BURLINGTON, ON — DHTour, U.K & London specialists, is bringing back for a second year a women-only tour of Wales next June.
“The tour is filled with ‘experiences’ rather than just touring and passengers are immersed in the Welsh culture and in touch with the people,” says DHTour’s Sherry Fraser.
“Wales is arguably the most ‘untouched’ part of the British Isles. Its lush well-kept countryside, picturesque villages, fine gardens, medieval castles and quaint cottages are storybook perfect.”
This is a medium-sized tour with no more than 22 passengers and a minimum of packing and unpacking as participants stay nine of the 10 nights in the same very quaint hotel by the seaside in Llandudno.
There is a 5% Early Booking Bonus to those who book and pay in full by Jan. 31, 2015.
School visit: Meet the staff and children at a typical Welsh village Primary School. Llanllechid is small village in Snowdonia and the primary school where the language of the school is entirely Welsh has around 80 pupils in the age range of five to 10.
Game of Bowls: Join the ladies of a Bowling Club for a game of Bowls. The game is known as ‘Crown Green Bowling’ where participants join the ladies of Penmaenmawr village for a friendly Wales v Canada competition followed by tea and cake.
Cooking School: Morning coffee at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre followed by a cooking demonstration and a ‘hands on’ event.
Wine Tssting and Vineyard Tour: The wine tasting part of the journey is in the Nantlle Valley and the family home of Richard and Iola Huws at Pant Du. This was a small sheep farm when they bought it in 2003 until they set about planting several hundred vines and Pant Du Vineyard produced its first bottle of wine in 2010; they also have an extensive orchard from which they produce award wining cider and apple juice. After a tour of vineyard and orchard with Richard, there is dinner and a little wine tasting to round off the evening.
Welsh Language Lesson: Nant Gwrtheyrn is a former fishing and quarrying village and is now a Heritage and Language Centre that specializes in providing residential Welsh courses to adults. After a light lunch there is a tour of the site and a short ‘Welsh for beginners’ lesson with one of the resident tutors.
Male Voice Choir Concert: The Penrhyn Male Voice Choir is based in the old quarrying village of Bethesda. As one of Wales’ oldest choirs, Penrhyn’s repertoire reflects the traditional values of male voice singing. The group will attend a grand concert featuring The Black Dyke Brass Band and the Penrhyn Male Voice Choir.
Meet the Ladies of Abergwyngregin and visit their personal gardens: A tour of the beautiful gardens of the village homes given by the ladies of the houses. The afternoon is arranged by the village gardening club and includes an authentic Welsh Tea. A donation will be made in the tour participants names to ‘Breast Cancer Wales’ the garden club’s chosen charity.
Visit a Local Farm: This is not a tourist attraction, but a real working mixed farm. Learn about the challenges of farming in the Snowdonia Mountains, the construction of dry stone walls, and view dogs working with sheep.
Along with experiencing the Welsh culture and meeting the people of Wales, participants will also enjoy historical sites, places of interest, Welsh food and beautiful scenery. Idwal, a bilingual local Welsh guide, will bring the culture, history and legends to life.
The itinerary can be found at dhgrouptours.com/motorcoach-tours/details/2015-june-16-26-w.o.w.-women-only-wales-10-nights/.