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Glad to share with you my experience onboard the Gerald of Wales. This video will give you a comprehensive review of the service. UK trains with an onboard chef are a rarity. With prices starting at £80 from Holyhead to Cardiff INCLUDING a 3 course dinner this service is extremely good value for money

The "Gerald of Wales" (Y Gerallt Gymro in Welsh) train service by Arriva Trains Wales (ATW)  runs from Holyhead in North Wales to Cardiff Central, South Wales
(with a few incursions into England).
What makes this train service so special is its onboard chef, a rarity now on UK train services. First class passengers can enjoy cooked breakfast during the morning service to Cardiff and a three-course dinner in the evening.
If there were numerous train services offering such onboard dining facilities decades ago (with famous names such as the "Brighton Belle"), this is now a rarity.
The service only operate weekdays and you will find more useful information during the video.
Considering the level of service offered, the Gerald of Wales offers excellent value for money (maybe thanks to a few subsidies from the Welsh government). Booking open 3 months in advance but if you want to catch the cheaper 1st class fares try and book 8 weeks ahead.. you could save £50! I booked my ticket with Arriva Trains Wales - no booking fee (other website I would recommend to book train tickets: Some other websites may charge additional fees)
The Gerald of Wales service is only only referred to by ATW as a "Business Class" (I think the "Geralf of Wales" name was more inspired and suitable: as a royal clerk to the king and two archbishops, Geralf of Wales travelled widely)
In October 2018, operation of this services (with the Wales & Borders franchise) will pass to KeolisAmey Wales.

This video reviews the train journey from Pietermaritzburg, to Durban in South Africa in November 2017. Captions will give you further information and tips about this very scenic journey across the Valley of a 1000 Hills in the KwaZulu-natal region.
This train is run by the Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa: PRASA.


I thought about more than once about travelling on the Bergensbanen. As BA was to drop Bergen as a destination, I decided to try it in Oct 2017. Bergen is well known for its wet weather and I wasn't sure I would be lucky so late in the season. Well, I ended up enjoying a glorious weather while in Bergen and then on my way to Oslo.

As I booked the ticket well in advance, the price was rather competitive even with the first class supplement.

I was so impressed by this journey that I even created a video about it

You'll enjoy some great views but travel tips too throughout the video. I hope you enjoy.

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