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8 Days Flavours of Wales Culinary Vacation in the UK

Brecon Castle Hotel, Castle Square, Brecon LD3 9DB, UK

Wales Culinary Tour

In Wales, you can be spoiled by the great food, superb views, and internationally renowned culinary businesses. This package has something for everyone; whether you have a sweet tooth, a hankering for something savoury or just want to learn more about the local farms and independent businesses that produce some of Wales’ famous foodstuffs. Book today and discover the flavours of Wales!

Highlights

  • Visit a Cheddar company
  • Whisky tasting at a distillery
  • Produce tasting at a vineyard
  • Specialist food guide in Cardiff for a day
  • Private food tasting tour in Cardiff and more
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Meals at homes and restaurants
  • 7 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

The first two nights, you will stay at Brecon Castle Hotel or similar, Brecon Beacons. The next two nights will be spent at Llandudno Bay Hotel or similar. For your fifth night, you will stay at Nanteos Mansion or similar, Aberystwyth. The final two nights of your tour, you will stay at No. 10 Hotel or similar, Cardiff.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Wales

Today you will arrive in Wales and travel into the beautiful Brecon Beacons where your accommodation for the next two nights will be. Overnight: Brecon Castle Hotel or similar, Brecon Beacons. Dinner included.

Day 2: Brecon Beacons

This morning, spend some time enjoying the rugged Brecon Beacons National Park. The World Heritage site of Blaenavon is also a short drive away, whose main highlight is the Blaenavon Big Pit. Here you can embark on a 300-foot descent into the former colliery to experience the life of a working miner.

There is also the Blaenafon Cheddar Company in this town, a family-run business producing specialty award winning hand-made Welsh Cheddar cheeses and soft Welsh goats’ cheeses. Their Pwll Mawr Cheddar is actually matured at the bottom of the mine shaft at Big Pit National Coal Museum where you have visited this morning! Some of their cheeses are flavoured with Penderyn Welsh whisky, Welsh white wine, Reverend James ale, and other local ingredients.

Nearby is the award-winning Penderyn Distillery. Using the natural spring water from the Brecon Beacons, the distillery produces Penderyn single malt whisky as well as a gin, vodka, and delicious cream liqueur. You could take a tour of the distillery, appreciating how the whisky differs from any other in the world and see where the whisky is produced, barrelled, finished, and nurtured before getting a chance to sample some of the finished product. Overnight: Brecon Castle Hotel or similar, Brecon Beacons. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 3: Brecon Beacons - North Wales

Today travel through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, one of three national parks in Wales and known as Eryri in the Welsh language, a name that can be translated as “the place of the eagles”. You could take the Snowdon Mountain Railway up to the summit of Snowdon! Alternatively, there is also the Llanberis Lake Railway which takes you along the shore of Lake Padarn.

The National Slate Museum is definitely worth a visit in this area, as it allows you to learn more about the industry and a way of life that has become a great part of the Welsh identity. Take a drive to Caernarfon where you can spend some time in Caernarfon Castle, a hulking medieval fortress that has UNESCO status.

From here continue on to Pant Du Vineyard, a family-run business set in an idyllic location, with views of the magnificent Snowdonia mountain range to the northeast and panoramic views of the sea to the west. Since producing the first bottle of wine in 2010, the company has established a reputable name for themselves in producing award-winning wines and high-quality cider and apple juice. You can enjoy a wine tasting and talk here.

For something a little different this evening, why not arrange to be hosted by a Welsh family in their home, where you can learn about Welsh life and enjoy some home cooking? Don’t forget to ask for the recipes! Overnight: Llandudno Bay Hotel or similar. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4: Snowdonia and Anglesey

Today you can travel through North Wales to the beautiful island of Anglesey. Connected to the North Wales coast by two bridges, it features long stretches of coastline that have been declared Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a lot to see packed into this little island and it happened to be the spot where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to begin their married life!

You could spend the morning visiting Halen Mon Saltcote, a family company that began creating their own salt 17 years ago. This salt is stocked throughout the UK, as well as in more than 22 countries across the globe. You can have an interactive tour here and perhaps even the chance to make your own salt!

Have lunch at Dylan's Restaurant, which is based on the water’s edge, alongside the Thomas Telford Bridge in Menai Bridge, Anglesey. The restaurant is set in a stunning location on the edge of the water overlooking the Menai Straits and serves locally-sourced seasonal produce specialising in seafood - Menai mussels, lobster and Anglesey sea bass. The menu is a celebration of the abundant seafood and farm produce available locally around Anglesey.

Tonight you will dine at Chateau Rhianfa. Peer upon the magnificent French-style architecture of this Grade ll-listed Château, immersed in exciting Welsh Heritage that shapes their unique charm, and instantly feel inspired. With such a spectacular waterside venue overlooking the Menai Strait with the peaks of Snowdonia as a backdrop, you won’t be short of inspiration. Overnight: Llandudno Bay Hotel or similar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 5: Anglesey - Mid Wales

Today travel through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Stop at the picturesque Italian village of Portmeirion, a surprisingly colourful place with a Mediterranean feel on the coast of North Wales. You can have free time here to enjoy the fantastic gardens, learn about its history, and while away the afternoon in the quaint cafés and shops. For any fans of the series ‘The Prisoner’, this is where the show was filmed!

From here, travel on to the ‘ancient capital of Wales’ Machynlleth, where you can visit the Parliament House where Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr held his final parliament. Enjoy Welsh afternoon tea in this quaint town, before you travel to Aberystwyth, where you will be staying tonight. Overnight: Nanteos Mansion or similar, Aberystwyth. Breakfast, tea, and dinner included.

Day 6: Mid Wales - Cardiff

Today you can spend time on the west coast of Wales, visiting first the bustling market town of Aberystwyth. Spend some time exploring the town and taking the train up Constitution Hill where you can be offered fantastic views of the bay and the castle ruins. Just down the coast, you can find picturesque Aberaeron, a pretty harbour town that offers breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay.

Da Mhile distillery, a producer of artisan organic spirits including ‘Botanical Gin’ and ‘Seaweed Gin’ is on the way. The Ceredigion Food Trail is also incredibly popular and could be followed in this area! Continue your journey today on to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, where you can spend your final two nights. Enjoy a traditional pub dinner tonight! Overnight: No. 10 Hotel or similar, Cardiff. Breakfast, tea, and dinner included.

Day 7: Cardiff

This morning you can spend some time in the capital city of Wales, Cardiff. This vibrant city is built around a castle and features plenty of impressive historic buildings to visit as well as handsome parks and gardens. Enjoy some free time in the city before visiting Cardiff Castle which stands proudly in the centre.

From here you could book yourself onto a culinary safari through Cardiff’s thriving food scene - Welsh signature foods, ethnic and continental foods, traditional and street markets and festivals. You can learn about the history as you taste your way through the capital. Dine at your hotel tonight, where you can reflect on the memories you have made along the way with your group! Overnight: No. 10 Hotel or similar, Cardiff. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 8: Return journey home

Today you can depart for your return journey home.

Included excursions

  • Underground tour of Big Pit National Coal Museum
  • Whisky tasting tour at Penderyn Distillery
  • Visit to Blaenavon Cheddar Company
  • Produce tasting at Pant Du Vineyard
  • Visit to Halen Mon Saltcote
  • Private Cardiff food tasting tour

Location

This culinary tour will take you to the north and south of Wales, mainly to Brecon, Llandudno, Aberystwyth, and Cardiff.

Food

Your boutique accommodation includes breakfast. You will also have three lunches, two afternoon teas, and seven dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights boutique 4-star accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 lunches, 2 afternoon teas, and 7 dinners
  • Private driver-guide (5 days)
  • Specialist food guide in Cardiff (1 day)
  • All activities / excursions mentioned: underground tour of Big Pit National Coal Museum, whisky tasting tour at Penderyn Distillery, visit to Blaenavon Cheddar Company, produce tasting at Pant Du Vineyard, home-hosted dinner, visit to Halen Mon Saltcote, 2-course lunch at Dylan’s Restaurant, coffee and honey ice cream / cake at the Hive in Aberaeron, private Cardiff food tasting tour, traditional pub dinner, CADW pass

What's not included

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International flights
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Supplement for tours in languages other than English (please send an inquiry for further details)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cardiff Airport (CWL), London Heathrow Airport (LHR) or London Gatwick Airport (LGW). Transfer from and to these airports to central Cardiff is available upon request.

From Cardiff Airport to central Cardiff, the price per vehicle is 50 GBP in a private saloon car and 65 GBP in a private MPV. From London Heathrow Airport to central Cardiff, the price per vehicle is 230 GBP in a private saloon car and 265 GBP in a private MPV. From London Gatwick Airport to central Cardiff, the price per vehicle is 255 GBP in a private saloon car and 280 GBP in a private MPV.

From central Cardiff to Bristol Airport, the price per vehicle is 140 GBP in a private saloon car and 165 GBP in a private MPV. From central Cardiff to Brecon, the price per vehicle is 130 GBP in a private saloon car and 160 in a private MPV. From London Heathrow Airport to Brecon, the price per vehicle is 280 GBP in a private saloon car and 300 GBP in a private MPV.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

This tour is available all year round, based on the guides’ availability. Kindly send an inquiry for more information.

 

Pricing information

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