Visit a land rich in myth and magic, majestic mountains and dramatic coastlines. Enjoy a spectacular and informative fully guided weekend in wonderful Wales.
Two day small group weekend tour with a knowledgeable guide
One nights accommodation in the seaside town of Llandudno with full Welsh breakfast
A journey by steam train through the Snowdonia National Park
Off the beaten track exploration down narrow country lanes
Walking tours of Chester and Conwy
A hike (or bus ride) up the spectacular Great Orme
Journey with us to the mountains of the west. To Wales, land of myth and magic, of legends and of song. We begin with a drive to the border town of Chester to walk the ancient walls and see the Roman remains. Stroll through the unique galleried shops, known as The Rows, some dating back 400 years. Visit the cathedral and photograph the famous Eastgate Clock.
Once over the border we follow the dramatic North Wales coastline passing castles and mountains to the 13th fortified town of Conwy. These days it's but a quiet and picturesque fishing village with its imposing castle, but it's location was fought over by both Welsh and English. Here too, we can walk around its medieval walls and also grab fish and chips by the harbour side. You will have time to visit the castle (charges apply) or "The Smallest House in Britain" (a small donation applies!).
We spend the night in the elegant Victorian resort of Llandudno with its sweeping seafront and delightful pleasure pier. There is plenty of local entertainment and traditional pubs to keep you busy in the evening.
Our cosy bed and breakfast provide welcoming comfortable rooms and a full cooked breakfast before we tackle the Great Orme, by foot or bus, the choice is yours, but we all get the same amazing view from the top. We then travel to the Isle of Anglesey over the treacherous Menai Straits, now safely crossed by two magnificent bridges. We head to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the village with the longest name in the world and then into the wonderful landscape of the Snowdonia National Park with a nature walk around delightful Beddgelert and a ride on the charming Ffestiniog Railway along narrow gauge mountain tracks while being hauled by a Victorian steam locomotive. A guided drive through more wonderful Welsh countryside and moorland awaits us as we head back towards the direction of England.
Please note due to the nature of this tour, the route and itinerary are subject to weather and road conditions and therefore may be changed while the tour is in progress. The Ffestiniog Railway is closed during the winter months - we will include a visit to Caernarfon Castle instead.
Please ensure you arrive at your selected departure point at least 15 minutes before your departure time.
You can join this tour from the following locations:
08:30am Outside International Student House, London W1W 5PN (MAP) Nearest tube station is Great Portland Street
09:30am WHSmith newsagent, Oxford Motorway Service Station at Junction 8a of the M40 Motorway. If you are joining this tour in Oxford, you will need to make your own way to and from and from this location. We recommend using a local taxi company. We normally arrive back at the same location by 8pm on the Sunday.
This tour normally ends by 9:00pm in London. If you are travelling onwards to Cambridge, Ramsgate or Canterbury, the final arrival time will vary, as the feeder service that we provide links in with our other tours. Transfers back to your starting location are included in your tour price, and will be provided by private vehicle or rail.
The basic price of this tour includes overnight, ensuite accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
Rooms are twin or double bedded, with the option of a single room upgrade also available. If you do not select the upgrade option at the time of booking, you will automatically be placed in a room with another member of the group (of the same gender).
The Hotel we use is the Warwick Hotel. A small, family-run quality hotel in the beautiful Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno on the North Wales coast:
Do we get to hike up to the summit of Snowdon at Snowdonia National Park? Is there any hiking involved?
No, this is a taster tour of Wales, therefore, not an activity based adventure. Comfortable clothing & shoes are recommended as you will be doing some gentle walking but this is not a hiking trip.
What sort of clothing would be suitable for the trip?
We would recommend you keep an eye on the weather forecast nearer to your tour date, some waterproof clothing and a warm fleece in the colder months.