Walkabout in North Wales
WILD WALES WALKABOUT MAY 7-12, 2019
8-10 people only on this trip! Six nights/seven days $1750. We will email invoices which can be paid online with a credit card. A deposit of $583 per person ($1166 per couple) is required to secure your place, followed by a payment of $583 ($1166 per couple) November 7, 2018. The final payment of $584 per person ($1168 per couple) is due on February 2, 2019. Invoices will be emailed for the final two payments. Single supplement payments will be split between the two final payments.
North Wales was selected by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide as the fourth most desirable location to visit in 2017! We are happy to offer a six night seven days walkabout in the center of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales for 8-10 people.
For the first three days we will be walking on the Lleyn peninsula in North Wales in the Snowdonia National Park and the terrain will be easy to moderate conditions. Our three days here we will be hiking along the Welsh Coastal Path surrounded by birds, wildlife, and the sounds of the sea and the wind. On one of the days we will walk to Porth Meudwy not far from Aberdaron and take the Enlli ferry across to Bardsey Island, weather permitting. This is a beautiful place, full of wildlife and steeped in history. This is the “Island of 20,000 Saints”; a nature reserve and destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years.
For the second part of our Walkabout we will be transported a short distance to Llanberis which is in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and our hotel the Royal Victoria is at the base of mount Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales and England. In May the Bluebells and other wild flowers will be carpeting the hillsides and woodlands!
Tuesday May 7
We will all meet at the railway station in Bangor at 2p.m. and a short ride to visit Caernarfon Castle. A little later we will arrive at our comfortable Guest House in the seaside village of Aberdaron where after a short walk along the shore we will be served our evening meal by our friendly host. Wild Wales Tours will be buying this supper and we can get to know each other and discuss what we expect to get from our Walkabout together.
Wednesday May 8
9a.m. After breakfast along with our freshly made sandwich from the local bakery a walk along the coastal path or a visit to Bardsey Island, This evening we can gather in one of two the excellent pubs for supper in the village!
Thursday May 9
9a.m Another hike today up in the hills or along the coastal path.
A local storyteller will be sharing with us some local tales this evening after supper!
Friday May 10
9a.m. Today we will travel up to Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park to stay for three nights at our comfortable hotel. Our hotel is at the base of Mount Snowdon the highest peak in Wales and England. This evening we can all gather for supper at a local pub.
Saturday May 11
9a.m. Today with a packed lunch we can choose one of the many hikes around mount Snowdon.
Sunday May 12
9a.m. Another day of hiking in the hillsides. Some might enjoy a visit to the National Slate Museum of Wales in Llanberis and a visit nearby to Betws y Coed, lots of choices here in this area. This evening we will have our last meal together at our hotel where we can share our experiences of our Walkabout together.
Monday May 13
9a.m After breakfast and saying our goodbyes we will transport you to the Railway station in Bangor for your onward travels. We will gladly help you arrange your onward connections.
The cost for the six nights and seven days is $1750 based on double occupancy and includes all accommodations, breakfast, two evening meals, all transportation from pickup, visits to museums and historical sites and presentations.
$500 additional cost for a single occupancy.
You will pay for your airfare, four lunches, three dinners, and all drinks & snacks, generally people tip 10%. Cost of ferry ride to Bardsey Island approx $40 each.
TRANSPORTATION TO WALES
We recommend that you fly to Manchester in England. Most overnight flights from the U.S. arrive early in the morning U.K. time. At the Manchester airport, you will be able to catch a train to Bangor in North Wales.There are twenty trains a day from the airport, and they run every hour. The journey takes about three hours.You may also fly from the U.S. to London and catch a train from London to Bangor. (3.15mins)
We will all meet at the Tea Room at the train station in Bangor, North Wales at 2p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
Arriving a day early is highly encouraged, if at all possible. As most of you know these days, it is very common to have a late or cancelled flight, or luggage that shows up late. Coming a day early reduces that stress. Wales and England are 6 hours ahead of Central Standard Time. The flight across the Atlantic takes 7-8 hours from the Midwest and around six hours from the East Coast If you can afford the time and an extra night’s lodging at a small hotel or B&B, you will not likely regret it.
We will email invoices which can be paid online with a credit card. A deposit of $583 per person ($1166 per couple) is required to secure your place, followed by a payment of $583 ($1166 per couple) November 7, 2018. The final payment of $584 per person ($1168 per couple) is due on February 2, 2019. Invoices will be emailed for the final two payments. Single supplement payments will be split between the two final payments.
You may cancel your Wild Wales Walkabout for a full refund, minus a $100 processing fee, if you do so more than 4 months prior to your scheduled tour (January 7, 2019).
If you cancel fewer than 4 months before your scheduled tour, you will receive full refund, minus a $100 processing fee, ONLY if your slot can be filled!
If you cancel between 3 and 4 months (January 7 to February 7, 2019 ) prior to your scheduled tour, and your slot cannot be filled, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you cancel fewer than 3 months (February 2, 2019) prior to your scheduled tour, and your slot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.
Travel as light as possible. Bring one medium sized suitcase, and a carry-on or two.
The mini bus will have limited baggage space, and more small bags are easier to pack than one large bag. We will be near the sea often and it will be breezy, so we need to dress accordingly. The normal temperatures in October range from 50F to 75F degrees. The tour is casual and there is no dress code. If necessary, we will be able to dry our clothes at our hotels. Laundry services will also be available for a fee. Do bring gloves and a hat as well as a swimsuit if you are up for a dip in the Irish Sea!
Suggested clothing for our Walkabouts: We suggest rainproof gear (not shower proof).
A waterproof hooded raincoat and pants
A good pair of waterproof hiking shoes
Three pairs of wool hiking socks, medium thickness
Wool hat and waterproof gloves
Low or hiking gaiters
Knapsack to carry your lunch and snacks
I strongly suggest walking sticks as they are very useful for balancing coming downhill
Tre Ceri Lleyn
In order to enjoy the walkabouts, you need to be able to walk between seven and twelve miles a day. We suggest that you prepare for the tour by walking between ten and twelve miles per week for three months prior to the trip. We all walk at a different pace, and you will have ample opportunity to walk in pairs, in groups, or alone.
Most days we will be walking from 7-11 miles. Its really up to you how much you would like to hike. After breakfast we will set off for the day and after lunch we can arrange for you to return to the guest house or hotel to relax, on most days. This is your vacation and if you need to take a day off to walk around by yourself we can make it work for you. If some folks want to walk further than the eleven miles we can arrange that also.
Electricity runs on a different current system in Wales and England. You will need a converter for all U.S. appliances. They can be bought on-line or in airports. All hotels will have a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board.
We strongly recommend you buying a medical insurance plan during the time you will be hiking with us.
PHONES AND INTERNET
If you have an iPhone you can call your provider and make arrangements for your phone to work in the U.K. for a small fee. You will be able to call and receive calls from home, send emails and text approx. $30 for the month. It
works very well, automatically taking place when your airplane touches down.
Hywel Taff Roberts the director of Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts will be leading the tour, a native Welshman who speaks fluent Welsh.
We will be joined by guides, entertainers and presenters along the way to highlight for you this magical homeland we call Wales. Come join us!
We do cater to book clubs and family groups who would like to customize their trip to Wales.
Hywel “Taff” Roberts