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Platinum Plus Wales Tour

Platinum Plus Wales Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Luxury Manor Houses

Start Date: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

The Welsh have their own culture, language and traditions and exploring the country is an uplifting and absorbing experience. The scenery is stunning throughout the country.

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The tour explores this exceptionally beautiful country, visiting the three National Parks, and the medieval fortifications of Edward I and the towns, villages and cities along the way. We also visit the World Heritage Sites in the north and several of the best gardens and houses in Britain.

This tour can be split into seperate parts - either North or South Wales.

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Itinerary

We start our in the border town of LUDLOW, one of England’s loveliest market towns with over 500 protected buildings. It has gained recent eminence as the food capital of the country and famous for locally produced, high quality produce. The CASTLE, built 1090 is where Henry VIII older brother died. Just over the border is the peaceful village of Presteigne and the JUDGES LODGING HOUSE, a perfectly preserved house from the C19th. Finally, taking the back roads to HERGEST CROFT Gardens, on a hill side looking back to England; this garden is the home of many national plant collections.

Day 1: Ludlow - Borders

We start our in the border town of LUDLOW, one of England’s loveliest market towns with over 500 protected buildings. It has gained recent eminence as the food capital of the country and famous for locally produced, high quality produce. The CASTLE, built 1090 is where Henry VIII older brother died. Just over the border is the peaceful village of Presteigne and the JUDGES LODGING HOUSE, a perfectly preserved house from the C19th. Finally, taking the back roads to HERGEST CROFT Gardens, on a hill side looking back to England; this garden is the home of many national plant collections.

Day 2: Powis - Erdigg - Llangollen

Day 2: Powis - Erdigg - Llangollen

Travelling north through some stunning landscapes we arrive at POWIS CASTLE. Ancient home of the Welsh kings, it's world famous gardens are laid out in French and Italian style. The C18th lead statues and clipped yews are home to many rare plants. Set in a 2000 acres park, ERDIGG is one of the most fascinating houses in the country for its upstairs, downstairs relationship between the family and servants. LLANGOLLEN is renowned for the International Eisteddfod, the town has a number of attractions including Plas Newydd – the C18th home of the socialites; the Ladies of Llangollen

Day 3: Conwy - Bodnant

Day 3: Conwy - Bodnant

COMWY is a medieval masterpiece, and rightly, a World Heritage Site. The town has several fantastic attractions including Conwy Castle built between 1282 and 1287, the smallest house in Britain and Aberconwy House – a C14th merchant’s house. Just to the south are the unrivalled beauty of the gardens at BODNANT. Begun in 1875, the gardens are world famous for the dramatic colours throughout the season and the stunning views of the Snowdon mountain range. THE GREAT ORME MINE, is a Bronze-Age copper mine with an unbelievable complex of tunnels.

Day 4: Snowdon National Park - Caernarfon

Day 4: Snowdon National Park - Caernarfon

Taking a circular route today, through the Snowdon Mountain. This is rightly, the largest protection area in Britain and the mountains have bleak beauty. Access to the top of the highest mountain, Snowdon is by TRAIN or by walking. CAERNARFON CASTLE is another Edward I fortress, is the second largest in Britain. It was here that the tradition of the first son of the Monarch is invested as the Prince of Wales – a ceremony that begun in 1301 and last bestowed in 1969 on the current Prince Charles. On our way back we can stop at BETWS-Y-COED and BEDDGELERT, two lovely villages nestling below the peaks

Day 5: Harlech - Portmeirion - Aberystwyth

Day 5: Harlech - Portmeirion - Aberystwyth

Going down the coast scattered with castles and forts we stop at HARLECH CASTLE. Again built by Edward I around 1283 it is sometimes called the “Castle of Lost Causes” as it was defended so many times only to be taken by the attacking forces. A few miles away is PORTMEIRION, an unusual C20th Italianate town. Made famous in the 1960’s as a film set it has over 50 buildings surround a central piazza. Driving through the towering mountains mid Wales Mountains, we will arrive at ABERYSTWYTH. A typical seaside town, there is a narrow gauge steam railway which travels to DEVIL'S BRIDGE.

Day 6: St Davids - Pembroke Coast Park

Day 6: St Davids - Pembroke Coast Park

The PEMBROKESHIRE NATIONAL PARK is Britain's only coastal park. Stretching about 180 miles around the far south west of Wales it consists of rugged cliffs, rocky coves broken with silky sandy beaches. To the north of the Park are the PRESELLI HILLS, an area of ancient pathways, hill forts and standing stone. It is from these hills the stones were taken to Stonehenge. ST DAVID'S is a magical place - the smallest city in Britain. Founded in the C6th, the CATHEDRAL holds the relics of Wales' patron saint. No bigger than a village the city is worth a few hours exploration.

Day 7: Pembroke Castle - Tenby - Coast

Day 7: Pembroke Castle - Tenby - Coast

PEMBROKE CASTLE was the birthplace of the Tudor dynasty and Henry VIII's father. Most of the current castle is C12th and the centre tower rises to 75 feet and allows wonderful views of the town and surrounding countryside. Just off the coast are several islands including SKOMER and a short boat trip will allow several hours on this tiny traffic free area. TENBY means Little Fort of the Fishes and today, it is a relaxing seaside town. A C13th castle overlooks the town which is free from C21st arcades.

Day 8: Cardiff

Day 8: Cardiff

CARDIFF is the capital city of Wales. The main attractions are a short distance apart and we will be able to walk between them. The CASTLE was first occupied 2000 years ago is actually Victorian, built for Lord Bute. The inside is more a movie set than medieval castle with banqueting hall and Arab rooms. The NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WALES describes how the country evolved from pre-history to today. Cardiff was principally a port and today, this has been strikingly revitalised with swanky hotels, pubs and restaurants of CARDIFF BAY.


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