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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May to September
Start: Cardiff, Wales
End: Cardiff, Wales

2022: Wonders of Wales: 1 nt Cardiff, 1 nt Brecon Beacons, 2 nts North Wales, 1 nt Portmeirion, 2 nts Pembrokeshire

2023: Wonders of Wales: 1 nt Cardiff, 1 nt Brecon Beacons, 3 nts North Wales (Llandudno), 2 nts West Wales (Tenby), 

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On this captivating journey through deep green valleys, past snow-dusted mountains and along an unforgettable coastline, we’ll go high and low in search of Wales’ most iconic sights. Join us as we walk the ancient lands of Celts and Romans, immersing ourselves in age-old local traditions as we go.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference
– Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea served in glorious surroundings
– Embark on a steam train ride through the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia National Park
– Stay in the enchanting Italianate style village of Portmeirion – an architectural marvel

Pick Up Location & TIme

Jurys Inn Cardiff (Cardiff)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA ( Cardiff)

Late Afternoon tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full Welsh breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • 1 tea

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

2022 Itinerary

Day 1Cardiff

After meeting the group in Wales’ vibrant capital, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2Cardiff – Brecon Beacons

Following a hearty breakfast at our hotel, we’ll set off in search of the Wales of old. Our first stop? St Fagans National Museum of History, Wales’ most popular heritage attraction. Continuing our journey, we’ll venture through the dramatic Welsh Valleys to Brecon Beacons National Park, stopping at the 13th-century Caerphilly Castle along the way. This evening, another delicious group dinner awaits us at our hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Bear Hotel at Crickhowell (or similar)

Day 3Brecon Beacons – Llangollen – North Wales

Today’s itinerary will take us further north along the border regions of Mid Wales to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: the longest and highest structure of its kind (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We’ll have the opportunity to visit the mesmerising Valle Crucis Abbey before pausing for an afternoon tea together at a charming local tearoom. Upon our arrival along the rugged North Welsh Coast, we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: St Georges Hotel (or similar)

Day 4North Wales

After an eventful few days, today you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the nearby towns of Llandudno and Conwy. How you choose to spend the day is up to you – but we recommend visiting the imposing Conwy Castle and taking a look at the medieval town walls. Later, you could uncover the self-proclaimed “smallest house in Great Britain” along the picturesque Quay – which also plays host to an abundance of cosy cafes and traditional pubs perfect for spending a relaxing afternoon. (B)

Accommodation: St Georges Hotel (or similar)

Day 5North Wales – Nant Gwrtheyrn – Portmeirion

Continuing our journey today, we’ll have a brief photo opportunity at the village with the longest place name in Europe – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – before moving on to the fascinating Llanberis Slate Mine. After enjoying a demonstration and stroll around the museum, it’s onwards to the Welsh Language Heritage Centre in Nant Gwrtheyrn – where we’ll flex our language skills with a lesson in tongue-twisting Welsh pronunciation. There will be plenty of time to practise your new-found skills over our included dinner in Portmeirion tonight! (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Portmeirion (or similar)

Day 6Portmeirion – Aberystwyth – Pembrokeshire

Today we’ll take in the breathtaking landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in comfort and style as we enjoy a steam train ride along the historic Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway. The oldest independent railway company in the world – gaze upon the lush green pastures, glittering lakes, magnificent forests and rushing waterfalls of the national park as we travel around horseshoe bends, through mountain tunnels and cruise along cliff edges. Our day will end in picturesque Pembrokeshire – where you’ll have the evening to spend at your leisure. (B)

Day 7Pembrokeshire – Tenby – Pembrokeshire

This morning, we’ll set a course for the picture-perfect fishing village of Tenby. Perched on a headland and surrounded by Norman-built walls – we’ll have plenty of time to explore the medieval village streets and array of cafes and stores at our own pace. Upon returning to Pembrokeshire, enjoy some leisure time before we don our best outfits for tonight’s final group dinner. Here’s to an incredible journey! (B,D)

Day 8Pembrokeshire – Cardiff

After breakfast, it’s back to Cardiff we go! From Pembrokeshire, we’ll make the scenic drive along Wales’ west coast. When we reach the capital, our tour will come to a close. (B)

2023 Itinerary

Day 1Cardiff

After meeting the group in Wales’ vibrant capital, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Accommodation: Jurys Inn Cardiff (or similar)

Day 2Cardiff – Brecon Beacons

Following a hearty breakfast at our hotel, we’ll set off in search of the Wales of old. Our first stop? St Fagans National Museum of History, Wales’ most popular heritage attraction. Continuing our journey, we’ll venture through the dramatic Welsh Valleys to Brecon Beacons National Park, stopping at the 13th-century Caerphilly Castle along the way. Afterwards – if time allows – we’ll delve into Welsh mining heritage at the Big Pit National Coal Museum. This evening, another delicious group dinner awaits us at our hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Bear Hotel (or similar)

Day 3Brecon Beacons – Llangollen – North Wales

Today’s itinerary will take us further north along the border regions of Mid Wales to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: the longest and highest structure of its kind (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We’ll have the opportunity to visit the mesmerising Valle Crucis Abbey before pausing for an afternoon tea together at a charming local tearoom. Upon our arrival along the rugged North Welsh Coast, we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Dunoon Hotel (or similar)

Day 4North Wales

After an eventful few days, today you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the nearby towns of Llandudno and Conwy. How you choose to spend the day is up to you – but we recommend visiting the imposing Conwy Castle and taking a look at the medieval town walls. Later, you could uncover the self-proclaimed “smallest house in Great Britain” along the picturesque Quay – which also plays host to an abundance of cosy cafes and traditional pubs perfect for spending a relaxing afternoon. (B)

Accommodation: Dunoon Hotel (or similar)

Day 5North Wales – Nant Gwrtheyrn and Snowdonia National Park – North Wales

Continuing our journey today, we’ll have a brief photo opportunity at the village with the longest place name in Europe – Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch – before moving on to the fascinating Llanberis Slate Mine. After enjoying a demonstration and stroll around the museum, it’s onwards to the Welsh Language Heritage Centre in Nant Gwrtheyrn – where we’ll flex our language skills with a lesson in tongue-twisting Welsh pronunciation. There will be plenty of time to practise your new-found skills over our included dinner tonight! (B,D)

Accommodation: Dunoon Hotel (or similar)

Day 6North Wales – Snowdonia National Park, including Portmeirion – West Wales

Buongiorno! We’ll begin our day in Italiano style this morning at whimsical Portmeirion. Designed in the 1920s to replicate an Italian village, its quirky pastel-hued houses, classical mansions and maze-like gardens are straight from the pages of a storybook. Then, we’ll take in the breathtaking landscapes of the Welsh countryside in comfort and style with a historic steam train ride. Travelling around horseshoe bends, through mountain tunnels and along cliff edges – there’s no better way to discover the region’s lush green pastures, glittering lakes and magnificent forests. Our day will end in picturesque West Wales – where you’ll have the evening to spend at your leisure. (B)

Accommodation: The Falcondale (or similar)

Day 7West Wales, including Tenby

This morning, we’ll admire the verdant rolling hills of the Pembrokeshire countryside as we set a course for the picture-perfect fishing village of Tenby. Perched on a headland and surrounded by Norman-built walls – we’ll have plenty of time to explore the medieval village streets and array of cafes and stores at our own pace. Upon returning to our hotel, we’ll don our best outfits for tonight’s final group dinner. Here’s to an incredible journey! (B,D)

Accommodation: The Falcondale (or similar)

Day 8West Wales – Cardiff

After breakfast, it’s back to Cardiff we go! This morning we’ll make the scenic drive south towards the capital, where our tour will come to a close. (B)

Dates and Prices:
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: July 22 $4,119 $5,149
2022: September 2*, 16 $4,119 $5,149
2023: May 5, 19 $4,059 $5,079
2023: June 9, 30 $4,119 $5,149
2023: July 14, 28 $4,119 $5,149
2023: August 11 $4,119 $5,149
2023: September 1, 15, 22 $4,119 $5,149

 

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We recommend combining with: Corners of Cornwall and/or Highlights of Britain

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

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Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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