The Snowdonian

Arriving at Tan y Bwlch for cream tea - © Gordon Rushton
The bar is open! - © Gordon Rushton
Leaving Beddgelert - © Gordon Rushton
In the Observation Car - © Gordon Rushton
Under Snowdon from Rhyd Ddu - © Gordon Rushton
The Snowdonian - © Chris Parry
The Snowdonian - © Chris Parry
The Snowdonian - © Chris Parry
The Snowdonian - © Chris Parry
Snowdonian at Penrhyn crossing - © Chris Parry
The Snowdonian - © Chris Parry
The Snowdonian - © Chris Parry

Holiday Highlights

  • A chance to ride the Snowdonian Train in Snowdonia!
  • 80 mile round trip on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Guided tour of Boston Lodge
  • Variety of motive power including Garratt and Lyd & Lyn Locos
  • Optional extension of stay in beautiful Snowdonia
  • 3 Days from £355
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Tour dates:

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April 2020
Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September 2020

A wonderful opportunity to be a passenger on the aptly named Snowdonian train as it takes its annual 80 mile round trip through the glorious Snowdonia National Park. The journey will cover the full length of both the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways in one day. To add more interest to this scenic journey, the Snowdonian will be hauled by a variety of motive power. Don’t leave it too late to reserve your seat as this is a popular event and places will be limited. For a taste of what you can expect take a look at this great video that captured the journey made by the Snowdonian through North Wales' scenic National Park. 

The Snowdonian event is a fund raising initiative in aid of the Diamond Jubilee Appeal which aims to continue improving the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, cementing their status as one of the world's top attractions. Find out more about the Appeal here.

"For anybody who likes steam trains, This is for you. Absolute Heaven. Ffestiniog Travel really came up to a high standard on this trip"

By Chick - The Snowdonian, April 2019

Why not make this a luxury break by staying at the famous Italianate Portmeirion Village, nestled alongside the beautiful North Wales coastline.  A stunning location from which to enjoy the Snowdonian and the scenic Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.

For a flavour of what you can expect read this blog by Gordon Rushton, who campaigned to get The Snowdonian train back on Welsh tracks.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Boston Lodge

Travel to Porthmadog (we can arrange and add rail tickets to your package). After checking into your hotel we will meet at Porthmadog Harbour Station to travel up the line to Boston Lodge for a comprehensive guided tour. This will be followed by an optional evening meal in Spooners at Harbour Station, or choose to arrange to have a meal at your hotel (where available).

Day 2 – The Snowdonian

You are guaranteed a full day’s journey as you travel through the glorious Snowdonia National Park on an 80 mile rail route from Porthmadog - Caernarfon - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog travelling on both the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. A continental breakfast, lunch and tea will be served during the journey. Further details will be given nearer the time.

Day 3 – Return home

Depart Porthmadog after breakfast, or why not extend your stay to make the most of the attractions in the area.

Selected Hotels

Tudor Lodge, Porthmadog

The Royal Sportsman, Porthmadog                                    

Portmeirion Hotel, Porthmadog

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Two nights accommodation in good quality hotel
  • Boston Lodge tour
  • The Snowdonian
  • Souvenir

Price per person

   
Based on a twin share at Tudor Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis (April & September departures)

£355

Single room supplement (Single rooms for April are sold out) £23
Additional nights from  £55
   
Based on a twin share at the Royal Sportsman on a Bed & Breakfast basis with dinner included on one evening (April & September departures)

£415

Large twin room supplement £15
Single room supplement £36
Additional nights from £66
   
Based on a twin share at Portmeirion Village on a bed & breakfast basis  
April weekend  £495
Single room supplement £204
Additional nights from £125
September weekend £505
Single room supplement £214
Additional nights from  £130
   
Evening meal in Spooners (both tours) £12.50
Upgrade to First Class Observation - September weekend only £300
Upgrade to First Class Pullman - September weekend only £200
Deposit for this holiday £100

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