N.B. The following itinerary is from DM Tours 2015 brochure ex Ireland. However it can be used in conjunction with an independent itinerary as part of a tailor-made tour around Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the rest of England.
Wales has a varied and dramatic landscape and a strong sense of history. There are many ancient castles and fortresses, beautiful beaches, impressive mountains and in the south a strong industrial heritage. Our tour takes in the highlights of North and South Wales. Wander and explore the ancient cities of Cardiff and Swansea and the beautiful towns of Caernarfon, Portmeirion, Conwy and Llandudno on this grand tour.
DEPARTURE DATE: 15 JULY 2015
6 DAY TOUR
- Luxury coach transportation throughout with experienced Driver/Guide
- Ferry crossings Rosslare-Pembroke and Holyhead-Dublin
- 5 nights hotel accommodation with dinner and breakfast
- Entrance to the National History Museum, St Fagans
- Entrance to Cardiff Castle
- Lunch at Abbey-Cwm-Hir and tour of the Hall
- Ride on the Ffestiniog Railway
- Entrance to Portmeirion
PRICE AND SUPPLEMENTS
€725.00 per person sharing a twin/double room
€135.00 single room supplement
Land based price ONLY
Entrance to Cardiff Castle
Village Hotel, Swansea
Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon
Wednesday 15th July
Pick up from our designated pick up point and travel to Rosslare Port for the ferry to Pembroke. Travel through South Wales to Swansea for a two night stay. Time to relax before dinner in the hotel which is located on Swansea’s waterfront.
Thursday 16th July
Set off after breakfast for a full day excursion to Cardiff and the National History Museum. First stop will be the National History Museum at St. Fagans – one of Europe’s foremost open-air museums situated in 100 acres of parkland. This wonderful museum chronicles the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people and craftsmen demonstrate their traditional skills in workshops across the site. Continue to Cardiff, the Welsh capital, for an included visit to Cardiff Castle with its wonderful apartments designed as a medieval fairytale home, and later a chance to see the Millennium Stadium and the sights around Cardiff Bay. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Friday 17th July
Depart this morning and travel through the spectacular Brecon Beacons to a stop for a tour and lunch at the Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, one of Wales’ finest examples of Victorian Gothic Architecture which has themed rooms filled with collectibles and delightful gardens and grounds. Continue through the stunning scenery of the Snowdonia National Park to Caernarfon for a three night stay. Dinner in the hotel.
Saturday 18th July
Today enjoy a 13½ mile journey on the famous Ffestiniog Railway from the harbour town of Porthmadog to the quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Pass tranquil meadows, magnificent forests, lakes and waterfalls as the historic train climbs 700 feet around horseshoe bends and even a complete spiral! Later visit the fascinating Italianate village of Portmeirion and its gardens, designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Portmeirion has served as the location for many films and television shows, most famously as “The Village” in the 1960s series “The Prisoner”. Dinner in the hotel.
Sunday 19th July
Visit Conwy with its magnificent Edwardian castle and medieval streets, then continue to the charming seaside resort of Llandudno. Overlooked by the Great Orme, Llandudno has two beaches, an elegant pier and a long promenade. Perhaps take a tram ride up the Great Orme for magnificent views. Dinner in the hotel.
Monday 20th July
This morning visit mighty Caernarfon Castle where Charles was invested as Prince of Wales, then there we be some free time before the short drive across the Island of Anglesey to Holyhead for the early afternoon ferry to Dublin followed by onward transfers to original pick up points.