Culture & Heritage Tour
4 days/4 nights
June 3-6 (FULL) or June 10-14
(Pre-Tour) Arrive into Manchester Airport where you will be met by your guide. The Pre-Tour
(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.
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.
Accommodation and meals will be included. Participants should advise if they have any
dietary restrictions or food allergies. Itinerary is subject to change.