The UK’s modern city of Manchester is the ideal gateway to the North; and is perfectly located as a convenient international access point to discover the delights of the North of England for touring and leisure purposes. Manchester is home to the third busiest airport in Britain after Gatwick and Heathrow; with it’s international airport located eight miles south of the city; handling tens of millions of passengers each year with direct flights all over the world.

Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character; Manchester is an exciting place to visit in the UK – a city where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed. Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. Today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

With its close proximity to the North of England and Wales in particular; we have devised a wonderfully flexible 5 night itinerary complete with private driver-guide (this tour is also suitable for groups or indeed self-drive clients – we can tailor-make it to suit any requirements).

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  • Tour departs from and returns to Manchester; utilising Manchester International Airport as the main access hub.
  • Enjoy a full day taking in the natural beauty of the rugged Yorkshire Dales, covering 1,770 square kilometres (680 sq mi), just one of England’s National Parks.  Retaining its renowned beauty and landscapes, the Dales is a working environment and well worth exploring.
  • Discover the wondrous Lake District which not only hosts some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery,  but it is also steeped in history and has some of the greatest literary associations to be found anywhere.
  • Visit the amazing 2,000 year old City Of Chester, with its Roman heritage and ancient racecourse before hitting the road to the mysterious and legendary land of Wales
  • Spend time at the wonderful Victorian seaside town of Llandudno; ascent the steep Great Orme and marvel at the views (on a clear day you may even see the Isle Of Man!) Visit the 1,100 year old hidden chapel of St. Tudno with its Blue Window and Stigmata. A stroll down the original wooden pier far out to sea is a must to buy those Welsh souvenirs!
  • There will be time for a quick photo opportunity of Conwy Castle: a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with the french Richard The Engineer. This castle is the “real thing” and has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere.
  • Delight in the more adventurous side of the tour with a journey through the Snowdonia National Park 
  • Complete your time in North Wales with a trip to the “capital” Betws-Y-Coed  (prayer-house in the woods). Located 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.
  • Finally; pass through Llangollen, the starting station for the famous and still fully-functional steam railway along with many other “claims to fame”.  Make the most of the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford in 1795 and still taking canal barges across the valley high above the ground.



Please contact any of the ASA team to discuss the many ways in which we can adapt this itinerary to match your needs.