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From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

1. From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

The tour leaves Manchester in the morning and heads straight for the border of Wales. Conwy is the first stop of the day, one of most picture-perfect harbor towns in the world. Here you can see a castle perched by the sea, the world's smallest house, and lots of cute restaurants serving up the best fish and chips. Venture along the winding, scenic roads of the Snowdonia National Park before arriving in Betws-Y-Coed. This quaint town is known as the gateway to Snowdonia and is famous for its alpine trees and cosy cafes. Chester is your next stop. This is one of England’s most historic towns and there is plenty to do here. It's advised to go straight to the ancient cathedral and learn about its remarkable past.

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Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

2. Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

Day 1: Leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds through England’s prettiest historic villages. Get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Travel through the Welsh Marches marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. Head into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights. Day 2: Travel to the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park. Visit the mountain village of Beddgelert to see the famous grave of Gelert, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. Next, head to the town of Machynlleth to see the ancient clock tower and the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. Move on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching the impenetrable medieval Harlech Castle. After a fulfilling day, return to Aberystwyth in the late afternoon. Day 3: Travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through Aberaeron to New Quay. Explore the picturesque harbor and get the chance to spot dolphins and whales. Head into the foreboding Black Mountains to explore a bedrock cave under a castle, before you visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play Under Milk Wood. Move on to Tenby, a charming seaside town and your base for two nights. Day 4: See some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Travel to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and exploration, and stop in the county town of Pembroke to enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. From here, return to Tenby for a relaxed evening. Day 5: Leaving Tenby in the morning, begin your return journey to London. Head past the industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, and visit the outdoor National History Museum. Stop at the well-preserved Roman Fortress at Caerleon. Take the Severn Bridge back into England, and take a break at Castle Combe, a Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th-century ironstone cottages.

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From Llandudno: Portmeirion, Snowdonia & Castle Tour

3. From Llandudno: Portmeirion, Snowdonia & Castle Tour

Take a drive on the Great Orme Road, the longest of its kind in the UK, with spectacular cliffs, wildlife, and views out to the Irish Sea and Anglesey. Pass through the ancient castle town of Conwy to view the castle’s domineering and towering walls. Enjoy a tour of Caernarfon and its immense castle. King Edward I created what is surely the most impressive of Wales’s castles here and worthy of its World Heritage status. Take a tour of Portmeirion, a colorful, Italian-style coastal village. Marvel at LLyn Gwynant and Snowdonia with their many beautiful lakes. Drive through part of Snowdonia National Park and one of its spectacular driving routes. Stop at the awe inspiring viewpoint of the valley below and its lakes. Stop  at the majestic Swallow Falls, where Snowdonia's water cascades over the rocky outcrops. Stop at Tu-Hwnt-I'r Bont, one of Snowdonia’s most photographed and painted images. Take a scenic drive through Conwy Valley and the traditional Welsh villages en route back to Llandudno.

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From Llandudno: Snowdonia & the Three Castles Tour

4. From Llandudno: Snowdonia & the Three Castles Tour

Immerse yourself in Welsh culture, heritage, and history on an unforgettable sightseeing day trip. Visit numerous attractions in the area including Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon Castle, and Conwy Town and Castle all from the comfort of a minibus.   Start your day with a drive on the Great Orme Road, with spectacular views of cliffs, wildlife, and the Irish Sea and Anglesey. Your first stop may just be the highlight of your day: take a tour of the ancient Conwy Town and Castle. Walk the castle walls, stroll along the Conwy estuary, see some old Tudor houses, and take in traditional Welsh art and craft shops. In town, you’ll also see the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era to be found anywhere in Britain, as well as Great Britain’s smallest house.   Then, drive into the glacial Nant Ffrancon Pass and Ogwen Valley in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, where you’ll take in views of the lakes, mountain villages, and the towering Snowdonia mountain range. Here, your guide will share with you some local history, Welsh myths, and legends along the way.   After lunch at the National Slate Museum, visit Dolbadarn Castle and Llanberis, overlooking Padarn Lake. Stop at the lakeside and take in views of a beautiful sculpture of King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur.   Finally, visit Caernarfon Castle and take a walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A brute of a fortress, its immense strength remains undimmed. History comes alive here along its lofty walls, twin-towered gatehouse, and the surrounding town’s narrow and colorful streets.

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Cardiff and Caerphilly Castle Day Trip from London

5. Cardiff and Caerphilly Castle Day Trip from London

Depart London in the morning, and then travel across country by bus to visit the historic port city of Cardiff, capital of Wales since 1955. Take a sightseeing bus tour on arrival to admire the impressive monuments of the city center, where highlights include the new National Assembly building in the regenerated waterfront district of Cardiff Bay. Get some free time for lunch before traveling to historic Caerphilly Castle, famous for having the most elaborate water defenses in Britain. Get some free time to explore the medieval grounds, and marvel at the impressive gatehouses and other architectural features of the 13th-century monument. Depart in the early evening for the scenic drive back to London through the Welsh Valleys and get dropped off in central London in the evening. 

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From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

6. From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

After you meet the boat, you will head to the mythical scandola reserve in approximativaly one hour. The visit will start from the island of Cargalo and will continue through the cathedral fault, a total visit of the reserve and a swimming brak in turquoise waters while our captains will prepare for you a "nustrale" aperitif, a tasting of cold meats and rosé wine from Corsica. At noon, you will arrive at Girolata, a small fishing village built around an 18th century fortress accesible only by sea. You will get a free stop of 2 hours for lunch (extra charge). You have the choice between several restaurants overlooking the sea, that will welcome you and where you can taste some corsica specialties, or you can also bring your picnic and enjoy it on the beach with the mythical wild cows livigin in the village as neighbours. The boat will sail again at 2 PM towards the Gulf of Porto for another swimming break at Anse Ficaghjola, a small village overlooking a heavenly beach. You will then head to the calanques of Piana, a geological jewel with majestic cliffs and caves that you will explore one after the other until you reach the natural pool of Capo Rosso where you can five in its crystal clear waters surrounded by fish unter the watchful eye of the 330 meter high Genoese tower Turghju. You can get a final swim in the cove of Cala di pala where you can jump off natural diving boards at different heights for the brave. You will continue this fantasti ride until your return, leaving you with unforgettable memories.

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From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

7. From Cardiff: Mumbles and Gower Peninsular Tour

Start by meeting your guide at the central train station in Cardiff. Hop on an air-conditioned minivan and travel along the southern coastline of South Wales, passing the cities of Port Talbot and Swansea. Explore the charming area of Mumbles and stroll along the "Mumbles Mile" to see the wonderful pier and offshore lighthouse. Take some time to explore the boardwalk and grab an ice cream as you enjoy the pleasant surroundings of this quaint location. Next, explore the Gower Peninsular in all of its natural glory with a hike from Langland Bay along the coastal path to Caswell Bay. Enjoy the beautiful scenery throughout with plenty of fantastic photo stops. Return to Cardiff in the evening after a full day of exploring. Finally, visit Worms Head and the majestic sweep of Rhossili Bay, which is regularly voted in the top ten beaches.

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From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

8. From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

Day 1: Manchester to the border of Wales Depart from Manchester by coach for your first stop of the day, Conwy. Explore the town and its award-winning, picturesque harbor. View a castle perched by the sea, the "world’s smallest house", and traditional restaurants boasting the best fish and chips. Travel to the Llanberis Slate Museum, after you've soaked up the sea air, and learn about the history of the second largest slate mine in the world. Continue to Beddgelert, known as the "loveliest" village in Snowdonia. Admire the beautiful architecture of the stone houses and arched bridges. Travel through the heart of Snowdonia as the evening comes, arriving at your overnight stop in Aberystwyth. Day 2: Aberystwyth to New Quay Set off from Aberystwyth in the morning for the colorful seaside town of New Quay. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the picturesque beach or grab an ice cream. Visit Laugharne, and stand in awe before this village’s towering castle. Carry on towards Carreg Cennen, an imposing fortress perched on top of a hill, nestled within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Roam across the ramparts and experience stunning views of the surrounding natural landscape. Make your way to Newton House, a palatial building that boasts rich gardens, unique architecture, and famous ghost stories, before returning to Aberystwyth later on that evening. Day 3: Harlech Castle and Chester Watch Snowdonia’s mountains fly by as you make your way to Harlech Castle, one of the most popular castles to see in the whole of the UK. Take the chance to witness the sea views and learn about its war-torn history. Stop for lunch in the little village of Betws-Y-Coed before journeying to one of England’s most historic towns, Chester. Head to the cathedral, rebuilt in the Gothic style from 1250 onward. Arrive back in Manchester in the early evening.

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From Chester: North Wales Tour

9. From Chester: North Wales Tour

Leaving Chester, the majestic Snowdonia National Park will open up as you travel across a stunning mountain road with a stop at Llyn Ogwen, a beautiful lake with amazing mountain views. Rumored to be the final resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur. Proceed towards the honeypot village of Betws-y-Coed. You will have time here to find some lunch and explore this beautiful place. After Betws-y-Coed, head to Great Orme, a giant limestone headland. See the historic seafront with its 19th-century pier and take in fantastic views of Anglesey and Snowdonia. Continue towards Llandudno on the North Wales Coast. Along the way look out for great sea views, as you head along the main coastal road.  Leaving Llandudno you will get your first glimpse of the world famous Conwy Castle. The final stop before the return to Chester will be at Conwy where there will be an opportunity to take in views and photograph the famous castle. After leaving Conwy the tour returns back to Chester.

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Cardiff: City Center Walking Tour

10. Cardiff: City Center Walking Tour

This 2.5-hour walking tour of central Cardiff shows you the best the Welsh capital has to offer: beautiful green spaces, the iconic castle, unique arcades and its stunning civic center. Cardiff is a city with over 2,000 years of history. It’s the youngest capital city in Europe, and the fastest growing capital in Western Europe. Discover many facets of Cardiff’s rich past and present on a leisurely stroll through the city. The route will take you via the shopping district, the Castle Quarter, through Bute Park and the civic center, ending in front of Cardiff Castle.  Your guide will give you plenty of tips, suggestions and recommendations of things to do in Cardiff and around Wales, including where to find the city’s hidden gems and best bars and restaurants. The tour is flexible, so if you have any specific requests they can be catered to, such as where you want to start or finish, what you want to see, and what you want to learn about in particular.

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What people are saying about Wales

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 174 reviews

One of my best country side road trips. Beautiful scenery and history these sites have to offer. Darren made it even more exciting, loved the way he handled this whole trip, being patient with us tourists. Loved the way he gives us an overview of the trip and later recaps the journey on way back. If I was here longer would sign on for more such experiences.

We had a great day with Riki. It was just the two of us so very relaxed. A good couple of walks is long the coast that were enjoyable even in October. Great views as you walked too. Had a great pub lunch as well. Thank you Riki for a great day, definitely a highlight of our trip to Cardiff and the surrounding area.

Had the most amazing time on this tour ! Everything was perfect and well planned. We got to see so much of beautiful Wales, all the hidden gems, while being informed about the history. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone !

Darren is a great driver, guide, narrator, dj and many more... He gave us all the information. Thanks Darren!

It was a very nice tip. Tour guide was awesome and the car was comfortable. Overall very good.