Experience the peaceful ambience of small villages in Wales. Wales has its own language, its own Prince, and some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain. British travel writers extol visits to its strongly fortified castles, reminders of the time when English kings had to protect their western flank from the fiery Welsh.
Day 1: MANCHESTER ARRIVAL & CHESTER
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Chester hotel. Chester is about 30 miles (50km) from Manchester Airport, you’ll need to arrange a transfer. Set out on a walking tour to see medieval streets with lovely half-timbered houses and shops. Walk along part of the city walls and view Roman ruins. Also visit Chester Cathedral, which dates back to 660 AD.
Day 2: SHEEPDOGS & CONWY
Cross into Wales and travel across the scenic Horseshoe Pass. Immerse yourself in farm life as you watch trained dogs herding sheep. Stop for photos of 13th century St. Asaph’s Cathedral. In Conwy, a town dominated by its huge castle, take a walk around the narrow streets and see Britain’s smallest house. Drive to Caernarfon for some free time before dinner.
Day 3: TRAM IN LLANDUDNO & NATIONAL SLATE MUSEUM
Take a tram ride in the seaside town of Llandudno. Have lunch at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, a showcase for the best of Welsh food. Choose among the fresh, seasonal handmade food and drink from local artisan producers. Tour the National Slate Museum, which relates the tough working conditions of this region’s slate industry, developed in Victorian times.
Day 4: HARLECH CASTLE & TENBY WALKING TOUR
Experience the magnificent Welsh coastline. Visit the mighty Harlech Castle, one of the “Iron Ring Castles” that were built along the coast by the English in the 13th century. Browse the attractive Georgian town of Aberaeron. Continue to picturesque Tenby, featuring a harbor, castle ruins and defensive town walls.
Day 5: LOVESPOON WORKSHOP & PEMBROKE CASTLE
Drive around scenic Pembrokeshire, a region of gentle rolling hills and indented coastline. Watch the ancient Welsh tradition of carving at the Lovespoon Workshop. Tour the imposing Pembroke Castle, a 12th century fortress, to explore the labyrinth of passageways and towers. Head to the magnificent St David’s Cathedral before returning to Tenby for a free evening.
Day 6: PENDERYN DISTILLERY & CARDIFF
Journey to Mumbles, taking in the views of Three Cliffs Bay along the way. Spend free time exploring the shops and sites of Mumbles. At Penderyn Distillery see the process of whisky production and sample the finished product. Head to Cardiff for a guided tour of Cardiff Castle;
Day 7: CARDIFF SIGHTSEEING
Visit St Fagans National Museum of History, an open air museum on the grounds of St Fagans Castle. After a tour of Cardiff Bay the afternoon and evening are free for independent activities.(B)
Day 8: STONEHENGE & WINDSOR CASTLE
Marvel at the wonder that is Stonehenge, one of Britain's most important prehistoric monuments. Continue on for a visit to Windsor Castle, the official residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world.
Day 9: TOUR ENDS IN WINDSOR
Your tour ends after breakfast, with a short drive to Heathrow Airport.