Explore Wales - Fri 2 March 2018 to Mon 5 March 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Explore Wales

Only 2 hours from London, Wales provides a backdrop of exciting landscapes for visitors to explore. With 5 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and 3 National Parks, with their snow-capped peaks and wild coastline, Wales is the perfect place to switch off and explore untouched valleys and sleepy villages, or to enjoy raring-to-go towns and the capital Cardiff.

Key gateways

Cardiff, Bristol

Pembroke, Holyhead

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - North Wales

16:00 Coach transfer from Newcastle
20:15 Check into Royal Oak Hotel, Betws-y-Coed
20:30 Dinner at the hotel
Overnight Royal Oak Hotel

Itinerary Details

This itinerary starts with a coach journey from Newcastle, in England to the Snowdonia National Park in the heart of Wales – taking approximately 4.5 hours.

Supplier Information

Name Royal Oak
Category Accommodation
Profile Sensitive to its Victorian heritage the Royal Oak’s traditional design is coupled with modern facilities creating charm, comfort and luxury in a stunning location in the heart of the village. Luxurious rooms, award winning dining and vibrant bars, all delivering outstanding hospitality, making the Royal Oak the perfect choice for any occasion.
Phone 01690 710219
Email royaloakmail@btopenworld.com
Website http://www.royaloakhotel.net/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 2

Saturday 3 March

North Wales

07:30 Breakfast and hotel check out
08:45 Coach transfer to Go Below
09:00 Visit to Go Below
09:40 Coach transfer to Llechwedd Slate Cavern
10:15 Visit to Llechwedd Slate Caverns
12:30 Lunch at Llechwedd Slate Caverns
13:30 Depart for Zip World Fforest
14:00 Zip World Fforest
15:00 Depart Zip World Fforest for Surf Snowdonia
15:30 Arrive at Surf Snowdonia for show around
19:00 Dinner at Castle Hotel Conwy
Overnight Castle Hotel Conwy

Itinerary Details

Built inside the rocks of the stunning Snowdonia National Park, Go Below provides jaw-dropping adventures for all ages. From zip lines and boating on underground lakes, to abseiling into an abyss or scaling a waterfall, a visit here is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

Built in the 1840s, a visit to the interactive exhibit at Llechwedd Slate Cavern brings the harsh realities and dangers of the Victorian slate mining industry to light. There’s even the chance to try the Welsh stew the miners would have eaten at the on-site cafe, a handy stop for lunch.

And for thrillseekers young and old, Zip World Fforest offers plenty of treetop adventures in the Welsh countryside – with 23 zip lines in a Zip Safari, a giant 5 seater Skyride which swings through the sky, and Treetop Nets high up in the forest.

Think of inland Wales, and you wouldn’t normally think of surfing. But that’s all changing! As the world’s first inland surf lagoon, Surf Snowdonia is built on the site of a former mine, and is the only guaranteed surf break in the UK. Surf lessons and more involved experiences are on offer here, as well as a range of over-water obstacles in the Crash & Splash Lagoon.

Supplier Information

Name Go Below
Category Attraction
Profile Test your nerve by journeying through a mountain via a series of exciting adventurous challenges on one of our three epic underground adventures. Try your hand at zip-lining through caverns, or climbing up a vertical shaft, boating across a lake, traverse over an abyss, scale a waterfall or abseil your way down to the deepest point in the UK! It’s Adrenaline pumping, heart thumping, pulse jumping fun, guided by the most fun, experienced and qualified instructors in the country!
Phone 01690 710108
Website http://www.go-below.com/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Llechwedd Slate Cavern
Category Attraction
Profile Buried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia lies an extraordinary story: it’s a rock revolution that shaped the look and feel of the world as we know it. A way of life which built communities and defined generations of families in North Wales.
Phone 01766 830306
Email bookings@llechwedd.co.uk
Website https://www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Zip world forest
Category Attraction
Profile Nestled in the spectacular Conwy Valley, Zip World Fforest offers an idyllic woodland setting for all your adventurous wishes. Enjoy a journey through the canopy of the trees on Zip Safari, bounce and explore to your hearts content on Treetop Nets or soar over the tree tops on the giant five seater swing, Skyride. Our latest adventures allow you to weave, dart and speed through the trees on Fforest Coaster and tackling the aerial obstacles and zip wires on our Tree Hoppers course will keep young adventurers busy.
Phone 01248 601444
Email info@zipworld.co.uk
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Surf Snowdonia
Category Attraction
Profile Welcome to Surf Snowdonia – a world-first inland surf lagoon and the only guaranteed surf break in the UK. You’ll find us in the heart of beautiful North Wales, set against a backdrop of the forests and mountains of Snowdonia. Our awesome technology delivers a variety of wave profiles, so absolute beginners can surf safely alongside the pros. Our expert surf tuition and reliable waves make this the ideal, family-friendly training arena.
Website https://www.surfsnowdonia.com/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Castle Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile The Castle Hotel has 27 Bedrooms and have a great range of room types to choose from. All rooms are individual in shape, size and decoration. Our rooms have kept their historic feature and are well equipped with everything you need in the modern world.
Phone 01858 438300
Email castle@innmail.co.uk
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 3

Sunday 4 March

North Wales

07:30 Breakfast
08:30 Coach transfer to Anglesey
09:15 Llanfair PG photo op
09:45 Depart Llanfair PG for Halen Mon
10:10 Tour of Halen Mon
11:00 Coach transfer
11:45 Arrive Menai Bridge for Ribride
12:30 Walk to Dylan’s Menai Bridge
12:45 Lunch at Dylan’s Menai Bridge
14:15 Depart for Caernarfon Castle
14:30 Tour of Caernarfon Castle
15:30 Depart Caerarfon Castle for Nant Gwrtheyrn
16:00 Show around and short Welsh lesson at Nant Gwrtheyrn
17:00 Depart for Conwy
Overnight Castle Hotel, Conwy

Itinerary Details

Llanfair PG – otherwise known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – is famous for having the longest place name in Europe, with 58 characters! It’s also the second longest one-world place name in the world, so its sign is definitely worth a photo or two.

Halon Mon is an award-winning sea salt company in an Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A guided 50-minute tour of its Saltcote and Visitor Centre shares the history behind the seasoning, as well as offering the opportunity to try the salt made here, and to chat to the people who hand-harvest it.

If the thrills and spills of Zipworld, and Surf Snowdonia yesterday weren’t enough, RibRides offers a thrilling water adventure around the isle of Anglesey, spotting islands, sea lions, shipwrecks, stately homes and whirlpools. It’s a fast and fun way to experience the beauty and history of the Menai Strait.

And after all that fresh air and exploring, Dylan’s at Menai Bridge is a great choice for lunch. Dedicated to the character, natural beauty and produce of North Wales, we recommend trying the Menai mussels – all locally and sustainably sourced.

Once home to a staggering 600 fortresses, Wales has 100 stunning castles which remain and the UNESCO-listed Caernarfon Castle is no exception. One of the mightiest, most impressive fortresses in Wales, its polygonal towers and colour-coded brickwork contribute to its uniqueness, as does its location right on the shoreline.

And to really get a feel for this nation, The Welsh Language and Heritage Centre of Nant Gwrtheyrn offers visitors the chance to learn Welsh words in an informal, laid-back environment. It is estimated that Welsh is still spoken by 23% of the Welsh population, and as a nation the Welsh are extremely proud of their language and culture. Class sizes here are small and the tutors are extremely experienced, with the ability to tailor every educational experience to each group.


Supplier Information

Name Menai Bridge
Category Attraction
Profile Going under Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge, we enter the infamous Swellies with its shipwrecks, rocks and whirlpools. We whip under the Britannia Bridge to spot the Lions and salute Lord Nelson’s statue. After viewing Plas Newydd, we return to Menai Bridge and on to see ‘Millionaires Row’. Our skippers are your fast and fun guides to the natural beauty and history of the Menai Strait.
Phone 0333 1234 303
Email info@ribride.co.uk
Website https://www.ribride.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Caernarfon Castle
Category Attraction
Profile A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less!
Phone 01286 677617
Email cadwcommercial@gov.wales
Website http://www.caernarfon-castle.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Nant Gwrtheryn
Category Education / Youth
Profile The Centre specialises in Welsh for Adults (as a second language) and offers intensive residential courses throughout the year. Visitors to the area can enjoy our Heritage Centre which houses displays about the Welsh language and culture, as well as the history of the village which includes a period house set in a Victorian quarry community and information about the unique wildlife which can be discovered in this remote coastal valley and beach.
Phone 01758 750334
Email post@nantgwrtheyrn.org
Website http://nantgwrtheyrn.org/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Day 4

Monday 5 March


AM Breakfast and Hotel check out of hotel and possible free time around Conwy before airport transfer