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.


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 - © 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.


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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
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  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service