Back-Roads - The Wonders of Wales 2019

Brecon Beacons, Conwy, Snowdonia And Pembrokeshire

Snow-dusted mountains, deep green valleys and an unforgettable coastline – on this captivating journey, we’ll go high and low in search of Wales’ most iconic sights. Join us as we walk the ancient lands of Celts and Romans and immerse ourselves in this beguiling country’s contemporary culture.
 

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE  

  • Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea served in glorious surrounds
  • Enjoy a Welsh male voice choir performance
  • Take a ride on a steam train while enjoying the spectacular scenery of Wales

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Itinerary

DAY 1 CARDIFF – BRECON BEACONS

After meeting the group in Cardiff this morning, we’ll set off in search of the Wales of old. Our first stop will be the National History Museum of Wales in St Fagans. Then it’s on to Caerleon, where we’ll explore the fascinating Roman Fortress and Baths. When we’ve had a look around, we’ll journey onwards through the dramatic Welsh Valleys. After a day of taking in some remarkable scenery we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at Brecon Beacons National Park, our beautiful base for the next two nights. (D)              

DAY 2 BRECON BEACONS – WYE VALLEY – BRECON BEACONS

Centuries of history have left their mark on the Brecon Beacons’ remarkable landscape. First today, we’ll visit the Big Pit National Coal Museum before travelling through the spellbinding Wye Valley en route to our next stop: the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Tintern Abbey. After a wine-tasting session at an award-winning vineyard, we’ll return to our hotel for an evening of leisure. (B)

DAY 3 BRECON BEACONS - LLANGOLLEN - CONWY

Today our journey will take us further north along the border regions of Mid Wales to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the longest and highest structure of its kind and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After enjoying an afternoon tea together, we’ll move on to our Conwy hotel, where we’ll stay for the next three nights. (B)

DAY 4 CONWY

After an eventful few days, today you’ll have plenty of free time to explore Conwy. This afternoon, we’ll be in for a traditional Welsh cultural treat: a soul-stirring male voice choir performance. (B)

Day 5 CONWY – CAERNARFON CASTLE – NANT GWRTHEYRN – CONWY

We’ll turn west today, setting a course for Llanberis Slate Mine and Caernarfon Castle – once a royal palace built for Edward I. We’ll then head to the fascinating Welsh Language Heritage Centre, Nant Gwrtheyrn, which is located in a former quarrying village. Here, we’ll flex our language skills with a lesson in tongue-twisting Welsh pronunciation. There will be plenty of time to practise your new-found skills at dinner tonight! (B,D)

DAY 6 CONWY – DEVIL'S BRIDGE – TREGARON

First today, we’ll be whisked away to the home of famous Welsh poet Hedd Wyn. Then, it’s onwards to the Devil's Bridge – a world famous attraction home to stunning waterfalls and a steam train experience. Dinner is in Tregaron tonight. (B,D)

DAY 7 TREGARON – PEMBROKESHIRE

First today: a visit to a Welsh gold centre, a stop at the Cenarth Coracle Centre and an exploration of  the majestic Castell Henllys. Then, we’ll continue to Pembrokeshire, where our lodgings come in the form of an elegant country estate. Here, we’ll don our best outfits and meet for one last dinner together. (B,D)

DAY 8 PEMBROKESHIRE – ST DAVID’S HEAD – CARDIFF

We’ll finish our adventure by travelling along the west coast, where we’ll meet with the Lovespoon Workshop in Kilgetty. After our visit, we’ll have time to pick up some final souvenirs before returning to Cardiff. (B)

 

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*per person share twin

8 days from

$4,199*

Includes

  • 7 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Rack-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full Welsh breakfasts (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 1 afternoon tea
  • A Welsh wine tasting experience
  • Enjoy a performance by a Welsh choir and a Welsh language taster session
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: the National History Museum of Wales, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Caernarfon Castle
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