Springtime Escape to Llandudno, North Wales Including a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway a visit to Portmeirion
& a performance by the award winning 40 piece Maelgwn Male Voice Choir
Friday 22nd - Monday 25th April 2022 £399 per person (£50 deposit per person due now – balance due February 2022)
Wales is famous for its beautiful scenery, rugged coastline, numerous beaches and wonderful National Parks. We have included a ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway, a visit to the delightful tourist village of Portmeirion, an 8 course Welsh tasting menu and a performance by the award winning 40 piece Maelgwn Male Voice Choir !
Friday 22nd April 2022
Morning departure from the Essex area as we head towards North Wales. A stop will be made en route at the ancient city of Chester. Each chapter of Chester's history is etched into the very fabric of the city. Well, you are walking where Roman Legionaires marched to war, Viking raiders wreaked havoc and Norman invaders conquered Anglo Saxons.
Chester has the most complete city walls, the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old Cathedral with Europe's finest example of medieval carvings - and of course the one and only 700 year old Rows galleries where shopping is a double delight. We shall then make our way to our 4* Hotel in Llandudno, our base for the next three nights. After settling in, meet your fellow travellers and enjoy a three course evening meal and entertainment.
Saturday 23rd April 2022
After breakfast, the day is yours at leisure to explore the seaside town of Llandudno. Known as the “Queen of the Welsh Resorts” Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in Wales, on the shores of the Irish Sea. Characterised by a long promenade overlooked by rows of Victorian buildings which make up the South Parade, the architecture certainly lives up to its title. With a large variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment, there is something for everyone. The North Shore beach looks out onto Llandudno Bay in a beautiful setting between the large limestone headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme. The beach stretches for 2 miles in length with plenty of sand to build a castle or two !
Sunday 24th April 2022
After a leisurely breakfast, we shall depart the hotel and head by coach to the Ffestiniog Railway – the World’s oldest narrow gauge railway.Your ride to the historic harbour side station at Porthmadog takes just over an hour …. and there’s something for everyone – some great shops and cafes, a fascinating maritime museum and terrific views. Relax in the award-winning pub and restaurant, or soak up the sunshine on the patio with a cold drink while gleaming steam trains bustle past.
After some free time, our coach will meet us and transfer us to the wonderful Welsh village of Portmeirion. Situated on a private peninsula overlooking stunning coastal scenery, the Italian Riviera meets rural Wales with a riot of colour and architectural styles at Portmeirion Village. Built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion is now one of Wales’ most popular tourist destinations. Portmeirion Village is well known as the location for the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner. It comprises a cluster of colour-washed buildings around a central piazza, scenic surroundings and extensive woodlands, two hotels, historic cottages, gift shops, spa & award winning restaurants. In addition to its architectural heritage, its stunning setting and sub-tropical gardens, Portmeirion has an authentic Italian style gelateria. Upon arrival back at the hotel - enjoy an afternoon tea before relaxing for the evening.
Enjoy a three course evening meal and entertainment at the hotel on Sunday night.
Monday 25th April 2022
After a leisurely breakfast, we shall start our journey home, stopping in the delightful Derbyshire town of Bakewell. Idyllically situated on the banks of the river Wye, Bakewell is the largest town in the Peak District National Park , with mellow stone buildings, a medieval five-arched stone bridge and quaint courtyards . Famous for its unique and delicious Pudding, Bakewell has many more tempting treats to offer - ranging from shopping and specialist markets to buzzing restaurants and cafes. There will be free time in Bakewell for shopping and lunch before we head Southwards towards the Essex area.
The 4* Tynedale hotel is set just 20 yards from the beach on Llandudno’s iconic Victorian Promenade and just a 10 minute walk from the Pier. It offers modern rooms and regular live evening entertainment. With a TV, free tea and coffee and ironing facilities, each spacious room also has bright, stylish décor.