Map of Wales: Snowdonia & Surrounds including United Kingdom

Pique your interest with Welsh peaks and medieval histories

There’s no denying that many pockets of UK countryside are verdant green naturally spectacular, but Snowdonia National Park takes it to another level. Not too far from Liverpool, take a five-day exploration of north-western Wales, peering up at the mighty Mt Snowdon, visiting Dolbadarn and Caernarfon castles and strolling by the lakes and colourful towns that call this region home. A knowledgeable leader will be with you each step of the way to guide you on your way, and fill your days with Welsh language lessons, traditional meals and some time to explore at your own pace. It’s the UK, but not as you may usually know it.


Start
Llanberis, United Kingdom
Finish
Llanberis, United Kingdom
Destination
United Kingdom
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
BWKW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Marvel at the mighty peak of Mt Snowdon – the UK’s highest mountain outside Scotland. And with a free morning to book in on the renowned cog railway, you’d be missing out if you didn’t go up at least half the way.

  • Join a couple of Welsh locals during your time in Llanberis to not only learn a bit of the region’s culture and language, but also share in a traditional meal to top off the day.

  • The picturesque lakes in Snowdonia hug the valleys and towns, and on a guided hike around Llyn Padarn, you’ll witness the true natural beauty of this region of Wales.

  • Transfer to Caernarfon where you’ll visit the mighty Caernarfon Castle – a medieval fortress that has stood tall in this position for centuries.

  • In Llanberis, take a visit to the Electric Mountain Hydro power station, discovering how these plants harness the energy around. You’ll even check out the inside of the mountain!

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Wales can be cold at night throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, gloves, scarf, waterproof clothes/umbrella and anything else that you think may be applicable.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge (some exceptions may apply). Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe can seem small by Australian or American standards, and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart.

Itinerary

Welcome to Llanberis – the gateway to Snowdonia National Park and Wales’s highest peak, Snowdon. Meet at your hotel just after midday – you’ll find more details in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ of your Essential Trip Information. After an all-important welcome meeting, where you’ll meet your group leader and fellow adventurers, head off on a walk to the nearby medieval ruins of Dolbadarn Castle, situated on the banks of Llyn Peris. Afterwards, visit the Electric Mountain Hydro power station to check out energy production in the region. You’ll head on an interactive tour actually inside the mountain! Enjoy a free evening to explore the eateries in Llanberis, perhaps with a few of your newfound travel pals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Llanberis - Electric Mountain Underground Tour
  • Llanberis - Dolbadarn Castle
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today's group meeting will take place at 12:30pm. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
This morning, spend the day exploring Snowdonia and introduce yourself to the new surroundings! If you’re keen and tickets are available, today is the perfect day to take the train up Mt Snowdon, dominating the skyline of this national park. Book yourself in to take the cog railway part of the way up the mountain, admiring the views that present themselves at the end of the trip. There are multiple vantage points along the range that offer stunning vistas. Otherwise, you could visit the fascinating Slate Museum and learn the industrial heritage of this region, or simply chill out in town and take in the lake views. Tonight, enjoy an evening of home-cooked traditional Welsh fare in the company of your local hosts. It’s a delicious way to get acquainted with the true Wales.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Llanberis - Home-Cooked Dinner at Local Home
Optional Activities
  • Mt Snowdon - Cog Railway (Diesel) - one-way from - GBP22
  • Mt Snowdon - Cog Railway (Diesel) - return from - GBP32
  • Mt Snowdon - Cog Railway (Steam) - return from - GBP42
  • Mt Snowdon - Hiking Options - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Due to scheduled track works in 2021 the cog railway to Mt Snowdon isn’t going all the way to the top of the mountain, but instead terminates at Clogwyn Station, 3/4 up the mountain. As it is not possible to arrange group tickets for the railway ahead of time this activity isn't an inclusion on this trip. Please pre-book your tickets online after you have booked this trip, or alternatively the leader can help you arrange this on the day (subject to availability). Please visit snowdonrailway.co.uk for more information.
After breakfast, take a hike with your leader and small group around the beautiful Llyn Padarn – one of the two lakes that make up the Llanberis Pass. It’s definitely mother nature at its finest around these parts. In the early afternoon, you’ll meet with a local historian who will fill you in on some Welsh culture and traditions, plus imparting some useful Welsh phrases to use during your time here. For the rest of the day, try out some Welsh at the pub or when ordering at a café – the locals will love you for it! And if you’re unsure of where to eat, do not fear, as your group leader will have some of their favourite recommendations.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Snowdonia - Lakeside Hike around Llyn Padarn
  • Llanberis - Welsh Language & Culture Lesson with Local Expert
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning is free for you to continue to explore this colourful village, or simply relax at your hotel. If you haven’t already, a quick trip on the Llanberis lakeside railway is definitely a traveller favourite. After lunch, catch a bus with your group to the nearby town of Caernarfon (approximately 30 minutes). Here, you’ll find the Caernarfon Castle – a riverside fortress that’s stood in this very spot for over 700 years. Recognised as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages, spend time peering out to the harbour and city surrounding you, and discovering all of the history that is imbued in its walls. Afterwards, return to Llanberis in the late afternoon, perhaps organising an optional group dinner to celebrate your time in the Snowdonia region.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Caernarfon - Castle Visit
  • Caernarfon - Half-Day Trip by Local Bus
Optional Activities
  • Llanberis - Lake Railway - from - GBP9
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the group any time after breakfast. Depending on your onwards movements, you might like to book yourself on the 11 am bus back to the main town of Bangor, where onward train connections can get you where you need to go around the UK. If you would like to spend more time in Llanberis, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Public bus, On foot

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Llanberis - Electric Mountain Underground Tour
  • Llanberis - Dolbadarn Castle
  • Llanberis - Home-Cooked Dinner at Local Home
  • Snowdonia - Lakeside Hike around Llyn Padarn
  • Llanberis - Welsh Language & Culture Lesson with Local Expert
  • Caernarfon - Castle Visit
  • Caernarfon - Half-Day Trip by Local Bus

Dates & availability

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

ITINERARY
The trip starts at midday on day 1 and ends after breakfast on the last day. We recommend you arrive a day early before the trip so you can attend the group meeting. We are happy to organise additional accommodation for you, subject to availability

Essential trip information

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