Gwynedd National parks

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From Liverpool: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

1. From Liverpool: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

Leave the music city of Liverpool and travel to Wales on a 90-minute, fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme.  Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle (not included), a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with Frenchman Richard The Engineer. Afterward, head to Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the so-called “capital of North Wales,” Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods.  Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver along the way.

From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

2. From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

The tour leaves Manchester in the morning and heads straight for the border of Wales. Conwy is the first stop of the day, one of the most picture-perfect harbor towns in the world. Here you can see a castle perched by the sea, the world's smallest house, and lots of cute restaurants serving up the best fish and chips. Venture along the winding, scenic roads of the Snowdonia National Park before arriving in Betws-Y-Coed. This quaint town is known as the gateway to Snowdonia and is famous for its alpine trees and cozy cafes. Chester is your next stop. This is one of England’s most historic towns and there is plenty to do here. It's advised to go straight to the ancient cathedral and learn about its remarkable past.

From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

3. From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

Leave the bustling city of Manchester and travel to Wales on a 90-minute fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme. Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle, a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with the french Richard The Engineer. Head into Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the “capital of North Wales”: Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods. Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver.

Snowdonia: Hike to the Summit of Snowdon

4. Snowdonia: Hike to the Summit of Snowdon

Reach the summit of Snowdon, the highest point in Wales, guided safely by your expert local mountain guide. Take the hassle out of planning your adventure and let a qualified and experienced instructor lead the way. The local partner has been exploring Snowdonia's mountains for over a decade and loves nothing more than sharing them with visitors. They'll chat to you in advance and ensure you've got the right gear for an enjoyable day out. On the day, meet at the starting point and you'll be guided safely to the summit and back, with plenty of entertaining facts and jokes along the way.

From Liverpool: North Wales Sightseeing Tour Shore Excursion

5. From Liverpool: North Wales Sightseeing Tour Shore Excursion

Travel in air-conditioned comfort from Liverpool's Port passing under your ship as you cross the Mersey River. This fully narrated day tour will travel through the area known as the Wirral before cutting across the border into Wales where you will see your first glimpse of a castle or two as you make your way to Conwy. Arriving in Conwy, you will have free time to explore this beautiful and popular town, maybe go into the castle and listen out for the voices of those past in the narrow stairways that lead up to the top of the turrets. Or take a walk on the towns defensive wall to get another view of one of the finest examples of a Medieval Castle anywhere in the world. Moving on, head into the National Park known as Snowdonia where you can stretch your legs and build up an appetite for lunch as you walk into the Valley. Maybe even take a short hike up to where the water cascade over the rocks fed by the lake high in the mountains? Lunch time in Betws-Y-Coed offers a number of choices from fast food to table service and pub food (for that sneaky pint of Welsh Beer!). Take a short walk to visit the little 14th Century Chapel that gave name to the town surrounded by a small wood. Some of the trees are over a 1000 years old! Finally, you will need to find a little bit of courage as you walk across the sky at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct also known as "the stream in the sky". This superb piece of industrial engineering was constructed over 200-years ago and crosses the gorge that was cut out by the Dee River, 1000's of years ago. Finally, you will be whisked back to port, your head full of the stories that you heard throughout the day and your camera memory cards crammed with photos that you will look back on in future years with great fondness.

From Chester: North Wales Tour

6. From Chester: North Wales Tour

Leaving Chester, the majestic Snowdonia National Park will open up as you travel across a stunning mountain road with a stop at Llyn Ogwen, a beautiful lake with amazing mountain views. Rumored to be the final resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur. Proceed towards the honeypot village of Betws-y-Coed. You will have time here to find some lunch and explore this beautiful place. After Betws-y-Coed, head to Great Orme, a giant limestone headland. See the historic seafront with its 19th-century pier and take in fantastic views of Anglesey and Snowdonia. Continue towards Llandudno on the North Wales Coast. Along the way look out for great sea views, as you head along the main coastal road.  Leaving Llandudno you will get your first glimpse of the world famous Conwy Castle. The final stop before the return to Chester will be at Conwy where there will be an opportunity to take in views and photograph the famous castle. After leaving Conwy the tour returns back to Chester.

From Chester: Full-Day Guided North Wales Sightseeing Tour

7. From Chester: Full-Day Guided North Wales Sightseeing Tour

Leave the Roman city of Chester and travel to Wales on a 90-minute, fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme. Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle, a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with Frenchman Richard The Engineer. Afterwards, head to Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the so-called “capital of North Wales,” Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods. Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver along the way.

Snowdonia: Llyn Padarn Guided Family Kayaking Adventure

8. Snowdonia: Llyn Padarn Guided Family Kayaking Adventure

Soak up the beauty of Llyn Padarn lake on this guided kayaking tour in Snowdonia. Take a dip in the glacial waters at the base of Mount Snowdon. Dive into local culture with a local guide that is eager to share the region's history and folklore.Meet your guide near the lake and get set up with kayaks, paddles, wetsuits, buoyancy aids, and water shoes. Once your are all geared up, watch as your guide demonstrates the kayaking basics before embarking on your lake adventure. Set sail on the open waters of Llyn Padarn which can only be accessed by boats without motors. Take in the tranquility with views Snowdon Mountain as you glide over water that is fresh from the mountain. Stop to admire a 16th century castle that was once occupied by a Welsh King. Hear the story of the king's ill-fated brother. Pass by the memorizing Welsh Slate Quarries. Keep an eye out for buzzards, peregrines, marlins, and goshawks.Have the option of cooling off with a wild swim or get supper-adventurous by going for a ride on a giant rope swing. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Snowdonia, Bodnant Gardens & Castles Private Tour

9. Snowdonia, Bodnant Gardens & Castles Private Tour

Discover the history and heritage of Wales on this day tour. Together with an expert guide, spend the day exploring the locations that made this country what it is today. Visit Bodnant Garden, Snowdonia National Park, waterfalls, castles, and more. Start at the jewel of the Welsh seaside resorts and see the beautiful bay of Llandudno and its Victorian heritage of architecture. Drive the Great Orme Road, the longest of its kind in the UK, in search of the world-famous Kashmiri goats. Marvel at the showcase of spectacular cliffs, wildlife, and elevated views out to the Irish Sea and Anglesey. Head to the ancient medieval castle town of Conwy to view the castle’s domineering and towering walls, whose magnificent towers stand tall over the beautiful estuary. Marvel at Great Britain’s smallest house, a little gem set upon the bank of the estuary and built into the castle walls. With arms outstretched, you can touch either side. Walk across the historic worlds first suspension bridge built in 1819 Visit the world-famous Bodnant botanical gardens, the UK's regular award winner with intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces, and verdant woodland. Reconnect with nature as you explore the 80 acres of formal hillside terraces, riverside dells, woods, and meadows. A gardener’s dream and a lovers’ paradise, there are many things to love at the Bodnant Garden. Later, visit the unrivaled awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park and its spectacular rugged landscaped driving routes. Stop at viewpoints, witnessing great lakes such as Mymbyr, Gwynant, and Padarn. Spot glacial valleys, rivers, Mount Snowdon where we stop at the 360 panoramic viewport and other surrounding summits. Drive down spectacular route of Pen-y-Pass, one of Wales’ most spectacular drives. Visit the National Slate Museum next. The slate industry was one of the main economic motors of Wales. Step back in time and immerse yourself in a variety of talks and demonstrations to give you real insight into the hardships of past quarry life. Stop at the village of Llanberis and Padarn County Park, set within some of the most spectacular scenery in North Wales. Venture to the spectacular setting of the Dolbadarn Castle ruins through the forest to the gateway of Snowdonia to learn about its fascinating past. Visit the dramatic location of menai bridge and and stunning location along the straights. Finish the day with a pleasant scenic drive along the coastline returning to Llandudno

Snowdonia: Snowdon via Crib Goch Guided Hike

10. Snowdonia: Snowdon via Crib Goch Guided Hike

Without doubt the most awesome route to the top of Snowdon has to be via Crib Goch. With grade one scrambles and a knife-edged arête it’s the ultimate Snowdon challenge. Start your adventure with an easy climb from Pen-y-Pass along the Pyg Track before veering off to tackle the exposed ridge of Crib Goch. If you're feeling brave, march confidently along the top of the ridge, or alternatively crawl along on all fours. The pinnacles give you a bit of easy vertical scrambling before the easy walk to Snowdon's summit. Your return journey will be along the Miners’ Track where you’ll have amazing views back up to Crib Goch

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A most enjoyable way to spend 11 hours seeing breathtaking scenery and learning about N Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester. Our good-natured and knowlegeable guide, Clive, regaled us with delightful stories throughout. He had clearly done his research and loved storytelling, even playing bespoke music from the region to illustrate his tales and for an aural sense of the place. Noting our interest in nature, he made an extra stop at a scenic viewpoint for photographs of the Snowdonia valley. He also had excellent recommendations and descriptions of lunch options in Betws-y-Coed. It rained on and off; the sun in between turned it into a day of rainbows. Cognizant of the motorway closure, Clive had his eye on the clock, making small and thoughtful adjustments to the schedule to make sure we got back to Manchester only some minutes past the appointed hour. Highly recommend Rabbies and Clive for this tour of Northern Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester!

The trip was so much better than I even expected: the Welsh nature was breath-taking and the tour delivered when it said that we will be taken off the most common roads. Besides, the company itself was trustworthy and easy to communicate with when I had some unexpected problems pre-trip. I would thoroughly recommend the trip and the company!

Ήταν μια όμορφη εκδρομή γεμάτη όμορφα τοπία. Ο ξεναγός Frank ήταν τέλειος, διασκεδαστικός και μας ενημέρωνε για τα πάντα (ιστορία κλπ). Ήταν μια εμπειρία που άξιζε τα λεφτά και τον χρόνο.

This was the best day trip ever. Darren our guide was great. So knowledgeable, positive. The biggest highlight for me was Conwi. The castle was amazing.

Well paced and fun. Well informed. Interesting. Paced well.