From Welsh Mountains to Ireland's Ancient East

This tri-centre tour is designed to offer your customers something different, with dramatic scenery and the beauty of both North and South Wales and Southern Ireland. We have included some fantastic and varied attractions which are sure to appeal, from gardens and railways to castles and ale!

Clare says: “I’m sure your passengers will love this tri-centre tour taking in some wonderful sights and varied scenery, mixed with some excellent hotels.”
Day 1 Arrival in South Wales
We will have free time on arrival to take a stroll around Carmarthen (our hotel is located in the middle of town) before dinner.

Day 2 National Botanic Gardens of Wales 18 mile round trip
After breakfast we make our way to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The gardens are both a visitor attraction and a centre for research and conservation, and feature the world’s largest single-span glasshouse. The idea started in 1978, when a group of local walkers decided they wanted to revive the splendour of what they could see around them. Setting up a fundraising scheme, the little money they raised led to the rediscovery of a number of historical features. The highlights to look out for include three lakes, a Japanese garden and a Bog garden, along with a Double Walled Garden and the Tropical House. We will then return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 3 Off to Ireland via Picton Castle 47 miles + 25 miles
We will have an early breakfast today and drive to Picton Castle, where we will enjoy a guided tour. It is truly a unique property, being half castle and half fortified manor house, surrounded by stunning gardens. We will then continue on to Pembroke and board our ferry to Ireland. We will make our way to Enniscorthy and settle into our hotel prior to dinner this evening.

Day 4 Kilkenny & Smithwick’s Experience 72 mile round trip
After breakfast, we will travel to medieval Kilkenny where we will spend our day. Kilkenny is acclaimed internationally as a centre for craft and design. Each year Kilkenny hosts a number of international festivals and the city is a very popular tourist destination. Characterised by beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways, it is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants. We may choose to visit the restored St Canice’s Cathedral and of course Kilkenny Castle, one of the most magnificent castles in Ireland, built by the Normans who arrived in the city during the 12th century. In the afternoon we will visit the Smithwick’s Experience, located in the Medieval Mile. We will learn about the history of Ireland’s oldest ale, brewed since 1710 and stroll through the centuries in our interactive tour followed, of course, by a tasting before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Day 5 Waterford Crystal & Suir Valley Railway 75 mile round trip
Today we head for Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford. We can take time to explore this interesting city, perhaps visiting the Waterford Medieval Treasures, which tells the fascinating story of the city in an interactive and high-tech museum. We may then decide to take a stroll along the quay and visit one of the many traditional pubs and cafés, before visiting the House of Waterford Crystal, now located in the city centre. We will be able to watch how the raw ingredients are turned into beautiful one-off commissions. This is a fascinating and interesting attraction and a must-see when visiting Waterford. In the afternoon we will visit the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway. Experience the beauty of the Suir Valley from a period carriage and take in the wonderful panoramic views of the River Suir along 8.5 km of track from Kilmeadan to Gracedieu Junction. This friendly railway runs mostly along the picturesque banks of the River Suir offering views of the world famous Mount Congreve Gardens, an area rich in history which is only accessible by train.

Day 6 Farewell Ireland, Hello North Wales 74 miles + 28 miles
This morning, we will say goodbye to Enniscorthy and visit the delightful Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow – one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland – before then making our way to Dublin Port to board our ferry to Holyhead. We arrive at the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon and settle in prior to dinner.

Day 7 Ffestiniog Railway 40 mile round trip
After breakfast we will travel through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, to the seaside town of Porthmadog, to board the train on the Ffestiniog Railway. Sit back and relax as we enjoy the 13 mile journey with dramatic views of the mountains, lakes and waterfalls. The track climbs 700 feet above sea level as we journey towards the famous slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, known as the heart of the national park. Our coach will then meet us and we will travel to Betws-y-Coed, where we will have free time to explore this pretty town and its lovely quaint shops and traditional pubs. We will then return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast, we will leave our hotel and begin our journey home.
Legend
We have reserved a variety of hotels in the surrounding area for this particular event. Please contact the sales team on 01732 879191 for more information, Request a Callback or complete one of our Quote Me forms, our team will then be in contact to discuss availability and which hotel best suits your customers.

Ivy Bush Royal Hotel (Nights 1 & 2)

Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

Treacys Hotel (Nights 3, 4 & 5)

Enniscorthy, Wexford

Celtic Royal Hotel (Nights 6 & 7)

Caernarfon, North Wales

7 Nights Half Board
May - September 2018
(Selected dates only)
Twin from £519pp to £539pp
Single Supplement from £110

Inclusions
2 Nights Half Board Ivy Bush Royal
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• In-house entertainment on 1 night
• Live musical entertainment on 1 night
• Entrance to National Botanic Gardens of Wales
• Guided tour of Picton Castle
• Ferry crossing Pembroke - Rosslare
3 Nights Half Board Treacys Hotel
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Tour & tasting at Smithwick’s Experience
• Entrance to House of Waterford Crystal
• 40 min return trip on Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
• Entrance to Powerscourt Gardens
• Ferry crossing Dublin - Holyhead
2 Nights Half Board Celtic Royal Hotel
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Live entertainment on 1 night
• Single journey Ffestiniog Railway: Porthmadog-Blaunau (70 mins)
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Prices starting from...

£519 for 8 days

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Features of this tour


  • Entrance to National Botanic Gardens of Wales

  • Guided tour of Picton Castle

  • Tour & tasting at Smithwick’s Experience

  • Entrance to House of Waterford Crystal

  • 40 min return trip on Waterford & Suir Valley Railway

  • Entrance to Powerscourt Gardens

  • Single journey Ffestiniog Railway: Porthmadog-Blaunau (70 mins)