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Undiscovered Wales

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

London, Cardiff, Brecon Beacons, Caernarfon & Manchester

From the charming capital of Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons where hills and valleys are home to unique towns like Hay-on-Wye (a book lover's paradise) and stately homes like Tredegar House, this journey is handcrafted to introduce you to the many pleasures of this often-overlooked part of the United Kingdom. Along the way, learn about Welsh cuisine, tour historic castles, and spend your nights in boutique hotels and regal country estates.

  • Day 1
    Arrive London, England

    Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and accompanied to your hotel in London's West End district.

    The Savoy - 1 Night
  • Day 2
    To Cardiff, Wales

    Travel through lush countryside to the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. In the afternoon, walk through the city center with a local historian and then tour Cardiff Castle.

    Cathedral 73 - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 3
    Cardiff

    After breakfast this morning, travel back in time to St. Fagan's National History Museum, a 100-acre, open-air museum. Continue to the Royal Mint to enjoy a private, behind-the-scenes visit to the world's leading export mint. Return to Cardiff for a culinary visit of the city center, savoring a six-course meal that takes you to six different restaurants.

    Cathedral 73 (B, D)
  • Day 4
    To Brecon Beacons

    Depart Cardiff for Hay-on-Wye, a charming little town composed entirely of bookshops, which attracts antiquarians and lovers of literature from across the globe. Take a guided tour of Tredegar House, a majestic Charles II country home. Stop at Penderyn Distillery for a tour and tasting, learning the history of single malt whisky in Wales. This evening, check in to your elegant Edwardian accommodations and savor a sumptuous dinner.

    Llangoed Hall - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 5
    Brecon Beacons

    Explore the quaint cathedral town of Brecon. Then, embark on a peaceful canal boat ride on the Monmouth and Brecon Canal. Later in the afternoon, head to the bustling town of Abergavenny for a Welsh cooking class.

    Llangoed Hall (B, D)
  • Day 6
    To Caernarfon

    Delve into the world of Welsh literature at the National Library, which is home to an original manuscript of the oldest compendium of Welsh prose texts, the Mabinogian, which influenced the tales of King Arthur and Merlin. After visiting the Aberystwyth University Museum & Cultural Center, tour the strange and wonderful village of Portmeirion, surrounded by the wild Gwyllt gardens. End your day with a special dinner at your luxury country house hotel.

    Plas Dinas - 3 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 7
    Caernarfon

    Journey to the best preserved of King Edward I's Ring of Iron Castles, which were constructed to conquer the Welsh. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Caernarfon Castle occupies a superb setting with the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop and wonderful views across the Menai Strait to Anglesey. Tour the National Slate Museum, which vividly brings back to life the inheritance of the North Wales slate industry, which roofed the industrial revolution. After a visit to Penrhyn Castle, return through mountainous scenery to your country estate.

    Plas Dinas (B)
  • Day 8
    Caernarfon

    Visit the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno with its Victorian-era promenade and a historic art gallery believed to be the first in the world created solely to show the work of women artists. Stroll through the bucolic landscapes of Bodnant Gardens. Try your hand at local cooking with a class in creating Welsh cuisine at the Bodnant Food Centre. Explore Betws-y-Coes, a storybook alpine village of craft shops and tea rooms in the heart of Snowdonia National Park.

    Plas Dinas (B, L)
  • Day 9
    Depart Manchester, England

    This morning, meet your private driver who will escort you to Manchester International Airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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