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5 Day all of Wales Tour

This is a complete tour of Wales taking in; Cardiff, Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and the famous Big Pit coal mine. Enjoy, impressive castles, historic villages, stunning coasts and beautiful mountain scenery as well as unique culture


Price: £215
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Tour Highlights:

Your legendary local expert Guide
Tintern Abbey, inspiration to William Wordsworth
Free Big Pit, go underground in a real coal mine
Free pint of Welsh Brains Beer
Hike the Brecon Beacons
Snowdonia National Park
Enjoy a night out in Cardiff, capital city of Wales

Day 1: London to Tyddyn Bychan
We leave London behind and head west to Stratford-upon-Avon where you have time to explore this historical gem which was once home to the greatest playwright of all time, William Shakespeare. It’s then over the border to Wales. If you don’t suffer from vertigo, join us on the walk along the impressive Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at Llangollen. We visit the impressive ruins of Dinas Bran Castle above the town and home of many of Welsh myths and legends from the Middle Ages. We have the chance pick up some local produce for an optional BBQ tonight at the idyllic farmhouse, our home for the night

Day 2: Tyddyn Bychan to Caernarfon
We head to the famous ‘Ugly House’, then up the Vale of Conwy past Conway Castle (built by Edward I to contain the Welsh) then towards the north coast where we visit the smallest house in Great Britain. Our journey takes us to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, one of the longest place names in the world. Next, it’s Snowdonia National Park to hike the spectacular scenery north Wales is famous for and a drive through the Llanberis Pass. Next a stop in Beddgelert to visit the ‘Grave of the Dog’. We spend the night next to imposing Caernarfon Castle

Day 3: Caernarfon to Cardiff
We take a hike around the Welsh tribal lands of Dolgellau which lie at the foot of the mountain, Cader Idris. The surrounding lakes of this menacing mountain are said to be bottomless… We then travel onto Aberystwyth, one of the best University towns in Wales. We visit the Devil's Bridge (where the devil was banished from Wales) and go on a gorge walk. Then, off to Builth Wells to hear about the last prince of an independent Wales before journeying through the famous valleys and onto the thriving Welsh capital, Cardiff for a pint of Brains (first one is on us!) before a night out on the town to practise your Welsh on the local

Day 4: Cardiff to Cardiff
Our day begins with Caerleon, the site of a Roman amphitheatre and fortress before leaving the ancient and heading to some more modern Welsh history – the Big Pit. One of the best museums ever, you also get the chance to go down a real coal mine and learn about Wales fascinating (and sometimes tragic) coal mining industry through the ages. After the ‘Heads of the Valleys Road’ we will take a walk along the River Wye, next to the world famous second hand book capital of Britain, Hay-on-Wye, once declared an independent kingdom on 1st April 1977. Back to Cardiff for a huge final night

Day 5: Cardiff to London
The morning is yours to explore - you have the chance to get to know the capital with its castle (originally a Roman fort from where Cardiff gets its name) and the famous Millennium Stadium, home of Welsh rugby. Homeward bound, we visit Tintern Abbey, inspiration to Romantic poet, William Wordsworth before returning to the Big Smoke

Departs London Every Monday at 8.30am


Where you stay on tour
Quality places to sleep are key to a great tour experience. We are not tied exclusively to any hostel chain, so are free to select the very best places to stay and choose ones packed full of character, from rustic cottages and farms to castles and country houses.

All have great facilities, provide free linen, (you don't need a sleeping bag) and have top quality self-catering kitchens, security, and laundry facilities.

Dorm accommodation is guaranteed, simply pay as you go. Below is a selection of some of the great places we stay. All are guaranteed (but optional) and range from £18 to £23 per night

Accommodation Upgrades
If you want to treat yourselves or enjoy more privacy, private, twin and double rooms are available in most locations. Please let us know when making your reservation as we cannot guarantee availability. The cost per person is £25 to £45 depending on the season

Additional Information
Free time
Learn some Welsh from the locals in a traditional Welsh pub
Barbeque at a Welsh farmhouse
Explore Caernarfon with its imposing castle

Your legendary local expert Guide and transport
Free entry to the Big Pit coal mine
Free pint of Brains beer
Free Lonely Planet guidebook

Are there any age restrictions
We are the leading youth travel tour operator in Scotland so the majority of our passengers are in the 18 to 35 age bracket and our style of travel reflects this
The minimum age on all tours is 17. There is no maximum age. As long as you are reasonably fit and have a good sense of fun, we are sure you will have a fantastic time
Will there be people travelling on their own
Whilst we regularly get couples and friends travelling together, every tour has loads of people travelling on their own and down to our style of travel, you'll get to know everyone soon enough
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