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
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
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

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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

shutterstock 84336868 thumbJapan - Steam & Cherry Blossom March 2015 - "Excellent - The whole tour ran exactly as advertised and all the leaders were very helpful and personable. A wonderful experience." Mr M. Henry, Galashiels.

Indian Hill Railways February 2015 - "Excellent - I found all the people at Ffestiniog very helpful and friendly to deal with prior to the holiday. While we were in India all the arrangements just 'worked'. There was never a problem with any of the hotels or trains and the local guides and transfers were always there on time." Mr & Mrs J. Booth, Stafford.

Snow on the Alps February 2015 - "Excellent - There's an excellent balance between direction and freedom in the tour, especially for a 'first timer' to Switzerland by rail. The 1st class Swiss Pass is a must - I just love the freedom to simply 'take off and jump trains'!" Mr M. Gray, Lincolnshire.

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The Glacier Express - © Swiss-image-ch/Christof SondereggerExplore Switzerland and the Swiss Alps by train throughout the year on a choice of escorted rail tours. Our first European tour was to Switzerland in October 1974 when 70 people experienced the magnificent Swiss Alps as they journeyed on the famous Bernina and Glacier Express and Rhaetian Railway. This year we offer more opportunity to visit Switzerland and explore its wonderful landscape using a first class Swiss Pass. We begin with our Snow on the Alps winter tour and contrast it with the Summer in the Alps and Swiss Alpine holidays. We combine Italy and Switzerland in our tour to Florence, Lake Garda and the Swiss Alps and visit France and the Swiss Alps on our Rhône from Sea to Source rail holiday.

"There's an excellent balance between direction and freedom in the tour, especially for a 'first timer' (to Switzerland by rail).  The 1st Class pass is a must - I just love the freedom to simply 'take off' and jump trains!!"  Mike Gray, Lincolnshire


KandertalbahnGermany boasts many steam operated narrow gauge lines both in the West and former East. The Harz Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for the world famous Harzer Schmalspurbahnen railway network (HSB) and our Harz Winter and Autumn Gala tours offer a great way to enjoy the region and its steam railway heritage. We combine the best of the East and West in our escorted tour, Eine Kleine Damfpmusik, and enjoy Germany’s great railway engineering, past and present with visits to some of the country’s most attractive cities where everyone (including non-rail enthusiasts) will find much of interest. Germany’s tram networks are also worth a closer look so we are running a dedicated Tramways of Germany tour in our 2015 escorted tour programme. 


Bringing in the hay at Cornesti, MaramuresDiscover Romania, relatively unexploited by tourism. Experience its undiscovered beauty and family-run homestay rural hospitality. Ffestiniog Travel, through its partnership with owner managed local operator My Romania, is now one of the UK’s leading tour specialists to the country – and not just for holidays by rail. We are able to offer, for groups or independent travellers, other special interest holidays to the country including culture and history, walking and wildlife. Since 2013 we have led five very successful escorted tours to Romania, four of which were limited to 12 people to ensure our travellers get the best experience they can.



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Holiday Highlights

Weekend City Breaks

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

SNCF's TGV service through France  
Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 3 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.

Sovata Train - © Alan Heywood  
'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.

Taliesin & special train in Minffordd yard - © Dan May  
Access All Areas

An in-depth tour of the Ffestiniog Railway, the world's oldest narrow gauge railway including areas not normally seen by the public.

Bridge on the Wutachtal Steam Railway  
Family Rail Breaks

Take a family rail holiday to Germany's Black Forest and discover a different destination whilst enjoying a sociable, relaxed way of travelling.

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200th Anniversary Waterloo

Mark the Bicentenary Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a visit to the famous battlefield is included in our rail tour of Belgium in June 2015.

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Customer Comments

Swiss Alpine Holiday – 10 to 24 September 2013

'The tour turned out to be exactly as advertised; intelligent, articulate and well informed group leader' – Mr D. Noad, Ontario, Canada

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  • 'Snowdonian' Rides Again

    Steam nonstop along 80 miles of narrow gauge track on board the 'Snowdonian'. Find out more about this special tailor made 'Snowdonian' mini-break.

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.