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5 days From £595 per person
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Experience a warm Welsh welcome and discover breathtaking countryside, heritage railways, and culture-packed towns.

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2024 Tour code: MWS24

About the tour

From picturesque coastlines to rolling hills, explore the heart of the beautiful Welsh countryside on this holiday. Enjoy classic heritage railway journeys, explore the Welsh Lake District on a private tour with a ranger, and discover the renowned natural beauty of Aberdovey.

Unforgettable experiences

Elan Valley
Elan Valley
Enjoy a guided tour of Elan Valley, also known as the 'Welsh Lake District' with a local ranger.
Rheidol Railway
Rheidol Railway
Step aboard the Vale of Rheidol Railway for a stunning journey along the Rheidol Valley on a restored steam train.
Powis Castle and Gardens
Powis Castle and Gardens
Visit Powis Castle and Gardens, where landscaped gardens bring history to life.
Aberystwyth University
Aberystwyth University
Take a fascinating Welsh lesson at Aberystwyth University, where Prince Charles studied the language in 1969.
Rheillffordd Talyllyn Railway
Rheillffordd Talyllyn Railway
Journey on the Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway and experience a steam-hauled journey along the Vale of Rheidol Railway.
Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
Travel on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway through the Welsh countryside.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – A warm Welsh welcome in Llandrindod Wells

Our Welsh adventure starts in Llandrindod Wells at the Metropole Hotel and Spa. You can check in anytime from 2pm and then you're at leisure to start exploring before dinner tonight. You could get acquainted with Llandrindod Wells with a stroll around the town which is surrounded by breathtaking countryside and is famous for its Victorian architecture.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - The charming Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway, blissful Tywyn, and popular Aberdovey

This morning we board the steam-hauled Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway to Tywyn. Tucked away in the wildflower meadows of southern Snowdonia, the beautiful Talyllyn Railway paints a cheerful red trail over the bridges and through the forests of North Wales. Originally opened in 1865, the seven-mile journey takes us past waterfalls, streams and the delightful Merioneth mountains.

With some time at leisure when we arrive in Tywyn, you can soak up the town's coastal charm. Visit the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum and see the fascinating artefacts on display, from complete locomotives to smaller pieces like signalling equipment and tickets. Or, you could simply stroll along the famous, picturesque beach, listening to the soothing sounds of waves and taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Our coach then takes us down the road to the thriving resort of Aberdovey where you can explore at your own pace. This picturesque village has a sandy beach that stretches along Cardigan Bay and is framed by the rolling hills of Snowdonia National Park. If you wander through the quaint streets, you'll discover colourful cottages, traditional shops, and friendly locals that all create a delightful atmosphere.

We drive back to our hotel later this afternoon through the verdant rolling hills of the enchanting Welsh countryside.

*Steam-hauled where possible

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – The spectacular Elan Valley, scenic Rheidol Railway and Welsh heritage in Aberystwyth

After breakfast, we board our coach and head into Elan Valley where a local ranger joins us for a guided tour. The area is known as the 'Welsh Lake District' and is made up of several man-made lakes connected by six dams. The most impressive, Craig Goch, is built in the Birmingham Baroque style, with elegantly curved walls and a series of narrow arches.

Our coach tour ends at Devil's Bridge, a remarkable stone bridge over the River Marteg. Dating back to the 18th century, the bridge's unique design attracts thousands of visitors who marvel at its beauty and the legends surrounding its name. Here, we join the steam-hauled Vale of Rheidol Railway for a scenic journey through the Welsh valleys to Aberystwyth.

Through 70 miles of captivating Welsh landscapes, the steam-powered train carries us on vintage carriages by lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, and rugged mountains. When we arrive in Aberystwyth, we head to its esteemed university. Well-known as the school where King Charles studied Welsh, this is the perfect place to gain an insight into Welsh heritage, with an 'Introduction to Welsh Language' lesson.

After some time at leisure to explore the stunning beaches, charming architecture, and vibrant cultural scene of Aberystwyth, we head back to our hotel by coach.

*Steam-hauled where possible

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Medieval Powis Castle and a beautiful journey on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway

Today we discover the medieval Powis Castle and its attractive formal gardens. The castle dates back to the 13th century and its gardens are a paradise steeped in history, still proudly displaying ancient statues and beautiful orangery on the terraces. For centuries, talented artists have added to the castle's collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture, and tapestries that you can discover as you explore.

Afterwards, our coach drives to nearby Welshpool, where we board the steam-hauled Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. The route is one of the British Isles' most historic rail journeys, through the wild countryside - a canvas of deep forests and impressive mountains.

Back at our hotel this evening, we're accompanied by a talented Welsh choir who entertain us with wonderful performances during dinner.

*Steam-hauled where possible

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Homeward bound

Our holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning. After saying goodbye to new friends, you can head home or, if you're not ready to leave Wales yet, you could continue exploring on your own.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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

Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

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Trains

Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

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Graham Sutcliffe

5 stars

Submitted 13/Oct

A great adventure made all the better with a great escort.

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PETER Ramsbottom

5 stars

Submitted 13/Oct

Great railways and excursions.

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JEAN JONES

5 stars

Submitted 8/Oct

Very enjoyable. Excellent Tour Operator./

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Mr Ron Barron

4 stars

Submitted 7/Oct

Tour Manager might have got some facts about the countryside and places we were passing through to enlighten us on our journeys.

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Ron Meadows

4 stars

Submitted 2/Oct

Trains and events v good, but hotel long way away.

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Roger

5 stars

Submitted 2/Oct

Really enjoyable short holiday. Although long coach journey each day, well worth it not only for the 3 Narrow Gauge Railway trips but the scenery. Very good Tour Manager , who had also been the TM on my previous holiday. This was the 4th trip with GRJ, all have been enjoyable & good value

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