Grand Escorted Tours Rail Holidays offering wonderful destinations, culture and leisure in equal measure. 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 Escorted 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
Small and Traditional The Small & Traditional tour collection follows the success of our annual escorted tours to rural Romania. Our small, expert team that have arranged Romanian holidays since 2009 have focused their attention on new destinations that still remain untouched by mainstream tourism and offer similar rural, cultural and historic content including Georgia, Moldova and Bulgaria. See more details
Rail Holidays Direct Holidays Rail Holidays Direct are escorted, one-centre, price-friendly tours where you simply take the train to one destination, unpack and enjoy a series of escorted tours led by your tour leader. See more details

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Rail Holidays of the World

Over 40 years of providing rail holidays and rail travel services. Experts in escorted rail tours for both the 'train tourist' and 'rail enthusiast'. For independent travellers we create Tailor Made rail holidays in the UK, throughout Europe and across the globe. We offer group travel services for Special Interest Tours, corporate travel and educational field trips. Our dedicated Ticket Only department at MyRailTrip can get you anywhere by train no matter how complicated the journey. We have an ingrained knowledge and experience of today's rail services, heritage railways and iconic train journeys to destinations around the world; We understand what people want from a rail holiday – a journey to remember, culture, leisure and content that offers value for money.

Daily Telegraph writer Graham Coster provides a brief history of Ffestiniog Travel.


Rail Holiday Reviews

AITOIndependent Reviews of Ffestiniog Travel

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Springtime in the Caucasus May 2016 

"Excellent arrangements and superb tour leader." Mr S. R. Irwin, York.

Indian Hill Railways February 2016

"Just a note to say thank you to Ffestiniog Travel for organising this tour, we both thoroughly enjoyed it, a good mix of rail and normal tourist activities. I was particularly pleased with our trip on the line to Darjeeling with steam all the way, truly incredible railway. We would recommend this tour to anyone." Mr & Mrs Stephens, Hampshire.

Explore Sri Lanka by Rail February 2016

"The range of visits and their interests was simply marvellous. The local guide made the whole experience exceptional through his extraordinary delivery, communication skills, selection of sights, knowledge of the country and professionalism. This is a highly recommended tour." Mr and Mrs N. Harcourt, Berkshire.

Snow on the Alps February 2016

"You got me there and back safely and the holiday fulfilled my expectations - and then some. The presence of your experienced and helpful tour leader made my holiday worry free and thoroughly enjoyable." Mr F. Howes, Gwynedd.

 Mountains & Forest in Rural Romania September 2015

"Excellent - We say 'Go to Romania and when you do, go with Ffestiniog Travel'." Mr & Mrs B. Mallett, Buckinghamshire.  See Romania - The West & Danube Valley tour departing June 2016.

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Christmas 2016 & Early 2017 Rail Tours

CoverFfestiniog Travel has published a Pre-Brochure offering a glimpse of its escorted rail programme for 2017. You can choose from a record 38 escorted rail holidays that offer a broad range of destinations and types of tours. There really is something for everyone. All our escorted tours visit interesting destinations and are rich in content so will interest anyone seeking to explore the world within an organised group whilst enjoying the company of fellow travellers and the security of a guided holiday.

Prices and detailed itineraries are now available for our Christmas 2016 tours. We are running two Christmas Market tours this year, visiting Budapest's festive city centre with its cottage-style wooden stalls selling wonderful gifts. This tour also includes a day trip to Bratislava. We return to Germany to enjoy the festive traditions in Stralsund on the Baltic coast, a UNESCO World Heritage town. You can now book on our annual Christmas & New Year in Switzerland rail holiday to guarantee a 'white Christmas' and a 'happy New year' with fellow travellers as you journey by train and view the snow-capped vistas of the magnificent Swiss Alps.

Bookings are now being taken for some of our early 2017 tours including an exciting holiday to South Africa which combines wonderful tours of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula with safaris and visits to wildlife centres PLUS the chance to enjoy the famous Stars of Sandstone Heritage Steam Festival. We are repeating two of our most popular winter rail tours - Snow on the Alps is a truly wonderful winter break when you can explore the beautiful Alps with a first class Swiss Travel Pass from your base in Interlaken and Chur. We return to India in February 2017 on this successful tour that takes in the three magnificent railways that served the former British Hill Stations.

For information on all our other 2017 tours please browse through our online Pre-Brochure. We look forward to visiting new destinations next year including Uzbekistan and Cambodia and we have created new tours to tempt those who enjoy rail, steam and tram travel including Bulgaria by Steam, Trams of Central Europe, Northern Germany, Sweden and England as well as a tour to coincide with the Dresden Steam Festival.

We have also extended our Rail Holidays Direct and Small & Traditional range with visits to the Danube Delta and The Carpathians, Strasbourg and Bruges. If you are inspired by any of our tours please register your interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or pre-order the full 2017 Brochure, available from September 2016.

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Holiday Highlights

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Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 4 of this popular BBC2 programme has just completed. Re-trace Michael Portillo's rail journeys in one of our specially created tours that mirror each episode.

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Access All Areas

In-depth tours of many of the railways of North Wales including the Ffestiniog, Talyllyn, Vale of Rheidol, Corris, Llanberis Lake Railways and more.


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Rail Holidays Direct

Ideal tours for the first time train tourist - short, one-centre, price-friendly, fully escorted holidays to interesting European destinations.

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'Small & Traditional' Romania - Life as it used to be

More opportunity to explore a country that remains relatively untouched by tourism. Enjoy travelling in a small group of a maximum of 14 people and discover Romania's rural beauty.

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World's Longest Rail Tunnel

Special Mini-Break to celebrate the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland in June 2016.

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Special Interest Tours

We arrange group travel based around special interests throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. See our Wild Flowers in Majorca Tour

Weekend City Breaks

It has never been so easy to explore Europe's cities by train. The holiday begins when you board Eurostar.

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Customer Comments

Indian Hill Railways - February 2015

'Excellent - I found all the people at Ffestiniog Travel very helpful and friendly.  While we were in India all the arrangements just 'worked'...local guides and transfers were always there on time' – Mr & Mrs J. Booth, Stafford

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  • Alaskan Wilderness

    Six million acres in expanse, with North America’s tallest mountain as its centrepiece, Denali National Park is a place of solitude, tranquillity and wilderness, where bears and moose roam free. It’s one of the highlights of our 15-day escorted tour of Alaska that also visits Kenai Fjords National Park and journeys along the entire length of the Alaska Railroad. Or 'Slice through America' on our USA - Coast to Coast tour described by online lifestyle website MSN as one of "11 extraordinary journeys to fire up your wanderlust".

Tickets Only

Our dedicated ticketing service at MyRailTrip provides a one-stop-shop for rail journeys throughout the world. We supply tickets, rail passes and make reservations for travel in the UK, Europe and worldwide, no matter how complicated the journey.

Ffestiniog Railway

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


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Quality & Value

Our aim is to give people the best rail holiday possible in terms of quality of content and value for money so please read our tour itineraries in detail to fully appreciate the level of planning involved and the extent to which we try and achieve the perfect mix of travel, railways, leisure, culture and substance in every tour we run.