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The Welsh Explorer Tour

Trip Type: Backpacker Tour
Tour Cost: $359 ($339 students)
Departs from: London
Duration: 5 days

Tags: $500 or less Tours, 4-7 days, England & Scotland Tours, Haggis Adventures, Small Group Tour

The ultimate Welsh adventure! Escape London and let wild Wales capture your imagination as you explore this unique and fascinating country. Discover ancient castles, fantastic towns and villages, stunning coastal and mountain scenery and the legends of King Arthur.

Day: 1 | Location: London to Abergavenny

We leave London behind and head west across the Severn Bridge into south Wales to Chepstow Castle, the oldest stone fortification in Britain, then we explore the Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey, one of the finest ruins in the country. You then get the chance to go down a real Welsh mine at the Big Pit which is situated in Blaenavon and is listed as a World Heritage site. Home for the night is the medieval market town of Abergavenny which was once a area that contained a Roman Fort.

Day: 2 | Location: Abergavenny to Corwen

After a drive along the ‘Heads of the Valleys Road’ we will take a walk in Coed Taf Fawr, a large area of forestry in the centre of the Brecon Beacons.  Next it's onto the world famous second hand book capital of Britain, Hay-on-Wye.  Here you will also learn about Richard George and William Pitt Booth who proclaimed ‘Hay’ an ‘independent kingdom’ on 1st April 1977.  After a rummage through the book shops it's off to Dinas Brân, a castle which originates around 600BC to hear about the last prince of Wales. After this we will pick some local produce for a BBQ at the lovely Welsh farmhouse we will be staying at.

Day: 3 | Location: Corwen to Caernarfon

After a hearty cooked breakfast we head to the extremely quaint cottage that is ‘Ugly House’ and then we shall head up the Vale of Conwy towards the north coast of Wales where we shall visit Conwy to see the smallest house in Great Britain and also the majestic Conwy Castle built by Edward Ist.  After lunch it’s onto Snowdonia National Park to take a walk in the spectacular scenery north Wales is famous for. We then head to Beddgelert a place that has strong connections with ‘Rupert Bear’ and visit Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, one of the longest place names in the world. After a drive through the Llanberis Pass we shall spend the evening chilling out on the north coast with fish and chips, staying in the shadow of Caernarfon Castle!

Day: 4 | Location: Caernarfon to Cardiff

After making our way south from Caernarfon we shall have a walk around the Welsh tribal lands of Dolgellau which lies at the foot of the mountain ‘Cader Idris’. The surrounding lakes of this menacing mountain are said to be bottomless.  We then travel onto Machynlleth - the ancient capital of Wales and now home to a large thriving bohemian community. Passing by the seaside resort of Aberystwth we shall then visit Devil's Bridge (where the devil was banished from Wales) and go on a gorge walk.  Leaving Devil's Bridge behind we will follow Cardigan Bay for a while before making our way past Swansea and onto the thriving Welsh capital, Cardiff.

Day: 5 | Location: Cardiff to London

After a big night in Cardiff we shall leave the city behind and head to Caerleon, site of a Roman amphitheatre and fortress. Finally, we bid farewell to Wales and visit Castle Combe, a quaint village on the edge of the Cotswolds and one of England's finest before returning to London.

The Welsh Explorer departs every other Monday through September

What’s included?

An unforgettable adventure with like-minded travellers, transport and your very own legendary tour guide!

What’s not included?

Meals and entrance fees are not included allowing you to keep your option open. We book accommodation for you in hostel dorms and all you have to do is pay for this when you arrive at the hostel. This usually costs between £15-£17 per person per night.

*Unfortunately for all tours departing London private rooms or upgrades are not an option as all rooms are dorms.

Join our award-winning tours and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime!

We've only ever had one aim - to provide the best possible adventures in Scotland, England & Wales for independent travellers! Every member of our team shares our passion for their country and travel, have travelled extensively themselves and know what it's really like to travel on a budget. To our team, travel is not a job - it's our passion. While others work to live - we live to travel!

We’re fanatical about making sure that every day, every single HAGGiS trip is the best we've ever run. We passionately believe our country is magnificent - it's our mission to help you love it like we do!

PASSIONATE team: We're proud that over the years our team has earned a reputation for being the best in the world - the experts! Perhaps that's why more travellers trust us with their precious travel time than any other backpacker travel company in Europe.

LEGENDARY crew: This might be your first visit to the UK and we are determined to make it so good, it won’t be your last! Therefore, it's important that the people who know it best show you around - the locals. Our guides are all young, superbly trained, highly entertaining, local characters with a knowledge and understanding of our country that is second to none. Widely recognised as the best trained, and world renowned for their professionalism these guys are the best there are!

GORGEOUS vehicles: Our distinctive yellow buses are welcomed throughout the Highlands. Just because you're travelling on a budget doesn't mean you have to compromise on safety or comfort. That's why we use Mercedes Benz midi-coaches, the latest models custom-built for touring. Famously yellow and named after our legendary crew, our buses all have eco-friendly (low-emission) engines, BIG windows, BIG sound systems and are ideally suited for your comfort. Perfect for that legendary HAGGiS atmosphere!

FANTASTIC reliability: HAGGiS Adventures are renowned for their reliability; after all, if we booked a tour we'd expect it to run too. Especially if you have travelled from the other side of the world! We do NOT operate a minimum numbers policy so once you book you will travel - guaranteed! Since 1993, the year we started, we have never EVER cancelled a tour!

AWESOME reputation: 15 years experience - HAGGiS is the longest running backpacker tour company in the UK and thousands of people have experienced our commitment to quality in that time. Don't just take our word for it. Over 99% of our passengers recommend us. We are also proud to have had some of our achievements recognised officially. We have numerous awards and our tours are rated as 5 stars by VisitScotland; see our AWARDS section.

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Tour Highlights

  • FREE BBQ at a Welsh farmhouse
  • FREE entry to The Big Pit – go underground and experience a real coal mine and hear the fascinating history of mining in Wales
  • Discover the unspoilt beauty of the Brecon Beacons
  • Wander around the spectacular ruins of Tintern Abbey, inspiration to William Wordsworth
  • Have a night out to remember in the vibrant capital city of Cardiff
  • Explore one of the most impressive castles in the world in Conwy, built by Edward 1st  to contain the Welsh
  • Trek in the stunning Snowdonia National Park and hopefully get a glimpse of Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon
  • Find some lost treasure in the town of books (Hay-on-Wye – with over 30 second hand bookshops)
  • Caerleon Roman fortress or King Arthur’s Camelot?

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