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Wales Walking & Hiking Tour

Welsh National Parks—Brecon Beacons to the Pembrokeshire Coast

From $4,699 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,360 for sgl. occ.)

Endless comes to mind in southern Wales. A seemingly infinite patchwork of Welsh valleys and fields blazing purple and gold. A castle around every corner. Bountiful layers of history and archaeological wonders. Uninterrupted coastal views. Surprising discoveries of lakes below weather-worn cliffs. The possibilities, it seems, are boundless.

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Wales

Start/End Cardiff

Wales Tour Map

Highlights

  • Explore the woodlands, wildlife and country meadows in Brecon Beacons National Park's verdant mountain ranges
  • Discover relics of the Iron Age, historic trails, and cathedrals and castles of medieval princes and kings
  • Hike the Pembrokeshire coast with its sparkling beaches and awe-inspiring clifftop views
  • Luxuriate in fairy-tale hotels featuring manicured gardens, impeccable service and gastronomic delights
Wales

Start/End Cardiff

Wales Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 From Cardiff, venture to stunning Brecon Beacons National Park and try your first taste of Welsh scones and tea | Climb into the heart of the mountains along a fern-lined path to the summit of Fan Y Big, one of the park's highest peaks | Atop an escarpment, take in sweeping views of emerald-green hills and valleys | Come home to elegant Llangoed Hall, the site of the first Welsh Parliament and former home of fashion icon Laura Ashley.

Days 2-3 Follow part of Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, tracing an 8th-century earthen ditch built at the command of King Offa of Mercia | Enter the rugged sandstone Black Mountains, dotted with grass and heather | Grand vistas of the valley below unfold before you: farmland, rural hamlets and perhaps glimpses of soaring birds of prey and Welsh mountain ponies | On the border with England, arrive at Hay-on-Wye, the town of books | Ascend through a shallow valley to find stunning views of the Fforest Fawr | Climb to Llyn y Fan Fawr, an enchanting lake created by an ancient glacier.

Day 4 Welcome to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Britain's most breathtaking coastline, complete with craggy cliffs, sheltered coves, twisting estuaries and expansive beaches | From Abercastle's harbor—filled with colorful fishing boats—follow an undulating path over rolling wildflower-strewn terrain | A shimmering seascape provides the backdrop for impressive rock formations and old mill ruins | Rub elbows with locals in the tiny fishing port of Porthgain | Witness the region's industrial heritage at the dramatic sheer cliffs of Abereiddy's Blue Lagoon, a former slate quarry.

Days 5-6 Starting at scenic Whitesands Bay beach, beloved by surfers, head up to an overlook for views of Ramsey Island and to perhaps spot porpoises below | Walk along the coast to the picture-perfect fishing village of Solva | Explore the tiny city of St. David's, known for its cathedral dating to the 6th century.

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  • 10 or more guests: from $4,699 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,399 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,999 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $8,099 pp dbl occ
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Prices

From $4,699 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,360 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Llangoed Hall, Brecon, United Kingdom
Llangoed Hall

Llyswen (2 nights)

The Grove of Narberth, Wales, UK
Grove of Narberth

Molleston (1 night)

Twr y Felin Hotel, Wales, United Kingdom
Twr y Felin Hotel

St. David's (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Wales

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Llangoed Hall, Brecon, United Kingdom

Llangoed Hall

Llyswen (2 nights)

Dating back to 1632, this luxurious Edwardian country hotel sits among extensive gardens and welcomes you with impeccable service and inviting antique furnished rooms.

The Grove of Narberth, Wales, UK

Grove of Narberth

Molleston (1 night)

Nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside, the peaceful and intimate Grove of Narberth is surrounded by ancient oak trees, flowerbeds and emerald meadows and offers views of the Preseli Hills.

Twr y Felin Hotel, Wales, United Kingdom

Twr y Felin Hotel

St. David's (2 nights)

The boutique Twr y Felin recently completed a meticulous renovation resulting in a contemporary design around its historic windmill. Built as an art hotel, enjoy the permanent indoor art collection and sculpture garden.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 6* 1100 7 1000
2 3* 0 6* 400 10 800
3 3* 800 7* 1900 9 2300
4 4* 400 6* 500 9 1000
5 5* 300 7* 500 13 800
6 5 400
 

Note: The terrain on this trip is mostly rolling, with some moderate and occasionally steep ascents and descents. Many of our hikes are on boggy and uneven trails, pavement and dirt roads that can be wet, muddy and rocky. We also traverse some steep mountain paths. Please note that on several sections of our hikes the van will be unable to intersect the route.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Wales

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

The Best Leaders in Wales

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Wales, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Wales—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Wales you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Wales trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Wales that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Wales has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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