Discover the essence of Wales on our hiking trip to all three of Wales' National Parks. Although a small country, it is second to none in its fascinating history, varied and stunning topography, and a warm and welcoming tradition of hospitality, and our hiking trip is a perfect mixture of hiking in stunning landscapes, interwoven with cultural encounters and experiences. We begin our adventure in the vibrant capital city of Cardiff before heading off to the wild windswept escarpments of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Then it's on to the coast of Pembrokeshire, widely regarded as the spiritual heartland of Wales. Finally we head North to the rugged mountains of Snowdonia, a stronghold of Welsh culture. Castles and fortresses dot the landscape, a reflection of its turbulent history. And while a part of Great Britain, Welsh culture has survived largely intact, as demonstrated by the bilingualism we'll find everywhere. Croeso I Gymru!
|September 03 to September 13, 2022|
|$3690.00 - FULL|
Not included: Travel to and from Wales, transportation to the hotel on day 1, one lunch and dinner, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, optional activities, and travel insurance.
This trip is for women who have some experience hiking and want to combine hiking with immersion in the history and culture of the area. We spend 3-6 hours hiking on most days at elevations ranging from sea level to 3560' (Mt. Snowdon is the highest elevation, ascent is by historic train). Hiking in Wales is quite varied from good mountain footpaths to uneven ground. Rating: 1 2  4 5 . A rating of 3 requires aerobic conditioning for a minimum of 30 - 45 minutes 3 to 4 days a week.
On this trip we combine hiking in Wales' three very different National Parks with learning about its history and culture. In addition to hiking we'll visit two of Wales most famous castles, visit a farm and have sheepdog demonstration, have a home-hosted dinner, and visit St Davids, one of the highlights of any Welsh visit.
We'll be staying in locally owned inns and lodges, in double occupancy rooms with en suite bathrooms. Please note: Not all lodgings have elevators (lifts). It is essential that you following the packing list closely, pack light and be able to handle your own luggage, including carrying up multiple stairs.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Yes it did and more. I would recommend anytime you do an international trip, come early or stay longer if it is at all possible. I spent 3 extra days at the beginning exploring Cardiff which is a great place in itself. I was extremely lucky to be able to spend another 5 days on the tail end in England with family. You can really dive into the culture and people that way. Don't be "skerrrred"
To be honest I had no idea what to expect. The trip sounded good and a friend wanted to go. I am so happy I did. I got to travel with Jan again and meet Donna our local guide who was great.
walking along the headland beyond St.David's; all the ancient holy sites; history
Highlights. Scenery, guides, hikes.
My expectations were for more hiking. Nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed the blend of history, culture, food, and hiking. A wonderful adventure!
Highlights were all of it with a particular emphasis on coastal trail. The day at the beach and the ruggedness of the north.
visiting the organic farm and having lunch in the clover on the mountaintop; watching Ben herd sheep; lunch at Rhian's; the coastal walks; Tenby Men's Choir; Joel's outstanding skills in working with people and his EXCELLENT driving made me feel safe at all times (I wish all of your trips had a hired professional driver rather than the guides having to take care of that). a great group of women; having Donna as our Welsh guide really added so much flavor, history, and humor to the trip
It was a well planned, perfectly paced trip. This was my first all women's trip and I found it to be good energy and lots of fun. My goal was to see Wales, I got to see even more than I had anticipated.
Difficult to focus on a few specifics as the entire trip provided the opportunity to learn and experience another country/culture while having the best guides (local and AGC) possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of "walking" and visiting historic sites, the farm had a positive impact on me as well as being in such beautiful ancient places to walk. Our accommodations were comfortable and food incredible.
Great local guides along with Jan Latham. Really knew the local culture and urban legends of the area.
Every day was a new adventure. Learning the history and tales/stories from Donna, and learning some Welsh. Elevenes! Each park had their own breathtaking views. Our driver, Joel, was so very helpful and gracious.
Trip leaders, mixture of hiking and culture/history
One of the highlights for me was attending the Tenby Male Voice Choir recital at the local church - unexpected (not on itinerary) and utterly delightful. Another highlight was the afternoon we spent at a sheep farm, visiting with the farmer and his family. A culinary highlight was eating an Oggie (Welsh pastry filled with minced lamb and onion) from a street vendor in the town of St. David's. I think the trip covered a lot of territory, which was great, but I also felt that we were rushed a bit at times trying to fit too many activities into each day. More time in St. David's would be a recommendation and more time in Conwy. We had to choose between seeing the castle and a refurbished Elizabethan home and I would like to have seen both.
Loved the sheep dog demonstration and picnic on top of the hills even though it was a very misty day! Castle explorations and explanations! Having picnics where ever! Hiking among sheep. The green patchwork quilt pastures. Coastal Trail Unexpected sheep herds heading our ways. Climbing styles! Opportunity to hear men's Welsh choir in Tenby. The group of women was wonderful!
The local guides are fabulous and it is so nice to see and do things that differ from what you would do on an ordinary trip because of their knowledge.
Wales is an exceptionally striking country, the landscape breathtaking especially along the coast path. I loved that we were able to hear the Men's Welsh Choir in Tenby. It was not on the agenda but an ad I saw while walking through town. Donna changed our dinner reservation for that evening so we could attend.
The guides were wonderful. I loved the steady commentary that Donna provided while traveling in the bus. Eve was delightful and Mandy was so much fun. All three of them made the trip, as well as our fabulous driver Joel. Not to mention the itinerary......I loved visiting the farm, listening to the men's choir, the hotels were awesome, the food great. The dinner with Alicia was delicious and fun. I can't say anything negative about any aspect of the trip.
Swim in Irish Sea, coastal path and views, guides enthusiasm and knowlege, organic farm visit, conversations
I had googled trail images of the Brecon Beacons and not what I expected - we were hiking through farmers fields, same for the last day in Snowdonia. A lot of the meals were pre ordered from menus so we had no way of asking about preparation to take into account allergies. I did really like the hosted meals, which were a fantastic opportunity to meet local people and find out about their life.
Trip to the organic sheep farm was great and so informative. Loved the hiking, nice variety.
I would give the trip a 3/4. Highlights: Wales, the hiking, the Tenby men's choir, visit to the organic farm. Beautiful country side with lovely, friendly people. Low points: the first two days seemed a little short on hikes (frequent bathroom stops, stops at visitor centres to shop) - not what I was expecting.
DISLIKED: Never Hike Mt Snowden on a Sunday! Solva Woolen Mill not worth the tiime. Tenby "Ghost Walk" not worth it. Strange Dinner at Welsh Royal Yacht Club--Small Plates. LIKED: Canal Walk. Hay on Wye Shopping. Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. St. Davids. Organic Sheep Farm.Fishermans Path. Rhian Jones. Lunch. Home Hosted Dinner.
Highlights were of course Wales, and the local guides and the AGC guide. My previous experience with AGC was not stellar, but I was assured that it was not typical. It wasn't. Everything was very well coordinated and communicated.
The guides were excellent - as always :) The variety of hikes were amazing. The landscape in Wales is so diverse. The hotels were outstanding - especially the staff in Tenby and Abergenney. They could not have been more courteous or helpful. Carreg Cennen and the days on the Coast Path were especially meaningful for me, revisiting the places I saw in '98 which called me back to Wales. Loved visiting Rhiann Jones and the sheep farm. Good choices. The only two "complaints" I had - and you're probably hearing the same from others - is #1 not to do Snowdon on a weekend. The mobs were numbing, especially because we were usually in bucolic and remote places.. #2 either take some things out or add a "down" day - probably in Conwy. Twice, there was just not enough time to do everything on the itinerary. And the choices on the itinerary were great but most days, the hikes could have stood alone.
the hikes chosen were terrific, and the guides were knowledgeable, kind and generous. I esp loved the coastal and mountain hikes, and the sheep farm.
Beautiful scenery. Personal challenge. Great traveling companions My personal accomplishment and highlight was my successful maneuvering of the gorge trail in northern Wales.