Sightseeing Day Tour to North Wales from Holyhead Cruise Terminal
This full day Sightseeing Day Tour to North Wales from Holyhead Cruise Terminal (synchronised to “all aboard”) / 120-mile North Wales Adventure tour departing from your ship (tender – port) in Holyhead, has been carefully designed and created with your cruise holiday in mind. Not only is it almost half the price of many other tours on offer but it is twice the fun!
We use a variety of vehicles but even when we allocate a full-size coach it is only with your comfort in mind, always ensuring everyone has plenty of seat space and a full window view.
This is sightseeing the way sightseeing is meant to be done! All our vehicles are the latest models, carefully designed to a purpose-built sightseeing specification with panoramic windows, full PA system, overhead parcel shelves, luggage compartment(s) and forced air ventilation.
Holyhead Shore Excursion
Your tour is fully escorted and narrated with a jolly driver and knowledgeable escort who, invariably, will become more of a friend than a tour guide! Every passenger receives special attention and is encouraged to participate in the day as much as possible to ensure that you have a wonderful time with us.
Your tour commences directly from the ship (synchronised with the ships timetable. We will not go without you or get you back late!).
As with all BusyBus shore excursions we keep our prices simple and to an absolute minimum. There is no catch! We really will delight you with your driver & tour escort keeping you fully informed and advised as to points of interest and general knowledge throughout the tour.
We do not force on you (on a pre-pay basis) lunch or unwanted attraction tickets because, quite simply, there is so much choice to see and do that we will leave those choices up to you on a pick & mix, go-as-you-please basis. What we will do is make sure you are fully informed as to what is on offer, the bargains to be had and assist in creating the best possible day out for you.
We enter the mysterious and legendary land of Wales in a short, narrated drive across the island of Anglesey (within a stones-throw of the marital home of Prince William and Kate) and navigate to the Mainland known as North Wales.
CAERNARFON AND CAERNARFON CASTLE
The mighty town of Caernarfon will be our first stop. Its sheer scale and commanding presence sets it somehow apart, and to this day, still trumpets, in no uncertain terms, the intention of its commissioner, Edward I. Begun in 1283 as the definitive chapter in his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and Royal Palace. Possibly the most famous of Wales’ castles is Caernarfon Castle, a magnificent-stoned fortress which evokes an authentic medieval atmosphere throughout. When you first see the castle you will experience a strange sensation of empathy in the presence of such a historic site.
Now, brace yourselves for what BusyBus has become known for (and, we modestly add, won significant national awards for) the North Wales Adventure element of our experience. In to Snowdonia National Park using carefully selected routes to take you off the beaten track and to viewpoints of wonder! You will feel like you own Snowdonia in the tranquility and ambiance (and adventure) we have prepared!
No trip to North Wales would be complete without a stop at the “capital”, Betws-Y-Coed (prayer-house in the woods). Interestingly, whilst right in the centre of Snowdonia National Park, an exclusion boundary has allowed this fairy-tale town to flourish into the centre of outdoor tourism in Wales. With its many shops, cafes, pubs and locals, this town can not fail to impress
Next we will visit the town of Conwy, constructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289 as one of the key fortresses in his ‘iron ring’ of castles to contain the Welsh. It was built to prompt such a humbling reaction with its fabulous wall circuit of over 3/4 mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers. Towering proudly over Conwy is arguably the best Welsh castle of all, Conwy Castle. A gritty, dark-stoned fortress which has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The first time that you catch sight of the castle you will know you are in the presence of a historic site which still casts a powerful spell.
Finally, for that last minute souvenir or a photograph that will impress even the quietest of neighbours, we will visit one of Wales’ Wonders, the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch! Yes, really!! One of the longest town names in the World with its famous railway station. Do not worry if you are struggling to pronounce it – all of you will be singing it all the way home!
We will travel in an executive purpose designed touring vehicle during the short, fully-narrated transfers between the superb locations that we have picked out for your tour.
BusyBus knows North Wales very well and can take you to places that the “standard” tours will not go to. With a mixture of stops to take in sights of Castles built under the instruction of Edward I of England and Welsh Valleys with picture postcard scenery, you will not be disappointed.
Your BusyBus driver/guide will advise how to spend your time at each location to get the best experience possible making your North Wales Shore Excursion possibly one of the best days of your cruise holiday
HOLYHEAD CRUISE TERMINAL SCHEDULE 2024
Please follow link for all sailings to Holyhead in 2024. Not all ships publish their arrival and departure times. If you are arriving in Holyhead on one of those ships, please let us know the arrival and departure times for your visit and we will add additional dates if appropriate.
* Times are APPROXIMATE We carefully co-ordinate times to meet & greet you at the quay-side and provide a fully synchronised tour returning at least 1-hour before “all aboard“. We will keep you fully updated via your online booking records if the TOUR DEPARTURE time above changes.
** NOTE: Holyhead (Anglesey) has now opened its Deep Water Berth for direct docking at the pier which will accommodate the majority of ships calling at this port. Take the available shuttle bus from the pier to the Terminal Building and your BusyBus driver/guide will be waiting for you as you emerge from the exit point.
*** NOTE: Some ships still need to use tenders due to their length and tonnage being oversize for the Deep Water Berth. On those occasions, the ship will anchor and transfer passengers by tender to the landing jetty where your BusyBus driver/Guide will be waiting to greet you.
…AND FINALLY: On our Sightseeing Day Tour to North Wales from Holyhead Cruise Terminal we are conscious of passenger concerns regarding the consequences of a late arrival back to ship when using independent excursion providers. In BusyBus’ case, saving up to 50% along with having a wonderful overall experience simply may not be sufficient to convince you, so let me, as Managing Director, re-assure you that all operational aspects of our tours are taken very seriously indeed to mitigate such a risk.
For example, wherever we tour we are always in communication with colleagues, peers, partners and associates who could, at short notice, jump in to assist an immobilised vehicle and/or get passengers safely back to their ship. All our vehicles carry a comprehensive manual that includes emergency procedures, phone numbers, breakdown assistance, medical aid, etc. We are, of course, recommended and known by the Port Authority too and are in regular communication.
If you are worried about being late back, how do you think we would feel with stranded souls sitting on the back of our coach?