Suggested Itinerary for Wales


Day 1
Arrive London - enjoy a panoramic tour of the Capital City before settling in to your hotel.
Day 2
This morning take a sightseeing tour of London including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben and much, much more.
Day 3
Leaving London, your tour takes you to Stonehenge, the world famous prehistoric site, and to Salisbury, with its magnificent 13th century cathedral, transferred from its previous site at Old Sarum in 1220. You continue to Bath and your hotel.
Stonehenge
Day 4
A free morning in the beautiful city of Bath gives you the opportunity to take a walking tour of the city and to explore the Roman Baths, the sweeping Georgian Terraces and the majestic Abbey and is followed by an afternoon tour to Glastonbury, visiting the Abbey and the Chalice Gardens before a short journey to Wells, the smallest city in England with the medieval Cathedral dominating the square.
Day 5
Your full day excursion through the Cotswolds takes you to some magical sounding places with villages and towns with names as interesting as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Moreton-in-Marsh. You will see the thatched cottages nestling between the rolling hills and visit Sudeley Castle, the home of Queen Katherine Parr, one of the six wives of King Henry VIII.
Day 6
Crossing the River Severn by way of the Toll Bridge, you enter Wales and visit the impressive Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 and the first monastry of the Cistercian order to be established in Wales. Continuing with beautiful views along the valley of the River Wye, you arrive in Brecon, the entry to the Breacon Beacons, a landscape of mountains, lush valleys and farmhouses. Your luxury coach takes you to Cardiff and your hotel.
Brecon Beacons
Day 7
A guided tour of Cardiff Castle, with its Norman Keep, Roman Walls and the mock-Gothic mansion built by the Third Marquis of Bute is followed by an afternoon tour to Cardiff Bay, an exciting development on the waterfront of the capital city of Wales, and to Penarth, a Victorian seaside resort nestling on the banks of the River Severn.
Cardiff Castle
Day 8
A full day excursion with visits firstly to the 16th century St Fagans Castle and The Museum of Welsh Life. Opened in 1948, the museum shows how the people of Wales lived, worked and spent their leisure time over the last 500 years and the open air section has over 40 original buildings moved from various parts of Wales and re-erected at the museum. Your next visit is to the Rhondda Heritage Park, complete with a guided tour underground, discovering a life as a miner. On your return to Cardiff, a visit is made to the 13th century Caerphilly Castle, an impressive fortress built to keep out the forces of Llywelyn, the last Prince of Wales.
Day 9
Your tour heads through Swansea, the second city of Wales, and to the Museum of Welsh Woollen Industry at Dre-Fach Felindre, with centuries old techniquies and technology alongside a thriving, working mill, still producing for the modern day. A little further along the valley you can try the art of steering a coracle on the river at the National Coracle Centre. Your hotel is in Cardigan.
Day 10
A full day excursion to firstly St Davids Cathedral. St David is the patron saint of Wales, born about 500AD and founder of a strict monastic order in the town. You continue to historic Pembroke and visit Pembroke Castle, bithplace of Henry VII.
St Davids Cathedral
Day 11
A day to relax and enjoy the surrounding Cardigan scenery. You may see dolphins and seals in Cardigan Bay along the spectacular coastline of rugged steep cliffs and sandy bays. Stroll along the main street of Cardigan town, dominated by the castle and down to the river for an amble along the banks.
Day 12
You leave Cardigan along the coast road to Aberystwyth, a town with fine Edwardian and Victorian architecture nestling between three hills and two beaches, and to Machynlleth, where the rebellious leader Owain Glyndwr held his parliament in 1404. You will visit a gold mine, one of Wales best kept secrets, at Dolgellau and onwards to the spectularly sited 13th century Harlech Castle built by King Edward I, before continuing to your hotel in Porthmadog.
Day 13
On your excursion today and your first call, only a short distance from your hotel, is to Portmeirion, the Italianate village made famous as the set for the television series, The Prisoner. You continue to Beddgelert, in the heart of Snowdonia with its stone built houses and to Caernarfon to visit the 13th century castle, the setting 1969 for the investiture of Prince Charles as the present Prince of Wales. You return to your hotel via the Llanberis Pass giving wonderful views of Mount Snowdon.
Mount Snowdon
Day 14
A full day tour to the Isle of Anglesey with visits to Beaumaris Castle, another of the castle built by King Edward I in the 13th century and Penmon, the site of St Seiriol's 5th century monastry with its views of the beautiful Puffin Island returning to your hotel.
Day 15
Leaving Porthmadog by train - your luggage is taken by your coach! - you enjoy a different form of transport travelling for about an hour with superb views over the beautiful lake of Llyn Mair to Blaenau Ffestiniog, famous for its slate mines and rejoin your coach to Betws-y-Coed, a scenic village at the meeting of the Rivers Llugwy and Conwy. You continue to Conwy Castle, one of the most impressive of all castles built by King Edward I and along the North Wales coast road to Chester and your hotel.
Day 16
A free morning to explore the Roman city of Chester and the Cathedral, the most complete medieval monastic complex still standing in the United Kingdom. Your next journey is to Stratford-upon-Avon and your hotel.
Chester Rows
Day 17
Stratford-upon-Avon was the home of another of England's greats, William Shakespeare. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, the thatched home of Anne Hathaway before her marriage to The Bard and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Gallery. Your journey takes you to Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, and a chance to browse the settings and join the world of Harry Potter, Lewis Carroll and Inspector Morse. Your last night is based in London.
Day 18
You join your coach for the journey to the airport and your flight home.