Tour Date: 29 May to 2 June (or 5 June)Location: Wales, UK

Join Stephen Martin and Paul Spracklen (some days only) both long term enthusiasts and supporters of Welsh Narrow Gauge in exploring Welsh narrow gauge steam in style.

This is our seventh repeat of this highly successful tour we have run in consecutive years and an opportunity to enjoy access behind the scenes at preserved railway lines, museums and National Trust properties. However, this year will ring the changes and in addition to a four night stay at Portmeirion we are offering a follow-up three night stay at Bodysgallen National Trust hotel near Llandudno, enabling us to offer excursions we’ve not been able to include previously. You’re able either to book the full seven night tour or opt for either the four night stay at Portmeirion or the three night stay in Bodysgallen.

Travel on charter trains and stay at the exclusive Portmeirion hotel and Village on the Welsh coast. The programme includes gourmet meals, wine tasting and after dinner speakers. Portmeirion is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust.

Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.

We have come to a special arrangement with Portmeirion so as to be our able to offer four different levels of accommodation. Top of the range is accommodation in hotel suites in the village which are exceptionally well appointed. Mid-range is standard hotel rooms all located in the village grounds. Thirdly for those with any mobility issues we have reserved a small number of rooms in the main hotel building but these are not as spacious as those in the village. The final alternative is to share accommodation in one of the well-appointed village cottages but with the guarantee of your own bathroom, living and dining rooms would be shared between the party staying in the cottage. This makes this option particularly good if you join us in a group but note is only available for the seven night option.

Irrespective of your choice of accommodation at Portmeirion all of the inclusive meals will be taken together in the hotel restaurant or private dining rooms. Portmeirion is renowned for the quality of its cuisine with wonderful views over the bay from the dining room. There are several occasions for pre-dinner drinks and for most meals wine or soft drinks are included.

As well as the hotel and gardens there are extensive woodlands and beaches which in the evening are deserted and ripe for exploration and June is the ideal time to see the gardens and parkland at their best.

After a four night stay at Portmeirion we move on to Bodysgallen Hotel set in beautiful grounds in open countryside near Llandudno. It means we can then include visits Llandudno and Tramway to the summit of the Great Orme, Bodnant Gardens a wonderful national trust property in the Conwy Valley and a full day to explore with guide the city of Conway with its mediaeval city walls and Castle.

From Birmingham, Minffordd or any UK rail station

Tour Manager: Stephen Martin  email smart@ptg.co.uk

Availability

Tour Highlights


  • Unique Portmeirion Village (option)
  • Superb scenery
  • Private charter on Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Private charter on Talyllyn Railway
  • Steam hauled heritage train on Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • National Trust behind the scenes
  • Great food
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Prices & Options
  • Booking
  • Gallery
  • Transport & Accommodation

Day 1 Friday 29 May (D*)

Travel by train from London Euston, via Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury to travel on to Minffordd by rail for included transfer to Portmeirion or make your own way by car to the village. In the evening a welcome gourmet meal in a private dining room at the hotel, with a talk on the history of Portmeirion by a member of the management team.

Day 2 Saturday 30 May (B, D)

Morning at leisure to enjoy Portmeirion Village gardens and parkland. Option to travel by Cambrian railway or coach to Tywyn to join an afternoon charter train on the Talyllyn Railway – the world’s first preserved line – utilising the original Victorian stock and steam engines dating from 1869 on a return trip to Nant Gwernol with photographic run passes. During the journey we will have a guided tour of the workshops at Pendre and on returning to Tywyn drinks in the renowned Narrow Gauge Railway Museum and an evening meal at the railway with the general manager as an after dinner speaker to talk about the Talyllyn. Return to Portmeirion.

Day 3 Sunday 31 May (B, D*)

In the morning travel on a heritage steam hauled train to the summit of Snowdon. This is a unique rack railway first opened in 1896. After a short time at the summit we return to Llanberis where we next visit the National Slate Museum. There are lunch facilities at the Museum. After lunch we visit the nearby Llanberis Lake Railway for a return trip along the line and a planned tour of the loco department and workshop. In the evening we have a private gourmet dinner at Castell Deudraeth on the Portmeirion estate with wine tasting.

Day 4 Monday 1 June (B, L, D)

An early morning departure to join PTG’s special charter train travelling on both the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways – 80 miles of scenic narrow-gauge wonder. Our train will be hauled by two Ffestiniog steam locomotives (subject to availability). For those staying in Portmeirion we have exclusive reserved seating in the luxury observation coach with champagne and croissants. Our first stop after departing Porthmadog will be the workshops at Boston Lodge (optional) for a visit to see the amazing collection of vintage steam locomotives and carriages before we return to Porthmadog and on the Welsh Highland Railway through Beddgelert and the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia before arriving in Caernarfon. After a short break we return to Beddgelert for a break before returning to Porthmadog to join the world famous Ffestiniog Railway. We change locomotives in Porthmadog to, hopefully, two original 1860’s “England” locomotives – Prince and Palmerston. We journey up the line with its spectacular views to Blaenau Ffestiniog. On return to Porthmadog we have a private dinner in Spooner’s restaurant with both Clare Britton (commercial director) and Paul Lewin (managing director) as after dinner speakers to talk about both Railways. Return to Portmeirion.

National Trust and Llandudno Add-on

Day 5 Tuesday 2 June (B, L, D)

Option to leave the tour today or stay on for our “National Trust” add-on.  Today we will depart Portmeirion for our new venture. We will reconvene at Bodnant gardens for lunch and a presentation by the head gardener on recent developments. Our tour dates are timed to maximise the opportunity of seeing the internationally famous Laburnum arch in full flower. We will have a guided tour of the gardens before moving onto our nearby hotel Bodysgallen Hall. An historic building set in wonderful gardens we will enjoy a meal together in a private dining room tonight with a presentation on the history of the hotel and how the Heritage Hotel group gifted to the National Trust. We stay for 3-nights at Bodysgallen Hall and Spa is a Grade I listed 17th-century hall set in 200 acres of private estate, with spectacular views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle and a 3 AA Rosettes award-winning restaurant. The spa has a large swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath, relaxation room and club room.

Day 6 Wednesday 3 June (B, D)

Today we will visit Llandudno and travel on the historic tramway to the summit of great Orme where we will meet the national trust ranger for a guided walk of this nature reserve. There will be an opportunity to visit the bronze age mining caves on the Great Orme with their deep underground caverns. There are several other alternative attractions within Llandudno for people to select their preferences. Overnight in Llandudno.

Day 7 Thursday 4 June (B, D)

A full day to explore the historic town of Conwy with its Castle, circuit of mediaeval walls that can be walked, a mediaeval merchants house in the care of the National Trust and several other attractions. Our time will include a guided tour together with free time to enjoy this unique harbourside town. We will return to our hotel in Llandudno for our farewell meal together.

Day 8 Friday 5 June (B)

Morning departure from the hotel (included transfers to Llandudno Junction station) for those that wish to return by train.

Holiday Prices (per person)

  • 5-day break staying at Portmeirion in a Village or Hotel Room: £1,050 SOLD OUT
  • 5-day break staying at The Tudor Lodge, or similar, in Porthmadog: £680
  • 5-day break staying at The Travelodge in Porthmadog: £590

Options

  • Single use room at Portmeirion in a Village or Hotel Room: £390 SOLD OUT
  • Single use room at The Tudor Lodge or similar in Porthmadog: £190
  • Single use room at The Travelodge in Porthmadog: £95
  • Upgrade to Village Suite at Portmeirion: £265 per room SOLD OUT
  • Rail travel from home station to Minffordd or Porthmadog: POA
  • (D*) these two dinners are only included for those staying at Portmeirion
  • 4-day National Trust and Bodysgallen Hall: £790 (£770 for NT members) add £280 for single room

Deposit

  • £300

Price includes

  • Travel and excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Good quality en-suite accommodation
  • Meals as shown in the itinerary; B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, D* is only for those staying at Portmeirion. Breakfast is not included at the Travelodge.
  • Services of our tour manager. Holiday is fully escorted from Porthmadog.

Online Booking

Please note: The accommodation options for Portmeirion are no longer available. This tour is almost sold out for 2020 and will run again from 4 June 2021.

N/A