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					A Walk through the Gardens of Wales

Day 1

We will meet you at Manchester International Airport and have you in Wales within an hour. On our arrival to the Ceiriog Valley you will be greeted with a pot of tea and biscuits. In the afternoon on our way to Llangollen, we'll stop to see the largest girthed oak tree in the UK. In Llangollen we’ll visit Plas Newydd, the house and garden of the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’, 18th century feminists who lived life on their terms. After dinner we will give you a brief history of Wales and teach you some basic Welsh phrases. After a pint of local brew it will be quite easy!
Day 2 Today we’ll visit Powis Castle and Garden in Welshpool, one of the most famous gardens in Wales, with 18th century terraces, kitchen garden, shrub gardens, Victorian orangery, rare plants and immense yews. The red medieval castle offers spectacular views, and the woodlands provide a circular walk with views of the castle. Day 3 We’ll make our way to Erddig, near Wrexham. Erddig is a special place with a unique family home that will show you the fascinating life of a country house at the turn of the 19th century. This early 18th century formal garden design has survived here almost intact and is lovingly maintained by the National Trust. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th century formal design with kitchen garden and a Victorian parterre. Look out for the rare fruit trees and National Ivy Collection. Day 4 We’ll pack our bags and drive west towards the coast. On the way we’ll visit Penrhyn Casle with its dramatic neo-Norman castle, which was started in 1820. From Penrhyn there are magnificent views over the Menai Straits. The garden has more than 40 acres with woods, open parkland and formal gardens. After Penrhyn we move to our new home in Criccieth, a small seaside village dominated by a 13th century castle.

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Day 5 Today we’ll visit the village of Llanystumdwy, the boyhood home of David Lloyd George, the second most influential Prime Minister in Britain's history. The small cottage garden is very simple and practical. In the afternoon we’ll drive on to the Llyn Peninsula to Plas-y Rhiw, a small and charming ornamental garden surrounding a small manor house. Day 6 Today we’ll go over the historic Menai Bridge, the first suspension bridge in the world, and explore the island of Anglesey. We’ll visit Plas Newydd with its beautiful gardens, lawns, and parkland laid out in the 18th century by Humphrey Repton. In spring the rhododendrons are superb, in the late Summer and Fall hydraneas dominate. There is a formal Italianate garden terrace with spectacular views of Snowdonia. Day 7 You’ll enjoy a day off and a chance to rest and reflect on your travels. You can take the train and travel down the coast, or we will drive you into nearby Porthmadog. Many people will choose to remain in Criccieth and visit the Chapel Gallery and have Welsh cream tea at the delightfully quaint tea rooms of Cafi Cwrt. Day 8 Today we’ll visit Bodnant Gardens, near Conway, home of Lord and Lady Aberconway and one of the grand gardens of Britain. Bodnant is the most visited National Trust garden in the UK. It is an Edwardian naturalistic garden sited above the River Conway and consists of eighty acres laid out in a series of terraces. There is something to see at Bodnant throughout the growing year. In Spring the rhododendrons, camelias and magnolias. In summer the Terrace Gardens are very colorful and in late summer the hydrangea are magnificent. We'll move on to the walled town of Conwy for lunch and remainder of the afternoon. Its magnificent castle approach and town walls make this a special place. Day 9 We’ll take a short drive to visit Plas Brondanw, the home and garden of the architect Sir William CloughEllis, a friend and contemporary of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. From there it’s on to CloughEllis's grand folly, the magical Portmeirion, where we’ll invite you to be our guest for lunch. After lunch you will have time to explore the 70 acres of subtropical Victorian pleasure gardens and woodland peninsula or simply sit and enjoy the magnificent gardens, which won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. Day 10 Today we’ll get an early start. We’ll leave the hotel after breakfast for the airport, home or other destinations.

Breakfast: A full British breakfast is available every morning and is included in the price of your tour. You will have a choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, kippers, cereals, toast, fruit, yogurt, juices, tea and coffee. Lunch: After our large breakfasts, you will not be that hungry for lunch. Depending on our day we will stop for a bowl of soup or tea and scones, or pick up a sandwich to go and eat on the trail. Dinners: Most evenings there will be a variety of quality places for you to choose from, depending on what you want to eat and how much you wish to spend on dinner. Prices range from fish 'n chips for $8, to pub grub for $12, and restaurant meals starting at $20 a person.

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Accommodation: Comfortable accommodation is usually provided at small hotels, Farm house and other guest houses. All rooms will have a private bathroom. On this tour we will stay at two different locations. Evening Activities: In the evenings we like to take advantage of local entertainment and activities. This might include a choir rehearsal, local theatre, pub quiz, crown green bowls, talks and presentations.

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