5 days - from only £399pp

ABOUT THE TOUR

South Wales Heritage – Gardens, Coast and Countryside

Traditional market towns, dotted along deep valleys provide a fascinating contrast to the cosmopolitan capital of Cardiff. Look no further if you are in search of history and tradition, castles and coasts, green hills, beautiful gardens and breathtaking mountains.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 4 nights hotel with Welsh breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

5 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then to the Holiday Inn Newport, or Heritage Park Hotel, Merthyr in South Wales for four nights.

    Included meals: Dinner

  • Day 2: Gower Peninsula Guided Tour

    Today it’s time to discover the outstanding natural beauty of the Gower Peninsula with our knowledgeable local guide, firstly stopping off at the Gower Heritage Centre, a rural life museum based around a working 12th century water mill.

    Passing the ancient sandstone ridge of Cefn Bryn, known locally as the 'backbone of the Gower', and the atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber of Arthur’s Stone, we’ll enjoy spectacular views over Rossili Beach, Worms’ Head and Three Cliffs Bay voted the second best view in Britain before heading for the village of Mumbles to take a stroll along the promenade that takes you onto the pier and its fabulous Italian ice cream parlours.

    Browse the shops including the local Mumbles Pottery or the Lovespoon Gallery to stock up on some great souvenirs. Alternatively enjoy the splendid sea views from one of the outdoor cafes and watch the world go by.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Gower Peninsula

    Gower Peninsula

    Included Highlights

    • Gower Peninsula Guided Tour
  • Day 3: Cardiff and Royal Mint Experience

    Today we spend a full day in Cardiff, including a visit to the famous castle. Contained within these mighty stone walls is a wealth of history spanning 2000 years. Although founded by the Romans 2000 years ago, Cardiff is essentially a young city. The city has seen immense change over the past decade but still retains a wealth of dignified buildings, including the city centre castle alongside a unique mix of traditional Welsh influences. The results of this change can be seen at the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay – one of Europe’s most exciting waterfront developments. After free time to enjoy this cosmopolitan city the coach will be waiting to take you home.

    We end the day with a visit to the Royal Mint Experience on the outskirts of Cardiff. This interactive museum explains how coins are produced. See the coins being minted and learn the fascinating history of this everyday piece of our lives

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Cardiff Castle

    Cardiff

    Included Highlights

    • Cardiff
    • Royal Mint Experience
  • Day 4: Welsh Experience – Big Pit, Whisky Tasting and Welsh Mining Museum

    Today it’s time to learn about Black Gold and explore the history of the Welsh coal industry starting at the Big Pit, the famous industrial heritage museum. Relive a bygone age as you don essential mining equipment - helmet, cap lamp and air purifying 'self rescuer' before being lowered down the mineshaft for the fascinating underground tour led by real miners.

    Then sample more of the spirit of Wales at the Penderyn Distillery nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, learning how the award winning single malt whisky is produced and at the end of the tour test the mouth watering products in the Tasting Bar.

    Before returning to the hotel there’s time to visit the Rhondda Heritage Park, for a second Welsh Mining Experience and an insight into the life of a different coal mining community of the Lewis Merthyr Colliery.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Included Highlights

    • Big Pit National Coal Museum
    • Rhondda Heritage Park
    • Penderyn Distillery
  • Day 5:

    Return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £69.00 (5 days).

Hotels

You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Heritage Park Hotel in Pontypridd or the 3-star Holiday Inn Newport. 
  • Heritage Park Hotel

    This hotel is set in the Rhondda Valley, 350 yards from Rhondda Heritage Park. It has a bar and good restaurant serving traditional cuisine. The spacious rooms have a widescreen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and an en-suite with bath and overhead shower. The property also offers all its guests free WiFi in both rooms and public areas. Heritage Park Hotel is a 20-minute drive from Cardiff and the Brecon Beacons National Park, and a 5-minute drive from Pontypridd.

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Bath and/or Shower
  • Holiday Inn Newport

    A peaceful Newport hotel with dining, a bar and fitness facilities, near Celtic Manor Resort's golf courses Holiday Inn® Newport hotel is set in woodland a 1-minute drive from the M4 motorway. You can savour hearty meals at Harpers Restaurant, or relax by the fire with a glass of wine from the bar. The lounge, open round-the-clock, is a great spot to socialise or catch up with friends, and there's a mini-gym and a heated indoor splash pool to help you feel re-energised.

    • Swimming Pool
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower

Joining points

Travel from most joining points is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement of £20pp. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

See our full list of our joining points.

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