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The Great Little Trains of Wales are a special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles. All are narrow gauge steam railways, some over 100 years old and share the charm of steam trains with polished paintwork and brass. Most originally served to carry Welsh slate from the quarries to the sea.
Monday – We collect you from your home to join your tour coach and travel to North Wales arriving late afternoon at the Celtic Royal Hotel for a four nights stay – dinner, bed and breakfast.
Tuesday – Our first visit today takes us to the shores of Cardigan Bay and Portmeirion. We visit this unique attraction, setting for the cult 1960’s TV series ‘The Prisoner’ was filmed. Following some free time here we will make the short journey to Porthmadog where this afternoon we marvel at the wonderful scenery on a nostalgic rail trip on the famous Ffestiniog Railway, which offers a magical combination of spectacular landscapes and historic railway. After our journey here, we will meet the coach we will return to Caernarfon.
Wednesday – Excursion into the very heart of Snowdonia to Llanberis for a visit to the fascinating National Slate Museum. This afternoon we enjoy a ride on the Llanberis Lake Railway for a relaxing journey around the lake. After meeting the coach, we continue through the stunning Llanberis Pass to the delightful village of Betws-y-Coed, which literally translates as ‘sanctuary in the wood’.
Thursday – After breakfast there will be some leisure time to enjoy Caernarfon, time to explore its mighty 13th century Castle, before boarding a train for a single journey on the Welsh Highland Railway through the spectacular Snowdonia National Park scenery to the historic harbour town of Porthmadog, which has no less than three narrow gauge railway stations. Here we will enjoy some leisure time before meeting the coach and returning back to Caernarfon.
Friday – This morning we reluctantly head for home with suitable comfort stops en-route.
Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon
The Celtic Royal Hotel stands in thecentre of Caernarfon, just a short walk from the World Heritage Site of
Caernarfon Castle. Hotel facilities include bar, lounge, split-level restaurant, and impressive leisure facilities
including indoor swimming pool. All bedrooms are en-suite and have TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
Luxury coach travel
4 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Hostess on board
Ride on the Ffestiniog Railway
Journey on the Welsh Highland Railway
Ride on the Llanberis Lake Railway
Entertainment provided on two nights