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(Tour code: ANS19)

Uncover the sublime charm of North Wales

Castles, gardens and railroads all make an appearance on this enchanting adventure to the beautiful isle of Anglesey, uncovering the sublime charm of North Wales. The small group size of this tour grants us access to another side of such a fairytale nation, granting us entrance to stately homes and gardens as well as a stay at the boutique Trearddur Bay Hotel.

Highlights
  • Anglesey
  • Plas Newydd
  • Plas Cadnant
  • Penrhyn Castle and its gardens
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Snowdon Mountain Railroad
  • Welsh Highland Railroad
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Journey on the Snowdon Mountain Railroad
    Journey on the Welsh Highland Railroad
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Anglesey and Mount Snowdon Summit by Steam 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Trearddur Bay
Trearddur Bay

Anglesey

Meet your group and Tour Manager today at the charming seaside village of Trearddur Bay, on the beautiful island of Anglesey. Our base here is the excellent Trearddur Bay Hotel. Available only to small groups, this boutique property is one of the finest places to stay when visiting Anglesey, offering comfort and style from an enviable position looking across the water. After dinner, you may wish to head on out into the village to take a stroll along the beach, taking in the untouched beauty of North Wales at its finest.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Plas Newydd
Plas Newydd

The stately homes of Anglesey

We meet our local guide today, who joins us as we venture out across Anglesey today on an excursion which uncovers the island's magnificent stately homes. The island provides a fantastic setting for these mansions, with many built overlooking the ocean or the idyllic countryside that surrounds it. Our first stop is the enchanting Plas Newydd, which we travel to by coach via the pretty towns of Anglesey.

Built on foundations set down in the 13th century, with different sections added over the following centuries, Plas Newydd is a magnificent building, combining the preferred architectural styles of various dynasties since its construction. It sits on the north bank of the Menai Strait, and offers dramatic views of Snowdonia. The interior of the home is a step back to the exuberant luxury and refinement of times gone by, and features some beautiful artworks, including those of famed artist and muralist Rex Whistler, whose acclaimed 'Claudian Fantasy' still hangs within these walls. After some time to explore the house and extensive gardens here, we make the short journey to the cheerful little seaside town of Beaumaris where you are free for lunch.

Later we continue to the second of our stately homes, the historic country estate of Plas Cadnant. Originally a Georgian farm, the various buildings that make up the farm estate are a delight to see, and the hidden gardens offer a botanical wonderland to explore. You have free time here, so be sure to take the time to wander down through the gardens to Cadnant River. Our journey back to Trearrdur Bay takes us down the North and East parts of the island, reveal Anglesey in all it's remarkable beauty.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle

Snowdon Mountain Railroad & Penrhyn Castle

We cross over to mainland Wales today, making our way across the Menai Strait and passing through Bangor on our way. We are joined by a guide who accompanies us as we head to Llanberis, sat in the shadows of the awe-inspiring Snowdon. Here, we board the Snowdon Mountain Railroad which opened in 1869. This nostalgic narrowgauge, rack-and-pinion railroad takes us up Wales' tallest mountain, providing us with breathtaking panoramas of the mystical forests below, and the gorgeous Llanberis Pass. We arrive at the Hafod Eryri visitor center at the top, where you have time to drink in the scenery before our return. Our guide regales us with local stories and fables.

In the afternoon we visit the fantastic Penrhyn Castle. This magnificent country house resembles an ancient Norman castle, complete with towers and spiralling staircases, but is in fact a far more recent construction, having been built in the 19th century for the Neo-Norman revival. The foundations are a great deal older, from the 15th century, and this makes for a truly spectacular stately home, combing the old with the new, the historic with the modern. Take your time to stroll through the exquisite halls and reverent chambers, and be sure to explore the wonderful exteriors which are wrapped in vines overlooking the glorious Welsh countryside before we travel back via coach through the magnificent Ogwen valley.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle and the Welsh Highland Railroad

We cross over to the mainland today for a visit to striking Caernarfon Castle, a mighty fortress that has stood since the 13th century. It was built by the English King Edward I as a means of keeping the Welsh people in check after he conquered Wales in 1283, and has served as an impressive fortification ever since. It's impenetrable walls have seen it stand against a variety of wars including Owain Glyndŵr's uprising and the English Civil War. Since then, Caernarfon Castle has been repaired and refurbished to maintain its indomitable presence in North Wales. After a guided tour, we make our way to Plas Brondanw, a beautiful mansion built by the designer responsible for the famous Italianate town of Portmeirion. The lush gardens with their enchanting horticultural sculptures are a delight to discover. Next, we travel by coach to Beddgelert where we board the fantastic Welsh Highland Railroad. This steam rail journey is one of the best in the UK, traveling through the natural paradise of Snowdonia National Park, through green valleys and under ancient mountains, to Caernarfon from where we return to Trearddur Bay.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Trearddur Bay
Trearddur Bay

Return home

After breakfast, your time in Anglesey comes to an end, and you are free to depart. Maybe take one last walk through the village before you head to the airport for your flight home.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Airport waiting room

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend Manchester Airport as your arrival and departure airport (code MAN), which is approximately 113 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Characterful accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' accommodation at the 3-Star Trearddur Bay Hotel in Trearddur Bay

Delicious meals included

  • 7 meals including 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners including a farewell dinner in Trearddur

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Visit to Plas Newydd and Plas Cadnant stately homes
  • Excursion to Penrhyn Castle and its gardens
  • Visit to Caernarfon Castle
  • Journey on the Snowdon Mountain Railroad to the summit of Snowdon
  • Journey on the Welsh Highland Railroad to Caernarfon
  • Free time in Beaumaris

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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