|Wales & Mount Snowdon
|Mon Jul 15 2024
|Wales & Mount Snowdon
- Luxury coach with experienced driver throughout the tour
- Return ferry Dublin to Holyhead
- 4 nights hotel accommodation (D,B&B)
- Visit to Beaumaris (Castle entrance optional)
- Return railway journey on Snowdon Mountain Railway
- Single railway journey Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog
- Guide for tour of Llandudno
- Entrance to Caernarfon Castle
- Entrance to Bodnant Gardens
- Entrance to Plas Cadnant Gardens
|Monday 15 July 2024
|We will pick you up at your designated pick-up point and make our way to Dublin Port to board the morning ferry to Holyhead. at 08.15hrs to Holyhead. On arrival in Holyhead at 11.50hrs we will make our way for our first visit to the beautiful seaside town of Beaumaris, just a short drive away. This town has a captivating mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture. You will have free time to take a walk through the town, stroll along the seafront taking in the Pier and the views over the Menai Strait and Snowdonia. Stroll through the streets with their charming cottage. If you wish you can visit Beaumaris Castle (optional), a United Nations World Heritage site constructed between 1295 and 1330. After a couple of hours spent here we will board the coach and continue to Snowdonia and your hotel for the first of 4 nights with dinner. (D,B&B)
|Tuesday 16 July 2024
|After breakfast today we will be making our way to Llanberis Railway Station for a trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. This has been described as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world, departing Llanberis Station and climbing up Snowdon, with stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views (weather dependent!). On arrival at the Summit, one of the world’s great panoramas is revealed, Eryri, Land of the Eagles. You will spend some time in the modern contemporary Visitor Centre, an amazing feat of engineering on the top of a mountain. This unique building was built to withstand the mountain weather conditions, whilst blending in with its natural surroundings. The building is clad in oak and granite, and panoramic windows reveal wonderful views to the valleys below. You will make the return descent to Llanberis and from there we will return to the hotel where you can have some time to relax and freshen up before dinner. (D,B&B)
|Wednesday 17 July 2024
|Today, after breakfast we will be joined by a guide who will board the coach and do a guided tour of Llandudno, a seaside resort that retains much of its Victorian charm. We will travel the short distance to Conwy, with its magnificent 13th century castle and quaint streets. In the heart of the town is Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan town house. On the quay nearby is the ‘Smallest House in Britain’. We will make our way to Bodnant for a visit to Bodnant Welsh Food, a paradise for foodies, offering fresh, seasonal, food and drink from in-house specialists and local artisan producers. Our final stop for today will be at world-famous Bodnant Gardens, home to National Collections and Champion Trees. With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant with a stunning backdrop of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia. The gardens were created over 150 years, with plants collected and brought to Britain from far afield. This haven of rarity and beauty, is a delight for the senses. With year-round colour, the garden can be whatever you want it to be, whether that's a hive of activity or a haven of tranquillity and relaxation. (D,B&B)
|Thursday 18 July 2024
|After breakfast in the hotel, we will board the coach and travel to Caernarfon Castle - a large fortress in the town of Caernarfon that sits on the bank of the River Seiont where it meets the Menai Strait. The castle is one of the biggest and best castles in North Wales, the castle walls contain eight towers and two twin-towered gateways that stand prominently in the town. Inside you will find the Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum and an exhibition about the Prince of Wales. You can also climb some of the towers for a view across the town and the Menai Strait.
|After the morning spent exploring here, we will make the short journey to Porthmadog where you will board the Ffestiniog Railway for a 13½ mile journey from the harbour to the slate quarrying town of Bleanau Ffestiniog. This historic train climbs over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends, clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it. At Bleanau Ffestiniog there is a gift shop and toilets. We will return to the hotel with time to freshen up before dinner. (D,B&B)
|Friday 19 July 2024
|After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we will check out of the hotel and start the journey back towards Holyhead. We will have our final visit of the trip at Plas Cadnant Gardens, situated at the side of the Menai Strait, hidden from view near to Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey. Former owners of Plas Cadnant were related to the Tremayne family of Heligan House, now famous for its Lost Gardens. Plas Cadnant Gardens is now considered amongst the loveliest twenty gardens in Wales. We will depart the gardens in time to travel the short distance to Holyhead to arrive at 13.45hrs for the 14.45hrs ferry back to Dublin. You will be returned to your original pick-up locations after arrival.
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