Less than 20 miles from north to south, the Conwy Valley packs a punch when it comes to things to see and do.
Llandudno was known by the Victorians as the ‘Queen of the Welsh Seaside Resorts’ and is a great place to base yourself with shops, hotels and restaurants of every size and standard. Its Victorian pier is the longest in Wales and the drive around the limestone headland of the Great Orme offers spectacular views out to the Irish Sea.
Heading south and within a few miles, you are in the beautiful estuary town of Conwy with its UNESCO world heritage site 12th-century castle towering over the quaint quayside. With a backdrop of Snowdonia’s high mountains – Conwy enjoys a spectacular setting. Conwy is also home to one of the best-preserved 16th-century Elizabethan houses in Britain and the famous Conwy mussels provide a tasty treat if you are there whilst they are in season.
Another short drive south takes you to Bodnant Hall, one of the finest horticultural gardens in Britain and a must-see in late May and early June as their spectacular laburnum arch blossoms into full flower. In 1792 Col Forbes started developing the land around the Italianate Hall in English Landscape style. The estate was bought by industrialist David Pochin in 1874 and it was Pochin’s s work and vision that shaped it into the world-renowned garden it is today.
Betws y Coed is the bustling little village known as the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’. Surrounded by dense forest and tumbling rivers and with the high mountains of Snowdonia in the distance, Betws y Coed has a distinctly alpine and outdoorsy feel. Its busy shops sell a range of goods from outdoor gear to local arts and crafts whilst cafes, bars and hotels cater for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers who have spent a long day in the mountains alongside tourists taking in the vistas of Snowdonia.
Your personal guided tour timetable
Your touring day starts at your accommodation at 9:30 am. Your day will include rest, coffee and a lunch stop in addition to stops for the listed sites, attractions and activities. Along the way, your driver will tell you all about Wales’ history, culture and myths and legends whilst pointing out places of interest and recommending the best stops for food, refreshments and photos. We aim to have you back at your accommodation at about 6:00 pm.
We will endeavor to visit all locations listed on this tour however, Start/Finish times, order of itinerary and places we visit may change depending on your pickup and drop-off location, weather, road conditions or other events out of our control. Therefore, all tour timings are approximate, and we reserve the right to change the tour itinerary at any time.
What is Included in your tour
Pick up and drop off at your hotel or cruise berth within North Wales.
The services of your professional driver/guide throughout your tour.
The use of our luxury Mercedes people carrier to suit your party size
All fuel, parking and road tolls.
What is excluded from your tour
Food and drink and admission fees to sites, attractions and activities where payable.
Personal travel insurance
What to bring with you.
Please bring a wind or waterproof coat and sensible footwear for some light walking. Whilst rare, Wales can have 4 seasons in one day!