North East Wales and Chester

Celts, Romans and Scots

Your private driver/guide will meet you at Cruise Liverpool terminal in your luxury Mercedes vehicle ready for the short journey across the border into North East Wales and our first stop.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal were granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2010. Completed in 1805, the canal was built to take slate, limestone and other natural resources across the steep Dee valley and onwards to the industrial heartlands of England. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct carries the canal 126 feet over the Dee valley and is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture. Now a major tourism destination, a museum charts the life of the canal and aqueduct through the ages. A stroll to the centre of the aqueduct is a must and you can cross on a canal boat or even canoe over if you are feeling brave.

We then head up the River Dee valley and over the ‘Panorama’ to the picturesque town of Llangollen. There is enough to fill a brochure in Llangollen with a myriad of colourful shops and a strong café and foodie culture. Plas Newydd is a stone house converted into a gothic fantasy by its famous inhabitants the ‘’Ladies of Llangollen’. At Valle Crucis Abbey, founded by Cistercian monks in 1201, you would expect to find a life of religious austerity – but, it was better known for its lavish hospitality of silver service and ale ‘flowing like a river’. The ancient hill fort of Castell Dinas Bran, with its links to the legends of King Arthur, is perched atop a steep hill overlooking the town. Travel by steam up the Dee valley on the Llangollen Heritage Steam railway or take life at a slower pace aboard a horse-drawn barge along the Llangollen Canal. Thrill-seekers can take a white-water rafting trip down the tumbling waters of the River Dee, go rock climbing on the local limestone escarpments or mountain biking at the 2 local purpose-built centres.

After lunch, its time to head back over the border and to explore the ancient roman city of Chester. Founded as a Roman garrison town in the 1st century it later became immensely wealthy as one of the main trading ports in Britain. The Roman walls are still in fine repair and form a 2-mile ring circling the city. Nowadays they offer a fine walk offering panoramic views of the bustling city centre and linking many places of interest like the Roman Amphitheatre, the 1000-year-old cathedral and the ‘Rows’. The 700-year old half-timbered ‘Rows’ are the focal point of shopping in Chester. The two-tiered galleries built in Tudor style are packed with modern shops, galleries, and restaurants.

North East Wales and Chester Guided Tour
Your personal guided tour timetable

Start time of your tour will depend on docking time of your cruise ship and how you embark. Generally, this will be at about 08.30 but we will finalise this with you by email the night before. 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’s history, culture and myths and legends whilst pointing out places of interest and recommending the best stops for food, refreshments and photos. Return time to your cruise birth will be based on the requests of your vessel which we’ll finalise with you by email the night before. This is generally around 16.30 to 17.00

We will endeavour 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 Snowdonia Tours package

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 Snowdonia Tours package

Food and drink and admission fees to sites, attractions and activities were 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!

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham, Wales, UK
llangollen bridge and raft north wales guided tours
llangollen heritage railway north wales guided tours

Driver Guides

Fully licenced and accredited, locally born and bred

Luxury Vehicles

Luxury Mercedes Touring Vehicles

Pick Up’s

Complimentary pick up/drop off at your hotel or cruise berth within North Wales

Onboard Wi-Fi

Onboard Wi-Fi and mobile Charging facilities

Complimentary Water

Bottled Welsh Spring water onboard

Our Luxury ‘Off The Shelf’ Private Guided Tours