WYE VALLEY TOUR

 

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Highlights
►Caerleon: Amphitheatre, Roman Baths & Roman Museum
►Chepstow Castle the UK's Oldest Norman Castle founded in 1067AD
►Tintern Abbey
►Wye Valley Awarded an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
►Vale of Usk
►Photo Stop at Raglan Castle
 
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PRICES GBP: Adult £45.00  | Over 60s & Student £40.00 | Child £25.00 3 years and under 16 years
 
Price Includes
► Top of the range Mercedes air-conditioned mini-coach
► Professional driver
► Local guide.
 
Extras Not Included
► Lunch and refreshments
► Entrance fees x(2):
Chepstow Castle Adult £4.50 | *Concession £3.40| **Famiy Ticket £13.50
Tintern Abbey Adult £5.50|*Concession £4.10 | ** Family Ticket £16.50
* Concession= 60 years and over, students & children under 16 years
**Family Ticket admits 2 adults and all children under 16 years
 
Tour summary
Your tour travels east to visit Caerleon, historians say the extent of Roman remains in the town is impressive: Amphitheatre, Roman Baths and Roman Museum.  Enjoy wonderful Welsh countryside from  gentle rolling lush hills to green valleys, quaint villages, farms and lots of sheep. The Wye Valley, awarded an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, a perfect setting for Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle, the UK's oldest Norman castle in the UK.  At Chepstow town take a short walk across the Regency Cast Iron bridge, to visit England on the opposite side. Photo stop at Raglan Castle. 
 

Start time 09:00 and return time 17:30 approx

From outside the steps at the National Museum Cardiff - map
 

ITINERARY

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.

Before we make our journey to Cardiff we drive through the pretty village of Raglan to enjoy a photo stop at Raglan Castle built in the 15th century.

Return to Cardiff  at 5.30pm approximately.

 

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