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Welsh Whisky, Mines, Mint & Steam

South Wales is a beautiful part of the UK awaiting exploration. With our great value tour, based in the heart of the Welsh capital, visitors can experience every unique feature it has to offer from rides on the Brecon Mountain Railway and Forest of Dean Railways, to sightseeing at the Royal Mint and Rhondda Heritage Park, or even a visit to an award-winning Welsh distillery.

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5 days from £895

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Tuesday 27 August 2024

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the capital city of Cardiff

  • Steam on the Forest of Dean Railway

  • Visit the historic town of Chepstow

  • Marvel at reservoirs and mountains on the Brecon Mountain Railway

  • Sample Welsh whisky at the Penderyn Distillery

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Mint Experience

  • Discover the history of Welsh coal mining at the Rhondda Heritage Park

  • Upgraded to a boutique style hotel, right in the centre of Cardiff

  • Unwind and dine every evening at a Marco Pierre White restaurant watching the sun set from the rooftop terrace

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening at Marco Pierre Whites plus 1 buffet lunch

  • 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 Cardiff and walk the short distance to where our hotel is situated in the heart of the city close to the castle. There is time to get to know your new surroundings before our evening meal.

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DAY 2

This morning we depart from Cardiff by rail and travel over the English border to Lydney before we transfer to nearby Norchard. On arrival we enjoy a visit to the Forest of Dean Railway Museum before we board our train for a nine-mile return steam journey on the Forest of Dean Railway. In the afternoon we return over the Welsh border and enjoy free time to explore the historic town of Chepstow that boasts an impressive castle dating from the 11th century. Following our visit, we continue our journey back to Cardiff by rail.

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DAY 3

We travel by coach to Pant this morning for a steam 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. We enjoy a buffet lunch when we return to Pant Station’s Tearoom and time to view the locomotive workshop before heading to Penderyn Distillery where we enjoy a guided tour and tasting of award-winning Welsh whisky.

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DAY 4

Today we travel by coach to the Royal Mint Experience and enjoy a guided tour to discover how metal becomes coins, observe the striking hall and even have the opportunity to strike our own coin (extra charge). Following our visit, we continue to the nearby Rhondda Heritage Park for our Welsh Mining Experience at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery. Here we gain a fascinating insight into the real life of a coal miner with an informative Black Gold Underground guided tour by a former miner. In the afternoon we return to Cardiff and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions including Cardiff Castle and the National Museum.

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DAY 5

Bidding farewell to Cardiff, we depart on our homeward journeys.

**We reserve the right to travel by heritage diesel train should the steam locomotive not be available / timetabled at the time of our visit.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Hotel Indigo, Cardiff**

A boutique Cardiff hotel with a roof terrace where bespoke design meets classic Welsh heritage. Situated in the heart of Cardiff, we are ideally located for our tour plus exploration of this historic and vibrant city. We will unwind and dine every evening in the rooftop Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill with a mouth-watering classic British menu prepared from locally sourced produce plus a fabulous rooftop terrace. The boutique, air-conditioned bedrooms feature invigorating rainfall showers, bathrobe, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, smart TV, and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Euston

£1,089

£1,019

Greater London

£1,095

£1,025

South of England

£1,109

£1,035

East Anglia

£1,095

£1,019

South West

£1,189

£1,009

Heart of England

£1,035

£985

Midlands

£995

£959

Yorkshire

£1,139

£1,009

North East

£1,199

£1,039

North West

£1,139

£1,019

South Wales

£959

£939

North Wales

£1,145

£999

Scotland

£1,269

£1,089

 

*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.

 

**Please note: This hotel is a change from the one advertised in the 2024 Annual Brochure.  The Angel Hotel, Cardiff is closing for 18 months for extensive renovations and refurbishment and has been replaced with higher quality accommodation at the Hotel Indigo, therefore tour fares are higher than previously published.

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £895

 

August Departure Supplement £30

 

Single Room Supplement £295

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal plus 1 buffet lunch

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

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

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