Northern Wales Highlights

5 days from $2,305 per person*
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Enjoy a whirlwind private guided tour of Mid and Northern Wales as you base yourself in the beautiful village of Betws-y-Coed, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Discover the majestic Brecon Beacons National Park which spans 519 square miles of beautiful mid-Wales countryside and contains some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Europe. The landscape in Wales is scattered with prehistoric monuments, Roman remains and medieval castles, spectacular waterfalls, caves and wooded gorges, along with distinctive upland formations which all make for a wonderful canvas for an enjoyable vacation. Annwyl to Wales! (Welcome to Wales!) ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Wales - Welcome Package
    Cathedral 73 (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Cardiff to Caernarfon
    Cardiff to Caernarfon
    • Transfer - Private - Cardiff - Betws-y-Coed [Snowdonia National Park & Slate Mine] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Multi day)
    • Wales - Welcome Package
    Black Boy Inn (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon
    Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon
    • Private - Snowdon Mountain Railway, Castle & Neolithic Site - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Black Boy Inn (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Betws-y-Coed to Cardiff
    Betws-y-Coed to Cardiff
    • Transfer - Private - Betws-y-Coed - Cardiff [Scenic drive through Mid Wales (via Hay on Wye & Black Mtns) (Approx. 8.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Multi day)
    • Restaurant Suggestions
    Cathedral 73 (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Cardiff

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Cathedral 73 (4*)

Cathedral 73 is a dignified Victorian townhouse with funky, fashionable 21st-century accommodation. The rooms and suites are bold and beautiful lovely accommodation and amenities designed to make your stay truly unforgettable.. Expect the highest levels of service but they’re relaxed and laid-back when it comes to atmosphere and ambience. They serve afternoon tea the proper, traditional way – then transform themselves into a trendy piano bar in the evening.

Cardiff
Cardiff
Cathedral 73
Cathedral 73

Day 2: Cardiff - Caernarfon

Leave Cardiff this morning in the comfort of your private vehicle and in the company of a knowledgeable driver-guide as you go exploring for the day. Today's destination is the pretty town of Betws-y-Coed, but there are lots of great things to see before you get there... First on the agenda is Snowdonia National Park - the first designated National Park in Wales. The park covers 823 square miles of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in North Wales. Take in the expansive views before continuing on to Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Set in 2,000 acres of land above the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, it has been an active, working slate mine since 1836. A unique underground experience will take you deep into the mountain to explore the mysterious world of the Victorian slate miner.

At days end, you'll be brought to your accommodation in Caernarfon.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Black Boy Inn (4*)

The Black Boy Inn Caernarfon, North Wales, has been offering hotel style accommodation and dining of distinction for more than five centuries. Situated in the heart of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon, within the medieval town walls, the inn has charm aplenty with its roaring open fires, oak beams and all the Welsh character that its age and location suggests. Black Boy Inn is minute's walk away from Caernarfon's famous 13th century castle; a looming, fantastical World Heritage Site. Nine hundred yards further is the starting point of the Welsh Highland Railway, offering a journey through the fabulous scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.

Caernarfon
Caernarfon
Black Boy Inn
Black Boy Inn

Day 3: Betws-y-Coed - Caernarfon

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Caernarfon, and taken by private car for your full day tour today.

Begin your day on the scenic Snowdon Mountain railway (open March - October) which will take you to the summit of Snowdon (3,560ft or 1085m), the highest mountain in England and Wales. This majestic mountain dominates the dramatic ancient landscape and scenery of North Wales. This is a truly spectacular railway journey.

Next on the agenda for the day is a visit to Caernarfon Castle. King Edward I intended this castle to be a royal residence and seat of government for North Wales. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the investiture of HRH Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.

Continue onwards to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, translated as "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio near the red cave' - the town with the longest place name in Wales.

Next, head to Bryn-celli, probably the best known and most famous Neolithic site in Anglesey. Regarded as a monument of the Bronze Age as well as the New Stone Age.

The final stop of the day is at Llandudno, Wales' most enduring archetype of a genteel Victorian seaside resort, before you are returned to Betws-y-Coed.

Accommodation: Black Boy Inn (4*)
 Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle

Day 4: Betws-y-Coed - Cardiff

Today you will be privy to a scenic drive through the heart of Mid-Wales on your return journey back to Cardiff with your private driver-guide. Enjoy time in Hay-on-Wye, the 'Town Of Books’, with its maze of narrow ancient streets, housing over 35 bookshops with over a million books for sale - a mecca for second-hand book and antiquarian book lovers! The town is located on the northernmost point of the Brecon Beacons National Park and lies on the Welsh border in the county of Powys.  Continue onwards passing through the narrow Gospel Pass which weaves a tortuous route onto the glorious roof of the Black Mountains. The Black Mountains affords vast views across the Brecon Beacon National Park and distant view of tiny villiages. (subject to weather conditions). At days end you will be dropped off in Cardiff.

There are lots of restaurant options to choose from both in Cardiff city centre as well as Cardiff bay. If you like Italian cuisine, you may like to try Positano's (9-10 Church Street tel: 029 2023 5810) or Giovanni's (38 The Hayes, tel: 029 2022 0077) which has a great family atmosphere and an impressive array of Barolo’s and Chianti's. Alternatively, consider Bullys - (5 Romilly Crescent, tel: 029 2022 1905). Bully’s uses seasonal produce from Welsh providers, complemented by a unique French wine list sourced from small, passionate growers. If you feel like venturing outside of the city and to Cardiff Bay, consider Woods Brasserie - a contemporary restaurant situated within the iconic pilotage building of Cardiff Bay. The restaurant has a modern conservatory style dining room, a comfortable bar area and a balcony offering views of Cardiff Bay. (Pilotage Building, Stuart Street tel: 02920 492 400). Another option in Cardigan Bay is the Pearl of the Orient, situated in the opulent surroundings of Cardiff Bay's mermaid quay development. The restaurant offers the first Cantonese, Peking, Malaysian and Szechwan cuisine in Cardiff in a contemporary, relaxed surrounding. (Mermaid Quay, tel: 029 2049 8080). Of course, you may simply like to take a stroll through the city centre and decide what catches your fancy this evening.

Accommodation: Cathedral 73 (4*)
Tasty fare at Giovanni's Restaurant
Tasty fare at Giovanni's Restaurant
Black Mountains
Black Mountains

Day 5: Cardiff

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Cathedral 73 (4*): Cardiff

Cathedral 73 is a dignified Victorian townhouse with funky, fashionable 21st-century accommodation. The rooms and suites are bold and beautiful lovely accommodation and amenities designed to make your stay truly unforgettable.. Expect the highest levels of service but they’re relaxed and laid-back when it comes to atmosphere and ambience. They serve afternoon tea the proper, traditional way – then transform themselves into a trendy piano bar in the evening.

Cathedral 73
Cathedral 73

Black Boy Inn (4*): Caernarfon

The Black Boy Inn Caernarfon, North Wales, has been offering hotel style accommodation and dining of distinction for more than five centuries. Situated in the heart of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon, within the medieval town walls, the inn has charm aplenty with its roaring open fires, oak beams and all the Welsh character that its age and location suggests. Black Boy Inn is minute's walk away from Caernarfon's famous 13th century castle; a looming, fantastical World Heritage Site. Nine hundred yards further is the starting point of the Welsh Highland Railway, offering a journey through the fabulous scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.

Black Boy Inn
Black Boy Inn
  • Vanessa Oquendo — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours.

  • Marilynn Weaver — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!

  • Ann Saxon — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family.

  • Coby Scherr — November 05, 2013 — Europe

    Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours.

  • Couples Dellinger & Hubbell — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back.

  • John Edstrom — October 22, 2013 — Europe

    Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!

  • Kevin Wilshere — October 19, 2013 — Europe

    Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch.

  • Chery Westlund — November 07, 2013 — Europe

    My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again.

  • Randy Gramlich — October 07, 2013 — Europe

    Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease.

  • Jay Steffan — September 24, 2013 — Europe

    We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.

    We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip.


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