Düsseldorf – Exhibitions & Sightseeing

Modern DüsseldorfMultiple dates

The German city of Düsseldorf was named in the top 20 best places to live in 2018. Its modern architecture, art culture and vibrant social scene now rivals many well-known, higher profile cities. It has also gained a reputation for playing host to some of the world’s major international exhibitions and trade fairs, so welcomes both business and leisure travellers on a frequent basis. It is particularly famous for its fashion and trade fairs and plays host to food, leisure, sport, manufacturing and technology exhibitions.


Riga to St Petersburg by Train

St PetersburgMultiple dates

We arranged a bespoke rail itinerary for a group of four adults who wanted to tour the Baltic region, which included the countries of Latvia, Estonia and Russia. The 10-day tour allowed plenty of time to explore the sites of Riga, Tallinn, Tartu and St Petersburg. We arranged flights, all rail travel, some transfers and all accommodation, plus a sightseeing tour of St Petersburg.


The Wolsztyn Experience – Masuria Region

Wolsztyn- © to Bob CableThursday 11 July to Friday 19 July 2019

Travel to Poland by rail to join the Wolsztyn Experience for a memorable 5-day steam-hauled trip. Travel to Lodz on new track between Leszno and Ostrow, and onto Warsaw (again on new track), before continuing to the lakeland region of Masuria. Once in beautiful Masuria, cover the branch lines to Bartoszyce, Skandawa, Wielbark and Chorzele. On the return journey to Wolsztyn, travel the historic Ostbahn from Tczew to Pila.


The Wolsztyn Steam Experience – North West Poland

Cologne - © SeanPavonePhoto/Shutterstock.comTuesday 18 June to Tuesday 25 June 2019

Travel out to Poland by rail to join the Wolsztyn Experience for an unforgettable 4-day steam-hauled trip. Cover the North West corner of Poland, travelling around Szczecin and returning via Kostrzyn. Travel along the Ostbahn to Gorzow Wielkopolska and the Miedzyrzecz Parade, after which there will be a parallel running on the Berlin Main Line with another train from the Parade.


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.


Tailor Made Swiss Holiday

Cruise on Lake Lugano - © swiss-image.ch/Stephan EnglerMultiple dates

A relaxing holiday to Switzerland that includes rail journeys through awe inspiring scenery in 1st Class and time to explore Geneva, Zermatt and Lugano.


Alternative Orient Express

Gondola, Grand-Canal, Venice - © irenne56 via Pixabay1 June to 30 September Only

Agatha Christie’s famous book ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ brought the luxurious train ride to the attention of the world - boosted further by the successful 1974 film. A new film adaption of the novel was released in 2017. You don’t have to spend a fortune to experience this romantic railway route from Istanbul to Venice. Ffestiniog Travel arranged for Sunday Times chief travel writer Chris Haslam to travel via scheduled railways to get a regular traveller’s view of the journey. Here’s how you can follow in his footsteps.


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.



Chur, capital of Canton Graubuenden - © swiss-image.ch/Stephan EnglerMultiple dates

Series 1, Episode 4 Great Continental Railway Journeys. No Great Continental Rail Journey would be complete without Switzerland and this rail holiday allows you to enjoy the beauty of Switzerland's cities, mountains and lakes from the comfort of the train. You will be impressed by the engineering excellence of the Swiss rail network and your Swiss Pass allows you to explore more fully using other forms of transport including lake steams, trams and postbuses.


Prague to Munich

Prague - © Bob CableMultiple dates

Series 2, Episode 5 Great Continental Railway Journeys. For this GCRJ first take a plane to central Europe to follow Portillo's route from Prague, through Bohemia and Bavaria and on to Munich and take full advantage of the freedom offered by transport passes that allow you to explore your destinations and their wider areas in full.


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