Railways & Tramways of Wales
A 4-night, 5-day tour – Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October 2023
Portmeirion • Ffestiniog Railway • Llandudno • Snowdonia • Welsh Highland Line • Caernarfon
Enjoy some of North Wales’ best railways and a visit to the fantastic village of Portmeirion on this tour based in the pretty village of Llanberis. Also included is a ride on the Great Orme Tramway in the Victorian resort of Llandudno.
MONDAY: This morning, we travel to North Wales with an extended lunch stop at Shrewsbury. Birthplace of Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury is set amidst the glorious Shropshire countryside near to the Welsh Borders and is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. The town has over 600 listed buildings including the Castle and the Abbey. On then to our base at Llanberis with time to relax before evening dinner.
TUESDAY: A hearty Welsh breakfast then we visit Porthmadog for a single rail journey to the slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The historic train ascends over 700 feet, passing through tranquil meadows, past waterfalls and around horseshoe bends. On then to the delightful Italian village of Portmeirion Situated on a private peninsula overlooking stunning coastal scenery, the Italian Riviera meets rural Wales with a riot of colour and architectural. Built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion it is now one of Wales’ most popular destinations. We’ll return to Llanberis for further spectacular views of the National Park that can be savoured aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway. A full day of highlights ends with evening dinner.
WEDNESDAY: After breakfast, a full day excursion to the popular seaside town of Llandudno with its two sandy beaches and original Victorian features. A ride on the Great Orme tramway is also included. Excellent views of the Conwy Estuary, Anglesey and Snowdonia can be enjoyed from this, Britain’s only cable-hauled public road tramway. Time to relax before evening dinner is served.
THURSDAY: A leisurely morning before a short drive to Beddgelert station for the scenic train journey along the foothills of Snowdon to Caernarfon on the Welsh Highland Railway. The railway that we know and love today is here largely because of the huge efforts of the pioneers who strove to preserve it, and the volunteers who help to keep it running. Caernarfon is home to Wales’ most famous castle and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mighty Caernarfon Castle commands the lion’s share of attention, but the town’s narrow streets and stylishly redeveloped waterfront also merit a visit. There’s free time here before returning to the hotel ready for evening dinner.
FRIDAY: Our homeward journey commences after bidding farewell to our hosts as we head for an extended lunch stop at Stratford on Avon – a town synonymous with William Shakespeare. However, it is much more than that, a market town with more than 800 years of history containing not only many buildings that survive today and would have been familiar to Shakespeare, but also a thriving community offering great experiences. Our tour ends in the local area during the early evening.
The Hotel:THE HOTEL: The 3-star Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis has been a hotel since the 1830s and is wonderfully located near the foot of Mount Snowden, within walking distance of the attraction of Llanberis. The hotel offers a welcoming, comfortable touring base and still retains much of its character. There is a lift and free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom. The gastronomic offer in a delightful dining area, ranges from typical Lake Como cooking to international cuisine. The chefs base their creations on the richness and goodness of the raw materials of the territory. There is a wide selection of wines to complete the offer.
What’s Included:YOUR TOUR INCLUDES: 4 nights half board with: Tea/coffee on arrival, Porter service, Full Welsh breakfast, 3 course dinners with choice and tea/coffee, regular entertainment, single journey on Ffestiniog Railway, admission to Portmeirion, return trip on Great Orme tramway, a single journey on Welsh Highland Railway, a return journey on the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the services of a Tour Guide throughout.