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Snowdon, Steam and Surprises in Wales
  Wales  Mon Jul 24 2023  08.00hrs 
Snowdon, Steam Trains and Surprises in Wales
  Rate (adult/child): €865/€865
Price Includes:
  • Luxury coach with experienced driver throughout the tour
  • Return ferry Dublin to Holyhead
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation (D,B&B)
  • Entrance to Beaumaris Castle
  • Return railway journey on Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • Entrance to Portmeirion Village and Gardens
  • Guide for tour of Llandudno
  • Single railway journey Porthmadog-Blaenau Ffestiniog
  • Entrance to Bodnant Gardens
  • Entrance to Plas Cadnant Gardens
Monday 24 July 2023
We will pick you up at your designated pick-up point and make our way to Dublin Port to arrive at 07.00hrs to board the ferry departing 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 cottages, many painted in soft pastel colours. You will visit Beaumaris Castle, a United Nations World Heritage site constructed between 1295 and 1330. In Beaumaris you will find lively cafes, pubs, restaurants and hotels where you can get some light lunch at your leisure before we board the coach once and again and continue on to Llandudno and our hotel. You will have time to check in and freshen up before dinner and an evening at your leisure. (D,B&B)
Tuesday 25 July 2023
After breakfast today we will be making our way to Llanberis Railway Station to start a once in a lifetime adventure 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. On arrival at the Summit, one of the world’s great panoramas is revealed, Eryri, Land of the Eagles. You are welcomed in to a 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. During your 30-minute stopover you can venture to the cairn of the highest mountain in Wales and England, 1085m above sea level.
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 26 July 2023
After breakfast in the hotel, we will board the coach and travel to Portmeirion, a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows. Portmeirion is open every day of the year from 9.30am to 7.30pm. The village is accessible although some areas are on a slope. 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. There is an at-seat buffet services, snacks, refreshments, a fully licenced bar featuring locally brewed award-winning beers. 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)
Thursday 27 July 2023
Today, after breakfast we will be joined by a guide who will board the coach and do a guided tour of Llandudno, this 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’. See if you can find it! 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. The gardens were created over 150 years, with plants collected and brought to Britain from far afield. This haven of rarity and beauty, with a stunning backdrop of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia 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.
Friday 28 July 2023
After 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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