BRECON BEACONS, CONWY & SNOWDONIA
Come to Wales where mountains are shrouded in mist, and ancient legends blend with modern truisms to produce a deep national pride worth singing about. On tour, you'll learn of a principality which remains faithful to its Celtic roots - perhaps more so than any other part of the ancient Celtic world. Appreciate Welsh history, culture and language. But most of all, marvel at its spectacular scenery.
The Back-Roads Difference
- Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a restored Victorian Kitchen
- Listen to the dulcet tones of a Welsh male voice choir
- Take a trip on a narrow gauge steam railway
- Try learning the notoriously difficult ancient Welsh language
- Drive along single-track lanes in Snowdonia National Park
- Freedom to explore many historic attractions with the Cadw Explorer Pass
- 6 nights' accommodation
- Driver/tour leader
- Mini-coach transportation
- Full Welsh breakfast daily
- 3 x evening meals
- 1 x afternoon tea at Cefn Park's Victorian Kitchen
- Welsh wine tasting
- Welsh language lesson
- Included Entrances: Cadw Explorer Pass, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Caerleon Castle & Caernarfon Castle.
What is not included in a Back-Roads Touring Tour?
Day 1 Cardiff – Brecon Beacons
After meeting our Back-Roads tour leader and fellow travelling companions, we drive to the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans, which offers a fascinating insight to Welsh heritage. Heading north we travel through the 'Welsh Valleys', home to the former Welsh coal mining industry. At the Big Pit, one of Britain’s leading mining museums, we go down a former working coal mine and learn more about the history of the industry in Wales. Later, we travel into the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park to The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell, our base for the next two nights. (D)
Overnight: The Bear Hotel (or similar)
Day 2 Brecon Beacons – Wye Valley – Brecon Beacons
We journey south from Crickhowell to enjoy some Roman history at Caerleon – the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses. Driving through the beautiful Wye Valley we stop at Tintern, home to the Cistercian abbey of Tintern, one of the greatest monastic sites in Wales. Later we travel up the steep valley side, to learn about Wales' wine industry as we stop at an award-winning vineyard. We enjoy an evening at leisure in Crickhowell. (B)