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Overview

Self-Drive Holidays
10 Nights
  • Prices from: £865 per person
  • Availability: Any departure date
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)

Highlights

Conwy
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The delightful cobbled streets of the World Heritage Site and medieval town of Conwy are lined with cute shops, bakeries and cafes. Conwy Castle proudly overlooks the town which is surrounded by huge walls that have stood since the 13th century. 

Welsh culture and language
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Across Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula you will feel a strong sense of Welsh culture and national identity. Road signs appear in Welsh and in local bars and shops you will hear many people speaking the Welsh language. 

Llŷn Peninsula
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The Llŷn Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – totally unspoilt and a haven of perfectly pristine beaches and countryside. You can easily spend an afternoon exploring the little towns along the peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay, each with its own special character and feel. 

Snowdonia National Park
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A place for nature, exploration and the outdoors – Snowdonia National Park offers something for any type of adventurer, from gentle riverside rambles to majestic mountains. If you’re feeling energetic you could take on mighty Snowdon – the highest peak in Wales!

Medieval castles
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Visit the impressive castles of the ‘Iron Ring’ – a group of castles built by Edward I and one of the most impressive medieval building projects in Europe. Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Cowny and Harlech Castles all form part of this community of fortresses.

Portmeirion
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Visit the curious town of Portmeirion, designed by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis to replicate a colourful Italian village complete with a Mediterranean piazza, elaborate statues, exotic plants and a giant chess set. 

A Wonderfully Wild, Welsh Road Trip

On your journey on the Snowdonia 360 you will discover medieval towns and castles, admire white sandy beaches, and discover a land entwined in history and the unique Welsh language and culture. 

The contrasting areas of North Wales and Snowdonia offer an extraordinary array of natural landscapes, from the mighty peaks of the Snowdonia National Park to the pristine coastlines of North Wales, Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula.

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Your Snowdonia 360 road trip begins at the border of England and Wales in the medieval city of Chester – a place steeped in history. Take some time to visit the impressive cathedral and walk the ancient city walls. 

From here you will drive along the length of the North Wales coastline to the town of Conwy. Along the route, discover the famous seaside towns of Rhyl and Colwyn Bay where people have flocked since Victorian times to drink in the benefits of fresh sea air. The traditional pier and colourful townhouses of Llandudno offer one of the most famous backdrops in Wales. The cobblestone streets of Conwy are the perfect place for a wander and, on your sightseeing day, you could take a day trip to the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.

Porthmadog is a bustling harbour town and a base from where railway enthusiasts can ride the Welsh Highland or Heritage Railways. Nearby Portmeirion is one of the most popular attractions in Wales, a town inspired by the Italian villages of the Amalfi coast and a plethora of colour, vibrancy and exotica.
In a place of immense natural beauty, lose yourself for a day exploring the Llyn Peninsula AONB which plays host to unique seaside towns and villages, vast open beaches and the most wondrous seascapes. 

A drive along the Cardigan coast allows you to take in more impressive sea views, visiting Harlech Castle on your way through South Snowdonia. Stop in Barmouth and walk along the palm-lined blue flag beach and enjoy the pleasant little seaside village of Aberdyfi with pastel houses and a quaint old harbour. 

The drive back north through Snowdonia National Park is a spectacular one that leads to your final stop in Betws-y-Coed. Here you have the ideal base to explore this immense area filled with opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy mountains, rivers and woodland or explore the picturesque villages and towns.

Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our Snowdonia 360 self-drive tour. We design each itinerary around your interests, so think of this as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you.

We love the opportunity to use our first-hand knowledge and experience to design and deliver the perfect, bespoke holiday experience for you.

Day 1: Arrive in Chester
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Arrive in Chester, the medieval city on the border between England and Wales and enjoy the first night of your escape. Chester has some delicious restaurants to choose from both in the city centre and along the canal.
Overnight – Chester

Day 2: Chester Sightseeing
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Explore the ancient cathedral, wander the city walls and visit the old Roman amphitheatre, absorbing the long history of the city. Afterwards, head into the city centre and visit the 700-year-old Rows Galleries for a spot of shopping in this grand setting.
Overnight – Chester

Day 3: Chester to Conwy
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Travel the length of the North Wales coastline to the town of Conwy. Stop in Llandudno, a Victorian seaside town which still retains the same character as it did in the 1800s with its long, traditional pier and colourful townhouses. Behind stands the Great Orme headland – a spectacular sight.

As you drive into Conwy, admire the imposing castle standing proud over the town and from where lead the winding city walls.
Overnight – Conwy

Day 4: Anglesey Sightseeing
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Head across the Menai Bridge built by Thomas Telford for a day trip to the island of Anglesey. Beaumaris Castle is one of the most complete in North Wales and the town here is well worth a visit.

Anglesey has a large variety of lovely sandy beaches and rocky coves, including six Blue Flag Beaches and a Blue Flag Marina.
Overnight – Conwy

Day 5: Conwy to Porthmadog
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Stop at spectacular Caernarfon Castle this morning and take some time to explore the fortress and old town.

In Porthmadog itself, visit the Maritime Museum and learn about the town’s history as an important harbour town. Nearby, visit the Italian inspired town of Portmeirion and feast your senses on the array of colourful buildings, exotic plants and impressive artwork.
Overnight – Conwy

Day 6: Porthmadog, Portmeirion and Llŷn Peninsula Sightseeing
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Today you could take a day trip to the gorgeous Llŷn Peninsula and spend a day immersed in natural beauty, wide open beaches and vast seascapes. Stop to explore the many little towns dotted along this exquisite coastline.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a memorable train ride on one of the popular Welsh heritage railways.
Overnight – Porthmadog

Day 7: Porthmadog to South Snowdonia Coast
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Take a drive south past Harlech Castle down to the Welsh seaside town of Barmouth, whose palm-lined promenade sits proudly looking out over Cardigan Bay. 

Continue along the breadth of the Cardigan coastline, exploring lovely towns and villages as you take in the greener and rounder mountains of South Snowdonia.
Overnight – South Snowdonia Coast 

Day 8: South Snowdonia Sightseeing
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Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the seaside village of Aberdyfi today and explore the nearby Castell y Bere – a fortress sitting on a rocky outcrop in the Dysynni Valley below Cader Idris.

Cader Idris itself is the most popular mountain in the area and the highest in South Snowdonia. Here you can also visit the Visitor Centre and the incredible Cregennan natural lakes.
Overnight – South Snowdonia Coast

Day 9: South Snowdonia Coast to Betws-y-Coed
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Loop back to the north today and notice the changing landscape as you leave the coastline and rounder hills behind. Head deep into more rugged north Snowdonia to the storybook town of Betws-y-Coed – your base to explore the heart of the national park. Wander into the cute shops and cafes along the picturesque high street and enjoy some fine local produce in the town’s excellent restaurants and pubs.
Overnight – Betws-y-Coed

Day 10: Snowdonia Sightseeing
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A full day of exploring Snowdonia National Park awaits. You could visit one of many charming little towns such as Beddgelert or Blaenau Ffestiniog, take on the mighty mountain Snowdon, choose a rambling riverside walk, or go ziplining at the largest zip park in Europe. This is one of the best areas in the UK to explore the great outdoors.
Overnight – Betws-y-Coed

Day 11: Depart Betws-y-Coed
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After breakfast, it’s an hour and a half drive back to Chester where your Snowdonia 360 adventure will come to an end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 10 nights including traditional Welsh or English breakfast
  • Comprehensive information pack and local visitor guidebooks
  • Personalised itinerary with our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink and sightseeing suggestions
  • Map of Wales with our recommended driving route
  • 9 days rental of an Economy car (other vehicle categories available) including comprehensive insurance
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches and evening meals

Accommodation & Prices

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We know that after a busy day of sightseeing an exceptional place to stay makes all the difference. That’s why all of the accommodation we select is hand-picked using our first-hand knowledge of the best places to stay.

Our discerning team has a wealth of experience, and we extensively research and regularly review all of the accommodation we select for our clients.

Please choose from one of our accommodation categories below. If you wish to combine these categories or perhaps upgrade for a special occasion let us know in your enquiry.

Category
Accommodation type
Price per person
Premium
Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £1350

Our Premium category includes a unique collection of luxurious and stylish boutique Guest Houses and small 4* Hotels. These are wonderfully charming and intimate and run with great flair by their owners.

It also comprises larger 4* Hotels selected for their high standard of accommodation, exceptional service, and great location. These range from traditional luxury to contemporary Hotels.

Standard
4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £935

A collection of quality 4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels often located in beautiful locations which provide an excellent standard of accommodation.

Tastefully decorated and furnished, these properties are generally owned and operated by locals who have a genuine passion for their region which they are keen to share with you. Their warm hospitality is sure to be a highlight of your experience.

Budget
3* B&Bs and Guest Houses
From £865

A collection of 3* B&Bs and Guest Houses offering comfortable accommodation close to local attractions. Your accommodation is great for the little personal touches.

A chat with your warm and friendly hosts and fellow guests over breakfast will arm you with local knowledge and tips for the day ahead.

Special Places to Stay
Exceptional Hotels and luxury Resorts
Please enquire

From award-winning luxury Hotels to unique country retreats, all of which offer exceptional accommodation with superb facilities and outstanding service.

These are truly magical places and amongst the best Wales has to offer. The perfect choice when you would like somewhere really special which can be a treat for the night or for your entire holiday.

Car Hire

Our packages include car rental and comprehensive insurance for the duration of your holiday. Absolute Escapes has an excellent relationship with a number of car hire operators and we are able to offer quality vehicles and great value for money.

If you plan to bring your own vehicle, we are also able to offer this itinerary without a rental car.

All our packages include:

  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Super Damage Excess Waiver
  • Third Party Insurance
  • Theft Waiver
  • Tax
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
  • Good for 2 people
  • Maximum of 4 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
  • Good for 2 – 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Intermediate
Volkswagen Passat or similar
  • Good for up to 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 3 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Fullsize
VW Sharan or similar
  • Good for 5 people
  • Maximum of 7 passengers
  • 3 – 4 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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Snowdonia 360

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