10 Nights of Wales
10 Nights of Wales
This tour is customisable and private. We can provide a driver-guide with Luxury Sedan (3 PAX) or Van (8 PAX). For larger families and groups we can provide coaches from 16 to 49 seats with driver AND guide.
Experience the ultimate beauty of Wales at your own pace. This trip covers the isolated areas of Wales which are only highlighted in other tours.
Even though this is a full-on Welsh tour, we have included areas of England such as Stonehenge, Oxford, Windsor Castle and Chatsworth House.
See ‘postcard’ views from Symonds Yat Rock, Mount Snowdon and Harlech Castle.
A visit to Wales might encourage you to learn a few words of the Welsh language.
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Day 1. Stonehenge and Bath.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the mysterious site of Stonehenge. This ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. Explore the visitor centre which has various exhibitions relating to Stonehenge. See the objects discovered in the local areas such as axes, arrows and domestic objects.
Tour the ancient Roman Baths. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Romans harnessed the hot local springs and were able to engineer a magnificent complex of plunge pools, steam rooms and saunas.
Day 2. Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat Rock and Ludlow Town.
See views of the first stone castle in Britain, Chepstow Castle was constructed during the 11th century. Playing a major part in the Civil War, the castle is now a dramatic cliff top monument within the town. The 800 year old castle door is the oldest in Europe.
Visit Tintern Abbey. The abbey suffered at the hands of Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. After the roof was stripped of its lead, the abbey fell into ruin and consequently became a source of romanticism for the painter JMW Turner, William Wordsworth and other poets.
On the border of England and Wales, the views from Symonds Yat Rock are simply incomparable. Look down to see the River Wye or above to see rare raptors circling overhead.
Ludlow has a marvellous selection of half-timbered houses, 11th century castle and a fine church.
Overnight: Mid Wales.
Day 3. Brecon Beacons National Park, Stokesay Castle and Powis Castle & Gardens.
Built in the 13th century, Stokesay Castle represents a medieval appearance. The castle is on the border of England, encircled by Welsh countryside creating a peaceful setting. The grand size of the great hall represents the wealth of the owner when it was built.
Tour the Brecon Beacons National Park before arriving at Powis Castle & Gardens. The castle is a medieval fortress with gardens and parkland adding to the estate’s territory. The gardens are world-famous for their Italianate terraces, enormous clipped yew trees and herbaceous borders.
Overnight: Mid Wales.
Day 4. Harlech Castle, Cadair Idris and Mountain Touring.
Keeping watch over Snowdonia, Harlech Castle overshadows the untouched coastline. During wartime, the stronghold had seaborne access, allowing supplies to be delivered. The fortified structure is now a ruin, but still has a major impact on the landscape.
One of Britain’s most stunning mountainscapes and a popular place for walkers and climbers, Cadair Idris is a mountain on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. There are various routes to the peak with differing levels of difficulty. Covering the most beautiful unspoiled mountains and countryside in North Wales, the topography resembles The Himalayas; hence Sir Edmund Hilary trained here before successfully ascending Mount Everest in 1952.
Overnight: North Wales.
Day 5. Conwy Castle and Bodnant Gardens.
Conwy Castle and town walls are the most impressive fortresses built by King Edward I. The remarkably well-preserved town walls are over 4000 feet long and fortified with 21 towers and 3 gates.
Bodnant Gardens, known as one of the finest gardens in Britain, not only for its magnificent collections of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, but also for its idyllic setting above the River Conwy. Explore the lower garden of ‘dell’ which features wooded slopes and riverside walks.
Overnight: North Wales.
Day 6. Snowdon Railway and Penrhyn Castle.
Craggy mountains, steep valleys and jewel-like lakes make up Snowdonia National Park. We can reach the summit of Mount Snowdon by the famous mountain railway, weather permitting.
Penrhyn Castle was created by a rich businessman whose fortune was founded on the nearby slate quarries and the faraway sugar plantations of Jamaica. Although only built in the 19th century, its roots are authentically historic.
Overnight: North Wales.
Day 7. Chatsworth House, Peak District and Bakewell.
Visit Chatsworth House, the palatial, ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire, featuring the grandest of landscaped gardens, complete with maze, sunken gardens, secluded walks, and the 290ft jet of the Emperor Fountain. Chatsworth’s gardens have been used as a film location for the 2005 movie of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and, more recently, for ‘The Duchess’ starring Keira Knightly.
The Peak District was the first National Park to be established in Britain and one of the most visited in the world. From upland peaks, covered in peat to rolling lowland hills, the scenery is a patchwork landscape of moors, woods, and pastoral valleys.
Visit the town of Bakewell, with its famous connections to the Bakewell Tart!
Overnight: Peak District.
Day 8. Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswold.
Arrive at the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. Visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the marital home of Shakespeare. Stop by Holy Trinity Church which is where the famous writer was baptised and buried.
Take a journey through England’s timeless countryside. Visit the village of Burford and Chipping Campden which are lined with antique shops and tearooms. Stop at the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and visit the old mill to pick up a souvenir.
Day 9. Oxford and Blenheim Palace.
Oxford, often described as ‘the city of dreaming spires’, is one of the most famous university cities in the world, with its ancient college buildings - many ecclesiastical in design - and its rivers. Enjoy a highlight walking tour of Oxford’s most famous college buildings and discover some of the City’s secrets.
Have lunch in a traditional country pub and then see some of the villages that make the Cotswold region famous.
Visit Blenheim Palace, one of the country’s largest and most magnificent private homes. Explore the State Apartments, Italian Gardens and parkland designed by the great English landscape gardener Lancelot “Capability”
Brown. Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough, was built on the orders of Queen Anne and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Day 10. Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.
Tour the beautiful Thames valley seeing the pretty villages and towns in the region.
Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world. The state apartments can be visited along with St.George’s Chapel, the last resting place of Royalty. Your guide will be able to give you a private guided tour inside. Also, visit Queen Mary’s dolls house - perfect in every detail, with scale bottles of vintage wine and electric lights.
Hampton Court Palace, once a favourite residence of King Henry VIII, where all his six wives lived - today an enchanting Tudor and baroque palace.
Day 11. Classic Tour of London, including London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and British Museum, along with panoramic touring.
Take a flight on the London Eye, the tallest observation wheel in Europe and the most popular attraction in London. Your guide will be able to point out all the important historical and modern sights from the capsule.
Privately tour inside St Paul’s Cathedral and see the beautiful interior of the dome, one of the largest and most beautiful in the world.
The British Museum was completed in 1852, the Great Court being the most famous part of the museum purely because of its spectacular glass and steel roof. The collection is worldwide in origin and relates to places and people from the past two million years. The different cultures that can be found within the Museum ranges from the Aztecs and Native North America to Ancient Egypt, Imperial China, Anglo-Saxon and Renaissance Europe.
Sightseeing tour en-route: Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard (subject to army schedules), Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Harrods, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Kensington Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Covent Garden, HMS Belfast, Royal Parks and hidden streets and squares not normally seen on standard tours.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
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