Your trusted travel partner…
Heart of Wales Steam & Cruise
Experience an elegant Victorian spa town, a scenic train journey, a relaxing canal cruise and the beautiful and unspoilt Elan Valley.
Sunday 14th – Thursday 18th July 2024
Tour Price £661.00
Single supplement: £48.00
o Four nights dinner, bed and breakfast
o Three course menu
o Full Welsh breakfast
o All coach travel
o Brecon Mountain Railway
o Brecon Canal cruise
o Vale of Rheidol Railway
o Entrance to Elan Valley Visitor Centre with guided coach tour
o Escorted throughout
DAY I We travel to Llandrindod Wells for a four night stay. On the way, we visit the Brecon Mountain Railway for a return journey through the beautiful Brecon scenery, taking in Pontsticill and the Taf Feehan Reservoir before climbing to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons. We then rejoin the coach to continue our journey, reaching the hotel with time to settle in before our evening meal.
DAY 2 Experience the beautiful and diverse scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park today. During the day, explore Brecon, with its medieval cathedral and narrow streets full of craft and antique shops, and enjoy a relaxing cruise through a lock and over an aqueduct on the historical Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, a fantastic feat of engineering which runs through the Brecon Beacons National Park. A buffet lunch is included on the cruise, which you can enjoy whilst meandering through the Welsh countryside.
DAY 3 Escape to Elan Valley and its visitor centre, a world away from normal life, for a coach guided tour of this beautiful and unspoilt area made even more compelling by the dams and reservoirs, which together create a wonderful living landscape.Your estate tour will be lead by one of the Rangers, who will come on board and give you an insight into this nature haven. You will then have time to explore the Visitor Centre, set in a fantastic location against a spectacular backdrop of a Victorian stone dam. This afternoon, we head to Gigrin Farm, a 160 acre farm overlooking the Wye and Elan Valleys which is famous for its red kite feeding centre. Hundreds of red kites feed here every afternoon, and it is a truly breathtaking spectacle to witness this from the hides, just a few metres away from these magnificent birds.
DAY 4 Today we head to the Ceredigion Heritage Coast and the Victorian seaside resort of Aberystwyth. This town is home to beaches, a lovely promenade, a funicular railway, castle ruins and the National Library of Wales, so there is plenty to see and do. This afternoon, we enjoy an unforgettable and nostalgic journey through some wonderful scenery on the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway. Our destination is Devil’s Bridge, home to the famous Mynach Falls and Devil’s Punchbowl, where you may glimpse some birds of prey soaring above the valley.
DAY 5 Time to bid farewell today, stopping in Bath for lunch on the journey home.
The Metropole Hotel
Charming, central location in Llandrindod Wells | Tea/coffee in room
Lift to all floors | Swimming pool | Spa | Gym | Wi-Fi
Thank you for a splendid day trip to London. The driver was so welcoming and friendly. His driving was excellent. This all contributed to my pleasurable day. Thanks again.
Dorothy – Ferndown
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Durham – thank you for a good few days. The hotel was ideally placed and comfortable, and we enjoyed the food. Lastly we cannot fault David and Caroline. They both worked hard to make our trip such a pleasure.
Terry & Marilyn – West Moors
We have had another lovely holiday with Heathside Travel. Dave and Terry have worked very hard to make sure everything has run to plan and they have succeeded, nothing has been too much trouble for them. Thanks it was amazing.
Rosemary & Doug – West Moors
I could not have been more delighted with the service and will definitely be recommending your company to others. I can honestly say that everyone I encountered from first enquiry to booking, to the journey itself were so helpful and friendly. We will certainly be using you again.
Amanda – Christchurch
Fantastic service, friendly driver, lovely clean coach with complimentary water. Highly recommend!
Quay Crew – Bournemouth
Tim takes great pride in the outstanding condition of his coaches. Outstanding service – many thanks
Tom – Sevenoaks
Tim Southby, driver of coach, was really friendly, professional, accommodating and smart. We will definitely be making Heathside Travel our main transport for future trips.
The Burgate School and Sixth Form