Wales Group Highlights
Wales is a small country with a proud history. Distinctly different from its neighbor, England, it has fought many battles with English Kings over the centuries. One of the legacies of this warfare is a collection of some of the finest medieval castles, country houses, and historic walled towns anywhere in the world.
St David’s is one of the smallest but finest Cathedral Cities in Britain. The purple-stoned Cathedral, built in the 12th Century, became one of the most important shrines of medieval Christendom – two pilgrimages to St. David’s equaling one to Rome. Situated within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, it is surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife. Guests will experience this beautiful coast from every angle, they will go coasteering, kayaking, and hiking in its bays and along the famous Wales Coastal Path. Coasteering is a great way to discover everything that the coast offers as it incorporates swimming, climbing, and jumping off sea cliffs into the water.
Snowdonia in North Wales is among the top places in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list. While there, the group will take their turn driving a steam engine train and hiking to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, to enjoy the view of Wales (and sometimes Ireland) from its peak. Fishing and mining were at the heart of the local economy, so guests can explore underground copper mines or go fishing among the schools of fish living in the underwater wrecks left by U-boats during WWII.
Wales has a strong tradition of living off the land, stretching back as far as the ancient Celts. the group will get a feeling for these ancient traditions, by foraging on the coast with a famous local surfer and then barbecuing with him on the beach. They won’t forage everything they eat. Wales has world class dining, including Michelin starred chefs, so they will have an opportunity to taste the best of Wales.
Guests fly into Manchester Airport which has direct flights from most European gateway hub airports and has direct US flights to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, Charlotte, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, and Philadelphia.
A castle, a seaside inn, and a stately country home.
The group will stay in a restored 800-year-old Norman castle with panoramic views from most of the rooms, across St Brides Bay and inland across the Pembrokeshire countryside. There is nothing ancient about the interior design, it is a chic, designer interior with 21st-century comforts and specially commissioned works of art.
The rest of the trip will not disappoint with a stay in a 400 year-old 5-star seaside Inn that is a mix of old and new with an award winning restaurant. Finally, guests will also get the opportunity to relax and enjoy nature in a grand Victorian country house on 20 acres of idyllic grounds with access to trails for hiking and biking.