Grand Rail Tours Rail Holidays offering wonderful destinations, culture and leisure in equal measure. Rail holidays that offer destination, culture and leisure in abundance. Experience countries via their eco-friendly railways - old and new.  These UK, European and worldwide escorted rail tours offer the right mix of cultural visits, overnight stays, rest and leisure days to ensure your holiday is perfect. See more details
Connoisseur Rail Tours Holidays by train for rail enthusiasts who want to indulge their passion within a refined and cultured holiday. As a specialist rail travel operator our journeys take in some of the oldest and unique railways in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Enjoy the beauty of vintage locos and steam railways together with the culture and leisure benefits that our Connoisseur Tours offer. See more details
Tailor Made Create your own personal signature tour. Your very own unique rail journey – holidays that can be tailor made for couples or groups. Bespoke rail tours for the train travellers who want to choose the rail journeys they want, when they want.  Select a destination, a famous railway or a specific rail journey and we arrange everything. We will help create your own 'signature' rail holiday for you, your family or a group of friends. See more details
Christmas Tours Rail holidays that offer a perfect build-up to Christmas or provide a perfect getaway to enjoy the festive season away from home. Our Christmas tours are designed to fill you with festive spirit whilst enjoying a rail-based holiday - mixing shopping, sightseeing, good food and drink and views of magical wintry scenes from the comfort of the train. See more details
Special Interest Tours We can plan, arrange and implement group travel based around special interests throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. Our specialist knowledge and attention to detail, reflected within the planning process, create an ideal platform for various likeminded people to come together to tailor make a unique tour reflecting group interests. Whether you belong to a gardening society, wine club or geology study group we can arrange your tour according to your requirements. See more details
Concierge Services We deliver a high quality personal service to ensure that all aspects of a ‘complete and enjoyable holiday’ are arranged and fulfilled. We do all the work so you don’t have to. We can advise you on how to make the very best of your holiday.  On top of organising travel tickets, accommodation and transfers we will arrange car hire, tour excursions and reserve tickets for cultural activities including the theatre, leisure parks and even book a table at a restaurant of your choice. See more details
Weekend City Breaks A train journey away from continental cities that are bursting with culture, cuisine and entertainment. Eurostar provides a fantastic gateway to explore Europe. Take the train and discover the historic and vibrant cities of this diverse continent. We can arrange your accommodation and rail travel to popular destinations as well as the lesser known cities that also have a lot to offer weekend visitors. See more details

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If you have a question about our rail holidays check out our FAQs page or call us direct.

Trade Partners

We handle referral bookings for a number of travel businesses. If you want to promote rail-based holidays to your market consider Ffestiniog Travel as a Trade Partner.


Ffestiniog RailwayFfestiniog Travel is owned by a charitable trust and profits go to support the world famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.


AITO AssuredAs an AITO member we offer quality, expertise, peace of mind and financial protection. AITO members strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service.


AITO Sustainable Tourism 2 star logoFfestiniog Travel is committed to responsible travel and Sustainable Tourism. The key objectives are to protect the environment, to respect local cultures, to benefit the local communities, to conserve natural resources and to minimize pollution.


Travel FoundationFfestiniog Travel fully supports the Travel Foundation which is a UK charity that cares for the people and places we love to visit. It is helping the travel industry take effective action on sustainable tourism in mainstream destinations across the world, improving quality and keeping holidays special.

Telegraph Travel Awards

Award_RAILOP_RUNNERUP2_1_thumbWe were extremely proud to be shortlisted in this year's Telegraph Travel Awards in the Best Rail Operator category, in the top three alongside Orient Express and The Rocky Mountaineer! Congratulations to Orient Express for winning the award. Our disappointment was soothed by former MP Gyles Brandreth who presented the award. See what he had to say above. Thank you to all our loyal customers who took the time to vote for us.


Late availability

Bookings are still being taken for the following rail holidays:

The 'Snowdonian' Tailor-Made Mini-Break - April 2014 - Travel the length of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in a day on board the 'Snowdonian' steam train

FR Behind the Scenes - June 2014 An in-depth look at the Ffestiniog Railway in the Diamond Jubilee Year of the railway's restoration era

Snowdonian travelling over Britannia Bridge - © Andrew Thomas Signalman Ian Rudd explains Rhiw Goch signalbox - © Colin Churcher

Slovakia - June 2014 - An abundance of mountains, historic towns and unspoilt villages to discover in this lesser known Central European country

Around the World - May 2014 - A 40-day tour to mark our Ruby Anniversary year. Join us for the full or parts of our journey around the Northern Hemisphere as we visit Austria, Hungary, Russia, Mongolia, China, Canada and the USA

Spìšský Hrad Castle - © Vojček Great Wall of China

Tailor Made Rail Holidays

Check out our Tailor Made rail holidays and jump on board or create your own personal 'signature' rail journeys

Great Continental Railway Journeys - we have prepared rail breaks that mirror exactly the route taken by Michael Portillo in each episode of the very popular BBC series

Grand Rail Tour of England & Wales - A unique rail tour that can be done or design your own rail break covering a section of it

Dresden CarGo tram Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - © Robin Lush

Canada & New York - Great cities and breathtaking landscapes

Victoria Waterfront, Vancouver

Great Continental Railway Journeys

River Elbe in Dresden  ©Kiedrowski Rainer/GNTBThe DVD of the second series of Great Continental Railway Journeys is available on 28th April 2014, but you can pre-order your copy now!

If you were inspired by the latest series of BBC2's Great Continental Railway Journeys then why not plan your very own European rail holiday with Ffestiniog Travel. We have again created replica rail breaks based on each of the six episodes in Series 2 of Great Continental Railway Journeys. Each package follows Michael Portillo’s route through Europe, guided by his trusty 1913 Bradshaw railway guide. If you missed any of the series you can remind yourself of the journeys and destinations on the BBC2 GCRJ webpage. All episodes took in some interesting sights as Portillo ventured through France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Italy and even Gibraltar. We too can plan your own individual GCRJ by arranging similar and additional sightseeing stops and tourist visits at any of the destinations.


Advance Notice

Luxury Trains

Travel in style as you journey on some of the world's iconic luxury trains

Great Little Trains of India Escorted Tour 2015

Including the Neral to Matheran line near Mumbai, the last remaining 2ft gauge part of the Scindia State Railways at Gwalior and the ever popular Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

The Tsars Gold Train travelling between Moscow and Beijing Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - © Bob Cable

Customer Comment

“The journey of a lifetime...I will treasure my memories of it”

Mr D Markham, London – Indian Hill Railways 2013

“Thank you to Liz for making this a wonderful holiday. Her knowledge and her attention to the needs of each traveller was exemplary”

Dr & Dr Stanley, Dorset – Snow on the Alps 2013

 “This was again a splendid trip. The itinerary was well chosen, the organisation worked perfectly and the tour leader was excellent”

Mr R Schwarz, Bury – The Hebridean Tour 1 2013


Personal approach

"To ensure your rail holiday expectations are met Ffestiniog Travel actively encourages direct and regular contact with our team of expert consultants prior to departure. For this reason we do not operate an online booking system and prefer a more personal approach. Travellers who book with Ffestiniog Travel are assigned the same FT travel consultant who will deal with all their enquiries and arrangements regarding their choice of rail holiday"

Maria Cook - General Manager


Contact us

Our friendly team of expert travel consultants are available to deal with any queries Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm or by telephone only on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm.

Call: 01766 772030




Celebrate our 40th Anniversary Year by travelling with us. Order our special 2014 Brochure to see our train holidays and escorted rail tours in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.


  • Llandudno Top UK Destination

    Seaside town named one of UK's top 10 best destinations by TripAdvisor. See more of North Wales on one of our Welsh Mini-breaks

  • Daily Telegraph marks our Ruby Year

    Daily Telegraph charts Ffestiniog Travel's 40-year history in its 'Travel' section.

  • Steam & Scenery

    Reserve your seat for our popular annual tour to the Harz Autumn Gala


    News Releases

  • 'Old West' by Rail

    Journey on the stunning, pioneering railroads of Colorado for a real taste of the 'Old West'  
  • Railways Revealed

    A unique chance to look 'Behind the Scenes' of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

  • Italian Alps Railway Centenary

    Why not ride the Ponte nelli Alpi railway line through the Italian Alps and celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2014. Our beautiful Swiss & Italian Alps tailor made tour visits this old line.  
  • Island of Culture 2014

    Celebrate the heritage and culture of the Isle of Man during 2014. Try our tailor made tour or create your own.