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Spectacular Snowdonia

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TCRO9019

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Spectacular Snowdonia | Crosskeys Short Breaks

The sheer beauty of Snowdonia, in the heart of North Wales, is hard to beat.  With its breath-taking landscapes, stunning beaches and rugged mountains our comprehensive tour encompasses some of the highlights of this spectacular area.  Against the backdrop of one of Britain’s tallest peaks you’ll enjoy plenty of excursions including Caernarfon Castle, a cruise to Puffin Island, hidden gardens, a visit to Portmeirion and an awe-inspiring rail journey on the UK’s longest heritage railway.

INCLUSIONS 

  • 4 night’s dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Entrance to Caernarfon Castle
  • National Slate Museum
  • Boat cruise to Puffin Island
  • Entrance to Plas Cadnant Gardens
  • One way journey on the Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon - Beddgelert)
  • Entrance to Portmeirion
PRICE FROM ? £525 per person
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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: We arrive at our idyllically located hotel in Llanberis in time for dinner. 

Day 2: This morning we visit Caernarfon Castle, recognised around the world as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most impressive castles in Wales, Edward I’s formidable structure on the banks of River Seiont was intended as a seat of power - and as a symbol of English dominance over the Welsh. Following our visit to the Castle we enjoy a scenic drive to Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia and North Wales’ most popular inland resort. The magical setting with its timeless allure has a distinctly Alpine feel enhanced by the surrounding Gwydyr Forest. We enjoy time at leisure for lunch before visiting the National Slate Museum, a living and working museum that provides a fascinating insight into the history and significance of an industry that has chiselled itself into the very being of this country.

Day 3: This morning we travel to the Isle of Anglesey and nearby Beaumaris with its medieval castle, lovely beach and Victorian pier. While there we relax on a leisurely 80 minute return boat cruise to Puffin Island.  Located at the Northeast entrance of the Menai Strait this little island hosts an abundance of wildlife including Atlantic grey seals, resident coastal birds and of course puffins. We may be fortunate enough to encounter porpoise or even dolphins and you’ll be entertained with light-hearted and informative commentary along the way with help spotting the different birds and wildlife throughout the voyage. In the afternoon we visit one of North Wales’ best kept secrets, the hidden gardens of Plas Cadnant.  With 10 acres of gardens including a two acre walled garden, fantastic valley gardens packed with unusual and interesting plants, flowering shrubs and trees, rivers and waterfalls this fascinating haven was undiscovered for over 70 years.

Day 4: Today we enjoy a ride on the Welsh Highland Railway, the UK’s longest heritage railway and one of the most spectacular ways to see the awe-inspiring scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. Our one way journey begins beneath the castle walls in historic Caernarfon and meanders from the coast into the mountains, with views across Anglesey, before climbing to the foot of Snowdon. After passing through Rhyd Ddu Station the train crosses the summit of the line before snaking down through the forest and onto the picture postcard, riverside village of Beddgelert.   On arrival, we re-join our coach and travel to the nearby unique Italianate village of Portmeirion, exploring the lovely terraced gardens, picturesque village and shops. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the early 20th century, Portmeirion's Riviera inspired houses, ornamental garden and campanile are a beautiful pocket of madness like no other.

Day 5: After a delicious breakfast, we make our way home.

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Accommodation

Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis, Caernarfon

Few hotels can command such breath-taking views as the grand Royal Victoria Snowdonia Hotel. Set in a picturesque location overlooking Llanberis, the hotel is situated just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and its many amenities, attractions and walks.

The welcome here is warm and genuine and the atmosphere is one of complete relaxation. All rooms are en-suite with TV, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron & ironing board and free Wi-Fi.The large restaurant is stylish and bright and there is a relaxing, cosy, pub-style bar with comfortable seating.There is also an elegant lounge and delightful gardens with stunning views.

The hotel has a lift.

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