18 days in Wales Itinerary

18 days in Wales Itinerary

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18 days in Wales Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  17​h 30​min
1
Cardiff
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Fishguard
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Porthmadog
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Dinas Dinlle
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
5
Caernarfon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Llandudno
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Conwy
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Tampa, Florida

2
nights
Cardiff

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Explore Cardiff's surroundings by going to Baked Bean Museum of Excellence (in Port Talbot), Big Pit National Coal Museum (in Blaenavon) and Gower Peninsula (in Swansea). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History, pause for some serene contemplation at St Cadoc's Church, have some family-friendly fun at ImmotionVR, and take a leisurely stroll along Cardiff Bay Wales.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cardiff itinerary planner .

Tampa, USA to Cardiff is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Tampa in December, with highs in Cardiff at 50°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fishguard.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, Big Pit National Coal Museum, St Cadoc's Church, Tommy Cooper Statue, Gower Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Gower Peninsula ©
Gower Peninsula
Cardiff Castle ©
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Bay Wales ©
Cardiff Bay Wales

1
night
Fishguard

Fishguard
Fishguard is a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, with a population of 3,419 recorded in the 2011 Census. On the 19th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Yet-Y-Gors Campsite and Fishery Fishguard, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Gwyndaf's Church, and then admire the masterpieces at The Last Invasion Tapestry Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fishguard route planning site .

Drive from Cardiff to Fishguard in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Porthmadog.

Things to do in Fishguard

Parks Wildlife Museums

3
nights
Porthmadog

Porthmadog ©
Porthmadog, known locally as "Port", and since 1974, rendered into Welsh from its former Anglicised form, Portmadoc, is a small coastal town and community in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd, in Wales. Venture out of the city with trips to Barmouth (Dolphin Sculpture & Water Feature, St. John's Church, & more), Tywyn (Laserfun Wales & Tywyn Leisure Park) and Dolgellau (Cader Idris & The Mawddach Trail). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Portmeirion Village and get outside with Dragon Raiders Activity Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Porthmadog road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fishguard to Porthmadog takes 3 hours. In December in Porthmadog, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dinas Dinlle.

Things to do in Porthmadog

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Barmouth, Dolgellau, Tywyn, Y Lasynys Fawr, Portmeirion Village
Highlights from your plan
Cader Idris ©
Cader Idris
Portmeirion Village ©
Portmeirion Village
Tywyn Leisure Park ©
Tywyn Leisure Park

2
nights
Dinas Dinlle

Dinas Dinlle ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the striking features of St Beuno's Church and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Snowdon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Dinas Dinlle Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglwys St Edern Church, then identify plant and animal life at Newborough Warren & Ynys Llanddwyn, and finally stop by The Gift Shop.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dinas Dinlle planning website .

Dinas Dinlle is just a short distance from Porthmadog. In December in Dinas Dinlle, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Dinas Dinlle

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Snowdon, St Beuno's Church, Newborough Warren & Ynys Llanddwyn, Eglwys St Edern Church
Highlights from your plan
Snowdon ©
Snowdon
The Gift Shop ©
The Gift Shop
Dinas Dinlle Beach ©
Dinas Dinlle Beach

2
nights
Caernarfon

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Sir Hugh Owen Statue, look for all kinds of wild species at Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve, enjoy some diversion at Beacon Climbing Centre, then contemplate the long history of Caernarfon Castle, and finally take in the views from Britannia Bridge. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Dinorwic Slate Quarry, take an in-depth tour of National Slate Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Menai Heritage - Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Caernarfon tour planner.

Caernarfon is just a stone's throw from Dinas Dinlle. In December, daily temperatures in Caernarfon can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Llandudno.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Llanberis, Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve, Britannia Bridge, Menai Heritage - Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre
Highlights from your plan
Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve ©
Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Beacon Climbing Centre ©
Beacon Climbing Centre

2
nights
Llandudno

Llandudno ©
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Llandudno Promenade, then appreciate the history behind The Mad Hatter Statue, then take in the dramatic natural features at Great Orme, and finally take in the waterfront at Llandudno Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Marine Drive, then get your game on at Vorteka Virtual Realities, then pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church Gresford, and finally don't miss a visit to Gresford Bells.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Llandudno road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Caernarfon to Llandudno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Conwy.

Things to do in Llandudno

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wrexham
Highlights from your plan
Great Orme ©
Great Orme
Llandudno Promenade ©
Llandudno Promenade
Llandudno Pier ©
Llandudno Pier

4
nights
Conwy

Conwy ©
Conwy is a walled market town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales. Conwy is known for historic sites, trails, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Conwy Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Indy Climbing Wall, ponder the world of politics at Conwy Guildhall, and make a trip to RNLI Conwy Lifeboat Station.

Start your trip to Conwy by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Conwy is just a short distance from Llandudno. In December, daily temperatures in Conwy can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Conwy

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Betws-y-Coed, Abergwyngregyn, Colwyn Bay, Bodnant Garden, Indy Climbing Wall
Highlights from your plan
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Conwy Town Walls ©
Conwy Town Walls
RNLI Conwy Lifeboat Station ©
RNLI Conwy Lifeboat Station

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