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5 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - Llandudno
Arrive in Llandudno and meet your Tour Manager at the family-run
Kensington Hotel, boasting fantastic views of Llandudno Bay. You
have some free time to look around before a welcome dinner and the
opportunity to meet the rest of your group.
Day 2 - Portmeirion
Enjoy an excursion on the steam-hauled* Ffestiniog Railway
today, a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Snowdonia National Park.
Founded in 1832 as a means of transporting slate and miners from
the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, it claims to be
the oldest independent railway company in the world. Travel through
the scenery of Snowdonia National Park to Porthmadog. From here
it's on to Portmeirion, famous for its colourful, Italianate
architecture. With free time, why not visit the central piazza,
admire the elegant Japanese gardens or take a walk along Harlech
Day 3 - The Llangollen Steam Railway
Board the Llangollen Steam Railway* for a journey through some
of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. Built in 1975 by a group
of railway enthusiasts, the route takes you along the banks of the
River Dee to Carrog Station. After some free time for lunch, enjoy
a horsedrawn boat trip along the Llangollen Canal, experiencing how
heavy goods where transported through this peaceful environment
well into the 1960s.
Day 4 - Llandudno
Your day is free to explore Llandudno or perhaps ride the Great
Orme cablehauled tramway for breathtaking views of Snowdonia and
In Llandudno, take in notable features including the Victorian
charms of the promenade, the pier with its traditional seaside
amusements, and some pretty public gardens. Within easy access of
Llandudno is Conwy, where you could admire the historic town walls
and castle, which looks straight out of the pages of a storybook
and is one of the most impressive castles in the UK. You could also
visit Plas Mawr, a wonderful Elizabethan townhouse which has stood
unchanged since the 16th century, or the Great Orme Copper Mines.
The world's largest prehistoric copper mines, today visitors can
explore the laboriously excavated caverns tunnelled by our Bronze
Age ancestors around 3,500 years ago.
Day 5 - Caernarfon
A full-day excursion by coach today takes you through some of
the most dramatic mountain scenery in Britain to Caernarfon. Here,
enjoy a guided tour of famous Caenarfon Castle, a royal
fortress-palace shrouded in mythology and bitter medieval
rivalries. Afterwards, board the Welsh Highland Railway*, a
narrow-gauge line running along the foothills of the Snowdonia
Mountain range to pretty Beddgelert.
Located where the rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn meet in the heart of
Snowdonia National Park, the picturesque stone village of
Beddgelert is surrounded by beautiful wooded valleys, rolling
hills, and mountain lakes. According to legend, the town is the
resting place of a faithful dog named Gelert, who was killed after
his owner, a 13th-century prince, mistakenly believed he had
attacked his son. Upon realising that the dog was in fact defending
the baby from an attacking wolf, the remorseful prince buried his
dog, and the town gained its name - Beddgelert in English means
'Gelert's Grave'. Today, the dog's reputed burial mound, a short
stroll out of the village, is a popular attraction.
Day 6 - Llandudno & home
After breakfast, this morning, you're free to begin your journey
home. Alternatively, explore more of this wonderful area.
*Steam-hauled where possible.
On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the
first hotel on your itinerary anytime
after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be
between 16:00 and 18:00.
However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager
before dinner from 19:00.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
Well planned holiday, giving an excellent overview of narrow gauge railways in North Wales.
Everything went smoothly coach food and room
Sadly there was no evening entertainment
Very enjoyable break. Hotel good, nice evening meals. Good choice, good portions. Trips out good with other visits as well train journeys, well chosen. Right amount of time at each visit. Coach driver nice with good amount of information. Railways rep very good too.
Mr P Newman
Good choose of railways, brilliant coach driver who gave good local information on areas we passed. and the tour rep who was cheerful and kept everything running smoothly.