Wales Autumn Special

Aerial View of the Italianate Village of Portmeirion
Portmeirion beach - © Tim Richmond Photography
Portmeirion Piazza - © Tim Richmond Photography
Taliesin leads Linda past Tanygrisiau
Ffestiniog Railway
Ffestiniog Railway
Welsh Highland Railway
The Welsh Highland Railway travels through the Aberglaslyn Pass - © UK TM tour
Welsh Highland Railway

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the magic of staying in Portmeirion
  • The chance to experience the beauty of Snowdonia from over 40 miles of scenic railway
  • Savour the romance of gleaming steam engines and carriages
  • Buffet service at your seat
  • Free access to all Portmeirion village's facilities
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Tour dates:
Any date until 5 November 2018

We are delighted to offer a wonderful Welsh mini-break in partnership with Portmeirion and the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. This autumn special getaway runs until 5th November 2017 so don't leave it too late to book and enjoy some stunning steam journeys and wonderful Welsh hospitality. Relax and enjoy a quality stay at the famous Italianate Portmeirion Village, nestled alongside the beautiful North Wales coastline and explore the scenic wonders of the top left hand corner of Wales on board the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Travel from your home to Portmeirion on the edge of Snowdonia. Choose to drive, or ask us to book rail tickets from your local station. If travelling by train a courtesy taxi will meet you at the station and take you to Portmeirion.

Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Aside from its iconic architecture, scenic surroundings and vast woodland gardens, Portmeirion is home to hip hotels, a huddle of historic cottages, a spa and award winning restaurants.

Day 2

See the dawn break over the mountains of Meirionnydd. Watch the rising tide fill the Dwyryd estuary, covering the golden sands from shore to shore.

Travel to Porthmadog Harbour station for a return trip on the Ffestiniog Railway, the world's oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it.

Choose to explore the town that roofed the world, or break your journey at Tan-y-Bwlch to walk the nature trail and enjoy the atmosphere of the cafe.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the iconic architecture, woodland walks, galleries, Shell Grotto, Mermaid Spa, shops and usual plants around Portmeirion. Indulge your memories of cult 1960s television series “The Prisoner” which was filmed here.

Day 3

Return to Harbour Station for a trip on The Welsh Highland Railway, the UK's longest heritage railway which runs for 25 miles to Caernarfon, through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass, past the picture postcard village of Beddgelert and the foot of Snowdon. Passengers ride in some of the most comfortable carriages on any heritage railway in the UK.

There is time for lunch in Caernarfon, close to the castle.

Day 4

After a final breakfast at Portmeirion return home, or extend your trip.

Please note the Welsh Highland Railway is not running daily in October and it may be necessary to change the order of day 2 and day 3.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Portmeirion
  • Return trip on Ffestiniog Railway in third class
  • Return trip on Welsh Highland Railway in third class

Price per person

From £350 based on two sharing at village/castle standard room

Single room supplement from £150

Upgrades to hotel double, castle suite, village suites available, please ask for details

Upgrades to first class on Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways also available

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