Explore the heart of Wales in comfort and style with trips on the Rheidol narrow-gauge railway from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge through meadows, woodland and rugged mountain scenery. Cruise along the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal through some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain. The canal, hugging the mountainside of the River Usk valley, was once a waterway for coal and iron and is now a peaceful water trail in the company of mountains, sheep and the wild open spaces of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Enjoy an exclusive visit to Abbey-Cwm-Hir, a romatic Victorian house packed with thousands of collectables and set in restored gardens overlooking the Abbey ruins and the 'Long Valley' beyond.
Located in the elegant spa town of Llandrindod Wells, The Metropole is a family-owned 4-star hotel in the grand style. There are 109 stylish bedrooms set across three floors. Each bedroom has en-suite facilities, with lift access to all floors a traditional restaurant and lounge combine with contemporary bars and a separate brasserie. Theres free WIFI throughout the hotel. Opened in 1896, the hotels reputation developed in the early 20th century as Victorian tourists headed to central Wales to take in the Spa waters, and breathe in the clean Welsh air. Today, the hotel offers a heated swimming pool and thermal whirlpool spa and a full range of Spa treatments. It remains the highest AA rated hotel and Spa in mid Wales.
Your holiday includes
4 nights dinner, bed & full English breakfast
Visit to Hay On Wye
Visit to Brecon Cathedral
with cream tea at Aberystwyth
Return trip on Rheidol Railway
Guided tour of Elan Valley
Entrance, guided tour & lunch at Abbey-Cwm-Hir
2 Nights entertainment
Coach travel by Tally Ho Coaches
Accompanied by our Tour Manager
£530 per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
First 3 singles £65pp supplement
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Monday 24th May
Leaving South Devon we travel to our hotel. A welcome cup of tea and homemade Welsh cake awaits us and you will have time to unpack and relax before dinner is served.D
Tuesday 25th May
After a hearty Welsh breakfast we travel to the market town of Hay-on-Wye known as the 'Town of Books' down to there being over thirty bookstores, many of which specialize in out of print or hard to locate titles. Take time to wander in the pretty maze of narrow ancient streets or visit the two Norman Castles there is also a plethora of pubs and a pleasant stream. In the afternoon we travel the short journey to Brecon so spend a delightful few hours cruising the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal through some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain, where the canal hugs the mountainside of the valley of the River Usk and lying within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Lunch is also included. In the afternoon we visit the impressive Brecon Cathedral.D, L, FE
Wedfnesday 26th May
Today we head to the seaside town of Aberytwyth. Our first excursion of the day is a ride on the Victorian Cliff Railway situated at the northern end of the promenade where Constitution Hill rises dramatically from the sea, providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of the town, Cardigan Bay and on a clear day 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales. This funicular electric cliff railway is the longest in Britain and has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896. In the afternoon we will board the steam-hauled, narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway for our second excursion. This railway was opened in 1902 and is the finest way to explore the stunning Rheidol Valley and as we make our way to Devil's Bridge you will see the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields and meadows, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. A cream tea is also included.D, L, FE
Thursday 27th May
After a leisurely breakfast today we visit Elan Valley where on arrival a park ranger will join the coach and take us on a one-hour circular tour of the Victorian Dams and man-made lakes of this 73 square mile wildlife park. The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir is, quite simply, astonishing and when we arrive here we will receive a warm welcome from the owners, Paul and Victoria Humpherston who restored this Grade II listed Victorian Gothic historic house and gardens over a 10 year period. Each of the 52 room in this house contain their original features which includes 23 fireplaces, rococo and stained ceilings, Maw & Co tiled floor and original slate surfaces in the formal domestic areas and the cellarage. The gardens and grounds have also been restored and feature a 1.5 acre walled garden, lawns and terraces, 4 courtyards, a lake and waterfall and some splendid mixed woodland. Whilst here you will enjoy lunch prior to the house tour startingD, L, FE
Friday 28th May
After a full Welsh breakfast, we make our way back home to South Devon.
D=Dinner, L=Lunch, FE=Full English Breakfast
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Brixham|| Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church |
|Buckfastleigh|| Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd |
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
|Dartmouth|| Dartmouth Marks & Spencer |
|Exeter|| Exeter Motorway Services |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage |
|Kingsbridge Quay|| Kingsbridge Quay |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot opp Railway Station |
|Others|| Other pick up points are available |
|Paignton|| Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library |
|Plymouth 1|| Plymouth Derry's Cross |
|Plymouth 2|| Plymouth George P & R |
|Plympton|| Plympton St Marys opp Church |
|Plymstock|| Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel |
|Torquay|| Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre |
|Totnes 7 Stars 2|| Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons |
|Totnes KEVICC|| Totnes KEVICC |
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