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Take the Train to Tyrol’s Pistes

Tyrol snowy landscapeMultiple dates

Europe has enjoyed bumper snow this winter and the skiers look set to continue to enjoy it’s bounty throughout March. One of the most outstanding ski areas is Tyrol in Austria, but what is the best way of getting there and exploring the whole region to make the most of a winter trip? Sunday Times writer Robert Mellor, travelled to and around Tyrol by train and credited Ffestiniog Travel as the “go-to folks for hassle-free, one-stop train ticket booking”. So we have created a 9-day tour based on Robert’s ski route for those who would prefer to take the train to Tryrol’s pistes.

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The Alps and More

Albula ValleyMultiple dates

A selection of wonderfully scenic rail journeys in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria together with visits to steam hauled tourist lines and free time in Vienna, makes this a holiday to suit all tastes.

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The Black Forest to Hannover

Black Forest Lake, Titisee, Germany - © PixabayMultiple dates

Series 4, Episode 5, Great Continental Rail Journeys. Michael Portillo discovers how the story of Hansel and Gretel helped unify the nation and how the nation’s manufacturing reputation was shaped in the early 18th Century.

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The Blue Train – South Africa

Table Mountain at sunsetMultiple dates

The Blue Train traverses South Africa, travelling through breath-taking scenery. Kings and presidents have travelled aboard and been indulged by the opulence of this magnificent, five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. You too can travel like royalty and celebrities and experience spectacular luxury and an unforgettable train journey.

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The Green Hills of Spain

Fishing port of Bermeo near Bilbao - © Jose Ignacio Soto/www.shutterstock.comMultiple dates

Combine the most scenic railway journeys of the “Green” coast of North Spain with its vibrant cities. Travel by rail on many metre gauge lines and explore Bilbao, Leon and Santiago de Compostela. This Tailored Rail tour is entirely by train and is a wonderful way to see this beautiful part of Spain and its stunning beaches.

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Train Across Norway’s Arctic Circle

The Dorvefjell in NorwayMultiple dates

Spend a week taking in the amazing landscapes of Norway as you travel by train through valleys and mountains towards the Arctic Circle, with time to enjoy some Norwegian city culture and history too.

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Transylvania to the Black Sea

Bucharest - © Alan HeywoodMultiple dates

Series 5, Episode 1, Great Continental Rail Journeys. With Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania. He encounters a bloodsucking vampire in Transylvania and brown bears in the Carpathian forest before visiting a fairy tale castle with modern conveniences in Sinaia, striking oil in Ploeşti, tapping into the nation's musical soul in Bucharest and loading cargo from a 100-foot crane in Constanta.

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Tula to St Petersburg

Red Square, MoscowMultiple dates

Series 3, Episode 1 Great Continental Railway Journeys. In this episode Michael Portillo travels through Russia, visiting the onion domes and icons of Tula and Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, before exploring the city of St Petersburg.

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Turin to Venice

La Scala Opera House, MilanMultiple dates

Series 2, Episode 2 Great Continental Railway Journeys. In this Great Continental Railway Journey you get a real taste of Northern Italy as you follow Portillo's rail journey from Turin to Venice enjoying a real flavour of Italy's culture, history and food. Sample the delights of Milan, Como and Verona en route to Venice.

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US Fly/Rail Holiday – Boston - New York - Washington, DC

Statue of Liberty with Lower Manhattan skyline - © shutterstock.com/PisaphotographyMultiple dates

A great way to visit America’s Eastern Seaboard cities of Boston, New York and Washington, DC in one quick trip. After crossing the Atlantic no further flights will be required for you to enjoy the culture, history and buzz of these very different cities. Simply catch the train, sit back and enjoy the view as you are transported to each railway station conveniently situated in the heart of the cities.

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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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