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On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights at Dolserau Hall not far from the town of Dolgellau. From here we explore to see high mountains, glaciated valleys, pleasant villages and spectacular coastal scenery.

  • Harlech castle
  • Beautiful woodland waterfall of Dolgoch and the famous Tallyllyn Railway
  • Snowdonia and the fantasy village of Portmeirion
  • Welshpool and Powis Castle

2017  Dates: One week tours start Saturdays 03 June, 12 Aug

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:  Dolserau Hall offers an unparalleled level of comfort and quality. The location, a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, is a real delight. Extensive views stretch over the surrounding hills, with the summit of Cadair Idris in the background. 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.


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

Sunday: Aberystwyth and Red Kites
On our journey today, we spend time at the coastal resort town of Aberystwyth, with its castle, cliff railway and promenade, and locations in the remote Cambrian Mountains.  Our views include a beautiful estuary, fascinating small market towns and spectacular mountain scenery.  A highlight is the fascinating Red Kite feeding station. 

Monday: Mawddach Estuary and Harlech
A day of contrasts.  We can take a scenic estuary walk then immerse ourselves in two periods of history with a visit to a Neolithic burial chamber followed by the spectacularly sited Edward I castle at Harlech.  Later we can discover some more of what makes Snowdonia what it is at the National Park’s impressive study centre.

Tuesday: Powis Castle and Bala
We get a sense of the historical and recent strategic importance of Wales with a visit to the spectacular Powis Castle and the reservoir at Lake Vyrnwy. Garden lovers will enjoy the extensive castle gardens, and bird lovers will enjoy the RSPB reserve at Lake Vyrnwy.  Bala is one of those mid-Wales market towns that deserve a leisurely exploration.

Wednesday:  Free day to explore the local area. An interesting place to visit is the Centre for Alternative Technology. Situated near Machynlleth, around 20 minutes' from Dolserau Hall, the Centre for Alternative Technology is at the forefront of researching and teaching sustainable living. Displays focus on green technology, energy efficiency and organic farming.  You may also want to experience the newly rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway which runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon.

Thursday: Aberdovey and Talyllyn
A day of views, an estuary village, a railway and some walking.  The village, Aberdyfi, merits a leisurely inspection.  The railway, the Talyllyn, is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales.  The walk at Dolgoch gives close up views of delightful waterfalls and the visit to remote, ruined Castell y Bere is in marked contrast to Harlech Castle. 

Friday: High Mountains of Snowdonia
We venture into the northern part of the iconic Snowdonia National Park, with visits to Llechwedd Slate Caverns and the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion.  Our route through the centre of rugged Snowdonia includes the inland resort villages of Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert and, if we are lucky, a view of the summit of Snowdon itself.

Saturday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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