Itinerary #1: Self-Drive Wales from London
From snowy mountaintops to sandy beaches, this scenic road trip gives you a chance to take in beautiful landscapes and learn more about Wales' rich history.
|Day 1||Arrive in London, Drive to Llangollen & Explore||Llangollen|
|Day 2||Drive to Conwy Via Snowdonia & Self-Guided Tour||Conwy|
|Day 3||Explore Conwy Castle, Llandudno & Take the Tram to Great Orme||Conwy|
|Day 4||Summit Mount Snowdon, Drive to Canaerfon & Explore||Caernarfon|
|Day 5||Snowdonia Guided Tour, Drive to Harlech & Castle Tour||Harlech|
|Day 6||Drive South to Aberystwyth & Explore||Aberystwyth|
|Day 7||Drive Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Stop in Fishguard & Tour St Davids||St Davids|
|Day 8||Tour St Davids & Drive to Tenby||Tenby|
|Day 9||Drive Gower Peninsula & Stop in Swansea en Route to Cardiff||Cardiff|
|Day 10||Explore Cardiff, Drive Back to London & Depart|
Land in London, pick up your rental car and make your way to Llangollen, an area of Wales renowned for rolling hills, flowing rivers, and the stunning Dee Valley. On your way to Conwy, snap some photos of Snowdonia National Park, or stop and take a walk around the village of Betws-Y-Coed. After touring the medieval Conwy Castle, explore the geology, archaeology, and wildlife of the Great Orme peninsula from Llandudno.
Day four begins with a railway ride to the summit of the majestic Mt Snowdon, followed by a tasty meal at the uber-popular Pete's Eats. A visit to Harlech Castle lets you walk through the ruins of a magnificent example of 13th-century military architecture. The scenery changes on day seven, with the high cliffs and rugged coastline of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park providing an excellent backdrop for a family photo. Wrap up your trip by hitting all the key spots in Cardiff, including the exquisite Llandaff Cathedral and the historic Cardiff Castle. Learn more
Itinerary #2: England & Wales
Show yourself some love on a relaxing tour of two nations that includes horseback riding, afternoon tea, and a well-deserved spa day.
|Day 1||Arrive in London & Transfer to Oxford, Punting & a Picnic||Oxford|
|Day 2||Bodleian Library Tour & Champagne Afternoon Tea at Blenheim Palace||Oxford|
|Day 3||Cotswolds Private Horse Trek & Chipping Campden Self-Guided Tour||Chipping Campden|
|Day 4||Private Tour of Hidcote Gardens & Cotswolds Discovery Trail (North)||Chipping Campden|
|Day 5||Cotswolds Discovery Trail (South Loop), Bath Literary Tour & Thermae Spa||Bath|
|Day 6||Transfer to Wales, Tour Tintern Abbey & Explore Monmouthshire||Brecon Beacons|
|Day 7||Brecon Beacons Tour & Free Time Outdoors||Brecon Beacons|
|Day 8||Central Wales & Self-Guided Tour of Hay-on-Wye||Llandudno|
|Day 9||Northern Coast, Snowdonian Mountain Railway & Caernarfon Castle||Llandudno|
|Day 10||Guided Trail With Tales of a Lady of Wales & Depart Conwy|
Your 10-day journey begins with a well-rounded exploration of Oxford, complete with punting on the River Cherwell. Spend the following day at the acclaimed Bodleian Library before you head to Blenheim Palace, the former home of Winston Churchill. Feel like royalty the next day during a private horse trek through the peaceful Cotswolds countryside. After visiting the intricately designed Hidcote Gardens, immerse yourself in nature as you venture through the northern Cotswolds. Then, enjoy pampering at Thermae Spa before dinner and drinks at Springs Restaurant in Roman-inspired Bath.
With England in the rearview, begin your tour of Wales by checking out Tintern Abbey, a once-thriving monastery founded nearly 900 years ago. Next, let your adventurous side shine in the Brecon Beacons, an ideal spot for cycling, riding, and rock climbing. If you love being on the water, use your time in Anglesey to surf, sail, kayak, or paddleboard. Finally, stretch your legs, take photos, and listen to some exciting stories on the "Conwy Guided Trail With Tales of a Lady of Wales" before you head home. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Best of Wales and Scotland
Soak up the best of Wales and Scotland on an active journey filled with fun excursions and plenty of picture-worthy moments.
|Day 1||Arrive, Explore Cardiff, Welsh Valleys & Brecon Beacons||Brecon Beacons|
|Days 2-3||Discover the Pembrokeshire Coast||Narberth|
|Days 4||Tour the Cambrian Coast & Snowdonia||Snowdonia|
|Days 5-6||Transfer to Edinburgh, Self-Guided Tour||Edinburgh|
|Days 7-8||Exploration in Inverness||Inverness|
|Day 9||Loch Lomond, Trossachs National Park & Wildlife Tours||Balquhidder|
|Day 10||Depart Cardiff|
Once in Wales, explore its capital city, starting with a tour of the impressive Cardiff Castle. Switch up the views by going into Brecon Beacons National Park to see high peaks, mountain grasslands, and glacial lakes. Then, spend the next two days in Pembrokeshire, where you can tour the largest castle in southwest Wales, Pembroke Castle.
Scotland is up next, beginning with a venture through the capital of Edinburgh, which features popular destinations like Holyrood Palace, the Scottish National Gallery, and Calton Hill. Next, take two days to see everything Inverness offers, including the Victorian Market and the magnificent Cawdor Castle. Your trip concludes with an awe-inspiring walk through Trossachs National Park, a distillery tour, and a night out in Balquhidder. Learn more
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