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Taste of Wales | CIE Tours

Taste of Wales

  • 2019 Taste of Wales 9 day/8 night coach tour
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12 reviews
Starts Chester
Ends Windsor
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Stroll around Tenby with a local guide who will recount humorous tales of the seaside town, which dates back to the Middle Ages.
  • See a demonstration of wooden Lovespoon carving, a traditional Welsh symbol of love and courtship.
  • Try traditional Welsh foods at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.

Trip Highlights:

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Chester Cathedral
  • Harlech Castle
  • Pembroke Castle
  • Penderyn Distillery
  • St David’s Cathedral
  • St Fagans National Museum of History
  • Stonehenge
  • Windsor Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 8 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D) including a lively Welsh evening of traditional foods and entertainment in Cardiff Castle.

Hotels:

  • Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen, Chester (1 night)
  • Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon (2 nights)
  • Fourcourt Hotel, Tenby (2 nights)
  • Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff (2 nights)
  • MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor (1 night)

Hotels

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Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen, Chester

Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen, Chester Description:

In a grand Victorian building opposite Chester Railway Station, this upscale hotel, mixing contemporary and classical styles, is a 14-minute walk from Chester Cathedral and 1.5 miles from Chester Racecourse. The interior features creative decor with bold colours and plush fabrics, and the high-end rooms offer free WiFi.

Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon

Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon Description:

This Georgian-style property is comfortable and tastefully decorated with all modern conveniences. One hundred ten bright and airy bedrooms each have a cozy seating area, tea/coffee facilities, a TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Brasserie Draco serves Mediterranean-style cuisine and traditional breakfasts using fresh, local produce. Summit/Y Copa Bar and Bistro offers light snacks. The hotel features an indoor heated swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness suite. Located just outside the city walls, the hotel is a short walk from Caernarfon Castle and the charming old streets of the town.

Fourcroft Hotel, Tenby

Fourcroft Hotel, Tenby Description:

This charming hotel forms part of a listed Georgian terrace, built over 175 years ago as individual summer houses. Over the years, it has been constantly upgraded. Most of the 40 bedrooms overlook the bay and offer an extensive range of facilities to ensure your comfort. Overlooking the sea are Ossie Morgan’s Restaurant and lounges, where local produce is freshly prepared by skilled chefs. The property is located on the cliffs above Tenby’s North Beach and is within easy walking distance of the medieval town center.

Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff

Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff Description:

This new 12-story hotel, opened in 2011, is one of Cardiff’s tallest buildings, with panoramic views over Cardiff Bay. The Cardiff Hotel Bar is open for drinks and casual food throughout the day. Stir Bar & Restaurant, overlooking Mill Lane, offers an array of dishes to tempt your taste buds. Two hundred sixteen guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay, offering the perfect place to relax and unwind. These spacious and airy rooms offer beds with crisp white duvet and pillows, with outstanding views of the beautiful Cardiff surroundings. Facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor

MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor Description:

MGallery Castle Hotel is a characterful and harmonious building, with a unifying palette and design features. The concept of how history and people have made their mark permeates the entirety of the property’s new creative interior design. Immerse yourself in history in a unique location. Castle Hotel Windsor is an elegant Georgian building with a rich past and an enviable address: directly opposite Windsor Castle. Walk through the doors and walk back in time, as you discover fascinating authentic features and lovingly restored décor, before you retire to your gloriously relaxing room. The town’s cobbled streets offer much to explore, and you’ll have the best view possible for the pomp and grandeur of the Changing of the Guard.

Itinerary

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TASTE OF WALES 9 Days / 8 Nights

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1MANCHESTER ARRIVAL & CHESTER

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Chester hotel. Chester is about 30 miles from Manchester Airport; you’ll need to arrange a transfer. Set out on a walking tour to see medieval streets with lovely half-timbered houses and shops. Walk along part of the city walls and view Roman ruins. Also visit Chester Cathedral, which dates back to 660 AD. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2SHEEPDOGS & CONWY

Cross into Wales and travel across the scenic Horseshoe Pass. View the scenic town of Llangollen. Immerse yourself in farm life as you watch trained dogs herding sheep. Stop for photos of St Asaph’s Cathedral, built in the 13th century. In Conwy, a town dominated by its huge castle, take a walk around the narrow streets and see Britain’s smallest house. Drive to Caernarfon for some free time before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3TRAM IN LLANDUDNO & NATIONAL SLATE MUSEUM

Take a tram ride in the seaside town of Llandudno. Have lunch at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, a showcase for the best of Welsh food. Choose among the fresh, seasonal handmade food and drink from local artisan producers. Tour the National Slate Museum, which relates the tough working conditions of this region’s slate industry, developed in Victorian times. Enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 4HARLECH CASTLE & TENBY WALKING TOUR

Experience the magnificent Welsh coastline. Visit the mighty Harlech Castle, one of the “Iron Ring Castles” that were built along the coast by the English in the 13th century. Continue to picturesque Tenby, featuring a harbor, castle ruins, and defensive town walls. After dinner, join a local guide for a walk around town to hear tales and traditions associated with Tenby. (B, D)

Day 5LOVESPOON WORKSHOP & PEMBROKE CASTLE

Drive around scenic Pembrokeshire, a region of gentle rolling hills and ragged coastline. Watch the ancient Welsh tradition of handcarving at the Lovespoon Workshop. Tour the imposing Pembroke Castle, a 12th-century fortress, to explore the labyrinth of passageways and towers. Enjoy some free time for lunch in Pembroke before heading to the magnificent St David’s Cathedral, named for the patron saint of Wales. Return to Tenby for a free evening to explore and dine on your own. (B)

Day 6PENDERYN DISTILLERY & CARDIFF CASTLE

Take in views on the Gower Peninsula, and then enjoy some free time to shop and have lunch in the Mumbles. Journey to Penderyn Distillery to see the process of Welsh whisky production and sample the finished product. Head to Cardiff for a guided tour of Cardiff Castle followed by an unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality at a traditional banquet with entertainment. (B, D)

Day 7CARDIFF SIGHTSEEING

Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Welsh capital, then visit St Fagans National Museum of History, an open- air museum on the grounds of St Fagans Castle. After a tour of Cardiff Bay, the afternoon and evening are free for independent activities. (B)

Day 8STONEHENGE & WINDSOR CASTLE

Marvel at the wonder that is Stonehenge, one of Britain's most important prehistoric sites, and learn about the primitive builders who created the enduring monument. Continue on for a visit to Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 9TOUR ENDS IN WINDSOR

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Dates and Prices

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Oct 2019

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All prices listed below are per person, double-occupancy. If you would prefer a single room, there is a single-room supplement of US $535

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Friday Sep 27, 2019 from Chester Saturday Oct 5, 2019 to Windsor 9 Days $2599 Guaranteed Call to book

12 Reviews


Customer: Mr. Paul A Kinsley

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
Trip went very well. Tour guide was so nice and really helped make sure we had a good time. Just the right amount of scheduled and unscheduled time for us.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/10/2019

Vacation:
Was able to book several extra days ahead of tour which was great

Customer: Jerrilyn Eckardt

Date: 07/30/2019

Vacation:
This was an excellent tour I thought we had a wonderful guide as well as a wonderful driver. We were happy with all of the sites visited as well as the accommodations would definitely recommend this trip to others.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/26/2019

Vacation:
The content of the tour was interesting. The food was abysmal. Why must all tours provide meals lacking flavor or national origin? At least give people one interesting choice and save the cafeteria food for the masses

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/20/2019

Vacation:
Itinerary was fine. The bus drivers-Joe and Colin- were absolutely first class. Their driving skills and their people skills were impressive. The guide was less than we have experienced before; for example, he was not available to us when we could not get audio or print guides to Windsor Castle. He was not a ‘people person’. Previous guides were ready to help with any barrier that came up - even when they were ‘off-line’. We also were less than impressed with not getting our bags, straps, etc. before leaving Canada: unlike our US co-travellers. We still do not know why these things cannot be sent to Canada ahead of time. It is useless not to have them. You expect us to tip and pay like any US traveller! Also why is Helen not receiving a review request??

Customer: Deborah Ann Haight

Date: 06/21/2019

Vacation:
The folks were very helpful with my questions and suggesting solutions

Customer: Nancy Carroll Brooks

Date: 05/28/2019

Vacation:
The tour was great. Tour director very knowledgeable. Only difficulty was the voucher transfers from airport to hotel on arrival and hotel to airport on departure. No one showed for our transfers. Made for some anxiety and worry. Other than that all went very smoothly

Customer: Patricia J Miller

Date: 05/28/2019

Vacation:
Helpful during the booking experience, actively worked with me when a small problem with one of the flights required a change. Always polite and friendly.

Customer: Karen Yaeger

Date: 05/26/2019

Vacation:
The booking went well, except for the outbound flight, where I had a 5-6 hour layover in Newark. The travel agency did an excellent job in finding the perfect tour for me.

Customer: Charles Siegel

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The service when I booked the tour was fine. No issue with that

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
I went through Affordable tours

Customer: Ms. Margaret Anna Corjay

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The tour was provided an in-depth visit to both history and attractions of Wales.

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