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Whether it's a special interest in steam trains or you just fancy something different, this is the way to travel. These beautifully restored old machines are a great way to see the outstanding countryside in style – the smell of coal, the clack of the tracks and the traditional carriages are like going back in time to the age of steam.
Board narrow gauge railways, a mountain railway and the oldest railway company in the world to take you through some spectacular landscapes of towering mountains, stunning lakesides and even to places that are only reachable by train. Also, keep an eye out for some amazing wildlife that live alongside the tracks.
You will have the opportunity for some exciting activities along the way, if you’re feeling brave take a ride on Europe’s longest zip wire or venture below for a bounce on underground trampolines. With visits to Welsh towns, great view points and ending in the capital Cardiff - this tour has it all.
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Day 1: Arrival in Wales
Today you will arrive in Wales and travel into the beautiful Brecon Beacons where your accommodation for the next two nights will be.
Overnight: Brecon Beacons
Day 2: Brecon Beacons
Today travel towards the National Park of Brecon Beacons, stopping near Merthyr Tydfil, for the Brecon Mountain Railway. This narrow gauge train runs through the Brecon Beacons along the length of the Pontsticill Reservoir, a large reservoir set in the wooded valley of Taf Fechan. On this railway you can experience remote points of the Brecon Beacons National Park that can’t be accessed by car.
Overnight: Brecon Beacons
Day 3: Brecon Beacons > North Wales
As you leave the Brecon Beacons behind you will travel up to North Wales, visiting the town of Bala along the way. Have the opportunity to travel on the Bala Lake Railway along Bala Lake, or ‘Llyn Tegid’ as it is called in the Welsh language. The delightful narrow-gauge railway offers amazing views of Llyn Tegid and the surrounding countryside including the imposing mountains of Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy. The wildlife nesting alongside the line is well worth keeping a look out for including herons & buzzards.
Day 4:Snowdonia & Anglesey
Today you can visit the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. This town is bursting with history; why not spend some time exploring the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and experiencing their famous underground tour? If you’re a bit more adventurous, why not give the longest zip wire in Europe a go? Or, for something completely unique, why not try the new Bounce Below– the world’s first facility of this kind? Make sure to allow some time to enjoy the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, the oldest railway company in the world still operating trains.
Day 5: Anglesey > Mid Wales
As you travel into magical mid-Wales, enjoy some more of North Wales’ attractions along the way. You could take the chance to experience Snowdonia Mountain Railway this afternoon which will take you up the highest mountain in England and Wales - Mount Snowdon. The views are fantastic! From here you can head on to your accommodation in Mid Wales.
Overnight: Mid Wales
Day 6: Mid Wales > Cardiff
Today you can spend time on the west coast of Wales, visiting first the bustling market town of Aberystwyth. The Vale of Rheidol steam train departs from the town and can take you 11 ¾ miles from the town up to Devil’s Bridge, a mythical place where it is said that the Devil was tricked by an old Welsh lady. The breath-taking waterfalls here are well worth taking the time to visit. The train itself allows incomparable views of the Rheidol valley. From here, travel on to the capital city of Cardiff.
Day 7: Cardiff
Today you will have the chance to explore Cardiff. This vibrant city is built around a castle and features plenty of impressive historic buildings to visit as well as handsome parks and gardens. Why not spend some time at St Fagan’s, one of Europe’s leading open-air museums? This National History Museum explores all aspects of how people in Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time.
Day 8: Return journey home
Today you can depart for your return journey home.