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Boon’s Calibre Travel 2021

Picturebook Pembrokshire & the Gower

Departs Thursday 9th June 2021 for 5 days, half-board


This lovely five-day tour takes us to a delightful corner of Wales and has something for everyone…coastal scenery, beautiful gardens, hills, mountains & traditional market towns. From our historic hotel in Carmarthen, we enjoy the stunning coastline of the Pembrokeshire National Park, with visits to the tiny city of St David’s, the port of Fishguard, and the charming seaside town of Tenby. We also spend a day exploring the beautiful Gower Peninsular (with an included guided tour) and there will be the opportunity to admire Aberglasney, one of Wales’ finest gardens. In addition, we visit St Fagan’s open-air National History Museum & the Royal town of Tetbury.


Our hotel is the family run 3* Ivy Bush Royal, centrally located in the market town of Carmarthen. This historic hotel, once a favoured retreat of Lord Nelson & Lady Hamilton, has been sympathetically modernised to blend its old world charm with modern facilities. The air-conditioned restaurant serves a varied selection of carefully prepared meals, while the lounge and outdoor patio are perfect for relaxing after a busy day. All en-suite bedrooms are comfortably furnished and well equipped, there is also a lift.


Day 1: We depart from our local boarding points and head for the west, stopping en-route in the attractive market town of Tetbury, in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, with its wealth of individual shops & cafes. Due to its close proximity to Prince Charles's residence, Highgrove, many of the businesses in the town bear the Prince of Wales feathers. Continuing on, we cross the Welsh border and reach our hotel in good time for dinner.


Day 2:  Today’s excursion begins with a visit to beautiful St David’s, in reality a small village, yet due to the presence of its magnificent cathedral, officially the smallest city in Britain. Surrounded by some of the finest coastline in Europe, St David’s is truly unique. Continuing along the coast, we reach the port of Fishguard, with its spectacular views across the bay. Fishguard consists of a picturesque lower town, with a cluster of quayside cottages and old harbour, and the main town, with its colourful, 100ft long, award-winning “Last Invasion Tapestry”, (said to rival that of Bayeux) housed in the Town Hall. We return to our hotel alongside the Preseli Mountains.


Day 3: Today, we make our way via Kidwelly to the Gower Peninsular, the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where we visit picture-postcard Mumbles, an attractive seaside resort, with spectacular views across the great sweep of Swansea Bay. Continuing on, we arrive at the Gower Heritage Centre, located in a 12th century water-powered mill, where a guide will board the coach and take us on a tour of the area, with its beautiful, unspoilt scenery and magnificent coastline.  We return to the centre for refreshments and to explore the craft shops and displays (guided tour & cream tea included).

Day 4: After breakfast today, we travel along the coast, via the castle town of Laugharne, former home of poet Dylan Thomas, and past the vast expanse of Pendine Sands, scene of many land-speed record attempts, to the delightful, ancient walled town of Tenby, an iconic seaside resort with a colourful harbour, beautiful sandy beaches, medieval streets, lined with a multitude of small shops, and magnificent views out to Caldey Island. On leaving Tenby, we return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, join our excursion to one of Wales’ finest gardens, Aberglasney, spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley. The BBC series “A Garden Lost in Time” followed the restoration of the 10 acres of gardens and grade II listed mansion which were “lost”, but have been restored to their former glory (admission to garden extra).


Day 5: On leaving our hotel, we commence our journey home, with a visit to St Fagan’s National History Museum, which stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagan’s Castle, en-route. One of Europe's foremost open–air museums, and Wales’ most popular heritage attraction, St Fagan’s boasts over forty original buildings from different historical periods re-erected in the 100-acre parkland (free entry).


Includes: 4 nights half-board in en-suite bedrooms, porterage, lift, three excursions, visits on outward & return journeys. Guided tour & cream tea.



Price per person: £459, Single Supplement: £NIL (4 only)

Twin/Double room for sole-occupancy supplement: £48


Terms: £50 per person on booking, balance 6 weeks prior to departure