Wales Mini Breaks

Holiday Highlights

  • Centrally located hotels
  • Option to upgrade accommodation and rail travel where possible
  • Spectacular scenic rail journeys by heritage steam
  • Ffestiniog Travel's in-depth knowledge of the area ensures maximum value from your break

Ffestiniog Travel's roots lie in North Wales and as a sister company to the world famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways we are perfectly placed to offer short-breaks to this beautiful north west corner of Wales and provide an opportunity to experience its many steam railway gems. Below are just a few options.

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways Mini Break

A 3-night short break will give you plenty of time to enjoy the highlights of the world's oldest narrow gauge railways - Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway.

From your base at the Royal Sportsman Hotel in Porthmadog you can take a morning train on the Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog Harbour Station to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. On the return journey you may wish to leave the train at Tan-y-Bwlch for lunch, and enjoy a walk in the woods, or continue to Porthmadog to explore this bustling harbour town.

On day 2 depart Harbour Station in the opposite direction on the Welsh Highland Railway through the magnificent Snowdonia National Park. Travel through the scenic Aberglaslyn Pass to reach Beddgelert, nestling in the heart of the National Park, before zig-zagging dramatically up the steep hillside to over 650ft along the foothills of Mount Snowdon, and descending to sea level at Caernarfon. You can return directly to Porthmadog after a short 45 minute stop, or stay on and visit the dramatic castle towering over the town.

A deluxe option is available including three dinners in the Royal Sportsman's 2AA Rosette restaurant and an upgrade to reserved 1st class seats on the return journeys on the FR and WHR.

PLEASE NOTE: The railways do not run every day of the year. There is the option to stay at the Travelodge, Tudor Lodge or Hen Fecws. We can also include a visit to Portmeirion, Llechwedd Slate Mines or the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway.

Rail tickets from your home station to Porthmadog can also be arranged.

Welsh Highland Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway

Enjoy a 3-night break in the Royal Town of Caernarfon. This short-stay includes a trip on the Welsh Highland Railway, travelling along the full length of the line from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and return. There will be time to also enjoy a return journey to the summit of Snowdon on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

PLEASE NOTE: The railways do not run every date of the year. There is the option to stay at the Premier Inn, Black Boy Inn or Travelodge. There is also the option to upgrade to travel on the steam hauled 'Snowdon Lily' service on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Rail tickets from your home station to Bangor can also be arranged.


This is a 2-night break that will give you a perfect introduction to the area around the vibrant town of Llangollen. Enjoy the simple pleasures of a horse drawn boat trip on the beautiful Llangollen canal, a bygone mode of transport, but the way the horses easily pull the boat through the water is a wonderful experience. Your trip will also include a return journey on the seven and half mile Llangollen Railway, which follows the river Dee to the village of Carrog. Complete your stay with a 2-hour cruise across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, now a World Heritage Site.

PLEASE NOTE: The Railways and boat trips do not run every day. There is the option to stay at the Royal Hotel or Wild Pheasant Hotel.

The Gwili Steam Railway & Heart of Wales line

This 3-night mini-break, based in historic Carmarthen town, gives you the opportunity to enjoy the splendour of mid-Wales scenery whilst journeying on the Heart of Wales railway line and experiencing the nostalgic charms of the Gwili Steam Railway – the first standard-gauge preserved railway to operate in South West Wales.

PLEASE NOTE: The railways do not operate every day of the year. There is also the option to stay at The Ivy Bush Royal, The Rose and Crown or The Drovers Arms. Optional day excursion to Tenby or The National Botanical Gardens of Wales can also be included.

Rail tickets from your home station to Carmarthen can also be arranged.

The Talyllyn and Welshpool & Llanfair Railways

This 3-night mini-break centrally based in the market town of Machynlleth gives you the opportunity to sample Welsh culture in the heart of the country, whilst also enjoying journeys on two heritage railway lines in the area. The Talyllyn Railway runs for seven-and-a-quarter miles through beautiful countryside, passing woodland and waterfalls en route. The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway also boasts beautiful scenery and the chance to spot deer, hawks and otters in their natural habitat.

PLEASE NOTE: The railways do not operate every day of the year.

Rail tickets from your home station to Machynlleth can also be arranged.

Selected Hotels

The Royal Sportsman Hotel or Travelodge, Porthmadog

The Celtic Royal, Caernarfon

The Gales Hotel, Llangollen

The Spilman Hotel, Carmarthen

The Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Hotel or Guesthouse accommodation on a B&B basis
  • All rail as specified in standard class
  • Excursions as specified

Price per person

FR & WHR: From £320 per person sharing

FR & WHR Deluxe option: From £455 per person sharing

WHR & Snowdon Mountain Railway: From £460 per person sharing

Llangollen: From £210 per person sharing

Gwili & Heart of Wales: From £240 per person sharing

Talyllyn & Welshpool: From £280 per person sharing

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service

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