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Discover Wales
Commences in Cardiff 31 July and ends Cardiff 14 August 2020

  • Snowdonia
  • Welsh Dragon
    Welsh Dragon
  • Conwy Castle
    Conwy Castle
  • Big Pit
    Big Pit
  • Tintern Abbey
    Tintern Abbey
  • Caerphilly Castle
    Caerphilly Castle
  • Program Status Postponed until 2021
  • Price AUD 6,950
  • Program Code GCTDW20
  • Single Supplement AUD 950
  • Program Leader Mark Goodwin
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 14 Nights
    • 3 - Cardiff
    • 2 - Swansea
    • 3 - Aberystwyth
    • 3 - Snowdonia
    • 2 - Monmouthshire
    • 1 - Cardiff

Commences in Cardiff 31 July and ends Cardiff 14 August 2020

Tour Highlights

  • The Welsh capital city, Cardiff
  • The natural beauty of Pembrokeshire
  • A visit to Welsh National Eisteddfod
  • The National Botanical Gardens 
  • Dylan Thomas's Boat House
  • The Welsh National Library
  • Imposing Norman castles
  • Some of the great little trains of Wales including dramatic Snowdonia
  • The attractive Wye Valley and ruins of Romantic Tintern Abbey

Tour Overview

The outstanding natural beauty, varied landscapes - from dramatic peaks to quaint seaside resorts, a distinctive Celtic heritage and a fine range of impressive castles, ruined abbeys, mansions and cities full of magnificent architecture have long attracted visitors to Wales. Renowned as a country of spectacular scenery and a vibrant culture, specialising in male voice choirs, poetry, and a passionate love of team sports, Wales has now emerged from the yoke of its larger neighbour and gained a degree of partial devolution. Welsh is an expansive and musical language and a longstanding oral tradition has produced many outstanding public speakers, politicians and actors. Welsh heritage is also steeped in song, music, poetry and legend: a tradition preserved by bards, minstrels and poets, often associated with Druids, and celebrated in 'Eisteddfods', festivals of Welsh culture.

Mark Goodwin leads this program once more in search of his Welsh heritage and ancestry. We visit the attractive valleys of the Wye and Usk in Monmouthshire to visit Roman Caerleon and romantic Tintern, We learn about the industrial heritage of Wales at Big Pit, view its elegant capital city, Cardiff, where we visit its justly famed Museum of Welsh Life. We view imposing Norman castles, such as Caerphilly, Conwy and Caernarfon. We seek out the awesome natural scenery of the Pembrokeshire Coast, the Gower Peninsula, the isle of Anglesey and majestic Snowdonia. We admire the horticulture of the National Botanical Gardens of Wales. We visit the UK’s smallest city, St David’s. We ride some of the Great Little trains of Wales. We learn about Welsh literary heritage from the manuscripts of the National Library at Aberystwyth to Dylan Thomas at Laugharne. We also attend the Welsh National Eisteddfod.

Tour Inclusions

  • 14 nights en-suite accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels
  • Typical local breakfast and dinner daily 
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated 
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides 
  • The Welsh National Eisteddfod
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach 
  • Services of a Program Leader 
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 35 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of Operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's then leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 20 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Mark has now retired from his role as CEO but still enjoys arranging and leading specialist groups for Golden Compass Tours.

Mark is double Honours graduate from King's College London in Modern Languages – French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, as well as a past Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has taught in France as well as spending significant periods of time in Germany, Italy and Austria as well as travelling extensively through almost all of Europe and North Africa. He has led a number of tours through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Balkans. 


This program includes places which can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Make an Enquiry

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance, please call our Freecall number on 1800 132 385.