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SNOWDONIA STATESMAN

Saturday 16 June 2018

Departing from: Stevenage (05.20/23.00) Hitchin (05.30/22.50) St Neots (05.50/22.30) Huntingdon (06.05/22.15) Peterborough (06.30/21.50) Stamford (06.50/21.30) Oakham (07.10/21.15) Melton Mowbray (07.25/20.55) Leicester (08.00/20.35) Hinckley (08.25/20.05) Nuneaton (08.35/19.40)

All timings shown above are approximate and should be treated as a guide only – Tickets and confirmed final timings will be forwarded by post and you should receive these no later than 7 days prior to departure

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This is truly a day out to remember as ‘The Statesman’ celebrated train heads into North Wales for a journey along the spectacular coastal route with its sweeping sea views and climbing high into the Snowdonia National Park and up the stunningly beautiful Conwy Valley passing through a region of haunting beauty and grandeur, of wild rocky mountains, hidden valleys, cascading rivers, still glacial lakes and deep forests. There is the option of spending time at either the popular Victorian tourist centre of Betws-y-Coed, or Blaenau Ffestiniog. We also have an optional excursion available offering a steam hauled journey on the famous Ffestiniog Railway.

Travelling across the Cheshire plain to Chester, we pass the Roman Walls and enter Wales running alongside the Irish Sea passing Rhyl on a coastline famed for its beaches and views. At Llandudno Junction the train reverses for the spectacular journey up the beautiful Conwy Valley where a breathtaking range of scenery unfolds, from historic castles through estuary rich in wildlife, to gentle slopes that give way to majestic crags with views of tumbling waterfalls and high mountains. The high peaks of Snowdonia are on view before our train enters the imposing slate landscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog. It is here you may join our optional tour or perhaps visit the Llechwedd Slate Caverns situated just outside the town. The train returns in the late afternoon retracing our journey over the same breathtaking route.

Ffestiniog Railway
Adjacent to the main line station in Blaenau Ffestiniog is the terminus of one of the Great Little Trains of Wales - the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway which was built in 1836 to carry slate down to the coast. Our privately chartered steam train will be waiting to take you on a return journey to Tan-y-Bwlch as it twists and turns around the mountainside offering spectacular views across to Harlech and beyond. Seating is limited to 170 passengers so early booking is advised.
Supplement ...£18

Mobility
This tour is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs as the platforms at some stations are much shorter than our train or accessible only by a footbridge and it may be necessary to walk through a number of carriages when boarding or alighting. It is not possible to transfer between our train and the Ffestiniog Railway in a wheelchair. These points should be borne in mind for guests who may have mobility issues.

There are 4 different classes of travel available on board our train, but whichever you choose remember to book early in order to avoid disappointment:

Standard Class
Reserved seating is arranged around a table with groups of four allocated two window and two aisle seats. Bookings for two persons are seated side by side with one window and one aisle seat whilst bookings for one person are allocated an aisle seat. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks, sandwiches and alcoholic drinks.
Adult: £80 Party of 4.....£300

First Class
Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four or table of two offering additional legroom, wide cushioned seats, curtains and large picture windows. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a complimentary service of tea/coffee & biscuits are included in the price and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, sandwiches, snacks and alcoholic drinks.
Adult: £150 Party of 4......£580
Guaranteed window tables for 2 supplement £25 per person

Premier Dining
Seating is arranged the same as first class around a table of four or table of two laid with crisp linen and dressed with the finest crockery and glassware. Meals are prepared on board by our chefs and silver served at your reserved seat by liveried stewards with a typical one day tour featuring a full English breakfast, late morning tea/coffee & biscuits and a three or four course dinner. A full wine & drinks list is available with an ‘at seat’ service during the meals.
Adult: £255 Party of 4.....£1000
Guaranteed window tables for 2 supplement £25 per person

Pullman Dining
This is the ultimate travel experience with an enhanced level of service – seating is in our refurbished Pullman style umber & cream wood panelled carriages offering additional legroom, wide deep cushioned seats, curtains and large picture windows with seating arranged at tables of four or two laid with crisp linen and fully dressed with the finest crockery and glassware. On a typical one day tour the ticket price includes a glass of chilled bucks fizz followed by a full English breakfast and late morning tea/coffee service with pastries prior to the arrival at our destination. On the return journey you will be welcomed back on board with a glass of chilled champagne and selection of tempting canapés followed by a three or four course dinner with a quarter bottle of house wine, followed by coffee & Petits Fours. An ‘at seat’ drinks service is available for purchase throughout the day.
Adult: £285 Party of 4.....£1120
Guaranteed window tables for 2 supplement £25 per person

Premier and Pullman Dining is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years