Snowdonia, North Wales & Chester
3 day tour

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Let the Welsh wonders take your breath away on this rail and mini-coach tour through national parks, castles, and coastal towns.

Tour map

Highlights

Castles
Beaches
National Parks
Mountains
Cathedrals

Places you explore


Conwy Castle - Set near an impressive pair of bridges, this brilliantly preserved 13th-century fortress is a visual treat.

Llanberis Slate Mine - This museum stands as testament to the people who worked in the mines of Elidir mountain.

Aberystwyth - A seaside town with fine examples of Victorian architecture.

Snowdonia National Park - Discover the jagged peaks of Wales’ premier national park.

New Quay and Cardigan Bay - White houses speckled on a hill overlooking a gorgeous beach.

Laugharne and its Dylan Thomas connections - Explore the town that inspired one of the world’s greatest poets.

Harlech Castle - UNESCO described this castle as one of "the finest examples of late 13th-century military architecture in Europe".

Chester - This ancient border city is a fascinating collection of Roman, Medieval, Tudor and modern city planning.

Your journey

There’s an old Welsh saying; “the best shortage is a shortage of words”.

And we can understand why.

Because when you travel through Snowdonia, the beautiful mountains leave you speechless. The Welsh castles’ battle-torn passageways are simply indescribable. And a lot of the destinations are as unpronounceable as they’re unbelievable.

So, on this trip, you take a relaxing rail journey from London to Manchester and join our mini-coach heading to the best bits of North Wales.

You enjoy the poetic landscapes and harbour towns that inspired Dylan Thomas, you venture through the inexpressibly beautiful valleys of two of Wales’ famous national parks, and you take in the history of Chester, an English town that sits by the border.

Let the sights speak for themselves and join our tour of Wales and Chester.


Tour Details

Departs
07.20 - London Euston
Returns
21:30
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person
  • After booking your tour, we'll contact you about your train journey
  • Collect your ticket from the ticket machines using your bank or credit card and the 'collection reference' number we send you
  • You get picked up by a Rabbie's mini-coach from Manchester Piccadilly Train Station
Tour inclusions
  • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • 2nd class return rail travel from London Euston Railway Station
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Savour the seaside life in the castle-crested town of Conwy
  • Wind through mountains and mines in the Snowdonia National Park

Start your day with a high-speed rail journey to the city of Manchester where you join your mini-coach for the next three days. Once on board, you leave Manchester behind and head straight for the border of Wales.

Your first stop of the day is Conwy. This little towns deserves to win awards for most picture-perfect harbour town. There’s a castle perched by the sea, the ‘world’s smallest house’, and lots of little restaurants boasting the best fish and chips.

After you’ve soaked up the sea air, you travel to the Llanberis Slate Museum. It’s a little less cute here, but the history of the second largest slate mine on the planet will stay in your memory for a long time.

Beddgelert in Snowdonia is your next stop. This place is known as the most ‘lovely’ village in Snowdonia. And you must agree, the stone houses and arched bridge are simply beautiful.

You travel through the heart of Snowdonia as the light softens and arrive at your overnight stop in Aberystwyth in the evening.

Day 2

  • Learn how the loveliness of Langhorne inspired Wales’ most famous poet
  • Visit the smooth rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park

In the morning, you leave your abode in Aberystwyth and journey to the colourful seaside town of New Quay. It may be a little too early for ice cream, but you can still enjoy a stroll along the beautiful beach.

You travel to Laugharne, this may have been the inspiration for Dylan Thomas’ famous ‘Under Milk Wood’. You may not have even heard of this, but it doesn’t matter, because you’ll be more than impressed by this village’s towering castle.

And now, it’s time for an even more impressive castle. You go to Carreg Cennen, an imposing fortress perched on top of a hill within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

After roaming these ramparts, it’s time for something a little more luxurious. You travel to Newton House, a palatial building that boasts rich gardens, unique architecture, and famous ghost stories.

You arrive back in Aberystwyth in the evening.

Day 3

  • Capture the medieval spirit of Harlech Castle
  • Wander through the fine, historic alleyways of Chester

Your first task of the day is to watch Snowdonia’s mountains fly by as you head to Harlech Castle. This is one of our favourite castles in the whole of the UK. You can enjoy epic sea views and an amazingly war-torn history that involves a lot of dynamite.

You stop for lunch in the little village of Betws-Y-Coed before heading to one of England’s most historic towns, Chester. There’s a lot to do here, but we’d advise you just head to the Cathedral, you could spend a whole week here and not get bored.

You arrive in Manchester in the evening where you join the express train service back to London Euston.

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Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in the historic market town of Aberystwyth.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. An amendment charge will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

You may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation for each separate accommodation booked. If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 - £40 per person per night. A single standard room is £40 - £60 per night.

B&B En suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £55 per person per night. A single en suite is £60 - £80 per night.

Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £70 - £85 per person per night. A single is £85 - £130 per night.

Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 - £25 per person per night.

Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.

FAQs

How much luggage can I bring?

You may bring one suitcase per person with a maximum weight of 15kg (33lbs) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. To abide by the law, coaches are not to exceed a certain weight limit which means luggage will be weighed at the time of boarding the bus and overweight bags will not be accepted on board.


Where does the tour depart from?

Your tour departs from Euston Station. You take the train to Manchester Piccadilly Station and make your way the short distance from here to the departure point on Store Street where your guide and coach will be waiting for you.


How do I get to London’s Euston Station?

Depending on where your London accommodation is located, there are several ways to get to the station. You can easily access the station using the underground network, local buses, or a taxi.


What time does the tour depart?

The train departs London’s Euston Station at 07.20. We recommend you arrive by 06.45 in case there are delays or cancellations on your journey to the station. Leaving plenty of time also gives you a chance to collect your tickets and purchase refreshments.

Your ticket is only valid on the 07.20 departure. If you miss this train, you’re responsible for purchasing new tickets for the next departure.


Where do I collect my tickets?

Insert any credit or debit card into one of the self-service ticket machines and enter the Ticket Collection Reference Number in the email we send you. If you have problems with this, please go to a manned ticket window with your booking confirmation. If they’re unable to assist, please call the Virgin Business TOD Helpdesk on 0121 2990259.

Allow 20 minutes for ticket collection and ensure you collect all the tickets for your journey. Once you’ve collected your train ticket, it’s non-amendable and non-refundable unless the service is cancelled or delayed.


Do I have reserved seats?

In most cases, you have pre-assigned and reserved seats. The details are provided on your tickets.

If you booked your ticket within one week of departure, you may not have a seating reservation. But don’t worry, there are usually plenty of unreserved seats available.


Do the names on tickets matter?

Not at all. We use the name provided at the time of booking, but it doesn’t matter whose name is on the ticket.


Can I buy food and drink on the train?

Each train has a café on board which provides a selection of food and drinks. If you require anything in particular, we recommend you pick up what you need from one of shops at Euston Station.


What platform does the train leave from?

The platform changes every day. Your train’s destination is Manchester Piccadilly Station. Please watch the electronic departure board for notification of your platform. The platform will be announced about 15 – 20mins before departure. The departure gates close five minutes before the train leaves, so please make your way to the train once you’ve seen which platform the train is departing from.


In the case of delayed or cancelled train services:

If your train is delayed by more than 15 minutes or cancelled, please contact us and we’ll help you arrange public transport alternatives.

Depending on the circumstances and the transport options, your itinerary may be rearranged to bring you to an alternative meeting point. If this happens, we’ll provide compensation for any missed portion of your tour.


How long is the train trip?

The train takes a little over two hours.


Where do I meet the tour bus?

Your train will arrive at Piccadilly Station at 09:30am, and your guide will meet you at the bus stop located outside Piccadilly Gate on 26-32 Store Street at 10:00am. All you need to do is to exit the station by the main exit, turn right and walk up to Café Nero. You will come to a set of lights, turn left and go down the street. Walk under the footbridge and take the first left under the tunnel and you should be able to see your driver in a white branded mini coach. Please see map below for further directions.

On some occasions due to traffic and unforeseen circumstances, the guide will not be at the bus stop to meet you. Do not worry, they’ll be there as soon as possible.


How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.


Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.


Do I need to bring my own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.


Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.


What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

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