Adventures in Wales route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6095  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Cardiff, Wales
Depart: Manchester, England
Lodging: 11 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level: 8 hiking days on sometimes uneven or muddy terrain with some short steep sections, 2-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Discover historic Caernarfon Castle and the ruins of Tintern Abbey
  • Hike the best trails of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Savor the views from the summit of Mount Snowdon
  • Delightful meals brimming with fresh and local produce, including Gower mussels, Welsh lamb, wine and cheese tastings
  • Be welcomed into local homes for a classic Welsh meal
  • Meet scholars, weavers, climbers, and historians

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Ancient Celtic traditions, a rich cultural heritage, and an impossibly beautiful landscape happily converge in Wales. We’ve created a fantastic hiking and cultural journey that brings you along the stunning trails of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, into the exquisite Wye Valley, and to the haunting ruins of Tintern Abbey. The Welsh are natural storytellers, and you’ll meet weavers, scholars, a Cistercian monk—even a coracle enthusiast. Our meals are wonderfully local, from delightful cheeses and fresh-picked scallops to renowned Welsh lamb. Journeying from the castle-topped ridges of the Brecon Beacons to coastal villages and the mountains of Snowdonia, you’ll enjoy overnights in historic coaching inns, a royal country home, and be welcomed by Welsh families for a home-cooked meal.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Wye Valley / Tintern Abbey / Brecon Beacons National Park

Hiking across the historic border into Wales, enter the Wye Valley to discover the haunting ruins of Tintern Abbey with a “white monk.” Another hike brings you to the literary mecca of Hay on Wye, where bookshelves line the sidewalks and are tucked into the town’s meandering stone walls.

Days 4-6
Laugharne / Pembrokeshire Coastal Path / Solva

Visit the home of Dylan Thomas with a scholar, then head to tiny St. David’s, the spiritual center of Wales. The most dramatic stretches of the Coastal Path are right outside our hotel’s door, and you’ll follow sea-cliff trails to the lovely village of Solva, savor a meal at an award-winning restaurant, and join the 1,000-year-old tradition of evensong at St. David’s Cathedral.

Days 7-10
Snowdonia National Park / Capel Curig / Snowdon

Heading to the rugged beauty of Snowdonia National Park, we’ll hike through lush Conwy Valley to Capel Curig, where Sir Edmund Hillary’s team trained for the 1953 Everest expedition—the village pub is filled with historic climbing mementos. We’ll summit mighty Snowdon, Britain’s highest peak, via the Victorian-era train, so you can savor the wild mountain scenery on the hike down.

Days 11-12
Caernarfon Castle / Anglesey Island

Explore the ramparts of 13th century Caernarfon Castle, then hike on tiny LLanddwyn Island, with its church dedicated to the patron saint of Welsh lovers, and enjoy views to the mountains of Snowdonia. Depart on Day 12.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated 3, Moderate. Hiking in the Wye Valley, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, and Snowdonia National Park is exciting and rewarding, and we've selected a range of easy to moderate hikes to share the best of Wales' natural landscapes with you. The trails range from flat grassy clifftop paths to some uneven tracks, with some short steep sections and occasional rocky sections, and an optional 3200 foot descent from the summit Mt. Snowdon. On eight days, we've designed hikes of 4-6 hours, with shorter easier hikes of 1-3 hours on three remaining days. Most hikes involve elevation gains of less than 1000 feet, with greater elevation gains and losses on Day 2 and Day 10. With rainfall, our trails can be muddy and slippery; please be prepared with proper rain gear and footwear.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2016
Jun 3-14, 2016
Aug 22-Sep 2, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$6095 (13-15 members)
$6495 (10-12 members)
$6795 (7-9 members)
Single supplement: $850
Forced single supplement: $650
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders
  • Accommodations in hotels, coaching inns and a royal country home as noted
  • All meals included except 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Land transportation and van support
  • Entrance fees to museums, castles, and historic sites as per the itinerary

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transportation to Cardiff and return from Bangor or Manchester, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Cardiff, Wales
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Cardiff, Wales (airport code CWL)
Suggested Flight Arrival Time: You should arrive in Wales at least one day before the trip begins.
Departure:
Manchester, England
Date: Day 12

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Manchester, England (airport code MAN)
Suggested flight departure time: after 1:30 pm or anytime the next day

Bear Hotel

Bear Hotel

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Crickhowell, Wales

Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this former coaching inn is brimming with charm and old world hospitality, yet has all the ...
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Warpool Court

Warpool Court

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), St. David's, Wales

Set on 15 acres at the edge of St. David's Peninsula inside Pembrokeshire National Park, The Warpool overlooks one of the most stunning stretches of ...
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Castle Hotel

Castle Hotel

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Conwy, Wales

Located within the medieval fortress walls of picturesque Conwy and built on the site of a Cistercian abbey,  the Castle Hotel provides an ...
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Plas Dinas Country House

Plas Dinas Country House

Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Bontnewydd, Wales

The Plas Dinas Country House enjoys an exquisite location on 15 acres in Snowdonia, nestled between rugged mountains and the Irish Sea. Once the ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Donna Goodman

Departure Dates:

Donna Goodman was raised on the isle of Anglesey off the rugged northwest coast of Wales. With a degree in Environmental Science and a working background in countryside management (which covers everything from land conservation and soil sciences to sheep herding and fence-building!) Donna is a ...
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Phil Goodman

Departure Dates:

Based in Snowdonia, Wales, Phil has led groups through the lush country by boat, mountain bike, and nature walks, and holds a Wales Blue Badge Guide accreditation. With a lifelong passion for protecting the environment, Phil has a wide knowledge of historic industrial infrastructure of Wales and ...
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Skye McDonald

Departure Dates:

Skye McDonald was born and raised in Scotland in a small village called Scone, the ancient crowning place of the kings and queens of Scotland, and is now based in the Highland capital of Inverness. She has worked as a Trip Leader in 27 countries since the millennium. As a walking guide she has ...
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