Castles & Coastlines of Wales

Castles
Outdoors
History

 

Breathtaking landscapes, intact castles and rugged coastline define the Celtic nation of Wales. While Wales may be the smallest country in Britain, it is epic in so many ways. Discover medieval fortified towns, the castle where Prince Charles was crowned and the magnificent Snowdonia mountains, a natural playground!

 

Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Centre that houses Conwy Castle, the best-preserved fortified town in Britain.
  • Take a heritage train ride through the Snowdonia mountains.
  • See Caernarfon Castle, where Prince Charles had his investiture in 1969.

 

Overnight Stops

7 nights total

North Wales (2) – Mid Wales (1) – Pembrokeshire (2) – Brecon Beacons (2)

Why not extend your stay with a night or two in Liverpool, Manchester or Dublin?

 

Pricing

From $2,197 per person based on double occupancy

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive in Wales

Croeso! Welcome to Wales. Arriving at Manchester or Liverpool airport is the best way to start your trip. Stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Center of Conwy, and see the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Britain with battlemented walls and narrow gateways. In the narrow streets at the heart of Conwy stands Plas Mawr, the “Great Hall”, built between 1576 and 1585 for the influential Welsh merchant Robert Wynn.

Highlights include: Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr
Optional highlights: Aber Falls Distillery

Overnight in North Wales
Tenon Recommends: Bodysgallen Hall & Spa

 

Day 2: North Wales

Visit Bodnant Gardens, a lush center created by five generations of one family. While the gardens are renowned for its lily ponds, Italian terraces and remarkable collection of rhododendrons, it is the amazing laburnum arch in full bloom that attracts the most visitors. Travel on the world-famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, enjoy views of the Snowdonia mountains and arrive in Caernarfon by the mighty castle. Here Prince Charles became the Prince of Wales in 1969.

Highlights include: Bodnant Gardens, National Museum of Wales, Ffestiniog Highland Railway trip, Caernarfon Castle

Overnight in North Wales
Tenon Recommends: Bodysgallen Hall & Spa
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 3: North Wales to Gwynedd

Enjoy the spectacular views from the edge of the Menai Strait and gaze at the Snowdonia mountain range. Tour around and over the famous Menai Suspension Bridge. Visit a medieval church on an island, Penmon Point, with the sailing town of Beaumaris situated on its moated castle. Prince William and Kate Middleton settled into married life on this island while he was serving with the Royal Air Force as a helicopter pilot.

Highlights include: Harlech Castle
Optional additions: Portmeirion Village, Halen Môn Sea Salt Centre

Overnight in Mid Wales
Tenon Recommends: Penmaenuchaf Hall
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 4: Gwynedd to Pembrokeshire

Travel southward to Cardigan Bay and take in its green hills, traditional market towns and heritage coastline. Machynlleth is one of the first towns you will come to. It occupies a special place in Welsh history because it served as the base for the revolution during which Owain Glyndr reasserted Welsh identity at the beginning of the 15th century. Aberystwyth is a fascinating university town you can see before heading to Pembrokeshire and your overnight castle stay!

Highlights include: Dyfi Distillery

Overnight in Pembrokeshire
Tenon Recommends: Roch Castle Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 5: Pembrokeshire

Visit St Davids Cathedral, a cathedral in Britain’s smallest city of the same name. Built on the site of St Davids 6th-century monastery, St Davids Cathedral has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for hundreds of years. Further on, stop at the Melin Tregwynt woolen mill, which heralds a new spirit in Welsh design with exclusive wool products.

Highlights include: Pentre Ifan megalithic site, St Davids Cathedral, the traditional Lovespoon Workshop

Overnight in Pembrokeshire
Tenon Recommends: Roch Castle Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 6: Pembrokeshire to Brecon Beacons

Explore the Carreg Cennen Castle, one of the most spectacularly sited castles in Wales. Spell-binding views are waiting to be experienced from the sharp hilltop upon which the castle sits. See the Aberglasney Gardens, which are spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi Valley of Carmarthenshire, and are known to be one of the finest gardens in Wales. Aberglasney Gardens have been an inspiration to poets since 1477.

Highlights include: Penderyn Distillery, Carreg Cennen Castle, Aberglasney Gardens

Overnight in Brecon Beacon
Tenon Recommends: Llangoed Hall Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 7: Brecon Beacons

Today’s the day to discover the capital city! Cardiff grew up in the 19th century as a coal-exporting port. The tremendous wealth created during those hectic days was used to good effect and left a legacy of Victorian architecture. Tour the Cardiff Castle, where the Romans established a fort and the foundations of that original fort have been incorporated into the castle’s outer walls.

Highlights include: Cardiff Castle, National Museum
Optional additions: Cardiff tasting tour, Welsh evening banquet at Cardiff Castle

Overnight in Brecon Beacons
Tenon Recommends: Llangoed Hall Hotel
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 8: Departure

Say hwyl fawr to Wales today! Fly home with memories that will last a lifetime and a desire to return and see more of what the British Isles have to offer.

 

This trip can be booked as a self-drive tour or chauffeur tour.

Prices and Itinerary subject to change without notice.


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Itinerary Details

This trip can be booked as a self-drive tour or chauffeur tour.

Standard Inclusions

  • Daily breakfast (except day 1)
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotel accommodations with private facilities
  • Exclusive By-Your-Side ServiceSM, our personal concierge service that includes a dedicated 24/7 emergency hotline and our mobile app, complete with features to enhance your journey.
  • Private airport transfer on arrival
  • Self-Drive: 6-day vehicle rental from day 3 including unlimited mileage, tax, collision damage waiver (CDW) and super CDW with downtown pick-up and drop-off to and from the departure airport
  • Chauffeur Drive: 6 days private driver from day 3 and airport transfer on arrival and departure day

 

Special Inclusions

The 7-day CADW pass gives you admission to the following sites:

  • Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr, Caernarfon Castle, Carreg Crennen Castle, Pentre Ifan, Tintern Abbey

North Wales / Mid Wales

  • Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr, Bodnant Gardens, Ffestiniog Railway, Caernarfon Castle

Pembrokeshire

  • Dyfi Distillery, The Lovespoon Workshop with souvenir lovespoon, Aberglasney Gardens, Penderyn Distillery

Cardiff

  • Cardiff Castle, National Museum of Wales

Exclusions

  • Pre- and post-trip nights in North Wales or Brecon Beacons
  • Airfare
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary or list of inclusions
  • Personal expenses and additional sightseeing not listed in the inclusions
  • Local taxes
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