Back by popular demand, we offer the chance to combine a memorable coach holiday with a leisurely look at some of Wales’ finest scenery by rail. This 5 day break is set amid the splendour of the Snowdonia National Park in the heart of North Wales, arguably some of the finest scenery in the British Isles. One of the best ways of sampling this beauty is from the carriages of some of the regions wonderful narrow gauge railways.
The Royal Victoria Hotel is uniquely located close to Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon in 30 acres of gardens and woodlands, including the historic castle of Dolbadarn. All bedrooms are ensuite with modern decor. They have telephones, television, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift.
MondayWe depart our home areas joining the Club Class coach heading for the Welsh border making a stop at Bodnant Garden. Spanning some 80 acres the Garden has 2 parts; the upper garden which consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees and the lower portion, which is also known as ‘The Dell’ and formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Wild garden. This afternoon we arrive at the hotel with time to settle in before dinner.
Tuesday After a full Welsh breakfast, we start with a scenic journey to Portmadog where we join the Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog. We return to Portmadog for free time and lunch before taking the ride on the Welsh highland Railway from Portmadog back to Bedgellert to meet the coach to take us back to the hotel.
Wednesday Today we have the day at leisure in the village of Llanberis. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the village is a thriving hive of activity with independently owned shops, cafes and restaurants. One could visit the Slate Museum and learn about the importance of slate quarrying in the area, or tour Electric Mountain. Alternatively, continue the railway theme and take a ride on the Llanberis Railway or Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Thursday After breakfast today, we travel to Towyn and join the Tallylln Railway for the journey to Nant Gwernol and on to Abergynbolwyn. The historic steam-operated town runs for 7 and a quarter miles through the beautiful and unchanging Fathew Valley. We return to Llanberis with a stop at Portmeirion Village before making our way to the hotel for our final evening’s dinner.
Friday After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at the hotel as we make our way home. We arrive in our home areas this afternoon to be greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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