Wonders of Wales

Wonders of Wales

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.


Wonders of Wales


Day-by-Day Highlights


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 landscape’s a source of wonder

 and today’s scenic tour returns to base via the formal royal  borough of Beaumaris.

Bodnant Gardens


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 there’s a café waiting to supply a well-earned cuppa

 and to provide a view of nature’s roofline spreading out in all directions.



Day 4  Leaving Snowdonia’s 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-Ellis’s architectural fantasia,

 before arrival at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel ***

our base for the next three nights.


Day 5  Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire’s 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,

 there’s 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 Tenby’s seaside town.


Picton Castle


Day 6  Discover the people, places and events that features

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 it’s 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.



What’s included in this Diamond Tour…


• Ride on the Snowdonia Mountain Railway.

• Entrance to and guided tour of Picton Castle and Gardens.

• Entrance to Royal Mint Visitor’s 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.

• Door-to-door travel.



Royal Victoria Snowdonia

Llanberis ***



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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