The Pearl Of Wales, Mountain Steam & Italian Village
2020 - George IV Hotel - 5 Days (OM5064)
Stay in the heart of Criccieth with magnificent views towards the sea and castle
Includes live evening entertainment & 1 lunch!
Ride the Ffestiniog Railway and visit stunning Portmeirion
With its traditional Welsh tearooms, lovely beaches, Victorian terraces and historic sea view castle high, Criccieth is bursting with character and a great base for this spring tour of some of the best that North Wales has to offer. It is such a diverse holiday destination that whatever type of holiday you prefer, you'll find plenty to see and do. The dramatic landscapes with their spectacular mountains and lush valleys, are scattered with ancient castles and monuments.
We stay in the lovely George IV Hotel right in the heart of Criccieth and in addition to breakfast and dinner every night we als include one lunch along with great live evening entertainment We have also included lovely excursions to Portmeirion and Barmouth plus a scenic ride on the Ffestiniog Railway for you to enjoy.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
George IV Hotel
Our highly rated hotel is on Criccieth High Street and is a perfect place for a pre-Christmas festive break. Situated in an historic stone building right on the High Street and in the centre of Criccieth with magnificent views towards the sea and castle. The George IV hotel now has 80 bedrooms with central heating and bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, intercom, hair dryer and television with radio channels. Extensive public areas include a delightful intimate bar, attractive large restaurant, entertainment room with additional bar and a cosy lounge.
After joining the coach at one of our convenient pick up points, we head towards Criccieth with coffee/lunch stops along the way. We expect to arrive at the George IV Hotel late afternoon and in good time for dinner. Sit back and relax with friends old and new and enjoy some great entertainment.
Days 2 - 4
Enjoy hearty traditional Welsh breakfasts every day along with some free time to explore Criccieth on your own. Make sure you also join us for our INCLUDED excursions to Portmeirion and Barmouth along with our ride on the scenic Ffestiniog Welsh Highlands Railway. Don't miss out on our included lunch either! Return to the hotel in the evenings for great food and fabulous live entertainment and the chance to swap stories about your day with your fellow travellers.
After a final tasty breakfast we make our way home. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, we continue homewards.
Clough Williams-Ellis built Portmeirion from 1925 to 1975 on a peninsula off the coast of Snowdonia, to show how “the development of a naturally beautiful site need not lead to its defilement”. He fought for “Beauty - that strange necessity”. The gardens in and around the Italianate village of Portmeirion have been cultivated since Victorian times and the entire village as both unique and delightful in equal measure!
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highlands Railway
Outstanding scenery, comfortable carriages and historic steam engines await you here in the heart of Snowdonia. Glorious coastlines, ancient oak woodlands, mountains, rivers and castles, all beckon as you embark on your journey on these award winning railways.
With some of the most comfortable carriages on any preserved railway - standard or narrow gauge - you can step back in time to a more civilised age. Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Snowdonia in comfort, with at-seat buffet service, snacks, refreshments and a fully-licenced bar featuring locally-brewed award-winning beers.
This is also the oldest railway company in the world still operating trains and the world's oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
These historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it. Discover why engineers from around the world visited the Ffestiniog to see how it should be done!
Barmouth (Half Day)
Barmouth, or Abermaw or even Y Bermo as it is known in Welsh, is southern Snowdonia's most popular seaside resort with breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay and the picturesque harbour. The town's beach, Abermaw, is west facing with a mixture of sand and some fine shingle and is ideal for bathing and watersports. In the town, a land train runs along the promenade and there are traditional donkey rides, swing boats and amusement arcades. Barmouth beach is vast with good disabled access to the beach and all leisure amenities, including a full range of shops, cafes and pubs are within a short distance.
- Reserved coach seating throughout
- Staying at the George IV Hotel, Criccieth
- 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast plus 1 lunch
- Regular live evening entertainment
- Excursion to Portmeirion
- Ride on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway
- Half day excursion to Barmouth
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Swansea West
- Swansea Central
- Port Talbot
- Cardiff West
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps.
Limited number of singles without supplement - Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a standard room.
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