Start your Welsh odyssey in the vibrant capital, Cardiff. Roam through Cardiff Castle's medieval splendour before venturing along the coast to Pembrokeshire, where pristine beaches and coastal paths beckon exploration. Head to North Wales and the enchanting village of Portmeirion, a whimsical tapestry of Italian-inspired architecture. Meander the charming streets of Caernarfon, framed by its majestic castle. Absorb the historic allure and relish local cuisine. Each stop unfolds a unique chapter of Wales, weaving together landscapes, culture, and history. The open road reveals the heart of this captivating nation, promising an unforgettable journey.

Highlights

Day By day

Begin with a delicious food tour!

Welcome to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Among all its rich history, Cardiff has a thriving food scene – Welsh signature foods, ethnic and continental foods, markets, and festivals. The variety of cuisines includes French, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai, … the list goes on and on. The Cosmopolitan Cardiff Food Tour will allow you to enjoy samples of food from all over the world and find out about different cuisines (including Welsh of course) in cafes, delis, and restaurants dotted around Cardiff city centre. No visit to the city would be complete without a visit to the Castle! Overnight: Cardiff

Explore the capital of books

A delightful day, exploring the stunning landscapes of Wales along the Wye Valley and through the Brecon Beacons. Visit Tintern Abbey along the way, a beautiful monument founded by Cistercian monks in 1131. Today, all that remains of this once-thriving monastery is a romantic ruin, lost in time. Take time to explore Hay on Wye, nestled on the banks of the river Wye. Here you will find quirky independent bookshops, stunning scenery, ruins, and outdoor pursuits. This wonderful Welsh village is a real page-turner, quite literally in fact, as it's renowned for its many bookstores. Overnight: Hay-on-Wye

Travel back in the Middle Ages

Storm the border and explore the ‘Three Castles’, a trio of fortresses built to control the border between England and Wales in Monmouthshire. Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castle, were all built in the 13th century on the orders of Lord Edward, who later took the title King Edward I. White Castle stands as the most formidable and well-preserved. Initially built from wood and earth, it underwent substantial renovations to become the imposing fortress it is today. Its medieval name possibly stems from the white plaster that adorned its walls. Featuring a vast outer ward akin to a football field and a pear-shaped inner ward sheltered by a formidable water-filled moat, White Castle remains a remarkable testament to medieval defensive architecture. Overnight: Hay-on-Wye

Discover the Welsh countryside

Begin today's captivating journey with a visit to Epynt and Pen y Crug Hillfort above Brecon, offering a mesmerizing 360-degree view of the Usk Valley. Next, explore the immense Hillfort of Garn Goch in South Wales with its imposing stone walls and a prominent burial cairn. Continue your welsh adventure with a drive through Pen y Crug, where a once-thriving community inhabited round mud huts with thatched roofs. A short distance away, discover the enchanting ruins of Carreg Cennen Castle, perched on a limestone knoll, providing a stunning vista of the Black Mountain in the western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Your day concludes with a ghost walk in the beautiful village of Tenby, followed by a hearty Welsh dinner. Overnight: Tenby

Road trip on the coastline!

Prepare yourself for the sights and delights that lay ahead on today’s scenic route along the coastline of South Wales. Along the way, you'll delight in the picturesque landscapes, rugged cliffs, and beautiful seascapes worthy of photo stops. Take time to explore the Pembrokeshire National Park and its charming coastal villages and towns, historical landmarks, and opportunities to explore the natural beauty of this rugged Welsh region. Steady your sea legs and take a morning boat trip from St Davids or take time to stop and admire Strumble Head Lighthouse, near Fishguard, before heading north. All that sea air can help work up an appetite. We recommend a lunch stop at The Lobster Pot or The Mermaid Fish & Chip Shop in Barmouth, where you can sample their award-winning fish and chips. Your final destination today will be the delightful village of Portmeirion. Overnight: Portmeirion

Unique architectural gem

Portmeirion is a picturesque village in North Wales designed by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Built between 1925 and 1973, it features colourful buildings, Italian-inspired architecture, and lush gardens. Famous for its eclectic style, its located in a wonderful estuary setting surrounded by the dramatic mountains of Snowdonia National Park. Highlights include strolling through lush gardens, enjoying panoramic views, and discovering unique structures like the Pantheon and the Colonnade. The village also hosts cultural events, and visitors can dine in restaurants, shop for local crafts, and experience the coastal beauty of North Wales. Overnight: Portmeirion

Snowdonia : between legends and mountains

Nestled within the rugged beauty of North Wales, Caernarfon offers a captivating blend of history and natural splendour. Begin your journey at the iconic Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where medieval tales come to life. Wander through charming streets adorned with colourful shops and cafes, savouring local delicacies. Explore the serene waters of Menai Strait on a boat tour or embark on a scenic hike in Snowdonia National Park, just a stone's throw away. Immerse yourself in Welsh culture at Galeri, showcasing art and performances. With its rich tapestry of experiences, Caernarfon promises an enchanting escape for every traveller. Overnight: Caernarfon

Back to England !

Leave the mountains of North Wales behind and step into the enchanting city of Chester, where history and modernity intertwine seamlessly. Begin your day's tour with a stroll along the ancient Roman walls, offering panoramic views of the cityscape. Immerse yourself in the medieval charm of The Rows, where timbered buildings house a variety of boutique shops. Explore the iconic Chester Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. For nature enthusiasts, the picturesque Grosvenor Park provides a tranquil retreat. Delight in a leisurely boat cruise along the river Dee or experience the thrill of the Chester Zoo, home to a fascinating array of wildlife. Overnight: Chester

We are sorry to see you go!

Sadly, it is time to bid you farewell. Thank you for choosing to journey with us. We wish you a safe onward journey, departing from Manchester and may your memories of your Wales adventure last a lifetime. We hope our paths cross again soon!

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“To make the most of this wonderful itinerary and delightful memory-making experiences, a car is essential. Should you prefer not to drive, then we can arrange for one of our trusted driver/guides to assist you. The best time to visit the UK is during late spring (May to June) and early autumn (September to October). Mild temperatures, blooming landscapes, and fewer crowds make for a pleasant experience. However, weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers for any season. Restaurant reservations are advisable and we can highly recommend Brasserie Castell Deudraeth, Portmeirion Village.”

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guillemet

High Point Holidays was an integral part in planning our family (9 people including a child) trip to Wales. They offered us a wide range of experiences with our own private, local guides, who were all excellent and passionate about showing us their country. Most importantly, High Point Holidays listened to our feedback during the planning stages, so our trip was unique and touched on all the items we wanted to complete on our itinerary while also leaving us some independence. They are very responsive; we needed some last-minute transportation and they worked with us to book our rides while in Wales (which totally saved us!). It was a trip of a lifetime!
Samantha & David D.

guillemet

Jane did an amazing job helping three generations of our family explore the region of Wales that our ancestors are from. I highly recommend Jane and the team for any planned trip to Wales!
Thomas R.

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