Pre- Tour - September 1st - Arrive into Cardiff International Airport and make your way to our airport
accommodation where you will have the day to rest up and get adjusted to the time change. We will meet here the next
morning to start the tour.

Day 1 - September 2nd - We will all meet at our Cardiff Airport Accommodation and then make our way into the
city.
Cardiff was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed Capital of Wales in 1955, making it the youngest capitol city in
the UK. We will visit the castle where the
Beautiful Parklands, the Castle’s Walls and Fairytale Towers conceal
2,000 years of history. Much of what you see today is the 19th century restoration by the
3rd Marquis of Bute and his
architect
William Burgess. We will have a tour of the castle before we travel just a short way out of the city to Castell
Coch
. Castell Coch, or the ‘Red Castle’, rises up from the ancient beech woods of Fforest Fawr like a vision from a fairy
tale. Yet these great towers with their unmistakable conical roofs only hint at the splendour within. Given free rein by the
third Marquess of Bute, architect William Burges did not hold back. The highly decorated interiors and rich furnishings of
Castell Coch make it a dazzling masterpiece of the
High Victorian Era. But it’s no exotic folly. Underneath the mock-
medieval trappings you can still trace the impressive remains of a 13th-century castle, once used as a hunting lodge by the
ruthless
Marcher Lord Gilbert de Clare. We then get checked into our accommodation before dinner. Welcome
Dinner and Overnight near Cardiff. (B,L,D)   

Day 2 -
After a good Welsh breakfast we take a short drive to visit Caerphilly and Caerphilly Castle. Caerphilly is one
of the
Great Medieval Castles of Western Europe. Its immense size, making it the largest in Britain after Windsor,
its large-scale use of water for defense and the fact that it is the first truly concentric castle in Britain all contribute to this.
The castle was constructed by
Gilbert de Clare in the 13th Century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan,
and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. We will have a bit of a wander
around Caerphilly town before we have a lovely
Afternoon Tea at a Country House Hotel. We then return to Cardiff
for a visit to the spectacular
12th Century Llandaff Cathedral which stands on one of the Oldest Christian Sites in
Britain
. The Cathedral boasts some of the finest Medieval Architecture in Wales. The cathedral was founded by
Bishop Urban in 1107 on the site of a 6th Century Monastic Church established by St Dyfrig. The interior of the
church is dominated by a modern sculpture bearing Christ aloft, designed by
Sir Jacob Epstein. After our tour of the
cathedral, you will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore more of Cardiff, do some shopping and
find some dinner on your own.
Overnight near Cardiff. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning we make our way to the Southernmost Point of Mainland Wales to Rhoose and nearby
Fonmon Castle.  We will have a Guided Tour of the Castle taking us a fascinating journey through Fonmon’s
Rooms
and its 800-Year History. We will see in detail Fonmon’s Rare Medieval Military Architecture, the huge
17th-Century Old Kitchen, built to the cutting-edge ‘Italian Model’ in vogue at the time, and the beautiful
Plasterwork Ceilings created in the following century, considered ‘the Finest in Wales!' Following our tour we are in
for a true delight when we partake of one of the most
Amazing Afternoon Teas you will ever experience! We then start
our southern coastal drive to all the way to
Swansea and past the Sweeping Waterfront of Swansea Bay to the
Vibrant Seaside Village, Mumbles
. Here you’ll find over 120 shops, restaurants and pubs hugging the west side of
Swansea Bay. No visit to the area is complete without trying one of the famous
Welsh-Italian Ice Cream Parlours! We
make a final stop at
Kidwelly Castle, a Norman Stronghold that rises above the River Gwendraeth and it is truly
something to behold. It  appears in the very first scene of
‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, it began in the early 12th
century as a
Norman ‘RingWork’ Castle made of wood and protected only by an earthen bank and ditch. Not
surprisingly it was under constant attack by
Welsh Princes including the Lord Rhys, who captured it in 1159.
Dinner and Overnight Laugharne. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Dylan Thomas
fell in love with Laugharne when he first visited in 1934. This lovely wee town lies on the estuary
of the
River Taf which is part of the Carmarthenshire Estuary where Thomas lived off and on for nearly two decades.
Even had Thomas not moved into the
Boathouse here for the last few years of his tragically short life, it is a truly
remarkable place to visit. It was Dylan Thomas, however, who made the
Boathouse Iconic. It is the building most closely
associated with him and the stability of a permanent home meant he enjoyed a creative renaissance. He worked in the
Writing Shed above the Boathouse with its remarkable and inspiring views of three estuaries. We will visit the Boathouse
with a wee walk through town and then after our visit, you may opt for the coastal path on the way back to the village. Here
near the water you find the ruins of
Laugharne Castle, a Mighty Medieval Castle, Tudor Mansion and Poet’s
Hideout.
This is the ‘Brown as Owls’ castle beloved of Dylan Thomas and he wrote Portrait of the Artist as a
Young Dog
in the castle summerhouse perched above glorious views of the Taf Estuary. Here two giant medieval stone
towers stand guard over the remains of a magnificent Tudor mansion, all set in 19th century ornamental gardens. We will
have
Afternoon Tea in Laugharne before making our way further along Carmarthen Bay to Tenby to get settled
and then you have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore Tenby.
Overnight Tenby. (B,L)

Day 5 -
Today will be spent in and around Tenby, a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and it would be
difficult to find a setting more picturesque. Tenby is a
Walled City surrounded by beautiful beaches stretching to the
north, the west, and the south of the town while the walls surround many restaurants, shops, cafés and pubs all linked by
cobbled streets. You can shop, explore, walk on the beach and take the
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path for fantastic views
of
Caldey Island. While here we will visit the Tudor Merchant's House, a 15th century relic of Tenby's prosperous
seafaring days. Step back 500 years and discover how the Tudor merchant and his family would have lived in this
fascinating three storey house. After some great
Fish and Chips here in Tenby we travel our of town a short way to
visit
Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire's Finest Stately Home. Picton is a most unusual ancient building
being in design half fortified manor house and half fully developed medieval castle. With its four half round towers and
gatehouse entrance flanked by two narrower towers it looks like a miniature version of a great
Edwardian Castle such as
Conwy in North Wales. However as soon as you enter the gatehouse you find a series of finely planned rooms typical of
the grand country house that it is. There is no other building quite like it in Britain!
Pub Dinner back in Tenby. Dinner
and Overnight Tenby. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we start our journey to St. David's with a first stop at Pembroke Castle. The Medieval Castle
of Pembroke
that is at the heart of Pembroke town. This birthplace of Henry VII is idyllically set on the banks of the
Pembroke River Estuary and this mighty fortress is steeped in history. The late 12th century keep is both an
outstanding feature and architectural novelty, for it has a massive cylindrical tower with an unusual stone dome. We will
have a tour of this amazing castle that is definitely one of our best loved castles in Wales. Then our drive takes us all along
St. Brides Bay and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park through Milford Haven, Sandy Haven, St. Anne's
Head, Marloes, St. Brides, Little Haven and Broad Haven
with a stop for you to find some lunch along the way.
Protected by their
National Park Status, Pembrokeshire’s beaches have some of the cleanest waters and sands with
many awards to show for it with eleven blue flags, twelve green coast, eleven seaside, and twenty one rural seaside awards!
That makes Pembrokeshire beaches the best in Wales! We eventually make it to one of very favourite places anywhere in
Wales, St. David's, the most
Westerly Point of Wales which has a lovely town square with quaint shops including a
wonderful chocolate shop! We will explore the square for just a bit before getting checked into our accommodation.
Dinner
and Overnight St. David's. (B,D)

Day 7 -
Before leaving St. David's behind and making our way to Aberystwyth today we will visit St. David's
Cathedral
for a tour. The Cathedral has been the dominant presence since the 12th century and was a popular pilgrimage
destination throughout the middle ages. In the 6th century a monastic community was founded by
Saint David, Abbot of
Menevia.
There has been a church on this site since that time and for the past 1500 years prayer and worship has been
offered on a daily basis which continues to this day. I am sure you will love it just as much as we do! Then we make our way
to the most popular megalithic site in Wales,
Pentre Ifan. It is a splendid burial chamber with a huge capstone delicately
poised on three uprights. Once known as
Arthur's' Quoit, Pentre Ifan means Ivan's Village. The monument dates back to
about 3500 BC and is a great example of a burial tomb or dolmen. We then make our way further along the coast of
Cardigan Bay to Cardigan where we stop for Afternoon Tea. We will explore Cardigan for a short time before we
resume our coastal journey taking us along the bay and through
Aberporth, New Quay, Aberaeron, Llan-non and
Llanryhstud to Aberystwyth
to get checked into our accommodation before. You will have the rest of the afternoon and
evening to explore this delightful seaside town and find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Aberystwyth. (B,L)

Day 8 -
Today you will have a free day in Aberystwyth, meaning the mouth of the River Ystwyth. It is known locally
known simply as
‘Aber’ and it sits right in the middle of the Rugged Ceredigion Coastline. It is one of the largest towns
in mid Wales and also a university town, making it a diverse and vibrant place to visit. Aberystwyth town centre is spread
around variety of interesting roads with street names and architecture reflecting the history and growth of the town since
the Middle Ages. While here you must take advantage of the mile long
Victorian Promenade and stop along the
waterfront at the
Oldest Pier in Wales. For a spectacular Vantage Point, make your way to the end of North
Beach’s Promenade
and atop the 430 feet that is Constitution Hill. At the top you’ll find the World’s Largest
Camera Obscura
, which provides a bird’s eye view of more than 1000 square miles, in a 360 degree sweep around
Aberystwyth. If you don't fancy the challenging walk,  you can take the
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, the Longest Cliff
Railway in Britain
. You may also want to walk up Pen Dinas Hill to take a closer look at the 1850s monument, erected
as a memorial to the first
Duke of Wellington. And please don't miss the ruins of Aberystwyth Castle, the English castle
that was built to keep the Welsh out in the 13th century. There is plenty to see and do here and then we will meet up for
dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Aberystwyth. (B,D)

Day 9 -
Todays drive takes us further north along the coast to Porthmadog with a first stop in Tywyn where we board
the
Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway for an hours long journey through spectacular countryside. The Heritage Steam
Engines
will transport us from Tywyn, the coastal town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, to Nant
Gwernol
buried deep in the mountains above Abergynolwyn. This is a delightful experience that you won't soon forget!
Our journey then takes us to another lovely seaside town,
Barmouth where we Stop for Lunch and then some time for
you to explore and then take a walk on the beach which must not be missed while here! Then our journey takes us further
north and up the coast to
Harlech and Harlech Castle. As if its spectacular situation, foreboding might, and great power
were not sufficient to ensure the fame of this magnificent castle when first seen from the bluff of rock to the south of the
town, the view of castle, sea and mountain panorama is truly breathtaking and remains to this day an unrivaled piece of
castle genius. You will also want to explore the wee town of Harlech before we depart and make our way to tour
accommodation at Porthmadog where we get checked into our accommodation before dinner.
Pub Dinner and
Overnight Porthmadog. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
Our journey today will eventually take us to Caernarfon but not before exploring the Llyn Peninsula, an
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will first stop in Criccieth, a charmful Victorian seaside town with a
medieval castle and two beaches separated by a
Headland Fortress with a fascinating, forceful history. We then make
our way further along the coast to
Abersoch with a fine selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. There are also
three main beaches nearby to choose from, the long sandy
Warren Beach, small and sheltered Porth Bach and sandy
Porth Ceriad with its high cliffs. Most of the coastline is owned by the National Trust and there are many remote bays,
sandy beaches and cliffs, as well as wildlife havens like
Bardsey Island to explore. We will find a cosy place to stop for
lunch and then make our way into
Caernarfon  to visit Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the
most impressive of all of the castles in Wales. Most impressive of all is the
Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of
turrets.
Edward I and his architect Master James of St. George built Caernarfon as an intended seat of power - and
as a symbol of English dominance over the subdued Welsh and they did not fail! After we tour the castle we will get checked
into our accommodation and then you will have some free time to explore Caernarfon and find some dinner on your own.  
Overnight Caernarfon. (B,L)

Day 11 -
We will be spending most of our day exploring the Isle of Anglesey. Our first stop this morning is to Penrhyn
Castle at Bangor
. This 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings sits between Snowdonia and the
Menai Strait.
It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a One-Ton Slate Bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate
carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. It also has an outstanding collection of paintings. The restored kitchens
are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating
Industrial Railway Museum and a Model Railway Museum.
We then make our way to my favourite village on Anglesey,
Beaumaris where we have Afternoon Tea at Red Boat
Ice Cream Parlour
in Beaumaris before visiting Beaumaris Castle, Edward I's great unfinished masterpiece. It was
never finished as money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height. Nonetheless, it is an
awesome sight and regarded by many as the finest of all the great
Edwardian Castles in Wales and also, the last!
Beaumaris is well worth exploring or just to take a walk beside the water, so we will spend some time here before we then
make our way back to Caernarfon where we find dinner waiting.
Pub Dinner and Overnight Caernarfon. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
This morning we make our way to the north coast of Wales to visit Conwy, Conwy Castle and Walled Town.
Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle as it is by any standards, one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe. Conwy's
well-preserved castle wall helps the town maintain a medieval character lost by other Welsh castle-towns over the years.
After some time to explore the castle you will want to make your way upon the walls where you can walk along the walls
from the castle all the way to the harbour. Conwy is also home to
Britain's Smallest House, measuring 10 feet by 6 feet.
The structure was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900 when the owner was a 6ft 3 inch (1.9 meters)
fisherman named
Robert Jones. Once on the waterfront, you may want to visit his home. After some time to explore
Conwy we make our way just a little further north to
Llandudno, a seaside resort, town and community located on
the
Creuddyn Peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. While in Llandudno we will have Afternoon Tea on
the Promenade
and then explore where lovely seaside resort town where Lewis Carroll met 8 year old Alice
Liddell
, his inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. You can wander through town and along the promenade and take
in all of the
Alice in Wonderland Themed Statues before getting checked into our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Llandudno. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we head down the Mighty Conwy River to visit Bodnant Gardens at Glan Conwy. Bodnant
Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, spanning some 80 acres and is situated above the
River Conwy on
ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the
Snowdonia Range. The Garden has two parts.
The upper garden around
Bodnant Hall consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees. The lower
portion, known as the
"Dell" is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Wild Garden. We will
Lunch in the Tearoom before a visit to Bodelwyddan Castle. This historic house with over 500 years of history, has
been restored to the height of its
Victorian Splendour as a family home to the Baronets of Bodelwyddan. There are
nine historic rooms to discover with collections from the
Victoria & Albert Museum & Royal Academy of Arts as well
as original features dating back over 300 years. As a regional partner of the
National Portrait Gallery unique to Wales
and the surrounding area, on display are a large collection of Victorian portraits. We then return home to Llandudno where
you will have the evening free for dinner.
Overnight Llandudno. (B,L)

Day 14 -
This morning we visit we visit Plas Nywedd House and Gardens, an enchanting mansion and gardens, with
spectacular views of Snowdonia. The house was one of Anglesey's principal residences and owned successively by
Griffiths, Baylys and Pagets, it became the country seat of the Marquesses of Anglesey, and the core of a large
agricultural estate. Set on the shores of the
Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, this elegant house was
redesigned by
James Wyatt in the 18th century. The 1930s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association
and contains his exquisite romantic mural and the largest exhibition of his works. I can state at this mural for hours and find
new things to look at each time! We then have a
Sumptuous Afternoon Tea at Chateau Rhianfa, a 5 Star Fairytale
Country House Hotel.
We then visit Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, described as one of North Wales Best Kept
Secrets.
The hidden world of the gardens is situated at the side of the Menai Strait, hidden from view near to Menai
Bridge.
We will stop in the town of Menai Bridge on the way home for a bit of exploration before we make our way back
to Llandudno for a
Pub Dinner. Dinner and Overnight Llandudno. (B,L,D)

Day 15 -
Today we will start our journey south once again but not before following the Coastline east along Colwyn Bay
and the mouth of the River Dee. We will take in the coastal villages of Abergele, Kimmel Bay, Rhyl, Prestatyn,
Mostyn and Flint
before turning inland and making our way to Welshpool. We will stop in the lovely town of
Llangollen renowned for the surrounding hills and the spectacular River Dee that winds its way through town. You can
take a stroll along the
Victoria Promenade, walk through the Riverside Park or watch the river tumble down beneath
the bridge. Llangollen also has an astonishing range of cafés, bars, hotels and restaurants where you can easily find some
lunch on your own. We then leave Llangollen behind as we make our way further south to
Powis Castle that rises
dramatically above its celebrated garden. While here we will take in the largest private collection in the UK of
Artefacts
from India
displayed in the Clive Museum. It was amassed during the British Colonisation of India and came to
Powis in the early 19th century. The Museum houses more than
1000 items from India and East Asia, dating from
about 1600 to the 1830s. It includes ivories, textiles, statues of Hindu gods, ornamental silver and gold, weapons and
ceremonial armour. After our visit it is just a short way to our accommodation to get checked in before dinner.
Dinner and
Overnight Welshpool. (B,D)

Day 16 -
This morning we continue our journey that will take us back to Cardiff but not before visiting our favourite
Stately Home in Wales, Abbey-Cwm-Hir. Owned by our friends Paul and Victoria, this 52 Room Victorian Revival
Gothic Mansion
sits in 12 Acres of Gardens overlooking the ruins of the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey and is
almost beyond description! Before our tour of the house we will have a
Lovely Lunch in the House and then we will
wander through all 52 rooms of the house hearing wonderful stories and learn its history up to present day. After some time
to explore the gardens you may want to make your way down to the ruins of the Abbey that is the final resting place of
Llywellyn ap Gruffudd, the Last True Prince of Wales after his death in 1282. You will also want to walk down to the
wee village of Abbey-Cwm-Hir, steeped in history and natural beauty, virtually undiscovered by the modern world. The
Village Church of St. Mary's is also worth visiting. It was rebuilt in 1866 by
Mary Beatrice Philips a granddaughter of
Francis Philips who purchased the Abbey-Cwm-Hir Estate in 1837. We then make our way to our accommodation near
Cardiff to get settled in before dinner. We then make our way through the
Brecon Beacons National Park on our way to
our accommodation near Cardiff.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Cardiff. (B,L,D)

Day 17 -
This morning we return you to the Cardiff International Airport for your journey home.
A Coastal Adventure of Wales with Fishing Villages, Port
Towns,Seaside Drives, Castles, Gardens, Cathedrals, Stately
Homes Afternoon Tea, Cosy Pubs and Spectacular Countryside.
September 2nd - 18, 2022
Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe and we
have done our very best to bring them to you. Highlights include: Cardiff Castle,
Castell Coch, Caerphilly Castle, Llandaff Cathedral, Fonmon Castle, Kidwelly Castle,
Dylan Thomas' Laugharne, Dylan Thomas' Boathouse, Laugharne Castle, Tenby
Walled City, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, Tudor Merchant's House, Picton Castle
and Gardens, St. David's and St. David's Cathedral, Pembroke Castle, Aberystwyth,
Pentre Ifan Burial Tomb, Cardigan Bay and Cardigan, Ceredigion Coastline,
Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway, Barmouth, Harlech Castle, Llyn Peninsula, Caernarfon
Castle, Isle of Anglesey, Penrhyn Castle, Beaumaris Castle, Conwy Castle and
Walled Town, Llandudno, Bodnant Gardens, Bodelwyddan Castle, Plas Nywedd
House and Gardens, Plas Cadnant Hidden Garden, Colwyn Bay, Llangollen, Powis
Castle, Abbey-Cwm-Hir and more!
Take us to the water and we will be happy! Some of our favourite days in life have
been spent exploring fishing villages, hidden coves and beaches and listening to the
waves lap against the shore. There are many coastal villages, coastlines and
seascapes that we love exploring, and we also have many favourite places to eat fish
and chips, have afternoon tea and enjoy great pub grub, so we decided to combine
them into a wonderful coastal adventure! There are so many amazing places to see
and visit in Wales, but we wanted this tour to be all the water. The Irish Sea, St
George's Channel, the Bristol Channel, and all of the smaller bodies of water to
include Lakes, Rivers, Bays, Springs, Straits, Canals and Estuaries. Yes, take us to
the water, let us play in the sea, walk on the beach or just trail our hand in the water
and we will be happy!
This tour is designed to accommodate only 12 people for a more personal
experience to allow you to get the most of your Welsh holiday. Keeping the
tour size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten path and
take advantage of accommodations, restaurants and sightseeing venues that
would not be available to larger groups. You may find yourself
staying in a delightful city guest house, a small country house hotel, a
comfortable farmhouse and an old coaching inn all in the same visit. We
hope to show you the real Welsh people and some of the wonderful sights to
be seen all over this beautiful country. You will not feel rushed and we
spend as little time on the bus as possible.
Tour includes 17 nights accommodation in 4 and 5 Star Welsh Tourist Board Approved accommodations. Full Welsh
breakfast each morning, all meals listed in itinerary. Porterage of one suitcase per person. Minibus travel including tour
guide. Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance fees. All
taxes and service charges.
$7995US per person. $995 single supplement.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.
Deposits