Itinerary ideas: Wales by Rail
Off the shelf, flexible tours of the UK and Ireland
Wales by Rail
What's it all about?
This 8 day tour is similar to the 'Wonderful Wales' tour but allows rail enthusiasts or those who do not wish to drive the chance to see a whole different side to Wales. As well as using rail travel as the main form of transport, this tour makes the most of the old steam railways that weave between the stunning landscapes of this beautiful region. A great tour for all the family to enjoy.
Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Transport options: Rail
Start and End: London
Inclusions: 7 nights B&B and hotel, travel, train fares, Day trip from Cardiff, Cardiff and Llandudno & Conwy sightseeing tour bus , Info Pack with full instructions, taxes, fees and financial protection.
Exclusions: Some transfers between stations and hotels (hotels are all within an easy walking distance of station), meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's
Wales by Rail Itinerary
Day 1: Cardiff
Day 2: Valleys of Rhymney and Rhondda
Day 3: Pembroke
You can catch a train to Pembroke. You can visit its harbour as well as its magnificent Norman castle and enjoy a splendid view of the town itself.
Day 4: Swansea
You can take the train back along the coast to visit Swansea, a city in an extremely vibrant region which boasts the beautiful Gower Peninsular, Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Swansea itself is home of award-winning parks and gardens, fantastic shopping and world class cultural and sporting facilities.
Day 5: Chester
You can take the train to Chester, a small city steeped in history dating back to the Romans. The city walls are the most complete city walls in Britain, with some sections still intact from 120 AD, while most of the existing wall is Medieval. A walk around the 2 mile city walls is an absolute must to get a great view of the city down below and the landscape outside the walls. But a visit to Chester is not complete without a visit of the cathedral which dates from 1093!
Day 6 - 7: Snowdonia
Today you can take a train to Betws-y-Coed. If you feel like it, you can have a walk and take the Snowdon Sherpa bus, which connects all 6 main footpaths and the surrounding villages of the area. If you just want to relax, you can wander the streets of this picturesque village in the middle of the woods and enjoy a traditional meal in one of the many pubs and restaurants of the area. You can catch the train to Conwy and visit its famous Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near the castle, you'll be able to visit the smallest house in Great Britain. Later on in the afternoon, you can go to Llandudno. Victorian Buildings dominate the mile long bay and has enabled Llandudno to retain the 19th century ambience.
Day 8: Home
Today you will catch the train back to London.