Portmeirion & Welsh Heritage Railways
Join us on a trip back to bygone days on some of the most celebrated train journeys in the country. Wales enjoys some of the finest railways of yesteryear, taking a leisurely pace to savour the scenery. From an unforgettable experience to the summit of Snowdon to mountains broken by the familiar sounds of steam, this restful tour showcases the beauty of Welsh landscapes. Based in the history-steeped town of Caernarfon, a World Heritage Site enclosed within medieval town walls.
Day 1 Departure: 0800-0900 hrs. Travel to North Wales, making a comfort stop en-route at Betws-y-Coed. Hotel check-in. Dinner is included for the next 4 nights.
Day 2 Enjoy a return journey on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Breathtaking views are at every turn as you travel on the only cog railway in the UK, climbing 1,085 metres above sea level to the summit. It reveals one of the most outstanding panoramas in the world. Subject to weather conditions, trains may terminate at Rocky Valley which is 5/8th of the way up Snowdon. In the afternoon, take a return journey on the Llanberis Lake Railway. The little narrow-gauge steam trains traverse through the heart of Snowdonia past mountain ranges, lakes and streams, following the shores of Lake Padarn to Penllyn.
Day 3 The Welsh Highland Railway, running from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The 25-mile line journeys alongside Caernarfon Castle, snaking around seemingly impossible bends, up gradients and around the foothills of Snowdon, the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. Afterwards, visit the Italianate coastal village of Portmeirion. Created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1975, it is better known as the location for the 1966-67 TV series The Prisoner.
Day 4 Return to Porthmadog for a classic journey on the Ffestiniog Railway, recognised as the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway. Negotiating from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, you’ll climb through unrivalled mountain scenery.
Day 5 Morning at leisure in Caernarfon, depart early afternoon, making a comfort stop en-route. Arrive home: early evening.
• Return coach travel
• 4 nights accommodation
• Traditional Welsh or continental self-service buffet breakfast
• Served 3 course dinner (3 choices) plus after dinner coffee
• Hotel porter service
• Some entertainment
• Snowdon Mountain Railway admission
• Llanberis Lake Railway admission
• Welsh Highland Railway admission
• Ffestiniog Railway admission
• Portmeirion admission
• All coach tours
Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon
This stylish hotel is located in the famous town of Caernarfon. A comfortable, tastefully decorated hotel, offers modern conveniences including a fine dining restaurant, a chic Art Deco bar and superb leisure facilities.
Bedrooms: En-suite with TV, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone and hairdryer.
Facilities: Bar and lounge. Night porter. Indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym.
Mobility Information: Lift serves all 4 floors. 2 steps at entrance. Steps to some bedrooms. No ground floor bedrooms.
Single room supplement £88.00 for first 4 singles, then £128.00
Please note: Steam trains cannot be guaranteed
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