Swansea Bay, Gower Peninsula & Brecon Beacons
Enjoy a relaxing break on the glorious sweep of Swansea Bay, staying right on the seafront at Aberavon, one of Wales’ longest sandy beaches. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade to enjoy the beautiful views across the bay or maybe treat yourself in one of the ice cream parlours, traditional pubs or cafes. Enjoy a day out on the glorious Gower Peninsula (Y Gŵyr), the 15-mile thumb of land which was designated the UK’s first official AONB in 1956 and a take ride on a heritage railway through the handsome rural landscapes of the Brecon Beacons.
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 boarding your holiday coach, head to the South Wales coast with a stop en-route in the historic walled border town of Chepstow which sits on the Welsh side of the River Wye. Arrive in Aberavon for your 4 night stay DBB
Day 2 – 4 - At leisure in Aberavon with two included excursions and one optional excursion
Mumbles & Gower Peninsular
Start the day on the other side of Swansea Bay in Mumbles, the ‘Gateway to Gower’ and much-loved seaside retreat of Swansea dwellers. Full of character with its lighthouse and famous Victorian pier, a visit to Mumbles is a charmingly old-fashioned delight – plenty of independent boutiques and quirky galleries too. You will be joined by a local guide who will take you on an exploration of the peninsula, a world of its own, pointing into the Bristol Channel. The region is fringed with sweeping yellow bays and precipitous cliffs whilst bracken heaths dot the interior where tiny villages, castle ruins and curious churches can be found. Stop at the Gower Heritage Centre, a rural life museum with a 12th century water powered mill, cider press and artisan craft shops. Enjoy a Welsh cream tea before heading back to the hotel.
Brecon Beacons & Mountain Railway
Take a scenic drive to the Brecon Beacons National Park which encompasses some of the finest and most varied scenery in Southern Wales. Hills of grass and rock tumble and climb around river valleys that lie between sandstone and limestone uplands, peppered with lakes and villages. Board the Brecon Mountain Railway which makes a return journey along the full length of the Taff Fechan Reservoir. There will be time to visit the locomotive workshop before heading to Wales’ famous distillery of award-winning single malt whiskies at Penderyn where you will have a tour and the opportunity to sample some of the products (NB open-toed footwear is not permitted for the distillery tour).
Discover why Dylan Thomas wrote so passionately about his hometown of Swansea, Wales’ second largest city. The city on the bay has shaken off its post war drab image and is now a regenerated, vibrant centre with a wide seafront and a bold marina development around the old docks, the Maritime Quarter. The striking National Waterfront Museum was carved out of the shell of the old Industrial and Maritime Museum, which has been stunningly extended to house a breathtakingly varied set of exhibitions dealing with 330 years of Wales’ innovation and industry (entry FOC but pre-booking may be required). Swansea’s historic Indoor Market, the largest in Wales, is a great place to find fresh, local produce, traditional Welsh fayre as well as bespoke gifts, crafts and jewellery. Perhaps you can sample some local laverbread, made from seaweed collected from the shores of north Gower.
Day 5 – After breakfast head homewards with plenty of Welsh memories. Arrive in your hometowns early evening.Back to top
Aberavon Beach Hotel, Port Talbot
Located on the Aberavon beachfront with views across Swansea Bay, the 3* Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel offers good facilities and comfortable accommodation just 7 miles from Swansea. The redecorated guestrooms all have satellite TVs and free WiFi. The modern leisure centre features a heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. There is a sun terrace with indoor and outdoor seating, a modern restaurant and a lounge bar. There is a lift to all floors.