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Destination Inspiration

An ancient land of myths and mountains, where Celtic tales of dragons and giants have been passed on through centuries; where the sounds of crashing water and passionate song resonate through the land; where a language said to have inspired Elvish is still shared by thousands; and where vibrant green hills and rugged coasts form the backdrop to dramatic medieval castles... Wales is so much more than just England's little brother. This region of the UK packs a mighty punch, and is a place like nowhere you've been before.

Wales Fast Facts

Language Wales

Language

Everyone in Wales speaks English, however it's not uncommon to hear the traditional Welsh language, which around a fifth of the population speak.

Currency Wales

Currency

GBP (£), the same as the rest of the UK.
£1 equals about $1.20 (USD).

Wales timezone

Timezone

GMT+00:00

How to get to Wales

Wales is an ideal vacation destination in itself and is easily worthy of a 2 week visit. Alternatively it is the perfect add on to a UK or continental Europe trip. Flights are available to the capital city, Cardiff, usually via connecting airports, or alternatively London and Manchester airports are accessible in just a couple of hours by rail or road. Wales is part of the United Kingdom and so follows the same entry requirements in terms of passports/visitor visas.
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The Best Places to Visit in Wales

Cardiff
Cardiff
Cardiff has a thriving student population along with a great bar and restaurant scene, a lively events calendar and lovely quayside. The city's central point is the striking castle dating back to Roman times. Nearby are Victorian arcades full of boutiques and cafes and the St. David's shopping mall. Interested in sports? Hook yourself up with tickets to a rugby game at the Principality Stadium.
Pembrokeshire Wales
Pembrokeshire
Rugged and beautiful, Pembrokeshire Coast national park, with its virtually empty beaches, dramatic cliffs and stunning views are the perfect escape. The quaint towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot make for great stop-offs, as does St Davids, the birth and burial place of Wales' patron saint and home to a dramatic 12th century cathedral. Feeling active? The area is ideal for watersports too!
Portmerion
Quirky, colourful, unusual, Portmeirion was built as an artistic architectural project - a village inspired by those of Italy. Perched above the Dwyryd estuary, it's home to cute stores, trendy restaurants and boasts excellent views across the water. September sees Portmeirion's Festival No. 6 - an event just as kooky as the place, with its own carnival, parade, live music, street food and more.
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Snowdonia National Park
Wales' highest mountain and one of the tallest in the UK, Snowdon is the focal point of Snowdonia National Park and a true Welsh highlight. Climbing to the summit is an exciting challenge for lovers of the outdoors, but there is a train up if you're not quite up for the trek. At 1085m the views from the top are spectacular. The nearby village of Beddgelert is a great base for exploring the area.

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Getting Around Wales

Wales is the perfect road trip destination - its vivid landscapes, unspoilt coastlines and tumbling hills are like scenes from Tim Burton's latest movie, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and its winding roads are ideal for exploring. We've set out below some potential itineraries which will get you to some of Wales' top locations and allow you to experience some of its many highlights.

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6 Day Tour of Northern Wales
Trip highlights include: driving to Llangollen, driving to Snowdonia, visiting Caernarfon Castle, overnight in Colwyn Bay, Velocity Zip Line and an overnight in Llanberis.
 
6 Days - Estimated price for accommodation, car hire & activities: $549pp
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Wild and Winding National Parks Loop
Trip highlights include: Overnight in Cardiff,  Coasteering in Glamorgan, visiting Camarthen, overnight in Tenby, driving to Snowdonia National Park, visiting Caernarfon Castle, Stop off at the Italian-style model village of Portmeirion and the seaside resort of Barmouth and a Cardiff Bay Boat Cruise.
9 Days - Estimated price for accommodation, car hire & activities: $689pp
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Wales on a Shoestring
Trip highlights include: visiting Windsor Castle, staying in Stratford-upon-Avon, staying in Llangollen, staying in Llanberis, visiting Caernarfon Castle, Caverns Underground Zip Lining in Blauneau Festiniog, driving to Brecon Beacons National Park, Bath river cruise and visiting Stonehenge.
12 Days - Estimated price for accommodation, care hire & activities: $1,099pp
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Independent travel & car hire options

London
London Explorer
Why come all the way to Europe and not spend some quality time arguably its most happening city? This Contiki package allows you to discover museums, shop on Oxford Street, eat curry on Brick Lane, see a West End show experience England's famous nightlife. Also included is a day trip up to Bath and Stonehenge.
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Britrail Passes
Don't fancy driving on the other side of the road? Then a rail pass is a great choice, perfect for traveling at a slower pace and really taking in Wales' incredible scenery. It's not about rushing around here, it's about taking a step back and appreciating the simpler things in life. And if you fancy yourself as a bit of a landscape photographer, this is a country to really knock yourself out in! So grab your rail pass now and explore this incredibly natural destination.
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Hit the Open Road
Wales' winding country roads are perfect for getting off the beaten track, exploring at your own pace and heading where the wind takes you.

Discover the unspoilt coastline of the west, visit ancient castles frozen in time, take in breathtaking vistas and take on awe-inspiring peaks. Travel just you and the open road!

We have a range of car hire options to suit all needs and budgets so start planning your Welsh adventure now or get in touch with our Travel Experts to find out more.

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Hotels and Hostels in Wales
Our suggested itineraries are a great way to see some of Wales' top sites, but the country also is perfect for just doing your own thing and exploring as you wish. With so many beautiful natural spots and cute towns you can put together your own personal itinerary with the help of our accommodation portal. From chic boutique hotels to country inns you're sure to find your perfect choice.
Wales bus travel
Wales by Bus
Hop on and hop off at your leisure on the UK's extensive network of bus and coach routes. You can book single journeys as well as flexible multi-stop passes. Just give one of our experts a call or click the link below to find out more.
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SpaceShips Campervans
SpaceShips provide custom-designed, award-winning and easy to drive vans for 2 to 4 people. They're commonly known as the 'Swiss Army Knife' of the campervan world, but we think that nickname doesn't do them much justice. Afterall, how many swiss army knives have you seen that have DVD players, build in iPod cords, cookers and utensils, fridges, roadside assistance and WiFi?
From $34 per day
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Top Wales Itineraries

Wales is the perfect road trip destination - its vivid landscapes, unspoilt coastlines and tumbling hills are like scenes from Tim Burton's latest movie, Miss Peregrine's. Its winding roads are ideal for exploring, so we've set out below some potential itineraries which will get you to some of Wales' top locations and allow you to experience some of its many highlights. Or if you want to go it alone, we have some independent options too.
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Wales on a Shoestring
Day 1: Pick-up Car / Depart London / Visit Windsor Castle / Overnight in Oxford
Day 2: Oxford / Stratford-upon-Avon / Shakespeare’s House / Stay in Stratford-upon-Avon
Day 3: Stratford-upon-Avon / Stay in Llangollen
Day 4: Llangollen / Gorge Walking in Llangollen / Stay in Llangollen
Day 5: Drive to Snowdonia / Stay in Llanberis
Day 6: Visit Caernarfon Castle / Caverns Underground Zip Lining in Blauneau Ffestiniog / Drive to the island of Anglesey / Overnight in Llanberis
Day 7: Drive to Aberystwyth / Stop off at the Italian-style model village of Portmeirion and the seaside resort of Barmouth / Overnight in Aberystwyth
Day 8: Drive to Brecon Beacons National Park / Overnight in Brecon
Day 9: Visit Cardiff / Cardiff HOHO Sightseeing / Overnight in Cardiff
Day 10: Drive to Bath (via Bristol) / Overnight in Bath
Day 11: Visit Bath / Bath River cruise / Overnight in Bath
Day 12: Visit Stonehenge / Drive back to London
12 Days - Estimated price for accommodation, care hire & activities: $1,099pp
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A Truly Peculiar Tour of Northern Wales
Day 1: Pick-up car in Manchester / Drive to Llangollen / Overnight in Llangollen
Day 2: Whitewater Rafting in Llangollen / Overnight in Llangollen
Day 3: Drive to Snowdonia / Overnight in Llanberis
Day 4: Velocity Zip Line / Overnight in Llanberis
Day 5: Drive to the island of Anglesey for a photo stop at a town which has the longest name in the world, with a mindboggling 63 characters (there’s a bridge across to Anglesey so no worries about needing ferries etc. / Visit Caernarfon Castle / Overnight in Colwyn Bay
Day 6: Explore the beautiful North Wales coastline, stopping off in seaside resorts such as Llandudno, and the nearby walled town of Conwy with its impressive castle. Drive back to Manchester.
6 Days - Estimated price for accommodation, car hire & activities: $549pp
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Wild and Winding National Parks Loop
Day 1: Arrive Cardiff / Overnight in Cardiff
Day 2: Coasteering in Glamorgan / Overnight in Cardiff
Day 3: Pick-up Car / Visit Camarthen / Overnight in Tenby
Day 4: Paddle Boarding in Tenby / Drive to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park / Overnight in Tenby
Day 5: Drive to Snowdonia National Park / Overnight in Llanberis
Day 6: Visit Caernarfon Castle / Bounce Below in Blauneau Ffestiniog / Drive to the island of Anglesey for a photo stop at Llanfair - the longest-named town in the world / Overnight in Llanberis
Day 7: Drive to Aberystwyth / Stop off at the Italian-style model village of Portmeirion and the seaside resort of Barmouth / Overnight in Aberystwyth
Day 8: Drive to Brecon Beacons National Park / Overnight in Brecon
Day 9: Drive to Cardiff / Cardiff Bay Boat Cruise / Drop off car in Cardiff
9 Days - Estimated price for accommodation, car hire & activities: $689pp
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