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Wonders of Wales

Wonders of Wales

Once a kingdom in its own right, Snowdonia features a landscape like no other in England and Wales. Wild and rugged mountains range from Candair Idris (Giant Idris’s Chair) in the south to Eryri (Abode of Eagles) in the north. An area of scenic natural beauty, lofty peaks, verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls, surrounded by fertile flatlands and a gorgeous coast, it’s a great escape from summer crowds.

Wonders of Wales


Day-by-Day Highlights


Day 1 

Sit back, enjoy the ride and get to know your fellow travellers on a journey that

travels from the West Country and surrounding area to the mountains of Wales

for a three night stay at the Royal Victoria Snowdonia *** Llanberis.


Day 2 

The, ‘Prayer House in the Wood’, Betws-y-Coed, is a beautiful Victorian village

where a mercurial twist of water rushes and races beneath a series

of historical bridges. At Bodnant Gardens, the River Conwy slews past,

tumbling over ledges and offering a soundtrack to visual displays of plants and trees

from around the world, rooted and thriving in rich Welsh soil.

Wherever the eye rests, the landscape’s a source of wonder and today’s

scenic tour returns to base via the formal royal borough of Beaumaris.



Day 3 

Standing at the doorstep of the highest mountain in England and Wales,

 it would be a shame not to knock on the door.

There are about 25,000 steps up a 1085 metre climb to the summit of Snowdon

and mercifully, some bright spark added a railway to let the train

take the strain of this uphill haul. Admiring stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views

are the only labours to worry about and at the top

there’s a café waiting to supply a well-earned cuppa

and to provide a view of nature’s roofline spreading out in all directions.



Day 4 

Leaving Snowdonia’s haberdashery of rock, leaf, drop and drip behind, the tour

continues, heading south west as far as the Italianate Village of Portmeirion,

where turquoise, mustard, pink and red building populate a patch of estuary

on the River Dwyryd in Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’s architectural fantasia,before arrival

at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel *** our base for the next three nights:

This historic property is located in the centre of the Welsh town of Carmarthen.

Once the favoured retreat of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.



Day 5 

Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire’s finest stately home combines manor house

with medieval castle, a unique blend of Welsh heritage housing a fine array of rooms

containing a treasury of art. With more than 40 acres of informal walks,

woodlands and gardens to discover, there’s plenty to see and do and with the

services of a tour guide we are sure not to miss a thing!

All this before returning to the hotel via the twisting streets of Tenby’s seaside town.



Day 6 

Discover the people, places and events that feature on notes and coins

in purses and pockets with a visit to the Royal Mint Experience

where 1100 years of artistry track the existence of money through the ages.

Gain real knowledge of how it’s made whilst taking a tour of the experience,

then, having seen where it comes from, there will be time to exchange

these tokens of time and energy with a final visit to the Welsh capital, Cardiff.


Day 7 

Coach home to the West Country and surrounding area.



What’s included in this Sapphire Tour…


• Ride on the Snowdonia Mountain Railway.

• Entrance to and guided tour of Picton Castle and Gardens.

• Entrance to Royal Mint Visitor’s Centre and Factory Tour.

• Free time in Cardiff.

• A visit to Bodnant Gardens.

• A visit to Portmeirion.

• 3 nights evening entertainment.

• 6 nights hotel stay on half board

• Coach travel


Royal Victoria Snowdonia

Llanberis ***

Uniquely located at the foot of Snowdon, set within 30 acres of gardens and woodlands,

whilst being cradled between two lakes, a tranquil stay is on the horizon at this beautifully

appointed hotel. All rooms have Freeview, flatscreen television and hospitality trays.

The hotel has a lift.




Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashburton Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352)
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
Barnstaple Coach Depot Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ.
Barnstaple Railway Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU
Bickington Garage Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG
Bideford/Kingsley Statue Bideford Kingsley Statue
Bishopsteignton Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors
TQ14 9RL
Bodmin Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park
PL31 2LL
Braunton/opp George Hotel Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ
Bridgewater - Bus Station Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7
TA6 5PZ.
Bridgewater Services Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS
Bristol - Anchor Road Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol
Buckfastleigh Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
Bude Bude - TSB Bank
EX23 8JJ
Budleigh Salterton Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall
Clyst St George Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
Cullompton Services Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS
Dawlish Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH
East Budleigh East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL
Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2)
Exeter - Belgrave Road Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
Exeter Services Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF
Exminster Exminster - Victory Hall
Exmouth Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema
Folly Gate Folly Gate EX20 3AH
Fraddon Services Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA
Fremington/New Inn Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT
Gordano Services M5 Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG
Hatherleigh Co-Op Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY
Holsworthy Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA
Ilfracombe Ilfracombe War memorial
EX34 8HB
Ivybridge Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21
J27/M5 Services by Petrol Station
Kenton Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379
Kilkhampton Kilkhampton - Outside the Church
Kingskerswell /NewtonRd Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub
on corner of Manor Gardens
Kingskerswell/ The Sloop Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop
Kingskerswell/Devon Motor Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes
TQ12 5AT
Kingsteignton Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl
Knowstone Knowstone - Picnic Area
Launceston Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park
on Westgate
Liskeard Liskeard - The Parade
Lympstone Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road
Meeth Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP
Merton Merton Square, EX20
Merton Square Merton Square
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT
Newton Poppleford Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG
North Tawton North Tawton Square
Okehampton Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ
Paignton Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park
Plymouth - Derrys Cross Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe, PL1 2TE
Plympton Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store
Plymstock Broadway Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
Preston Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club
and Baptist Church A3022
Redruth Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB
Sedgemoor Services M5 N Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound
Sedgemoor Services M5 S Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound,
Self Drive Self Drive
Sidford Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop
Sidmouth, The Triangle Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF
Sourton Cross Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY
South Brent South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews
on the B3372
South Molton/Square South Molton Square - EX36 3AB
St Austell St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA
Starcross Starcross - Opposite Railway Station
Stibb Cross Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn
Taunton - Tower Street Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station
Taunton Deane Services N Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF
Taunton Deane Services S Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF
Tavistock Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
Teignmouth Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park
Tiverton Coach Station Tiverton Coach Station
Tiverton Shell J27/M5 Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5
Torquay Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road,
Torrington Torrington - back of Globe
Totnes Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel
Truro Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ
Wellington - Chelston Wellington - Chelston Business Park
outside Wellington Motors
Wellington - Conservative Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT
Whiddon Down Sevice area Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT
Winkleigh Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ
on A3124
Worle Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind
Parish Pump Pub
Yelland/Pottery Lane End Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31
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