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The very best of North Wales by rail

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20212022
6 days From £695 per person

2022 Tour code: WDS22

About the tour

From our base in charming Llandudno, we experience the very best of North Wales. Soak up the scenery as we ride aboard historic steam railways, and step back in time as we visit the impressive castles dotted along the coastline of this beautiful, mountainous region.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Llandudno

Our holiday begins in the 'Queen of Welsh Resorts', Llandudno, where we meet at our hotel. Nestled on Wales' rugged north coast and surrounded by the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park, this is an ideal base for our explorations. We enjoy a drinks reception before dinner in the hotel's award-winning restaurant.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Portmeirion and the Ffestiniog Railway

Today takes us along the coast to Caernarfon for a journey on the Welsh Highland Railway to Beddgelert, where we transfer to Portmeirion for a guided tour. This eccentric village was designed in 1925 by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, who wanted to create a town that wouldn't look out of place on the Italian Riviera, and it's a delight to explore. We continue to Porthmadog by coach to join the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Owned by the oldest railway company in the world, this particular line has a history dating back 200 years, offering us a nostalgic trip back in time during our scenic journey.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Caernarfon Castle and Snowdon

We begin our day with a guided tour of Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site which dates back to 1283. This is one of the best examples of medieval defensive architecture in Europe, with striking towers linked by a honeycomb of walls and tunnels. Next, we travel over the dramatic scenery of the Llanberis Pass to Llanberis, where we visit the National Slate Museum before boarding the Snowdon Mountain Railway for a heritage diesel journey to the summit of Snowdon. The journey takes us up the rugged sides of Wales' highest mountain, offering views over the panoramic scenery of Snowdonia National Park. We arrive at the summit, where on a clear day, it's possible to see the Isle of Man and Ireland's Wicklow Mountains.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Llandudno

You're free to explore Llandudno. The town's nostalgic Victorian pier is well worth a visit. Built in 1878, it boasts the title of the longest pier in Wales. Here you'll enjoy excellent views of the seafront promenade and Llandudno behind you, as well as a number of traditional seaside attractions, food stalls, and shops. Another option is to take a trip on the Great Orme Tramway, which takes you from Llandudno through a country park up to the summit of Great Orme, where you can enjoy outstanding views of the town and coastline.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Conwy Castle and Gwydir Castle

We visit Conwy Castle, a UNESCO-protected 13th-century castle. A guided tour reveals its intriguing history, from its beginnings as a Cistercian monastery to its role in the War of the Roses. Next, we visit Bodnant Garden, an explosion of colour that spans 80 acres and includes a beautiful wild garden. Our final visit of the day is Gwydir Castle, one of the finest Tudor country houses in Wales. With a rich and illustrious history, the castle is fascinating to discover, and we're treated to an informative guided tour from the current owners. This evening, we celebrate the final evening of our holiday with a delicious 'Taste of Wales' gala dinner at the hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Home

Our holiday concludes today, and you're free to make your way home or continue exploring.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note: The itinerary order may differ dependent on departure. Please call for more details.

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. You will receive a welcome drink at 18.00 just before dinner at 18.30.

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

Dunoon Hotel, Llandudno

Dunoon Hotel, Llandudno

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Trains

Ffestiniog Railway
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Welsh Highland Railway

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Therese Dunn

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

The holiday was very enjoyable, hotel was fine. Our guide Elaine was very helpful and everything was well organised.

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J Mckay

5 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

CONSIDERING THE COVID RESTRICTIONS EVERYTHING WENT TO PLAN

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Patricia Barnicott

4 stars

Submitted 30/Jun

We enjoyed this tour very much - especially the trips on the 3 little trains - the Ffestiniog Railway, the West Highland Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway. The guided tours of Conwy and Caernarfon Castles were very good and the guides very knowledgeable. The Dunoon Hotel was excellent and the food good. Portmeiron still as magical and the Hidden Garden amazing. Our guide was courteous and always on the tours with us - we felt she could have done more.

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Jill

5 stars

Submitted 30/Jun

Lovely trip. It was a busy schedule but very well organised and I enjoyed being able to visit so many different places. Great food at the hotel and the staff were very helpful.

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Vanessa Farmer

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Wonderful holiday Guide and Coach drivers excellent , there knowledge was outstanding Hotel dining exquisite Could not fault a thing Saving for our next trip with you

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Mr Richardson

4 stars

Submitted 24/Jun

Enjoyable tour. Tour guide was excellent and the places and journeys visited were mostly outstanding

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