Day 1 – We will travel to Llanberis, stopping en route for a comfort break, arriving at the hotel in the afternoon.
Day 2- Passing sandy beaches & coastal villages, we will stop in Llandudno. Nearby, is the enormous 19th century fantasy – Penrhyn castle. A nep-Norman castle crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture, an outstanding collection of paintings and a fascinating industrial railway museum. The 60 acres of grounds includes exotic trees, plants and Victorian walled garden.
Day 3- Join the 4.7-mile rail journey at Llanberis to Snowdon’s summit – the highest peak in Wales. At 3506ft it dominates the landscape, with stunning views. There is a state of the art visitor centre with restaurant, and a patch leading to Snowdon’s summit. (Allow 2 ½ hours.) Close by travel back to Victorian time at the National Slate Museum – see the workshops, split a slate and hear a real insight into the hardships of quarry life.
Day 4 – Dating back to the 13th century, Caernarfon is dominated by its Castle, is one of the most impressive castles in Wales. Later, we venture over the Menai Straights and on to the Isle of Anglesey. Photo stop at the impressive Beaumaris Castle, a great unfinished masterpiece, built in 1925. We will join the cruise to Puffin Island – home to many species of birds and wildlife. The 1 ½ hour cruise takes you right round the island with regular sighting of puffins, grey seals and dolphins.
Day 5 - Returning home with a lunch break en route, arriving home in the afternoon.
Snowdonia Mountain Railway