Cardiff, the vibrant capital of Wales with a history with stretches back nearly 2000 years. The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk has enthralled discerning visitors since the 18th century and has more castles than any other part of Wales. South Wales valleys, steeped in heritage and history and home to Wales’s largest castle. The dramatic Heritage Coast and popular seaside resorts nestle by stunning countryside and hillsides. The Gower, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Carmarthenshire, aptly named the Garden of Wales and the spectacular coastal scenery at Pembrokeshire, and St Davids, Britain’s smallest city.
Ceredigion, located on the western coastline is dotted with villages, small ports and harbour towns, all with a rich seafaring history, sheltered on the east by the Plynlimon mountain range and Machynlleth, once the ancient capital of Wales. Elan Valley often referred to as the ‘Welsh Lake District’, and Rhayader Mid-Wales oldest town dates back to the 5th century and the spa town of Llandrindod Wells. To the east is Hay-on-Wye the ‘Book Capital of the World’ lies on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the Brecon Beacons.
The North Wales Borderlands is a wonderful diverse area - mountains and valleys around Llangollen, the rolling countryside of Wrexham, and the beautiful Vale of Clywd. Snowdonia is probably best known for the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, Wales’ tallest mountain, and the Mountain Railway. The Victorian town of Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Ryle, and Prestatyn, are four great coastal resorts with award-winning beaches. The Isle of Anglesey an untouched 125-mile coastline, historic sites and coast town of Beaumaris, separated from the mainland of Caernarfonshire by the Menai Straits.
Whilst your tour destination is important, equally important is making the right choice of tour operator. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Where exactly are the tour stops? How long will you be at the stop? Will your guide provide a guided tour or just an introduction? What type of transport is used? Not all transport have air conditioning, so worthwhile to ask. Finally, do not forget the local tourist information centre, friendly and knowledgeable staff available to answer all your questions.
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