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Wales: Welsh Frontiers
Offa's Dyke, the Brecon Beacons, and the stunning
Pembrokeshire Coast

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Wales lies in the Southwest of the UK, a landscape packed with mountain ranges, lush valleys, a rugged coastline and charming towns.  Among all this lie a network of trails and tracks used throughout Welsh history from the ancient Celts onwards.

You will discover the heart of an ancient culture while rambling with our local guide. In addition to lodging in authentic, comfortable Welsh inns, you will enjoy the following highlights:

  • Newport- a small medieval coastal town
  • Pembrokeshire coast - enjoy a variety of landscapes ranging from steep limestone cliffs to sandy beaches along this National Park treasure
  • St. Davids -enchanting historic town surrounded by beautiful windswept and rugged coastline
  • Crickhowell- a thriving market town with beautiful mountain scenery
  • Botanical Gardens of Wales, displaying 8000 different plant varieties and conserving some of the rarest plants in the world
  • Peaceful views of the majestic Black Mountains
  • Wye Valley- immortalized by the poems of Wordsworth

The tour starts in the small medieval coastal town of Newport in the Pembrokeshire National Park.   The Welsh name, Trefdraeth, can be translated to 'town by the beach' - a long, golden stretch of sand protected by craggy headlands. The town has a variety of shops, numerous art galleries, craft shops, antique shop, books shops and coffee shops.  From here we venture out to the historic city of St. Davids with great walks along the world famous Pembrokeshire Coast path.

We then move inland to another historic town – Crickhowell, beautifully situated on the edge of the majestic Black Mountains, visiting the Botanical Gardens of Wales en-route.  From here we explore the glorious Wye Valley, on the border with England, an area immortalized by the poet William Wordsworth and visit the The Big Pit, a former working coal mine and now a World Heritage Site.

Day 1 Arrival in Newport, a small medieval town on the slopes of Carn Ingli mountain in the northern part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.  Take a stroll around the ancient streets and pathways that lead directly to the river Nevern Estuary that is teeming with wildlife.  In the late afternoon meet the rest of the group and your guide before dinner.  Overnight Golden Lion Inn. (D)

Day 2 Walk through the old port of Newport – Parrog – to Dinas Head – passing idyllic little coves and beaches to the ruined old church of St Brynach, destroyed by coastal erosion but once large enough to hold a congregation of 300.  This area, sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds, allows shrubs and trees of almost Mediterranean luxuriance to grow here.   Return to Newport for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Fishguard to Trefin around Stumble Head, a glorious wild stretch of coast and very popular with birdwatchers.  The trail follows a beautiful stretch of coast dotted with picturesque coves often frequented by seals. (B, L, D)

Day 4 The last walk along the coast path will be to the smallest city in Britain – St. Davids, named after the Welsh patron saint,  with its magnificent cathedral adjacent to the beautiful ruins of the Bishops Palace.
(B, L, D)

Day 5 Leave Newport for Crickhowell, a thriving market town beautifully located in arguably the most beautiful valley in the National Park between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons.  We will stop at the Botanical Gardens of Wales en-route.  Overnight at the lovely Gliffaes Country House Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Today we enjoy the woodlands and footpaths of the Wye Valley, overlooking the Royal Forest of Dean and including views of Tintern Abbey, made famous by William Wordsworth. Glorious views and a great sense of Welsh history. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Our final walk will take us to the World Heritage Site of Blaernavon and the Big Pit – The National Coal Museum of Wales.  A fascinating walk through the industrial heritage of Wales. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Departure after breakfast. (B)

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

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June 7 - 14, 2015 $3,375.00 $425.00
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Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 5 scenic guided hikes
  • 7 nights' lodging in authentic Welsh hotels
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • 7 delicious breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • 6 lunches, packed or a local pub lunch
  • All sightseeing visits and admission fees
  • Luggage transported between hotels



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“The walks and hikes were, as usual, just the right length and level of exercise. The guides and personal service were excellent! Superb! Knowledgeable, friendly and caring.”
B Overcash     NC

“This was probably the best tour I’ve ever taken.”
E Rice     GA

“Absolutely loved the trip and it exceeded my expectations.
M Purvis     Washington, DC

 


Best Time to Go

May through September

Convenient Airport

London Heathrow (LHR)
Manchester Airport (MAN)
Cardiff (CWL)

Either London Heathrow or Manchester Airport would be suitable airports to travel to our rendezvous point with convenient train service from both.  Although Cardiff is the most convenient airport, most flights to Cardiff go through London or Manchester

Traveling By Rail

From London- take the service to Newport. The rail journey is about 2 hours.

From Manchester- take the service to Newport, with a change at Manchester Picadilly. The rail journey is about 4 1/2 hours. 

From Birmingham- take the service to Newport with a change Euston and Tottemham.  The rail journey is between 2 ½ and 3 hours.

For more information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800)677-8585 or www.britrail.com.  Another resource is www.nationalrail.co.uk  

Weather

Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages in Wales.

 

 

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