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Roman History in South Wales (Self Drive)
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9 to 13+ Nigths from $2,985*
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
The Roman invasion in Wales was not as comprehensive as in Britain due to its rugged terrain and hostile tribes, but Romans did have some success. Today the south of Wales is dotted with some well preserved Roman sites near major cities like Cardiff (make sure to visit the Cardiff Roman Fort), Swansea (nearby forts exist in Neath and Loughor), and Brecon (with its impressive Brecon Gaer Fort) - as well as in some cities often overlooked by tourists such as Carmarthen (which has a remarkable Roman Ampitheatre) and Newport (with the beautiful Caerleon Roman Fortress, Baths, and Amphitheatre). If you love history, make sure to add all these sites to your list because with a rental car you can make time for all of them and more! This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, and activities.

This 9 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into and out of Cardiff
  • Rent a car for 10 days
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Cardiff
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Carmarthen
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Brecon
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Newport
  • Driving Time
    Cardiff- Carmarthen: 1 hrs 13 mins. approx.
    Carmarthen- Brecon: 1 hr 9 mins. approx. .
    Brecon- Newport: 1 hr 1 mins. approx.


Price history for this itinerary (past 7 days):
From New York City (all Airports) (NY), US for 9 nights
2984.46 * incl.tax
Related Cities:
Cardiff (26)     Brecon (3)     Carmarthen (2)     Newport (5)    
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1. Cardiff
  26 hotels
2. Carmarthen
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3. Brecon
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4. Newport
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3 nights in Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital of Wales. It is also its most populous city and the epicenter of political, economical, social, and cultural life in Wales. With over 20 million visitors arriving each year, it is easily Wales`s most-visited tourist destination. In the early 19th century, the small town of Cardiff experienced a meteoric rise as one of the principal ports in the British Empire, and the area around the port is now a noteworthy tourist area which is home to such buildings as the Welsh National Assembly, the Pierhead Building, and the Millennium Centre. Other noteworthy sights include the BBC Drama Centre in the city center, where such TV shows as the dramas Casualty and the Welsh-language Pobol y Cwm are recorded; and the city`s two grand cathedrals: Cardiff Cathedral (Roman Catholic) and Llandaff Cathedral (Anglican), the latter dating from the 12th century. Cardiff Castle was built on the site of a 3rd-century Roman fort; the castle we see today also dates from the 12th century.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay, St Fagans National Museum of History, National Museum Cardiff, Caerphilly Castle, Wales Millennium Centre, Mermaid Quay, Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Cathedral, Pierhead Building, and so much more!



2 nights in Carmarthen

Carmarthenshire is not just home to our National Botanic Garden but also houses Aberglasney Gardens – Wales equivalent to the Lost Gardens of Heligan only on not quite such a large scale. Both Gardens attract growing numbers of visitors and are both well worth a visit. As well as being interesting from a plants and planting view between them they also host a wealth of events spanning many months of the year.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Carmarthen Park, Kidwelly Castle, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen Castle, Saint Peters Church, Laugharne Castle and much more.



2 nights in Brecon

Brecon is a bustling market town right at the top edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park. It's known for the famous Brecon Jazz Festival, independent shops and cafés, history, military connections and of course, the magnificent cathedral. Brecon is the perfect base for exploring the national park, watersports and fishing in the local rivers, canal and lakes, plus cycling and mountain biking. Punch Maughan, Brecon Beacons Tourism Ambassador, takes us on a brief tour of the town.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Brecon Cathedral, The Regimental Museum of Royal Welsh, Brecon Canal Basin, Llangorse Lake, Y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery and Library and much more.



2 nights in Newport

Newport is surrounded by beautiful landscapes including the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the undulating Vale of Usk, famous for its salmon fishing, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Forest of Dean – all less than an hour’s drive from Newport. Famous for its docks, the Roman remains in nearby Caerleon and its association with the 19th-century Chartist movement, Newport is full of cultural surprises and is certainly a Welsh city on the rise.




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Cardiff
Day 1
Arrive to Cardiff
Overnight in Cardiff   26 hotels offered
Optional   37 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Cardiff   26 hotels offered
Optional   37 Things to do
Day 3
Overnight in Cardiff   26 hotels offered
Optional   37 Things to do
Day 4
Departing from Cardiff
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Carmarthen
Day 4
Arrive to Carmarthen
Overnight in Carmarthen   10 hotels offered
Day 5
Overnight in Carmarthen   10 hotels offered
Day 6
Departing from Carmarthen
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Brecon
Day 6
Arrive to Brecon
Overnight in Brecon   16 hotels offered
Day 7
Overnight in Brecon   16 hotels offered
Day 8
Departing from Brecon
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Newport
Day 8
Arrive to Newport
Overnight in Newport   11 hotels offered
Day 9
Overnight in Newport   11 hotels offered
Day 10
Departing from Newport

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Wales

With such beautiful valleys, mountain peaks, and shoreline, Wales is considered one of the most picturesque parts of the United Kingdom. The Welsh culture is one that is on display everywhere you look, from the capital, Cardiff, where hundreds of years of history meet modern-day innovation, to the valleys of Glamorgan, to the beautiful north where mountains such as Mount Snowdon are just a short drive away from gorgeous seaside resorts such as Llandudno. Visit the beautiful castles, enjoy hiking and nature-watching, or enjoy such recreational activities as horseback riding and golf. Wales has quite a few options for those looking for a charming and breathtaking getaway.
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Cardiff
Cardiff is the capital of Wales. It is also its most populous city and the epicenter of political, economical, social, and cultural life in Wales. With over 20 million visitors arriving each year, it is easily Wales`s most-visited tourist destination. In the early 19th century, the small town of Cardiff experienced a meteoric rise as one of the principal ports in the British Empire, and the area around the port is now a noteworthy tourist area which is home to such buildings as the Welsh National Assembly, the Pierhead Building, and the Millennium Centre. Other noteworthy sights include the BBC Drama Centre in the city center, where such TV shows as the dramas Casualty and the Welsh-language Pobol y Cwm are recorded; and the city`s two grand cathedrals: Cardiff Cathedral (Roman Catholic) and Llandaff Cathedral (Anglican), the latter dating from the 12th century. Cardiff Castle was built on the site of a 3rd-century Roman fort; the castle we see today also dates from the 12th century.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay, St Fagans National Museum of History, National Museum Cardiff, Caerphilly Castle, Wales Millennium Centre, Mermaid Quay, Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Cathedral, Pierhead Building, and so much more!
Carmarthen
Carmarthenshire is not just home to our National Botanic Garden but also houses Aberglasney Gardens – Wales equivalent to the Lost Gardens of Heligan only on not quite such a large scale. Both Gardens attract growing numbers of visitors and are both well worth a visit. As well as being interesting from a plants and planting view between them they also host a wealth of events spanning many months of the year.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Carmarthen Park, Kidwelly Castle, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen Castle, Saint Peters Church, Laugharne Castle and much more.
Brecon
Brecon is a bustling market town right at the top edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park. It's known for the famous Brecon Jazz Festival, independent shops and cafés, history, military connections and of course, the magnificent cathedral. Brecon is the perfect base for exploring the national park, watersports and fishing in the local rivers, canal and lakes, plus cycling and mountain biking. Punch Maughan, Brecon Beacons Tourism Ambassador, takes us on a brief tour of the town.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Brecon Cathedral, The Regimental Museum of Royal Welsh, Brecon Canal Basin, Llangorse Lake, Y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery and Library and much more.
Newport
Newport is surrounded by beautiful landscapes including the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the undulating Vale of Usk, famous for its salmon fishing, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Forest of Dean – all less than an hour’s drive from Newport. Famous for its docks, the Roman remains in nearby Caerleon and its association with the 19th-century Chartist movement, Newport is full of cultural surprises and is certainly a Welsh city on the rise.

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