Silversea Luxury Cruises To HOLYHEAD

HOLYHEAD

Once a northern defense post against Irish raiders, Holyhead later became best known as a ferry port for Ireland. The dockside bustle is not matched by the town, however, which maintains just a small population. Nonetheless, thousands of years of settlement have given Holyhead rich historical ruins to explore, with more in the surrounding hiking friendly landscape.

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LONDON (Tower Bridge) To LONDON (Tower Bridge)
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    Aug 11 2019
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    Jul 03 2020
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Excursions in HOLYHEAD

Bodnant Garden

Delight in the beauty of nature and marvel at the splendidly curated grounds of the exquisite Bodnant Gardens, featuring over 80 acres of gardens on this lovely half-day excursion. Return via a scenic drive inland through the magnificent landscape of the Snowdonia National Park.


Scenic Drive through North Wales and Bodnant Gardens Tour

Departing the pier aboard your coach, take a beautiful and scenic 75-minute drive across Anglesey to the Menai Strait, separating from the North Wales mainland with its forested banks. Drive across Britannia Bridge and look across to Telford's graceful suspension bridge built in 1826 that hovers hovering 100 feet above the water. Enjoy panoramic views of the Welsh coast along this road that takes you past charming resort towns and into Conwy. The views only improve as the road approaches the glacially-carved foothills of Snowdonia National Park.


Arrive at Bodnant Gardens, situated above the River Conwy and offering breathtaking views across to Snowdonia. Each year 190,000 visitors flock to Bodnant (which in Welsh translates to "dwelling by a stream") to enjoy its breathtaking scenery filled with flowers, lovely architecture, and the famous Laburnum archway, with its golden blossoms gracing a natural ceiling (flowers in May and June).


Historically Bodnant was home to the Lloyd family in the mid-18th century, but the earlier home was replaced by Colonel Forbes in 1792, when an Italianate mansion was built in its stead. At this time the grounds were developed into a parkland in English Landscape style, setting the early foundations for the park which began in earnest nearly a century later in 1875.


The Bodnant Gardens are is the product of four generations of effort by the Aberconway family. These gardens are a joy to visit in any season (even offering a winter garden walk), with its beautifully-designed grounds that bloom or offer splashes of colour all year. The landscape features massive Italianate terraces and formal lawns on its upper level, with a wooded valley, stream and wild gardens below. Replenish your spirit and fill the senses with the sumptuously-coloured flowers designed to create a serene and peaceful atmosphere. Take two hours to discover the gardens, including a guided walk followed by some free time to discover more at your own pace.


Breathtaking Journey through Snowdonia National Park

Then rejoin your coach for the scenic drive inland towards the magnificent landscape of the Snowdonia National Park, carved tens of thousands of years ago by ancient glacial activity. Snowdonia offers breathtaking scenery (some of the most beautiful to be found in lovely Wales). Drive via the charming villages of Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis which rest beside the Llyn Padarn Lake in Snowdonia. Take the stunning Llanberis pass that circles the base of Snowdon, which at 3,560 feet is the highest peak in Britain located south of the Scottish Highlands.


At the end of your scenic journey arrive at the Holyhead pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity, including a 45-minute walking tour over flat, sloped, and sometimes steep topography. There are numerous stairs and uneven natural terrain, including grass, gravel, and exposed tree roots. Due to these conditions, this tour is not advisable for individuals who use wheelchairs or scooters and it cannot accommodate individuals confined to wheelchairs. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and to dress according to the weather with rain jackets and sun protection. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Caernarfon Castle

Explore the historic and imposing Caernarfon Castle, one of four structures built by Edward I to demonstrate his dominance over the native population of northern Wales. Built in 1283, this massive castle with polygon-shaped towers was strategically positioned at a site originally occupied by a succession of fortifications. It was originally the place of a Roman fort, positioned on this prominent location along the River Seiont, with easy access to the sea.


Travel via coach to visit Caernarfon Castle, taking an hour's scenic drive across Anglesey and the Menai Strait to arrive at the Caernarfon, the site of this famous castle whose intimidating battlements stand prominently as the first visible landmark upon approaching the town. Together with three other castles (Harlech Castle, Conwy Castle and Beaumaris Castle), Caernarfon Castle received its World Heritage Status in 1986 as part of the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I grouping of historic sites.


Of this group of four castles built at Edward I's command, Caernarfon Castle is the most impressive, making a statement that English government had a powerful place in Wales. The king ensured that his son, the first Prince of Wales, was born within the walls of the castle in 1284. Prince Charles was crowned Prince of Wales at this castle in 1969. Legend has it that the castle was designed after the walls of Constantinople while also emphasizing the imperial power of Rome, while also suggestive of the dream-castle ("the fairest that ever man saw") of Welsh myth and legend.


Take a guided tour of this once impenetrable castle and its ruins that speak of gloried days past. Enjoy time on your own to explore more of the ruins independently, or step into the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum to learn the history of over 300 years of service by Wales's oldest infantry.


After your visit to this fascinating site, make the return trip to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (approximately a mile, at the discretion of each guest) along gradually sloping surfaces, some of which are cobbled. There are numerous stairs to reach the battlement walkways. Individuals using wheelchairs are limited to the ground floor of the castle. Scooters are not permitted. This tour is not recommended for individuals confined to wheelchairs due to the use of a bus, which requires its passengers to board and disembark with minimal assistance. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and to dress according to the weather with rain jackets and sun protection. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Narrow Gauge Railway & Welsh Countryside

Experience the splendid natural beauty of Wales in a unique new way during this half-day excursion by vintage railway, and a visit to the Welsh countryside.

Scenic Drive and Narrow Gauge Railway Ride

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to a Victorian Railway Station on the historic Welsh Highland route. En route, travel across the isle of Anglesey and over Britannia Bridge (look along the Menai Strait to see the Menai Suspension Bridge) to the mainland, and drive through the Welsh Countryside to arrive at the station and meet your train. Upon arrival, board a restored narrow gauge steam railway for a panoramic ride through wide open spaces and narrow valleys of the stunning Snowdonia National Park, renowned for its vast areas of natural beauty and unique scenery.

Welsh Countryside

After experiencing spectacular Snowdonia, arrive at Beddgelert, set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales. The village has won the 'Britain in Bloom' and 'Wales in Bloom' competitions on many occasions. A stop is made for an opportunity to explore this picturesque village, which is situated at the confluence of the rivers Afon Colwyn and Afon Glaslyn. Crossed by a picturesque, ivy-covered stone bridge, the river runs through the village as it flows down from the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass. You may opt to take a stroll to the field by the river for a visit to the grave of Gelert, Prince Llywelyn's faithful hound, and learn of its tragic end. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier via Snowdonia National Park.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for up to 550 yards (503 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and narrow gauge railcar. Walking is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, some trains have wheelchair and restroom limitations. The Railway and Welsh countryside locations may vary. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Private Reception at Gwydir Castle

Experience the beautiful countryside of Anglesey as you travel from Holyhead, across the Menai Bridge and skirt around the foothills of Snowdonia during this half-day tour to Gwydir Castle, one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales.


Depart the pier for the approximate 75-minute drive to Gwydir Castle in The Conwy Valley. The castle dates back to the 14th century and while it has been turned into a hotel, the period furniture, crooked floors and historic atmosphere still remain, as well as ghosts from the past. The castle is known for being one of the most haunted houses in Wales. The 'Grey Lady' is the most famous ghost and people say the ghost of a monk is trapped in a tunnel leading to the secret room.


Indulge in Traditional Welsh Tea with lovely scones, bara brith (Welsh fruitcake). Then (tour may be first then refreshments enjoy a private guided tour of the castle and gardens. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking approx. 45 mins of walking /standing (there are chairs to rest) during the guided tour of the castle, then walking in the grounds at the discretion of each guest.) for approximately 45 minutes, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Snowdonia National Park & Welsh Tea

Experience the stunning beauty of Snowdonia National Park during this half-day sightseeing excursion, and a stop for Traditional Welsh Tea.

Caernarfon

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Caernarfon. En route, travel through Anglesey and across the Menai Strait. Caernarfon is home to a famous castle dating from 1283. It was here that the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, was crowned Prince of Wales in 1969.


Snowdonia National Park and Llanberis

Next, your drive continues inland towards the magnificent landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park. This incredible park is a visual delight, and boasts some of the most amazing scenery to be found anywhere in Wales. As you travel deep into the park, a brief photo stop is made at Llanberis, which is located adjacent to Llyn Padarn Lake. Afterward, proceed along the incredible Llanberis Pass that skirts the base of Snowdonia. At a height of 3,560 feet (1,085 metres), it is the highest peak in Britain south of the Scottish highlands.


Afternoon Tea

A stop is made for Traditional Welsh Tea (Bara Brith & Scones) at the lovely Betws-y-Coed, a locale renowned for its popularity with hill-walkers and adventure-seekers. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 100 yards (91 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.