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Hands-on Isle of Man Railway experience in a special anniversary year

Created: 02 March 2023
With two railways celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2023 this is the year to visit the Isle of Man and indulge in its wonderful vintage transport heritage. The Isle of Man Steam Railway is 150 years old and the Manx Electric Railway celebrates its 130th birthday. Go behind the scenes of both and enjoy footplate rides and drive a tram on Ffestiniog Travel's 8-day Isle of Man Driving Experience tour. This pretty island is a hidden gem for steam travel and old-fashioned transportation and this tour includes them all with many hands-on extras and behind the scenes guided tours. A great way to explore this pretty island. Departing 11 September 2023, this tour costs from £1,810pp and includes hotel B&B accommodation, a Go Explore travel card, excursions, 3 dinners, 3 lunches and the services of a tour leader throughout.

Discover St David's Wales from north to south by heritage railways

Created: 24 February 2023
Wales is well known for its daffodils, dragons, leeks and castles, but it also boasts some of the world's best heritage railways. So why not explore this scenic country onboard the 'Great Little Trains of Wales'? Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel takes you on a 13-day escorted journey through stunning mountain, valley and coastal scenery. Ride the Welsh Highland Railway through Snowdonia National Park, the Ffestiniog Railway via dramatic UNESCO slate landscapes, reach the summit of Snowdon on the Snowdon Mountain Railway and travel south to Cardiff via the Talyllyn, Vale of Rheidol and Brecon Mountain Railways. En route you will visit some of Wales's finest cultural highlights including the Italianate village of Portmeirion, Powis, Caerphilly and Cardiff Castles, St Fagan's Museum and enjoy an aqueduct cruise. Departs 14 September 2023 and costs from £2,450pp.

A rail tour full of Irish charm

Created: 21 February 2023
The heart-warming, tragi-comedy Irish film, The Banshees of Inisherin, is enjoying major success during the current 2023 film awards season and looks set to make the Emerald Isle a popular destination this year. If you can't make it to the remote Aran Islands where the film is based why not see Ireland by rail with Ffestiniog Travel and get a full flavour of the famous Irish hospitality and culture. Explore Dublin, Galway, Limerick & Cork, take in the spectacular Galway coastline, enjoy nostalgic travel on the West Clare Steam Railway and wander along the wild cliffs and beaches of the Dingle Peninsula. This 10-day Far West of Ireland circular rail tour departs 22 June 2023 and costs from £1,995pp including all ferry, rail and road travel, B&B hotel accommodation, excursions and services of a tour leader.

Steam through Scotland this summer and discover stunning scenery and ancient landmarks

Created: 17 February 2023
This Ffestiniog Travel tour offers an exciting mix of spectacular rail travel, ancient sites and stunning scenery blended into a memorable holiday. See the best of the Scottish Highlands, journey on the famous Jacobite steam train along one of the most scenic rail routes in the world together with a nostalgic ride on the Strathspey Steam Railway. Travellers will enjoy a full day tour of the Orkney 'mainland', sailing to Stromness to meet a local guide and visit the oldest and best preserved Neolithic sites in Europe. Travel mainly by train to various destinations to explore Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso and Glasgow. Priced at £2,155pp this 11-day Scotland in the Summer tour departs 1 June 2023 and includes rail travel, half-board hotel accommodation, 2 lunches, excursions, ferry and coach travel,Travel Pass for independent sightseeing and the services of a tour leader throughout.

Slovakia by Train – a dedicated rail holiday

Created: 25 January 2023
For those who favour no-fly holidays, rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel offers a rail-only escorted tour to Slovakia for the first time. This 14-day rail adventure includes stays in Cologne and Dresden outbound and Vienna on return to enjoy European city culture as well as discovering Slovakia's tourist treasures. Experience the stunning scenery of the Low and High Tatra Mountains, discover the historic towns of Banska Stiavnica and Levoča and the breathtaking Spissky Castle as well as time in Bratislava. Rail travel through the country includes a journey on a charming forest railway and a Tatry travel card to enjoy scenic sightseeing on railways, trams and cable cars in the High Tatras. Departing 11 May 2023, the price £2,525pp (two sharing) includes all rail travel, travel cards, excursions, B&B hotel accommodation, 2 lunches , evening meal, UK tour leader and Slovakian guide.

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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

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