North Wales Highlights

5 days / 4 nights departing Monday 4th October 2021
Return Coach Travel departing from selected pick-up point(s)
4 nights half board at the 3*St Kilda Hotel Llandudno - all ensuite rooms
Included excursion package as detailed in our sample itinerary + 1 x lunch
Exception is the NT property which is free for card carrying members - Non NT members to pay this locally.

Price from £499pp Twin / Double share
Single supplement £ 39pp (4 nights)

All current Covid-19 guidance followed ensuring the safety and well-being of our clients whilst offering a varied, interesting and enjoyable experience.

Itinerary
Day 1 – Travelling to Wales a comfort stop will be made en route to the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield where lunch can be purchased. Comprising 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. Continuing on to Wales, dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

Day 2 – Breakfast included. This morning is at your leisure in Llandudno, the largest resort in Wales, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes. Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions. You may decide to visit the famous Great Orme - why not take a tram ride, payable locally. The Great Orme Tramway has been delighting visitors since it opened on July 31st 1902. An engineering marvel of its age, it is the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads and one of only three surviving in the world. Due to the Victorian design of The Great Orme Tramway, there are certain constraints for visitors with disabilities. A lunch stop will be made in the World Heritage Site of Conwy one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval towns. Its ancient walls are the most intact in Europe and enclose a town of narrow cobbled streets, nooks and crannies full of historic buildings. The town’s walls radiate out from a gritty, dark-stoned castle, (entrance not included). This circuit of walls is three-quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers. Other places of interest include Aberconwy House (a rare 14th Century merchant’s dwelling), Plas Mawr (the UK’s best-preserved Elizabethan town house) and the quirky ‘Smallest House’.
This afternoon’s visit is to Bodnant Gardens (NT), a world-famous garden 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. Your evening meal is included at the hotel.
Entrances not included today; National Trust members will gain free entry to NT properties whilst non-members will pay these locally.

Day 3 – Breakfast included. Today we include a visit 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 Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 & 1972 is set in sub-tropical gardens and woodlands and its beauty almost defies description. You can choose to spend the full day here or you may choose to take our pre-bookable optional excursion on the Ffestiniog Railway, a memorable one-way journey to Blaenau Ffestiniog. This 70 minute journey on this working narrow gauge line is one of Wales' most popular 'Great Little Trains'. This 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. Returning to the hotel your evening meal is included.

Day 4 – Breakfast included. Today is dedicated to the City of Chester which has a great number of historical references, landmarks and attractions. Founded by the Romans in AD79, Chester still bears signs of its past with its Roman Amphitheatre, historic City Walls and Chester Castle all remaining intact. Your time here is free during which you might choose to visit Chester’s unique shopping experience at The Rows. This area dates back to medieval times when the original Rows were built on top of Roman ruins. Retaining much of their original character, these half-timbered under croft buildings house unusual boutique and individual stores. Hotel dinner included.

Day 5 – Breakfast included. Checking out of the hotel we retrace our steps making a comfort stop in the historic Shropshire market town of Ludlow, which is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country known as the Welsh Marches. Friday is one of the town’s market days and the town centre has over 450 listed buildings and its architecture is evidence of the 900 year old Norman planned town’s history. Lunch can be purchased here before we continue our journey, returning you to your original departure point later today.

Simply Groups reserve the right to make minor adjustments to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.

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