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Departs every Tuesday and Friday all year round start time 09:00 and return time 17:30 approx from the National Museum Cardiff - map
Caerleon town, formerly called Isca Silurum, the permanent garrison for the Second Augustan Legion of the Roman army back in the first century AD. The extent of Roman remains in the town is impressive, and regarded as Britain's most revealing Roman site. Guided tour at the Roman Baths, Amphitheatre and the Roman museum. The quaint town of Usk, known as the Town of Flower, summer months wonderful floral displays. The lush green Vale of Usk, gentle rolling hill and farmhouses is the scenic route to the next stop. Chepstow town's medieval walls enclose the narrow streets with access to the town passes through a medieval gateway. The border is determined by the River Wye and during the visit you can cross over the Regency Cast Iron Bridge with Wales on one side of the river and England opposite. There are plenty of lunch options which your guide will be happy to point out to you. After lunch take a guided a tour of the the town's castle the UK's oldest Norman castle founded in 1067AD. Depart Chepstow to the Wye Valley awarded an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Should you visit in spring you will find woods carpeted with bluebells, wild garlic and wood anemones, in the summer time the meadows come alive with wild flowers followed by one of nature's grandest displays, the autumn tree leaf colour change in the ancient forest, and in the winter months take advantage of the extensive views as most of the trees are free of foliage. At Tintern a guided tour of the 13th-century abbey, truly a masterpiece of decorated Gothic architecture which has inspired poets and artists for centuries. Late afternoon travel through Tintern Parva village onto the back roads through quaint villages and beautiful countryside. Return to Cardiff at 17:30 (5.30pm) approximately.
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