5 Places to Visit in Magical Wales!

The Welsh football team have been in the news lately for their historic run in the European Championships 2016.

Not since the 1958 World Cup  has this inspiring team got this far, their first finals in 58 years.

They have demonstrated what true team spirit is all about, and gained mush admiration around the world for their comradeship.


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But this demonstration of football support and unity is hardly surprising since Wales is a nation of proud people who have a distinct cultural identity.

This includes culturally rich customs, glorious music and its very own language.

Wales is known for its singing and has thus acquired its popular image of the “land of song”.

Over 560,000 people who live in Wales speak the welsh language, with the majority of the population living in the north and west speaking it.

The daffodil and leek are symbols of Wales, and a fiery red dragon stands at the centre of the Welsh national flag.


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Wales is also famous for its largely mountainous terrain, with high peaks in the north and centre.

See below some enchanting places to go next time you visit Wales:


1. Snowdonia

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In Snowdonia, you can travel by coach and find a beautiful range of hills and mountains consisting of 14 majestic peaks over 3,000 ft high.

Mount Snowdon is the most famous and highest peak in Wales and can be reached by the ‘Snowdon Mountain Railway’.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a narrow gauge rack and pinion that travels the 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon and all its glory.

Snowdonia National Park is one of the most popular hiking and climbing destinations in Britain and is included in the gruelling National Three Peaks Challenge!


2. Caernarfon Castle

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 Caernarfon Castle was built by King Edward I in the 13th Century for the first Prince of Wales.

It has 13 towers and two gates, making it one of the largest castles in the country and best-preserved medieval fortresses in the whole of Europe.

In 1969, HRH Prince Charles, the current Prince of Wales, had his investiture take place there.

Today, you can visit the castle by car or coach and take in many interesting and informative exhibitions and displays throughout the towers.


3. Brecon Beacons National Park

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Brecon Beacons National Park is a hiker’s paradise which has mountains in excess of 2,000 ft to explore.

This most beautiful part of Wales is also famous for its ponies or Welsh cobs, one of the world’s oldest and prettiest horse breeds, which can be found on the uplands of the Brecon Beacons.

 Again, you can get there by car or coach as well as train, so be sure to explore the park’s many enchanting mountains, caves and waterfalls.


4. Conwy

Conwy is a beautiful walled market town on the north coast of Wales.

Take a guided tour of the stunning castles, medieval architecture and amazing walls.

There are also many shops to explore and cafes to indulge in a coffee and while away the time.

You can also find the Smallest House in Great Britain, also known as the Quay House, on the quay in Conwy.


5. Llandudno

Why not take a coach trip to Llandudno?

Llandudno is a seaside classic, the largest seaside resort town in Wales, and often regarded as the “Queen of the Welsh Resorts”

This picturesque tourist destination is located on the north coast next to the Great Orme, a prominent limestone headland now run as a nature reserve.

The best views of the town and breathtaking outlook across the Irish Sea can be seen from the summit of the Great Orme, easily accessible by the heritage tramway.

Llandudno also boasts a unique Victorian promenade which doesn’t have the usual seaside shops and cafés, making it a more peaceful and delightful experience altogether.

Christmas & New Year 2015/2016 Coach tours!

Again, it’s that time of year when we start to think about Christmas Time.



Whether it be thinking about what presents to buy, worrying about who to invite on Christmas day or  just stressing about the cost of it all, the build up to Christmas can be eventful to say the least.




There is an alternative though. Why not spend Christmas doing something else instead by taking a coach trip and letting other people take all the stress!

I’m not saying you should do it every year but every now and again won’t hurt. What’s more, there are coach trips designed especially with Christmas and New Year in mind.




Expat Explore do an excellent tour of Britain around the festive season called the ‘Great Britain Christmas Tour’.

 The tour starts in England, taking in beautiful Cambridge and the great City of York, before heading into Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh where you will celebrate Christmas Day. You will then experience the amazing scenery of the Scottish Highlands while travelling to Liverpool – the home of ‘The Beatles’ and two world famous premier league football clubs! Next, head to Wales’ Capital, Cardiff  before visiting the birthplace of William Shakespeare – Straford-upon-Avonand. Next stop is Bath – a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some of the finest architecture in Europe. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, and learn about the historical significance of the region, including the natural hot springs which supply the Roman baths the famous Roman Bath site in Bath.



Bath’s famous Roman Baths


Christmas time and New Year in Europe is also a fabulous place to be. Full-blown winter in Europe arrives in December and lasts until mid-March, and for most of Europe, winter is really cold. But winter in Europe is a celebration that greets you with the true warmth of festive joy and cheer. Snow-covered rooftops, Christmas markets and cities decorated with amazing displays of light will take your breath away.



Christmas market


Expat Explore also do an excellent tour of Europe called the ‘Europe Christmas Taster Tour’.

The tour starts in London and takes you on to Paris where you will see some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower! Spend two days in Paris before heading off to the Swiss Alps and the dramatic Swiss mountain scenery. Spend two days here soaking up the wonderful snow-capped peaks and tumbling mountain waterfalls. Take an optional excursion up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe! Next, travel to Germany’s famous Rhine Valley and relax on board a Rhine riverboat which takes  you to your hotel in the heart of the Rhine Valley. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs – wonderful at Christmas. For the next two days you can enjoy Christmas time in the Netherlands and Bruges, both enchanting places at the best of timers, never mind Christmas!



Bruges at Christmas


Some of the most popular and impressive destinations in Europe are just waiting to be explored on these Christmas and New Year tours. Recapture the magic of this wonderful time of year by doing something a bit different and discovering Europe’s Christmas cultural traditions as well as the truly delicious Christmas treats that are created especially for this magical time of year.


Live like a Queen Bee with CIE!



CIE Tours uses three classes of hotels – first class (3-star), superior first class (4-star) or deluxe (5-star) properties on all their tours. They choose hotels in central locations or scenic regions and  deluxe hotels offer luxurious features which are often in unique settings.



 For a royal experience, choose one of the CIE deluxe tours where you can stay in 5-star properties including Ashford Castle or Dromoland Castle. Many other tours stay in 4-star castle hotels such as Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Clontarf, Cabra or Kilronan Castle, giving you the experience on a more moderate budget.



Ashford Castle


5 star hotel

This famous castle dates back to the 13th century and now is one of Ireland’s most luxurious retreats. There are 83 bedrooms to choose from which are all individually designed with stunning views. Dine on superb cuisine in the elegant restaurant or enjoy afternoon tea or a snack in the lounge. The hotel offers spa facilities, golfing, horse riding, fishing and more. 



Enjoying Ashford castle!



Dromoland Castle Hotel

5 star hotel

One of Ireland’s premier hotels, this magnificent castle Hotel offers guests every imaginable facility and comfort. Guest rooms are furnished to an amazing standard of comfort whilst the spacious public rooms are filled with numerous antiques. The Finest cuisine is enhanced by an impeccable service. You can relax in the spa and health facilities or play a round of golf on the lovely landscaped grounds with a lake and 18-hole golf course. 

What’s more, just down the road is Bunratty Village for an opportunity to visit Bunratty Castle!



Enjoy a medieval feast at Bunratty Castle.


 CIE Tours also feature Bunratty Castle, as well as Knappogue and Cardiff Castle  on a number of tours offering Banquets.



Amazing view from Cardiff castle!

Plus, all itineraries visit plenty of more castles throughout Ireland and Britain – WOW!



Edinburgh Castle

The majestic Edinburgh Castle!


Windsor Castle

The very Royal Windsor Castle!



 What’s more, on all CIE Tours’ holidays that visit Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates, prime tickets to this event are included!

Contiki Holidays – an excellent choice for young adventure seekers!



Do you seek adventure and have a hankering for all things British?

Want to explore the amazing sights and sounds of England, Scotland and Wales?

Does the thought of Ireland make you want to leave everything and go there now?

Well look no further as Contiki tours has one of the widest choices available, from quick breaks to epic journeys, Contiki trips cover the world from all angles for 18-35 year old adventure seekers!

From Contiki tours Europe to Contiki tours UK, you cannot fail to find something especially for you.

Contiki tours UK combines the most picturesque countries in Europe – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

From short and date specific tours such as ‘St. Patrick’s Day (Ends in London)’ 4 day tour to more extensive tours such as their ‘Great Britain & Ireland (Ends in London)’ 16 day tour, Contiki holidays has the adventure you are looking for.


Contiki tours also offer an amazing ‘England & Scotland’ 9 day tour which can either end in Glasgow or London. This tour has the lot and includes a whirlwind of sightseeing, amazing medieval history & culture , and of course legends – watch out for the Loch Ness monster. 

What’s more, although there are some cheap places to stay in the UK, Contiki trips also offer a way of extending your stay with their ‘London Explorer (2 nights) (Imperial Hotel, Ends in London)’ short tour. It’s more like a  self-guided package which you can add onto your other Contiki holidays. Having said that, there are Contiki tours UK Representatives in central London  on hand to help you out with sightseeing info and tips on getting around. There are also plenty of day trips from London to choose from if you want to go further afield.


You can book a Contiki tour plus all Contiki  tours Europe with BIG SAVINGS all year round. Book with Global Coach Tours and they will give you an extra 8% DISCOUNT off most Contiki tour prices listed on their website that are 8 days or longer.

This is additional to other Contiki savings, including group savings when 4 or more friends book together and last minute deals – wow!

Book a Contiki holiday for the most amazing experience of  your life and the best holiday deal to match!!

All-inclusive adventure with CIE Tours!

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Did know that most other tour companies sell optional extras to clients while on tour?
When you travel with CIE Tours, you get an all-inclusive adventure that doesn’t have any fine-print expenses for extra side trips.

With the CIE Tours 350 pound Advantage, your holiday money goes a lot further!

It  can cost most couples up to £350 per week for optional extras such as medieval banquets, dinner/shows, walking tours and more.

CIE Tours coach tours include airport transfers, daily sightseeing programs with prepaid admission fees, full breakfasts,  medieval banquets and cabarets to make your holiday perfect! They include these features so that you are free to enjoy your holiday without daily sales pitches or unexpected additional costs. Their tour directors do not sell optional tours so that they can focus 100% on your enjoyment and interests. So from the moment you get to your start location, you’ll be escorted by an experienced tour director who has intricate knowledge of the local history while keeping your tour exciting.

With all the attractions to see in Ireland, it can be hard to plan a trip that is efficient while including as much sightseeing as possible. CIE’s 10- or 11-day trip packages are the perfect solution: step back in time in an ancient castle, discover old battlefields, and take in the breathtaking countryside views on the “Taste of Ireland and Scotland” tour, all for less than 100 dollars a day.
On the “Taste of Wales and Ireland” tour, you get to kiss the famed Blarney Stone, visit the luxurious House of Waterford Crystal, and travel to extraordinary castles dating back centuries.
If it’s a shorter trip you’re looking for, there’s something for even the getaway traveler. Going by coach allows you to cover a lot of ground in a little time, so that you can soak in as much of Ireland and its surrounding areas as possible, all in only a week. From traditional Irish music and pubbing with the locals on the “Irish Fling” tour, to castle and peninsula exploration on the “Southern Gems” tour, you can’t go wrong no matter which option you choose.
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Unlike other tour companies that charge hidden fees, with CIE Tours you won’t have to stress about getting to your location only to realize that you have to pay more to go on additional side trips. Get a discounted rate when you buy through Global Coach Tours.

Fun and Exciting CIE Tours

CIE Tours offers the best tours of Britain and Ireland. The company, which has been in business for 81 years, is an industry favorite among travelers. One of the main reasons for this is the high level of customer service provided by the tour guides. These tour guides, who are extremely friendly, work tirelessly to ensure that each tour is a huge success. The tours offered by CIE are guaranteed to start on time and are well worth the money one will pay to participate.

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Relax and travel in style aboard one of the state-of-the-art CIE coaches

CIE offers tours of many different travel destinations. Some of the most popular and well-known of these places are Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Italy, and Eastern Europe.

Each one of these wonderful travel destinations offers visitors a fun and unique experience. People have the option to register for an independent or a group tour. The independent tours are highly organized and give travelers a multitude of attractions to choose from. These tours are customized to meet each individual person’s desires.

The same holds true for the group tours. These tours are classified as either a brochure tour or a customized tour. CIE gives travelers a list of tourist sights and attractions. It is up to the traveler to choose which places they want to visit. The professionals at CIE are always available to help people out with these decisions. They make it a point to do everything in their power to ensure that each one of their clients has a safe and exciting travel experience.