Private Group Tours

Ffestiniog Travel provide travel expertise for numerous interest and travel groups who wish to pursue their hobbies and activities further afield or visit a particular country, event or railway. Numbers can range from small parties of just 5 to up to 30 or more depending on destination. As an escorted tour operator we regularly deal with large groups of travellers requiring block bookings on trains, planes and at hotels to destinations around the world. We have a very busy rail and flight Ticket Only department which allows us to create tailor made tours for groups of all sizes who want to plan their own route, sightseeing venues and departure dates. We can also provide a tour leader if required.

The train is a great way for groups to travel through Europe. We can arrange reserved seating, allowing travellers and groups to travel in a comfortable, sociable atmosphere whilst sitting back and admiring the views. A major benefit of group travel is the ability to arrange private charters for day excursions where possible.

We have particular specialism in arranging holidays for rail enthusiasts who want to explore heritage railways around the world. We also provide a service to wider special interest groups, arranging travel and accommodation for organisations such as geology and music groups, gardening clubs, history and art societies. Most groups have their own tour guides who are experts in their field of interest.

If you organise group excursions for special interest groups, organisations or educational institutions contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01766 512400 to discuss your requirements.

Here are examples of tours we have arranged for groups:

Australian Historical Railway Society Inbound Tour

Keighley and Worth Valley RailwayMultiple dates

Ffestiniog Travel are delighted to create a unique group tour for the Australian Historical Railway Society who want to visit the UK and tour the wonderful railways of the North of England and Scotland in May 2020. The large party of up to 20 members will be able to enjoy the wild and scenic part of the North and Scotland courtesy of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, West Highland Line and the Kyle of Lochalsh Line.


Dresden Steam Festival

Abend - © Dr. Christof SchröflAnnually in April

The Dresden Steam Festival is an ideal event for a private group trip for rail and steam enthusiasts. If you are a member of a railway society or group, consider taking the train to Dresden to enjoy its annual Steam Festival. We run an escorted tour to the festival each year for individuals, but we can also arrange a dedicated private tour for your group. Below is an itinerary of our escorted tour which can be adapted to suit your group needs. If you wish to attend the festival only we can arrange all travel and accommodation for the duration of the event.


Mallorca Narrow Gauge

Palma's Gothic CathedralMultiple dates

We have been escorting travellers to Mallorca for the past 10 years and have created a popular tour that allows visitors to explore this beautiful Mediterranean island using its wonderful narrow gauge railway network. It provides the basis for a fabulous private group tour enabling members to discover the stunning scenery, culture and hospitality that this Balearic island has to offer. The itinerary below gives an idea of what can be covered over a six day break, but it can be adapted to suit an individual group's interests and expectations.  Contact us direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss options.


See the Republic of Ireland by Train

Slea Head, Dingle PeninsulaMultiple dates

How would you explore Eire as a private group? There is so much to see from the Causeway Coast to the Wild Atlantic Way and the sunny South East with 11 cities in between! Why not consider taking the train – we can arrange all transport from ferry crossing, train travel to coach sightseeing trips and accommodation to help you experience the scenic wonders, history, hospitality and magical myths of the ‘Emerald Isle’.


Behind the Scenes of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Palmerston crossing Snowdon StreetMultiple dates

This specialist tour will appeal to rail enthusiast groups as it offers an amazing opportunity to enjoy sights not normally seen by the average passenger. A chance to “access all areas” of the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway. Ride on footplates and learn about the history of this fascinating railway.


Private Group Tours to the Isle of Man

Castle Rushen - © Isle of Man TourismMultiple dates

The Isle of Man is one of the UK’s hidden gems with vintage transport systems that literally take you back in time. Ffestiniog Travel has been running tours to the Isle of Man for over 20 years as it boasts wonderful, old-fashioned transportation, from steam railways, trams and even horse drawn trams. We run tours that explore the island and focus on its culture and history or for transport enthusiasts we can arrange ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the working railways and trams.


Private Group Tours to Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle - © Kate BerryMultiple dates

Travelling around Scotland by train is one of the most rewarding ways to see the very best of this wild and beautiful country. You can sit back and enjoy some incredible views and experience some unforgettable journeys, including a ride on the West Highland Line, made famous by the Harry Potter films, and named best rail journey in Britain in 2019 for the second year running by top travel magazine Wanderlust.


Germany’s Harz Mountains – Heritage, Scenery and Steam Railway Tours

Harz RailwayMultiple dates

Ffestiniog Travel has been escorting groups to Germany’s stunning Harz Mountain region for nearly 20 years – it provides an interesting peak behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ where a picturesque landscape, enchanting medieval towns and a fantastic steam railway provides a wonderful nostalgic journey into Germany’s past. An ideal destination for private groups from rail enthusiasts to history lovers.


England’s Heritage Railways - Short Tour Breaks

Bluebell Railway - © Nicola Pulham/shutterstockMultiple dates

Heritage Railways around the world have become major tourist attractions, drawing in over hundreds of thousands of visitors annually who wish to immerse themselves in lovingly recreated time capsules and travel through some scenic landscapes. England boasts many historic railways across the country and they provide a wonderful backdrop from which to create short breaks for groups and organisations that wish to tour and explore the various regions of England by heritage railway.


Group Rail Tours to Switzerland

Glacier Express on the Landwasser Viaduct, Graubuenden - © BadruttMultiple dates

Switzerland has so much to offer travel groups - majestic mountain views, lakeside landscapes and picture postcard cities and towns. Ffestiniog Travel has a special connection to Switzerland as our very first overseas escorted tour was to the Swiss Alps back in 1974 and we have continued to explore the country by train several times each year ever since.


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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