Weekend in Snowdonia
SNOWDONIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Known for its stunning mountain scenery, lush green valleys and of course the highest peak in Wales, Snowdonia National Park is begging to be explored! We will be based in Caernarfon, a Royal port town with ample hiking opportunities and a huge lake that is dramatically surrounded by mountains – just in case you fancy a refreshing morning dip! If you are up for the challenge, we will take the famous Watkin Path to Snowdon’s summit (1085m), admiring the picturesque views and crystal-clear waterfalls along the route. If getting out into nature sounds like just what you need, then join us for a weekend of awe-inspiring exploration in stunning North Wales.
Climb to the summit of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak
Stay in Caernarfon, a Royal Port Town
Get out into the fresh air for a weekend of exploration
Day 1 – Arrive Caernarfon
When you arrive in Caernarfon, make your way to the hotel for check-in, which will be from 2pm onwards. Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities. If you arrive in time, you can join your tour leader and the rest of the group for dinner to get to know your fellow travellers! Overnight in Caernarfon.
Day 2 – Snowdonia National Park / Caernarfon
Today we will be trekking to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales. Snowdon stands at 1085m above sea level, so after a hearty breakfast we will be joining an experienced trekking guide and taking the famous Watkin Path to the summit, along one of the most beautiful and scenic routes. The path was opened in 1892 by then Prime Minister William Gladstone and was used by Sir Edmund Hillary during his preparations for climbing Everest. (Please note you must be very physically fit as the climb is classed as difficult and is very challenging in places.) Overnight in Caernarfon
Day 3 – Depart Caernarfon
After breakfast you can join your tour leader for a morning walk (if you still have the legs for it!) before having a final meal with group at a local restaurant. You are free to depart Caernarfon after lunch.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- Single room at a 3-star hotel in Caernarfon
- All breakfasts & dinners throughout the trip
- Services of a highly experienced trekking guide
- One of our Solo Travellers tour leaders to accompany the group throughout
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- Transport to/from Llanberis
- Tips and other personal expenses
- Up to eight weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on payment of a deposit of £100.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- Transport to and from Snowdonia is not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book transport until we have given the go-ahead.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
ESSENTIAL TRIP NOTES
It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure they have checked visa requirements and obtained documents where necessary.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips and you need to carry a copy of your certificate with you. If you haven’t purchased It already, we have partnered up with Columbus Travel Insurance and you can buy your policy through us.
MONEY & COSTS
The currency used in Wales is the Great British Pound, and it’s recommended to change up your money before you leave. We also recommend taking a credit or debit card with you as a back-up.
We recommend budgeting £20 – £30 a day for lunches, water, and drinks (not including alcohol), but this is just an indicative amount and can vary from place to place, so you may end up spending less or more. You will have a better idea of how much you usually spend when you’re on holiday so please budget accordingly.
If you feel you have received good service, you can tip your local guide during the trip if you wish. As a guideline we would recommend tipping between £5 – £10 per person, per day.
If you would prefer to have your own room on this trip, the additional cost would be £100. Please let us know at the time of booking as it cannot be guaranteed closer to the time.
There won’t be much driving involved on this trip, but when we are on the road, we will be in private vehicles.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable hiking boots
- Layers are key when you are hiking so make sure you bring multiple t-shirts and jumpers
- Waterproofs – jackets and trousers if possible
- Warm clothing
- Thick socks, gloves and warm hat (depending on time of year)
- A backpack to carry supplies whilst hiking
- Adequate sun protection – hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Wet-suit (if you’d like to swim in the lake – it’s very cold!)
- Refillable water bottle
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – you’re going to want to take some photos!
- Power bank
- Flashlight or torch
- Small travel towel in case of rain whilst hiking (fast-drying towels are best)
WEATHER & CLIMATE
The warmest time to visit North Wales is between June & August when average daily temperatures are between 17-18°C. During the Autumn months, average daily temperatures fall to around 14°C, and in Winter drop again to around 7°C. Spring is similar to Autumn. You should always be prepared for rain in Wales, especially in Snowdonia where the weather can change quickly.
We never recommend taking more luggage than you can personally carry as there might not always be someone on hand to help you. One suitcase ideally that can be wheeled, and a small day pack will be more than enough.
Whilst North Wales is very safe, we recommend you don’t bring anything you won’t really need – expensive jewellery and watches are not necessary, you can leave them at home.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
It is completely fine to drink the tap water in Wales. You should keep hydrated whilst you are hiking and doing activities, so make sure you always have a bottle of water with you. You will be able to fill up your water bottles at the hotel, so you don’t need to keep buying plastic bottles.
If you take medication for anything or think you may need something whilst you are away, it’s better to take it with you rather than relying on getting to a pharmacy whilst you are on the trip.
We recommend you read the travel advice for any country you are visiting ahead of your visit. This can be accessed on the FCO website.