About the tour: Historic Cardiff, Royal Mint and Welsh Mines

A fantastic tour to the very best sights of south Wales, taking in history and heritage, castles and coasts, green hills, beautiful gardens and breathtaking mountains! Discover the beauty of the Gower Peninsula with our local guide, before enjoying a stop at the delightful village of Mumbles. We spend a full day in the capital of Cardiff where you will see a unique blend of historic landmarks and cosmopolitan attractions, including Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay, topped off with a visit to the Royal Mint Experience where we discover how coins are produced. We will also learn about the Welsh coal industry at the fascinating Mining Experience, as well as how the award-winning single malt whiskey is made at Penderyn Distillery. Filled with unique excursions, this 5-day tour is a must!

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with Welsh breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    Today we discover the outstanding natural beauty of the Gower Peninsula with our knowledgeable local guide, firstly stopping off at the Gower Heritage Centre – a rural life museum based around a working 12th century water mill.

    Passing the ancient sandstone ridge of Cefn Bryn, known locally as the 'backbone of the Gower', and the atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber of Arthur’s Stone, you will enjoy spectacular views over Rossili Beach, Worms’ Head and Three Cliffs Bay – voted the second best view in Britain.

    We then head for the village of Mumbles to take a stroll along the promenade that takes you onto the pier and to its fabulous Italian ice cream parlours. Browse the shops, including the local Mumbles Pottery or the Lovespoon Gallery, to stock up on some great souvenirs.

    Alternatively, enjoy the splendid sea views from one of the outdoor cafés and watch the world go by.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Gower Peninsula
    Gower Peninsula

    Included Highlights

    • Gower Peninsula Guided Tour
    • Mumbles

    Enjoy a full day out to Capital Cardiff. Although founded by the Romans 2000 years ago, Cardiff is essentially a young city and has seen immense change over the past decade but still retains a wealth of historic buildings, including the city centre castle. The results of this change can be seen at the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay – one of Europe’s most exciting waterfront developments.

    We end the day with a visit to the Royal Mint Experience on the outskirts of Cardiff. This interactive museum explains how coins are produced. See the coins being minted and learn the fascinating history of this everyday piece of our lives.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cardiff
    Cardiff

    Included Highlights

    • Cardiff
    • Royal Mint Experience

    Today, we learn about Black Gold and explore the history of the Welsh coal industry starting at the Big Pit, the famous industrial heritage museum. Relive a bygone age as you don essential mining equipment – helmet, cap lamp and air purifying 'self-rescuer' – before being lowered down the mineshaft for a fascinating underground tour led by real miners.

    We then sample more of the spirit of Wales at the Penderyn Distillery, nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, learning how the award-winning single malt whisky is produced. At the end of the tour, test the mouth-watering products in the Tasting Bar.

    Before returning to our hotel, there’s time to visit the Rhondda Heritage Park for a second Welsh Mining Experience, giving an insight into the life of a different coal mining community of the Lewis Merthyr Colliery.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Big Pit National Coal Museum
    Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Included Highlights

    • Big Pit National Coal Museum
    • Rhondda Heritage Park
    • Penderyn Distillery Tour

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Historic Cardiff, Royal Mint and Welsh Mines

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Heritage Park Hotel in Pontypridd.