NEW 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

5 days from $1098 pp

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.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • 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

    Today we spend a full day in Cardiff, including a visit to the famous castle. Contained within these mighty stone walls is a wealth of history spanning 2000 years. Although founded by the Romans 2000 years ago, Cardiff is essentially a young city. The city has seen immense change over the past decade but still retains a wealth of dignified buildings, including the city centre castle alongside a unique mix of traditional Welsh influences. 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. You can see the coins being minted and learn the fascinating history of this everyday piece of our lives.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    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

    NEW Historic Cardiff, Royal Mint and Welsh Mines 5 days from $1,098pp

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


    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.

    Heritage Park Hotel

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Bath and/or Shower

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan