- Snowdon's Summit
- Conwy Castle
- Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia
Snowdonia and North Wales’ Coastal Towns
- New holiday
- Half board
Conquer Snowden by rail and step into history at Conwy Castle
South Wales might be home to the iconic ‘Valleys’, but it is in the North that you will stumble across the truly picturesque Snowdonia National Park and Conwy Castle, a medieval gem in Wales’s crown of tourist attractions.
On this Stay and Discover experience, you will take a train to the summit of Snowdon, stroll along the battlements of Conwy Castle and step out onto the limestone headland known as Great Orme after taking a trip on Britain’s only cable-hauled tramway operating on public roads.
Your base for this busy itinerary of exploration is the three-star Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia (QQQ), newly built in 2021 and boasting impressive views across Adventure Parc Snowdonia’s surfing lagoon.
4 nights at your hotel
8 meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Dedicated Saga Host
- Cancellation rights
- Hosted drinks reception
- Free hotel Wi-Fi and safe
- Tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Porterage at your hotel
Included excursions and visits
- Llandudno and Great Orme Railway visit (full day)
- Snowdonia tour and Snowdonia Mountain Railway (full day)
- Conwy Castle and Conwy (full day)
Day 1 Snowdonia
Settle in to your hotel and join your host for a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Llandudno and Great Orme Railway visit
Few Victorian seaside resort towns have retained their grandeur and charm better than Llandudno, flanked by long sandy beaches and crowned by Great Orme – a dramatic limestone headland.
Many visitors to the town choose to climb Great Orme (its name meaning Sea Monster owing to the way it rises from the Irish Sea) on foot; however, there is another way. On this excursion, you will climb aboard Britain’s only cable-hauled tramway operating on public roads and ascend nearly 5,000 feet up through Great Orme Country Park, home to Kashmir goats, choughs and the silver-studded butterfly, unique to Great Orme.
On a clear day, from Great Orme’s summit, you will enjoy views across to Isle of Man, Blackpool and the Lake District. On murkier days, you can simply enjoy the processes carried out by the team of winchmen and attendants as they haul each cable car to the top – stopping halfway to change cars. B, D
Day 3 Snowdonia coach tour and train ride
Snowdonia National Park is home to the tallest mountain in Wales and the nation’s largest natural lake is Snowdonia National Park and you will visit on today’s excursion. Enjoy a coach tour through the national park before taking a train ride from Llanberis to Snowdon’s summit, 3,550 feet above sea level! B, D
Day 4 Conwy Castle and Conwy
Take a trip back in time to medieval Conwy, a harbour town that played a crucial role in Edward I’s plan to contain the rebellious Welsh. Encircling the town is a complete ring of walls, necessary to keep besieging armies at bay, and at its heart is a striking castle, described as one of the best-preserved medieval fortifications in all of Europe. Indeed, the castle and its walls are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
During your visit, you can clamber up the spiral staircases and onto the 13th-century battlements before stepping into the royal residences visited a handful of times by reigning monarchs – in 1294, for example, when Edward I spent an unpleasant Christmas at the castle, trapped by Welsh rebels, with just a barrel of wine for comfort. It took architect James of St George just four years to build the castle – unbelievably fast by medieval standards – but the fortification has stood the test of time, dramatically welcoming and defying visitors for more than 700 years.
During your excursion, you will have time to explore Conwy’s narrow streets, punctuated by 14th-century merchant houses and other historical curiosities. B, D
Day 5 Depart Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia
Check out of your hotel and leave Snowdonia National Park behind. D
Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia 3Q+
Located on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, a short distance from Conwy and Betws Y Coed, is the newly built Hilton Garden Inn. Opened in 2021, the hotel provides visitors with a modern, comfortable base from which to explore the delights of North Wales, including Wales’s largest national park.
From its restaurant, guests can watch surfers conquering the lagoon waves of Adventure Parc Snowdonia while enjoying a tempting menu of pizzas, burgers, pasta, salads and sharing platters.
Making your room feel like home are a 55-inch LCD TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, alongside a mini-fridge, adjustable air-conditioning, coffee-and-tea-making facilities and a bathroom with a walk-in shower.