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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 Carmarthen, 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.

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12 days from £2035

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 26 September 2024

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Pembrokeshire Coast & St David’s

  • Enjoy a day in beautiful Tenby

  • Visit the Teifi Railway

  • Discover the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

  • 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 some of our most popular 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

  • Hotel Porterage

 

 

 

DAY 1

We arrive in Carmarthen and transfer the short distance to the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, our base for the next three nights.

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DAY 2

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.

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DAY 3

Today we travel by train to the picturesque seaside resort of Tenby and have a free day to admire fantastic views of Caldey Island, stroll around the pretty cobbled streets or simply enjoy the beach and harbour area.

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DAY 4

This morning we journey on the Teifi Railway, a small narrow-gauge railway built by volunteers along a former Great Western Railway branch line. Afterwards, we enjoy a visit to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, a beautiful mix of modern and historic gardens and home of the world’s largest single-span glass house. 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 our four-night stay 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 we 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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DAY 8

Crossing Wales northwards by coach, we call in at the Bala Lake Railway and the Llangollen Railway on our way to Llandudno where we stay for four nights at the superbly traditional Empire Hotel.

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DAY 9

Our 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. We can enjoy free time to visit the pier, shops, beautiful beach, and attractions.

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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.

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HOTELS

The Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen

This traditional hotel is located on the outskirts of Carmarthen, just a short walk from the railway station, castle, and town centre. The comfortable bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a light and spacious restaurant, traditional pub-style bar, lounge, and outside terrace. There is also a sauna and small gymnasium.

 

The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

Situated in the spa town of Llandrindod Wells, the 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, the stylish Empire Hotel offers bedrooms furnished with antiques combined with modern comforts including free Wi-Fi, TV with freeview & DVD (a large library of free films available), 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 hotel has an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, and small outdoor heated pool.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Out - Paddington, Rtn - Euston

£2,315

£2,185

Greater London

£2,365

£2,199

South of England

£2,409

£2,235

East Anglia

£2,439

£2,249

South West

£2,359

£2,199

Heart of England

£2,249

£2,149

Midlands

£2,145

£2,109

Yorkshire

£2,329

£2,205

North East

£2,409

£2,249

North West

£2,219

£2,135

South Wales

£2,365

£2,189

North Wales

£2,085

£2,065

Scotland

£2,349

£2,209


*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.

 

Join & Leave at Hotels £2,055

 

£20 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £250

 

11 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal

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

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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