Welcome to Wales - May 10-14 2019

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

Welcome to North Wales

5 days

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 cities.

Day 1

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Harrogate to Portmeirion

Departing Harrogate after ExploreGB, stop off at Mr Laus for dinner before making your way by coach to Portmeirion, where the educational itinerary begins. Arrive in Wales and check into the Portmeirion Hotel for the night.

Portmerion, Wales


16:00 – 16:00Tour guide to join the group in Harrogate
16:00 – 19:00Transfer to Mr Laus
19:00 – 20:30Dinner at Mr Laus
20:30 – 23:00Transfer to Portmeirion and check-in
OvernightPortmeirion Hotel

Supplier Information

NameThe Lamb Inn
ProfileLocated on Sheep Street, in the heart of Burford; The Lamb Inn boasts 17 classic Cotswold bedrooms, with history around every corner. This dog-friendly hotel is also home to a traditional bar and comfy lounges, a beautifully manicured garden and a 2 Rosette restaurant.
Phone01993 823 155
FIT or Groups:Both

Supplier Information

NamePortmerion Hotel
ProfileThe Hotel Portmeirion opened in 1926 as the focal point of Clough Williams-Ellis' proposed idea village. Artists, writers and Albanian royalty have stayed here not to mention various politicians, tycoons and other swindlers, however everyone is special at Portmeirion and all are welcome.
Phone01766 770000
FIT or Groups:N/A
Day 2

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Portmeirion to Caernarfon

This morning, board the train from Porthmadog to Cearnarfon, where you will enjoy lunch at the Cearnarfon Food Festival.

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. 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-word 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.


07:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel
08:00 – 09:00Optional walking tour with Stephen
09:00 – 09:30Transfer to Porthmadog
09:30 – 12:0509:40 train Porthmadog – Caernarfon
12:05 – 13:00Caernarfon Food Festival & Lunch
13:00 – 14:00Caernarfon Castle
14:00 – 15:00Transfer to Halen Mon via Llanfair PG for a photo stop
15:00 – 17:30Halen mon Sea Salt Tour
17:30 – 18:30Transfer to Celtic Royal Hotel
18:30 – 19:30Dinner in the hotel
OvernightCeltic Royal Hotel

Supplier Information

NameCaernarfon Castle
ProfileAfter all these years Caernarfon’s immense strength remains undimmed. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect.
Phone+44 (0)300 0256000
Min - Max capacity:N/A
Frequency:Open daily - please check website for seasonal opening times
Private tours:No - however group operators are welcome to provide their own guide Public tours available on certain dates - please check website for more details
FIT or Groups:Groups

Supplier Information

NameHalen Môn Anglesey Sea Salt
ProfileTŷ Halen is our unique, bespoke Saltcote and Visitor Centre. It is a first for Anglesey, Wales and the UK, and lies on the banks of the Menai Strait next door to the Anglesey Sea Zoo
Phone+44 (0) 1248 430871
Min - Max capacity:Max 12 for standard tours. Larger groups can be accommodated with advance notice.
Frequency:Daily: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm (other times and Blending Experiences by arrangement)
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:FIT or Groups
Day 3

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - Cearnarfon to Deganwy

Day two begins with a tour around AberFalls before transferring to the historic town of Conwy, dominated by the 13th century castle and walls, which stretch for over three quarters of a mile  and are guarded by 22 towers. Suggested visiting time for this UNESCO World Heritage Site is approx. 1 hour. Explorer passes are available for the travel trade.

Conwy is home to a charming quayside, and not only the smallest house in Britain (1.8m wide!), but also one of the nation’s finest Elizabethan town houses, at Plas Mawr,  famed for its elaborate and colourful plaster work.

The afternoon will take you Llandudno, Wales’s largest resort, with its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and two beaches; the award winning North Shore and the quiet sand duned West Shore Visitors can take a ride on The ‘San Francisco style’ Great Orme Tramway (one of only three still in existence in the world today).

After exploring Llandudno the coach will take you to the Deganwy Quay hotel where you will spend the night.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel
09:00 – 10:00Transfer to Aber
10:00 – 11:00AberFalls Tour
11:00 – 11:30Transfer to Conwy
11:30 – 13:00Conwy Castle & Plas Mawr
13:00 – 14:00Lunch at Castle Hotel, Conwy
14:00 – 14:20Transfer to Llandudno
14:20 – 16:00Tram at 14:40 up to Great Orme
16:00 – 17:30Free Time
17:30 – 18:00Transfer to Deganwy
18:00 – 20:00Dinner at hotel
OvernightDeganwy Quay Hotel

Supplier Information

NameConwy Castle
ProfileBuilt for Edward I, Conwy Castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. The battlements provide breathtaking views across mountains and sea.
Phone+44 (0) 300 0256000
Min - Max capacity:N/A
Frequency:Castle open daily - please see website for seasonal opening times
Private tours:No - however group operators are welcome to provide their own guide
FIT or Groups:Groups
Extra information:Long stay car/coach park outside the Town Walls. Short stay pay and display car park immediately outside the visitor centre.
Day 4

Monday, May 13, 2019 - Deganwy to Carden Park Hotel

Start the day at the Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard, set against the stunning backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Before boarding the coach to Bodnant Gardens.

Lunch will be served at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre followed by a tour of Bodnant Garden (National Trust) which is a must-see stop for garden enthusiasts with botanical collections from around the globe. It has five Italianate terraces and formal lawns on its upper level, leading down to a wooded valley with a stream running through a secluded wild garden. Booking in advance is essential for groups 15+ for which there is also a group rate. There is adequate parking for coaches.

When you’ve had your fill of horticulture the coach will take you to the Carden Park Hotel where you will enjoy dinner and a site visit before heading to the Staybridge Suites in Manchester for the night.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 – 09:30Transfer to Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard
09:30 – 12:00Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard Tour and Tasting
12:00 – 12:30Transfer to Bodnant Welsh Food Centre
12:30 – 13:30Lunch at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre
13:30 – 15:00Tour of Bodnant Gardens
15:00 – 16:30Transfer to Carden Park Hotel
17:00 – 19:00Dinner at the hotel with site visit
19:00 – 20:30Transfer to Manchester Staybridge Suites
OvernightStaybridge Suites

Supplier Information

NameGwinllan Conwy Vineyard
ProfileFirst planted in 2012, Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard offers a unique vineyard experience with the stunning backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.
Phone+44 (0) 1492 545 596
Min - Max capacity:Max 30 for scheduled tours Please enquire for larger group bookings
Frequency:Please check our website for scheduled events. We can host private groups Monday - Sunday. Please contact us to arrange.
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:FIT or Groups

Supplier Information

NameBodnant Garden
ProfileA world-famous garden home to National Collections and Champion Trees. With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant.
Phone+44 (0)1492 650460
Min - Max capacity:N/A
Frequency:Please see below for our 2018 opening hours
Private tours:No - operators are welcome to provide their own guides
FIT or Groups:FIT or Groups
Extra information:OPENING DATES & TIMES: 1st January – 28th February: daily 10am – 4pm 1st March – 30th April: daily 10am – 5pm 1st May – 30th June: daily 9am – 5pm 1st July – 31st October: daily 10am – 5pm 1st November – 31st December: daily 10am – 4pm Wednesdays April – September: open late until 8pm Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day - CLOSED Last entry 30 minutes before closing, gates are locked at closing time. During the winter months opening may be restricted by the weather.

Supplier Information

NameCarden Park
ProfileA four star luxury Cheshire hotel complete with AA Rosette awarded restaurant, two championship golf courses and award winning spa Nestled in 1,000 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside, Carden Park Hotel is the ideal venue for a relaxing hotel break, pamper, golf or productive conference
Phone01829 731000
Day 5

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Manchester

On the last day of this itinerary, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding the coach up to Manchester Airport.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast in the hotel
10:00Transfer to Manchester Airport

All times are subject to change.