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England/Wales

Celtic Wales: Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire

Program No. 12185RJ
From Snowdonia in the North to Pembrokeshire in the West, learn the story of Celtic Wales as you explore this ancient land alongside experts.
Length
11 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
3,899
Flights start at
1,000

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DATES & starting prices
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May 2 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
3,899
May 23 - Jun 2, 2023
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3,899
Jun 6 - Jun 16, 2023
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3,899
Aug 1 - Aug 11, 2023
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3,899
Sep 12 - Sep 22, 2023
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3,899
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 2 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
4,389
May 23 - Jun 2, 2023
Starting at
4,389
Jun 6 - Jun 16, 2023
Starting at
4,389
Aug 1 - Aug 11, 2023
Starting at
4,389
Sep 12 - Sep 22, 2023
Starting at
4,389

At a Glance

From whence springs the distinct Welsh identity? From their proud language, world famous orators and choirs? Or the castles and prehistoric settlements that dot the bucolic countryside? From Snowdonia in the North and Pembrokeshire in the West, venture through a land of magnificent, varied scenery to experience the history and heritage of Celtic Wales and its ancient tradition of myths and legends.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking of up to one mile; uneven terrain; city sidewalks.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the Iron Age Castell Henllys with the resident archaeologist.
  • Go behind the scenes at St. Davids Cathedral.
  • Enjoy performances by a Welsh choir and harpist.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Conway Davies
Conway Davies earned a degree in history at Bangor University, a master's from Cardiff University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Swansea University. Conway has extensive knowledge of the Welsh language and the history and culture of both North and South Wales. He is the author of two books, "The History of Poor Law Provision in South Wales" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: the History of Mental Health provision in South Wales."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Conway Davies earned a degree in history at Bangor University, a master's from Cardiff University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Swansea University. Conway has extensive knowledge of the Welsh language and the history and culture of both North and South Wales. He is the author of two books, "The History of Poor Law Provision in South Wales" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: the History of Mental Health provision in South Wales."
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Last of the Celts
by Marcus Tanner
Welsh journalist Tanner mixes anecdote, interview and research in this lively account of encounters with far-flung Celts from Scotland, Wales and Belfast to Brittany, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and Trelew.
A Concise History of Wales
by Geraint H. Jenkins
This brief, authoritative history of Wales and Welsh identity from prehistory to the present is by Garaint Jenkins, longtime director of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies.
Art of the Celts
by Lloyd Robert Laing, Jennifer Laing
A volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series, this is a broad introduction to Celtic art, from the 5th century B.C. to 1200 A.D.
Under Milk Wood
by Dylan Thomas
Originally written as a radio play for the BBC, this short work (Dylan's last) concerns the events on a single spring day in a small coastal village in Wales. It's a virtuoso performance showing off Dylan's unsurpassed lyricism, richly evoking the color and fabric of the mythical town of Llareggub (bugger all backwards), populated by all manner of madmen and eccentrics.
The Mabinogion
by Jeffrey Gantz (Translator)
These eleven Welsh stories, beautiful in their strangeness, combine fact with fantasy, myth with history and folklore, into one of the great Welsh epics, the only Welsh collection that survived.
Life in A Medieval Castle
by Francis Gies
From lord to servant, this illustrated book describes the daily life of the inhabitants at Chepstow Castle in Wales in the 13th century.
A Morbid Taste for Bones
by Ellis Peters
In this historical mystery, 11th century monk and head of Shrewsbury Abbey Brother Cadfael travels to a small Welsh village to retrieve the relics of St. Winifred. A murder ensues and Cadfael must investigate.
The British Isles, A History of Four Nations
by Hugh Kearney
The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in this Canto Classics edition of Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also of the Scots, Welsh and Irish.
Rough Guide Wales
by Mike Parker, Paul Whitfield (Contributor)
A comprehensive guide to Wales in the British series, nicely balanced between practical travel details and an overview of the history and culture.
The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales
by Pat Ford (Translator)
The 30th anniversary edition of Professor Ford's translation of the Celtic classic in readable, modern English.
A History of Wales
by John Davies
A comprehensive, leisurely history of Wales from the earliest times to the late 1980s, rendered in a graceful translation from the original Welsh.
Birds of Europe
by Lars Svensson
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
The Hanged Man: A Story of Miracle, Memory, and Colonialism in the Middle Ages
by Robert Bartlett
The story of 14th-century Welsh rebel William Cragh, his miraculous survival after being hanged in the gallows, and Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe, whose prayer many thought saved the doomed Cragh.
Wales, An Illustrated History
by Henry Weisser
A clear, objective treatment, this book traces key historic developments, as well as contemporary Welsh issues.
In Search of Wales
by H.V. Morton
The enduring, singular account of Morton's ramblings in romantic, primitive Wales, to him (the classic Englishman) a very strange place. Originally published in the 1930s, this charming book mixes up history with keen observation, leisurely asides and entertaining anecdotes. His books are recently returned to print in handsome paper editions.
A Writer's House in Wales
by Jan Morris
In this extended essay, Morris uses her much-loved 18th-century house as a point of departure for a meditation on Welsh identity.
Xenophobe's Guide to the Welsh
by John Winterson Richards
This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful -- and entertaining.
The Celtic Myths, A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends
by Miranda Aldhouse-Green
A vivid introduction to Irish and Welsh folklore. Aldhouse-Green outlines recurring motifs and characters alongside quotes, full-text stories, notes on the region’s archaeological finds and plenty of two-color illustrations.
The Journey Through Wales and The Description of Wales
by Lewis Thorpe (Translator), Gerald of Wales
A valuable historical account of the Medieval Welsh by Gerald of Wales, who traveled through the countryside in the company of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1188.
Great Gardens of Britain
by Helena Attlee
A photographic tour through 20 of the finest gardens in Great Britain, ranging from famous 18th-century landscapes such as Stourhead to the rather quirky Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
Wales & West Midlands Map
by Ordnance Survey
A handsome locally grown map of Wales and the West Midlands of England at a scale of 1:250,000.
Meals
25 Meals
9 Breakfasts
7 Lunches
9 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Low Fat, Vegetarian, Low Salt, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Sep 12, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023 (Manchester to London Heathrow)
  • May 02, 2023 - May 12, 2023 (Manchester to London Heathrow)
  • May 23, 2023 - Jun 02, 2023 (Manchester to London Heathrow)
  • Jun 06, 2023 - Jun 16, 2023 (Manchester to London Heathrow)
  • Aug 01, 2023 - Aug 11, 2023 (Manchester to London Heathrow)
  • Sep 12, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023 (Manchester to London Heathrow)
1 night
Manchester
The Crowne Plaza Manchester hotel boasts a gym, stylish restaurant, high speed WiFi and new meeting rooms. The hotel also has airport parking with a free shuttle bus to Manchester airport and the airport train station. Superbly located on the Manchester Airport complex, the four-star Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport Hotel offers you fantastic accommodation with easy access to the M56, M60 and M62, as well as Manchester City Centre.
4 nights
North Wales
The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.
3 nights
Lamphey
Situated in acres of scenic grounds next to a medieval Bishop’s palace, The Lamphey Court Hotel is a 19th century Georgian mansion which has a luxury spa, all-weather tennis courts and stylish rooms with views over Pembrokeshire National Park. All rooms have a private bathroom and come with a TV, and some rooms have parkland views. Free on-site parking is available, and free Wi-Fi is also accessible throughout the hotel.
1 night
Hayes
Close to Heathrow Airport.
1 night
Manchester
Near to airport (Terminal 1).
4 nights
North Wales
The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.
3 nights
Lamphey
Situated in acres of scenic grounds next to a medieval Bishop’s palace, The Lamphey Court Hotel is a 19th century Georgian mansion which has a luxury spa, all-weather tennis courts and stylish rooms with views over Pembrokeshire National Park. All rooms have a private bathroom and come with a TV, and some rooms have parkland views. Free on-site parking is available, and free Wi-Fi is also accessible throughout the hotel.
1 night
Hayes
Close to Heathrow Airport.
1 night
Manchester
The Crowne Plaza Manchester hotel boasts a gym, stylish restaurant, high speed WiFi and new meeting rooms. The hotel also has airport parking with a free shuttle bus to Manchester airport and the airport train station. Superbly located on the Manchester Airport complex, the four-star Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport Hotel offers you fantastic accommodation with easy access to the M56, M60 and M62, as well as Manchester City Centre.
4 nights
North Wales
The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.
3 nights
Lamphey
Situated in acres of scenic grounds next to a medieval Bishop’s palace, The Lamphey Court Hotel is a 19th century Georgian mansion which has a luxury spa, all-weather tennis courts and stylish rooms with views over Pembrokeshire National Park. All rooms have a private bathroom and come with a TV, and some rooms have parkland views. Free on-site parking is available, and free Wi-Fi is also accessible throughout the hotel.
1 night
Hayes
Close to Heathrow Airport.
1 night
Manchester
The Crowne Plaza Manchester hotel boasts a gym, stylish restaurant, high speed WiFi and new meeting rooms. The hotel also has airport parking with a free shuttle bus to Manchester airport and the airport train station. Superbly located on the Manchester Airport complex, the four-star Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport Hotel offers you fantastic accommodation with easy access to the M56, M60 and M62, as well as Manchester City Centre.
4 nights
North Wales
The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.
3 nights
Lamphey
Situated in acres of scenic grounds next to a medieval Bishop’s palace, The Lamphey Court Hotel is a 19th century Georgian mansion which has a luxury spa, all-weather tennis courts and stylish rooms with views over Pembrokeshire National Park. All rooms have a private bathroom and come with a TV, and some rooms have parkland views. Free on-site parking is available, and free Wi-Fi is also accessible throughout the hotel.
1 night
Hayes
Close to Heathrow Airport.
1 night
Manchester
The Crowne Plaza Manchester hotel boasts a gym, stylish restaurant, high speed WiFi and new meeting rooms. The hotel also has airport parking with a free shuttle bus to Manchester airport and the airport train station. Superbly located on the Manchester Airport complex, the four-star Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport Hotel offers you fantastic accommodation with easy access to the M56, M60 and M62, as well as Manchester City Centre.
4 nights
North Wales
The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.
3 nights
Lamphey
Situated in acres of scenic grounds next to a medieval Bishop’s palace, The Lamphey Court Hotel is a 19th century Georgian mansion which has a luxury spa, all-weather tennis courts and stylish rooms with views over Pembrokeshire National Park. All rooms have a private bathroom and come with a TV, and some rooms have parkland views. Free on-site parking is available, and free Wi-Fi is also accessible throughout the hotel.
1 night
Hayes
Close to Heathrow Airport.





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