Family adventure vacation in Wales

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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family adventure vacation in Wales

This adventure provider has exhibited a long term commitment to continuing to be an economic force for sustainable use of our coastal National Park – their priorities are to meet the needs and expectations of you; their customer, whilst at the same time benefiting the local people, the local economy, and respecting the environment.

Surfing, coasteering, kayaking and hiking are all fabulous low impact ways of exploring the coastline. We keep traveling to a minimum, and run our minibuses on local bio diesel to lessen the impact of our travel, and in your free time we encourage you to take advantage of the local coastal shuttle buses. We'll also point you in the direction of local service providers, so you can experience the best of Pembrokeshire, but also continue to make sure that the money that you spend stays in the local economy.

This adventure break offers a unique opportunity for your family to 'take time out' in an inspirational natural environment, re kindling our bonds with nature, as well as with each other. Our adventure lodge accommodation is low impact in many ways – a ground source heat pump provides hot water and heating, and electricity is sourced from a green energy provider. Food is sourced locally as far as possible, food waste is composted, and other waste is recycled. We reuse, reduce and recycle as far as possible, and encourage our guests to do the same.

We employ a range people living locally as guides and hospitality staff, and through our interactions with our guests we aim to impart our enthusiasm, and respect for, the inspirational Pembrokeshire coast and countryside. By providing year round employment , and year round visitors in a geographical area renowned for problems of seasonality we make a strong and positive contribution to the local economy.

This adventure centre is a founder member of the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group, which exists to develop sustainable environmental growth in a rapidly expanding outdoor adventure and tourism industry, and we are also involved in actively lobbying and campaigning for increased access to Pembrokeshire via public transport.

Reviews of Family adventure vacation in Wales

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


My 14 year old son and I went coasteering, surfing, sea kayaking and horse riding. Because these events were supervised by qualified and friendly staff I was able to relax and enjoy taking part without worrying about my son.There were other kids around the same age and it was great to see them playing games
together rather than watching TV and playing on computers.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't underestimate how much energy you will expend doing two sessions of activity each day. Especially if you are not used to it. Although it can be
tiring it is great fun and the food is excellent.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The vacation provider is eco friendly, guests are given information on how to reduce water usage and recycle food waste etc. There is also advice
on reducing energy usage. Some of the activities on offer are delivered by others in the local community such as horse riding and I believe that the meals provided each day use local produce.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a wonderful experience, all of the staff have an excellent approach to
customer service. They are extremely competent in their chosen areas of expertise, they encourage you to do your best and never push you to go too
far. The group activities are skilfully tailored to meet the skills and abilities of the
individuals taking part.

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Coasteering on the north coast of Wales on a sunny day. The group was really laid back, but we covered a lot of ground (water?) and saw lots of the coast.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Get used to a wetsuit! You will learn to like being in the sea - and even on miserable days, the weather is not really a problem once you are in the water.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The staff and guides were all friendly helpful locals, the accommodation and facilities were all very 'green', and there was very little waste - especially the food, seconds were encouraged :)

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent - the staff could not do enough to help, and as a beginner on most activities, there was enough to do. The activities were also suitable for a range of ages and abilities. A nice common room meant that there was lots of socialising in the evenings.

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All the activites we did. Coasteering, kayaking, surfing and Horseriding.
Staff very friendly and helpful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Consider your fitness levels when signing up to multiple activities.
We managed everything. Needless to say kids had no problem. Parents had few stiff muscles!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our guides were very aware and informative of local environment and passed on knowledge. Also keeping employment in the area is important.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very, very good. We had a great time as a family and met another lovely family with children of similar ages also some lovely people there for kayaking. Very sociable. Family friendly atmosphere. Fabulous staff.

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The activities were fantastic! The guides made it so enjoyable even when you were a little bit achey from the day before!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Back hiking books and take plenty of dry clothes!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, Yes and Yes!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic! The whole family enjoyed it. Great people, great activities, great food - overall a great adventure!

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