Full Steam Ahead in England & Wales

9 Day Themed Tour

Explore the most beautiful routes of England and Wales while taking rides on historical trains. Discover the variety of landscapes at the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks as well as the Yorkshire Dales. Visit the historical cities Chester and York and experience their stunning attractions.

Day 1

Start the journey from Calais to Folkestone by Eurotunnel or take a flight to London.

Overnight stay including half-board in the London area.

Day 2

Take a ride with the 'Watercress Line' through the heart of the English countryside from Alresford to Alton. Experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of a steam railway and let the train take the strain, while enjoying the journey. Afterwards, visit the famous stone circle Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. On the way to Bristol, pass the beautiful city of Bath, which is well known for its elegant houses and roman baths.

Overnight stay including half-board in the Bristol area.

Day 3

Start the day with a trip to Wales and cross the original Severn Bridge. Afterwards, take a short trip on one of the most popular vintage railway routes in Wales with the historical Brecon Mountain Railway. Enjoy a panoramic trip through the Brecon Beacons National Park with its rolling green landscapes, waterfalls, characterful towns and tranquil canal.

Overnight stay including half-board in the Aberbystwyth/Llandrindod Wells area.

Day 4

From Aberbystwyth take the Vale of Rheidol Railway, which is one of the best ways to explore the stunning Rheidol Valley. The railway has been delighting passengers since its creation in 1902, over a century ago. Enjoy the spectacular view while heading to the Devil’s Bridge, where the journey continues to Caernarfon to visit the world heritage site Caernarfon Castle, which is a medieval fortress.

2 overnight stays with half-board in the Caernarfon/Llanberis area.

Day 5

Today’s excursion is to the dreamy village Portmeirion, which was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the style of an Italian village. Today it delights its visitors with Italianate architecture and lovely views. Afterwards, visit the harbour town Porthmadog before heading back to Caernarfon along the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway.

Day 6

The first trip today is to the breath-taking Snowdonia National Park. It is the biggest national park in Wales, and holds wild landscapes and villages steeped in history. The Snowdon Mountain Railway takes passengers on a journey of a lifetime, to the top of Mount Snowdon. This ride is described as one of the most unique railway journeys in the world, with stunning scenery and inspiring views. Afterwards, discover Chester’s historic treasures during a sightseeing-tour.

Day 7

In the morning head to Settle, a small market town where the Settle-Carlisle Railway sets off. It is one of the most popular tracks in Great Britain, as it takes passengers through viaducts, tunnels and past the wild scenery of the North Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales. Afterwards, take the opportunity to stroll through the old town of Carlisle.

Overnight stay including half-board in the Carlisle area.

Day 8

Visit the city York, which is best known for its stunning cathedral, Roman and Viking history, and medieval character. Discover history at every turn while on a sightseeing-tour through the beautiful city centre. Afterwards, explore the Award Winning National Railway Museum which contains giant halls full of trains and railway legends from the past 300 years.

In the evening the homeward journey begins to Hull, where the P&O night ferry starts off to Rotterdam/Zeebruegge.

Day 9

After having breakfast on board, the journey continues back home.

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Accommodation

7 overnight stays including half board in traditional middle class hotels:

  • 1x in the London area
  • 1x in the Bristol area
  • 1x in the Aberystwyth/Llandrindod Wells area
  • 2x in the Caernarfon/Llanberis area
  • 1x in the Chester area
  • 1x in the Carlisle area

Arrival by ferry

  • Eurotunnell Calais – Folkestone for coach and passengers
  • Hull – Rotterdam/Zeebruegge with P&O ferries for coach and passengers
  • Overnight stay on board in an inside cabin with single/double bed and en-suite bathroom including English breakfast buffet

Arrival by air

  • Local coach transport

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