If you love wild natural landscapes and handcrafted spirits, this 9-day tour of Wales is for you. Offering a mix of outdoor adventures and gourmet experiences, the itinerary begins in the picturesque Welsh Borders. Sample beer at a historic brewery before moving on to the medieval castles and mountain scenery of Snowdonia National Park. Dine on foraged foods and freshly caught fish before following the rugged west coast to Pembrokeshire, a jewel by the sea. End with a scenic drive through Brecon Beacons National Park, toasting your adventure with a visit to a whiskey distillery or a biodynamic winery to finish the trip.

Highlights

  • Sip beer at one of the UK's oldest breweries
  • Walk above the surface of the sea on a historic pier in Snowdonia National Park
  • Experience the rich history and culture of rural Wales
  • Explore the stunning countryside of the Welsh Borders and Pembrokeshire
  • Hike past glacial lakes in Brecon Beacons National Park 
  • Discover charming villages along the Cambrian Coast

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Explore the Welsh Borders Ludlow
Day 2 Taste Beer at Bishops Castle Ludlow
Day 3 Discover Snowdonia National Park Snowdonia
Day 4 Visit Conwy Castle Snowdonia
Day 5 Tour the Villages of the Cambrian Coast Aberdyfi
Day 6 Experience the Charm of Pembrokeshire Narberth
Day 7 Go Trekking in the Hills Narberth
Day 8 Explore Brecon Beacons National Park Brecon Beacons
Day 9 Depart Wales - End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Explore the Welsh Borders

Ironbridge
A picturesque bridge in the Welsh Borders

Welcome to Wales! On your first day, explore the Welsh Borders, a delightful patchwork of fields, hills, castles, and pretty villages filled with timber-framed houses, many dating back to the Tudor era. Take some time to enjoy the charming English market town of Ludlow, its bustling medieval network of narrow backstreets lined with historic properties including the ruins of a once-magnificent Norman castle. Tonight and tomorrow, you'll overnight in Ludlow.

Day 2: Taste Beer at Bishops Castle

Hiking in the Shropshire Hills

 

Make a pilgrimage today to the Three Tuns Brewery at Bishops Castle, dating from the 17th century. After touring the brewery and tasting a few beers, visit the Ironbridge Gorge beside the River Severn, spanned by the world's first iron bridge. The nearby Shropshire Hills offer exceptional walking and cycling opportunities.                   

Day 3: Discover Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia
Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park occupies a unique place in Welsh history, tradition, and culture. Surrounded by magnificent medieval castles, its unique mountainscapes feature tumbling rivers and a dramatic coastline. Today you'll explore the park and experience a traditional British seaside tradition — walking out on the Victorian Llandudno Pier, which extends seemingly forever into the sea.

Day 4: Visit Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle in Wales

Get to know the beautifully preserved medieval town of Conwy, home to the 13th-century Conwy Castle. Walk around the castle walls and take in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. If you'd like, go on a boat tour or a guided hike this afternoon. Or you can just relax in an open-air pub and enjoy the unique atmosphere. Another option is to ride the train to the top of Mount Snowdon to view the extraordinary panorama across this historic land of myth and legend. This is the adventure capital of Wales, so mountain biking, canoeing, gorge scrambling, and canyoning are also possible. In the evening, visit a pub to sample wild foraged foods and local specialties like lamb and lobster.

Day 5: Tour the Villages of the Cambrian Coast

Harlech Castle
Harlech Castle on the Cambrian Coast

Explore the beautiful Cambrian Coast on day five. A loosely defined mountain-backed strip of land that runs from the Llyn Peninsular in the north to Cardigan Bay in the south, it's full of interesting villages. Fall for the architectural whimsy of Portmeirion, then discover the legends of Harlech, with its imposing medieval castle perched high over the Irish Sea. Be sure to stop in Barmouth, a delightful seaside town, and marvel at the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. The winding route south, famous for spectacular coastal views, takes you through the picturesque harbor town of Aberaeron with its appealing dockside bars and restaurants.

Day 6: Experience the Charm of Pembrokeshire

Coastal Path
The coastal path of Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is world-renowned for the breathtaking seascapes along its extensive coastal path. Walk along soft sandy beaches, passing wooded valleys and lily ponds, on your way to Café Mor, where you'll dine on fresh lobster rolls and watch the Atlantic waves crashing. Take a boat to Skomer Island to see a puffin colony, or to the enchanting Caldey, a holy island inhabited by Cistercian monks. Tonight and tomorrow night, you'll sleep in the village of Narberth.

Day 7: Go Trekking in the Hills

Ancient stones in the Preseli Hills

You'll continue hiking and exploring the area today. Make time to visit tiny St. David's, home to a spectacular cathedral. Trek along the top of the rugged Preseli Hills, dotted with prehistoric sites and offering panoramic views across Pembrokeshire and the coastline. Tonight you'll eat at Coast Restaurant in Saundersfoot, famed for its local seafood menu and glorious views across Carmarthen Bay.

Day 8: Explore Brecon Beacons National Park

Black Mountains
Black Mountains in Brecon Beacons National Park

A scenic drive through Carmarthenshire takes you into Brecon Beacons National Park and its wild landscape of high mountain grasslands and heather plateaus. Explore its many peaks and its impressive northern rim, characterized by glacier-worn hollows, glacial lakes, rushing streams, and spectacular waterfalls. Later, stop at Penderyn Whisky Distillery to experience the creation of "liquid fire" distilled with fresh mountain spring water in a single copper still. Alternatively, you could visit a biodynamic winery. The Romans first introduced wine to Wales, and 2000 years later, the region produces some astonishingly good sparkling wine. Finish the day with a walk through the winding valley of the lower River Wye, passing through the delightful village of Tintern with its famous abbey.

Day 9: Depart Wales - End of Trip

Brecon Beacons National Park

Today the trip comes to an end. You'll head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!

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