A holiday to North Wales to experience the beautiful Welsh countryside and ride on three of the Great Little Trains for which Snowdonia is famous. We include an awe-inspiring journey by rack railway to the summit of Snowdon.
Travel Insurance £ 27.50 pp
Day 1 - Sunday
The first day takes us through the Midlands and Shropshire and into Wales. Driving along twisting roads through the pretty Tanat Valley towards Bala, the magnificent scenery of the Snowdonia National Park comes into view. We pass lakes and mountains as we make our way to the coast, reaching Criccieth by the end of the afternoon.D
Day 2 - Monday
We take a drive round the Lleyn Peninsula and arrive in Caernarfon with its mighty castle, recognised around the world as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages (admission included). This afternoon sees one of the highlights of the tour as we board a steam train on the narrow gauge railway from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. We will be pushed up the mountain by one of the original Swiss locos that have been operating since 1896. On a fine day the views from the summit are simply breathtaking.B, D
Day 3 - Tuesday
Today's journey takes us south through the National Park to Tywyn. The Tallyn Railway, one of the Great Little Trains of Wales, has been running through the charming Fathew Valley since 1865. It was the world's first preserved steam railway, built to carry slate from quarries in the hills to the sea. We will take a round trip of 14 miles, passing steams and waterfalls through a timeless landscape.B, D
Day 4 - Wednesday
Today you can relax at the Hotel, explore Criccieth, take a bus or train to Pwllheli or Porthmadog, or join our optional day out on the Cambrian Coast Railway. The line hugs the coast with amazing views of the sea and mountains. There will time to take a ride on the miniature Fairbourne Railway to the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, find lunch in Barmouth, and visit Harlech Castle, Edward I's mighty coastal fortress.
(Additional cost applies for trains and castle admission)
Day 5 - Thursday
We drive via Beddgelert to Betws-y-Coed and then, in the afternoon, to the mining village of Blaenau. Here we begin our journey on another little slate railway, the Ffestiniog. It is the oldest independent railway in the world, and the 13.5 mile journey takes us to the sea at Porthmadog, where the coach will be waiting.B, D
Day 6 - Friday
Sadly, we bid farewell to our hosts at the Lion and drive home through Mid-Wales via Dolgellau and Welshpool. Depending on traffic, we reach Sussex late afternoon/early evening.B
THE LION HOTEL CRICCIETH
The Lion is a traditional, friendly and unpretentious hotel, owned for over 30 years by the same family. It is situated by a pretty green in the centre of the small town of Criccieth, a short walk from the seafront. Bedrooms vary in size and have tea/coffee making facilities; there is a lift, although there are some steps in the corridors. On the ground floor is a comfortable lounge/bar and spacious dining room. Entertainment is provided on some evenings.
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