Let the Welsh wonders take your breath away on this tour through national parks, castles, and coastal towns.
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.
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, we let you discover the elusive beauty of 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 North Wales and Chester.
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Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).
You leave Manchester and head straight for the border of Wales.
Your first stop of the day is Conwy. This little town 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, the stone houses and arched bridge are simply beautiful.
As the light softend, you travel through the heart of Snowdonia and arrive at your overnight stop in Aberystwyth* in the evening.
*Please note that from 1st of April 2020 you will stay in Caernarfon for the night.
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. It's a slightly steep incline down to the beach, so bring your walking shoes.
You travel to Laugharne, this may have been the inspiration for Dylan Thomas’ famous ‘Under Milk Wood’. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of this poet, because you’ll be more than impressed by this village’s towering castle.
You go to Carreg Cennen, an imposing fortress perched on top of a hill within the Brecon Beacons National Park. You can camber around all the nooks and crannies or sit back and relax in the cafe.
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.
*Please note that from 1st of April 2020 the itinerary for this day will change. You will visit the Isle of Anglesey and Portmeirion, and stay in Caernarfon for the night.
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, it's one the largest in Europe.
You arrive back in Manchester in the early evening.
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You stay for two nights in Aberystwyth.*
Please note that from 1st of April 2020 you stay in Caernarfon for two nights.
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.
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.
Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. An amendment charge will apply.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We advise you take out travel insurance.
You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
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