The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very 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 all have in common the charm of steam trains with polished paintwork and brass. Most originally served to carry Welsh slate from the quarries to the sea.
The Royal Victoria Hotel stands in a delightful setting in its own grounds at the foot of Llanberis Pass. Pretty gardens and grounds make it an attractive location. Facilities include spacious lounges and bars. All bedrooms are en-suite and have a TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to North Wales where we arrive later this afternoon at the Royal Victoria Hotel. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival.
Tuesday Our first visit today takes us to the shores of Cardigan Bay and Portmeirion. We visit this unique attraction, setting for to cult TV series ‘The Prisoner’. From here we drive to Betws-y-Coed where we have a break with time for lunch. This afternoon we head for Bala and enjoy a ride on the diminutive Bala Lake Railway, returning later to the hotel.
Wednesday This morning we enjoy a ride to the village of Llanberis, in the shadow of Mount Snowdon. Here we join the Llanberis Lake Railway for a delightful ride along the lake shore, we have time to explore and obtain lunch in Llanberis. There is the option to take a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. This world famous little train takes you on a breathtaking 3560ft ride to the top of Snowdon, to enjoy its beautiful views. We return to the hotel in time for dinner this evening.
Thursday We begin with a ride along the coast road past Conwy, with its mighty castle, to Llandudno Junction. We join the train for a delightful ride along the Vale of Conwy to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Here we catch the Ffestiniog Railway for an exhilarating ride across the mountains, descending to the sea at Porthmadog. We have time to explore and have lunch in Porthmadog before catching the Welsh Highland Railway train that takes us back through Beddgelert and all the way back to Caernarfon where we meet our coach for the drive back to our hotel.
Friday We bid a reluctant farewell to Wales as we head home, after an enjoyable Welsh break.
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