Snowdonia, North Wales & Chester from Manchester
Departs on Wednesdays & Saturdays from Manchester
Wednesdays: April thru October
Saturdays: year round
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.
DEPARTURE FROM MANCHESTER: 10:00am - Manchester Airport Railway Station | 11:00am - Manchester Piccadilly Station
Returns on day 3 at 5:45pm - Manchester Piccadilly Station | 6:30pm - Manchester Airport Railway Station
Conwy & Snowdonia
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.
You travel through the heart of Snowdonia as the light softens and arrive at your overnight stop in Caernarfon in the evening.
OVERNIGHT - Caernarfon
Anglesey and Portmeirion
This morning, you can either stay in Caernarfon to explore the magnificent castle or join us as we head onto the Isle of Anglesey.
If you choose to come with us, you cross the world’s first modern day suspension bridge across the Menai Straits and onto Anglesey Island. Prior to its construction, cattle farmers would have to persuade their herd to swim across the Menai Straits on their way to market.
We head for the most westerly point of North Wales to marvel at the South Stack Lighthouse, sea cliffs, and nature reserve.
After a refreshing walk along the cliffs and time spent exploring the Isle of Anglesey, you return to Caernarfon for a quick lunch stop where anyone who stayed in town can join us as we venture to Portmeirion, one of the most charming and unique villages in Wales.
This town is the brainchild of Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis. He wanted to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful location could be developed without spoiling the beauty of the surrounding environment. The result is a stunning piece of the Mediterranean transported into North Wales.
You arrive back in Caernarfon in the early evening.
OVERNIGHT - Caernarfon
Harlech Castle & 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-YCoed 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 early evening.
- Conwy Castle
- Llanberis Slate Mine
- Snowdonia National Park
- New Quay and Cardigan Bay
- Laugharne and its Dylan Thomas connections
- Harlech Castle
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. Air Conditioning as standard. Services of a professional local driver/guide.
- 2 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full breakfast daily