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“This is THE best way to see Wales!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of See Wales Tours

See Wales Tours
53-59 Despenser Street, Cardiff CF11 6AG , Wales
02920 227 227
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Escape to Wales and join us for guided sightseeing tours from Cardiff.*See the wonderful countryside of Wales: visiting majestic castle ruins; sandy beaches; green hilltops; roman forts and even the depths of a famous Welsh coal mine, listening to Welsh music along the way.*Our minicoach tours are designed for all - independent travellers, families and groups.
Hibbing, Minnesota
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“This is THE best way to see Wales!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Thank you, Paul for being our guide for five days touring Wales. He let my mom and me set the pace, and gave us the opportunity to soak in our environment or continue onward. We were able to see so much more than we ever thought possible! He had suggestions for our itinerary, but always let my mom and me choose the things that we were most interested in seeing, still managing to share some history and a little Welsh along the way. He was always kind, cheerful and loads of fun.

Why should you have a driver and tour guide in Wales? Most roads were smaller than the alley behind my garage and traffic flows in the opposite direction of the USA, the signs and road markings are completely different, as are the unwritten rules of road etiquette. Paul knows the roads like the back of his hand, and with many poorly marked turnings along small winding roads, this averted a navigational nightmare, and we were able to spent our time in the car seeing the countryside around us. Additionally, we experienced traditional Welsh folk songs, Dylan Thomas, and Wordsworth, music and poetry that is entwined in our surroundings and still lives in the hearts of the people.

On our first day we had Tintern Abbey almost to ourselves, we also visited Raglan Castle and Caerphilly Castle, with a few quick romps across the beautiful countryside for some photos. On our second day we visited the beautiful National Botanical Gardens of Wales. We so enjoyed the gardens that we decided to spend half our day there before continuing to St. David's. We stopped at a lovely, windy, seaside car park for whipped ice cream, which is nothing like American soft-serve, yet arrived with plenty of time to attend Evensong at St David's Cathedral. We spent our third day traveling to Portmeirion, but along the way walked two or three miles of the stunning Welsh Coastal Path, observed an archaeological dig in a storm-exposed hillside, and devoured lunch at the Harbourmaster Hotel in Aberaeron, mmmmmmmmmm. On our fourth day, we spent the morning exploring Portmeirion, followed by a short drive to Criccieth Beach, with stunning views of the castle and town. We walked up the hill to the castle and explored to our hearts content. We were even able to spot Harlech Castle through the telescope, across the bay. From there we travelled through beautiful Snowdonia, pausing to take in our surroundings and watch some sheep clambering up the rocky hillside, continuing to Caernarfon Castle, overwhelming, huge, power, royal, fierce. We concluded our day with a rainy walk to Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber, which left us speechless. We spent our fifth day exploring Beaumaris Castle and courthouse, and Conwy town, castle, walls, tea shops, harbor, old homes and countryside. We concluded our visit with a drive up and around the Great Orme.

Each day was filled with Paul's tidbits of history, lore and laughter. What fun stories! I will personally never forget how Beddgelert got its name, and how our trip to Wales was made so much more than we could've ever hoped. Diolch, Paul!

Visited May 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Romans and Ruins - Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The Romans and Ruins tour was absolutely amazing! Every site that we visited on our tour was incredibly interesting. The Welsh countryside is absolutely breathtaking. Our tour guide Paul was amazing! He was very knowledgable and went out of his way to make our day the best it could be. We could not ask for anything more! Thank you Paul and See Wales Tours! We hope to take a tour with you again!

Visited May 2014
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Bowen, Australia
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“Fantastic Day in and around Cardiff Wales”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Thank you See Wales Tours. Mines and Mountains with Adrian as the friendly, knowledgable and skilled tour guide plus the perfect weather made this day great. The National Coal Mining Museum was exceptional. anyone from any country with a family mining background would appreciate the opportunity to experience first hand what it is actually like to go down a mine.
The Brecon Beacons were spectacular. This tour was excellent value even without the Adrian added extras. Tom Jones Who? Thank you.!

Visited April 2014
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Terrible services”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I made a reservation over telephone and the operator confirmed the same on Thursday . While enquiring about the tour on Saturday, they declined to recognise me and worse the tour was already cancelled... There was no communication made to the passengers...

Visited April 2014
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Krakow, Poland
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“A wonderful day out in Wales!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I was unable to go on the Roman Ruins tour due to inadequate numbers however the alternate tour of Swansea and it's surrounds was an excellent substitute. Jan and John are friendly, informative and make the day out an occasion to remember.
The tour was well paced, with a wonderful mixture of walking, exploring and dozens of photo opportunities.
While most tours have a very impersonal feel our tour felt like one big family, something that you seldom come across on a day trip.
Not only do I recommend this trip but I will also be going out of my way to suggest it to friends and family when they visit the UK in the future.

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