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5 Day Discover Wales

Explore three national parks. Visit an incredible array of castles and learn about ancient Celtic culture. This is our ultimate tour of Wales. Wales is an intriguing place. Somehow this small country has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in Europe.

Amazingly, 20% of the country is protected by national parks and strangely, their national animal is a mythical dragon!
What’s more is it’s packed full of delightful coastal villages, incredible Roman ruins, and stunningly white beaches. But most intriguing is the warm welcome you’ll experience when you travel through this wonderful country on our five day tour.

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Tour Highlights

  • Stratford upon Avon - Charmingly ornate wooden houses make this town a history lover’s paradise
  • Welsh Borderlands and the Cambrian Mountains - Cross the gentle rolling hills that have divided kingdoms for hundreds of years
  • Snowdonia National Park - Discover the jagged peaks of Wales’ first national park
  • Harlech Castle - UNESCO described this castle as one of "the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in Europe"
  • New Quay and Cardigan Bay - White houses speckled on a hill overlooking a gorgeous beach
  • Dolaucothi Gold Mine - Visit the only Ancient Roman gold mines in the whole of Britain
  • Laugharne and its Dylan Thomas connections - Explore the town that inspired one of the world’s greatest poets
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Preseli Mountains - A spectacular coastline packed with untouched beaches and crumbly cliffs
  • St Davids - Britain’s smallest city contrasts a tiny population of 1,841 people with a remarkable cathedral
  • Castle Combe - Don’t let the name fool you. This village full of gentle cottages and trickling waterways couldn’t fend off anything
87% humidity
wind: 7mph WNW
H 58 • L 51
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Stratford-upon-Avon and the Welsh borders

See how the Tudors lived in Stratford on Avon then venture through the wondrously rolling hills of the Welsh borders.

You leave London and travel west to William Shakespeare’s birthplace and hometown, Stratford on Avon. This town’s beautiful black and white timber frame buildings are almost unchanged since Tudor times. Walk amongst them and feel as if you’ve been transported to the past.

Following lunch in Stratford, you travel west through the Welsh Marches and the borderlands between England and Wales; marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. The route then leads into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley.

Leaving here in the late afternoon, it’s just an hour or so to the beautiful seaside town and cultural centre of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights.

On tours departing from April 2018, you visit the Cotswolds instead of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Day 2 - Snowdonia National Park, Harlech and Criccieth

Admire the crests and dips of sharp mountains and deep valleys at the Snowdonia National Park then compare the ramparts of two magnificent medieval Welsh castles, at Harlech and Criccieth.

Travel north into the spectacularly mountainous region of the Snowdonia National Park. You visit the beautiful mountain village of Beddgelert, where you can see the famous grave of ‘Gelert’, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine.

From here, it’s a short ride to the small coastal town of Criccieth. And nearby there’s an exemplary example of one of the castles of the Welsh Princes. You get stunning views from the ramparts along the coast and out into Cardigan Bay.

You travel on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching Harlech Castle. This mighty medieval castle sits high on a hill, and looks perfectly impenetrable.

After a fulfilling day you return to Aberystwyth in late afternoon.

On tours departing from April 2018, you visit the village of Machynlleth instead of Criccieth Castle.

Day 3 - New Quay, Dolaucothi Mine and Tenby

Wander around New Quay and wish you could move into this picturesque little town and hunt for gold in Britain’s only Roman gold mine

Leaving Aberystwyth, you travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through the quaint town of Aberaeron, and to New Quay.

A sumptuous sandy harbour, whitewashed houses, and connections to Dylan Thomas: this town is one of the most picturesque and interesting little towns in Britain. What’s more is from the breakwater wall you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins and whales. Turning inland, you strike out for gold at the Dolaucothi mine, which dates back to Roman times.

Following this excursion you head into the foreboding Black Mountains. You may get the chance to explore a mysterious bedrock cave under a castle before you head for the coast, and visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play “Under Milk Wood”.

From here it’s a short distance to Tenby, the small, charming seaside town that’ll be your base for two nights.

On tours departing from April 2018, you do not visit the Dolaucothi Gold Mines.

Day 4 - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Visit the only national park in Britain that’s dedicated to gorgeous coastline views then stumble upon the grand cathedral of Britain’s smallest city, St Davids.

Our last full day in Wales is spent exploring the extreme south-west. You see some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This region is stunning and was the birthplace of both the patron saint of Wales, and the Twdyr (anglicised to Tudor) royal dynasty.

You stop in the county town of Pembroke, where you can enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. And after this, you travel on to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and time for exploration.

In the afternoon the tour follows the coast to Strumble Head, the site of the last invasion of Britain in 1797, and on to the Presili Hills. These hills are a place of entombment in Neolithic times and the source of the bluestones of Stonehenge.

From here we return once more to Tenby for a relaxed evening. On tours departing from April 2018, you spend more time in Tenby instead of visiting Strumble Head.

Day 5 - National History Museum and the Roman Fortress at Caerleon

Delve deep into history at the National History Museum and the Roman Fortress at Caerleon then wander around the quintessential Cotswold village of Castle Combe.

Leaving Tenby in the morning, you begin your return journey to London. You travel past the big industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, for a visit to the outdoor National History Museum (an optional drop-off for anyone wanting to end the tour in Cardiff is available).

After a quick tour through the impressively modern Cardiff Bay area, head 2000 years back in time with a stop at the remarkably well preserved Roman Fortress at Caerleon.

From here, it’s time to say goodbye to Wales. You take the Severn Bridge back into England, where you have one final break at Castle Combe. This gorgeous Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th century ironstone cottages. From here you will head back to central London.

On tours departing from April 2018, you spend more time in St Fagan’s, Caerleon, and Castle Combe instead of visiting Cardiff Bay.

87% humidity
wind: 7mph WNW
H 58 • L 51
Weather from Yahoo!

Important Information

  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old).
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.

Departure Information

  • Departs 09.15 – Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH.
  • Returns 19:30.


  • We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.
  • We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard.
  • The prices below are for guidance only.

B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

  • The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast.
  • The cost is between £30.00 – £35.00 per person per night.
  • A single standard is between £35.00 – £60.00 per night.

B&B En/suite

  • The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price.
  • The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.
  • The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 – £80.00 per night.


  • Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals.
  • Breakfast is included in the price.
  • The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 – £85.00 per person per night.
  • Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 – £120.00 per person per night.


  • A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds.
  • The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room.
  • Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals.
  • The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.
  • Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms.
  • Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.

Our Most Popular Essentials

There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.