Ten days in Wales offers a reasonable amount of time to make eight stops within the country or to make three and cross into England or Scotland. First, spend time getting to know the culture and castles in Cardiff and Conwy, then explore the natural beauty of Pembrokeshire, the Brecon Beacons, and Snowdonia. A crossover into England allows time in Oxford, the charming Cotswolds, and Bath while splitting time between Scotland can take you to Edinburgh, the Highlands, and Balquhidder.

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.

Make a stop in Llandudno, home to the longest pier in Wales
Make a stop in Llandudno, home to the longest pier in Wales
Day Highlights Overnight
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. 

Tour the famous Bodleian Library at University of Oxford
Tour the famous Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford
Day Highlights Overnight
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

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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. 

See the magnificent Cardiff Castle in the Welsh capital city
See the magnificent Cardiff Castle in the Welsh capital city
Day Highlights Overnight
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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Map of 10 Days in Wales - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Wales - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas