Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Adventures in Wales

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
From: $ 4,995 $ 416 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Hike the best trails of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Meet scholars, weavers, climbers, and historians
  • Enjoy historic hotels and a home-cooked dinner with a Welsh family
  • Savor meals with fresh local ingredients, including Gower mussels and Welsh lamb
  • Discover historic Caernarfon Castle and the ruins of Tintern Abbey

Short Description

A famed cultural and literary heritage and a gorgeous landscape happily converge in Wales. We’ve created a fantastic hiking adventure that journeys into the verdant Wye Valley, along the wild sandstone bluffs of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and up to craggy Mt. Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and England. As we explore from the castle-topped ridges of the Brecon Beacons to the lakes and mountains of Snowdonia, we’ll hear the unique Welsh language, one of Europe’s oldest living tongues, meet local scholars, visit Dylan Thomas’s home, and enjoy wonderful meals bursting with local flavor and tradition. Overnights are in historic coaching inns and a country house nestled between rugged mountains and the Irish Sea.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cardiff, Wales
End City Manchester, England

Trip Includes

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader

  • Accommodations in hotels, coaching inns and a royal country home as noted
  • All meals included except 2 dinners
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Land transportation and van support
  • Entrance fees to museums, castles, and historic sites as per the itinerary

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Itinerary

Days 1-2: Wye Valley / Tintern Abbey / Brecon Beacons National Park

Accommodation: The Bear Hotel

A hike across the Anglo-Welsh border brings us to the tranquil Wye Valley, a source of inspiration to artists and writers, Wordsworth and Coleridge among them. Our hike ends at the ruins of magnificent 12th century Tintern Abbey, where a historian leads us through the haunting halls. Another hike brings us to the delightful booklover’s mecca of Hay-on-Wye, where we stop in for a local craft beer or afternoon cream tea

Days 3-5: Laugharne / Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Accommodation: Warpool Court and The Erskine Arms

At Laugharne, we visit the home of the poet Dylan Thomas with a historian (with a poet’s heart) as our guide, and from St. David’s at the westernmost tip of Wales, we hike the dramatic Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, keeping watch for seals basking on the rocks below.

Days 6-9: Snowdonia National Park / Capel Curig / Snowdon / Caernarfon Castle

Accommodation: The Erskine Arms and Plas Dinas Country House

We hike from Capel Curig to the lush Conwy Valley, where Hillary’s team trained for the 1953 Everest Expedition. At mighty Snowdon (3,560'), with its wild cirques and glacier-carved tarns, a classic rail car brings us to the summit, and we enjoy Snowdon’s breathtaking scenery on our hike down. After exploring 13th century Caernarfon Castle, our final hike begins on a beach on the Isle of Anglesey (a honeymoon walking spot for Prince William and Kate) and ends at tiny Llanddwyn Island, home to the ruins of a 13th century church dedicated to the patron saint of Welsh lovers. Depart on Day 9.

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Sep-25-2019Oct-03-2019$ 4,995$ 5,290Limited Reserve
  • Deposit Price: $ 600
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 590

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 14

Accomodations

The Bear Hotel

Crickhowell, Wales

Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this former coaching inn is brimming with charm and old world hospitality, yet has all the necessary modern comforts. With 30 rooms decorated in unique style, an award-winning restaurant—the ideal place to have your first taste of world-renowned Welsh lamb, and an antique-filled bar serving an array of single malts, The Bear is the ideal base for exploring the Wye Valley.

Warpool Court

St. David's, wales

Set on 15 acres at the edge of St. David's Peninsula inside Pembrokeshire National Park, The Warpool overlooks one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in Europe. Enjoy your meals prepared with locally-sourced Pembrokeshire ingredients in the dining room overlooking manicured gardens and the glimmering sea. Voted one of St. David's Best Loved Hotels, The Warpool is  just a 15-minute walk from medieval St. David's Cathedral, the shops and restaurants in town, and the Peninsula's lovely beaches. It makes the perfect base for our hikes, with the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path winding just steps from the hotel's door.

The Erskine Arms

Conwy, Wales

This traditional, 10-room coaching inn set within the medieval walls of Conwy is just a stone's throw from Conwy Castle. It's believed to have been built between the 1830s-1840s and was owned by the Erskine family, prominent landowners of the area. Of note, author Charlotte Bronte stayed here while on her honeymoon. The staff is very welcoming, and breakfasts are hearty, with great sausages and dry-cured bacon. And, you’ll want to taste some of the local ales in the cozy pub.

Plas Dinas Country House

Bontnewydd, Wales

The Plas Dinas Country House enjoys an exquisite location on 15 acres in Snowdonia, nestled between rugged mountains and the Irish Sea. Once the family home of the Armstrong-Jones family, whose son Anthony married Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister, this 10-room heritage estate dates back to the 17th century. Set amid lovely gardens, Plas Dinas is a true royal home, full of antiques and family memorabilia, and gives a glimpse into Welsh aristocratic life. Enjoy a classic Welsh breakfast overlooking the verdant gardens, and in the evening sip a glass of sherry in the Drawing Room before a grand dinner by candlelight.

Guides

James Fuss

James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, cyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and raised in South Australia, James found his wanderlust early on family camping trips across Australia. His love of the culinary arts is deep-rooted as well, and as a young chef, he headed off to Europe to expand his repertoire. There he undertook many explorations of the wilds of the British Isles and the Alps— traveling, backpacking, and cycling hidden corners of Europe, and onward to the Himalayas—then returned to Australia to become a guide in the legendary Outback. A WT leader since 1997, James is always up for an adventure, from the mountains of Europe to the shores of Tasmania. “It’s a joy to guide in such divergent places. I love the gastronomic diversity of Europe, especially France. And I’m always happy to help trip members discover the pristine wilderness, unique wildlife, bountiful seafood, and superb wines of Tasmania. Wherever I’m guiding, I try to make a journey a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people.” James is conversant in French, German, and Nepali, and when he’s not guiding, he enjoys camping, boating, and fishing with family and friends.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation And Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!

61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost

46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Additional Information:

Moderate

Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International airfare, transportation to Cardiff and return from Bangor or Manchester
  • Meals not specified after each itinerary day
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff
  • Additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors
  • Travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls).

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