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Celtic Wales: Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire

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Program #12185RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for May 21 — May 31, 2013

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Day One: Tuesday, May 21 -
Depart From: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A brand new refurbished modern stylish non smoking hotel. 9 miles from Manchester Airport.

Contact info:
Liverpool Street
Manchester, M5 4LT, UK:England
phone: +44 (0)161 743 0080
web: www.himanchester-west.co.uk/index.htm

Room amenities: En-suite bathrooms with a full size bath and power shower . Non Smoking. Direct Dial telephone number Tea & coffee making facilities. Climate Control. Cotton Duvets. Hair Dryers. Colour Televisions with 16 channels and pay movies. Telephone. WIFI. Ironing Centre. In Room Safe. Separate hanging closet. 24 hour menu available. Wake up calls. Spy holes & deadlocks on the doors for security & peace of mind. Complimentary toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors or other sundry items available at reception.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Loung and bar. Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, May 22 - Welcome Meeting.
Arrive To: Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room for those arriving by lunchtime.

Afternoon: Welcome Meeting at 5.00PM.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free Evening.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Manchester West

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.

Contact info:
Betws-y-Coed.
North Wales., LL24 0AY UK:Wales
phone: +44 1690 710219.
web: www.royaloak.net.

Room amenities: Every room has bathroom/shower en-suite, colour television with sky and direct dial telephone. The Hotel is fully centrally heated throughout. Tea and coffee trays are provided.

Facility amenities: Carvery restaurant and lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Thursday, May 23 - Bodnant Gardens./Conwy Castle/Introductory Talk.
Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning transfer by coach to Betws-y-Coed via Bodnant Gardens, one of the finest gardens in the world situated above the River Conway.

Lunch: Enjoy local fare during lunch at Bodnant Gardens.

Afternoon: Travel back to medieval times to with a field trip to the imposing Conwy Castle, with a lecture in the field on the Wars of Edward I. Conwy Castle was constructed by the English King Edward between 1283 and 1289 to act as a key fortress in containing the Welsh. The views from the battlements are breathtaking, looking out across mountains and sea and down to the roofless shell of the Great Hall.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: The Course Director ,Conway Davies, introduces what you will see and discover during the programme.

Lodging: Royal Oak

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.

Contact info:
Betws-y-Coed.
North Wales., LL24 0AY UK:Wales
phone: +44 1690 710219.
web: www.royaloak.net.

Room amenities: Every room has bathroom/shower en-suite, colour television with sky and direct dial telephone. The Hotel is fully centrally heated throughout. Tea and coffee trays are provided.

Facility amenities: Carvery restaurant and lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Friday, May 24 - The Historical Landscape./Anglesey
Breakfast: Full Welsh breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: On arrival in Anglesey explore Penmon, where you can see the Romanesque architecture of the island's medieval monastery. Field Trip continues to Beaumaris Village.

Lunch: Excluded - participants own choice.

Afternoon: Investigate through two lectures "The Historical Landscape of the Celts" and "The Roman Invasion".

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Royal Oak

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.

Contact info:
Betws-y-Coed.
North Wales., LL24 0AY UK:Wales
phone: +44 1690 710219.
web: www.royaloak.net.

Room amenities: Every room has bathroom/shower en-suite, colour television with sky and direct dial telephone. The Hotel is fully centrally heated throughout. Tea and coffee trays are provided.

Facility amenities: Carvery restaurant and lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Saturday, May 25 - Great Orme Copper Mines
Breakfast: Full Welsh breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Relax with some free time this morning or take a walk around the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Take a field trip to Great Orme, Llandudno's mountain, on a vehicular tramride and visit to Copper Mines. The Great Orme Tramway has been delighting visitors since it opened on July 31st 1902. An engineering marvel of its age, it's still the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Royal Oak

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Royal Oak Hotel is a picturesque building, which was once a coaching inn. Situated in the centre of the village amidst charming scenery and overlooking the River Llugwy.

Contact info:
Betws-y-Coed.
North Wales., LL24 0AY UK:Wales
phone: +44 1690 710219.
web: www.royaloak.net.

Room amenities: Every room has bathroom/shower en-suite, colour television with sky and direct dial telephone. The Hotel is fully centrally heated throughout. Tea and coffee trays are provided.

Facility amenities: Carvery restaurant and lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Sunday, May 26 - Environment, Cultural Heritage and Industrial His...
Breakfast: Full Welsh breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Investigate the cultural heritage and the environment of Wales during a lecture in the hotel before your trip to the National Park of Snowdonia and a ride on the Ffestiniog railway with a lecture in the field on the slate industry.

Lunch: Packed Lunch

Afternoon: Take a field trip to the Llanberis Slate Museum and quarry followed by a field trip to the Royal Town of Caernarfon. Caernarfon's royal connections go from ancient Celtic chieftains to the present day, with the investiture in 1969 of Prince Charles as the present Prince of Wales. Examine the role of the King Edward I's impressive medieval fortress, Caernafon Castle, a seat of power and symbol of English dominance over the subdued Welsh. Due to time constraint, we will not visit the castle.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Royal Oak

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Commanding a spectacular position at the gateway to the Golden West, the Ivy Bush Hotel was once a favoured retreat for Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.

Contact info:
Spilman Street.
Carmarthen.
Carmarthenshire., SA31 1LG UK:Wales
phone: +44 1267 235111
web: www.ivybushroyal.co.uk

Room amenities: Televisions with satellite channels, a hairdryer, ironing centres and hospitality tray. Wireless hotspot throughout.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, May 27 - Beddgelert./Fishing and Trade./Celtic Churches.
Breakfast: Full Welsh breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Pembrokeshire with an excursion en route to Beddgelert. Beddgelert is named after a local legend and translates to "Gelert's Grave". Continue to the fantasy estate of Portmerion and on to the seaside town of Aberystwyth.

Lunch: Lunch out in Aberystwyth.

Afternoon: Learn about the importance of fishing and trade to the community during a lecture in the field at Aberaeron, with its Georgian houses and harbour.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: This evening's talk reveals the Celtic history of the area through the inhabitants' religious convictions and introduces you to the architecture and landscape of the Pembrokeshire National Park.

Lodging: Ivy Bush Royal Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Commanding a spectacular position at the gateway to the Golden West, the Ivy Bush Hotel was once a favoured retreat for Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.

Contact info:
Spilman Street.
Carmarthen.
Carmarthenshire., SA31 1LG UK:Wales
phone: +44 1267 235111
web: www.ivybushroyal.co.uk

Room amenities: Televisions with satellite channels, a hairdryer, ironing centres and hospitality tray. Wireless hotspot throughout.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, May 28 - Castell Henllys and the Preseli Mountain Range./S...
Breakfast: Full Welsh breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the archaeology of the region with a field trip to Castell Henllys via the mysterious Preseli mountains where you learn about the Early History of Preseli and Celtic History, before arriving at Castell Henllys. Castell Henllys is the site of a reconstructed Iron Age Hillfort. This ancient and important fortress is under excavation by archaeologists and the "digs" over many years have produced evidence that has made the reconstruction possible.

Lunch: Lunch out in Newport, Pembrokeshire.

Afternoon: Today's theme is the importance of early Christianity in the area. The city of St. David's is situated on the far west coast of Wales and is dominated by the 12th century Cathedral. Granted city status because of the cathedral, St. David's is, in reality, a small attractive village.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: A local harpist entertains you this evening.

Lodging: Ivy Bush Royal Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Commanding a spectacular position at the gateway to the Golden West, the Ivy Bush Hotel was once a favoured retreat for Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.

Contact info:
Spilman Street.
Carmarthen.
Carmarthenshire., SA31 1LG UK:Wales
phone: +44 1267 235111
web: www.ivybushroyal.co.uk

Room amenities: Televisions with satellite channels, a hairdryer, ironing centres and hospitality tray. Wireless hotspot throughout.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, May 29 - Laugharne Town and Castle./Choir and "meet the lo...
Breakfast: Full Welsh breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A free morning at leisure.

Lunch: Excluded - participants choice.

Afternoon: Explore Laugharne, perhaps best known for its associations with Dylan Thomas, but for the past 20 years, the picturesque castle has been the subject of painstaking archaeological investigation and gradual restoration. Located at the mouth of the River Taf, the ruinous Welsh coastal fortress was converted into an Elizabethan mansion. Although an exact date for the castle's foundation cannot be established, there was probably a simple enclosure at Laugharne in the 11th century.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Meet and converse with locals and have the opportunity of experiencing a Mixed Voice Choir, synonymous with Wales. Farewell meeting.

Lodging: Ivy Bush Royal Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Close to Heathrow Airport.

Contact info:
140 Bath Road.
Hayes, Middlesex., UB3 5AW UK:England
phone: +44 20 8759 6311
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal number and voicemail, satllite TV and pay movies, in room safe. In room bar, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Complimentary wireless internet access, business centre, newsagents, health spa and fitness centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Thursday, May 30 - Caerleon:Fortress of the Legion.
Breakfast: Full Welsh breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Leaving Wales you transfer to the Heathrow airport hotel stopping enroute at Caerleon-the site of one of Britain's three Roman Legionary Fortresses and many believe it to be the location of King Arthur's Camelot. The remains of some 75 amphitheatres have been located in widely scattered areas of the Roman Empire. The amphitheatre in Caerleon is the best preserved example in Britain. Known probably since the Middle Ages as King Arthur's Round Table. In 830AD Nennius wrote Historia Brittonum. It included a list of Arthur's battles one of which he located at 'The City Of The Legion'. This could well be Caerleon, which in Welsh means 'The Fortress Of The Legion'.

Lunch: Packed lunch provided.

Afternoon: The transfer continues to your Heathrow airport hotel with arrival around 5:00pm..

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Friday, May 31 -
Depart From: London for transatlantic flights.

Breakfast: In hotel dining room. Dependent on flight timings, some participants may have to leave prior to breakfast.

Morning: Transfer to Heathrow Airport Terminals by Hoppabus shuttle service.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Manchester
Manchester.Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Urbis . Cinemas, theatres, Manchester United Football Club.
For additional information, visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/visitorcentre/
Betws-y-Coed
Betws-y-Coed.Churches, Conwy Valley Railway Museum, pubs.
For additional information, visit: www.visitwales.com www.betws-y-coed.co.uk

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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9 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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