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

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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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2016 Rail Holidays

2016 brochureOur 2016 brochure featuring all our escorted holidays for 2016 is now available. You can view all our rail tours on the website or order a printed copy of our colourful brochure to browse through at home. We hope it will inspire you to take a rail holiday with us. Check out our new holiday collections Small & Traditional - small escorted groups touring the yet untapped areas of Georgia, Romania and Bulgaria or join one of our escorted Rail Holidays Direct tours, ideal 'first time' rail holidays.

Christmas Rail Tours 2015

Prague at Christmas - © CzechTourism/Roman CestrWe will be visiting the beautiful cities of Dresden and Prague for our Christmas Market rail tours this year to enjoy some festive shopping and sample local culinary delights. As usual we have included some interesting railway visits within the itineraries so you can enjoy a little rail fun too. Full details of these and our annual Christmas & New Year in Switzerland escorted tour are now available on the website.

Worldwide Rail Tours

YD 2-8-2 with saloons on the Bago to Golden Rock line - © Michael WhitehouseWhere will the train take us in 2016? We are extremely excited about our first escorted rail tour to Burma in January 2016 which promises to be of particular interest to rail enthusiasts as several days are spent on the 2ft gauge Burma Mines Railway - an in-depth Burma blog written by Ffestiniog Travel tour leader Michael Whitehouse offers a taste of what you can expect. As well as our annual Indian Hill Railways tour we also visit Sri Lanka in early 2016 to enjoy the engineering excellence and stunning landscapes as we journey on the Viceroy special train. Other long-haul plane and train tours in 2016 include Alaska, Eastern Canada and the USA.

European Rail Tours

Aurora Borealis, TromsøNew European tours next year include visits to Bavaria, Eire and France plus a new UK tour exploring the Industrial Midlands. Full details of our Harz Autumn Gala 2015, Snow on the Alps tour and Northern Lights rail holiday can also be viewed in full now.

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Holiday Highlights

Christmas Rail Tours

Enjoy Christmas market shopping in Prague or Dresden or spend the festive season in Switzerland.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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Ffestiniog Travel provides 'out of hours' support for all independent travellers in the event of an emergency.

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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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  • Festive Perfection

    Spend the festive season in Switzerland on a 12-day holiday that combines seven nights in the scenic village of Wilderswil with four nights in picturesque Rapperswil, on the shores of Lake Zurich. Enjoy optional escorted excursions or explore independently with a first-class Swiss Pass.

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.