Familiarisation trips always include a busy itinerary and are not designed as a holiday specifically but they are great fun and are an opportunity to meet like-minded Organisers from around the UK. These are promotional & fact finding tours which are open to a variety of Group Organisers, representing many group types.
4 days / 3 nights’ duration departing Friday 6th April 2018
Return Executive Coach Travel from your selected pick up point(s)
3 nights half board accommodation at the Evans Hotel in Llandudno– all ensuite rooms.
Included excursion package as set out in our sample itinerary – 2 x light lunches are included
Exceptions are NT properties are free for card carrying members, whilst non-members will pay these locally.
PRICE & SUPPLEMENTS
Group Organiser’s Price £199pp Twin / Double share – One Group Organiser per group / booking
Partner’s price £249pp – Only one partner booking sharing a room
Single supplement £29pp (4 nights) – limited availability
Optional Travel Insurance £25pp - No Upper age limit but conditions apply.
The Organiser price is refundable against a future group tour to Wales – applies to new bookings/quotations only.
The Organiser’s price represents a reduction of approximately £200pp of the normal package price.
Payment due in full at the time of booking
The Evans Hotel Llandudno – The ‘Queen’ of Seaside Resorts
A warm welcome awaits you at this family run hotel in Llandudno. It is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture and was built over 150 years ago to take in the lowland views running to the dramatic backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountain Range, a view that is somewhat obscured today. Established in 1865, the Evans Hotel has been tastefully modernised and maintained to enhance its Victorian heritage. Unlike modern day purpose built hotels, this hotel has kept its Victoria charm and has a unique homely character. It is located on the level and in a quiet position close to the centre of town and only minutes away from all the amenities of the resort and approximately 400m from the Promenade. All bedrooms are ensuite with either bath or shower and have a TV, Tea and Coffee making facilities and full central heating. All bedrooms are refreshed daily and provide all of the modern facilities you would expect from a quality hotel. There is also a lift to all floors.
Day 1 – Pick up points will be offered based on where the majority of bookings originate from. Departure times will vary but the starting time will be no earlier than 7am. A visit will be made to the National Memorial Arboretum en route to Wales. This site comprises of 150 acres of trees and memorials devoted to the concept of Remembrance. It is the home of the Armed Forces Memorial, a striking and emotive structure that gives recognition and thanks for those who have died whilst on duty or as a result of terrorist action since WWII and acknowledges the enduring sacrifice of those who mourn their loss. Your visit here will include a light lunch, a welcome talk at the Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness and you will also be taken on an included 1 hour Land Train Tour, incorporating the outer lying points of the Arboretum with a complete and informative commentary. Departing here later this afternoon we continue north to Llandudno where having checked in at the hotel, your evening meal is included.
Day 2 – Today’s excursions start with an included visit to Bodnant Gardens (NT). This world-famous garden is noted for its botanical collections. Marvel at plants from all over the world grown from seed and cuttings collected over a century ago on plant-hunting expeditions. Created by five generations of one family, this 32-hectare (80-acre) garden is superbly located, with spectacular views across Snowdonia. With expansive lawns and intimate corners, grand ponds and impressive terraces, a steep wooded valley and stream, as well as awe-inspiring plant collections, there are continually changing glorious displays of colour. Lunch can be purchased locally before we continue on to nearby Conwy, famous for its castle (entrance included). Please note the castle is on high ground with access from visitor centre via a timber road bridge and steep concrete ramp and steps. A distinguished historian wrote of Conwy, 'Taken as a whole, Conwy's incomparably the most magnificent of Edward I's Welsh fortresses'. In comparison to other great Edwardian castles it is also relatively straightforward in design, a reflection of the inherent strength of its siting. The views from the battlements are breath taking, looking out across mountains and sea and down to the roofless shell of the castle’s 125ft Great Hall. It is from these battlements that you can also appreciate Conwy's other great glory, its ring of town walls which are over three quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers. A local guide will join us this afternoon to discover more of the town which is also home to ‘Telford’s Bridge’ the Conwy Suspension Bridge (NT) which was once the gateway to Conwy. Discover how a husband and wife kept Thomas Telford's bridge open every day of the year, whatever the weather. Other notable attractions are Aberconwy House (a rare 14th Century merchant’s dwelling), Plas Mawr (the UK’s best-preserved Elizabethan town house) and the quirky ‘Smallest House’. Complete your history lesson by calling into Conwy’s Tourist Information Centre to see the flagship exhibition that tells the story of the Princes of Gwynedd. Returning to the hotel late afternoon, dinner is included tonight.
Day 3 – Today we head into the heart of Snowdonia, where we begin with a visit to ‘the heart of Welsh industry’ at The National Slate Museum. The original Dinorwig Quarry closed in 1969 and today, rather than fashioning wagons and forging rails, the workshops tell a very special story: the story of the Welsh slate industry. Here you can travel into the past of an industry and a way of life that has chiselled itself into the very being of this country. The Workshops and Buildings are designed as though quarrymen and engineers have just put down their tools and left the courtyard for home, while an array of Talks and Demonstrations including slate-splitting give you a real insight into quarry life. Departing here, we continue on to Portmeirion where you might be forgiven for thinking you were in southern Italy and not North Wales! This fascinating fantasy village built by Sir Clugh Williams-Ellis between 1925 & 1972 is set in sub-tropical gardens and woodlands and its beauty almost defies description. A late lunch can be purchased here before today’s last event, an included train ride on the Ffestiniog Railway which travels from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. This working narrow gauge line, one of Wales' most popular 'Great Little Trains', once hauled slate to Porthmadog's quayside for shipping worldwide and today is a passenger line. This 13.5 mile trip takes in wonderful Snowdonia scenery. Re-joining the coach, you will be returned to the hotel where your evening meal is included.
Day 4 – Checking out of the hotel after breakfast, this morning is dedicated to the seaside town of Llandudno, the largest resort in Wales which is uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes. Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions. We will visit the famous Great Orme, which includes taking a tram ride. The Great Orme Tramway has been delighting visitors since it opened on July 31st 1902. An engineering marvel of its age, it is still the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads and one of only three surviving in the world. Re-live the experience of travel more than 100 years ago in the original tramcars - each named after a Saint. A light lunch is included before we depart Llkandudno, retracing our steps homeward, returning you to your original departure points this evening.
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