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Castles, Culture and Golf Tour - Taste of Wales
Wales is truly a land rich in history with its' Celtic culture and traditions showcasing its' outstanding natural beauty. There is an ever changing landscape of mountains, moorland, forests, wide river valleys and small fishing villages, rugged coasts, beaches and towns. The Welsh culture comes from its' Celt, Roman, and Anglo Saxon history. Wales has some of the warmest and friendliest people I've ever met.
Wales may be small in size but comes up big when compared to its' more famous neighbors.
As a country, Wales features a wide-ranging variety of courses, each with its own spectacular topography. Golf in Wales is very affordable, golf as it should be-relaxing, scenic and un- crowded. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, you will be given a big Welsh welcome on the nearly 200 golf courses to be found in Wales.
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and Sightseeing Highlights.
Day 1 (D)
Upon arrival in Manchester you will be met by your driver/guide and board your 16 seat luxury coach. On the route to your first nights lodging you will stop for a stretch break in the Roman City of Chester and and take a walk through this fascinating historic town. You will then continue on to your first hotel in the North Wales Victorian resort of Llandudno. After check in you will enjoy a "Welcome to Wales" reception and dinner.
Day 2 (B)
Today the golfers will play Nefyn. The non-golfers will spend time touring nearby Conwy- a "World Heritage" site.
This evening you will have a real treat when you attend a weekly rehearsal of one of the famous Welsh local male voice choirs.
Day 3 (B) (D)
The golfers will play Conwy and the non-golfers will have a morning of leisure.
After golf the group will travel through the valley, stopping to tour Bodnant Garden before arriving at your next hotel, the stunning and romantic Portmeirion where guests are accommodated either in the hotel, guest cottages, or as an upgrade in the Castle itself.
Day 4 (B)
Today the golfers will play at a "Royal" course-Royal St. David in Harlech. The non-golfers will have a leisurely day. You can enjoy the town with its undeniable charm, narrow and windy streets, and visit the medieval Harlech Castle. The Castle, one of the best examples of defensive architecture, was a key player in the "War of the Roses". Other choices would include the Llanfair Slate Caverns or St. Tanwg’s Church.
Day 5 (B) (D)
Today your group travels south through the captivating Snowdonia National Park to the sailing resort of Aberdyfi. On the way you will visit King Arthur's Labyrinth and take a trip on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railroad. You will then check into the atmospheric Penhelig Arms, an historic waterside inn. Tonight you will be treated to one of their famous fish dinners.
Day 6 (B)
Today golf will be at the classic links-Aberdory. The non-golfers can choose from many possible nearby attractions including the Ceredigion Museum and the National Library in Aberystwyth.
Day 7 (B) (L)
You will depart the west coast of Wales and travel inland towards the English border. The golfers will play a leisurely 9 holes at the Lakeside Golf Club before the group takes a tour of and a light lunch at the nearby impressive Powis Castle. Then it is on to Manchester and your final night lodging at Etrop Grange Country House Hotel.
Day 8 (B) **
ALTERNATE TOUR 9 NIGHTS
Gather your memories and we will transfer you to the Manchester airport to continue your journey. We are happy to offer extra days to tour London either before or after your scheduled tour.
DAYS 1 THROUGH 6 REMAIN THE SAME.
Day 7 (B) (D)
Depart the coast and travel through the magical heart of Wales' countryside to south eastern Wales. You will stop at interesting attractions along the route that will be determined based upon the weather. Tonight you will begin your two night stay at the superb Celtic Manor Resort & Spa, and will enjoy a welcoming dinner.
Day 8 (B)
Decide on your teams for today the golfers will play the Twenty Ten course that was designed and built for the 2010 Ryder Cup. The non-golfers will choose from a great many nearby attractions. Amongst these could be The Caerleon Amphitheatre, National Roman Legionary Museum and Roman Barracks, Dewstone Gardens and Grotto's, Tredegar House, Raglan Castle, Tintern Abbey or many other Usk Valley beauties.
Day (9) (B)
The golfers today will play the other Celtic Manor masterpiece-"Roman Road". The non-golfers can take advantage of the spa and property. After golf the group will be transported back to Manchester for your final night lodging at the Etrop Grange Country House Hotel.
Day (10) (B)
Gather your memories you will be transferred to Manchester Airport to continue on your journey. We are happy to offer extra days to tour London either before or after your scheduled tour.
END of Tour
Our Great Golf Courses
Founded in 1892 this classic links challenge is located on the west coastline, and features dramatic coastal views. Beautiful natural dune land borders the perimeter of the course separating it from the Dyfi Estuary and the Irish Sea. On this wild and windswept course you'll find bunkers with challenging lips, deep grass borders, undulating fairways, and blind shots. The classic rail link that runs along the course reminds you of a bygone time when trains delivered traveling golfers. Bring your best game and enjoy.
This course, founded in 1894, is a straight out and back true links design. This historic demanding venue starts out with a tough par three and never looks back as it takes you through the stunning seaside scenery. It is one of the favorite links courses in all of Britain and one of the oldest in Wales.
It has been the site of the British PGA and Senior championships and many other amateur and national tournaments.
Celtic Manor Resort
From its' beginning as a residence of the high sheriff in 1634 to the Manor House of 1860, once a maternity hospital, the manor was remodeled in 1982 into a hotel and became one of Wales' highest awarded hotels. In 1992 construction was started on a new 400 room hotel and two Robert Trent Jones golf courses and was finished in 1999. To host the 2010 Ryder Cup the "Twenty Ten" course was built. At nearly 7500 yards it features nine dramatic holes routed through the Usk Valley and nine re-fashioned holes from the original Wentwood Hills course. This new "non-traditional" course has holes with a links feel; a lake lined middle section and elevated closing holes.
There are two other tracts at the resort-The Montgomerie and the Roman Road- a course with captivating and challenging holes. Robert Trent Jones called this property "a bit of Augusta, a bit of Florida, and a lot of Wales.
Designed by Jack Morris in 1875 and finished in 1895 it is the third oldest course in Wales. The course was closed in WWI & WWII and those demands and use necessitated the re-design and construction of many of the holes. Its' excellent layout with sea and majestic mountain views makes it hard to concentrate on golf. The mountain backdrop, verdant, sometime narrow fairways and tiered greens, offer ample opportunities for "risk/reward" decisions.
Harlech Royal St. David's
Founded in 1894 its' history, mountain views and sea "breezes" define this links course that occupies the dune land between Harlach, the forbidding Castle, and the sea. Standing on top of a sheer precipice of rock, this rugged and tough par 69 layout rambles in all directions across flat and often open ground. The final holes run through "rippling and undulating dune land, and then close with a tough par three. The "Royal" designation was granted by Edward VII in 1908.
Lakeside Golf Course
This stunning 9 hole countryside course presents interesting challenges and spectacular scenery including the River Severn and the Montgomery canal, superb contoured greens, undulating fairways, lakes, and strategically placed bunkers. It is a scenic course at which you can unwind after the tough seaside links you will have played on the west coast.
Marriott St. Pierre
This course is located on 400 acres of magnificent parkland in the Welsh Wye Valley. The course, built around a charming 14th century manor and 11th century church is renowned as one of the UK’s finest courses. The “Old course”, built around a lake, is studded with many ancient trees including a 400 year old Chestnut. The course has just undergone major upgrades and has been host to the Curtis Cup, the Dunlap Masters, and Solheim Cup.
Nefyn (Old Course)
Founded in 1907 this unique design, dramatically located on a clifftop, is Wales’s equivalent of “Old Head” located in Ireland. Built on a narrow peninsula, with a backdrop of the Snowdon Mountains, the course is bordered by rocky out crops, caves, and sandy beaches, and features a world famous well photographed "Point", sometimes described as “The Pebble Beach of North Wales”. The unique 26 hole design has 10 outbound holes and 2 different inbound 8 hole layouts-the “Old and the “New. The "Old" features jaw dropping spectacular cliff edge holes, and there is even is a pub after the 15th hole to help you prepare for the final three holes.
Known as the “links in the sky” 200 feet above the sea, it is one of golf’s hidden treasures and the highest pure links course in the world. This course, founded in 1896, is spectacular and overlooks the sandy beaches of Oxwich and Three Cliffs Bays and meanders alongside the ruins of a 12th century Norman Castle. The holes, surrounded by gorse and heather, are routed through classic undulating links land full of hammocks and hollows featuring small carefully placed bunkers. Expect a warm Welsh welcome.
Firmly among the world’s top golf courses it is “golf as it once was” down to a creaking club house that is as unchanged as its magnificent links. It is one of two in Wales and twenty five in the world to have the mark of distinction-“Royal”.
It has been the site of the Curtis cup, the Welsh Championship the European amateur, the Walker Cup, and is being considered as the site for the first British Open to be held in Wales.
Tenby Golf Club
Tenby Golf Club is one of the true gems of Wales’ idyllic south-west coast. Founded in 1888 it is renowned and holds the designation as the birthplace of Welsh golf. This classic 18 hole true links course flows through a patchwork of wild dunes and undulating green terrain offering challenges to golfers of all skill levels.
This gritty dark stone fortress and its' walls perched high on a rock above the Conwy estuary was a key part of the "Ring of Iron" a series of Castles built by King Edward the First in the 13th Century, and today towers over the town of Conwy. This bustling town has many attractions amoung them are:
- The 1826 Suspension Bridge & Toll House
- Elizabethan Town house
- St. Mary's Church and Abbey
- Britain's "smallest" house”
Powis Castle and Gardens
Perched on a rocky promontory, this well preserved 13th century fortress surveys the surrounding area. This fine medieval castle houses a superb collection of treasures, tapestries, furniture, carriages, and one of Wales finest art collections. It also contains the Clive Museum of Indian treasures and maybe, if you believe the tales, a renowned ghost or two.
Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway
Wales is known for its nostalgic historic steam trains. This one leaves the coast of Tywyn, snakes its way through the foothills to Dolgoch Falls, and clings to the hillside as it passes through woodland and over ravines. Tywyn Wharf Station is also home to the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum.
This stunning garden is divided into two distinct parts. The upper garden with impressive buttressed walls, brick paths and curved steps transport you through the five terraces-Italianate in style, under pergolas, past lily ponds and over gorgeous formal lawns edged with a multitude of plant borders. The lower garden lies beneath a canopy of towering trees and shrubs and along a steep sided dell-a very different world. Here the Little River Hiraethlyn tumbles over a spillway waterfall and past hostas and hydrangeas.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdon, the highest peak, dominates the largest, highest and oldest Welsh National Park. The park contains Wales' highest major waterfall, largest natural lake and one of the highest railway stations in Britain. It presents scenery of mossy bridges, ancient woodland, pretty stone cottages, estuaries teeming with birds and wonderful market towns.
King Arthur's Labyrinth and Stone Circle
Here you accompany a hooded boatman as he takes you through a magical waterfall and deep into the mountains. In the winding tunnels of the vast caverns the adventure, aided by dramatic light and sound, takes you back to the time of King Arthur. Enjoy the tales of giants, Saxon invaders Welsh dragons, floods and other ancient folklore.
The adjoining Corris Craft Center features resident designer craft studios, where you will find unique handcrafted items or have a chance to try painting pottery, dipping candles or making chocolates.
Tour Dates & Prices
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Price per person double occupancy for our 8 day 7 night “Taste of Wales” Tour:
Tour with 12 Persons - Golfers €2302; Non-Golfers €2036
Tour with 8 Persons - Golfers €2634; Non-Golfers €2386
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Our wonderful lodging for these tours includes:
• 5 Star Celtic Manor Resort
• 4 Star Country House Hotel-Manchester
• 4 Star Penhehg Arms-Aberdovey
• 4 Star Imperial Hotel-Llandudno
• 4 /5 Star Castle Deudraeth-Portmeierion
Our Coach Transportation:
Mercedes Luxury Riada-16 Seater
Top of the line, captains leather reclining seats arm rests and tables, black tinted windows, fully air-conditioned, DVD system with plasma TV screens, drinks cooler with built in fridge and power points
• Transportation in a luxury 16 passenger coach w/driver
• Accommodations & subsistence for your driver
• 7/9 nights 4* star lodging with a full Welsh breakfast daily
• Dinner the first night at each major lodging
• Experienced tour guide throughout
• 5/7 rounds of golf at championship courses with green fees & reserved tee times
• Admissions to all listed attractions
• All VAT taxes
• Some dinners
• Telephone or dry cleaning costs
• Gratuities for your driver/guide
• Airfare or travel insurance
**Upgrade to a 5* star Castle room 2 nights in Portmeirion $150 pp
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