The Wonderful Wales Tour

23rd - 26th April 2019

This short tour includes some of the most scenic driving the UK has to offer and promises to be an unforgettable few days with our friends Steve & Loz at Grand Touring LTD. There are very limited places on these trips (up to 10 cars) and rather than individuals making their own way using route maps, we aim to make progress as one convoy using powerful two-way radios to aid communication.

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The Wonderful Wales Tour

23rd - 26th April 2019

This short tour includes some of the most scenic driving the UK has to offer and promises to be an unforgettable few days with our friends Steve & Loz at Grand Touring LTD. There are very limited places on these trips (up to 10 cars) and rather than individuals making their own way using route maps, we aim to make progress as one convoy using powerful two-way radios to aid communication.

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What is Included
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • 2 evening meals with wine
  • Farewell lunch on Friday
  • Powerful two-way radio for each car
  • The services of two experienced and friendly tour managers
  • Two tour support cars 
  • Professional photographer clicking away throughout the trip
Tour Prices

£585.00 per person based on two people sharing a car and a twin/double room on a half-board basis
£825.00 per person based on one person in a single room on a half-board basis

OPTIONAL EXTRA 1ST NIGHT

£99.00 per person based on two people sharing a car and a twin/double room on a half-board basis
£120.00 per person based on one person in a single room on a half-board basis

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Overview

This is the first in a new line of collaborative road trips with Steve and Loz from Grand Touring. They will be your experienced tour representatives and they like to do things slightly differently to other trips you may have attended. 

There are very limited places on these trips (up to 10 cars) and rather than individuals making their own way using route maps, we aim to make progress as one convoy using powerful two-way radios to aid communication. These tours are designed for younger cars to enable an increased daily mileage of around 200 miles each day meaning we can pack more fantastic roads into your tour and travel together building a great atmosphere creating new friendships with like-minded individuals.

Loz will usually be found at the head of the convoy tasked with identifying any road hazards and to help navigate the group whilst Steve circulates nearer to the rear of the line up to ensure that no-one makes a wrong turn. The convoy will travel at a sensible speed, but you are free to make quicker or slower progress on your own if you prefer. This group mentality also serves to build up camaraderie among the participants as you become part of our extended family of petrolheads.

We include a professional photographer on these tours who can be found riding shotgun with us to ensure you have a photographic record of the trip: the cars, the scenery and the people. The photographer has been known to bring his drone with him which often results in some spectacular footage!

Typically, we leave the hotel about 9.30am and check-in to the next hotel about 5.30pm. Between these times, expect spectacular scenery, banter on the radios, coffee stops, lunch breaks, adrenalin and laughter!  If this sounds like your thing, please ensure you book up quickly as places on these new trips are very limited.

Itinerary

Tuesday 23rd April | Llandrindod Wells | (optional extra night)
Check in to your hotel at your leisure.  Relax in the spa, go for a dip in the pool or catch up with Steve and Loz in the bar. Whatever you do tonight, make sure you get a good night’s sleep so you are refreshed for the adventure ahead!  An evening meal with wine is included with this option.

Wednesday 24th April | Round Trip to the Black Mountains | 200 Miles
No need to check out as we shall be returning here tonight.  After a hearty breakfast, today is mainly about the Brecon Beacons as we drive past the old red sandstone peaks in the National Park. En route we pass the highest mountain in South Wales, Pen Y Fan, as well as taking in the highest road in Wales, Gospel Pass, which snakes over the Black Mountains up to 1801 feet high. 
We will see crystal blue lakes, quaint cottages with Welsh slate roofs, numerous waterfalls and heather clad mountains as well as visiting breath-taking valleys, twisty roads and panoramic vistas before returning to our hotel.  An evening meal with wine is provided tonight.

Classic Grand Touring Brecon Beacons

Thursday 25th April | Llandrindod Wells to Lake Vyrnwy | 200 Miles
Remember to check out of the hotel this time!  After breakfast, we head north covering some of the best roads in the whole of Wales.  The photographer will certainly be getting excited by the views as we pass through the Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park and into the breathtaking Snowdonia National Park.  We have a great lunch stop planned at a lovely castle, Castell Deudraeth, which is part of the Italian architecture-inspired village of Portmeirion where the 1960’s cult TV series “The Prisoner” was filmed which features a Lotus 7.

Other highlights of the day include the Llanberis Pass featuring spectacular roads within an area of rugged natural beauty scarred with numerous slate mines.  From there we journey over to a mythical trio of roads used as a car testing ground for EVO magazine – the “EVO triangle”.  The route is an excellent test of both car and driver and has become popular among driving enthusiasts.

The day ends at a secluded hotel overlooking a large and spectacular lake.  But if you don’t fancy swimming in the lake, there is a spa and gym in the hotel to help you relax.  An evening meal with wine is again provided to help you wind down after the day’s activities.

Classic Grand Touring Lake Vyrnwy

Friday 26th April | Lake Vyrnwy to Wrexham | 100 Miles
Once the final breakfast has been enjoyed, we check out of the hotel and commence the day with some drone filming (subject to the weather) as we undertake a loop of Lake Vyrnwy before we complete our bucket list of roads in Wales.  The route will include the now de-rigueur stunning scenery, cloud-grazing mountains and awe-inspiring lakes.  Early on we drive through Hellfire Pass where prototype cars were tested many moons ago by both Austin and Triumph.
Towards the end of the morning, we stop at the final destination of the tour for a farewell lunch where you can make plans for your next Grand Tour and say your goodbyes to your fellow petrolheads!

 

Hotels

Metropole Hotel & Spa

Built in 1896, this stately Victorian hotel and spa is a 4-minute walk from Llandrindod railway station and 1 mile from Llandrindod Wells Golf Club. 

Relaxed rooms offer en suite bathrooms, free...

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Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa

Situated on a 24,000 acre national nature reserve, this upscale, lakefront spa hotel was built in 1890 and has panoramic hillside views. It's 18.7 miles from Welshpool Golf Club and 22.3 miles...

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