Discover Ireland’s Celtic neighbor with a perfect introduction to Wales which includes visits to the country’s most famous castles, a train ride through scenic Snowdonia, a whisky distillery tour, and a lively Welsh evening with traditional foods and entertainment.
ALL your sightseeing, hotels, and attraction entries are covered AND you get a full breakfast every day (except day 1) plus 6 dinners! Tour operator (CIE Tours) have over 85 years experience and guaranteed departures.
Please contact us for more information and to book: email@example.com or 021 975 2047
Weekly departures. Starts in Chester and ends in Windsor. (We can book your trains to/from Chester and Windsor too!)
Rates vary according to dates. Please contact us for more information.
2018 price per person* April- October 2018
R36 144 – R44 800 INCLUDES all hotels 3* & 4* and 14 meals
Because the tour includes so much, it’s great value for money!
*Prices valid until 31 October 2018, and are subject to continued availability and major currency fluctuation.
Single supplement applies.
Children 8 – 18 years pay 90% of adult rate; children under 8 years not permitted (consider a self-drive tour!).
Highlights – ALL included (see below for full itinerary)
- Walking tour of medieval Chester
- Chester Cathedral (660 AD)
- Working farm and sheepdog demonstration
- St. Asaph’s Cathedral photo stop
- Explore Conwy, home to Britain’s smallest house
- Steam train ride through Snowdonia National Park
- Explore Betws-y-Coed
- National Slate Museum at Gilfach Ddu
- Travel past the magnificent coastline
- Harlech Castle (pictured above)
- Explore Aberaeron town
- Tenby walking tour
- Pembrokeshire and Lovespoon Workshop
- 12th century Pembroke Castle
- St David’s Cathedral
- Explore Mumbles
- Penderyn Distillery whisky tour and tasting
- Cardiff Castle guided tour
- Welsh banquet with entertainment
- St Fagans open-air National Museum of History
- Cardiff Bay tour
- Free time in Cardiff
- Windsor Castle
“No optional extras” policy
- Breakfasts: 8
- Dinner: 6
- Welcome drink
- Entry to attractions
- Free wi-fi on the coach
- Daily sightseeing and entry to attractions
- Document wallet, backpack, luggage tags
- All on-tour transport including ferries and shuttles
- Local tour guide’s services
- Local taxes, hotel service charges, suitcase handling (1 per person)
Does not include:
- Certain meals and drinks
On the coach
- Breaks at approximately 2-hour intervals to stretch your legs, take photos, etc.
- Seats are rotated daily so all passengers have a chance to sit at the front of the coach.
- Seat belts must be worn.
- Emergency toilets are available on the coaches but cannot be used while coach is in motion. Frequent bathroom breaks are included in the itinerary.
Need to know
- Clothing: comfortable and casual – remember to pack comfortable walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket.
- Luggage: 1 piece of luggage + 1 carry-on
- Money: Most components are prepaid. You may need money for lunches and dinners when there is an evening at your leisure. You will also need money for shopping. We recommend carrying small denominations, and use credit or ATM cards (most towns have ATMs).
- Currency: Northern Ireland and Britrain: Pound Sterling £ | Southern Ireland (Republic of Ireland): Euro €
- Tipping: It is customary to tip your driver and guide at the end of the tour. Feel free to contact us for more info.
Day 1: Manchester Arrival and Chester
Tour begins 14:00 PM, Chester hotel. Chester is about 30 miles (50km) from Manchester Airport, you’ll need to arrange a transfer (contact British T.I.P.S. for transfers or trains). Set out on a walking tour to see medieval streets with lovely half-timbered houses and shops. Walk along part of the city walls and view Roman ruins. Also visit Chester Cathedral, which dates back to 660 AD. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.
Day 2: Sheepdogs and Conwy
Cross into Wales and travel across the scenic Horseshoe Pass. Immerse yourself in farm life as you watch trained dogs herding sheep. Stop for photos of 13th century St. Asaph’s Cathedral. In Conwy, a town dominated by its huge castle, take a walk around the narrow streets and see Britain’s smallest house. Drive to Caernarfon for some free time before dinner.
Day 3: North Wales and& Snowdonia Train Ride
Start the day with a ride on a narrow-gauge steam train to admire the scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. Pause for photos of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and take a look around the typical Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed. Tour the National Slate Museum, which relates the tough working conditions of this region’s slate industry, developed in Victorian times.
Day 4: Harlech Castle and Tenby Walking Tour
Experience the magnificent Welsh coastline. Visit the mighty Harlech Castle, one of the “Iron Ring Castles” that were built along the coast by the English in the 13th century. Browse the attractive Georgian town of Aberaeron. Continue to picturesque Tenby, featuring a harbor, castle ruins and defensive town walls. After dinner, join a local guide for a walk to hear tales and traditions associated with Tenby.
Day 5: Lovespoon Workshop and Pembroke Castle
Drive around scenic Pembrokeshire, a region of gentle rolling hills and indented coastline. Watch the ancient Welsh tradition of carving at the Lovespoon Workshop. Tour the imposing Pembroke Castle, a 12th century fortress, to explore the labyrinth of passageways and towers. Head to the magnificent St David’s Cathedral before returning to Tenby for a free evening.
Day 6: Penderyn Distillery and Cardiff
Journey to Mumbles, taking in the views of Three Cliffs Bay along the way. Spend free time exploring the shops and sites of Mumbles. At Penderyn Distillery see the process of whisky production and sample the finished product. Head to Cardiff for a guided tour of Cardiff Castle followed by an unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality at a traditional banquet with entertainment.
Day 7: Cardiff Sightseeing
Visit St Fagans National Museum of History, an open air museum on the grounds of St Fagans Castle. After a tour of Cardiff Bay the afternoon and evening are free for independent activities.
Day 8: Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
Marvel at the wonder that is Stonehenge, one of Britain’s most important prehistoric monuments. Continue on for a visit to Windsor Castle, the official residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. In the evening join your fellow travelers for a drink followed by a farewell dinner.
Day 9: Tour Ends In Windsor
Your tour ends after breakfast
B: Breakfast; D: Dinner