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2-Day Private Wales Tour to Cardiff and Aberfan from London

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No travel in the UK would be complete without visiting Wales and its capital Cardiff, the home of Dr Who. This lovely 2-day package program aims to be the best of both worlds in our beautiful English Heritage. On the first day, Cardiff and on the second day, Wales' immaculate landscape. You will explore the region and have an extraordinary experience with the land of the miners, wildlife, proud people and the land of tears and sorrow. You will observe the rich and varied history with its most famous sites and landmarks. See how the Norwegian community has a home away from home experience in the heart of the city and survived. Get the real sense of beauty and be ready to see the wonders of Wales with your APTG qualified professional tour guide provided by Tourope UK during this tour.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Travelling to Cardiff and Cardiff City Tour

Stop At: Cardiff, Cardiff, South Wales, Wales
Today’s journey goes straight to the Capital of Wales, Cardiff which takes approximately three and a half hours by car. The roots of its name are debated, but it is widely believed that the original Welsh title Caer-Taff (Fort on the Taff) originated from the English corruption. In the 1st century AD, in Roman times, a little fortification was built, where the Gloucester-Carmarthen road crossed the Taff several times before the present stone-closed site was created. With the arrival of Normans in the 11th century, the city began its continuing existence. Within the remnants of the Roman fort, possibly already in 1081, the Norman landowner Robert Fitzhamon built a fortification. The Castle of Cardiff was the foundation of Glamorgan lords who for the next 450 years ruled over the County in the name of the English Crown. Cardiff, with many things to see, is a fantastic place to visit.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Cardiff Castle Grounds, Cardiff CF10 3RB Wales
The Castle of Cardiff is one of the most significant Welsh heritage sites and an internationally important site. The walls and fairy tale towers of Cardiff Castle are situated in the centre of the city's beautiful parks. By the end of 50AD, the Roman fort at Cardiff was built on a strategic site with easy access to the sea. Archaeological findings indicate that the Cardiff Castle was the first of four forts to occupy this site, all of them of various sizes. Remains can now be seen from the Roman wall. The castle keep was built after the Norman invasion and the Roman fort site was restored.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0007
The National Museum of Cardiff houses amazing national history, geology, and natural heritage collections, and a large number of temporary exhibits, right at the heart of Cardiff's elegant city centre. The museum's art collection is one of the best in Europe. Visitors can see 500 years of beautiful Welsh and worldwide paintings, sketches, sculptures, silver and pottery, including one of the best collection of Surrealist art in Europe. Here in this museum, you may take a wonderful ride through Wales' evolution from the very early days to the present day. The story begins from the big bang in the universe and takes you on a journey of 4,600 million years that brings the dinosaurs and woolly mammals along the way. You will also find out how life in Wales developed and what dinosaurs were straying around the country. Wales' rich natural past is a massive journey from the sea to the mountains.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Harbour Drive Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 4PA Wales
One of the best landmark buildings in Cardiff Bay, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre provides amazing panoramic views of the seafront.
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS Wales
The Millennium Stadium, known since 2016 for sponsoring purposes as the Principality Stadium is Cardiff's National Stadium in Wales. It is home to the national Rugby Union in Wales and has also hosted national soccer team games in Wales. Initially planned to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup, it hosted several other major events too. The events include Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert, the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain and numerous concerts. It also hosted six FA Cup finals and several other high-profile football fixtures while Wembley Stadium was being redeveloped. Millennium Stadium is the third-largest in the Six-Nation Championships after the Stade de France and London’s Twickenham Stadium. It is also the world's second-largest stadium with a completely retractable roof. This was Europe's second stadium to do so.

Stop At: Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Wales
The Industrial Revolution of the 1790s, which spurred mining in South Wales' valleys, is the origin for Cardiff's history. The Glamorganshire Canal was also built in 1794, which carried down iron and coal from the valley. With the growth of the industry, it became clear that a more efficient transport was needed and the Taff Vale Railway was opened in 1840. The increasingly growing trade in iron and coal was also the reason for many docks in the Victorian era. Butetown and the surrounding dockland have during this period become a cosmopolitan city of seafarers from around the world who made Cardiff their home. In the 1880s Cardiff had been the largest city in Wales, and its harbour handled more coal than any other harbour in the country. Coal shipments hit a record of 13 million tonnes on the eve of the First World War in 1913.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Tonight, your accommodation will be provided in one of the 4-star hotels in Cardiff City Centre.

Day 2: Full Day Brecon Beacons National Park - Aberfan Memorial and back to London

Stop At: Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Brecon Beacons National Park Wales
Wales has been recently voted by the people as the 10th most beautiful country in the world. Together with England at number seven and Scotland, the UK is well known all over the world for its diverse beauty. If you're wondering why Wales was in the top ten, today you will find out how wonderfully beautiful this small country is. A whole day tour that leaves Cardiff and takes as many of the must-see places of interests in one day as possible including heart-rending Aberfan. We will start our tour with outstanding Brecon Beacons National Park, where you can experience some of the big sky landscape and hidden history. Walkthrough a merry-go-round wooden gorge to a beautiful waterfall and visit one of Wales' most popular beaches, it is a day of natural beauty.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Aberfan Disaster Memorial Garden, Moy Road and Station Hill Cemetery, Aberfan Wales
Aberfan has a tragic story. Life stopped at 9:13 am on the morning of October 21, 1966. It was a normal October day for a small mining village, where it had been raining for what seemed like forever. That morning a waste tip from a nearby colliery slid down the mountainside into the village. The mud-slide raced down a steep hill sucking everything in its path into the chaos: landscape, buildings, and an entire schoolhouse. The mud-slide was coal waste that had slid down a rain-saturated mountainside. 140,000 cubic yards of black slurry cascaded down the hill above Aberfan. It destroyed everything it touched, eventually, it engulfed Pantglas Junior School and 19 houses. 144 people were killed. 116 of them were children. Most of the children sitting in their school classrooms. The Aberfan disaster wiped out a generation of Welsh school children and devastated the nation and told us tragic stories beneath the coal debris.
Duration: 45 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • For healthier travel experience, we will be upgrading our standard vehicles to SUVs, MPVs and Vans for 8 people or less and 16 or 33 seater minibuses for 9 people or more, both options at no extra cost. All vehicles steam cleaned.
Inclusions
  • 1x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 1 night
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Cardiff Castle


Exclusions
  • Lunches and Dinners


Duration
2 days

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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