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Tour on Tuesday & Friday
►Caerleon former Roman Garrison to visit Amphitheatre, Roman Baths & Roman Museum
►Chepstow Castle the UK's oldest Norman Castle founded in 1067AD
►Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
►Vale of Usk
►Start time 09:00 and return time 17:30 approx
►Departs from outside the steps at the National Museum Cardiff -click map
Travel east of Cardiff to 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. Join your guide on a private tour of the Roman Bath House, Amphitheatre and the Roman museum. All admissions are free.
Continue our journey through the lush green Vale of Usk, with gentle rolling hills and farmhouses, to the southeast border town of Chepstow. Enter the town by driving through the 13th century gateway to the the town and see the River Wye which is the boundary separating Wales from England. During your visit take a short walk (only 5 minutes) across the Regency Cast Iron Bridge to England. Chepstow offers a good selection of lunch options, which your guide will give helpful advice. After lunch take a private guided tour of Chepstow Castle, the UK's oldest Norman castle founded in 1067AD, or the option of free time in the town.
From Chepstow take a scenic journey to the Wye Valley, awarded an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you visit in spring you will find ancient woodlands carpeted with bluebells, wild garlic and wood anemones, in summer the meadows come alive with wild flowers followed by one of natures grandest displays, the autumn colour changes in the ancient forest, and in the winter months take advantage of the extensive views as most of the trees are bare of foliage. At Tintern, a private 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 5.30pm approximately.
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