NEW AUTHENTIC GUIDED VACATIONS

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Become immersed in this dynamic country on your guided tour of Wales. Your first evening is spent in the capital, Cardiff—gather with your traveling companions over a sumptuous meal. The next day, you’re off to discover the authentic Wales with stops at St. Fagan’s National Museum of History, the dramatic Welsh countryside, and Brecon Beacons National Park. The 13th century Caerphilly Castle is a particular beauty. We’ll travel through the border regions of Mid-Wales to a UNESCO Heritage site, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. We’ll also visit the mystical Valle Crucis Abbey and then enjoy a cozy afternoon tearoom.

After arriving at the North Welsh coast, we’ll spend the night in Llandudno, a sweet seaside resort town. Walk the city and you’ll find Conwy Castle, medieval town walls, the smallest house in Britain, and the serene quay. Dive into the traditional pubs and cafes! Continuing our travels to Portmeiron, you’ll have time for a photo op at the village with the longest name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch! We’ll head to the Welsh Heritage Centre for a tongue-twisting language lesson in Welsh pronunciation. Pure fun! Over dinner that evening, perhaps try out a few words with your companions.

The next morning, we board the steam train on the historic Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway line. We travel through Snowdonia National Park, known for its thundering waterfalls, historic sites, charming villages, and historic sites—there is something truly breathtaking around each bend. We’ll spend that evening in Pembrokeshire, and the following morning, we set out for picture-perfect Tenby. This village is perched on a headland with Norman walls and has medieval lanes. Take time to explore! After breakfast we head back to Cardiff on the stunning drive along Wales’s west coast. We arrive late in the afternoon—consider adding a post-tour night. This is the essential Wales vacation you’ve been dreaming about.

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Included Unique Activities

  • Welsh Language Lessons at the Language Heritage Centre
  • Snowdonia National Park Steam Train Ride

Accommodation

1 Night

City Center Hotel in Historic Victorian Building

1 Night

Charming Coach Inn

2 Nights

Llandudno Bayside Hotel

1 Night

Beautiful Stylish 4-Star Hotel

2 Nights

Country House Hotel

Transportation

  • Premium Mini-Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

Dining Options Included

  • Delectable Full Breakfast Each Morning
  • 4x Evening Meals
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea Experience

Points of Interest

  • Discover Rich and Varied History at the National History Museum of Wales
  • Take in Jaw-Dropping Scenery at Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Gaze upon a Medieval Cistercian Abbey
  • Visit the Unique and Dramatic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • Stroll the Charming Streets and City Walls of Conwy
  • Pick Up Some Tongue-Twisting Welsh Pronunciation Lessons at The Welsh Language Heritage Centre
  • Visit Industrial Victorian Workshops that Maintained the Dinorwig Slate Quarry at the National Slate Museum
  • Marvel at Unusual Devil's Bridge - Made up of Three Bridges Stacked on Top of One Another!
  • See the Miniscule 10 foot by 6 foot "Smallest House in Great Britain" 

Available Dates

05 - 12 May 2023

From $2,981 per person

19 - 26 May 2023

From $2,981 per person

19 - 26 May 2023

From $2,981 per person

14 - 21 July 2023

ON SALE! From $3,023 $2,873 per person

28 July - 04 August 2023

ON SALE! From $3,023 $2,873 per person

01 - 08 September 2023

From $3,023 per person

15 - 22 September 2023

ON SALE! From $3,023 $2,873 per person

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 Nights of Boutique Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Premium Mini-Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • Delectable Full Breakfast Each Morning
  • 4x Evening Meals
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea Experience

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Welsh Language Lessons at the Language Heritage Centre
  • Snowdonia National Park Steam Train Ride

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Discover Rich and Varied History at the National History Museum of Wales
  • Take in Jaw-Dropping Scenery at Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Gaze upon a Medieval Cistercian Abbey
  • Visit the Unique and Dramatic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • Stroll the Charming Streets and City Walls of Conwy
  • Be Enthralled by Stunning Caernarfon Castle - Birthplace of The First Prince of Wales
  • Pick Up Some Tongue-Twisting Welsh Pronunciation Lessons at The Welsh Language Heritage Centre
  • Visit Industrial Victorian Workshops that Maintained the Dinorwig Slate Quarry at the National Slate Museum
  • Marvel at Unusual Devil's Bridge - Made up of Three Bridges Stacked on Top of One Another!
  • See the Miniscule 10 foot by 6 foot "Smallest House in Great Britain"
  • Stay in the Enchanting Italian Style Village of Portmeirion 
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

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Dale

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We recently completed our trip to Italy after walking the Camiño de Santiago. The trip included Tuscany, Sicily, and Rome with a cruise to the Holy Land between Sicily and Rome. We worked with Naomi on the original planning and Joleen on the execution. Both were exceptional to work with and both are true professionals. Every facet of the trip, from transportation to billeting to excursions, was flawlessly planned and executed. We worked with Authentic Vacations for three trips this summer, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy we could not be more pleased with the service they provided us. Thank you!

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California

We three Girls wanted a Dream trip of a Lifetime. We stayed for 12 Days and had our own Driver/Tour guide, who will forever be "Family" to us now. We stayed in three Castle Hotels and three other beautiful hotels. All accommodations were so different and unique in their own way. We ate our way through the Beautiful Irish countryside in mostly Pubs, suggested by our driver, Seamus. We were Never disappointed! We had the most wonderful stay we could have imagined, from larger cities to quaint towns we were treated so kindly and had a Blast! We shopped til we dropped, saw more than we could have ever guessed possible, and will have this vacation to remember and Cherish for the rest of our lives.  Thank you, Joleen, Thank you Authentic Vacations!

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Carl

Massachusetts

We couldn’t have asked for a better trip! Our small group had a small luxury coach, and excellent accommodations, and Ian was an outstanding guide in every way! Graham was a wonderful driver who navigated the narrow country roads with great skill! Authentic Vacations gets our 5-star rating! Brian & Esther, MA.  Thank you, Jennifer, my agency will be using Authentic Vacations, again!

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CA

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Illinois

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Our trip was amazing. It was more than I hoped for!!!! We booked our Scotland trip pre-pandemic and were so excited to finally go in September 2022. Lonna made sure everything was perfect! From booking the cutest bed and breakfasts in Stonehaven, Skye, Fort William, and Inverness, to a castle stay in Airth. The experiences included in the trip were amazing.

She answered my numerous questions with patience, suggestions, and guidance. Thank you Lonna!!! I would absolutely book through Authentic Vacations again!

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Oregon

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