Lets Tour Wales – Coastline, Mountains and Castles
Wales is not strictly a “country” but a “Principality” although the people of Wales, see their homeland as a country ! Situated on the west of the Island of Great Britain, Wales has some subtle differences to England in that its countryside scenery can be more dramatic – particularly in the area of The Black Mountains and more so in Snowdonia. It also has its own bizarre language which bears no resemblance whatsoever to English – many of the words have no vowels so you need to stand a pace or two away from anyone who is speaking it ! Welsh is spoken in the farming community in West Wales and for many in the North-West, around Snowdonia, Welsh is the first language.
Castles were built where there were conflicts and Wales has many castles if you are interested in history.
- Pickup at Airport / Hotel / London
- Chepstow – cross the Severn Bridge to Wales – visit Chepstow Castle and stand on the bridge with one foot in England and the other in Wales
- Tintern Abbey – ruined Cistercian Abbey
- Caerleon – remains of Roman Amphitheatre & Barracks
- Cardiff – Castle, Museum of Rural Welsh Life and the home of “Dr Who” !
- Black Mountains – beautiful road leading through once glaciated landscape from Abergavenny to the literary town of Hay-on-Wye via the ruined Augustinian Llanthony Priory – stunning views
- Hay-on-Wye – architecturally charming literary and book town – new and second hand books
- Gower Peninsula – beautiful coastline, beaches and countryside – associations with the legendary King Arthur.
- Dylan Thomas Centre – Swansea Dylan Thomas is Wales’ formost modern poet
- Castles – including the mysterious Carreg Cennan and Carew
- Coastline west from Milford Haven – gorgeous coastline ending in…
- St David’s – the smallest city in the UK – beautiful partly ruined cathedral
- Pentre Ifan – Neolithic Burial Chamber
- Mountain Road – from Llanidloes to Machynlleth with views to Snowdonia
- Harlech Castle – built by King Edward I circa 1285
- Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway – a narrow gauge railway through beautiful countryside
- Snowdonia – take a trip on the narrow gauge rack and pinion mountain railway that travels for 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales at 3560ft.
- Caernarfon Castle – in my view one of the most spectacular in the UK
- Conway Castle – another beautiful castle
- Llandudno – Regency seaside resort that has been well maintained
- Return to London / Airport
- Visitors could spend between 3 and 10 days in Wales – cost for 5 days as an example would be £4095 / $5365 depending on final requirements including driver, van, fuel, toll roads, driver’s accommodation and food. All other costs – eg Customers accommodation etc, is in addition. These prices were last updated on 30 July 2018 when the exchange rate was 1.31USD to 1GBP; one of the very best exchange rates Americans have had in years !!
NOTE – this is just a suggestion…..you can pick and choose what you want to see if you want to see more or less.