My brother and I will be staying for 4 nights in Bath and have scheduled a day trip to the Cotswolds already. We would like to also spend a day touring some castles and enjoying the natural beauty (Brecon Beacons most likely) in South Wales. Does anyone know if this is possible without a car? Ideally, we would like to take a mini-bus day tour. I know of Celtic Horizons already and their itinerary looks perfect. However, it seems that they do not offer mini-bus trips and frankly, my brother and I can't afford to hire them for just the two of us. Does anyone know of any other companies that may do 1-day tours from Bath (or even Bristol) that would be affordable?
We have considered renting a car for a long day trip, but neither my brother nor I have ever driven anywhere in Great Britain. The logistics of finding a car rental shop with good opening/closing hours has been difficult thus far (we would have to go on Saturday, July 1.) but we could make it work if necessary. If you recommend renting a car, what is your suggestion for the best travel route for seeing some good castles and natural beauty?
Thanks in advance.
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