Portmeirion, Snowdonia and Steam Train Tour

Portmeirion Italian style Mediterranean village
Portmeirion Italian style Mediterranean village
Cultural, Historic and Scenic Photo Friendly Tour Up to 8 Hours Featuring a variety of interesting tour content and attractions

If you are looking for a fulfilling touring day, then our Portmeirion, Snowdonia and Steam Train tour provides an action-packed day. Wales is famous for it’s great little steam trains which run through spectacular landscapes and we have selected the Welsh Highland Railway for your experience. The train takes you through a spectacular area of the Snowdonia National Park. One of the most unique tourist attractions in North Wales is the unusual Italianate village set on its own private peninsula. Portmeirion was made famous for being the setting for the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner. A lifelong vision and project of architect Clough Williams-Ellis, who collected derelict buildings from all around Britain and reassembled them in a dramatic coastal location with landscaped gardens resembling a Mediterranean Italian village scene. Our touring route through the Snowdonia National Park takes you through a variety of scenic mountain passes and valleys, touring along the most beautiful picturesque and scenic roads. We will pass glacial lakes, mountain streams and make several photo stops for you to capture the stunning landscapes. We also stop off at one of the prettiest villages in Snowdonia, Beddgelert. During the day we also have several short walks which give you a real feel for the area that you are touring through, from a short coastal stroll taking in the lovely sea air, to taking a scenic riverside walk and of course strolling leisurely through the village of Portmeirion. Throughout your tour, we will introduce you to our rich heritage of history, our amazing culture and capture the most scenic locations with an abundance of wonderful photographic locations.

TOUR ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

The Welsh Highland Railway
Take a ride on one of the ‘Great Little Steam Trains of Wales’! The journey takes you along the most scenic sections of the track in Wales, past the foot of Mount Snowdon and through the picture postcard village of Beddgelert and the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass. *Train ticket Payable
Criccieth Castle
We stop for photographs and a walk along the sea front promenade. Originally built by the Welsh Princes in the 13th century, Criccieth today is a scenic ruin overlooking the wide sweeping Cardigan Bay.
Portmeirion
Set on a scenic peninsula overlooking the River Dwyryd’s estuary. Portmeirion is a village built by the vision of a local architect with a unique collection of salvaged ruined buildings from many different parts of the country and reassembled with an Italian-influence that sets a scene similar to those found on Italy’s Mediterranean coast such as Portofino. *Entrance fee is £13 per person.

We allow time for lunch at Portmeirion and you have the choice of venues to suit. They do however offer a special arrangement with complimentary tickets to enter the village when you take a 2 course lunch at Castell Deudraeth which costs approximately £20 per person (not including sandwiches or light bites). Lunch must be booked and confirmed in advance.
Beddgelert
Rated as the most scenic village in the Snowdonia, where there is a beautiful riverside walk to enjoy and you can learn about the local legend of the village’s famous dog. You might like to consider stopping by one of the tea rooms/cafes or pubs for refreshments and a light bite to eat.
The most scenic road in Wales
Our tour takes us along one of the most scenic roads in Wales, where we pass lakes and small streams and we stop for some great photos of this are of Snowdonia.
Mount Snowdon
We stop on an elevated platform to view the highest Mountain in England and Wales at 3, 560 feet above sea level. The landscape of mountain and glacial valleys is a photographer’s paradise.
Slate Quarry
One of the surprises of the tour today is a visit to an impressive scenic abandoned Slate Quarry with a picturesque lagoon. Slate was an important part of the Welsh culture in the Snowdonia Mountains as we walk with a flat walk into the Quarry to learn about the story of slate.
Blade of the Giants
Enjoy this stunning lakeside setting with the ‘Sword in the Stone’.
The Secret View
Our last stop of the tour is at a beautiful lakeside setting. We call it the secret view as its out of sight to everyone passing along the two main roads nearby, yet we open up an amazing vista of a glacial lake and the Snowdonia Mountains.

This tour can be custom designed to include: Snowdon Mountain Railway: Take the easy way up to the summit. On a beautiful day, this has to be one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world! You need to allow 3 hours of your touring day to include this railway. The trains journey is an hour each way with 30 minutes at the summit and offers you a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the beautiful National Park. Depending which train you choose to take on the day, tickets start from £25 for the 09:00 (Early Bird – Diesel Train) and fares rise up to £40 for the traditional heritage steam train experience. Book your train reservation by visiting: http://snowdon.vticket.co.uk/ You need to allow 3 hours of your touring day to incorporate the journey by train on the mountain. The tour itinerary would be amended to accommodate the Mountain Railway Train as an alternative to taking the Welsh Highland Railway. Please note that certain attractions have restricted operating and opening times. Entrance fees and train tickets are not included in the tour price.

Tour Testimonial and Endorsement

“The best experience!”

Attention to detail, in our opinion, makes the tour most memorable. You will definitely get that if you tour with John at Boutique Tours of Wales. He is professional, pleasant, and extremely knowledgeable. His driving is superb. We always felt very safe in his hands. His vehicle is top line, well maintained and so very comfortable.

John plans the excursions with your wishes in mind, adjusting for weather, your interests and comfort level. We could never have found the delightful, out of the way, locations that we enjoyed on our tours with him. He goes out of his way to make your day the best experience! Definitely top notch!!
Sylvia Bastable from Winnipeg, Canada

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Thank you for considering Boutique Tours of Wales as your private tour provider for your visit to Wales.  We are a small, family run business and every booking is extremely important to us.

In choosing to book directly with us, you are guaranteed the best rate, with the best service, along with the best touring experience available.

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Our Private Tour Pricing Guide

The Portmeirion, Snowdonia and Train Tour can be custom designed to fit a number of touring options such as duration and pick up/drop off locations.

This private tour can start out from Beaumaris, Bangor, Betws-y-Coed, Caernarfon, Conwy, Holyhead, Llandudno, Ruthin and Llangollen Areas.

Alternatively, for a supplementary charge we can start out from hotels in Chester and Liverpool and the tour can be adopted to fit a cruise tour from Holyhead or also as a Day Tour arriving and departing by train at Bangor station.

If you are staying anywhere else in the North Wales region, then please contact us to discuss your tour requirements and we will be pleased to quote for our services.

1 or 2 persons
Private Driver Guided Tour
£500from
3 or 4 persons
Private Driver Guided Tour
£600from
5, 6 or 7 persons
Private Driver Guided Tour
£700from

Your Tour Rate Includes:

• 8 Hour Touring Day in your own exclusive touring van
• Pick up from the front door of where you are staying
• Complimentary Full Colour Touring Map
• Complimentary Bottled Water
• All mileage, fuel, road tolls and car parking costs
• Driver-guide accommodation and subsistence either pre/post tour
• Empty leg re-positioning pre/post tour.


Not Included in Your Tour Rate:

• Tour Accommodation
• Entrance fees to attractions
• Meals and refreshments
• Driver guide gratuities

NO BOOKING FEES APPLY WHEN YOU BOOK DIRECT WITH US!

We accept payment by American Express, Mastercard and Visa Credit Cards, Debit Card or Electronic Bank Transfer.

Our private tour rates sit very competitively against the rates quoted by The Guild of Professional Tour Guides, along with the Association of Professional Tourist Guides and the Driver-Guides Association.

Not found what you are looking for?

It’s your very own private tour and we can custom design the tour itinerary and arrangements to suit what you want to do and see. Our flexibility allows you to make changes to our itineraries. So take something out and add something more appealing to your desires. Alternatively combine an element of this tour with that of another tour. All you have to do is ask and if it is possible then it will be our pleasure to accommodate your wishes.

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