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Conference June 7-10, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales
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Cardiff, Wales

Culture & Heritage Tour

4 days/4 nights
June 3-6 (FULL) or June 10-14

 

Day One

(Pre-Tour) Arrive into Manchester Airport where you will be met by your guide. The Pre-Tour is FULL.
(Post- Tour) You will be collected from your Cardiff Hotel by your guide.

Welsh Language Lesson at Nant Gwrtheyrn:
Nant Gwrtheyrn is a really special place, a remote renovated Victorian Quarry village set in a secluded wooded valley with amazing views overlooking Porthdinllaen Bay and the Lleyn Peninsula. The village is overlooked by a Iron Age Hill Fort at Tre'r Ceiri, which makes a fantastic walk from the village. Nant Gwrtheyrn was refurbished in 2009 and provides 4-star accommodation for up to 80 residential guests. The village's main function is now a Welsh language learning centre for adults.


Day Two - Urdd National Eisteddfod Festival (Pre- Tour only)

The Urdd National Eisteddfod is Europe's largest youth arts festival. It is a massive feast of Welsh culture and heritage, a celebration of the Welsh language and the best talent in song, dance, drama and design. Visit http://www.urdd.org/esiteddfod.

Edward I Castles

Wales has 641 castles, more per square mile than any other country in Europe. You will visit one of Wales' most impressive Castles, built as one of the 'iron ring' of fortresses by the English monarch, Edward I, in his campaigns against the Welsh.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the castles--Beaumaris, Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy Castle-- are a haunting presence on the Welsh landscape yet are hugely impressive, well preserved and great examples of military architecture.


Day Three - Portmeirion

Standing serenely on the hills above the Dwryryd estuary in Northwest Wales, Portmeirion is perhaps best know as 'the Village' in the 1960's cult TV series The Prisoner; Portmeirion might look as though it was designed by some impossible committee. In fact, it was the brainchild of a single architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who acquired this remote promontory in 1925 and didn't complete his dream project until 1975, when he was in his nineties.

Attend a Male Voice Choir rehearsal

Wales is often referred to as 'The Land of Song' and whether we can sing or not we can sing or now we will certainly give it a try. Of course we can't talk about Wales and music without getting to our male voice choirs, famous throughout the world. Probably the best known today are Treorchy and Morriston Orpheus male voice choirs, and seeing them perform is a real treat. More recently, Froncysyllte's choir has come into the limelight-- there is even talk of a Hollywood film being made about it.

Day Four - Great Little Trains

There are 14 scenic railways in Wales. Built years ago to transport Welsh slate and Welsh people when the pace of life was slower. You will get to travel first-class on one of the Great Little Trains of Wales. They are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in Wales whilst enjoying the charm of these old-time steam trains.

National Museum

Welsh history is written all over the landscape and there are seven National Museums that help tell Wales's story through art, history and the natural environment. At Big Pit: National Coal Museum you can go 300ft underground with a real miner to discover what life was like at the coal face. St Fagans: National History Museum is one of Europes leading open-air museum and Wales' most popular heritage attraction.

Day Five - King Arthur

We love a good legend here in Wales and are proud to claim King Arthur as our own. The "real" base of the legend--deduced from documentation and archaeology--is a 5th century warrior chief who protected his Celtic people from the Saxon invaders in the lawless years after the Romans left Britain in the 5th century. Arthur was first mentioned as a warrior in a history written by a welsh monk in 830 AD. Other earlier Welsh literature talks about the King Arthur, but the actual surviving documents date from the time after the legend was firmly established. You will visit some of the many places across Wales that are said to be associated with King Arthur. The Castle of Dinas Bran is said to have been the home of the Holy Grail and some maintain that it lies hidden in a cave deep below the castle. Bardsey Island off the Lleyn Peninsula is said to be Avalon and burial place of Merlin.

Departure



Websites:

www.visitwales.com
www.nantgwrtheyrn.org
www.urdd.org
www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
www.museumwales.ac.uk

Accommodation and meals will be included. Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Itinerary is subject to change.

© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales


© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales


© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales


© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales


© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales
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Tour Bookings - Deadline is April 1, 2012

For all pre/post tour bookings and enquiries please liaise with Bob Titley at The Robert Titley Consultancy (the Visit Wales PR Agency in North America) - Email roberttitley@aol.com or Telephone 917 690 8418.
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