2022 - Heart Of Wales
This brand-new tour takes you to the very Heart of Wales staying in the delightful Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells within the beautiful Elan Valley. Bordered by the dramatic landscapes of two national parks, Mid Wales takes you away from the everyday hustle and bustle to a rural idyll of wooded river valleys, quiet market towns and undulating hillsides. There’s plenty to enjoy and discover in Wales’ glorious green heart with a varied programme of included excursions.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
DAY 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After you join your holiday coach, you head off to Wales with a stop en-route in historic Ludlow, the delightful small market town in South Shropshire, very close to the Welsh border. Continue to Llandrindod Wells to check in to the centrally located 4* Metropole Hotel & Spa for 4 or 5 nights. DBB
DAY 2 – 4 (or 5) - At leisure in Llandrindod Wells with three included excursions. The 6 day tour also has an additional full day at leisure.
Llandrindod Wells with its architectural heritage, canopied streets, delicate wrought ironwork and ornamental parks has been welcoming visitors since Victorian times who came to ‘take the waters’. Popular attractions today include the National Cycle Museum (Admission approx. £5 in 2021 – not open daily – please check), the peaceful surrounds of Llandrindod Wells Lake as well as the town’s Heritage Trail (leaflets available from the tourist information centre)
Vale of Rheidol Heritage Railway & Aberystwyth
Drive through the Welsh mountain countryside to the beauty sport of Devil’s Bridge with its unusual 18th century bridge crossing the famous gorge and waterfalls in the magnificent Cambrian Mountains. Hop aboard one of the restored vintage locomotives of the 1902 Vale of Rheidol Railway to re-create the Edwardian spirit of adventure with a stunning 12-mile journey along the Rheidol Valley to the seaside town of Aberystwyth on the Ceridigion coast. Here you will have time to stroll along the promenade passing the beach, pier, marina and brightly coloured Victorian seafront buildings.
Head north to Welshpool and the spectacular Powis Castle, the fortress and country house which rise dramatically above the celebrated gardens. Originally constructed in the 13th century, the castle is built on a rock above Welshpool and the Italian terrace gardens with original lead statues have been described as the best surviving example of a 17th century British terraced garden. Other highlights include the Edwardian formal garden with spectacular colour during the summer, 300-year yew trees and an orangery. Return to the hotel with a stop at Coed-y-Dinas in the Severn Valley, the original ‘home farm’ for Powis Castle, the restored farm buildings are now a unique country store and garden centre.
The picturesque Elan Valley is known for its spectacular reservoirs and dams within an area of outstanding natural beauty and together with the moorland, bogs, woodland and river it is the most important area for land birds in Wales. Make a stop at the excellent visitor centre below Caban Coch Dam, a great place to learn about the amazing dams, truly remarkable civil engineering marvels. A local ranger will join the coach to give you a guided tour through the Elan Valley. On the way back to Llandrindod Wells for some leisure time, make a brief stop in Rhayader on the River Wye, known as the Outdoors Capital of Wales
Return Day - After your final Welsh breakfast, head back homewards with ample stops for coffee and refreshments. Continue back to the local joining points arriving back mid/late evening.Back to top
AccommodationMETROPOLE HOTEL & SPA, LLANDRINDOD WELLS
This elegant and historic 4* hotel is located in the centre of Llandrindod Wells and was once the largest town in Wales. Built in 1896 and still privately owned by the family of the original owner, the hotel offers excellent facilities including the Rock Spa with 18m indoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym and spa treatments. All guestrooms are traditionally style and well sized with TV, hairdryer and tea / coffee making facilities. There is a modern bar, comfortable lounge and a spacious restaurant with a conservatory offering views of the surrounding countryside. The hotel has a few isolated steps and a lift to most floors. Back to top