The Wonders of Wales

 7 day small group tour - no more than 16 on board

Come to Wales where mountains are shrouded in mist, and ancient legends blend with modern truisms to produce a deep national pride worth singing about. On tour, you'll learn of a principality which remains faithful to its Celtic roots - perhaps more so than any other part of the ancient Celtic world. Appreciate Welsh history, culture and language. But most of all, marvel at its spectacular scenery. This is the Best tour of Wales!

The Lynott Tours Advantage:

  • -Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a restored Victorian Kitchen
  • -Listen to the dulcet tones of a Welsh male voice choir
  • -Try learning the notoriously difficult ancient Welsh language
  • -Drive along single-track lanes in Snowdonia National Park

Day 1 Cardiff – Brecon Beacons

After meeting our tour leader and fellow travelling companions, we drive to the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans, which offers a fascinating insight to Welsh heritage. Heading north we travel through the 'Welsh Valleys', home to the former Welsh coal mining industry. At the Big Pit, one of Britain’s leading mining museums, we go down a former working coal mine and learn more about the history of the industry in Wales. Later, we travel into the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park to The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell, our base for the next two nights. (D)

Overnight: The Bear Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 Brecon Beacons – Wye Valley – Brecon Beacons

We journey south from Crickhowell to enjoy some Roman history at Caerleon – the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses. Driving through the beautiful Wye Valley we stop at Tintern, home to the Cistercian abbey of Tintern, one of the greatest monastic sites in Wales. Later we travel up the steep valley side, to learn about Wales' wine industry as we stop at an award-winning vineyard. We enjoy an evening at leisure in Crickhowell. (B)

Overnight: The Bear Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 Brecon Beacons – Conwy

We travel north through the border regions of mid Wales, to the impressive Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the longest and highest in the United Kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later today we enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at Cefn Park, where the owners of this country estate will tell us how they unearthed and restored the original, below stairs, Victorian Kitchen and regale us with some incredible stories of their ancestors. After arriving in Conwy and checking in to The Castle Hotel for three nights, we head to Llandudno for some evening entertainment in the form of a traditional Male Voice Choir concert. (B)

Overnight: The Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 Conwy

Enjoy a day at leisure in the medieval walled town of Conwy. We particularly recommend a visit to Conwy Castle, originally built by Edward I, and Plas Mawr, a fascinating Elizabethan town house with amazing plasterwork, built between 1576 and 1585 for the influential Welsh merchant, Robert Wynn. You may also wish to take a short trip to the pleasant seaside resort of Llandudno or a local taxi to Bodnant Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Wales, spanning some 30 acres, with views across the valley towards the Snowdonia mountain range. The more energetic may choose to hike up Conwy Mountain, which has a good network of paths, including the North Wales Path and the Wales Coast Path. (B)

Overnight: The Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 Conwy – Caernarfon Castle – Nant Gwrtheyrn – Conwy

This morning we leave Conwy and head west to Caernarfon Castle. Built by Edward I as a royal palace, in the 13th century, it is probably the most famous castle in Wales – its sheer scale and commanding presence easily sets it apart from the rest. We travel along the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula to the Heritage Centre tucked away in the once abandoned village of Nant Gwrtheyrn where we have the chance to learn a few words of this notoriously difficult to pronounce language! Travelling back to Conwy we explore some of the picturesque villages of Snowdonia National Park such as Beddgelert or Betws-y-Coed. Tonight we enjoy dinner as a group in Conwy. (B, D)

Overnight: The Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 Conwy – Snowdonia National Park – Pembrokeshire

Today we make our way south to enjoy a spectacular ride on either the Ffestiniog or the Talyllyn steam railway, two of the world's first narrow gauge railways. From the comfort of our carriage we step back in time to a more civilised age as we embark on a journey through beautiful Snowdonia, which is home to glorious coastlines, ancient oak woodlands, mountains, rivers and castles. Back in our mini-coach we continue along the back roads and coastal roads of the Ceredigion region before stopping at Hammet House, our country house hotel in beautiful Pembrokeshire. Here we enjoy a final group dinner together. (B, D)

Overnight: Hammet House (or similar)

Day 7 Pembrokeshire – Tenby – Cardiff

We continue our journey around the west coast of Wales exploring the beautiful coastal county of Pembrokeshire. After visiting St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, which was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II because of the presence of the cathedral, our tour leader will give us a choice of places to stop along the way, including Tenby, an attractive walled seaside town with picturesque harbour. Until recently it was known as "Little England beyond Wales" and has been a fashionable holiday destination for both the Welsh and the English since the early 19th century. Back in Cardiff our Welsh experience ends. (B)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

This tour commences from the Maldron Hotel, Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1GD at 9.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

The tour finishes at 5:30pm at Maldron Hotel, Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1GD.

The Wonders of Wales  2017  
Start End Nts USD per person
7-May-17 13-May-17 Fully Booked  2595
14-May-17 20-May-17 6 2595
21-May-17 27-May-17 Fully Booked  2595
4-Jun-17 10-Jun-17 6 2595
11-Jun-17 17-Jun-17 6 2595
18-Jun-17 24-Jun-17 Fully Booked 2595
2-Jul-17 8-Jul-17 6 2595
16-Jul-17 22-Jul-17 6 2595
6-Aug-17 12-Aug-17 Fully Booked  2595
13-Aug-17 19-Aug-17 6 2595
20-Aug-17 26-Aug-17 6 2595
27-Aug-17 2-Sep-17 6 2595
3-Sep-17 9-Sep-17 6 2595
10-Sep-17 16-Sep-17 6 2595
17-Sep-17 23-Sep-17 6 2595
24-Sep-17 30-Sep-17 6 2595
Single supplement: April/Oct 300 May-Sep. 350

Notes

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Our tours are designed principally for adults, but we will consider accepting children aged 12 or over on request. Please note that triple and family rooms are not always available and we do not offer child rates.

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