Grand Escorted Tours

Take a Grand Tour rail journey across magnificent viaducts and through great landscapes - © Theo Stolz
Grand Tours that travel through the great cities of Europe
Take a Grand Tour rail journey across magnificent viaducts and through great landscapes - © Theo Stolz
Grand Tours that travel through the great cities of Europe

The ‘Grand Tour’ was the traditional travel of Europe which flourished from 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s. We at Ffestiniog Travel believe it is the world’s railways that offer people the chance to experience more modern-day global ‘Grand Tours’. Railways offer a unique gateway to a country’s history, culture and landscape providing a means to discover the world in short holiday-size bursts that are educational, entertaining and relaxing.

Our Grand Rail Tours are designed to appeal to the traveller who wants to explore the world by rail and wants a good mix of culture, leisure, convivial company and comfortable accommodation during the journey. The destinations are the main appeal, but the journey itself is an integral part of the holiday. We hope our selection of ‘Grand Rail Tours’ offers the right mix of railways, destinations and cultural nourishment to tempt the traveller in you.

Holiday Highlights

Lyon  
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.

Lion's Mound, Monument raised on the battlefield of Waterloo - © www.shutterstock.com  
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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