Reader Holidays - Portmeirion and Welsh Mountain Steam from South Wales Argus
Departing April - October 2014
*Price shown: 04 Apr 2014 - PWM
Enjoy a break in beautiful North Wales!
Visit the amazing Italianate village of Portmeirion, and enjoy memorable railway journeys taking you 'coast to coast' through stunning mountain scenery. You'll also have the chance to enjoy a tour of Snowdonia and ride on the recently restored Welsh Highland Railway.
What The Price Includes
- Coach travel throughout
- Three nights' dinner, bed and English breakfast accommodation at the two-star Westminster Hotel, Rhyl
- Entry to Portmeirion
- Single journeys on the Conwy Valley Railway and Ffestiniog Railway
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Leaving the local area early this morning we'll head to North Wales. We should arrive in Rhyl in plenty of time for you to unpack and relax before dinner.
Today we head to the popular resort of Llandudno, where you'll have plenty of free time to enjoy the beaches, elegant promenades and stylish shops. Alternatively, join our optional full-day excursion and see the spectacular scenery of Llanberis Pass, the pretty village of Beddgelert and the delightful lakeside resort of Llanberis itself. For many, today's highlight will be a ride on the Welsh Highland Railway. Closed in the 1930s, the line has been under restoration since 1997, and it is now possible to travel the 12 breathtaking miles from Caenarfon to Rhyd-Ddu at the foot of Snowdon.
Following breakfast, we'll begin a day of memorable rail journeys. The Conwy Valley Line, one of Britain's most beautiful railways, takes us through heather-clad moors and mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Here we'll transfer to the Ffestiniog Railway for the twisting descent through Snowdonia National Park to Porthmadog.After lunch, we'll continue to Portmeirion, featured in the popular 1960s TV series 'The Prisoner'. Here, the ornate, colour-washed buildings and Mediterranean Piazza are surrounded by beautiful sub-tropical woodland gardens.
Sadly, we take our leave of North Wales today, and head for home. Depending on the traffic and distance to be travelled, we should be back in the local area by early to mid evening.
In the unlikely event of a steam locomotive breaking down, we reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive.
Changes to your itinerary
In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change the order in which the itinerary is operated.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
The friendly, family-owned Westminster is a traditional style hotel situated on the seafront in Rhyl, next to the main shopping centre and promenade attractions.Further Hotel Information »
The friendly, family-owned Westminster is a traditional style hotel situated on the seafront in Rhyl, next to the main shopping centre and promenade attractions.
Facilities & Amenities
The hotel has good public areas including a bar, a restaurant and a lounge.
All of the rooms, which vary in size and style, have private facilities, colour TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Hide Hotel Information »