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Shongololo Express – Southern Cross Tour

Victoria FallsNorthbound: 18 April 2019, 13 June 2019, 8 August 2019, 2 January 2020, 20 February 2020, 16 April 2020, 11 June 2020, 6 August 2020, 22 October 2020
Southbound: 2 May 2019, 27 June 2019, 19 September 2019, 3 October 2019, 16 January 2020, 5 March 2020, 30 April 2020, 25 June 2020, 17 September 2020, 5 November 2020

An incredible 12-day rail journey that travels through South Africa, passing through five countries en route. The journey has been carefully crafted to deliver stunning experiences each and every day.


African Collage

Knysna LagoonSouthbound: 30 October 2019, 20 May 2020, 28 October 2020
Northbound: 11 November 2019, 4 February 2020, 9 November 2020

This panoramic 10-day rail sojourn winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. Keen golfers can enjoy tee off at various golf courses en route or join other guests on numerous game drives and wildlife excursions. Enjoy the comfort and luxury Rovos Rail provides on board the train as you journey across the beautiful landscape of South Africa.


Shongololo Express - Good Hope Tour

Station building - © Rovos RailSouthbound: 3 October 2019, 30 January 2020, 1 October 2020
Northbound: 19 March 2019, 3 October 2019, 17 March 2020, 17 November 2020

Travel in comfort and luxury on this touring train that attends to your every need from relaxing accommodation to quality food. This 15-day journey offers an amazing and comprehensive view of South Africa, incorporating virtually every internationally regarded ‘must see’ sight and highlight. As the train travels the length and breadth of the country, guests can enjoy the great variety of landscapes, shorelines, cultures, lifestyles and cuisine that the South African Rainbow Nation has to offer.


A Dylan Thomas Rail Tour

Constitution Hill, near Aberystwyth - © Tony BrindleyMultiple dates

We have created a 5-day break that pays homage to the work and life of Wales’ great poet Dylan Thomas. Visit Swansea, the town of his birth and the famous boathouse in Laugharne where he spent the last years of his life. As rail experts we have also included wonderful scenic rail journeys during this break that take you through the heart of Wales, known aptly as the ‘land of poets’.


A Taste of Italy – Padova, Bologna & Stresa

Padova, ItalyMultiple dates

Ffestiniog Travel created this 14-day rail tour for a couple who wanted to experience a varied taste of Italy by visiting three different Italian destinations. They travelled by train from London across Europe to enjoy stays in Padova, Bologna and Stresa.


A Taste of Taiwan

Taroko GorgeMultiple dates

Taiwan is a relatively unexplored treasure offering breathtaking scenery, fascinating history and exotic cultures. Here is a brief tour showcasing Taiwan’s highlights.


Adventures Down Under

Southbank, Melbourne - © Tourism Australia/Time Out Australia/Roberto SebaMultiple dates

After the unavoidable long-haul flight to Australia via Singapore the last thing you will want to do is take an internal flight. So why not discover a part of this beautiful continent by train and visit the three very different but interesting cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Enjoy the raw scenic beauty of this country from the comfort of the train and en route sample Australia's many pleasures - its food, wine, city culture and outdoor lifestyle.


Alaska – Glaciers & Wildlife

Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise down the Chena RiverMultiple dates

If you saw Michael Portillo’s new Great Alaskan Railroads series which began on BBC2 on 7th January 2019 you too may be inspired to head to the USA’s ‘Last Frontier’. We have produced a Tailored Rail tour that follows Portillo and combines some of Alaska's most famous attractions including Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Travel the entire Alaska Railroad and sit back to enjoy the amazing scenery along this coastal and interior route. There’s also a chance to see Alaska’s ‘Big Five’ – bears, moose, wolves, caribou and Dall sheep.


Amsterdam Direct

Eurostar - © Rail EuropeMultiple dates

Amsterdam is the perfect location for a European short break, and now thanks to the introduction of the new direct Eurostar service the Dutch capital is closer than you think. Explore the city’s elaborate canal system and artistic heritage on this short 3-night break and enjoy a journey back in time on the Hoorn to Medemblik Railway and a visit to the Netherland’s National Railway Museum.


Ancona & Switzerland by Car & Train

Glacier Express  - © Swiss TourismMultiple dates

We created Tailored Rail travel arrangements for a couple who wanted to explore the Ancona region of Italy by car and explore the Swiss Alps by rail. The Swiss part of the trip included journeys on both the Glacier and Bernina Express trains. Ffestiniog Travel arranged all travel, accommodation in Switzerland and supplied Swiss Travel Passes for unlimited travel on public transport including trains, trams and postbuses.


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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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