Go on a journey back in time to visit the Roman fortress town of Caerleon with its impressive amphitheater and fortress baths. Continue to the spectacular Wye Valley and the famous ruins of Tintern Abbey.
What to Expect
You will begin this 8-hour tour with a visit to Britain's most preserved Roman town at Caerleon. Known as the "Fort of the Legion" the former military base was one of the first Roman conquests in Wales, made some 30 years after they had invaded England.
Explore the amphitheater where gladiators fought to their death, the bathhouse around which much of a Roman soldier's life revolved and the National Legionary Museum displaying archaeological relics of a way of life that existed almost 2,000 years ago.
Continue your Roman exploration at Caerwent, the former market town of Venta Silurum. Drive through the village to see evidence of invader occupation some 1,900 years ago. Some sections of the Roman town can be seen rising from the landscape up to 16.5 feet (5 meters) high.
Cross the majestic Usk and Wye Rivers to reach the spectacular monastery ruins of Tintern Abbey. Trailing in the footsteps of the Cistercian Monks, you will hear tales of dedication and treachery. The Abbey was abandoned in the 16th-Century before slowly falling into ruin.
Still remarkably intact from the outside, the ghostly Abbey skeleton has inspired poets and artists, including Wordsworth, Tennyson and Turner.
Lunch is taken at your leisure a few yards from the Abbey or at the nearby Abbey Mill Craft Center. Take a walk along the banks of the River Wye after lunch if you wish, or just relax in the lovely setting.
You will continue to Raglan Castle, described as the finest late-medieval fortress in Britain. A majestic Welsh castle, it boasts wonderful views of the Monmouthshire countryside.
You will end your journey here, before taking the coach back to Cardiff. This 8-hour excursion is by luxury 16-seater minibus, making for a more personalized experience in a small group.
- Transport in a 16-seater minicoach
- Welsh cakes
What's Not Included
- Admissions to Tintern Abbey & Raglan Castle
Front steps of the National Museum Cardiff (All tours - 09:00)
Sat Nav: CF10 3NP
What to Remember
• Wear clothing suitable for the weather forecast. Suitable footwear is advised if you want to do some walking.