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Enjoy Classic Cowboy Country Aboard Pioneering Railroads

Created: 18 January 2023
Is the popularity of TV shows like The English, Yellowstone and prequel 1923 inspiring travellers to seek out 'Big Sky' destinations of the 'Old West'? Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel's Best of Colorado tour delivers classic cowboy country as you journey on six pioneering railroads through magnificent Rocky Mountain scenery. This 11-day US tour connects the best railroads in the state by private coach including Pikes Peak, the world's highest Cog Railway which re-opened in 2021 after 4 years; Durango & Silverton Railroad, voted Best Scenic Train Ride in America in 2022 by USA Today Readers and the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad, longest and highest steam railroad in North America. Departing 15 June 2023, this tour priced from £4,900pp (two sharing) includes flights, rail journeys, coach transfers, 'wild west' excursions, time in Denver, hotel stays, some lunches and tour leader.
 

Switzerland breaks longest train world record – Explore the Rhaetian Railway - Departs 24 May 2023 – 7 days from £1,785pp

Created: 01 November 2022
Switzerland's UNESCO Rhaetian Railway set a new world record for the longest passenger train on 29 October. Measuring 1,910m the train travelled along the stunning Albula/Bernina route. You can experience this scenic journey on Ffestiniog Travel's Rhätischebahn Explorer escorted rail tour. A week's holiday exploring Switzerland's famous railway network. Experience unforgettable train journeys through the magnificent mountainous canton of Graubünden. Based in the picturesque town of Chur there is easy access to the railway network for independent sightseeing with a first-class travel pass or join escorted excursions with your tour leader including an amazing return journey on the Bernina Express, a three-course dinner on board the Gourmino dining train and rides on a Crocodile heritage train and the Rhine Gorge Experience train. The price flights, rail travel, B&B hotel accommodation, a welcome dinner, excursions and travel pass.
 

A Holiday Brochure That Breathes Optimism Back Into Train Travel

Created: 22 August 2022

Ffestiniog Travel launches its 2023 'Rail Holidays of the World' escorted tour collection that embraces a return to long-haul train travel touring – but book early!

Maria Cook, general manager at the independent specialist rail tour company comments: “As we emerged from the pandemic in 2022 we focused more on offering a choice of tours to destinations in the UK and Europe as people tentatively returned to travelling again.

“For 2023 we have taken the decision to extend our long-haul rail tour range as we feel people are ready to explore further afield and want to see more of the world once again. But we would urge people to book well ahead of departure date to avoid disappointment.

“As a small travel company we have to close bookings on our long-haul tours weeks in advance and often have to disappoint customers who are waiting to decide on a last minute holiday. We are hopeful that the recent 'last minute' trend will ease off as travel confidence improves and people return to planning and booking holidays months in advance. It will certainly help small travel companies trade out of the pandemic.”

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2022 Brochure Launch

Created: 16 September 2021

New tours, re-runs of cancelled debut rail holidays and many firm train travel favourites all feature in the new ‘Rail Holidays of the World’ 2022 Brochure.

Specialist rail tour operator Ffestiniog Travel is steaming ahead with plans to get travellers back on the touring train by offering 43 escorted tours over the next 15 months! It is hoped they will inspire a renewed sense of wanderlust among those keen to explore the world by train.

Says Maria Cook, General Manager: “It has been a very challenging 15 months due to the COVID pandemic, but we remain optimistic that our new escorted tour programme will run and appeal to existing and new customers. Many of our travellers, disappointed by ongoing tour cancellations, have rolled their bookings over to our 2022 departures. Our swift response to fully refunding customers when tours were cancelled has given them the confidence to book with us again.

“We are limiting numbers on each tour to a maximum of just 29 travellers, but it is worth emphasising that an average Ffestiniog Travel escorted tour size is usually around 16 passengers. We therefore encourage people to book early to avoid disappointment. In the event of us cancelling tours due to resurgence in COVID, customers will be fully reimbursed swiftly as per our refund policy. If a tour proves to be popular and becomes over-subscribed we will endeavour to arrange another departure

“As a small independent tour operator we can be flexible and adjust to an ever changing landscape. Smaller tour numbers also allow a level of flexibility within the holiday - our tour leaders are experienced and will adapt to each group of travellers according to its needs, including helping travellers make the best of any free time. On a Ffestiniog Travel escorted tour you can enjoy a private holiday within the security of a group!”

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Which? has rated us Green for Covid flexibility in the Which? HolidayChecker.

Created: 05 August 2021

Rail tour operator Ffestiniog Travel is delighted to have achieved ‘Green’ status on the Which? HolidayChecker. The consumer champion has published its own tool enabling travellers to check out the holiday companies with the best COVID-19 flexible booking arrangements.

Which? compared holiday providers’ Covid travel cancellation and refund policies to create the Holiday Checker. Those offering the best flexible booking options which didn’t leave customers out of pocket if circumstances changed were given a ‘Green’ rating – others were awarded ‘Amber’ and those deemed the worst were put on the ‘Red’ rating

Maria Cook, Ffestiniog Travel General Manager commented: “As a small, specialist independent tour operator we are delighted to firstly be acknowledged and secondly to achieve a good ‘Green’ rating for our COVID booking and refund policy.

“We have always put our customers first and despite the difficulties encountered by the pandemic we were able to do the right thing by our travellers and refund them fully in a matter of days when a rail tour was cancelled due to COVID. It is an approach that has resulted in customers booking with us again on our 2022 tours confident that should we cancel their money is safe.”

 

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  • 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
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