Ten days: Round Wales Tour

Aerial view of a long road between the mountains
Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia

Ten days isn’t enough to see every corner of Wales, but this tour by Cambrian Routes shows you far more than you might expect. Along with the grandeur of Powis Castle, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and St Davids Cathedral, the route includes more subtle attractions such as Laugharne, the Pentre Ifan neolithic burial chamber and Llancaiach Fawr, a Tudor manor house that’s said to be haunted.

Ten days: Grand Welsh Dragon Tour

Welsh Dragon Tours offer an enjoyable guided road trip for groups of up to four people who are keen to find out more about Wales’ distinctive language, culture, history and myths while seeing the sights. From Cardiff, you’ll travel the country in a clockwise loop, visiting the best of Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia, Anglesey and Mid Wales including castles, coast and spa towns.

Ten days: all Wales tour

Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey,  Chepstow

Dragon Tours include sights from many different phases of Welsh history and industry in their ten-day road trip, such as prehistoric sites in the Preseli Hills, Roman Caerleon, Norman Chepstow, Medieval Tintern and industrial era Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenavon. You’ll also see the castles, mountains and villages of Snowdonia and Anglesey and visit Ceredigion’s Rhiannon Centre, where craftsmen make jewellery from rare Welsh Gold. A six-day version is possible.

Five days: Variety in North Wales

With Celticos, you can choose from tours lasting between one and 12 days to discover as much of Wales as your time allows. The most outstanding experience on offer is the five-day North Wales experience which takes you from the coast of Anglesey to the mountains of Snowdonia, and from the great castles like UNESCO World Heritage Site Conwy Castle to the Italianate village of Portmeirion, and on to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the bridge in the air. Their experienced local guides ensure that you discover hidden gems, meet local people at work and play, and learn about the unique culture of this historic region. 

Four days: South and West Wales

View of Laugharne from Dylan Thomas Boathouse
Laugharne, Carmarthenshire

With four days to explore, Welsh Dragon Tours can guide you on a loop up from Cardiff into the richly wooded Wye Valley and the wild, grassy hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park, then southwest into the urban and rural reaches of Dylan Thomas country – Swansea, Gower and Laugharne – before continuing west to Pembrokeshire and the Christian sites of St Davids and St Non’s.

Three days: North Wales Explorer

With two nights in a country house hotel in one of Snowdonia’s prettiest villages, Beddgelert, this guided mini-coach tour by Where When Wales starts in Cardiff, heads north via the Elan Valley and immerses you in some of the finest scenery in North Wales. You’ll see Portmeirion, Caernarfon and the best of Anglesey, including Plas Newydd and South Stack. In a break from the road, you’ll climb Snowdon by train.

Three days: North Wales Experience

South Wales Personal Tours drive you north from Cardiff via the Brecon Beacons to Snowdonia for a heritage-focused, small-group tour. The middle day of the three is absolutely packed – starting at Betws-y-Coed, you’ll take a trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, visit Caernarfon Castle and cross the Menai Strait to Anglesey to see Llanfair PG and Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber. Then you’ll cross back to take a stroll in Llandudno before returning to Betws-y-Coed.

Two days: West Wales Explorer

Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire
Tenby Harbour in Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

It’s amazing what you can cram into a two-day road trip through Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, since many of the best spots are close together. The journey by road from Cardiff to the pretty town of Tenby only takes a couple of hours, leaving plenty of time for sightseeing. Where When Wales will show you St Davids CathedralPembroke Castle, the Preseli Hills and some of the pretty coastal spots which inspired Dylan Thomas.

Two days: West Wales Experience

In this overnight tour, South Wales Personal Tours seek out some of the quirkier places of interest in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, such as the Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne, St Govan’s Chapel and St Non’s Well. Petrolheads can worship the hallowed ground at Pendine Sands, site of several successful attempts to break the world land speed record in the 1920s, and on the second day, you’ll have a chance to take a short walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

One day: South Wales in a day

Interior Cardiff Castle
The Cardiff Castle Interpretation Centre, Cardiff
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

If you only have one day for a road trip through the countryside around Cardiff, Roam Wales will make sure you make the best of it. You could focus on Swansea’s Maritime Quarter and the Gower Peninsula, or explore South Wales’ industrial heritage and present-day food and drink culture at Big PitRhymney Brewery and Abergavenny. Another tour shows you a trio of castles – CardiffCastell Coch and Caerphilly – then whisks you into the rolling hills of Brecon Beacons National Park.

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