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CHARMS OF THE EMERALD ISLES | 12 Nights | Departs Aug 17, 2015

 

Holyhead, Wales

Holyhead, United Kingdom-port

Holyhead stands on the far side of Anglesey, which is technically an island separated from Wales by the narrow Menai Straits. The distant mountains provide an ever-present backdrop, enticing the visitor to investigate their beauty. The rural charm of North Wales is juxtaposed with some unexpected features, for, perhaps to the casual visitor's surprise, this is an area that has participated in some of the great moments of our history.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Anglesey Coastline
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Anglesey's Beaumaris Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Caernarfon Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Conwy Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Penrhyn Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Port Meirion
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Snowdonia
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Anglesey Coastline

    Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: hoy-006

    Enjoy the scenery of coastal Wales on this mostly panoramic half-day tour that takes you around the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn in Welsh), which has a rich history passed on from its Viking, Celtic and Medieval settlers.

    Boarding your coach, you'll first head for the very western point of the Isle where you will see the tiny islet known as South Stack. Separated from Holyhead Island by 30 meters of turbulent sea, it features a glorious lighthouse designed to allow safe passage for ships on the treacherous Dublin - Holyhead - Liverpool sea route. The cliffs at South Stack are home to over 4,000 seabirds that nest here during the summer and from your lookout point, you'll have the opportunity to perhaps spot puffins, fulmars, guillemots and razorbills.

    From here, your drive continues south along the coast road, passing through Aberffraw which between the 7th and 13th centuries was the capital of North Wales and home to the Princes of Gwynedd. Next, it's on through the village of Newborough (time permitting stops for photographs will be made). Before long, you'll arrive in the town with the longest name in the world: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch. This long name actually means, 'The Church of St. Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio near a red cave'. The name is usually shortened to Llanfairpwll, or Llanfair PG by the locals. The extended name is almost probably the work of a local tailor who wanted to put the village on the map in the mid 1800's. One of Llanfairpwll's unusual claims to fame is that the Women's Institute movement was founded here in 1915. The now disused railway station still bears the longest name in the world and has been converted to a tourist attraction housing a good quality Woolen shop and souvenir center. Some free time will be afforded here to stroll around before continuing on your way.

    From Llanfairpwll, you'll drive along the Menai Strait and through the picturesque town of Beaumaris where you will have an outside view of Beaumaris Castle. This stunningly beautiful World Heritage Site castle was the last and largest of the castles to be built by King Edward I in Wales. Continuing along the coastal road, you'll pass through the most northerly village in Wales, Cemaes, which is set on Anglesey's wildest and most unspoiled stretch of coastline, before heading back in a southerly direction to Holyhead.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is at the guest's discretion. There is a steep incline to negotiate from the coach to the viewing area at South Stack. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Layered, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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