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Wales trip itinerary options North and South

I am traveling to Wales in March. I am debating between two itineraries:
Itinerary one:
Flying into Manchester on a Friday
The next day Saturday taking a three day tour thru: Rabbies of: Snowdonia, North Wales and Chester. The tour returns back to Manchester on Monday.
Tuesday taking 3 to 3.5 hour train to Cardiff and stay there until Friday when I return back home out of Cardiff

Note: I have never done a three day tour but it seemed like a better option than taking the over two hour train from the Manchester airport. This tour starts and ends in Manchester and this trip for me is about seeing Wales. I will only be using public transportation and will not be renting a car. I have some back issues that are making this trip a bit more limited. I still want to be able to travel so I am adjusting what I am doing.

Itinerary two:
Fly into Cardiff, use this as my base and do day trips in the South.
I am also considering taking the bus and going to Hay-on-Way overnight.
It seems like most of the sights are in the north to see. Can anyone make any reccomondations for touring around the south.

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There is a lot more to South Wales than the Cardiff area.

We enjoyed South Wales, coming in from England we visited Tintern Abbey, then Raglan Castle, then on to Cardiff.

In Cardiff, we enjoyed visiting Cardiff Castle, the Museum of Welsh Life and took the train to Caerfully Castle. Then we moved on to Tenby for a couple of nights. Tenby is on the sea and a beautiful and historic place. It was were Henry Tudor, later Henry VII's uncle escaped via a tunnel to the sea and from Wales to France.

Then we moved on to visit another historic castle, Pembroke on our way to St. Davids, which is at the tip of SW Wales. St. David was the patron saint of Wales. There is a 12th Century Cathedral there. Then you can pass through the scenic Brecon Beacons park.
There is lots more to see in the South.

The North has much to see as well. Conwy Castle and town are great. There is lots more to see.

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If you google Bus day tours Cardiff, it throws up lots of companies running day trips from Cardiff. Mind you they aren't cheap at up to £50pp.

You can visit places like Caerphilly or Chepstow by train. Catch a service bus to the Folk Museum at St Fagan's (could easily spend a full day here) or Castlell Coch.