Group tours

As an alternative to our private tours we offer a range of mixed group tours of Wales that individuals, couples and groups can join.

Dragon Tours' two-week group tour around Wales
Dragon Tours’ two-week group tour around Wales

The trips usually start and finish in Cardiff and have set prices, the amount you pay linked to your choice of one of four levels of accommodation.

If you see an option you like the look of, this page gives a guide to our availability, but if you have any queries or want to make a booking, just contact us.

All Wales circuit (six-day group tours from Cardiff)

Includes accommodation for five nights

This tour starts and ends in Cardiff and visits all three of Wales’ National Parks: Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons. It visits all the main attractions along the way and includes:

  • The Wye Valley

    Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber
    Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Caerleon Roman Town
  • St. Davids
  • The Preseli Hills
  • Harlech Castle
  • Mount Snowdon and the Llanberis Pass
  • Caernarfon World Heritage Site
  • Conwy Walled Town
  • Hay on Wye Booktown
  • The Black Mountains

Option one (Bronze)

Backpacker special (Hostel/Dorm)

£400 per person

Option two (Silver)

2 -3 star hotels, inns, B&Bs (all private bathrooms)

£950 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Mount Snowdon
Mount Snowdon

Option three (Gold)

4-star hotels, inns, B&Bs (all private bathrooms)

£1,295 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Option four (Platinum)

5 star hotels (all private bathrooms)

£1,995 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

All Wales circuit (10-day group tours from Cardiff)

Includes accommodation for nine nights

This tour also starts and ends in Cardiff and visits all the places in the six-day circuit listed above; the additional days allow the tour to be conducted at a very leisurely pace and gives much more time to see the various regions that we will be based in.

This is also a three-centre tour with accommodation in the three National Parks. This package also allows time for optional activities and to visit more ‘off the beaten track’ locations.

Option one (Bronze)

Backpacker special (Hostel/Dorm)

£795 per person

Option two (Silver)

2 -3 star hotels, inns, B&Bs (all private bathrooms)

£1,700 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Option three (Gold)

4-star hotels, inns, B&Bs (all private bathrooms)

£2,200 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Option four (Platinum)

5 star hotels (all private bathrooms)

£3,300 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Seven-day group tours of Wales

Adds an extra day to the six-day option, allowing a visit to Swansea and the Gower Peninsula, plus more time at other attractions:

Option one (Bronze)

Backpacker special (Hostel/Dorm)

£470 per person

Option two (Silver)

2 -3 star hotels, inns, B&Bs (all private bathrooms)

£1,100 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Option three (Gold)

4-star hotels, inns, B&Bs (all private bathrooms)

£1,500 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Option four (Platinum)

5 star hotels (all private bathrooms)

£2,300 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Fourteen-day group tours of Wales

The ultimate Wales tour, this is based on our 10-day option but it allows more time at each location, plus more options for side trips.

Option one (Bronze)

Backpacker special (Hostel/Dorm)

£925 per person

Option two (Silver)

2 -3 star hotels, inns, B&Bs (all private bathrooms)

£2,200 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Option three (Gold)

4-star hotels, inns, B&Bs (all private bathrooms)

£3,000 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Option four (Platinum)

5 star hotels (all private bathrooms)

£4,500 per person (based on two persons sharing twin/double rooms, single supplement applies)

Day tours of Wales (from Cardiff)

We can provide any of the day tours mentioned below as a package, including overnight accommodation in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The package includes Cardiff pick up and return.

Wye Valley – Castles and ruins

Leaves from and finishes in Cardiff

  • Lush green river valleys and extensive hill views
  • Caerphilly (largest castle in Wales)
  • Caerleon Roman Town – amphitheatre, museum and baths
  • Tales from the Mabinogion
  • Chepstow town and castle (oldest stone-built medieval castle in Britain)
  • River Wye
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Raglan Castle

Gower – Swansea, surf and beach

Leaves from and finishes in Cardiff

  • Gower Peninsula – area of outstanding natural beauty

    Worms Head - Gower Peninsula
    Worms Head – Gower Peninsula
  • Stunning cliffs, beaches and viewpoints
  • Swansea
  • Dylan Thomas Centre
  • The Mumbles
  • Oxwich Bay
  • Rhossili Bay
  • Worms Head
  • Ancient standing stones

Brecon Beacons explorer

Leaves from and finishes in Cardiff

Explore the stunning peaks and wilderness of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

  • Caerphilly Castle
  • Remote mountain roads
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Pen y Fan (highest mountain in south Wales, 2,907 ft)
  • Ancient standing stones
  • Historic towns of Brecon and Crickhowell

The Black Mountains and Hay on Wye

Leaves from and finishes in Cardiff

  • Hay-on-Wye Booktown (second hand book capital of the world). Hay hosts the annual literary festival and has over 40 book shops to explore
  • Journey through the Gospel Pass (ancient pilgrim’s route)
  • Llanthony Priory
  • Patrishow Church
  • Wales’ oldest (and possibly most haunted) pub, the Skirrid Inn

Industrial heritage tour

Leaves from and finishes in Cardiff

  • Visit the valleys of south Wales – the cradle of the industrial revolution
  • The coal towns of the Rhondda Valleys
  • The Iron Metropolis of Merthyr Tydfil
  • World Heritage Site at Blaenafon
  • Underground tour of a coal mine dating back to the early 1800s, with guides who were former coal miners

Sample itinerary – six-day all-Wales tour

Day one – the historical mysteries of Wales

A journey back through the ages exploring some of the Celtic, Roman and medieval wonders of Wales including:

Caerleon – the city of the Legions. Peruse the remains of this Roman military town including its amphitheatre, baths, fort, barracks and museum. Caerleon has been associated with King Arthur’s Camelot and the amphitheatre is thought by many to be the site of the mystical Round Table.

Chepstow Castle – this stunning fortress, perched dramatically above the river Wye, is the earliest stone castle in Wales. It stands as a legacy to the impact of the Normans.

Tintern Abbey – a majestic medieval ruin set in the heart of the beautiful Wye Valley, Tintern is one of the largest Cistercian abbeys in the world. A favourite location for artists and for the poet William Wordsworth, the abbey is an ideal place to stop for a picnic on the banks of the river Wye.

Raglan Castle – a remarkable late-medieval castle surrounded by imposing defences, Raglan’s ruins span the centuries and have many a story to tell.

The attractions are mainly situated in the Wye Valley which will be our route from south into mid Wales.

Day two – mountains adventure

An opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful countryside in the British Isles, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. There you will find dramatic mountain ranges, beautiful valleys and rivers, timeless villages and historic market towns.

Continuing into the heart of the Black Mountains will take you through the Gospel Pass, an ancient pilgrim route to St Davids, with incredible views of the Wye Valley.

Take time out to stop at Llanthony Priory, a medieval ruin that was chosen as a monastic site because of its isolation. The former abbot’s residence is now a tiny pub set in the grounds – an opportunity for refreshments and an ideal location for a picnic.

After navigating the Gospel Pass you will have the opportunity to visit Hay-on-Wye, ‘The Town of Books’. The border town is famous for its second-hand bookshops and specialist map and print shops. It also claims to be independent from both England and Wales and every year elects its own king.

Day three – Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Combine a drive through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the British Isles with a visit to the birthplace of the patron saint of Wales, St Davids (Britain’s smallest city).

Journey through the beguiling Preseli Hills, an area of great prehistoric interest, being the quarry for the famous blue stones used in the construction of Stonehenge.

Day four – Snowdonia National Park

A journey northwards into the dramatic scenery of Snowdonia in the heart of north Wales. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the most stunning castles in Europe, including Harlech and Caernarfon, and will take in breathtaking scenery such as the Llanberis Pass, Beddgelert and Betws-y-Coed.

Day five – Conwy Valley, Llandudno and Anglesey

A journey through the beautiful Conwy Valley to the remarkable medieval walled town of Conwy and the Victorian coastal resort of Llandudno.

We will also visit the beautiful island of Anglesey, crossing the famous Menai Bridge from the mainland. We’ll visit the town with the longest place name in Europe (Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch, or Llanfair PG!) and see some of the island’s magical prehistoric and medieval sites, including Beaumaris Castle.

Day six – the wilds of mid Wales

Return to Cardiff via the stunning scenery of mid Wales and the ancient pilgrim’s route through Bwlch Y Groes (the ‘pass of the cross’).

Keep your eyes peeled for Red Kites – this area is the main home to one of Britain’s rarest birds. We will also visit the memorial of Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Welsh Prince of Wales, and learn about the tragic story of his fight for Welsh independence.

We’ll return to Cardiff in time for you to spend an enjoyable evening in the capital city of Wales, or to catch your connection to your next destination.

Sample itinerary – 10-day all-Wales tour

Day one – Cardiff

A chance to explore Europe’s youngest capital and one of the fastest growing and most vibrant cities in Europe. The city has some wonderful attractions including:

  • Cardiff Castle (encapsulating over 2,000 years of history)
  • The National Museum and Gallery (finest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings outside Paris)
  • Beautiful Victorian shopping arcades
  • The Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
  • The Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium, next door to Cardiff Arms Park)
  • The Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans
Day two – the historical mysteries of Wales

A journey back through the ages exploring some of the Celtic, Roman and medieval wonders of Wales including:

Caerphilly – the largest castle in Wales with a tower that leans further than Pisa’s!

Caerleon – the city of the Legions. View the remains of this Roman military town including its amphitheatre, baths, fort, barracks and museum. Caerleon has been associated with King Arthur’s Camelot and the amphitheatre is thought by many to be the site of the mystical Round Table.

Chepstow Castle – this stunning fortress, perched dramatically above the river Wye, is the earliest stone castle in Wales. It stands as a legacy to the impact of the Normans.

Tintern Abbey – a majestic medieval ruin set in the heart of the beautiful Wye Valley, Tintern is one of the largest Cistercian abbeys in the world. A favourite location for artists and for the poet William Wordsworth, the abbey is an ideal place to stop for a picnic on the banks of the River Wye.

Raglan Castle – a remarkable late-medieval castle surrounded by imposing defences, Raglan’s ruins span the centuries and have many a story to tell.

The attractions are mainly situated in the Wye Valley which will be our route from south into mid Wales.

Day three – mountains adventure

An opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful countryside in the British Isles, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. There you will find dramatic mountain ranges, beautiful valleys and rivers, timeless villages and historic market towns.

Continuing into the heart of the Black Mountains will take you through the Gospel Pass, an ancient pilgrim route to St Davids, with incredible views of the Wye Valley. Take time out to stop at Llanthony Priory, a medieval ruin that was chosen as a monastic site because of its isolation. The former abbot’s residence is now a tiny pub set in the grounds – an opportunity for refreshments and an ideal location for a picnic.

After navigating the Gospel Pass you’ll have the opportunity to visit Hay-on-Wye, ‘The Town of Books’. The border town is famous for its second-hand bookshops and specialist map and print shops. It also claims to be independent from both England and Wales and every year elects its own king.

Day four – industrial heritage tour

The south Wales valleys fuelled the worldwide Industrial Revolution. This tour explores the rise and fall of the Welsh industrial empire, focusing on two main areas:

Merthyr Tydfil – the one-time iron capital of the world, Merthyr’s rise was akin to a gold-rush town. It became the largest town in Wales and much of Cardiff’s later success was due to its role as Merthyr’s port. Attractions in the town capture the spirit of the age and the legacy of industrial growth. Visit humble workmen’s cottages then see the Gothic splendour of Cyfarthfa Castle, home of the Iron Kings of Merthyr, the Crawshays.

Blaenafon – on a hillside at the top of the Afon Lwyd Valley stand the remains of an eighteenth-century ironworks, built into the side of a mountain and now a world heritage site. From there you’ll be taken to Pwll Mawr (Big Pit), an ex-working coal mine where visitors can enjoy the unique experience of an underground tour guided by former miners.

Day five – Cambrian Mountains and Welsh gold

A journey through the wild Eppynt moorland and on through the spectacular Abergwesyn Pass into the Cambrian Mountains and Ceredigion. Arrive at Tregaron in time for lunch and a free afternoon where you’ll have the opportunity to visit Rhiannon’s Welsh Gold Centre, where local craftspeople produce traditional Celtic designs using rare Welsh gold.

Day six – Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Combine a drive through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the British Isles with a visit to the birthplace of the patron saint of Wales, St Davids (Britain’s smallest city). Journey through the beguiling Preseli Hills, an area of great prehistoric interest, being the quarry for the famous blue stones used in the construction of Stonehenge.

Day seven – Snowdonia National Park

A journey northwards into the dramatic scenery of Snowdonia in the heart of north Wales. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the most stunning castles in Europe, including Harlech and Caernarfon, and will take in breathtaking scenery such as the Llanberis Pass, Beddgelert and Bettws-y-Coed.

Day eight – mountains and islands

An opportunity to ride up the mountain railway to the top of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and England. There’ll also be an option to visit the Italianate village of Portmeirion, location of the cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner. Visit the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula and the enchanted Isle of Anglesey, where you can get your passport stamped with the longest place-name in the world.

Day nine – Conwy Valley, Llandudno and Llangollen

A journey through the beautiful Conwy Valley to the remarkable medieval walled town of Conwy and the Victorian coastal resort of Llandudno. We then head east along the north coast before travelling through Llangollen, home of the world famous International Eisteddfod, and over the spectacular Horseshoe Pass.

Day 10 – mountains of mid Wales

Return to Cardiff via the stunning roads of mid Wales and the ancient pilgrim route through Bwlch Y Groes (the ‘pass of the cross’). Keep your eyes peeled for Red Kites – this area is the main home to one of Britain’s rarest birds. We’ll also visit the memorial of Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Welsh Prince of Wales, and learn about the tragic story of his fight for Welsh independence. We’ll return to Cardiff in time for you to spend an enjoyable evening in the capital city of Wales, or to catch your connection to your next destination.

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