Summary of The Day: From London we'll head northwest on our journey to Wales, but first we'll visit the birthplace of one William Shakespeare with a stop in the city of Stratford on Avon. A classic medieval town in England, much of the original black and white timber structures still stand in Stratford, some as old as the Tudors.
After lunch here we'll continue through the Welsh Marshes, the border between England and Wales, and enter the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. Passing through the enchanting Elan Valley we'll arrive in the lovely city of Birmingha, where we'll have time to explore and rest. Then its just a one hour drive in the late afternoon to the seaside town of Aberytwyth, our home for the next 2 nights.
Summary of The Day: From Aberytwyth as our starting point we'll begin to explore Wales. First up, we'll head north through the mountainous region of the Snowdonia National Park and visit the mountain village of Beddgelert. Legend has it the ancient hound Gelert rest here and you can visit the memorial grave that honors his tale. You can also visit the nearby copper mine which is open to visitors.
Next, we'll head to the small town of Criccieth, home to a stunning castle of the Welsh Princes that offers impressive views of the coast and Cardigan Bay. We'll continue onward to Porthmadog and over the Cob Causway to arrive at Harlech Castle. This might fortress was one of Edward's I great military strongholds that wrapped around north Wales's coastline.
After exploring here we'll return to Aberystwyth in late afternoon.
Summary of The Day: Saying farewell to Aberystwyth we'll cross the coast of Cardigan Bay, passing through the quaint town of Aberaeron or our way to New Quay. This town hosts a charming harbor filled with fishing boats and is famous for inspiring many poems by Dylan Thomas. If you stand atop the breakwater wall you might get to spot dolphins and whales feeding in the bay.
Turning inland, we'll go hunting for gold with a visit to the Dolaucothi mine, one of the most ancient mines in the country. Then we'll head to the towering Black Mountains where we'll discover Carreg Cennen Castle and its ancient bedrock cave.
Then its back to the coast with a trip to Laugharne where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play “Under Milk Wood.” We'll continue further along the coast to Tenby, a picturesque town where we'll spend the next 2 nights.
Summary of The Day: Just one more full day left to explore Wales and we're going to make the best of it with a trip to the southwest.
First we'll enter Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the birthplace of the patron saint of Wales, St David, and the Tudor royal dynasty. We'll stop in the county town of Pembroke to see yet another fabulous castle before continuing to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and time to explore this magical place.
By the afternoon we'll head to the coast to Strumble Head, the site of the last invasion of Britain in 1797, and the Presili Hills, a where many ancient tombs from Neolithic times have been discover and where the blue stones of Stonehenge were gathered from.
Then we'll return to Tenby.
Summary of The Day: In the morning we'll begin our return journey to London, but not before visiting a few more sites along the way.
We'll follow a motorway past Cardiff and visit the outdoor National History Museum (an optional drop-off for anyone wanting end the tour in Cardiff). We'll take a quick sightseeing tour of Cardiff Bay before heading back in time to the well-preserved Caerleon, an ancient Roman Fortress from 2000 years ago.
Finally, we'll cross the border back into England, crossing the Severn Estuary Bridge, and have one final stop at Castle Combe. Stroll through this traditional Cotswold village past ironstone cottages that are nearly 4 hundred years old.
We'll arrive back in London around 7:30pm.
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