Canals, Steam and Historic Chester Rail Tour 2017 Dates Announced

Sep 15 2016

Featuring two of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Canals’, this active tour based in historic Chester offers exciting heritage from Roman times to the waterways and railways.

This Canals, Steam and Historic Chester Rail Tour is a great escorted UK Rail Tour.

Departure Dates:
Sunday 9 April 2017 (5 days)
Sunday 14 May 2017 (5 days)
Sunday 11 June 2017 (5 days)
Sunday 16 July 2017 (5 days)
Sunday 8 October 2017 (5 days)

Tour Highlights:
Explore the world of canals at Ellesmere Port, as the heyday of narrow boats comes alive
Anderton Boat Lift, marvel of Victorian engineering 2015 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester andertonliftwithsaturn_waterwayimages
Masterpiece of the canals, breathtaking Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Llangollen Steam Railway nostalgia
2000 years of history in the beautiful city of Chester
Relax strolling waterside paths and ancient city walls
Stay in heart of Chester, at one of north England’s finest, grand marque hotels

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday
We arrive in Chester where our hotel is conveniently situated near the railway station. Afternoon stroll along the ancient City Walls to the Dee for a river cruise and charming views of the town from the water. Return through Chester’s attractive city centre.

Dinner is included.

Day 2: Monday
By train to Ellesmere Port to discover the colourful world of Roses & Castles at the National Waterways Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the large collection of narrow boats, other canal craft and recreated workshops; time for further exploration at leisure before we cruise along the Shropshire Union Canal to Stanney Mill, before returning to Chester by train.

Breakfast and Dinner is included,

Day 3: Tuesday
Experience one of Robert Aickman’s ‘Seven Wonders of the Canals’. At the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift we trace the history of canal carrying and engineering and take the trip boat to descend the lift and cruise the River Weaver with refreshments on board. We return to Chester for an afternoon at leisure in the city’s winding medieval streets of black-and-white houses, its Roman museum, beautiful Cathedral, and the famous Rows. Walk the towpath below the towering walls, marvel at the massive and ingenious Northgate Staircase Locks, idle away a moment watching the boats in Chester Basin. There’s something to see at every turn in Chester.

Breakfast and Dinner is included.

Day 4: Wednesday
By private coach to the Llangollen Canal at Trevor for a breathtaking aerial cruise across another of the ‘Seven Wonders’, the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Crossing 126ft above the River Dee, it is the highest and longest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage site. We continue by road to Llangollen with time to look around the delightful town before a thrilling steam train ride* along the beautiful Dee valley to Carrog. Alight at Berwyn on the way back and trace the canal feeder on foot to Llangollen – or stay on the train.

Breakfast and Dinner is included.2015 Canals, Steam & Historic Chester chestercitywalls_waterwayimages

Day 5: Thursday
Bid farewell to beautiful Cheshire as we take our homeward trains.

Breakfast is included

*In the unlikely event of the steam train being unavailable we reserve the right to substitute a diesel train (DMU)

Hotel Information:
Queen Hotel, Chester
Situated in the heart of Chester, directly opposite the railway station, the Queen Hotel is characterised by its elegance and Victorian heritage. The en-suite bedrooms offer modern facilities including direct-dial telephone, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features delightful Italian gardens, bar and restaurant.

Prices start from just £520 per person to join and leave at the Hotel, please contact us today for a quotation from your local railway station.

We offer some excellent rates

What’s included?
4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal
Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)
Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described
All excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Rail Tour Manager
Hotel Porterage


Fare Region First Class Standard Class Railcard Discount
London: Euston £725 £610 -£10
Greater London £765 £630 -£10
South of England £775 £650 -£15
East Anglia £800 £665 -£15
South West £755 £650 -£15
Heart of England £665 £585 -£10
Midlands £615 £560 -£5
Yorkshire £635 £595 -£10
North East £690 £635 -£10
North West £600 £560 -£5
South Wales £725 £610 -£10
North Wales £585 £545 -£5
Scotland £755 £640 -£15

The price to Join and Leave at Hotel £515
Single Room Supplement £160
May, June, July Departure Supplement £50

This great tour can be book now for a deposit of just £99 per person – however please remember deposits are Non Refundable

To enquire and receive a quotation for this tour please complete the form below or call us on 0191 246 0708

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