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    CONNOISSEUR  TOURS                                                         Caernarfon - Aerial View  ■  Unique behind the scenes access of the Ffestiniog &
                                                                                  HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

                                                                                    Welsh Highland Railways
                                                                                  ■  Steam hauled private charter
                                                                                  ■  Footplate ride on a section of the line
                                                                                  ■  Guided tours and insights from active staff
                                                                                    and volunteers
                                                                                  ■  History tour of Caernarfon
      Ffestiniog & Welsh
                                                                                  ■  Run pasts for photographic opportunities


      Highland Railways -                                                         ■  Three course evening meal on last night
                                                                                  SELECTED HOTELS
                                                                                  Caernarfon  Celtic Royal Hotel
                                                                                  Please note - hotels can be subject to change
      Behind the Scenes                                                           PRICE INCLUDES

                                                                                  ■  Accommodation in a good quality hotel on a
                                                                                    bed and breakfast basis
                                                                                  ■  Guided tours as stated
                                                                                  ■  Travel in 3rd class on the Ffestiniog and
      Friday 22 April to Tuesday 26 April 2022                                      Welsh Highland Railways
      Friday 14 October to Tuesday 18 October 2022                                ■  Standard class travel from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Bangor
                                                                                  ■  Special train as detailed
      Wales’ Slate Landscape now a UNESCO World Heritage Site                     ■  3 lunches and 1evening dinner
                                                                                  ■  Transfers as stated
                                                                                  ■  Services of a tour leader throughout the holiday
      An access all areas tour of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways! Explore nearly 40 miles of rail
      track from Caernarfon on the Menai Straits, through Snowdonia National Park, to Blaenau Ffestiniog.   Price per person:
      Step behind the scenes and visit sections of the line not normally seen by the average passenger.   Escorted holiday   £840
                                                                                  Single room supplement       £110
      Day 1 - Arrive Caernarfon            was founded by Agricola the Roman governor of   Deposit for this holiday   £100
      Arrive in Caernarfon in time to check into the Celtic  Britain in AD 77 and was home to 1,000 auxiliary   IMPORTANT NOTE
      Royal Hotel, our base for the next 4 nights.  soldiers. Segontium was occupied for over 300 years,   Operational difficulties or requirements and other
                                           until around AD 394 - no other fort in Wales was   restrictions may limit or curtail some of the places to be
      Day 2 - Snowdonia Circular           held  for  so  long. After  our  tour  we  have  lunch  in   visited but we do undertake to provide a unique insight
      After breakfast we head to the newly built Caernarfon   Caffi De Winton, located in Caernarfon Station. This   unavailable to normal passengers or Society members.
                                                                                  The special on Day 4 is expected to be steam hauled
      Station and board the 10am Welsh Highland Railway   afternoon we enter Caernarfon Castle and take a   however in certain circumstances a diesel may be used if
      (WHR) service train to Porthmadog. The line climbs   guided tour of this medieval fortress-palace.  steam traction is unavailable for any reason. Please note
      through the foothills of Snowdon and passes rivers                          that as the Railways’ timetables are yet to be published
                                                                                  the days maybe switched to accommodate our visit.
      and streams, reaching the railway’s highest peak at  Day 4 - Behind the Scenes - Special Train
      Pitts Head, before descending dramatically through  Today we experience a rare insight into the Welsh   towards  Porthmadog  and  over  the  crosstown  link,
      forests  and  the  breathtaking  Aberglaslyn  Pass  to  Highland Railway with a special steam hauled train.   passing Harbour Station and over the Cob (Welsh
      the  harbour  town  of  Porthmadog.  On  arrival  in  Our private train includes stops at Dinas, where we   for Embankment) to Boston Lodge Works where we
      Porthmadog  enjoy  lunch  served  in  the  station  have the opportunity to explore the loco works,   enjoy a guided tour of the oldest railway workshop
      restaurant Spooners before boarding the Ffestiniog  carriage  storage  and  servicing  facilities.  Later,  we   still in operation. Return to Caernarfon by road for a
      Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our journey continues  travel  towards  Waunfawr  stopping  off  at  Tryfan   farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant.
      on the standard gauge Conwy Valley line which, after  Junction where the Bryngwyn branch once arched
      tunnelling under the Crimea pass, follows the route  off to the slate quarries on the slopes of Moel Tryfan.   Day 5 - Farewell
      of the Conwy River down to the Irish Sea at Conwy.  Thought  to  be  the  oldest  slate  quarrying  area  of   After a leisurely breakfast it’s time to check out and
      We make a change of train in Llandudno Junction  North Wales, the Tryfan district is suspected to be   say farewell before travelling home independently.
      and  travel  to  Bangor  where  we  finally  alight  for  a  the source of the slate used in Segontium. We enjoy a
      coach transfer to our hotel.         buffet lunch in the Snowdonia Park pub in Waunfawr
                                           before pressing onwards towards Rhyd Ddu where
      Day 3 - History of Caernarfon        there will be several photo opportunities, not usually
      This morning we take a walking tour of Caernarfon   available, including run pasts on the large Tro Ffridd
      which includes information about Caernarfon Castle  curve. From Rhyd Ddu we decend through the forest
      from 1090 to the 21st Century, the town walls and   towards Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Pass where
      Caernarfon’s slate and maritime history. We also learn   we  enjoy  further  run  pasts.  Finally  we  reach  sea
      about the Roman history of Caernarfon. Segontium   level and cross William Maddocks land reclamation


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