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Travel along mountain railways and be delighted by the mountains, castles, and canals of Wales.

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Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2022 Tour code: GR-LLSA-22

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Llandudno

Today you arrive in the town of Llandudno, where you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel for the next five nights, the family run Kensington Hotel. This classically styled Victorian Hotel enjoys a superb position on Llandudno's central promenade and enjoys fantastic views of Llandudno Bay.

A township since the thirteenth century, Llandudno, like many British coastal resorts, rose to prominence in the Victorian era. By 1848 Llandudno had become an established fishing and copper-mining town with a population of around a thousand when it was proposed that the town might achieve further prosperity as a holiday resort. Significant development followed, including the construction of a new pier, seafront promenade, a pavilion, plus new hotels and guest houses.

Modern Llandudno retains its Victorian splendor and natural beauty but also offers a host of entertainments for visitors including both a tramway and a cable car to the summit of Great Orme as well as museums, public gardens and traditional seaside amusements.

You have some time at leisure to explore the surrounding area before you enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening. Overnight Llandudno.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Portmeirion

Today, enjoy an excursion on the steam-hauled* Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow-gauge heritage railway in the Snowdonia National Park. The Ffestiniog Railway was originally founded in 1832 as a means of transporting slate, and miners, from the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, and claims to be the oldest independent railway company in the world.

You travel through the scenery of Snowdonia National Park to Porthmadog. From here it's on to Portmeirion, famous for its lovely location.

Visitors arriving in Portmeirion for the first time could be forgiven for thinking that they had arrived in a typically colorful Italian- Mediterranean village. In fact, that was the intention of Portmeirion's designer; the renowned Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. You may wish to visit the central piazza or Battery Square, and its quaint souvenir shops. Overnight Llandudno. 

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Llangollen

Board the Llangollen Railway* travelling through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. The Llangollen Railway was formed in 1975 by a group of railway enthusiasts who wanted to open and run a heritage railway on the disused line.

You travel along the banks of the River Dee to Carrog Station. After some free time for lunch, enjoy a horse-drawn boat trip along the Llangollen canal. Overnight Llandudno.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - A day at leisure

Your day is free, explore Llandudno further or perhaps take the Great Orme cable-hauled tramway for breathtaking views of Snowdonia and Anglesey.

Llandudno's historic highlights can be easily explored on foot, and a dedicated town trail provides a recommended route which begins at the town's library and takes in notable features, including several of Llandudno's churches, the promenade, the railway station, the pier and two of the town's public gardens.

You could also choose to visit the Great Orme Copper Mines. In 1987, the world's largest prehistoric copper mines were discovered beneath Great Orme, and today visitors can explore a network of tunnels laboriously excavated by our Bronze Age ancestors around 3,500 years ago. Overnight Llandudno. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Caernarfon

A full-day excursion by coach takes you through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Britain to Caernarfon for a guided tour of Caenarfon Castle. Continue with a journey on the Welsh Highland Railway*, a narrow-gauge line running along the foothills of the Snowdonia Mountain range, to Beddgelert where there is time to explore this pretty village before returning to Llandudno.

Located where the rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn meet within the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales, the picturesque stone village of Beddgelert is surrounded by beautiful wooded valleys, rolling hills and mountain lakes. Snowdon itself, Wales' highest mountain, is fewer than five miles north of the village. Overnight Llandudno. 

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Llandudno

After breakfast, you are free to depart at your leisure. Alternatively, why not explore more of this wonderful area before heading home? You could take a final walk around the beautiful town of Llandudno. Traversing the crescent-shaped bay between Great Orme and its smaller twin Little Orme, Llandudno's wide promenade is backed by grand, white-washed Victorian hotels and is a delightful spot to sit back on one of the many benches provided and watch the world go by.

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  • Breakfast