Explore Wales Self-Drive

Explore all three Welsh National Parks as well as the scenic Wales Way, on this 7 day tour of Wales.
Experience the natural beauty, historic castles and Welsh culture at your leisure on this self drive holiday. Stop off at Stonehenge or the city of Bath, before crossing the border into Wales. Explore the capital, Cardiff where you can visit Cardiff Castle or browse some of the best shops in Britain. Discover Pembrokeshire National Park famous for its stunning coastal scenery. Wander around Tenby to see the multi-coloured houses and beautiful beaches. Stop at Pembroke and explore the castle where Henry VII, the first Tudor king was born. Wander through the picturesque village of Aberaeron, shop at Aberystwyth and visit Harlech Castle. Spend time in Anglesey, the island off the coast of North Wales and which was home to Prince William and Kate after their wedding. It is also known for its many prehistoric remains and the town with the longest place name in Europe. Stop at Conwy or Caenarfon Castles and travel through Snowdonia National Park. Explore Brecon Beacons National Park and browse the many book stores in Hay-on-Wye.

Price Includes

• 6 NIGHTS 4-star hotel accommodation
• 7 DAYS Avis Group I (CDAR) VW Golf Auto or similar car hire+
• Full English breakfast daily
• Excursion Pack inclusive of: 3 Day CADW Explorer Pass to be used a in 7 day periord: CADW Explorer Pass provides entry to over 100 castles, abbeys and historic sites, Cardiff Castle admission and National Botanic Garden of Wales admission

01-09 April, 14-30 April, 01-31 October 2020: From $1,599* per person twin share
01 May – 30 June, 01-30 September 2020: From $1,621* per person twin share
01 July - 31 August 2020: From $1,761* per person twin share

Bonus

Save up to $159* per person twin share

Room/Cabin information
Twin Share/Double
Travel Dates

Valid for travel between:
01-09 April, 14-30 April, 01-31 October 2020
Other departures available between 01 May – 30 September 2020, seasonal surcharges apply.

Offer Ends

31 Mar 20,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

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Itinerary

Day 1: London - Cardiff
Arrive into London Heathrow, and pick up your hire car. On your way to Cardiff, you may consider visiting Stonehenge or the city of Bath if time allows. Cross the border into Wales on the striking Severn Bridge, and make your way to your first overnight stop – Wales’ capital city of Cardiff. Check into your hotel in Cardiff, a cosmopolitan city with a fully pedestrianised city centre, some of the best shopping in Britain, as well as buzzing bars and restaurants.
Overnight: Clayton Cardiff Hotel or similar
Day 2: Cardiff - Pembrokeshire
This morning depart Cardiff and drive west to Pembrokeshire. It’s a short drive so you will have plenty of time this afternoon to explore Pembrokeshire National Park, famous for its stunning coastal scenery. Why not take a walk around Tenby to see multi-coloured houses and beautiful beaches – one which was voted the best beach in Europe recently. You may want to take a boat trip out to Caldey Island with its monastery and great walking trails, or continue along the coast to visit St David’s, the smallest city in Britain with a population of only 1800, to see the cathedral named after Wales’ patron saint. Perhaps you will stop in Pembroke, and see the castle where Henry VII, the first Tudor king was born, or at the Lovespoon Workshop to learn more about this Welsh tradition. (B)
Overnight: St Brides Hotel or similar
Day 3: North Wales
Drive along the scenic west coast of Wales and stop to explore at your leisure on your way to your next overnight location in North Wales. You may want to stop in Aberaeron, a picturesque village with colourful houses clustered around the harbour. Continue through Aberystwyth, the main town on the west coast to Machynlleth to browse the alternative shops, or Barmouth to snap photos of the famous railway bridge. Why not visit Harlech Castle, one of the most dramatically situated castles in Wales, or continue along the coast to stop in the Italianate fairy-tale village of Portmeirion. (B)
Overnight: North Wales - Llandudno Bay Hotel or similar
Day 4: North Wales
Today is free to explore north Wales. You may want to explore Anglesey, the island off the coast of North Wales which was home to Prince William and his Kate at the time of their wedding. Anglesey is known for its many prehistoric remains, as well as the town with the longest place name in Europe, Llanfair-pwllgwyngyll¬gogery¬chwyrn¬drobwll¬llan¬tysilio¬gogo¬goch. Or you may want to explore the Llyn peninsula, a stronghold of Welsh culture and language as well as stunning coastal scenery. Spend some time getting to know the many seaside villages and beaches, or play a round of golf at the Nefyn golf course. Its headland golf course is not for the faint hearted – it is like playing off the deck of an aircraft carrier. Back in Caernarfon, explore the walled town with its many restaurants and quaint pubs. (B)
Overnight: North Wales - Llandudno Bay Hotel or similar
Day 5: Castles of North Wales
This morning, you may want to visit one of the many castles in north Wales, such as Conwy or Caernarfon, before driving through the scenic Snowdonia National Park. The area is known for its stunning beauty but also for its mining history, and you can learn more at the National Slate Museum or perhaps you will go underground at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Stop in some of the picturesque villages like Betws-y-Coed or Beddgelert before continuing south
to Mid-Wales. If time allows, you could visit Powis Castle, a mediaeval castle with extensive art collections, on your way to your next hotel. (B)
Overnight: Metropole Hotel or similar
Day 6: Brecon Beacons National Park - Cardiff
Today you will discover the third national park on your journey - Brecon Beacons National Park. A stop in Hay-on-Wye is recommended for book lovers. This pretty market town on the edge of the national park is world-renowned for its many book shops, and was one the world’s first designated “book towns”. Continue through the National Park, stopping for photos and maybe at a welcoming pub for lunch. On arrival in Cardiff, you could visit the castle which is located in the centre of town. Dating back to Roman times, you can explore the Norman keep as well as the extravagant castle which was extensively refurbished in the 19th century. Check into your hotel in Cardiff. This evening, you may want to try the local beer called Brains, or Penderyn Welsh whisky, in one of the many pubs in the city centre. (B)
Overnight: Clayton Cardiff Hotel or similar
Day 7: Cardiff - London
Depart Cardiff in plenty of time to make the 3 hour drive to London Heathrow airport in time for your flight back home. You may choose to extend your stay in London. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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