Porto and the Douro Valley

Douro Valley - © Dario SilvaMultiple dates

Portugal’s Douro Valley is a stunning place to visit. As a rail tour operator we were delighted to help arrange a visit to the region for a couple who wanted to ride the famous historical train that runs alongside the river and through the World Heritage vineyard landscape.


Harz Explorer

Harz RailwayMultiple dates

Our tours to the world famous Harzer Schmalspurbahnen are very popular. Spend three days travelling on steam trains over 140km of narrow gauge lines through delightful countryside and discover the charming medieval towns of Wernigerode and Quedlinburg.


Sorrento, Florence & Turin

PompeiiMultiple dates

Italy is a living museum with cities and landmarks boasting a long and rich history. We recently created a Tailor Made tour for a couple who wished to explore a slice of Italian history and culture by train that included the Amalfi coast, the beautiful city of Florence and Turin in the north. This is a leisurely 2-week rail holiday, crossing Europe and journeying from the south to the north of Italy by train, soaking up its scenery and history en route.


Norway in a Nutshell

TrondheimMultiple dates

This tailor made tour to Norway was created for a Scottish couple who wanted to experience the country’s top sightseeing highlights. We arranged convenient flights from their nearest airport, Aberdeen to Trondheim, to keep road travel to a minimum. This tour combines travel through Norway’s stunning landscapes by train with city sightseeing to capture a taste of the interesting history and culture of the Scandinavian country.


Ancona & Switzerland by Car & Train

Glacier Express  - © Swiss TourismMultiple dates

We created Tailor Made 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.


Nîmes – French City Break by Train

The Esplanade in NîmesMultiple dates

Ffestiniog Travel’s expertise in providing rail tickets across Europe and advising on best routes were employed when a group of 4 wanted a relaxing short break to the French city of Nîmes in the Occitanie region of southern France. They wanted to avoid the often time-consuming airport route and go by train. France’s speedy TGV service enabled the Ffestiniog travellers to reach their destination in 7.5 hours from London, relaxed after a leisurely journey and with plenty of energy to explore the historic Roman city of Nîmes.


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.


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.


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.


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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