Grand Escorted Tours
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
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
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
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 Uzbekistan. See more details
Rail Holidays Direct
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.

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Rail Holiday Reviews


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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.

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2017 Escorted Rail Tours

CoverWhatever type of holiday you are planning for 2017 why not take a look at our Rail Holidays of the World 2017 Brochure containing a record 38 escorted rail holiday options, offering a broad range of destinations and types of tours. 

For a truly wonderful winter break consider our Snow on the Alps tour in February 2017 which journeys through the beautiful Swiss mountains by train. We return to India in February 2017 for our annual tour that takes in the three magnificent railways that served the former British Hill Stations.

We look forward to discovering new destinations including Uzbekistan , which we will be visiting three times, and Cambodia as part of a combined tour with Vietnam and the Mekong Delta.  There is lots to tempt the rail enthusiast such as a Bulgaria by Steam tour that includes private charter journeys on Boris III's Royal Train, a tour to coincide with the Dresden Steam Festival and combined tram and train tours that discover the tram systems of Central Europe, Northern Germany, Sweden and England .

We have also extended our Rail Holidays Direct and Small & Traditional range with visits to Romania's Danube Delta and The Carpathians, Strasbourg and Bruges. If you are inspired by any of our tours please book online or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. To obtain a hard copy of our 2017 Brochure, call 01766 772030 or click below.

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Holiday Highlights

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Dresden Steam Festival
A great 8-day rail holiday that combines a visit to the Dresden Steam Festival and much more.
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Bulgaria by Steam
A chance to ride the fabulous Royal Train on a private charter through Bulgaria’s most scenic areas.
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GCRJs – Romania by Rail
In GCRJ’s latest series 5 there was a great episode on Romania. If inspired consider our Romanian Small & Traditional tour.
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USA Solar Eclipse 2017

A special tour to see the USA Solar Eclipse in August 2017 and includes substantial railway content too.

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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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  • Dresden Steam Festival

    Join our escorted tour to Dresden in April 2017 and enjoy the group benefits of a 2-day visit to the Dresden Steam Festival and much more.

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.