Instead of taking the direct route via the motorways of the industrial heartland of England, we take a tour of Wales from south to north, passing through some of the best scenery that Wales has to offer.
The gateway to South Wales is via The Prince of Wales bridge. At just over 3 miles long, the bridge crosses the treacherous Bristol Channel which has the second-highest tidal range in the world.
After skirting Cardiff, we turn north and head uphill passing towns made famous by Coal and Iron. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, in the late 1700s, 4 of the largest ironworks in the world operated in these valleys.
Continuing north we cross through the Brecon Beacon mountain range before dropping down into the Wye Valley and following the river further to Builth Wells, home of the annual Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.
Next, we head into sparsely populated uplands, through dense forests, over mountain roads and alongside valleys flooded to create the great reservoirs of Mid Wales. Soon we arrive at the little town of Machynlleth, site of the first independent Welsh Parliament during the last great Welsh uprising led by Owain Glyndwr.
We continue to head north past disused slate mines towards the giant bulk of Cadair Idris, watch out for fast jets overhead – this area is one of the premier fighter pilot training grounds in Europe.
We now head west to take in a beautiful section of Cardigan Bay with beaches of golden sand stretching as far as the eye can see and the mountains of Snowdonia looming in the distance. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Harlech Castle appears perched on a clifftop overlooking the Irish sea as we turn back inland to drive through the centre of the high mountains of Snowdonia towards the north coast and the completion of our Celtic odyssey.
Your personal guided tour timetable
Your touring day starts at your accommodation at 9:30 am. Your day will include rest, coffee and a lunch stop in addition to stops for the listed sites, attractions and activities. Along the way, your driver will tell you all about Wales’ history, culture and myths and legends whilst pointing out places of interest and recommending the best stops for food, refreshments and photos. We aim to have you back at your accommodation at about 6:00 pm.
We will endeavor to visit all locations listed on this tour however, Start/Finish times, order of itinerary and places we visit may change depending on your pickup and drop-off location, weather, road conditions or other events out of our control. Therefore, all tour timings are approximate, and we reserve the right to change the tour itinerary at any time.
What is Included in your tour
Pick up and drop off at your hotel or cruise berth within North Wales.
The services of your professional driver/guide throughout your tour.
The use of our luxury Mercedes people carrier to suit your party size
All fuel, parking and road tolls.
What is excluded from your tour
Food and drink and admission fees to sites, attractions and activities where payable.
Personal travel insurance
What to bring with you.
Please bring a wind or waterproof coat and sensible footwear for some light walking. Whilst rare, Wales can have 4 seasons in one day!