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WALES   - NORTH SNOWDONIA

On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights near the picturesque village of Beddgelert near the Snowdonia National Park. From here we explore to see high mountains, stunning coastal vistas and beautiful castles and gardens. The nearest major town is Porthmadog about 8 miles away and from here the recently re-opened Welsh Highland railway runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, passing through Beddgelert on route. This is a spectacular journey which includes the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass and views of Snowdon.

  • Stay at Craflwyn Hall amidst dramatic mountain scenery
  • Visit mighty Caernarfon Castle
  • Explore the beautiful coastal scenery of the Lleyn Peninsula
  • Snowdonia and Portmeirion
  • Llyen Peninsula
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Bodnant Gardens
  • Swallow Falls at Betws-y-Coed

2017  Dates: One week tours start Fridays  07 July, 01 Sept

Price in British pounds:  855.00 GBP  based on double occupancy. 
A few single rooms have no supplement, 
Non-member associate fee is 10 GBP per person


Accommodation:  Craflwyn Hall offers a stunning and peaceful location on the edge of Beddgelert village. There is a dining room, bar and lounge. 
21 rooms have ensuite private bathroom, TV and hairdryer. All guests are participating in an HF Holiday so the atmosphere is that of a private club.

Meals: All meals are included. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet. Lunch is a packed lunch. Dinner is a three course meal with a choice of four main courses including one vegetarian. Special diets can be catered to.

Itinerary:

Friday: Arrival day   Check in from 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea at 4pm.

Saturday: Caernarfon & The Menai Strait
Our holiday begins with a journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in Snowdonia, with excellent views of the highest mountains towering over picturesque lakes. We cross onto the island of Anglesey and continue to Beaumaris, with its 13th century castle, before proceeding to Llanfair PG (the village with the longest name in UK). Then its Caernarfon where another of Edward Iís 13th century castles is the main attraction in this historic walled town.

Sunday: Lleyn Peninsula
We journey around the Lleyn Peninsula, the most westerly part of north Wales. Our morning visit is to the Lloyd George Museum at Llanystumdwy before continuing to the Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery at Llanbedrog. We then cross to the north coast of the peninsula, with its wide sandy beaches and granite-worked mountains, to visit the Welsh Language and Culture Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn.

Monday: Free day to explore the local area. Perhaps take a ride on the the steam railway. 

Tuesday:  The Crimea Pass & Bodnant Gardens
Our day starts with a delightful scenic journey through to Blaenau Ffestiniog and across the Crimea Pass to the famous Swallow Falls in Betws-y-Coed. From here we drive north up the beautiful Conwy Valley to visit the woollen mills at Trefriw and then the famous National Trust garden at Bodnant.

Wednesday: Llanberis & Pen-y-Gwryd 
Enjoy a beautiful view of the Snowdon massif enroute to Llanberis. The area is dominated by the massive slate workings of Dinorwig Quarry. Visit the Padarn Country Park with its many attractions, including the National Slate Museum of Wales and the narrow-gauge Llanberis Lake Railway, which runs alongside Llyn Padarn. We can also visit the Electric Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric scheme before returning past Llyn Cwellyn and the Beddgelert Forest. 

Thursday: Tremadog & Portmeirion
We start with a short walk to view the many historical buildings of Tremadog, including the birthplace of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), before a visit to the picturesque harbour and bay at Borth-y-Gest. A short journey then brings us to the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion, created by Clough Williams-Ellis. On the return journey we will visit the beautiful garden at Plas Brondanw, which was Clough Williams-Ellisí private residence.

 Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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