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Strolls Around Snowdonia

Easier walks in and around rugged Snowdonia.

  • Wales

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Jul

    Sep

    Oct

  • Adagio

Tour codes: 50030

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Adagio

Our range of Adagio leisurely walking holidays and sightseeing tours are designed at a slower pace than the average Ramblers Walking Holidays, perfect for those who would like to slow things down but keep active. 

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the beautiful town of Llandudno
  • Enjoy the walks and folklore of the Ogwen Valley
  • Walk Snowdon in the easiest possible way
  • 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 challenging day will be the walk down from the summit of Snowdon. Following on from days surrounded by mountains, we experience more of the differing terrain North Wales has to off 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.

  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • 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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

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 3 pm. 

Day 2

Into the Ogwen Valley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

Our first walk gives us a great flavour of the days to follow as we walk around Llyn Idwal 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 as a place where Edmund Hillary practiced climbing prior to the ascent of Everest.

Day 3

The North Wales Path to Conwy

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    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, before having tea at the Quay Hotel.

Day 4

From the Summit of Snowdon

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    0/1000m

No trip to Snowdonia would be complete without standing on the summit of Snowdon! At 1,085m Snowdon towers above us, but from Llanberis, there is a steam train waiting to take us gently up to the summit. After taking in the views we will take in the scenery as we follow the famous Llanberis Path back down the mountain.

Today will be the most difficult of walking days as we are heading downhill all the time and the track can be rocky in places.

Day 5

In and around Llandudno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

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. After our walk, we visit Bodnant Garden, described by the National Trust as the 'Jewel in their Welsh Crown'. 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 11 am. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th Jul 2021 - 16th Jul 2021 (5 Nights)

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 seafront, turn left by the theatre and proceed along the promenade. The hotel is on the left.

Parking - The hotel has 30 car parking spaces that 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 4 pm 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 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 town promenade, the hotel offers us easy access to Snowdonia and coastal strolls straight from its front doors. 

All bedrooms rooms are well-appointed with all the amenities you will need for a comfortable stay including LCD TV with digital TV and radio stations, tea and coffee making facilities and iron and ironing board with a trouser press.

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

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

In the town, you will find all of the shops you might need such as banks, ATMs, pharmacy and a supermarket.

Check-in is from 3 pm and check-out is by 11 am.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

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 Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Spending Money

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.

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

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.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

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.

Leader's 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.  

Your 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.

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.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

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

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • 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)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

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.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

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.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel 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

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. 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.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s 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. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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