Snowdonia is famous for its beautiful scenery. Majestic mountains, deep green valleys, sparkling lakes, tumbling waterfalls, and bubbling rivers are everywhere you turn on this spectacular tour. But there is so much more to see and do in this beautiful corner of North West Wales and this tour uses the 3 main valleys of central Snowdonia to connect to a number of fascinating locations.
Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive of Edward 1st’s medieval castles and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Occupying a commanding and spectacular position at the southern end of the beautiful Menai straits which separate the mainland from the island of Anglesey you could lose whole days here. Caernarfon Castle was the main seat of Edward 1st during the early conquest of Wales and its royal connections continue to this day with it being the site of the investiture of Prince Charles, the current Prince of Wales.
Llanberis and Bethesda are not just towered over by the main mountains of Snowdonia. They are also dwarfed by the remains of huge slate mines which appear to have devoured whole mountainsides. 200 years ago, the slate mines of Gwynedd were said to ‘’roof the world’’ with more slate being exported from this area than the rest of the world combined. A visit to the National Slate Museum gives an idea not only of the scale of this industry but also of the hardship faced by the local miners who worked here.
Our tour also takes us on through the little village of Beddgelert and the beautiful Nant Gwynant valley. Here we can discover the legends of Gelert the faithful hunting hound and of Dinas Emrys, the red Dragon of Wales and Merlin the Magician. If you are very lucky you may even spy Snowdonia’s resident population of shy wild mountain goats up in the barren and rocky mountainsides
Throughout the day, the 3000-foot-high mountains of Snowdonia tower above us as we head past sparkling lakes and tumbling waterfalls flanked by foreboding rock walls and boulders strewn valley floors. Today we cross the flanks of mighty Mount Snowdon itself (with compulsory photo stops of course!)
Your personal guided tour timetable
Your touring day starts at your accommodation at 9:30 am. Your day will include rest, coffee and a lunch stop in addition to stops for the listed sites, attractions and activities. Along the way, your driver will tell you all about Wales’ history, culture and myths and legends whilst pointing out places of interest and recommending the best stops for food, refreshments and photos. We aim to have you back at your accommodation at about 6:00 pm.
We will endeavor to visit all locations listed on this tour however, Start/Finish times, order of itinerary and places we visit may change depending on your pickup and drop-off location, weather, road conditions or other events out of our control. Therefore, all tour timings are approximate, and we reserve the right to change the tour itinerary at any time.
What is Included in your tour
Pick up and drop off at your hotel or cruise berth within North Wales.
The services of your professional driver/guide throughout your tour.
The use of our luxury Mercedes people carrier to suit your party size
All fuel, parking and road tolls.
What is excluded from your tour
Food and drink and admission fees to sites, attractions and activities where payable.
Personal travel insurance
What to bring with you.
Please bring a wind or waterproof coat and sensible footwear for some light walking. Whilst rare, Wales can have 4 seasons in one day!