Our journey in Wales begins in the capital city of Cardiff, where a cosmopolitan, modern atmosphere melds with ancient historical landmarks like the massive Cardiff Castle. With over 600 castles, Wales is alive with medieval culture. The kids get a feel for it as they learn to fly Harris Hawks at thWelsh Hawking Center. But, the history here is older than that. The shoreline near Cardiff is loaded with prehistoric fossils and the kids are excited to find them and learn more at the National Museum Wales and the National Showcaves Center, where natural rock formations and foliage are dotted with life size replicas of dinosaurs. A bit east in Brecon Beacons National Park, delve 300 feet underground into the "Big Pit" to learn about Wales' more recent history in coal mining. Stay in small farmhouses, surrounded by sheep and run the walls of the largest excavated Colosseum ruins outside of Rome!