The tour begins in earnst on the 2nd Day, which will start with a visit to Penderyn Distllery. Here, you will have the chance to tour the distillery, and find out about the history of Whisky Distilling in Wales, and what makes Penderyn’s award winning whisky, different to their competition.
From the distillery, we will take you on a tour around Bannau Brechiniog (Brecon Beacons) where you will visit the largest cave opening in Wales, and have the opportunity to visit some of the Waterfalls in the area.
After your overnight stay in the Llangollen area, you will visit the impressive Powis Castle, before heading into the Cambria Mountains and stopping at Devils Bridge. Here you will have the chance to see the bridges that, according to legend, were built by the Devil, and the near by waterfall.
From here you will be taken past the abandoned Cwmystwyth Lead Mines, and through the Elan Valley, arriving in Rhayder, just in time to to witness 100’s of Red Kite’s and other birds of prey feed on mass, before heading for your hotel for the night in the heart of Wales
The penultimate day of the tour, will see you head towards the border with England, through the border town of Knighton, and along the Wales / England border to Hay-on-Wye, the self titled “Town of Books” and home of the world famous “Hay Festival of literature and arts”.
After spending some time in the Town of Books, you will head towards the town of Brecon, on the edge of The Brecon Beacons National Park, where you will have the chance to explore the canal basin, before heading to the historic Market Town of Abergavenny in the afternoon.
The day will end with a visit to Raglan Castle, before spending the final night of the tour in, or near the town of Monmouth, birthplace of King Henry V.
The 10th and final day of your epid adventure, will begin with a drive down through The Wye Valley. Following the part of the route of the worlds first package holiday, “The Wye Tour”. In the Wye Valley, you will visit the majestic ruins of Tintern Abbey on the banks of the River Wye, before heading to Chepstow Castle. The oldest stone castle in the UK.
Its then a drive through the rolling hills of South East Wales, to “Big Pit” a former coal mine, that has been transformed into a museum. Here you can head down into the mines, just as a Welsh Miner would have done 200 years ago.
After experiencing the working life of a miner, you will then head to Caerleon, for the last stop of the 10 day’s. With nearly 2000 years of history, you can visit some of the best preserved roman remains anywhere in the world, in what was the headquaters for Legio II Augusta, the largest Roman Legion in Wales
The fee for this south wales tour does NOT include accomodation We do not arrange your accomodation, and guests are free to choose where they wish to stay each night, and you are required to make you own arrangements. We will advise where the tour is due to end on each day, and recommend guests book suitable accomodation for yourself within 20 minutes of these places. If you are not sure if the location of somewhere is suitable, we will be please to advise accordingly before anywhere is booked
There is a fee to go on the Penderyn Distillery Tour, which is not included in our tour fee. It is strongly recommended that tickets for this tour are purchased in advance, as numbers are limited on the Distillery Tour and availability can not be guaranteed. If you choose to book your tickets in advance, please book the 11:00am Tour. If a different time is booked, please advise us, so we can adjust the start time of the day accordingly.
There is a fee for Dolphin Spotting at Newquay. Which is not included in the tour fee. Tickets must be booked in advance online, and we recommend booking an 11:00am excursion. Please advise what time you have booked as this will dictate the start time of the tour.
There is a fee to visit the Red Kite Feeding Site in Rhyader, which is not included in the tour fee. Tickets must be booked in advance if you wish to visit Gilgrin Farm to watch the feeding.
We can pre-book Penderyn Distillery, Dolphin Spotting & Red Kite Feeding on your behalf if you wish, once the number of people on the tour is known. The cost of the tickets, plus a 10% admin fee would be added to the tour fee.
Many of the castle and historical monuments visited on this tour are owned and operated by CADW and you may wish to consider an annual membership to CADW, which will give you free entrance to any CADW site. We can purchase a membership on your behalf if you wish also. The cost of the pass plus a 10% admin fee would be added to the tour fee. Please note: Pembroke Castle is not owned and operated by CADW, so entry to here will still need to be paid on the day.
There may other places on the tour that you wish to visit that may have an entry fee. No Entrance to any places / venue / attraction or landmark is included in the tour fee. Any entrance fee’s would be payable directly to the attraction on the day on the door.
Places such as Porth yr Ogof, Swallow Falls and Devils Bridge may have wet and uneven ground. We therefore strongly recommend that you ensure you have suitable footwear that is waterproof with good grip with you to visit these places.
Due to the length of the tour, you may be allocated two or three different drivers throughout the tour. Depending on dates and availability, of drivers and guides, your driver may change at the end of Day 3 or Day 4, and again at the end of Day 7 or Day 8. We will advise all your drivers and confirm who will be driving you for each day before the start of the tour.
Each day will typically start at around 9:00-9:30am, but the start time each day will be confirmed with driver at the end of day before. So long as no entry tickets to attractions such as Penderyn Distillery or Dolphin Spotting, you can choose for an early or later start each day of you wish. Each day is then scheduled to finish between 4:00pm & 6:00pm