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Mountains, castles, canals and mountain railways

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6 days From £549 per person

2021 Tour code: 21LLS

About the tour

The tranquil beauty of Wales is waiting to be uncovered. Admire rugged mountains, visit picturesque towns, and journey on the scenic Welsh Highland and Llangollen Steam Railways.


What’s included


Day 1 - Llandudno

Arrive in Llandudno and meet your Tour Manager at the family-run Kensington Hotel, boasting fantastic views of Llandudno Bay. You have some free time to look around before a welcome dinner and the opportunity to meet the rest of your group.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Portmeirion

Enjoy an excursion on the steam-hauled* Ffestiniog Railway today, a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Snowdonia National Park. Founded in 1832 as a means of transporting slate and miners from the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, it claims to be the oldest independent railway company in the world. Travel through the scenery of Snowdonia National Park to Porthmadog. From here it's on to Portmeirion, famous for its colourful, Italianate architecture. With free time, why not visit the central piazza, admire the elegant Japanese gardens or take a walk along Harlech Beach?

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Llangollen Steam Railway

Board the Llangollen Steam Railway* for a journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. Built in 1975 by a group of railway enthusiasts, the route takes you along the banks of the River Dee to Carrog Station. After some free time for lunch, enjoy a horsedrawn boat trip along the Llangollen Canal, experiencing how heavy goods where transported through this peaceful environment well into the 1960s.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Llandudno

Your day is free to explore Llandudno or perhaps ride the Great Orme cablehauled tramway for breathtaking views of Snowdonia and Anglesey.

In Llandudno, take in notable features including the Victorian charms of the promenade, the pier with its traditional seaside amusements, and some pretty public gardens. Within easy access of Llandudno is Conwy, where you could admire the historic town walls and castle, which looks straight out of the pages of a storybook and is one of the most impressive castles in the UK. You could also visit Plas Mawr, a wonderful Elizabethan townhouse which has stood unchanged since the 16th century, or the Great Orme Copper Mines. The world's largest prehistoric copper mines, today visitors can explore the laboriously excavated caverns tunnelled by our Bronze Age ancestors around 3,500 years ago.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Caernarfon

A full-day excursion by coach today takes you through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Britain to Caernarfon. Here, enjoy a guided tour of famous Caenarfon Castle, a royal fortress-palace shrouded in mythology and bitter medieval rivalries. Afterwards, board the Welsh Highland Railway*, a narrow-gauge line running along the foothills of the Snowdonia Mountain range to pretty Beddgelert.

Located where the rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn meet in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, the picturesque stone village of Beddgelert is surrounded by beautiful wooded valleys, rolling hills, and mountain lakes. According to legend, the town is the resting place of a faithful dog named Gelert, who was killed after his owner, a 13th-century prince, mistakenly believed he had attacked his son. Upon realising that the dog was in fact defending the baby from an attacking wolf, the remorseful prince buried his dog, and the town gained its name - Beddgelert in English means 'Gelert's Grave'. Today, the dog's reputed burial mound, a short stroll out of the village, is a popular attraction.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Llandudno & home

After breakfast, this morning, you're free to begin your journey home. Alternatively, explore more of this wonderful area. *Steam-hauled where possible.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure Information

For departures 21LLS17, 21LLS17a, 21LLS18, 21LLS18a, 21LLS19, 21LLS20, 21LLS21 the itinerary has changed.

  • Day 2 - Caernarfon Castle guided tour, Free time in Beddgelert and Welsh Highland Railway
  • Day 3 - Free day
  • Day 4 - Llangollen Wharf for Horse Drawn Canal Ride, Bala Lake Railway
  • Day 5 - Portmerion, Ffestiniog Railway

(Note: not all departures will run in this order, some may differ slightly

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Kensington Hotel

Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 130 reviews

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cliff hayes

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

well organised. social distancing on coaches,trains and in the hotel was excellent. tour guide was very helpfull and informative. coach drivers were top quality and gave interesting facts along thewhole journeys

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Mary Nicholson

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

A well thought-out holiday with good venues. Unfortunately the weather didn't match up! however this did not completely spoil our enjoyment, especially while on the train journeys.

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Neville Rogers

4 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Covic had an effect on it, but generally good. Excellent courier

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M Grey

4 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

Well organised with excellent rail trips. Hotel OK but could be improved.

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Lorraine Graves

4 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

Brilliant trip to north Wales which we thoroughly enjoyed. The trips and scenery amazing.

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G Sharp

4 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

Good under current circumstances. COVID reduces social enjoyment, but staff worked hard to put COVID compliance’s in place, and we felt reassured.

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