Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is a vibrant and bustling modern city that deserves at least a day of your holiday! Visit Cardiff Bay – Europe’s biggest waterfront development and home to the National Assembly for Wales, The Wales Millennium Centre, and the Norwegian Church. A 30-minute stroll (or a short bus or taxi ride) and the Principality Stadium, the home of Welsh rugby, looms over the river Taff. From here you are seconds from Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Museum, and the bustling Victorian shopping arcades.
Heading west past towns made famous by coal and steel, we reach Swansea and the Gower peninsula. Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty feels a million miles from the city life of Cardiff. Broad sandy beaches, pounding surf and lofty clifftop walks are the order of the day on ‘The Gower’
A visit to the busy seaside town of Tenby is also a must. The light and colours have attracted artists and tourists for centuries. Tenby is known for its 13th-century town walls, sandy beaches, and its delightful little harbour.
Heading further west still, don’t miss Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII or St Davids, the smallest city in Britain. Its magnificent cathedral was founded in the 6th century by St David, the Patron saint of Wales. A RIB ride around Ramsey Island to see seals, sea birds and ‘The Bitches’ tidal race shouldn’t be missed. (and dolphins if you are lucky!)
Now turn north along the west coast through pretty fishing villages like Fishguard, Cardigan and Aberaeron. Stop off at the mysterious 5000-year-old burial chamber at Pentre Ifan or take a ride on the Cwm Rheidol heritage steam railway. Whilst admiring the fabulous views across the Rheidol valley, keep your eyes peeled as you may spot the national bird of Wales, the Red kite, soaring majestically alongside you.
For an alternative route north, head back inland and north of the great industrial cities of the south coast and you will find the Brecon Beacons, the highest mountains south of Snowdonia. The ‘Beacons’ form the northern heads of the great coal-mining valleys of the industrial revolution. Industry in these valleys in the 18thand 19th centuries helped make Wales one of the original industrial super nations. Whilst here visit ‘Waterfall Country’ and the whisky distilleries at Penderyn for a ‘wee dram’ of Wales’ finest.
Now turn north through the sparsely populated heartlands of mid-Wales. Visit Builth Wells, home of the annual Royal Welsh agricultural show. The narrow mountain road through the wild Cambrian Mountains takes you past great reservoirs built to provide water for the industrial cities of the English midlands before a stop off at the beacon of tranquillity and reverence that is the former Cistercian abbey of Strata Florida.
Either route north takes you onwards via the busy university town of Aberystwyth and to the gateways to Southern Snowdonia and North Wales.
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!