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Discover the very best of South Wales

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20212022
6 days From £499 per person

2022 Tour code: 22WSS

About the tour

Discover nostalgic steam trains, rugged landscapes, tiny cities and stunning ancient castles on a scenic rail holiday that unveils the very best of South Wales, a place of spectacular rural beauty.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Swansea

Meet at your hotel in Swansea, where you spend five nights. Set amidst the rolling hills and golden sands of Swansea Bay, the city is an ideal base for exploring South Wales.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Brecon Mountain Railway

Journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway from Pant. This heritage railway takes you through dramatic landscapes, its vintage steam locomotive winding through leafy countryside and alongside the Taf Fechan Reservoir. Climb to the summit of the original line, Torpantau, high in the Brecon Beacons, admiring the surrounding vistas from the observation carriages before your return journey. Stop off en-route at Pontsticill. With free time, you could take a walk along the waterfront. Continue by coach to Caerphilly Castle. The 13th-century ruins are known for the 'Leaning Tower', a tower that leans out over the lake at a jaunty 10-degree angle, beating even the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You have time to explore the castle and grab lunch in Caerphilly before returning to the hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Swansea

Enjoy a free day in Swansea. Perhaps gain an insight into the city's rich cultural history with a visit to the fascinating Swansea Museum, or step back in time at 1940s Swansea Bay, a museum that details what life was like here during the Second World War. You could visit a local café to sample traditional Welsh fare for lunch. The country is known for its Welsh rarebit, toast topped with a cheese sauce, often with ale and Worcestershire sauce, and laverbread, a puréed edible seaweed that's locally known as 'Welshman's caviar'.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Gwili Steam Railway & The Mumbles

Travel to Abergwili Junction for a journey on the Gwili Steam Railway. This preserved heritage line harks back to a time when life moved at a slower pace, taking you alongside the River Gwili, past rocky outcrops and the waters of Gwili Falls. You're treated to a 'Welsh Elevenses' service, enjoying tea or coffee accompanied by traditional Welsh cakes. Next, transfer by coach to the Gower Peninsula. This beautiful promontory juts into the Bristol Channel, creating a stretch of rugged cliffs, topped by woodlands and fringed by sandy beaches. You visit the delightfully named The Mumbles. The Mumbles epitomises Welsh seaside charm; with some free time here, maybe visit the historic lighthouse, which was built in 1794, or stroll along the Victorian Pier.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - St Davids & Tenby

This morning takes you to the tiny city of St Davids. Named after the patron saint of Wales, this is Britain's smallest city and has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. You visit the city's iconic 12th-century cathedral, made from pale purple sandstone and set in a wild and beautiful part of St Davids that's been home to a church since the 6th century. This afternoon, you have time to explore the charismatic seaside town of Tenby. Surrounded by 13th-century walls and known for its sandy shores, pastel-hued houses, and winding cobbled streets, the town is steeped in history. Perhaps sample some delicious local fish and chips, the perfect accompaniment to a day spent exploring the magnificent Welsh coast.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Home

After breakfast, you're free to make your way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Hotel

Grand Hotel, Swansea

Grand Hotel, Swansea

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Trains

Brecon Mountain Railway
Gwili Steam Railway

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Reviews

3.6 stars3.6 / 5 · 39 reviews

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F Roome

3 stars

Submitted 30/Sep

Insufficient places worth visiting within one day’s travel except those we did

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Victoria Upton-Jones

4 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

Thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. Hotel was first class, the food excellent. Enjoyed the trips on the heritage railways too.

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F Henry

3 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

Disappointed.

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N Fraser

4 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

Very good value. Hotel very convenient for the railway station. The beach is a bit of a walk from the hotel. Trips out most days - all very good, free day - catch a train to Cardiff or walk round marina and front.

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D Colson

3 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

Insufficient rail experience.More use could have been made of proximity to rail station. Dearth of info about area including Seansea.

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Lynne Putland

3 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

Enjoyed our trip many thanks

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