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South Wales Sampler – Land of Song, Literature and Dr Who

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Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey, Brecon Beacons National Park, Big Pit Coal Mine, Raglan Castle, Cardiff, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life

3 days from London

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“I’m so pleased that I’ve finally discovered Wales. It’s my 51st country and few of the 50 preceding ones can beat it for such variety. My only regret is that I didn’t take the longer tour!”

Martha
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This is a suggested tour itinerary for private departures, adjustable to best suit your specific wishes. Price based on how many travelers, your chosen package inclusions and your chosen level of accommodation.

 

This tour begins and ends in London.

 

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart our London meeting point at 09:00, via a rare bit of motorway driving, head directly to Chepstow. Chepstow Castle was the first Norman stone castle in Wales and this is the area where Harry Potter author JK Rowling grew up, so a fun place to begin our Welsh adventure!

 

Also today, the romantic Tintern Abbey, inspiration for one of William Wordsworth’s loveliest poems. As time permits, visit Caerleon, former base of the Roman legion. Here are the remains of some of the barracks and amphitheatre, the only one completely excavated in Britain.

 

NIGHTSTOP: Guest's choice -- traditional country farm house, a 'foodie paradise' vineyard or the vibrant capital city of Cardiff (specific properties subject to availability)

 

Those choosing Cardiff are free to enjoy the nightlife independently. Cardiff has a growing reputation for fine dining. As well as local Welsh flavours, Cardiff has some of Wales’ and the UK’s best international restaurants. Going out in Cardiff has never been better, with a huge choice of pubs and bars – cosy traditional pubs, funky bars and great nightclubs give Cardiff a social scene that is world renowned!

Day 2

Our day will be spent in and around Brecon Beacon National Park, exploring the highlights. Visit Big Pit Coal Mine Museum – plunge down into the earth in the company of a former miner – and if we’ve whisky fans aboard, perhaps a detour via Wales’ famous Penderyn Whisky shop. Also today, explore Raglan Castle ruins, stroll this place of inspiration for Robert Plant and others, as seen in the Led Zeppelin film Song Remains the Same. Built in the 1430s and featuring great multi-angular towers and Tudor-styling, Raglan is unlike any other castle in Wales.

 

Overnight: South Wales, same property as above

 

Day 3

See the highlights of Cardiff, this city of Roald Dahl and Dr Who fame on a walking tour of the Docklands area with your guide followed by free time to visit as you choose. Dr Who fans may choose the interactive museum Dr Who Experience. Those with more traditional tastes may choose to see Cardiff Castle. The foundations of the castle date back to 50AD, and the imposing building walled with elaborate gargoyles is a 19th century gothic fantasy. We recommend lunch in one of Cardiff’s markets, two great farmers’ markets offers a range of organic, local and fair-trade products as well as favorite local treats. Another day spoilt for choice!

 

This afternoon see the open-air Museum of Welsh Life in the village of St Fagans. This fascinating mirror of hundreds of years of Welsh life embraces dozens of authentic buildings, removed from all corners of the country and painstakingly and faithfully rebuilt and refurbished here. Houses, churches and chapels, a mill, bakery, pubs and even a school, have been wonderfully preserved.

 

Alas, we must take our leave of the “Land of the Red Dragon,” crossing the river Severn back across the border. En-route back to London, time permitting a photo op at the prehistoric stones at Avebury, Stonehenge’s lesser known but perhaps more impressive ‘cousin.’

 

 

 

Please note: All attraction opening times are correct at time of printing this website. While we will do our utmost to include all of the properties mentioned as central visits, we reserve the right to change an attraction should it become impossible to deliver a planned visit due to changes in opening days or times beyond our control.

 

Please note that your final day to day itinerary may fluctuate to accommodate variable opening times/days for listed attractions, special events and places of interest. Please discuss your needs with us for an individual itinerary with rate quote.

 

Oft imitated, never duplicated! This is an original SGT itinerary, property of Special Group Tours and to be used only with express permission/in conjunction with SGT.

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What Your Tour Package Includes

This is a suggested tour itinerary and can be modified to best you your individual wishes.

 

Suggested tour package includes: # of touring days with vehicle & exclusive services of your driver/guide/companion, your accommodation for # nights while on the tour including full breakfasts, all taxes and tips other than those you may wish to give your guide. Your price also can include dinners and/or entrance fees to attractions or these items can be left out of the up front package/to be paid directly for maximum flexibility. Airport transfers, accommodation pre and post tour, scheduled city day tours/attraction passes/transport passes or theatre/event tickets can be added to your package as you wish, subject to availability.

 

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The Special Group Tours Advantage is our unique and intimate understanding of what you expect traveling in the UK and Europe. We have not only visited but have spent many years living in and loving the cultures you will experience down the ‘B’ Roads and off the beaten track. We have worked with local suppliers and our guide/companion team for over a decade, creating unique special interest itineraries. Special Group Tours offers our “insider” knowledge to you.

 

The SGT Small Group Touring Concept is traveling with just 4 - 14 guests per departure. It is our aim to introduce you to the 'real' country and its people, not just ticking the boxes of a standardized route and treating you as an individual and not a number. Our concept allows for a leisurely touring pace and flexibility to get off the beaten track to discover hidden gems. Of course you'll see the major sites but so much more too!

 

At Special Group Tours, it is our priority that you have the most enjoyable holiday possible. You deserve it!