life. Wander through re-erected ancient buildings and see traditional crafters at work. 


Meander farm lanes north through the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park, where we will visit Aberfan, the site of the 1966 coal disaster. Gain an understanding of the importance of the coal industry to Wales in the National Coal Museum.

Overnight in Cardiff.

Day 3:

Book Lovers

On our way north, spend a morning in the charmingly quirky town of books, Hay-on-Wye. 


While not technically in Wales, book lovers would be remiss to pass up a visit to nearby Hereford to see the Chained Library and famous Mappa Mundi exhibit housed in the beautiful cathedral cloisters.

From Hereford, enjoy a scenic drive across mid-Wales towards Aberystwyth on the coast.


Overnight in Aberystwyth.

Day 4:

Alternative Perspectives

Support sustainable living and clean energy with a visit to Machynlleth's Centre for Alternative Technology, a unique eco-paradise accessible by a water-powered funicular railway! 


From Machynlleth, we'll head deeper into the heart of dramatic Welsh mountains, stopping at Harlech Castle, a commanding fortress from King Edward I's 'Ring of Iron Castles' overlooking the Irish Sea. 

Overnight in Portmeiron/Porthmadog.

Day 5:

Welsh Highland Railway

Spend the morning at Portmeiron Tourist Village, with its Italianate architecture and film-set streets.


Hop aboard the Ffestniog Welsh Highlands Railway and marvel at the scenic views en route to Caernarfon. Drive across the Menai Strait Bridge and grab a selfie in at Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch train station, the longest place name in Europe!

Overnight in Caernarfon.

Day 6:

Snowdonia

Channel your inner royalty with a visit to Caernarfon Castle, site of the investiture of the Prince of Wales.


Head to Llanberis, just 20 minutes down the road, for an afternoon in the National Slate Museum, or enjoy shopping the high street and stopping for a Welsh teacake overlooking Lake Padarn.

Overnight in Llanberis/Caernarfon.

Day 7:

Peaks & Valleys

Rise and shine for Victorian cog-rail experience to the summit of Wales' highest peak, Mount Snowdon


Departing Llanberis, our journey will head back towards England. Stop for lunch in Betws-y-Coed or Llangollen before crossing the border back to England.

Overnight in London or Manchester for departure the following day.

Day 7:

Departure

Continue your time in England on your own, extend your tour, or catch a return flight home from London or Manchester airport.

Why not extend your tour to include the Cotswolds, Liverpool or London?​ Inquire about changes, modifications or extra days.

 

Details

Inclusions

  • Professional, personable guidance and support

  • Flexible itinerary

  • Accommodations

  • All ground transport between cities and sites (combination private & public transport)

  • Entrance fees to sites

  • Breakfasts, snacks en route, bottled water

Exclusions

  • Airfare

  • Visa fees

  • Trip insurance

  • Lunches/Dinners

Other info

  • My private, small group tours are entirely customizable. Want more village and less city? More art, less history? Does your second-cousin twice removed live nearby, and you'd like to work in an overnight stay en route? My itineraries can be tailor-made to your needs.

  • 10% deposit required to secure your booking (refundable up to 30 days in advance of departure).

 
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