The regions we chose are strong Welsh speaking areas and has been specially picked to ensure that you have an unique Celtic experience! You will be fed the best home cooked meals. Food and drinks included in the price and all guides are welsh speaking and we regard it as our first language! Wales is an amazing country unlike anywhere else in the world and nothing like England or Scotland. People are always in awe of this small, proud principality, so make sure you take some time to visit it
Day 1: Pick up from London at 8:00 am on Thursday morning bound for Cardiff,once in the Welsh city we'll head for a short walk up the Garth, the highest point in the Cardiff area. From the summit there are panoramic views of the city, the south Wales coastline, England and the Severn Bridge, the Brecon Beacons National Park (we will visit here on Day 4) and the Rhondda Valleys. From here we will visit Castell Coch, a fully restored 19th century fantasy castle, before heading down the M4 (Wales' only motorway) to the Neath Valley where we will lunch at the huge Neath Abbey, an 11th Century monastery.
Next: Mumbles, a cosmopolitan suburb of Swansea with magnificent sea views for ice cream or a beer. Then we will head for the Gower, Britain 's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to check-out the stunning coastline, King Arthur's, and our first campsite. The campsite is remote, nestled behind dunes that shield the site from the best surf beach in Wales. Here, food will be cooked on a camp-stove while you kick-back with your tipple watching one of the most photographed sunsets in the world – Sunset at Rhossili Bay.
Day 2: After a hearty Welsh breakfast we will be on the road by 9:00 am heading for Laugharne, home to one of Wales greatest modern poet – Dylan Thomas. Next is Tenby, the busiest castle enclosed town in the area. After time for exploring we will head onto Bosherston for magnificent views of the rugged, untouched coastline of Pembrokshire, UK's only coastal National Park and discover a 6th century hermit church!! Lunch will be served at this stunning location. We will then drive onto Newgale for, those of you brave enough, a quick refreshing sea swim.
Next St Davids, UK's smallest city. The cathedral and resting point for Wales' patron saint, St David, is nestled in a corner of the village and has been a pilgrimage for hundreds of years. We will then visit The Preseli mountains, home to a bronze-age burial site and the bluestone of Stonehenge. (How did the bluestone get from west Wales to Stonehenge?). The small and picturesque coast towns of Aberaeron and Aberystwyth are the last stops where we will sample the local produce (honey ice-cream) and the best fish and chips in Wales!
Day 3: After breakfast we will head North into big-mountain and big-castle country. First stop is Harlech Castle, probably the finest castle in Wales with both stunning sea and mountain views. From here its onto Blaenau Ffestiniog, and home to British Slate, for a look at awe-inspiring, huge man-made slate mountains and a mini-tour of the mine. Our camp location in the stunning grounds of Dolwyddelan Castle where we will set up camp and have lunch before the ascent of southern Britain 's highest peak, Snowdonia. We will ascend on Britain steepest steam railway. Snowdonia's ruggedness, massive and moody landscape will take your breath away. Once back at the bottom it's onto small town with the big name before back to Caernarfon and its daunting castle for a beer or an ice-cream. We could drop off anyone who fancies going to Ireland at Holyhead ferry terminal. Then back to camp.
Day 4: We head back through the Cambrian mountains and onto the town of Brecon, at the foot of the uplands of the Brecon Beacons, Wales' 3rd National Park. The lush green beauty of the Beacons contrasts to the ruggedness of Snowdonia perfectly. An off-piste walk with the mountain to ourselves that will provide the perfect for a picnic lunch. From being on top of the world we later don our helmets complete with miners lamp (will be provided) and descend ½ mile underground into Big Pit to see the workings of real coal mine.
Before returning to Cardiff we'll stop at Aberfan Memorial to pay respect to UK 's biggest man-made tragedy of recent times. Return to London by 8:30 pm on Sunday evening. If there are enough people and you have enough energy the guide will then take you out in Cardiff Bay and into the city itself for a night to remember where it's more Mediterranean that South Wales (cost not included in tour price).
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