The Darbys Welsh Adventure

Patrick and Patrick

Saturday 24th August – Saturday 31st August 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 24th August - Welcome to Wales

On arrival at the airport you will be met by your expert guide who will transfer you to your hotel.

Depending on your arrival time, your Welsh adventure begins along the way with a stop at the Welsh Mining experience where you’ll go underground and back in time into the heart of Wales’ industrial heritage. Descending deep underground via a reconstructed mine shaft, the cool, damp air envelopes you, offering a glimpse into the challenging conditions faced by miners. Led by passionate guides, often former miners themselves, you traverse labyrinthine tunnels illuminated only by the dim glow of your headlamp, while hearing captivating stories of coal mining life. Emerging back into daylight, you carry with you a profound appreciation for the resilience and resourcefulness of those who worked the mines, and a deeper understanding of Wales’ industrial past.

Later, arrive at your elegant hotel in the historic market town of Abergavenney.

Overnight: Abergavenney | Angel Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Twin Room
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Sunday 25th August - Hiking Offa's Dyke

Embarking on Offa’s Dyke with an expert guide, the day begins with a hearty breakfast before venturing into lush woodlands, where bird songs accompany each step and wildflowers paint the path. Discover panoramic views atop rolling hills, pausing for lunch amidst the countryside and the ancient earthwork of Offa’s Dyke, while your guide shares insights into its rich history.

The afternoon brings challenges of rocky terrain and steep inclines, balanced by the beauty of open fields, quaint villages, and encounters with friendly locals, with your guide pointing out hidden gems along the way. As the sun sets, feel filled with gratitude for the day’s adventures as your guide transports you back to your hotel for a well deserved rest this evening.

Overnight: Abergavenney | Angel Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Twin Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Monday 26th August - Hay-on-Wye Wonders

Today, meet your guide and set off to explore Hay-on-Wye’s charming streets on a literary journey like no other, where the scent of aged paper beckons you into iconic bookshops, each brimming with rare finds and second-hand treasures. Wandering through cozy nooks and crannies, you uncover the town’s rich literary history while stumbling upon smaller, independent gems hidden down alleyways. From vintage armchairs to hand-painted signs, each bookstore offers its own unique charm, inviting you to lose yourself in the countless stories waiting to be discovered.

This afternoon, visit a taproom to sample some locally made craft beers before taking the opportunity to stop by the medieval Hay Castle, once a stronghold during the Norman invasion of Wales, before retiring to the charming town of Abergavenny for the evening.

Overnight: Abergavenney | Angel Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Twin Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Tuesday 27th August - Falconry and Penderyn Distillery

Celebrate Patricks 60th Birthday in style as you embark on an unforgettable wildlife and majestic birds-of-prey adventure, nestled in the breathtaking countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Start your day with Harris Hawks, flying them in mixed woodlands where they can cover up to 5 miles. Afterwards, venture to Moel Penderyn, a hill adjacent to the farm, to meet Harry, the critically endangered Rüppell’s Griffon. Witness his impressive 14lbs weight soar with his 9ft wingspan, while learning about the vultures’ vital role in the environment. Conclude your adventure with a light lunch, reminiscing on the mornings extraordinary encounters.

Later this afternoon, visit Penderyn Distillery for a private Distillery Tour to learn about how their award-winning whisky is made and what makes Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky so unique. See the mill, mash tun and copper pot stills in action whilst working up a thirst, soon to be quenched by some tasters in the bar afterwards.

Your guide will take you to your next accommodation for the evening, dramatically resting high above a rocky, volcanic outcrop.

Overnight: St Davids | Roch Castle
Room Type: St Davids Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Wednesday 28th August - Pembroke Coastal Path

Embarking on a day of hiking along the Pembroke Coastal Path promises awe-inspiring scenery, with rugged cliffs plunging into the sea and hidden coves dotting the shoreline. Traversing the undulating path, you encounter windswept heathlands, colourful wildflowers, and coastal wildlife, from soaring seabirds to basking seals. With support from your expert guide along the way, discover hidden gems off the beaten path and away from the crowds. Pausing for a picnic lunch, you soak in the endless vistas before continuing your journey, each twist and turn revealing new wonders.

As the day ends, you’re welcomed by the warm hospitality of St Davids, where you can unwind with a hearty meal or simply bask in the tranquility of the seaside, knowing you’ve experienced the beauty of the Pembroke Coastal Path in all its glory.

Overnight: St Davids | Roch Castle
Room Type: St Davids Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Thursday 29th August - Ramsey Island

Embarking on a visit to Ramsey Island in Wales promises an unforgettable adventure amidst stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Boarding a boat from the mainland, you set sail across the sparkling waters of St. Brides Bay, feeling the salty breeze on your face as you approach the rugged coastline of Ramsey Island. As you disembark onto the island’s rocky shores, you’re immediately enveloped in a sense of tranquility, surrounded by dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, and sweeping vistas of the sea. Guided by knowledgeable local experts, you embark on a journey of exploration, trekking along winding trails that lead you through windswept grasslands and heathlands adorned with colourful wildflowers. Along the way, encounter a diverse array of wildlife, from nesting seabirds perched precariously on sheer cliff faces to playful seals basking on rocky outcrops below.

Stopping to admire the breathtaking scenery, you pause to catch your breath and soak in the sights and sounds of this remote island sanctuary. Perhaps you’ll climb to the island’s highest point for panoramic views of the surrounding seascape, or descend to one of its secluded beaches for a peaceful moment of reflection. Upon disembarking, stop off at St Davids Cathedral where you can explore the most important medieval ecclesiastical building in Wales before heading back to Roch Castle.

Overnight: St Davids | Roch Castle
Room Type: St Davids Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Friday 30th August - Journey to Cardiff

Beginning the journey from St. Davids to Cardiff, you’re greeted by the serene Welsh countryside as you embark on a scenic drive. En route, you make a captivating stop at the enchanting Brecon Beacons National Park, known for its picturesque landscapes and cascading waterfalls. Venturing onto a winding trail, hike through lush forests and meandering streams, the sound of rushing water growing louder with each step. As you emerge, you’re met with the breathtaking sight of a majestic waterfall, its crystalline waters tumbling gracefully into a pool below. Pausing to admire the natural beauty surrounding you, you take a moment to soak in the tranquility of this idyllic setting before continuing your journey to Cardiff, for your final night in Wales.

Overnight: Cardiff | Park Gate Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Saturday 31st August - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the airport to make your onward connections. Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 guide from Day 1 to Day 8 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day
  • Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private half day falconry experience
    • Private Distillery Tour at Penderyn Distillery
    • Private boat trip to Ramsey Island
    • Entry to Hay Castle
    • Entry to St Davids Cathedral
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Activities are only private if so specified
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