Explore Wales - Fri 2 March 2018 to Tues 6 March 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Explore Wales

Only 2 hours from London, Wales provides a backdrop of exciting landscapes for visitors to explore. With 5 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and 3 National Parks, with their snow-capped peaks and wild coastline, Wales is the perfect place to switch off and explore untouched valleys and sleepy villages, or to enjoy raring-to-go towns and the capital Cardiff.

Key gateways

Cardiff, Bristol

Pembroke, Holyhead

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - Llangollen

16:00 Leave Newcastle and drive to Llangollen
Dinner en route from Newcastle to Wales (Manchester)
20:00 Check into hotel near Llangollen
Overnight  The Hand Hotel

Itinerary Details

This itinerary begins with the journey from Newcastle to Llangollen, stopping in Manchester for dinner on the way.

Supplier Information

Name The Hand Hotel, Llangollen
Category Accommodation
Profile Standing above a beautiful stretch of the river Dee close to the centre of the pretty market town of Llangollen. The Hand Hotel with its stunning riverside garden, old world charm, ample free parking is ideal for romance, for families, and groups, whether private or business, as well as for your Wedding or Conference.
Phone 01978 860303
Email info@hand-hotel-llangollen.com
Website http://www.hand-hotel-llangollen.com/
FIT or Groups: n/a
Day 2

Saturday 3 March

Llangollen - Llandrindod Wells

08:00 Breakfast at Hand Hotel
09:00 Check out of hotel
09:15 Coach transfer to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
09:45 Start Pontcysyllte Aqueduct tour
11:00 Coach transfer to Powis Castle and Gardens
11:45 Start tour of Powis Castle and Gardens
13:00 Lunch at Powis Castle
14:00 Coach transfer to Elan Valley
15:40 Tour of Elan Valley
Check into Metropole Hotel
 Overnight Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

Itinerary Details

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage site that helped transfer water-borne vessels from the English lowlands to the rugged high terrain of Wales. A guided tour here highlights the importance of the British canal system as well as the chance to walk across a truly spectacular piece of human engineering.

Stepping back further in time, a guided tour of Powis Castle promises an up close look at the amazing collection of artwork and furniture here, not to mention the impressive garden, with its Italianate terraces. The on-site Clive Museum features a collection of more than 300 artefacts from India too. Then, for lunch, the Courtyard Restaurant and Garden Coffee Shop offer plenty of tasty treats.

A visit to the Elan Valley, which stretches for 72 square miles, gives a taste of Wales’ great outdoors. It is a wonderful place to stroll, hike, cycle or go bird watching, and its historic dams, reservoirs and 73-mile aqueduct really are a sight to behold. At nightfall, the valley becomes an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Supplier Information

Name Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Category Attraction
Profile Enjoy a boat trip on the Llangollen Canal, a delightful day out in the North Wales countryside within easy reach of Wrexham and Chester. We travel along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site, over 30 thrilling metres above the River Dee. Our narrowboat Eirlys has been a regular sight giving public boat trips on the Llangollen canal for over three decades and was joined by our restaurant boat Tommy in 2011 to offer stunning meals and enthralling rides.
Phone 01978 824166
Email enquiries@canaltrip.co.uk
Website https://www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Powis Castle and Garden
Category Attraction
Profile The world-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, it retains its original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces. High on a rock above the terraces, the castle, originally built circa 1200, began life as a medieval fortress. Remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, it reflects the changing needs and ambitions of the Herbert family - each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.
Phone 0344 800 1895
Email enquiries@nationaltrust.org
Website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle-and-garden
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Elan valley
Category Tourist Board / DMO / Local Authority
Profile There are many reasons to visit Elan Valley. Part of the rugged Cambrian Mountains, Elan is a beautiful and unspoilt area made even more compelling by the dams and reservoirs which together create a wonderful, living landscape. The views are stunning and you are never far away from points of interest.
Phone 01597 810880
Email elanrangers@dwrcymru.com
Website http://www.elanvalley.org.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Metropole Hotel and Spa
Category Accommodation
Profile Still privately owned by Justin Baird-Murray, Great Great Grandson of the founder, The Metropole Hotel and Spa, remains the highest AA rated hotel and spa in mid Wales and provides the perfect venue for a wedding, conference or a short break in wales.
Phone 01597 823 700
Email info@metropole.co.uk
Website https://www.metropole.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 3

Sunday 4 March

Llandrindod Wells - Cardiff

08:00 Breakfast and hotel check out
09:00 Transfer to Big Pit museum
09:45 Start Big Pit museum tour
11:00 Coach transfer  to Penderyn Distillery
11:45 Start the tour of Penderyn Distillery
13:00 Lunch at Caradog’s restaurant
14:00 Coach transfer to Caerphilly Castle
15:00 Start tour of Caerphilly Castle
17:00 Coach transfer back to Cardiff
17:30 Check in to hotel and freshen up
19:00 Dinner in Cardiff
Overnight Radisson Blu, Cardiff

Itinerary Details

Mining is a key part of Welsh heritage, and was one of the country’s main industries in the 19th and early 20th centurues. A real coal mine and one of the leading mining museums in the country, a guided tour at the award winning Big Pit museum goes deep into the mineshaft, to show what life was like for miners, working 300 feet underground.

A tour through the whisky making process awaits at the Penderyn Distillery. The experience includes a unique insight into the essential equipment used, as well as tastings of the award-winning whiskey that is produced here.

After lunch at the Caradog’s restaurant, with food made from local produce, it’s on to the largest castle in Wales. Made famous by BBC’s Merlin, and the cheese of the same name, Caerphilly Castle is surrounded by moats and watery isles. As a perfect fortress against invaders, a guided tour explores the passageways, chambers and towers that make it so famous.

Supplier Information

Name Penderyn Distillery
Category Guided Tours
Profile Award-winning Distillery, Visitor Centre and Shop in the southern foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales. Tours and Masterclasses available.
Phone +44 (0)1685 810 650
Email visitor@penderyn.wales
Website http://www.penderyn.wales
Min - Max capacity: Max 20 for Distillery Tours Max 12 for Masterclasses
Frequency: Distillery Tour - Daily: 10.00am - 4.00pm on the hour Masterclass - Daily: By request
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: FIT or Group
Translation: Welsh, French
Extra information: The Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week, from 9:30 to 17:00 (18:00 in the summer months), including most Bank Holidays. Book online at www.penderyn.wales/visit

Supplier Information

Name Caerphilly Castle
Category Attraction
Profile The fortress sprawls over a huge area making it the largest castle in Wales. Like the famous cheese, the castle has long been synonymous with Caerphilly. It dominates. Hogs the limelight. Think slumbering giant awaiting a call to arms.
Phone 0300 0256000
Email CaerphillyCastle@gov.wales
Website http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/caerphilly-castle/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Caradog's
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile We work with our local farmers, growers and purveyors to source outstanding quality products and incorporate these seasonal produce into our menus. Using ingredients at their peak and preparing them with respect allows us to capture the essence of the season and bring it straight to your table.
Phone 01685 813433
Email reception@tnch.co.uk
Website http://www.tynewyddcountryhotel.co.uk/dining.php
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 4

Monday 5 March


08:00 Breakfast
08:40 Drive to National Museum of History, St Fagans
09:10 Start tour of National Museum of History, St Fagans
10:00 Drive back to Cardiff centre
10:30 Loving Welsh Food – Start Cardiff Food Safari
14:30 Finish Cardiff tasting tour
15:00 Start tour of Principality Stadium
16:30 Start tour of Cardiff Castle
17:45 Back to Cardiff hotel and freshen up
19:00 Dinner in Cardiff
Overnight Radisson Blu, Cardiff

Itinerary Details

Free to enter, a visit to the St. Fagans Nations Museum of History should not be missed. It is renowned for being one of the leading open-air museums in Europe and takes visitors through Wales’ history and heritage, from Celtic times to the present day, in an interactive and informative way.

For a real “taste” of Wales, Loving Welsh Food captures the country’s best cuisines. Its Cardiff Food Safari tour boasts a menu of cheeses, laverbread, continental meats, cockles and a selection of Welsh beverages, all found in and around the city centre.

And, for sporting fans, the sight of The Principality Stadium, in the centre of Cardiff, will be a familiar one. As well as being the home of Welsh rugby, it is also a venue for an abundance of exhibitions, concerts and conferences. It can seat 74,000 people and a guided tour will walk through the seating, the Players’ Tunnel and into the stadium’s VIP areas.

From the modern to the historic, what better way to end a day exploring Cardiff than by stepping back in time 2,000 years? Cardiff Castle boasts opulent apartments, fascinating wartime shelters and ancient constructions, in particular the Norman Keep and Roman Wall.

Supplier Information

Name Principality Stadium
Category Guided Tours
Profile Experience the inner workings of the 74,000 seater stadium and see where the Welsh Rugby Team battle against opponents from across the globe and where the football titans of Europe fought for the 2017 Champions League Trophy.
Phone 0844 249 1999
Email customercare@wru.wales
Website http://www.principalitystadium.wales/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Supplier Information

Name National Museum of History
Category Attraction
Profile Visit us for free, near Cardiff: enjoy Wales' history in our park, farm and traditional cottages. A place to enjoy nature with plenty of things to do, on the outskirts of just outside the Welsh capital.
Phone 0300 111 2333
Website https://museum.wales/stfagans/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Radisson Blu Cardiff
Category Accommodation
Profile This 21 storey Skyscraper is the tallest hotel in the city. Located close to the shops, nightlife, and all major attractions. With 215 stylish contemporary bedrooms and ultra modern spacious, flexible conference facilities, this is the ideal venue for business and leisure guests.
Phone 02920 454777
Email reservations.cardiff@radissonblu.com
Website https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-cardiff?facilitatorId=CSOSEO&csref=org_gmb_sk_en_sn_ho_CWLZH
FIT or Groups: We are happy to offer bedrooms for both individuals and groups. Bookings of 10+ rooms will be classed as a group and will be quoted separately.
Day 5

Tuesday 6 March


08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Depart to Cardiff Airport