Snowdon, Portmeirion & Welsh Mountain Steam

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17 Jun 2019 - 16 Sep 2019
Duration: 5 days
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A STEAM EXTRAVAGANZA IN THE SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK.

Staying in the spectacular and rural surroundings of North Wales, treat yourself to a relaxing holiday combined with the wonders of rail. We head for the clouds with a steam excursion on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a little rack and pinion railway which climbs to the very top of Snowdon. Next we chug along the shores of Lake Padarn, before gliding through more than 40 miles of show-stopping scenery, to join the iconic Welsh Highland Railway and Ffestiniog Railway. We spend time in the wonderful Italianate village of Portmeirion and charming Betws-y-Coed; the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park. It’s a fantastic opportunity to visit this beautiful part of the world and enjoy train travel as it used to be.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in North Wales
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Return journey aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • Take in the views of Llanberis Lake on this return railway journey
  • Journey on the Welsh Highland Railway
  • Enjoy the village of Portmeirion influenced by Italian design
  • Journey on the unforgettable Ffestiniog Railway
  • Visit the quaint village of Betws-y-Coed

Day 1: Caernarfon

Make your own way to our hotel, where you meet our Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Snowdon Mountain Railway & Llanberis Lake Railway

This morning we join the Snowdon Mountain Railway for a return journey offering amazing views as it slowly climbs to the summit. You can then enjoy the feeling of being 1,085 metres above sea level where you can also visit a café and gift shop. In the afternoon we enjoy a return journey on the lovely little Llanberis Lake Railway, which follows the shore of Lake Padarn with wonderful views of mountains and the lake along the way.

Day 3: The Welsh Highland Railway & Portmeirion

Today we join the Welsh Highland Railway, the UK’s longest heritage railway which runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon through the foothills of Snowdon and the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass to Porthmadog. From here we continue by coach to Portmeirion, a weird and wonderful Italianate village set on its own private peninsula. It is most famous for being the setting for the 1960s TV series The Prisoner.

Day 4: Ffestiniog Railway & Betws-y-Coed

We return to Porthmadog to join the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway, the Ffestiniog Railway, for a 13½-mile journey into the mountains, which encompasses pastures, forests, lakes, waterfalls, tunnels and horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral). We then take our coach to Betws-y-Coed in the heart of the Conwy valley and enjoy some free time before returning to our hotel.

Day 5: Home

After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure; you could even take the opportunity to explore the town of Caernarfon before heading home.

Please note: The weather on Snowdon is very unpredictable and can change very quickly. Trains cannot proceed all the way to the summit if weather conditions become severe ie high winds or snow and ice on the track. In such cases trains will terminate at Rocky Valley which is 5/8 of the way to the summit. When there are severe winds on the mountain, passengers are not allowed to disembark at Rocky Valley. Low cloud or poor visibility does not stop the train from travelling.

Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon

Stay within walking distance of Caernarfon’s walled town, in a hotel full of history dating back to 1800. All of the spacious and comfortable rooms have a hairdryer, television, safety deposit box, ironing facilities, tea and coffee making facilities and free WI-FI. At the end of the day relax in the hotels spa facilities which include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, bubble pool and a gym. The hotel also has a restaurant and a bar.