2014 Tours from North America to Wales
Looking to travel to Wales in 2014? Well youâ€™re in luck! There are more Wales tours than ever before. Which type of tour suits you: escorted-group travel, a private-guided vacation, a railhopping journey? Did you know you can even walk around the entire country if youâ€™d like? No matter what your preference Wales has an itinerary for your travel needs. In this document you will find a list of escorted and independent tours to Wales in 2014. Escorted Coach Tours (& Mini-coach Tours) Wales Only Escorted Coach Tours (& Mini-coach Tours) Wales combined with Britain Escorted Walking and Hiking Tours Escorted Horseback Riding Tours Escorted Train Tours Private Guided Tours Self-Drive Tours Special Interest Tours Golf Tours Dylan Thomas 100 Tours Wales on Request
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Escorted Coach Tours (& Mini-Coach Tours) Wales Only:
DH Tour (Canada) The Wonders of Wales On this coach tour you will visit all the major stops in Wales including Cardiff, the Brecon Beacons, Conwy, Snowdonia, and Pembrokeshire. This tour is six nights and runs from April – October. Village Life in Wales DH Tours’ Village Life in Wales Tour is now in its seventh year! You will visit the hidden gems of North Wales on this nine-day tour that focuses on the local culture. This vacation package has two departure dates: July 6th, 2014 and September 14th, 2014. Land of my Fathers Meet the locals and immerse yourself in Welsh culture on this thirteen-night tour that highlights the stunning scenery in Wales. This vacation package has two departure dates: May 8th, 2014 and August 28th, 2014.
Kensington Tours (Canada & USA) Small Group Tour: 2014 Wales Signature On this nine-day tour you will stay in Cardiff, Tenby, Aberaeron, and Betws-y-Coed at four-star accommodations, it runs every second Sunday until October 5th and is also available in a private-guided version.
Lynott Tours (Canada & USA) Snowdonia 5-Day Escorted Tour Visit the best of North Wales on this escorted tour. You’ll enjoy the Italianate style village of Portmeirion and the breathtaking scenery on the Isle of Angelsey.
4-Days Tenby Escorted Tour Enjoy a seaside vacation in the picturesque village of Tenby along the Pembrokeshire Coast. Llandudno 5 and 8-day Escorted Tours Take a trip to the resort town of Llandudno where you’ll enjoy the beach, the pier and the Victorian architecture.
Simply Nice Tours (USA) All Wales Tour From male voice choirs to museums immerse yourself in the best of Wales on this fifteen-night tour. South Wales Tour Enjoy authentically Welsh experiences like going underground into a real coal mine or walking the Wales Coast Path on this seven-night tour of South Wales. North Wales Tour Visit some of the world’s top castles and discover the country’s Celtic history on this seven-night tour of North Wales. South Wales and North Wales Day Tours Find a day tour in South or North Wales with Simply Nice Tours. Special Group Tours (USA) For additional tour ideas check out Special Group Tours’ sample itineraries to Wales here. North Wales, Celts & Gardens In addition to visiting Welsh Castles and Snowdonia National Park you will visit some of the most esteemed gardens in Wales. This tour is three nights and has two departure dates: April 18th, 2014 and September 5th, 2014. 2014 Land of Song, Highlights of Wales From steam trains to the Snowdonia Mountain Range you’ll get a true taste of the country on this nine-night tour. This vacation departs on July 30th, 2014.
STA Travel (USA) Welsh Explorer Spend five days uncovering the myths and legends in Wales. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Roman ruins there is a story for each day of your journey. 3|Page
Teachers Travel (Canada) South Wales, Southern Snowdonia, or Northern Snowdonia Teachers Travel offers three mini-coach tours to Wales in 2014. These are seven nights each and run from May – September.
Undiscovered Britain (USA) A Taste of Wales Travel throughout the country stopping at museums, castles, and quaint market towns along the way.
European Pacific Gateways (Canada & USA) Land of the Red Dragon You’ll visit Cardiff and the Roman ruins at Caerleon on this four-day tour that departs March — October.
Escorted Coach Tours (& Mini-Coach Tours) Wales Combined with Britain:
ACIS (USA) Writers, Romans and Royals Immerse yourself in the culture of the British Isles on this twelve-day tour. In Wales, you’ll enjoy an authentic meal in the home of a Welsh family. London and Wales Discover one of the largest castles in Wales on this eight-day tour. You’ll explore the medieval fortress – Caerphilly Castle. Insider's Ireland and England Spend one day in North Wales on this ten-day tour. Here, you’ll learn to speak a bit of Welsh at a language course. 4|Page
The Bardic Realms Dive into Welsh culture with visits to medieval castles, dinner in the home of a Welsh family and a Welsh language course on this nine-day tour.
Across the Pond Vacations (USA) Best of Britain Visit Cardiff on this fourteen-day tour of Britain. While you’re there you’ll visit the awardwinning ruins at Tintern Abbey.
Brendan Vacations (USA) Britain & Ireland Delight You will spend one night in Cardiff on this eleven-day tour of Britain and Ireland. Here, you will see one of the most popular castles in Wales – Cardiff Castle. This tour departs April – September. Wonders of Britain & Ireland Experience Welsh hospitality at its finest on this fifteen-day tour of Britain and Ireland where you will enjoy a traditional Welsh pub meal at the tours’ welcome reception. Britain & Ireland Panorama Spend one night in Cardiff on this nineteen-day tour of the UK. You will enjoy an authentic Welsh breakfast during your stay in the capital city of Wales.
CIE Tours International (Canada & USA) Taste of Wales & Ireland This coach tour is the first of its kind combining Ireland and Wales. You will visit parts of North Wales and the Pembrokeshire coast on this escorted-coach journey. It is available in a ten or twelve day option and runs from April - October. Heart of Wales and England On this eight-day tour you will visit the best of South Wales and enjoy an authentic Welsh banquet. In addition, you will explore gorgeous Caernarfon. Here, the castle makes up one of the country’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This tour runs from April – October. British and Irish Grandeur Tour Spend one night in Cardiff on this fourteen-night tour of Britain and Ireland which runs from April – October. 5|Page
Icons of Britain Tour Visit Cardiff and Caernarfon on this fifteen-night tour. While there you will make stops at the stunning castles in both cities. This tour departs from April – October. Best of Britain Tour On this eight-night tour you will make stops at the legendary Tintern Abbey along with the capital city of Wales, Cardiff. This tour departs from April – November and is now available in a nine-night option. British and Irish Elegance Stay at the Maldron Hotel in Cardiff with panoramic views over Cardiff Bay on this tour which is available in a nine or ten-night option and departs from April – October. Irish and British Focus Tour Take the ferry from Ireland to South Wales before spending the night in Cardiff on this nine-day tour which departs from April – October. Celtic Sampler, New Enjoy a taste of Wales on CIE’s new Celtic Sampler motor-coach tour. This all-inclusive vacation package visits England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and includes a quintessential Welsh tea in the medieval-walled town of Conwy. It is available in an eight or nine-day option and departs from April – October.
Collette Vacations (USA) British Landscapes Live like royalty! While in Wales you’ll stay at Ruthin Castle Hotel. The castle’s history has links to the legends of King Arthur and King Edward I. Exploring Britain & Ireland Explore Celtic history with visits to Wales and Ireland on this fifteen-night tour. While in Wales you’ll stay at Ruthin Castle Hotel.
European Pacific Gateways (Canada & USA) England, Scotland, Wales Visit all three countries that make up the British Isles on this fifteen-day tour.
Royal Scottish Tours (Canada) British Royal Visit North and South Wales on this ten-day tour. Stay in the resort town of Llandudno in North Wales, where you’ll take a steam-train ride and climb the castle walls in Conwy. In South Wales, you’ll stay at the Marriot and explore the capital city – Cardiff. British & Irish Classic Spend two nights in the seaside town of Llandudno before traveling to Cardiff for a onenight stay. Wales and the Heart of England This five-day tour will give you a small taste of what England and Wales have to offer. You’ll explore the stunning countryside in both destinations.
Senior Tours Canada (Canada) Wales plus Liverpool & Manchester Visit four Welsh cities on this sixteen day tour featuring England; you’ll be amazed by the beauty in Cardiff, Tenby, Aberystwyth, and Llandudno. This tour departs on September 15th, 2014.
Special Group Tours (USA) Wales Highlights, The Land of Song Wales is also known as “the Land the Song” for its rich male voice choir tradition. Spend one night in London before departing for eight nights in Wales on this musical tour.
Tauck (USA) England, Scotland & Wales Explore the British Isles on this fourteen-day tour. Visit North Wales where you’ll enjoy a visit to the medieval-walled town of Caernarfon and a culinary experience including a cooking demonstration and authentic Welsh dish. The tour runs from May – October.
TRAVCOA (USA) Iconic England & Wales Luxury Tour Explore Iconic England & Wales on a seven-day tour with TRAVCOA. In Wales, you’ll visit the stunning Wye Valley; make a pilgrimage to the ruins at Tintern Abbey; and climb the castle walls in the medieval town of Conwy.
Undiscovered Britain (USA) London and South Wales Discover two of Britain’s capital cities on this eight-day tour that features London and Cardiff.
Escorted Walking and Hiking Tours:
Country Walkers (USA) Wales: The Llyn Peninsula, Anglesey & Snowdonia Experienced guides will join you on this walking tour through some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales. The tour is six nights and runs in April, June and September.
DH Tour (Canada) Walking on the Isle of Anglesey The Isle of Anglesey is known for its breathtaking views over the Menai Straits and unique coastline. On this tour, you’ll discover just part of its 125-mile coast path.
Lynott Tours (Canada & USA) Wales Walking Tours You can choose one of three locations to take your walking tour with Lynott Tours: the Brecon Beacons, Northern Snowdonia or Southern Snowdonia. Lynott Tours walking tours are seven days each and depart February – November.
The Wayfarers (Canada & USA) Pembrokeshire Coast The Pembrokeshire Coast has won many accolades for its stunning beauty. On this tour you will explore the coast with stops at Tenby, Fishgaurd and St. David’s. This walking vacation is six nights and has two departure dates in July.
Escorted Horseback Riding Tours:
Equitours (USA) Welsh Mountain Trail On this tour you will ride through the Black Mountains in Wales. It is seven days with five days of riding and departs May – September.
Hidden Trails (Canada) National Park Ride Explore countryside at 2,000 feet above sea level with miraculous views of Wales. This tour is eight days and departs May – September. Black Mountains Trail Ride on Welsh cobs that are ideally suited to the landscapes of the Black Mountains. This tour is eight days and departs April – October. Trans Wales Trail Travel from the English border to the Irish Sea by horseback on this unrivalled tour of Wales. This tour is eight days and departs May – September.
Escorted Train Tours:
DH Tour (Canada) Wonderful Wales Spend four days in London before traveling by first class rail to the seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales. Let the luscious landscapes captivate you as you journey on a steam train to the top of Mount Snowdon on this escorted train tour. This tour is ten nights and departs May 7th, 2014, June 18th, 2014, and September 3rd, 2014.
Lynott Tours (Canada & USA) Great Little Trains of Wales Wales is home to some of the most charming steam engines in the world. On Lynott Toursâ€™ escorted-train tour you will experience the Welsh countryside like never before. It is seven nights with two departure dates: June 21st, 2014, and September 6th, 2014. Lynott Tours also offers self-guided train tours.
Private Guided Tours:
Kensington Tours (Canada & USA) Wales Signature On this nine-day tour you will stay in Cardiff, Tenby, Aberaeron, and Betws-y-Coed at four-star accommodations. This tour is available all year round. 10 | P a g e
Cardiff & Welsh Heritage Discovery Spend four nights in the country’s capital city of Cardiff on this five-day tour which is available all year round. Northern Wales Highlights Visit two of Wales’ three national parks on this five-day tour. You will make stops in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, plus picturesque villages in North Wales. This tour is available all year round. Western Wales Highlights On this five-day tour you will visit coastal Wales including the famed Pembrokeshire National Park. This tour is available all year round.
Lynott Tours (Canada & USA) North Wales Private Tour Visit Ruthin, Snowdonia, Caernarfon and Llangollen on this four-day tour through North Wales which is available all year round. South Wales Private Tour Visit Cardiff, St. David’s, Tenby, St. Fagan’s, the Brecon Beacons, and Caerleon on this four-day tour through South Wales which is available all year round. Welsh Explorer Travel on a narrow-gauge steam train, and visit picturesque gardens on this eight-day tour of Wales which is available all year round.
Undiscovered Britain (USA) The Perfect Trip to England; with a Touch of Wales too! Spend four nights in Cornwall before visiting the capital city of Wales – Cardiff. Stay in Cardiff for two nights where you will have two days of private touring in Wales. This tour is twelve nights and runs from spring to early fall.
Tenon Tours (USA) Wales Wine Tour Say Cheers! Sip your way through Wales on Tenon Tours’ Wales Wine Tour. Visit 16 charming vineyards situated in the Welsh countryside with a private-chauffeur as your guide.
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Avanti Destinations (USA) Taste of Wales On this land only tour package, you will spend two nights in Wales where you will stay at Welsh Rarebits’ accommodations; a collection of charming hotels, bed and breakfasts, and country houses. This tour is available all year round.
Celtic Tours (USA) Hub and Spoke packages in North and South Wales Spend three nights discovering the best of North or South Wales on a hub and spoke package by Celtic Tours.
Destination Ireland and Beyond (USA) Romantic Castle of Wales Visit all three national parks in Wales on this seven-day tour. Start in the North where you will explore the Snowdonia Mountain range. Then travel to Mid Wales where you’ll find the rolling hills in the Brecon Beacons. Finally, visit Pembrokeshire, where you can walk the Wales Coast Path in Britain’s only coastal National Park. This tour is available all year round.
go-today (USA) London & Welsh Castle Live the legend of Camelot! Explore the world of King Arthur and Merlin on this sevennight tour in Wales. BLOOMINGDALE’S: Opulence & Escape Take a journey inspired by Bloomingdale’s Fall 2013 Men’s Catalogue photo shoot in Britain. This seven-day tour includes stays in the elegant, five-star estates: Chateau Rhianfa and Bodysgallen Hall. 12 | P a g e
European Destinations (USA) London – Cardiff Customize your stay in two of Britain’s capital cities on this six-night self-drive tour which is available all year round. London - Cardiff – Swansea Spend two nights in Cardiff and two nights in Swansea on this self-drive itinerary. England and Wales Experience Visit two countries on one trip with this eight-night vacation package. You’ll visit parts of England before discovering Cardiff and Swansea. London - Swansea From city to seaside – visit London and Swansea on this six-night itinerary.
Lynott Tours (Canada & USA) Wales B&B's & Castle One Week Stay at charming B&Bs and the four-star Ruthin Castle Hotel on this six-night vacation package. Wales B&B's Enjoy your choice of country-house hotels and B&Bs on this six-night vacation package.
Royal Scottish Tours (Canada) Elegant Wales Spend eight days discovering Wales. Start your journey in Cardiff before traveling the coast and the Snowdonia Mountain Range.
Undiscovered Britain (USA) Sightseeing; Shopping; and Spa trip to Britain Start your journey in North Wales where you’ll stay at the Castle Hotel in Conwy before traveling to Chester. Stop in Welsh border towns along the way to meet friendly locals and take in the charming countryside.
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Escorted Special Interest Tours:
Road Scholar (USA) Celtic Wales: Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire This tour is ten nights with stays in Betws-y-Coed and Haverfordwest. It has three departure dates: May 13th, 2014, July 15th, 2014, and September 2nd, 2014. The Best of England and Wales: Shakespeare to Snowdonia, Castles to Colleges Enjoy Snowdonia National Park and the medieval town of Conwy on this fourteen-day tour that explores England and Wales. This package has three departure dates: June 10th, 2014, September 16th, 2014 and October 7th, 2014. Adventures Afloat: Crown and Country: Jewels of the British Isles Visit the National Museum Cardiff for a male voice choir rehearsal and take field trips to Cardiff Castle and Dyffryn Gardens on this seventeen-night cruise. Adventures Afloat: Treasures of the Kingdom: A Circumnavigation of Great Britain Visit Plas Newydd in Anglesey on this seventeen-night cruise of Great Britain. Here, you’ll enjoy the property’s gardens and impressive artwork by Rex Whistler.
Discover Europe (USA) Tale of Wales This trip has been specially designed for Harvard Alumni with Professor Catherine McKenna as the tour’s study leader. As an expert in Celtic Languages and Literatures she will provide a unique perspective on the history of Wales.
DH Tour (Canada) Capture North Wales Find inspiration in the stunning scenery and award-winning landscapes in Wales on this eleven-day photography tour that departs on June 20th, 2014. 14 | P a g e
W.O.W – Women Only Wales Go on the perfect girls’ get away with this ten-day women-only tour of Wales. This vacation departs on June 9th, 2014.
Golf Tours: With over 150 courses that are uncrowded, unhurried, and unstuffy Wales has redefined golf as it should be. Below is a list of tour operators that offer scheduled and/or customized golf tours to Wales.
Golf Travel ETC: (USA) South Wales, The Best of Wales, or North Wales Golf Travel ETC offers three golf tours to Wales. On each of these tours you will enjoy five-rounds of golf at beautiful Welsh courses. These tours depart all year round.
Fairways to Heaven Golf (USA) South Wales golf Experience Play the best golf South Wales has to offer! You’ll play three rounds of golf on this tour that is available all year round. North & South Classic Wales Experience Play six rounds of golf on this seven-night tour featuring some of the best courses in North and South Wales. This tour is available all year round.
Golf Away Tours (Canada) South Wales Spend seven-nights in one of the most popular golf regions in Wales. On this tour you will enjoy five pre-booked tee times at clubs throughout South Wales. This tour is available all year round.
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Golf Holidays International (USA) South Wales or North Wales Customize your golf trip through Wales – you select the area, hotels and courses you want to play with Golf Holidays International.
RoundBall Golf Tours (USA) Best of Wales Golf Vacations Package and Classic Wales Golf Vacations Package Each of these tours is seven nights and offers a chance to play at the most famous courses in Wales including, Nefyn & District, Royal Porthcawl, and Pyle & Kenfig. These tours are available all year round.
Dylan Thomas Centenary Tours:
Discover Europe (USA) Wales & the Welsh Borders 2014 marks the centenary of Welsh legend, Dylan Thomas. Follow in his footsteps on this pan-Wales tour. The vacation package is nine nights and departs on May 1st, 2014.
Special Group Tours (USA) South Wales Heritage Trail Discover places of inspiration for the writer on Special Group Tours’ South Wales Heritage Trail. This year’s tour has been specially crafted to commemorate Dylan Thomas’ Centenary. The vacation package is four nights and departs on April 13th, 2014 and October 19th, 2014. DT100 Centenary Celebrations Get hands-on with writing workshops and cultural experiences on Special Group Tours’ DT100 Centenary Celebrations tour. This vacation package is specifically designed for poets, fiction and nonfiction writers; it is seven nights and departs on July 8th, 2014.
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Tour Operators Selling Wales on Request:
Across the Pond Vacations (USA)
Hidden Trails (Canada)
Avanti Destinations (USA)
Inspire Travel Ltd. (Canada)
Celtic Journeys (USA)
Joyce James Tours(Canada)
Celtic Tours (USA)
Kensington Tours (Canada & USA)
Cultural Tour Consultants (USA)
Lynott Tours (Canada & USA)
Destination Wales (USA)
Perfect Journeys Travel (USA)
DH Tour (Canada)
Scots-American Travel Advisors (USA)
Destinations & Adventures International (USA)
Simply Nice Tours (USA) Special Group Tours (USA)
Distinctive Journeys (USA) The Wayfarers (Canada &USA) Ellison Travel & Tours (Canada) Undiscovered Britain (USA) European Sojourns (USA) Explorica (USA)
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Golf Operators Selling Wales on Request:
Absolutely Golf Travel (USA)
Merit Golf Vacations (USA)
Adventures in Golf (USA)
Owenoak International (USA)
Britannia Golf (USA)
Perry Golf (USA)
Celtic Golf (USA)
Pioneer Golf (USA)
Fore Seasons Golf Tours (USA)
Premier Golf (USA)
Golf International, Inc. (USA)
Scots-American Travel Advisors (USA)
Golf Away Tours (Canada)
Value Golf Vacations (USA)
Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions (USA)
Wide World of Golf (USA)
Hidden Links (USA) Please note: The inclusion of any operator/handler does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of their services. Any reliance you place on the details presented here is at your own judgment.
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