Experience the beauty of the Welsh countryside on our brand new rail tour. Visit beautiful Swansea and the famous Mumbles, before heading across viaducts and through beautiful lush valleys to Llandrindod Wells. Explore the museums and gardens of this pretty Victorian spa town, before journeying to Shrewsbury, England. Highlights include Abbey Cwm Hir, a return steam journey on the Rheidol Railway, a visit to Acton Historic Working Farm and a return steam journey on the Severn Valley Railway.
Detailed Overview

Price Includes

At overnight hotel in Swansea

  • 1-night dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course dinner menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Free use of leisure facilities (indoor pool, mini gym & sauna)

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Porterage

At the Metropole Hotel

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course dinner menu with 5 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Entertainment on 1 night such as a choir or live music

  • Free use of indoor pool, steam room & gym

  • Porterage

At the Mercure Telford Centre Hotel

  • 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course dinner menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Glass of wine with dinner on the first night

  • Free use of leisure facilities (indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room & sauna)

  • Porterage

Attractions

  • Train journey from Swansea to Llandrindod Wells

  • Return journey on the Rheidol Railway

  • Entrance to Elan Valley Visitor Centre with tour

  • Train journey from Llandrindod Wells to Shrewsbury

  • Group Entrance to Acton Scott Farm

  • Return Journey on the Severn Valley Railway

  • Escorted throughout



Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our overnight hotel, the Mercure Swansea.

Day 2

Heart of Wales line
After an early breakfast we make our way to Swansea train station to catch the 'Heart of Wales' line to Llandrindod Wells.
Enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour journey on one of the most scenic railways in the country, as we take in the stunning countryside of South Wales. Relax as we glide past the Loughor Estuary, the meandering River Tywi and across the 150-year-old Cynghordy Viaduct.

Day 3

Llandrindod Wells
Today we enjoy a day at leisure in this popular Victorian spa town. Take a gentle walk around the pretty Llandrindod Wells Lake, or try the mineral-rich water from Chalybeate Spring in Rock Park - a beautiful riverside stroll.
Alternatively, why not indulge in the leisure facilities back at the hotel famously the highest-rated hotel in mid Wales?

Day 4

Vale of Rheidol Railway & Aberystwyth
This morning we travel west to Aberystwyth for a return journey on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, to Devil's Bridge. Gaze in awe as our narrow-gauge steam locomotive climbs 700ft through some of the most spectacular scenery in Wales. We enjoy free time in the afternoon in the popular seaside town of Aberystwyth. There's so much to see and do; enjoy Britain's longest electric cliff railway, or do a spot of shopping on the high street. Of course, no trip to Aberystwyth is complete without at least a stroll on the mile-long Victorian promenade - a perfect place to enjoy the colourful buildings and stunning sea view.

Day 5

Elan Valley Visitor Centre and the Heart of Wales line to Shrewsbury
This morning we depart our hotel, and head to the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, set against the spectacular backdrop of a Victorian stone dam. Afterwards we head back to Llandrindod Wells by train, to catch the final leg of our journey on the 'Heart of Wales' line to Shrewsbury. Enjoy the beautiful countryside around Pen-y-Bont, and cross the impressive Knucklas Viaduct before arriving in Shrewsbury. Here, we are met by our coach and taken to our hotel for the next 2 nights, The Mercure Telford Centre.

Day 6

Acton Scott Farm & Severn Valley Railway
This morning we travel to the Shropshire Hills to visit the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Here, we are transported
back in time to experience life on a farm at the turn of the last century. With Shire horses working the land and the resident
wheelwright, bodger, blacksmith and dairymaid on hand to provide demonstrations, there is plenty to see. In the afternoon
we enjoy a return journey from Bridgenorth to Bewdley on the vintage steam-hauled Severn Valley Railway. Sit back and
admire the scenery of the Worcestershire and Shropshire countryside, as the railway hugs the Severn Valley. We end our journey in the town of Bewdley. Enjoy the pretty gardens and lovely Georgian architecture.

Day 7

After breakfast, we make our way home.

Other Information

Hotel

4* Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

The elegant and historic Metropole Hotel is located in the centre of the Victorian town of Llandrindod Wells and was originally the largest hotel in Wales. Still privately owned by the great, great grandson of the original Victorian owner, the Metropole is still the highest AA rated hotel in Mid Wales.

• Lift to all floors • Wi-Fi Available • Restaurant • Bar • Gymnasium • Indoor Pool • Sauna • Steam Rooms • Beauty

Salon/Manicure • Solarium • Jacuzzi • TV • Tea/Coffee making facilities • Telephone • Wake Up Call Available •

Mercure Telford Centre Hotel, Telford

This modern 3-star hotel is conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants and bars and the attractions, making it an ideal base for us to explore the Black county from.

• Lift to all floors • Indoor Swimming Pool • Spa • Sauna • Steam Room • Fitness Centre • Restaurant • Bar • Flatscreen TV • Iron • Complimentary toiletries • Coffee/tea maker • Telephone • Wake-up service/alarm clock •

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