North Wales Sampler – Celts, Castles & Gardens

July 19th–July 22nd, 2017

Llandudno, Conwy, Bodnant Welsh Food, Bodnant Gardens, Snowdonia National Park, steam train ride, Caernarfon Castle, Isle of Anglesey, Chirk Castle

4 days/3 nights from Manchester

Links with the Short South Wales tour. Easy rail connections between London and Manchester

North Wales is home to the fantastic scenery of Snowdonia National Park, Isle of Angelsey and the most impressive range of 12th century castles of anywhere in the British Isles. Enjoy the wonderful tranquility of a Victorian coastal resort and a steam train ride into the mountains. Uncover a fabulous industrial heritage, prehistoric tombs and evidence of the rich Celtic culture of our forefathers. All in all, this is a lovely short break in the stunning Welsh countryside!

This tour begins and finishes in Manchester

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

DAY ONE 

We depart central Manchester meeting point at approximately 09:00.

Garden lovers are in for a treat visiting Bodnant Gardens. Quoting from their own website, it’s “one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK”, spanning some 80 acres and situated above the River Conwy. The upper garden around Bodnant Hall consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees. The lower portion, known as the “The Dell,” is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains ‘the wild garden.’

Enjoy a visit to Bodnant Welsh Food where guests can sample local specialties as they choose. Within the centre, explore the award winning farm shop and perhaps sample Bodnant’s own produce, local cheeses and treats such as Welsh cakes.

Our accommodation stop will be either the lovely Victoria seaside town of Llandudno or the walled, castle city of Conwy. We’ll be sure to explore both during our stay in the area.

Accommodation: Can-Y-Bae Llandudno, Castle Hotel Conwy or similar http://www.can-y-baehotel.com/  http://www.castlewales.co.uk/

 

DAY TWO 

The iconic Caernarfon Castle, a fairy tale like structure built as part of Edward I domination programme of the 13th century, is our first port of call today. Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales’s 641 castles. The castle’s majestic persona is no architectural accident, it was designed as the dream castle, ‘the fairest that ever man saw’ of Welsh myth and legend.

The rest of our day will be spent discovering the Isle of Anglesey. This ancient and mystic island offers an astounding wealth of attractions including prehistoric burial chambers, Celtic and Viking settlements, fabulous flora and fauna, and the village with the World’s longest name – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerchwyrndrobwllllandysilliogogogoch.

Spring and summer turn Anglesey into a giant rock garden, carpeted with flowers of every hue. The island’s geography is a natural haven for wildlife with its wildly contrasting variety of sheer cliffs, sheltered coves, estuaries, dunes, wetlands and woodlands. If we’re lucky, we may just catch sight of puffins, guillemots, seal colonies or perhaps some dolphins glimpsed from the shore. Fingers crossed and cameras ready for the possibility!

 

Accommodation: Llandudno/Conwy as above

 

DAY THREE 

What better way to start our day than with a breathtaking scenic drive through the very heart of Snowdonia! Enjoy the stunning landscape of Snowdonia National Park. One dominating peaks, the highest in England and Wales, the park features narrow mountain passes, flowing stream, cascading waterfalls, sheep-covered uplands and verdant, hidden valleys. Certainly, an ancient Welsh culture and language still thrives here today. Explore it in true off the beaten track fashion taking you beyond the regular tourist haunts downs tracks and paths that will have you gasping!

Our day will include a visit to one of the local craftspeople – a local Welsh winery, a cheese farm or a woolen mill. Our day will also include a steam train journey through the mountains.

 

Accommodation: Llandudno/Conwy as above

 

DAY FOUR

For our final day together, more wonderful scenery is in store! Nearby scenic Lake Bala, visit Llangollen, the small town that ‘Welcomes the World’ each year as host to the Wales International Music Festival.

Also today is Chirk Castle. This castle, built in the time of Edward I, has been home to the Myddleton family for over 500 years.  Featuring some of the best gardens in Wales, the estate was landscaped in the 18th Century. yew topiary, a 17th century lime tree arcade. With a view over 9 counties, it’s a perfect finish to our North Wales adventure!

 

Please note: All attraction opening times are correct at time of printing this website. We reserve the right to change an attraction should it become impossible to deliver a planned visit due to changes in opening days or times that we could not have been aware of at the time of loading this tour to our website.

 

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$1499 USD per person in twin/double room; $1675 USD single occupancy

What your tour price includes: Your accommodation for 3 nights while on the tour including both full breakfasts and dinners. Your price also includes all entrance fees to attractions, transportation, services of driver/guide-companion and all taxes and tips other than those you may wish to give your guide.

SGT is happy to assist you with your optional package add-ons but those costs are separate; rail tickets, pre/post tour accommodation etc are available for the appropriate supplemental cost. Please discuss your wishes with us!