Northern Wales Highlights

5 days from $2,300 per person*
  • Explore a labyrinth of bookstores in Hay-on-Wye.
  • Enjoy a scenic train ride aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
  • Visit the famous Caernarfon Castle with expert guide.
  • Head underground to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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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!)

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Wales - Welcome Package(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Cardiff to Caernarfon
    Cardiff to Caernarfon
    • Cardiff - Betws-y-Coed [Snowdonia National Park & Slate Mine] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Multi day) (3)
    • Wales - Welcome Package(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon
    Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon
    • Private - Snowdon Mountain Railway, Castle & Neolithic Site - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Betws-y-Coed to Cardiff
    Betws-y-Coed to Cardiff
    • Betws-y-Coed - Cardiff [Scenic drive through Mid Wales (via Hay on Wye & Black Mtns) (Approx. 8.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Multi day)(3)
    • Restaurant Suggestions
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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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: Plas Dinas (5*)

Welcome to Plas Dinas, an award-winning historic Country House set in Snowdonia, North Wales. Formerly the home of the Armstrong-Jones family, Plas Dinas offers nine individually styled bedrooms with five star comforts in historic yet relaxed surroundings in beautiful grounds as well as a charming, two bedroom self-catering cottage. Nestled between the Snowdonia Mountains and the Irish Sea, the idyllic setting and stunning views are not to be missed. Whether you take a stroll round the 15 acres in the summer or sit by the roaring log fire in the Drawing room on a cold winter's day, you'll relax the minute you arrive. Whilst having state of the art facilities such as free wireless internet access and on-demand movies, Plas Dinas retains a comfortable homely feel with many period antiques and original family portraits adorning the walls.

Caernarfon
Caernarfon
Plas Dinas
Plas Dinas

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: Plas Dinas (5*)
 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*)
Black Mountains
Black Mountains
Tasty fare at Giovanni's Restaurant
Tasty fare at Giovanni's Restaurant

Day 5: Cardiff

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Accommodation:

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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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  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
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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

Plas Dinas (5*): Caernarfon

Welcome to Plas Dinas, an award-winning historic Country House set in Snowdonia, North Wales. Formerly the home of the Armstrong-Jones family, Plas Dinas offers nine individually styled bedrooms with five star comforts in historic yet relaxed surroundings in beautiful grounds as well as a charming, two bedroom self-catering cottage. Nestled between the Snowdonia Mountains and the Irish Sea, the idyllic setting and stunning views are not to be missed. Whether you take a stroll round the 15 acres in the summer or sit by the roaring log fire in the Drawing room on a cold winter's day, you'll relax the minute you arrive. Whilst having state of the art facilities such as free wireless internet access and on-demand movies, Plas Dinas retains a comfortable homely feel with many period antiques and original family portraits adorning the walls.

Plas Dinas
Plas Dinas
Plas Dinas
Plas Dinas
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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