Day 1: Lunch. Cable Tramway. The Great Orme Country Park. Meet your guide and fellow travelers over a light lunch at 1:00 p.m. at the hotel before taking a walk along the promenade to board Britain’s only remaining cable operated street tramway. This will take us up 680 ft to the Great Orme Country Park. The cliffs are host to colonies of seabirds such as Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Razorbills as well as Gulls and also to Ravens and Little Owls. The Great Orme is also home to over 100 resident and migrant birds including Peregrine Falcons. Here we can visit the excellent interpretation center, walk on one of the numerous footpaths, or just enjoy the views over the town, the sea and the mountains of Snowdonia in the distance. Dinner and overnight at Can y Bae.
Day 2: Mountain Farm and Plas Newydd, home of The Ladies of Llangollen. Our drives takes us through the upper reaches of the Conwy Valley to visit a mountain farm, here we learn how Border collie sheep dogs are trained and see them at work, meet the farmer, and enjoy a home cooked lunch. In the afternoon, we continue our journey to Llangollen, the small town that "Welcomes the World" each year when it hosts the International Music Festival. We visit Plas Newydd, home of the legendary "Ladies of Llangollen" from 1789 to 1829, and return via the scenic Horseshoe Pass. Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Can y Bae. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Conwy Valley, Woollen Mill Lunch and Pottery. Our journey will take us along the country lanes and through several small villages of the lower reaches of the Conwy valley to visit Elaine and Morgan, who are fifth generation of the Williams family at Trefriw Woollen Mill they specialize in the manufacture of Welsh double - weave tapestry, bedspreads and tweeds. We then travel the short distance to the market town of Llanrwst an ancient town with a long and often tragic history. After walk around the town we find "Tu Hwnt i’r Bont", a former 15th century courthouse and now one of the best "tea Rooms" in Wales. We continue our journey to remote woodland by Porth Llwyd Falls to meet Vicky Buxton at her pottery studio and workshop, where she makes a selection of ceramics, decorative stoneware and porcelain. Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Can y Bae.
Day 4: Penrhyn Castle, and Gardens, Slate Museum and the Ogwen Valley. The Slate industry in North Wales was as important to the local economy, culture and history of the area as was the Coal industry of South Wales. In the good times, quarry owners made massive profits from the industry, and the building of the enormous neo-Norman castle at Llandygai by the Pennant family is a fine example of how this wealth was spent. Architect Thomas Hopper supervised the construction between 1820 and 1845 and was passed to the National Trust upon the death of the last Lord Penrhyn in 1948. We now see it with the original fine furniture and precious works of art in place.
In contrast, in the afternoon a visit to the Slate Museum will tell the story from the workers standpoint. We will see a film presentation which shows the harsh working condition of the miner and their families, strikes and suffering, craftsmanship and community all the drama of real people's lives. We end our visit with a demonstration by a former miner on how the boys, some as young as twelve, were taught to split and ‘dress’ the slate. Breakfast dinner and overnight at Can y Bae.
Day 5: Morning at leisure, medieval town of Conwy and Castle. Conwy castle and town walls was constructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289 as one of the key fortresses in his "iron ring" of castles to contain the Welsh. It’s a place where we can step back in time. After some free time to explore the interesting shops, the quaint cottages and have lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of the castle. Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Can y Bae.
Day 6: Bodnant Garden (NT), Pub meal Snowdonia Choir rehearsal. Bodnant is one of the most beautiful gardens in Britain spanning some 80 acres overlooking the Conwy valley. The garden has two parts, the upper, terraced gardens and informal lawns and the lower portion known as "the Dell". We return to Can y Bae to relax and refresh before departing in the early evening to the mining town of Bethesda to visit the Penrhyn Male Voice Choir at their rehearsal rooms. The choir was formed in the last decade of the 19th century and is one of the best known choirs in Wales, stopping on route to enjoy a "pub meal". Breakfast and overnight at Can y Bae.
Day 7: Train journey to the "Roof of Wales". Farewell dinner and entertainment. At 3560 feet, Snowdon is the highest peak in Britain, south of the Scottish Highlands, and the easiest way to get to the top is on the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway. This narrow-gauge line chuff its way for over four and a half miles to the summit, where you will enjoy the most breathtaking views in Britain, extending as far as Ireland’ Wicklow Hills. And to end our tour on a high, we will enjoy our last lunch together by having a picnic lunch on the summit. After the descent, our coach will take us back to Llandudno arriving late afternoon when there will be some free time for last minute shopping. Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Can y Bae.
Day 8: Depature.
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