Druids to Saints - Wales & its Gods

8 days

From £2,625

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Summary

A voyage through five thousand years of Welsh religious beliefs.

This stunning trip takes us through 5,000 years of religious thought in what is now Wales. We will engage with murky pre-Christian beliefs in Neolithic burial chambers and a lofty stone circle, and explore the druidic centre of Anglesey, the attack upon which in 61 AD is so vividly described by Tacitus. During our tour we will encounter Roman religions and beliefs and engaging with the ground shaking conversation to Christianity and be exploring the evolution of ‘Celtic’ Christianity through to the Catholicism of the independent kings and princes of Wales. We will touch the Early Medieval stones they commissioned with their names upon them and gaze upon the beauty of early carved ‘Celtic’ crosses. Our visits include medieval pilgrimage sites, cathedrals and abbeys and exploring the development of Anglicanism and the beginnings of the powerful and influential Welsh non-conformity. This will take us through museums, cromlechi, Roman towns, Gothic wells, secluded Cistertian abbeys, imposing cathedrals and a castle. We finish with a day at St. Fagans (the Welsh Folk Museum) the largest open-air folk museum in Europe, where we can visit chapels and churches which have been relocated, revisiting the thousands of years we have explored.

Tour highlights:

  • Roman Chester and museums to striking medieval Norman castles (Caernarfon, Harlech, Conwy, Beaumaris)
  • St. Asaph and St. Davids Cathedral - seat of medieval Welsh learning. Early Inscribed crosses and stones
  • Wander St. Fagans – the largest open-air museum in Europe with dozens of relocated buildings

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Today's Price
£2,625

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £595

Back-to-back tours

Add-on tours are available for this booking.

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Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Guto Rhys

Andante Guide Lecturer

A specialist in 'The Pictish Language', Guto is the author of the Ulpan Gaelic language course and works with historical linguistics.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
20 June 2022 AWDS220620 20 June 2022 (Monday) 27 June 2022 (Monday) Guto Rhys £2,625
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