Grand Tour by Rail - Wales Coast to Coast

Grand Tour by Rail - Wales Coast to Coast

Another unique Grand Tour by Rail, visiting some of our best loved hotels, crossing Wales from coast to coast. From our bases in Tenby, Llandrindod and Llandudno we tick off more steam and heritage railways than you could imagine, plus we bask in the wonderful scenery of the valleys, mountains and coasts.

12 Days From £1,595

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 3 October 2019

 

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay in beautiful Tenby

  • Explore the Pembrokeshire Coast & St David’s

  • Visit the Teifi and Gwili Railways

  • Travel along the picturesque Heart of Wales Line & Cambrian Line

  • Experience the Talyllyn Railway, the mother of all preserved lines

  • Steam on the Vale of Rheidol Railway – one of the Great Little Trains of Wales

  • Marvel at reservoirs and mountains on the Brecon Mountain Railway

  • Visit the Bala Lake Railway

  • Enjoy the fabulous Llangollen Railway

  • Explore Snowdonia on the Welsh Highland Railway, world famous Ffestiniog Railway and picturesque Llanberis Lake Railway

  • Spectacular Snowdon Mountain Railway

  • Conwy Valley Line scenic train journey

  • Great Orme Mountain tram ride

  • Stay in our most popular 4* hotels

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

 

Includes the Great British Railway Journey along the Welsh Highland Railway - just one of many great railway journeys you can enjoy " On Tour with Railtrail ".

DAY 1

Arrive in Tenby and check into the Fourcroft Hotel for three nights.

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DAYS 2&3

Our second day is spent exploring the scenic coastline by coach in a region known as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, including a visit to cathedral city of St David's, the smallest city in the UK and the resting place of St David, for which the city is bestowed the title of ecclesiastical capital of Wales. Day 3 is spent at leisure in Tenby, soaking up the beautiful coastline.

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DAY 4

No fewer than three interesting and contrasting railway experiences await us today, as we visit the Teifi Railway, a small narrow-gauge railway built by volunteers along a former Great Western Railway branch line. Afterwards, we continue into Carmarthen to sample the recently extended Gwili Railway, running for four miles through unspoilt countryside. Finally, transferring to Llandeilo, we join the Heart of Wales Line, one of Britain's prettiest rural routes, travelling through tranquil scenery en route to Llandrindod Wells for four nights at the Hotel Metropole.

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DAY 5

A short transfer to Devil's Bridge allows us to join the Vale of Rheidol Railway, one of the Great Little Trains of Wales. Running to the Cambrian coast, see the countryside change as you travel through rugged mountain scenery, woodland and wide open fields to Aberystwyth, where there is free time to take lunch before our return journey.

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DAY 6

Today we depart Llandrindod by coach to Newtown, sampling the Cambrian Line, a different route to coastal Cardigan Bay for a journey special to anyone with an interest in railway heritage. The Talyllyn Railway runs for seven miles from Tywyn to Nant Gwernol through the Fathew Valley, passing Dolgoch Falls. Opened in 1865 to carry slate, the railway fell on hard times in the early 1950s. A team of pioneering enthusiasts took over the running of the line and built the world's first preserved railway.

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DAY 7

Our adventure continues to Pant for a journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Formerly part of the Brecon & Merthyr Railway, the line passes the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir on its way to Torpantau, high in the Brecon Beacons.

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DAYS 8&9

Crossing Wales northwards by coach, we call in at the Bala Lake Railway and the Llangollen Railway on our way to Llandudno and four nights at the superbly traditional Empire Hotel. A leisurely first day on the North Wales Coast includes a ride on the vintage tramcar to the summit of the Great Orme, offering magnificent views across the Irish Sea.

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DAY 10

Take traditional great railway journeys as we head along the beautiful Conwy Valley Line to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Here we board our narrow-gauge steam train on the world famous Ffestiniog Railway to travel to Porthmadog. After some free time our journey continues on the Welsh Highland Railway to Caernarvon from where we transfer back to Llandudno.

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DAY 11

Heading into Snowdonia, we take a steam train ride on the Llanberis Lake Railway followed, after a relaxing break, by a journey on the amazing Snowdon Mountain Railway. After enjoying this kaleidoscope of vistas we return through the National Park and Conwy Valley to Llandudno.

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DAY 12

A reluctant farewell to Llandudno and the lovely Empire Hotel sees us make our way to the station for our journeys homeward.

**Please note that we have based this itinerary on this year's timetables for the many heritage railways featured. Where possible the excursions will be steam, although occasionally we may book diesel trains instead if steam trains are not in operation. We may have to juggle one or two of the days to make the itinerary work with the heritage railways once their timetables are announced. That said, early October is also steam gala time and, should our visit coincide with a gala, we will do our utmost to include it.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Fourcroft Hotel, Tenby

On the cliffs above Tenby’s sheltered, sunny North Beach, Fourcroft looks spectacularly over the old fishing harbour and across Carmarthen Bay. Stroll into the mediaeval walled town, explore the private pathways down to the beach, or simply sit and watch the world go by.

 

The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

Situated in the spa town of Llandrindod Wells, the 4* Metropole Hotel is a great base for exploring the varied attractions of the Heart of Wales. The hotel is also a great place to relax, as its Victorian style conservatory houses an 18 metre pool, thermal suites, Jacuzzi and gymnasium.

 

The Empire Hotel, Llandudno

Faithful to its Victorian character, all rooms are furnished with antiques and beds with down bedding - and have private bathroom, colour TV with satellite, video or DVD player, safe, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. The award-winning Watkins and Co. restaurant offers the finest local produce; a creative chef, elegant surroundings and friendly service all combine to ensure a memorable experience. The indoor heated swimming pool has a sauna, steam room and whirlpool; the small outdoor heated pool has a spa bath.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: out Paddington/return Euston

£1,780

£1,695

-£15

Greater London

£1,810

£1,715

-£15

South of England

£1,835

£1,725

-£20

East Anglia

£1,855

£1,740

-£20

South West

£1,880

£1,725

-£20

Heart of England

£1,750

£1,690

-£15

Midlands

£1,695

£1,660

-£10

Yorkshire

N/A

£1,720

-£15

North East

N/A

£1,740

-£20

North West

£1,760

£1,680

-£10

South Wales

N/A

£1,665

-£10

North Wales

N/A

£1,665

-£10

Scotland

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Join & Leave at Hotels £1595

 

Single Room Supplement £195

 

******* Customers in Scotland – please call us for advice. Tenby is very difficult to reach in a day from some parts of Scotland. We would rather look into this in detail for you before accepting a booking that the UK rail system cannot facilitate. But please do call us!

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