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Conwy Castle
 Wales itinerary
(Our special corners)

Once upon a long time ago everyone in Britain spoke Welsh. They were part of the great Celtic migration that slowly, over centuries moved across Europe. But like everything else nothing remains the same and the Welsh were eventually pushed into the rough mountains of the West.

Today Wales is considered a country. It was never a kingdom, always ruled by Princes but they fought the Romans, the Angles, the Saxons and eventually the English using the mountains and valleys to their advantage.,

But eventually they were subjugated - not defeated as they will tell you by Edward I of England. Now, the last of the ‘originals’ are in the Northwest of Wales. The rest of the population are incomers from England.

We like the originals, their language, their legends and it is there we are focussing our short journy.  And by the way, they really are a nation of song.

It’s not a long tour, it wasn’t meant to be. In fact we’re not quite sure why we added it to our last Ireland journey but when we mentioned it, many of you showed an excitement about it so here it is.

A couple of things still to be ironed out such as ferry times from Dublin to Holyhead but this is small stuff we’ll pick up shortly.

Dates for Wales:  October 8 - 14, 2019 I
Six nights total all with full breakfasts throughout and five dinners
12-14 guests only.


October 8 - For those continuing on following our Ireland journey, we depart our hotel for Dun Laoghaire, (about 45 minutes) then board the ferry to Holyhead (about three hours). Holyhead is on Agleseay Isle, or Ynis Mon in Welsh, once upon a long time ago the headquarters of the Druids. In less than an hour we’re at our hotel in Caernarfon for three nights. The Premier Inn is a fascinating hotel right on the old Victoria Docks in the harbour. Close to everything, it has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast). Those only wanting Wales should fly into Manchester airport and we will work out transport for you to Caernarfon.

October 9 - Following breakfast we set out on a walking tour of the city with a visit to the stunning Caernarfon Castle. Following lunch the afternoon is free to explore, shop, or whatever suits you fancy. (Dinner is included).

October 10 - Gear up for an exciting day exlploring Snowdonia National Park. Snowdonia is the highest peak in Wales and England. We’ll see the glacial Nant Ffrancon Pass, the haunting Ogwen Valley and so much more including the town of Bedgelert, named after the faithful hound of Prince Llewellyn. It’s a bit of a tear jerk story, believe us.. We will also see the Menai Straits between the mainland the Anglesey. This is where the Roman Army crossed to the island and destroyed the last major stronghold of the Druids. Back at the hotel you are free to dine at your leisure.

October 11 - It’s farewell to Caernarfon as we journey north to Conwy and it’s mighty castle, again built by the English in their subjugation of Wales. Conwy is a walled town, part of the Castle perimeter. We will explore the massive ruins, and climb the ramparts if you wish. We’ll also see the smallest house in Britain on the pier in the town. Later it’s on to Llandudno, a marvelous town on the north coast complete with its own pier. and our home for the next two nights at the
Bay Marine Hotel right on the waterfront.

October 12 - Perhaps you have heard of Portmerion Pottery. But we can almost guarantee you have not heard of PortmerionVillage. That’s out destination today. This is a shocker.

If you have longish memories you may recall the British TV Series of the ‘60s - The Prisoner staring the late Patrick McGoohan. It was filmed here because the village is so off the wall. It’s sort of Itianate bizarre. A fascinating creating of Sir Arthur Clough Williams, it is to put it simply, delightfully bizarre! A great and fun visit and a great lunch stop. More great scenery before it’s back to the hotel and dinner.

October 13 - On our last full day we have a delightful stop in the marvellous border city of Chester. A walled city (part of it is in Wales) this is considered one of the gems of both England a Wales. A Roman fortress, it was known as Deva and today the ampitheatre is being excavated. There is also a Roman Experience in the city; You can walk the walls, and explore ‘The Rows’ a street of medieval buildings with - indoor shopping from the medieval period. Chester is considered one of the top medieval cities in the U.K. and is a great stop for lunch and a visit.  Later we reboard the coach for Manchester Airport and the Hilton Airport hotel for our final night together. (DBB)

October 14 - Following breakfast you can make your way by free shuttle from the hotel to the terminal and your flight home.

Wales Dates:  October 8-14, 2019
Price per person: $3,350 per person Cdn.  $2895 U.S.
Single supplement: $450 Cdn.  $395 U.S.

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