Wye Valley Tour
Your tour travels east to Wales' only land border starting at Caerleon where historians say the extent of Roman remains in the town is impressive: visit the Amphitheater, Roman Baths and Roman Museum. Next travel through the Usk Vale and Usk Town, known as the town of flowers. Lunch stop at Monmouth, a town steeped in history and birthplace of King Henry V. After lunch enjoy a scenic journey through the Wye Valley,awarded an 'Area of Outstanding National Beauty', ancient woodlands and delightful villages. The journey travels southward along the valley basin - the best way to view the valley. Guided tour at the 13th century Tintern Abbey or free time to explore the area. Final stop is the border town of Chepstow, home to the oldest Norman castle in Great Britain. Guided tour of the castle or free time in the town.
- Caerleon former Roman Garrison to visit Amphitheatre, Roman Baths & Roman Museum
- Chepstow Castle, Britain's oldest Norman Castle founded in 1067AD
- Tintern Abbey
- Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Monmouth Town
Travel east of Cardiff to Caerleon town, formerly called Isca Silurum, the permanent garrison for the Second Augustan Legion of the Roman army, back in the first century. The extent of Roman remains in the town is impressive, and regarded as Britain's most revealing Roman site. Join your guide on tour of the Roman Bath House, Amphitheater and the Roman museum. All admissions are free.
Lunch stop at Monmouth, a charming town steeped in history and the birthplace of King Henry V. There are coaching inns, pubs and cafeterias, however with so much to see, why not consider snacks for lunch and explore the town - especially Britain's last remaining medieval fortified gated bridge, dated 13th century.
From Monmouth take a scenic journey, following the flow of the River Wye to enter the Wye Valley, awarded an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. In springtime ancient woodlands are carpeted with bluebells, wild garlic and wood anemones, in the summer, lush meadows come alive with an abundance of wild flowers, and the autumn delivers one of natures grandest color displays from the trees in the ancient forest.
Tintern Abbey, truly a masterpiece of decorated Gothic architecture which has inspired poets and artist for centuries. Chargeable entrance fee.
Continue our journey through the scenic Wye Valley to the quaint border town of Chepstow. Entry to the town is through the 13th century gateway, where there are still sections of medieval town wall still intact. Travel through the town's main street and shopping area to Chepstow Castle, Britain's oldest Norman castle founded in 1067AD. (Film location for the 50th anniversary of Dr Who). Take a tour of the castle, there is a steep climb to the entrance, all very manageable and not rushed. Or if prefer, free time in the town, walk to the River Wye and across the Regency Cast Iron Bridge which will take you to England, all in a matter of a few minutes walk. Castle has a chargeable entrance fee.
Returns to Cardiff at 5.30pm approximately.
Inclusions: Top of the range Mercedes air-conditioned mini-coachProfessional driverLocal guide
Exclusions: Lunch and refreshmentsEntrance fees