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Strolls Around Snowdonia

Easier walks in and around rugged Snowdonia

  • United Kingdom

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Sep

    Oct

  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 50030

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Guided Adagio Holidays

This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the beautiful town of Llandudno
  • Enjoy the walks and folklore of the Ogwen Valley
  • Hop on the popular Caernarfon to Beddgelert Steam Railway
  • Stroll the Conwy Valley's famous Bodnant Gardens

North Wales and Snowdonia are often perceived as only for the fearless and the more adrenaline-filled adventure holidays. This however is not always the case! There is something for everyone and our holiday makes this rugged and foreboding terrain accessible for all with easier walking mixed with cultural sites, often overlooked by the mountaineers. You do not have to get to height to enjoy the views on offer, the valleys are just as spectacular.

Cwm Idwal steeped in history makes a great day to stretch your legs whilst our most sedate day will be taken up walking around Caernarfon before hopping aboard the popular steam train to Gelert where we will enjoy another stroll. Following on from days surrounded by mountains, we experience more of the differing terrain North Wales has to offer by walking coastlines, visiting gardens and castles and of course taking some time to have a welcoming ice cream along the promenade.

Your Adagio Leader will ask you to be in the right place at the right time, all you need to do is relax and enjoy the scenery.

  • Services of a dedicated Adagio leader
  • Half board accommodation in a four star hotel
  • One afternoon tea
  • Entrances fees to the sites visited in the programme (except for Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr free for CADW and English Heritage members & Bodnant Gardens free for National Trust members)
  • All local transport costs including the Snowdon Railway
  • Entrance fee to Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr (free for CADW and English Heritage members) & Bodnant Gardens (free for National Trust members)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrive at the St George’s Hotel, Llandudno where you will be greeted by your Adagio leader. Check in is from 3pm. 

Day 2

Into the Ogwen Valley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Our first walk gives us a great flavour of the days to follow as we walk along both Lyn Ogwyn upto and around Llyn Idwal lakes nestled in the Ogwen Valley. Folklore says that a giant called Idwal is buried here and the Devils Kitchen rock escarpment at the back is known locally as somewhere Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay practiced some of their climbing prior to Everest. After our walk we visit Bodnant Garden described by the National Trust as the Jewel in their Welsh crown.

This is a tougher than normal Adagio walk due to rough ground but the looped layout our route gives you options should the terrain be proving a little too challenging.

Day 3

The North Wales Path to Conwy

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120/350m

Today we head to Penmaenmawr to walk along part of the famous North Wales Path to Conwy – with a visit to Conwy Castle and Plas Mawr, both CADW Sites.

Day 4

All aboard the Steam Train!

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    60m

A day of two walks and the popular steam train from Caernarfon to Beddgelert awaits us. Before boarding we take a short walk around the Royal Town of Caernarfon opposite Anglesey. Upon arrival into Gelert we embark on a circular a walk along the riverbank to Gelerts’ grave, a statue & tombstone dedicated to the faithful hound of a medieval prince in a popular folk tale before a lunch stop and return rail trip to Caernarfon.

Day 5

In and around Llandudno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    360m

We start our final day from the hotel in Llandudno for a walk around Orme Head an area used for grazing Kashmir Goats since the middle of the 19th Century. Upon arrival back in Llandudno we will have afternoon tea in the town. Having our final walking day in Llandudno will allow plenty of time for a relaxed pack ready to leave tomorrow.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Your holiday comes to an end and your Adagio leader wishes you farewell after a leisurely breakfast. Check out of the hotel is by 11am. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

26th Sep 2021 - 1st Oct 2021 (5 Nights)

3rd Oct 2021 - 8th Oct 2021 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

To reach the hotel ...

By Road -  From the A55 (M6 & M56) take the exit at Glan Conwy for Llandudno - A470, approximately 5 miles. On approaching Llandudno, follow signs for the sea front, turn left by the theatre and proceed along the promenade. The hotel is on the left.

Parking - The hotel has 30 car parking spaces which operate on a first come, first serve basis. Should the car park be full there is plenty of on street parking which is free after 4pm and £4.50 for the day or there is a multi-story car park a few streets away.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is Llandudno Station 500 yards away or Llandudno Junction Station which is 3 miles from the hotel.

By Air - The nearest airport is Manchester Airport 80 miles away.

Route planning to and from Llandudno: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

 An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

St Georges Hotel

We stay at the four-star St George’s Hotel in Llandudno. Situated on this popular seaside towns promenade the St Georges offers us easy access into Snowdonia and coastal strolls straight from its front doors. 

All rooms are well-appointed with all the amenities you would need for a comfortable stay including a King sized bed, LCD TV with digital TV and radio stations, tea and coffee making facilities, bottled mineral water, comfort cooling and iron and ironing board with trouser press.

The bathroom includes a bath with shower and a range of Elemis Toiletries. High speed wireless internet is also available free of charge.

All breakfasts and dinners will be taken in the hotel restaurant.

In the town you will find all the extra shops you might need such as banks, ATMs, pharmacy and supermarket during your time in Snowdonia.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.

To fully enjoy the walking on this holiday you should be able to walk along uneven undulating paths at about 1½ to 2 miles per hour for distances between 5 and 7 miles broken into two or three sections, with walks lasting up to a total of 5 hours.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

We include the local travel costs using private hire coaches each day. 

Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

To reach the hotel ...

By Road -  From the A55 (M6 & M56) take the exit at Glan Conwy for Llandudno - A470, approximately 5 miles. On approaching Llandudno, follow signs for the sea front, turn left by the theatre and proceed along the promenade. The hotel is on the left.

Parking - The hotel has 30 car parking spaces which operate on a first come, first serve basis. Should the car park be full there is plenty of on street parking which is free after 4pm and £4.50 for the day or there is a multi-story car park a few streets away.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is Llandudno Station 500 yards away or Llandudno Junction Station which is 3 miles from the hotel.

By Air - The nearest airport is Manchester Airport 80 miles away.

Check in - You can check into the hotel from 3pm. Should you arrive earlier we cannot guarantee your room will be ready. If you arrive before 3pm you can of course check in and the hotel will happily store your luggage for you.

Route planning to and from Llandudno: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

 An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Meals

We stay at the St George's Hotel on a half board basis. Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken in the hotel restaurant with dinners consisting of three courses. Lunches will be at your expense and provisions can be purchased easily in Llandudno.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Lightweight walking boots with ankle support (you may prefer walking shoes if you have strong ankles, but boots are strongly advised for our Snowdon day)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream in the warmer months.
  • A water bottle.
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Your valid National Trust / English Heritage membership card if you have one
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Maps & Guidebooks

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Although insurance is not compulsory for this holiday for UK residents, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in eventualities such as unexpected cancellation.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 2000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

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United Kingdom

  • Capital

    London

  • Currency

    Pound Sterling

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +01:00

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • February

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • April

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • May

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • July

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • August

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • October

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • November

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • December

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

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