Legends of a Green Land

- 6 Days -
From £995 per person Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Wales is a magical country filled with fascinating medieval history and Celtic mythology.

From Celtic traditions to the legends of King Arthur, Wales is bursting with intriguing myths and age-old legends. Imagine yourself at Arthur’s round table at the Fortress of Isca. Explore the Brecon Beacons National Park and its wild landscape of high mountain grasslands and heather plateaus. Head west to discover the prehistoric landscape of the Preseli hills and the world famous Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park. Find out more about Wales Dewi Sant at St David’s, de facto ecclesiastical capital of Wales, an enchanting city with a stunning Cathedral. Take the spectacular winding Cambrian coastal drive north to the rolling mountains and jagged peaks of Snowdonia that evoke tales of giants, monsters and Arthur’s sword Excalibur. Framed by magnificent medieval castles of Edward 1st, delve in into the rich and dramatic history of Wales and its English invaders.

At a glance

  • A magical journey filled with fascinating medieval history and Celtic mythology
  • Experience Wales’s rich and dramatic prehistoric, roman and medieval history
  • Explore the rolling mountains of the Brecon Beacons, its stunning Pembrokeshire coast and the jagged peaks of Snowdonia, landscapes that have inspired the tales of Arthur and his roundtable
  • Stay in outstanding country house hotels set in the most scenic of countryside settings
  • Taste delicious food that showcases regional dish specialties and the best local ingredients

Day 1 & 2

Wye Valley & Brecon Beacons

We begin this journey through Welsh history in Caerleon, located at the lower end of the beautiful Usk Valley. Find the ancient Roman Military Fortress of Isca established in 74AD, referred to in ancient texts as the Court of the legendary King Arthur and his Camelot. Meander north along the river Usk to the rolling black mountains, where the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain dominates the skyline watching out over the stunning Wye Valley. Head deep into the Brecon Beacons National Park and its ancient landscape of high mountain grasslands and heather plateaus. Explore its many peaks and its impressive northern rim scalloped with glacier-worn hollows, shimmering lakes, rushing streams and spectacular waterfalls. Find remains of prehistoric stone circles and burial chambers, Iron Age hillforts and Roman camps. Peer into Llyn y Fan Fach, a remote lake in the Black Mountain range with has its very own Lady of the Lake legend.

Your Accommodation

Llangoed Hall

Deep in the Wye valley, this privately owned 17th-century Edwardian manor house overlooks meadows leading down to the River Wye, on the edge of the national park. This extraordinary house and gardens dates from 1632, and it was first converted into a hotel by Sir Bernard Ashley, husband of Laura Ashley, darling of the textiles…

4 AA red Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Day 3 & 4

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire was described as a land of mystery and enchantment by the anonymous author of The Mabinogion, an 11th century collection of folktales. Its breath-taking seascapes along its world renowned coastline and rugged Preseli Hills are truly inspiring. Trek an ancient 8 mile track along the top of these hills covered with prehistoric sites, and be rewarded with panoramic views across Pembrokeshire and the coastline. Climb the magical mountain of Carnengli ‘the rocky summit of the angels’. Take a boat to enchanting Caldey, a holy island where Cistercian monks continue the Celtic tradition which began in the 6th Century. Make a wish at St Govan’s Head and find out about the mysterious figure of Saint Govan, whose tiny 13th century chapel lies tucked away under the cliffs. Visit tiny St David’s, de facto ecclesiastical capital of Wales, an enchanting city with a spectacular Cathedral. A site of pilgrimage and worship for more than 800 years, it is here that patron saint of Wales Dewi Sant, born to St Non the niece of King Arthur, is buried.

Your Accommodation

Grove of Narberth

You will fall in love with the Grove of Narberth. This wildly romantic privately owned country house hotel is nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills. At the Grove you can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome and the perfect base to explore everything this…

4 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Day 5 & 6

Cambrian Coast & Snowdonia

Explore the Cambrian Coast, a winding coastal route full of spectacular views that takes you through the delightful seaside towns of Aberaeron and Barmouth. Further north mythical Snowdonia fills the skyline evoking tales of giants, monsters and magic. Find Llyn Llydaw, the lake where Arthur’s sword Excalibur was allegedly thrown. Listen and learn from the walls of the imposing medieval Caernarfon Castle, official residence of the Edward 1st. Controversial in these parts, his ring of castles underlined the defeat of Wales by the English in the 13th century. Discover the pretty village of Harlech, with an imposing medieval castle perched high like a sentinel overlooking the Irish Sea. This castle was home of the medieval ruler Owain Glyndŵr who instigated a fierce and long-running revolt against the English invaders. It was here he was formally crowned Prince of Wales.

Your Accommodation

Bodysgallen Hall

Bodysgallen Hall & Spa is a charming country house retreat near the Victorian Seaside town of Llandudno on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. With 13th-century origins, this house, its glorious gardens and follies, is sure to impress your senses. Set in 200 acres of wooded parkland, its offers spectacular views of castles and…

4 AA red Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

All of our itineraries are designed around you, so please remember that this is just a suggestion which can be tailored into something completely bespoke to you and your preferences.

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