WALES, CELTIC BRITAIN: The Land of Legends – To be announced
Wales is majestic and otherworldly – lush green valleys filled with morning mist, craggy mountain peaks reaching to the clouds, a coastline to stretch the imagination to the horizon and a formidable reputation founded on legends of druids, wizards and witches. As the last retreat of the inhabitants of ancient Albion, the Welsh are still connected to the “olde ways.” Even today this depth of history and tradition is present in the very fabric of the land.
Our spiritual journey to Wales takes us across this small but diverse country. From your arrival at Bristol airport just over the border in England we travel across southern Wales to the Pembroke Peninsula in the southwest, visiting fascinating sites and staying in the historic town of Tenby. We visit St David’s, the smallest city in Britain, and some remarkable historic sites including the Preseli, from where came the bluestones of Stonehenge.
Then we head up through mid-Wales to Snowdonia National Park and breathtaking mountain scenery. Portmeirion is a unique village that you won’t forget as, of course, is Caernarvon Castle. Crossing over the Menai Straits we enter the last refuge of the Druids – the legendary Isle of Anglesey. We will walk in their footsteps as we explore this mysterious landscape and it’s many sacred sites.
Returning to the mainland we enter the legendary land of King Arthur, Vortigen, Merlin, Guinevere, and Morgan le Fay. Are these giants of history still alive in the collective psyche today? Will you feel a quickening in your spirit as we approach a reputed resting place of the Holy Grail? Maybe our medieval banquet at Ruthin Castle will stir a memory or two, you will be there to see.
After exploring North Wales we return to the south for a walking tour through the history of Wales set within the expansive grounds of St Fagans castle; forty buildings from all over Wales weave together the rich cultural history of this small but proud country. Finally we return to the present day with a visit to the vibrant but historic capital city of Cardiff – a bridge between two worlds.
In eleven days we travel through breathtaking countryside, see stunning coastline, take a train ride up Mount Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales and visit memorable sites. Ancient dolmen and cairns, a legendary Abbey, cathedrals, village churches, a truly unique village, traditional historic towns, the capital city, wells, waterfalls and two castles, including having a medieval banquet in one of them!
As the Welsh would say “Croeso I Gymru” – Welcome to Wales!
Day 1 – Tues 24th May
Collection from London Heathrow Airport and transferred in our private minibus to Britain’s smallest city, St Davids of Pembrokeshire, where we will stay for two nights. This charming medieval city is the home of St David’s Cathedral, still in use today, and is a short walk from some of the most stunning coastline in all of Wales. St Davids is Wales’ furthest west peninsula jutting out into the Celtic Sea. With this quaint city at your doorstep and the stunning Welsh coastline a walk away you will feel as though you’ve arrived and stepped through time. Introductions/orientation meeting before dinner.
Day 2 – Wed 25th May
We start our journey together by connecting to the spirit of the land through guided meditation on sacred ground, with wonderful views overlooking St. George’s Channel. Our exploration will begin visitng St Non’s holy well and chapel, where according to legend the well first sprang up as Non gave birth to St David. Having seen St David’s humble but beautiful beginnings we will head into town to visit St David’s Cathedral and view the ruins of the abbey. After lunch at one of the city’s lovely cafes we will visit Carreg Samson, a dolmen set high on a bluff overlooking the Irish Sea, where we will begin to discover Wales rich neolithic history. Simply being at these sites is a transformational experience and we are great believers in allowing enough time for you to absorb the atmosphere and energy of sacred sites as well as learning of their history and significance. Free choice dinner not included
Day 3 – Thurs 26th May
After checking out of the hotel we head north stopping en route, at Pentre Ifan dolmen, beneath the Preseli Hills and the source of the Stonehenge bluestones. We will begin our visit by connecting to our Neolithic ancestors and the energy of the land. Continuing our journey we will cross the gorge of the Mynach Falls where the River Mynach drops 300 feet to meet the River Rheido. Above it we see the amazing triple bridge structure known as the ‘Devil’s Bridge’, a remarkable feat of engineering. We will call at the town of Ysbyty Cynfyn, where we visit a Christianised pagan sacred site – the megaliths from a former stone circle can be clearly seen in the churchyard walls. Check into our hotel within the historic walls of the royal town of Caernarfon for three nights. Dinner at the hotel
Day 4 – Fri Sun 27th May
Free morning to explore the town and the massively imposing thirteenth century Caernarfon Castle built by King Edward I. Then we cross the narrow stretch of sea, known as the Menai Strait or ‘Afon Menai’ to the Isle of Anglesey. This mystical isle was the last stronghold of the ancient Druids, who held the island against the invading Romans. Ancient and sacred monuments are everywhere on this special island and we spend the next day and a half exploring some of them.
At Holy Penmon we will experience the wonderfully calm atmosphere of St Seiriol’s Hermitage with an ancient well. Here we’ll learn of the importance and energetic properties of water. We also explore the remains of the Abbey and its associated ancient dovecote. Free choice dinner not included
Days 5 – Sat 28th May
At Lligwy we first see the cromlech from over 5,000 years ago before we will climb a small hill to find the ancient settlement of Din Lligwy hiding in a small forest but with spectacular views over the Bay.
Back down the hillside we encounter the remains of the Hen Capel Lligwy, a twelfth century church. Bryn Celli Dhu is known as the “Stonehenge of Wales,” and is the gem in Anglesey’s crown. Dinner at the hotel.
Days 6 – Sun 29th May
After checking out of the hotel we start the day with an unforgettable journey catching the historic mountain railway train up to the top of Mount Snowdon, at 3,560ft the highest peak in Wales. The single carriage and engine (possibly steam) pass through an ancient forest, over viaducts, by a waterfall and up the craggy mountainside to the summit from where you have breath-taking views on a clear day right across to Ireland and the Isle of Man. On our way to Llangollen we will visit the enigmatic stone row in the tranquil churchyard at Gwytherin. Free choice dinner not included.
Day 7 – Mon 30th May
The beautiful landscapes of North Wales are reputedly the lands of King Arthur and the source of some amazing history and legends. The small Welsh town of Llangollen is at the centre of Arthurian history, the Grail myths and the visit of Joseph of Arimathea.
Atop the hilltop castle of Dinas Bran, overlooking the town of Llangollen, we are present at one of the reputed hiding places of the Holy Grail itself. We make a pilgrimage trek up to the top of this truly atmospheric ruined fort and are rewarded with spectacular views.
Our next visit is to the legendary Valle Crusis Abbey that has associations with Vortigen, Arthur, Gwinevere and Joseph of Arimathea and with the Pillar of Eliseg standing nearby. Dinner included at local restaurant
Day 8 – Tues 31st May
Traveling south towards Cardiff we visit St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff. This outdoor museum consists of forty different buildings brought from all parts of Wales set within the 100-acre grounds of St Fagans Castle. Discover how people in Wales have lived throughout history and watch traditional crafts people at work as they have done for centuries. We stay at a Cardiff hotel for our last two nights in Wales. Free choice dinner not included
Day 9 – Mon 1st June
Not far from Cardiff we will find the two enormous cromlech chambered tombs of Tinkinswood and St Lythans where we’ll hold a closing circle of our sacred journey together. This final afternoon is free time to explore Cardiff city including its castle. Farewell dinner together at the end of a magical journey.
Day 10 – Sun 2nd June
To London Heathrow for return flights home, bon voyage!
- Accommodation in quality hotels 10 days/9 nights
- All breakfasts & some evening meals
- All normal admission charges to sacred sites
- Access into all sites as listed on itinerary
- All tour guide fees
- Gratuities & taxes on accommodation & included meals
- Your international round-trip air flight is not-included in the cost of the journey
- Lunches and those evening meals listed as not included
- Beverages except tea, coffee and water with meals
- Other non-included items would include souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, spa services, laundry, bell-boys, and tips for your room maid (we recommend $1-2 USD per day per person)
- Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
You must arrive into London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) only (not into London Gatwick — Gatwick is 1½ hours by road from Heathrow). Please arrange a flight to arrive at Heathrow airport by 10am on the morning of day one of the tour (for transatlantic travelers this will mean an overnight flight setting off the day before day one of the tour). Please check with us if in any doubt. Arrange a return flight home from London Heathrow not before 2:00pm on the afternoon of the final day of the tour.
Your Fabulous Facilitators:
About Cameron Broughton
Cameron Broughton’s life path has taken many directions; adventurer, seeker of spirit, functions and conference organizer, group leader, entrepreneur, massage therapist, healing facilitator and mother. Following her passion brought her to England in 1996 where through a serendipitous unfolding of events she met Glenn (her life partner) on the first tour that he led visiting the Sacred Sites of the Southwest of England. It has been an amazing journey, rich with the beauty of life and all that it encompasses!
Since meeting Glenn she has had the pleasure of living in Britain for several years and now spends half her time there leading pilgrimages exploring Britain’s ancient and modern mysteries. It gives her great pleasure as an American to share her enthusiasm and love for the magic of England, its legends, myths and mysteries. Cameron is deeply aware of the transformations that such journeys can bring about and she looks forward to meeting you and helping to make your journey a truly unforgettable one. While in Vermont, Cameron continues her healing practice of twenty six years as a massage therapist and energy healer.
About Glenn Broughton
Glenn, who is English, has been researching and visiting ancient sacred sites for twenty years and is drawn to explore their energetic properties and how such places of power affect us today. Knowing intuitively that they have something to teach us Glenn has been a tour guide for most of this time leading groups exploring the mystery of sacred sites. Glenn lecturers internationally on sacred sites, earth mysteries and crop circles, and is the co-founder/co-organizer of Earth Spirit Conferences in the USA. He has appeared on television and radio and regularly presents at conferences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Glenn came to sacred sites via a circuitous life path which included school-teaching, founding and running an inner city community arts centre, pioneering wholesale organic produce distribution in the UK, and leading spiritual development and earth mysteries groups and workshops. Running alongside all of these activities was a constant spiritual exploration which opened many doors and led to many questions. Practising Vipassana meditation, traveling, and training with the National Federation of Spiritual Healers and the International College of Crystal Healing, were all experiences which have informed his current perspective.
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