Once a kingdom in its own right, Snowdonia features a landscape like no other in England and Wales. Wild and rugged mountains range from Candair Idris (Giant Idris’s Chair) in the south to Eryri (Abode of Eagles) in the north. An area of scenic natural beauty, lofty peaks, verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls, surrounded by fertile flatlands and a gorgeous coast, it’s a great escape from summer crowds.
Day 1 Sit back, enjoy the ride and get to know your fellow travellers on a journey that travels from the West Country and surrounding area to the mountains of Wales for a three night stay at the Royal Victoria Snowdonia *** Llanberis.
Day 2 The, Prayer House in the Wood, Betws-y-Coed, is a beautiful Victorian village where a mercurial twist of water rushes and races beneath a series of historical bridges. At Bodnant Gardens, the River Conwy slews past, tumbling over ledges and offering a soundtrack to visual displays of plants and trees from around the world, rooted and thriving in rich Welsh soil. Wherever the eye rests, the landscapes a source of wonder and todays scenic tour returns to base via the formal royal borough of Beaumaris.
Day 3 Standing at the doorstep of the highest mountain in England and Wales, it would be a shame not to knock on the door. There are about 25,000 steps up a 1085 metre climb to the summit of Snowdon and mercifully, some bright spark added a railway to let the train take the strain of this uphill haul. Admiring stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views are the only labours to worry about and at the top theres a café waiting to supply a well-earned cuppa and to provide a view of natures roofline spreading out in all directions.
Day 4 Leaving Snowdonias haberdashery of rock, leaf, drop and drip behind, the tour continues, heading south west as far as the Italianate Village of Portmeirion,
where turquoise, mustard, pink and red building populate a patch of estuary on the River Dwyryd in Sir Clough Williams-Elliss architectural fantasia, before arrival at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel *** our base for the next three nights.
Day 5 Picton Castle, Pembrokeshires finest stately home combines manor house with medieval castle, a unique blend of Welsh heritage housing a fine array of rooms containing a treasury of art. With more than 40 acres of informal walks, woodlands and gardens to discover, theres plenty to see and do and with the services of a tour guide we are sure not to miss a thing!
All this before returning to the hotel via the twisting streets of Tenbys seaside town.
Day 6 Discover the people, places and events that feature on notes and coins in purses and pockets with a visit to the Royal Mint Experience where 1100 years of artistry track the existence of money through the ages. Gain real knowledge of how its made whilst taking a tour of the experience, then, having seen where it comes from, there will be time to exchange these tokens of time and energy with a final visit to the Welsh capital , Cardiff.
Day 7 Coach home to the West Country and surrounding area.
Ride on the Snowdonia Mountain Railway.
Entrance to and guided tour of Picton Castle and Gardens.
Entrance to Royal Mint Visitors Centre and Factory Tour.
Free time in Cardiff.
A visit to Bodnant Gardens.
A visit to Portmeirion.
3 nights evening entertainment.
6 nights hotel stay on half board.
Uniquely located at the foot of Snowdon, set within 30 acres of gardens and woodlands, whilst being cradled between two lakes, a tranquil stay is on the horizon at this beautifully appointed hotel. All rooms have Freeview, flatscreen television and hospitality trays. The hotel has a lift.
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