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Why the Fall of the Berlin Wall was a Gift to Rail Connoisseurs

Created: 26 February 2024

In the 35 years since the fall of the Berlin wall unified Germany has become a mecca for lovers of rail and steam travel with former Eastern Germany boasting some of the world's best narrow gauge lines that have become the inspiration of modern day rail holidays.

Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel is offering four escorted tours to Germany in 2024 that explores the country's train and tramway history from late 19th Century steam lines to ultra modern tram networks.


Tour Northern France by Train – 80 Years after the Allied Invasion!

Created: 15 February 2024
A new escorted tour by rail travel specialist Ffestiniog Travel explores Northern France in June 2024, visiting poignant landmarks that marked the beginning of the end of WWII in 1944. The 80th anniversary of D-Day occurs on 6 June 2024 and just three weeks later Ffestiniog travellers will visit the famous Pegasus Bridge, an important strategic win for the Allies. A 3-night stay in St.Malo, which endured a long siege before being liberated late summer 1944, bursts with history and was the setting of the recent Netflix film, All the Light We Cannot See, a beautifully filmed historical fiction set during the 1944 siege. Combined with stays in Amiens, Rouen, Quimper, Nantes and the stunning island Belle lle plus excursions on the Baie de Somme and Vendée Railways, this 15-day rail holiday delivers history, cuisine and spectacular coastline in abundance

Brontë Country is the place to visit in 2024!

Created: 30 January 2024
With Queen Camilla recently revealing Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights as one of her favourite novels and 2024 being the 175th anniversary of Anne Brontë's death and 100 years since the death of author E. Nesbitt who wrote The Railway Children – a tour of Brontë Country including journeys on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) – the setting of the beloved children's film – may be the perfect holiday pilgrimage this year! Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel has a new 6-day transport-themed tour that uses vintage vehicles to explore the region around Haworth and includes an in-depth tour of the KWVR – led by a local expert who was an extra in The Railway Children film! Departs 16 June 2024 and the price £1,125pp (two sharing) includes all travel, B&B accommodation, excursions and services of an expert guide. See the full itinerary here.

Coastal rail journeys, vintage railroads and even a wine train!

Created: 07 February 2024
From a unique gourmet wine train experience through California's Napa Valley, steam-hauled journeys on vintage railroads to visiting Alcatraz – exactly 90 years since it became a prison - rail tour operator Ffestiniog Travel proves you can see more of a far-flung country within the timeframe of a 2-week holiday by plane then train. Its 15-day West Coast USA rail holiday journeys from Seattle to San Francisco on board Amtrak's Coast Starlight, following the Pacific coastline through Washington State, Oregon and California. The stunning scenery of the Cascade Ranges, Columbia River Gorge and Sacramento River contrasts perfectly with city sightseeing in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. Departing 9 June 2024 and priced at £4,535pp (two sharing) this tour includes return flights, all rail travel, excursions, B&B hotel accommodation and services of a tour leader. See the full itinerary here

10 of the Best Rail Journeys from 50 Years of Train Travel!

Created: 16 January 2024

Having spent the last 50 years travelling thousands of miles around the world by train, how do you choose your top ten rail journeys?

As part of rail tour operator Ffestiniog Travel's 50th anniversary celebrations, its founder Alan Heywood was invited to do just that.  Since leading his very first tour to Switzerland in 1974, Alan has escorted hundreds of rail travellers around the globe – and continues to do so at the age of 83! In 2024 he will once again return to Switzerland and lead tours to Romania, Georgia, Armenia and Slovenia!

With so many rail journeys to choose from, he has managed to select his top 10 personal favourites and briefly explains why:


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  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
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