Prices

  • £229.00 Adult
  • £219.00 Child (3-11)
  • £10.00 Infant (under 3)
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2 Day North Wales Coast and Mountains

Come with us to discover another country, one of rugged beauty, myths and legends, a land of Celts and castles, of mountains and moors, a place with it’s own ancient language and a proud history. A weekend exploring Wales and it’s beautiful landscape.




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Tour Highlights

  • Guided tour through magnificent mountain and coastal scenery of North Wales, including the Snowdonia National Park
  • Visit to historic town of Chester
  • Travel by luxury mini-coach
  • Steam train ride into the mountains
  • See where King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was filmed
  • Visit to Conwy Castle's outer walls
  • Services of a tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • 3* Hotel/guest house bed and breakfast accommodation in en-suite twin/double bedded rooms
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Chester, Conwy and Llandudno

Day 2

Llandudno, Anglesey and Snowdonia National Park

Day 1

We depart London and head north west to the Welsh Borders. Here we make our first stop in historic Chester.  A very important Roman city, Deva Victrix, we first view the remains of one of the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheatres before we take a guided walk around the medieval walls and view the famous Eastgate Clock (said to be the most photographed clock in Britain after Big Ben!).

After some free time and a chance for lunch we cross the 14th century Old Dee Bridge and enter Wales itself.  Following the Welsh coastline through the holiday resorts of Rhyl and Colwyn Bay we arrive at Conwy with it’s magnificent 13th century castle and complete town walls.  All built in the 1290’s by Master James of St George on the orders of King Edward I to safely protect the invading English soldiers inside from the Welsh outside.

Today, in much quieter times it became an important fishing village and it’s beauty and charm can be appreciated as we are taken around the walls and along the quayside by our guide, finishing off at the quirky ‘smallest house in Britain’ on the harbour side.

A short drive later and we are at our overnight accommodation in the elegant Victorian resort of Llandudno.  Using a centrally located family run hotel, a fun evening awaits us, whether it’s a walk along the 19th century pier, a stroll on the beach or a meal in one of the friendly local pubs, it’ll be a great way to end the first day.

Day 2

After a full cooked Welsh breakfast to start our next morning, we drive up the steep road out of Llandudno to the Great Orme headland for spectacular views over Liverpool Bay and the Snowdon mountain ranges.  Look out for the Kashmir goats roaming the hillside!

We then drive over to the Island of Anglesey, over the treacherous Menai straits to visit Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch the village with the longest name in the UK.

For the remainder of the day we visit Snowdonia National Park.  We drive into the mountain landscape to the highest peak outside of Scotland, Mount Snowdon.  Onwards past the beautiful lake of Llyn Cwellyn to Beddgelert where we take a nature ramble to a nearby waterfall and learn of the story of Gelert’s grave.  High above the Afon Glaslyn valley is Capel Curig where several scenes from the new movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword were filmed.

We then follow the breathtaking Aberglaslyn Pass down to the old harbour town of Porthmadog before our lunch stop at the historic railway station.  There we will board a steam hauled narrow gauge train for a ride up the mountainside to Blaenau Ffestiniog.  Built in the 1860’s to carry the world famous Welsh state from the mines down to the coast, it now carries visitors in restored carriages along a line that is renowned for it’s stunning views and scenery.

We rejoin the tour bus at Blaenau Ffestiniog and travel through a dramatic landscape of massive redundant slate heaps, giving way to clear views of Mount Snowdon itself (weather permitting) before exploring the delightful Lledr, Conwy and Dee valleys before our return to England and back to London.

Important Information

  • Please note: The Steam Train is closed in February , March and November , we will visit instead Caernarfon Castle.
  • Small Group promise – no more than 18 people in the group

Hotel Accommodation

All accommodation on this tour is based on staying in good quality family run hotels. Rooms are twin or double bedded and all have private bathroom/toilet and television. Hotels used are in the beautiful Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno on the North Wales coast.

Departure times

006.00 am outside Ramsgate railway station
6.30 am outside Canterbury East railway station
06.30 am outside Cambridge Police Station, Parkside
08.30 am from International Students’ House, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN
09.30 am outside WHSmith newsagent,  Welcome Break Service Station Oxford, Junction 8A M40 Motorway, Thame Road, Waterstock, Oxfordshire, OX33 1LJ

If you are joining this tour in London, the meeting point is in the car park (just outside reception). ISH is directly opposite Great Portland Street tube station but also a very easy walk from Warren Street, Regent’s Park and Baker Street tube stations.

If you are joining this tour near Oxford, you will need to make your own way to and from and from Oxford Motorway Service Station at Junction 8a of the M40 Motorway. We recommend using a local taxi company. We normally arrive back at the same location by 8pm on Sundays.

This tour normally ends by 21.00pm 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.

f we are unable to transfer you by our own transportation, we will provide free rail or coach transfers to Cambridge, Canterbury or Ramsgate. In the event that public transport (rail or coach) does not offer a practical and convenient service, we will provide travel by taxi, minibus or coach.



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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