V8 - Welsh Adventure - Final Information

Jess, Sarah, Toni, Arlo and Adele

Saturday 3rd August – Saturday 10th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 5
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Highlights

  • Exploring the National Parks of Wales and absorbing the beauty of the region
  • Spending time with local characters and learning more about Welsh heritage

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 3rd August - Arrival in Cardiff

As you step into Cardiff Airport, a sense of anticipation fills the air, knowing that your Welsh adventure is about to unfold. Meet your private driver guide for the week who will whisk you away to your first stop: Raglan Castle. As you journey through the picturesque Welsh countryside, be regaled with tales of the castle’s rich history, setting the stage for an unforgettable tour.

Arriving at Raglan Castle, absorb the grandeur and medieval charm. With your guide leading the way, explore the ancient walls and hidden nooks, immersing yourselves in centuries of stories. After an enriching tour, continue your journey to your Grade 2 listed Welsh farmhouse, where lunch and cosy comfort awaits. Nestled amidst rolling hills and tranquil landscapes, it’s the perfect haven for your family retreat over the next few nights.

Scott, Henry and David will join for one evening at Croes Vaen

Overnight: Monmouth | Croes Vaen
Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

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Hotel: Croes Vaen | Location: Monmouth

Your private chef will host a grazing buffet for you to enjoy at leisure

Day 2 - Sunday 4th August - Volunteering in the Brecon Beacons

Embrace a day of environmental stewardship in the heart of Wales, beginning your day with a unique encounter with local conservationist Colin. As the morning unfolds, immerse yourself in the captivating world of beaver conservation, gaining invaluable insights into Colin’s efforts to protect these fascinating creatures in the Welsh landscape. After a morning of exploration, enjoy a delightful lunch on-site amidst the natural beauty that surround you.

Later, return to your cosy Welsh abode for a leisurely afternoon, indulging in moments of tranquillity amidst the picturesque countryside. Embrace the opportunity to unwind and reflect, basking in the serenity of your surroundings as you create lasting memories with your loved ones. This unique combination of conservation and cultural immersion promises a day filled with ecological awareness before returning to your Monmouth home.

Scott and Henry: Private transfer to Cardiff Airport

Overnight: Monmouth | Croes Vaen
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Pub: The White Horse | Location: Staunton
Reservation Time: 17:30

This is a table reservation booked under Jessica Lake.

Payment at own account

Cancellation policy: No shows or cancellations within 48 hours of your table reservation will incur a cancellation fee of £50 per person.

If you arrive late for your reservation, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation and resell the table after thirty minutes have elapsed.

Day 3 - Monday 5th August - Family Adventures

Embarking on an extraordinary day of connection and discovery, find yourself amidst the enchanting landscapes of the Brecon Beacons, where long-lost family relatives reside. As you arrive, anticipation and curiosity blend, knowing the day ahead will be filled with shared stories and newfound bonds. Begin your day by trying your hand with Agility with Donkeys before stopping for a delicious bite to eat in a local cafe.

Spend the afternoon indulging in Afternoon Tea with pigs. An activity not to be forgotten! Return to the family home for dinner. From the cosy hearth of their home to the sweeping vistas of the surrounding hills, this day unfolds as a cherished chapter in your family’s narrative, creating lasting memories in the heart of the Welsh countryside. Arriving at your destination, find solace in the field geodomes that await, promising a unique stay under the canopy of stars

Note: Ian will be available for any transfers required. He will also transfer your luggage to the Geodomes whilst you are exploring with your cousins.

Dinner this evening will be with the family

Overnight: Crai - Brecon Beacons | Aber Glamping
Room Type: Rowan and Holly Geodomes (Jess, Arlo & Adele) (Sarah & Toni)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Tuesday 6th August - Sea Kayaking and Foraging

A maritime adventure along the Welsh coast awaits as your morning unfolds with sea kayaking and foraging led by a knowledgeable local guide. Paddle through the gentle waves, the rhythmic sound of the sea accompanying your journey. Along the way, learn the art of foraging for coastal treasures, and discovering the bounty hidden within the intertidal zone.

After a morning of exploration, set up a makeshift kitchen on the beach for a delightful cook-up using your freshly foraged finds. Enjoy a beachfront feast, savouring the flavours of the sea and earth. Conclude your action-packed day with a relaxed evening barbecue back at the glamping pods, reminiscing about the day’s adventures under the starlit sky. The perfect blend of adventure and relaxation promises a day filled with unique experiences and a deep connection to Wales’s natural and cultural wonders.

Note: Toni will accompany the Cousins to England.

Overnight: Crai - Brecon Beacons | Aber Glamping
Room Type: Rowan and Holly Geodomes (Jess, Arlo & Adele) (Sarah)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Outdoor Dining: Aber Glamping | Location: Brecon Beacons

Tonights dinner will be family BBQ and smores

Day 5 - Wednesday 7th August - Abergavenny

As you arrive in the charming town of Abergavenny, the warm hospitality of The Angel Hotel welcomes you with open arms. After settling into your comfortable accommodations, head out for a hike to the summit of Sugar Loaf, where panoramic views of the rolling Welsh countryside await. The crisp mountain air will fill your lungs as you soak in the natural beauty surrounding you. Stop for a delightful picnic in the mountains overlooking the Welsh terrain.

Returning to town, wander the quaint streets, discovering hidden gems and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. In the afternoon, indulge your creative side with a session led by a local artist, immersing yourselves in the rich artistic culture of Abergavenny. With each brushstroke or sculpting movement, uncover a deeper connection to the town and its creative spirit. As the day draws to a close, you reflect on the memorable experiences shared with your family, grateful for the enriching journey in this picturesque corner of Wales.

Overnight: Abergavenny | The Angel Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe King (Jess) interconnecting with Deluxe Twin (Adele & Arlo). Superior (Sarah)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: Restaurant 1861 | Location: Abergaveny
Reservation Time: 18:30
Phone: +44 (0)1873 821 297 | Website: https://18-61.co.uk/

This is a table reservation booked under Jessica Lake

Payment at own account

Day 6 - Thursday 8th August - Eisteddfod Festival

Join your knowledgeable guide and make your way to the Eisteddfod festival, a celebration of Welsh culture and tradition. The lively atmosphere will envelope you are you are immersed in the vibrant performances, colourful stalls, and joyful festivities. From traditional music to captivating storytelling, each moment is a testament to the rich heritage of Wales. With your guide by your side, navigate through the bustling crowds, savouring the unique sights and sounds of the festival.

Afterwards, set off for the historic town of Caerphilly, where you’ll explore the imposing Caerphilly Castle and stroll through the charming village streets. Indulge your taste buds with a sampling of the iconic Caerphilly cheese, savouring its distinct flavour and rich heritage. As the day draws to a close, return to Abergavenny, reflecting on the diverse experiences and memories you’ve gathered along the way.

Note: Please note this day is flexible ad includes a Welsh speaking Guide for Eisteddfod

 

Overnight: Abergavenny | The Angel Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe King (Jess) interconnecting with Deluxe Twin (Adele & Arlo). Superior (Sarah)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: Casa Bianca | Location: Abergavenny
Reservation Time: 17:30 | Booking Reference: puAO6J
Phone: +44 (0)1873 737744 | Website: https://casabianca.co.uk/abergavenny/

This is a table reservation booked under Jessica Lake

Payment at own account

Please be aware all tables to be returned in 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 7 - Friday 9th August - Falconry and Welsh Mining

This morning, delve deep into the heart of Wales’ industrial heritage at the Welsh Mining Experience. As you descend into the underground tunnels with a private local miner guide, imagine the lives of the miners who once toiled here, their stories echoing through the cavernous chambers.

Emerging from the depths, journey to Penderyn for an exhilarating encounter with majestic birds of prey. Wander through the rugged mountainside, marvelling at the awe-inspiring Harris hawk, elegant white-tailed eagle, noble vulture, and graceful Gymnogene up close. Afterwards head back to Abergavenny for a relaxing evening.

Overnight: Abergavenny | The Angel Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe King (Jess) interconnecting with Deluxe Twin (Adele & Arlo). Superior (Sarah)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: The Oak Room | Location: The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
Reservation Time: 18:00
Phone: +44 (0)1873 857121 | Website: https://www.angelabergavenny.com/dining/oak-room

This is a table reservation booked under Jessica Lake

Payment at own account

Cancellation policy: Our cancellation policy is 24 hours prior .If you cancel outside of these times and we are able to resell the places to another guest then your card would not be charged. Please note that in the event of a no show for all or part of the booking, outside of our cancellation policy, you will be charged £40.00 per person.

When the weather is fine, restaurant bookings will be moved to The Courtyard or Bar, subject to availability.

Day 8 - Saturday 10th August - Onward Travel

Leaving your hotel sharp this morning, your guide will transfer you to Cardiff to immerse yourself in the vibrant urban culture of the city. Enjoy a dynamic street art tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. Wander through Cardiff’s bustling streets, discovering hidden gems and colourful murals that adorn the city’s walls. Gain insight into the stories and inspirations behind each artwork, as you soak in the eclectic atmosphere of Cardiff’s thriving art scene.

Then after lunch you head to Cardiff Airport to catch your onward travel. En route to Paris, carry with you the echoes of Welsh melodies, the whispers of ancient tales, and the spirit of exploration that Wales has graciously shared. As you venture onward, may the landscapes you’ve traversed in Wales serve as a canvas for future travel dreams and stories yet to unfold.

Note: Drive Time from your hotel to the centre of Cardiff is approx 1 hr. Onwards to Cardiff Airport is approx 45 mins. (All drive times traffic dependant)

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 7 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced driver guide from Day 1 to Day 8
  • All transfers are in a private vehicle driven by our guide
  • D1 – Additional Transfer from Airport to Hotel for Luggage
  • D2 – Private Transfer from Croes Vaen to Cardiff Airport for 2 pax (Scott & Henry)
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • D1 – Entry to Raglan Castle
    • D1 – Services of a Private Chef for Dinner this evening
    • D2 – Volunteering day at a Beaver Conservation Site
    • D4 – Full Day Private Sea Kayaking and Foraging experience
    • D4 – BBQ & Smores in the evening
    • D5 – Private crafting afternoon with local artist
    • D6 – Entry to Eisteddfod Festival
    • D6 – Services of a private Welsh speaking guide for the Full Day
    • D6 – Entry to Caerphilly Castle
    • D6 – Caerphilly Cheese Tasting
    • D7 – Private Tour of  Welsh Mining Experience (includes entry to the Welsh Mining Museum)
    • D7 – Private Afternoon Birds of Prey Experience in the Mountains
    • D8 – Private Morning Urban Art Walking Tour in Cardiff
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Cooler with beverages and snacks available for the family in the vehicle daily
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More

Activities are only private if so stated

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

 

Luggage Notes

Please note that we expect travellers to bring an average of One Large Holdall or Suitcase and up to Two smaller day-bags or hand-luggage sized pieces. If you expect to bring more than this then please let us know well in advance of arrival so that we can ensure there is capacity for this (additional charges will apply if separate luggage transfers are required).

 

Notes on Weather & Flexibility

Weather – August in England can be a very wide range of weather, and very changeable. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential, as well as a flexible attitude. Plans may have to be changed to accommodate Mother Nature, and your guide will have back-up plans that they will discuss with you if required.

Essential Packing List

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use then please just let us know and we will ensure these are available for you.

Important Contact Numbers Read More
Wilderness England Office | 9:00am – 5:30pm

UK: +44 (0)1768 721 210
US: 833 574 0690


Out of Office Hours | 5:30pm – 9:00am

+44 (0)7482 170 401


Emergency Services

999

Important Additional Information Read More
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Meet Your Guides

Ian Johnston

My formative working life was a balance of firefighting and adventure travel so in preparation for my ‘next life’ I qualified as an instructor of Mountaineering, Telemark skiing and Sea Kayaking.

At 16 I joined a six week expedition to Iceland and have since canoed in the Yukon, dived in the Galapagos, taught telemarking in Norway and Europe, and rock climbed wherever I can! I was fortunate enough to go to Vancouver, buy a van in a bar and travel 14,000 miles from Valdize, Alaska to San Diego, California climbing all the way then selling the van for $200 less than I paid for it!

Returning to the UK, however, is a real joy; few who haven’t visited for the first time will really understand what’s on offer. Once you’ve visited it’s wild places, you won’t fail to be impressed.

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Lewis Phillips

Lewis has been working in conservation, educating the public and flying birds for over ten years. Lewis has worked alongside many different conservation trusts in Britain and other countries around the world. We aspire to teach people about real issues that affect birds of prey in the wild. Falconry is recognised by UNESCO for it embodies precise aspects of world cultural heritage and as such should be safeguarded for future generations. The term “Falconry” has the following meaning – The taking of wild quarry in its natural surroundings by trained Hawks. The origins of this noble pastime can be traced back as far as BC to what is now central Iran its widely believed that Falconry originated in the Far East records exist from China in BC showing Falcons being given as gifts.