wonders of wales
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7 Days | 6 Nights
6 nights hotel accommodation
Visit to the Caerphilly Castle, a medieval fortification in South Wales
Explore one of the beautiful Pembrokeshire beaches and learn about the history, geography and geology of the Pembrokeshire coast
Learn first hand about the growing popularity of wine in this region and experience it for yourself at Llanerch Vineyard
Learn about Wales’s most famous son at the Dylan Thomas Centre
Trip to Caldey Island, home to a group of Cistercian monks who have occupied the island since the 6th Century
Visit a charming, period cottage in St. David’s to experience a delicious selection of local dishes incorporating the wild herbs and marine algae
Travel to Cenarth and visit the Caw Cenarth Cheese Dairy to learn more about how they use locally sourced ingredients to influence their cheese making
Discover the story of slate at Llechwedd on a guided walking tour through the quarry
Day 1: Welcome to Wales
Wales is known as the castle capital of the world and your adventure begins with a visit to Caerphilly Castle, a medieval fortification in South Wales. 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. You might be surprised to hear that Wales has a growing reputation for excellent wine and you will experience this today at Llanerch Vineyard. Informal, informative and entertaining, you will be led by an expert through the vineyard as you learn about how they look after their grapes and how the local environment influences the taste that is unique to their Cariad wines. Overnight South Wales area
Day 2: The Gower Peninsula
Sample the captivating charm of the Southern Wales shoreline and the glorious green countryside as you travel through the seaside village of Mumbles before taking the coastal route to the Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will get lost in the views of dramatic headlands, rugged limestone
cliffs and rolling countryside as you enjoy an easy guided walk on the Gower Coast Path at Rhossili. Back in Swansea learn about Wales’s most famous son at the Dylan Thomas Centre.
Day 3: Caldey Island
Lying just off the Tenby coast, Caldey Island is home to a group of Cistercian monks who have occupied the island since the 6th Century. More than a thousand years of prayer and quiet living have made this remote and beautiful island a haven of tranquillity and peace. Experience Caldey Island famed for cheese and chocolate making, as well as its fragrances. Return to the mainland to enjoy some time in Tenby before continuing to your hotel for the night.
Day 4: Pembrokeshire Coast & Seashore Foraging
Explore one of the beautiful Pembrokeshire beaches and learn about the history, geography and geology of the Pembrokeshire coast. Find out about the local fauna and flora and especially about the plants and marine algae in their natural setting with an experienced guide. Discover some of the historical and strange uses of wild plants and how they are used in cooking and for promoting health and well-being. Visit a charming, period cottage in St. David’s to experience a delicious selection of local dishes incorporating the wild herbs and marine algae identified and collected along your way. Sample for yourself some handmade soaps and skin care products
created by your local guide from wild ingredients. This afternoon visit St. David’s Cathedral and learn about the story of the patron saint of Wales.
Day 5: Welsh Coast
Caws Cenarth is a family business and the longest producer of Welsh farmhouse Caerffili (also known as Caerphilly), probably Wale’s best known cheese. Today travel to Cenarth and visit the Caw Cenarth Cheese Dairy to learn more about how they use locally sourced ingredients to influence their cheese making. With over 870 miles
of stunning coastline you will not be disappointed as you drive north along the Welsh Coast. Stop at Harlech Castle, gazing out across and and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia National Park and the Irish Sea.
Day 6: Gardens and Quarries
Coal mining and slate quarrying has been around in Wales since the Roman period and this way of life has helped build communities and define generations of families in North Wales. Today, discover the story of slate at Llechwedd on a guided walking tour through the quarry. You will follow a qualified Mountain Leader guide on an adventure around the Llechwedd site walking in the footsteps of the miners who worked this site for up to 12 hours a day – some as young as ten years old. Experience year round colour and a haven of tranquillity and relaxation at Bodnant Gardens. Created by five generations of one family over the past 150 years enjoy wonderful views, grand terraced lawns, a renowned collection of rhododendrons and a wonderful waterfall.
Day 7: Farewell
Its time to say au revoir – transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
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The atmospheric scenery of Wales has inspired many. Think Wales, think stunning coastline, mountains, national parks, ancient castles and an exciting culinary scene. Soak in the tranquillity of untouched valleys and sleepy villages, breath-taking vistas and medieval fortresses, ancient abbey ruins and English manors. Join us on this 7-day journey to explore this enchanting Celtic land – an undiscovered gem that’s sure to surprise you. .
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