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 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

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

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.

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 - Foraging and Falconry

This morning rendezvous with local forager, Adele, at your charming glamping pods nestled in the heart of the Welsh countryside. Begin your day with an exploration of the picturesque terrain alongside Adele, as you uncover hidden treasures and forage for nature’s bounty. Return to your cosy pods, where you’ll transform your finds into delectable pizzas, savouring the flavours of your harvest amidst the rustic ambience. Following a leisurely lunch, venture 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. 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.

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

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

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, colorful 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

 

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

Day 7 - Friday 9th August - Welsh Mining and Urban Street Art Tour

Today you will have a private tour with your local miner guide, and delve deep into the heart of Wales’ industrial heritage at the Welsh Mining Experience. As you descend into the underground tunnels, you gain insight into the lives of the miners who once toiled here, their stories echoing through the cavernous chambers. Emerging from the depths, you enjoy a hearty lunch, savouring the flavours of traditional Welsh cuisine. Energized and enriched, continue your journey through the centuries as you traverse the storied halls and lush gardens of Cardiff Castle. Delve into the castle’s rich history, marvelling at its architectural grandeur and iconic landmarks. Then, immerse yourself in the vibrant urban culture of the city with 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. With the afternoon stretching before you, you return to Abergavenny, where you’re free to explore the town’s charming streets, quaint shops, and picturesque landscapes at your leisure.

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

Day 8 - Saturday 10th August - Onward Travel

Enjoy a morning of calm as you stroll through the town before you bid farewell to the Brecon Beacons for your transfer to Cardiff Airport. 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.

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.
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entry to Raglan Castle
    • Entry to the Welsh Mining Museum
    • Volunteering day at a Beaver Conservation Site
    • Private Foraging Experience in the Brecon Beacons
    • Private Birds of Prey in the Mountains
    • Entry to Eisteddfod Festival
    • Entry to Caerphilly Castle
    • Entry to Cardiff Castle
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Tea
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
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision

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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Adele Nozedar

In Adele’s own words: A forage is a slow-paced process, aimed at observation and information rather than mileage. During your walk you’ll be encouraged to observe, using all of your senses to guide you in finding and recognising the plants, fungi, trees and even the wildlife around us. Recognition of plants if a wonderfully sensory experience; squeezing and smelling leaves, running them between your fingers to get a sense of their juices and oils, and tasting such delights as nectar, are all part of the process. Sensory experiences are effective triggers for the memory, and people are often surprised at what they recall. Prepare to lean on fences, one foot on the bottom bar, gazing at the horizon.

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.