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Mountains, castles, canals and mountain railways

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6 days From £499 per person

2021 Tour code: 21LLS

About the tour

The tranquil beauty of Wales is waiting to be uncovered. Admire rugged mountains, visit picturesque towns, and journey on the scenic Welsh Highland and Llangollen Steam Railways.

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Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • Dinner
Llandudno
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 Beach?

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Ffestiniog Railway
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Llangollen Railway
Day 4 - Llandudno

Your day is free to explore Llandudno or perhaps ride the Great Orme cablehauled tramway for breathtaking views of Snowdonia and Anglesey.

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Conwy Castle
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Caernarfon Castle
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Llandudno

Additional information

Departure times

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 available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

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.

Hotel

Kensington Hotel

Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

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Trains

Ffestiniog Mountain Railway
Llangollen Railway
Welsh Highland Railway

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94% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr S Hewitt

Submitted 18/11/2019

Very good Tour Mamager made all welcome

Rev M Savage

Submitted 11/11/2019

Well planned holiday, giving an excellent overview of narrow gauge railways in North Wales.

Anonymous

Submitted 07/11/2019

Everything went smoothly coach food and room Sadly there was no evening entertainment

Anonymous

Submitted 15/09/2019

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

Submitted 04/09/2019

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.

Mr A Nicholls

Submitted 28/08/2019

Enjoyed the excursions and the holiday

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