The Snowdonian

Holiday Highlights

  • A chance to ride the Snowdonian Train in Snowdonia!
  • 80 mile round trip on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Guided tour of Boston Lodge
  • Variety of motive power
  • Optional extension of stay in beautiful Snowdonia
  • 3 days from £515pp

Tour dates:
Friday 20 September to Sunday 22 September 2024

Due to the polularity of the April departure, we are delighted to confirm a second departure is now available.

A wonderful opportunity to be a passenger on the aptly named Snowdonian train as it takes its annual 80 mile round trip through the glorious Snowdonia National Park. The journey will cover the full length of both the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways in one day. To add more interest to this scenic journey, the Snowdonian will be hauled by a variety of motive power. Don’t leave it too late to reserve your seat as this is a popular event and places will be limited. For a taste of what you can expect take a look at this great video that captured the journey made by the Snowdonian through North Wales’ scenic National Park. The Snowdonian event is a fund raising initiative in aid of the Diamond Jubilee Appeal which aims to continue improving the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, cementing their status as one of the world’s top attractions. Find out more about the Appeal here.

"For anybody who likes steam trains, This is for you. Absolute Heaven. Ffestiniog Travel really came up to a high standard on this trip"

By Chick - The Snowdonian, April 2019

Why not make this a luxury break by staying at the famous Italianate Portmeirion Village, nestled alongside the beautiful North Wales coastline. A stunning location from which to enjoy the Snowdonian and the scenic Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.

For a flavour of what you can expect read this blog by Gordon Rushton, who campaigned to get The Snowdonian train back on Welsh tracks.


Day 1 – Boston Lodge

Travel to Porthmadog independently. After checking into your hotel we will meet at Porthmadog Harbour Station for an evening meal in Spooners Restaurant (included).

Day 2 – The Snowdonian

You are guaranteed a full day’s journey as you travel through the glorious Snowdonia National Park on an 80 mile rail route from Porthmadog - Caernarfon - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog travelling on both the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. It is planned to use a variety of locomotive power which will be confirmed nearer the time. Breakfast will be served at Harbour Station before departure, a buffet lunch will be available at Waunfawr and tea and cake will be served on the return journey. 

Day 3 – Return home

After breakfast we will meet at Porthmadog Harbour Station to travel up the line to Boston Lodge for a comprehensive guided tour, which brings your Snowdonian weekend to a close. Depart Porthmadog independently, or why not extend your stay to make the most of the attractions in the area.

Selected Hotels

Tudor Lodge, Porthmadog

The Royal Sportsman, Porthmadog

Portmeirion Hotel, Porthmadog

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Two nights accommodation in good quality hotel
  • Boston Lodge tour
  • The Snowdonian
  • Dinner at Spooners Restaurant on Day 1
  • Breakfast, buffet lunch and refreshments on Day 2
  • Souvenir

Price per person

Based on a twin share at Royal Sportsman Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis from 

Quotes for stays at other hotels available upon request


Single room supplement £30
Deposit for this holiday £100

Booking form

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service

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