Canada Cities by Train

Night skyline of MontrealMultiple dates

Canada is a vast country, but you can see a lot of it at ground level if you take the train! We arranged a Tailor Made holiday for a customer who wished to visit four of the country’s major cities - Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec and Montreal in just 8 days! Canada’s excellent railways allowed the traveller to sit back and journey through wonderful landscapes to reach the city destinations.


Great Canadian Rail Journey

Light Train between Quebec City and La MalbaieMultiple dates

January 2019 saw the launch of Michael Portillo’s new BBC ‘Great Railways’ series which saw him explore Alaska and Canada by train. This 16-day tour captures elements of the journey he takes in the Great Canadian Railway Journeys series. It takes you from the Atlantic port of Halifax, Nova Scotia to vibrant Vancouver in British Columbia.


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 Tailor Made 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.


Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos

Machu Picchu - © Bob CableMultiple dates

This is an epic journey we arranged for a group of 4 adults who wanted to experience the abundant historic, cultural and environmental jewels of Peru and Ecuador AND some memorable train journeys. To make the most of the trip one of the couples extended their travels and spent an amazing five days cruising around the remote and exceptional Galapagos to make this a ‘holiday of a lifetime’!


California Adventure + California Zephyr to Chicago

California State Railroad Museum  - © Tony WillmoreMultiple dates

We put together this Tailor Made tour for a couple who wanted to see as much of California and Western USA as possible during an 18-day trip. They understood that travelling by train would give them an excellent view of the Pacific Coastline and the changing landscapes through the western US states to Chicago. We organised all travel and accommodation and arranged excursions specific to their requests.


From Western Australia to the Great Barrier Reef

Hong Kong Aberdeen Harbour - © Ramona CazacuMultiple dates

This Tailor Made tour was created for a couple who wanted to make the most of their chosen flight route to Australia and were specific about what they wanted to see Down Under. A combination of rail and plane allowed them to enjoy Perth, Melbourne and the Great Barrier Reef with stop overs in Dubai and Hong Kong outbound and return.


San Antonio to New York

Empire State BuildingMultiple dates

The final part of this epic journey across America sees Billy Connolly travel from San Antonio in Texas and head north along the soulful Crescent Route to New York - a ‘Big Easy’ journey to the ‘Big Apple’ You too can follow this colourful route in this itinerary that mirrors Billy’s journey.


Seattle to Dallas

Mount Shasta, CaliforniaMultiple dates

In the second episode of this ITV series, Billy Connolly’s American railway adventure continues as he journeys on the jewel in the crown of America’s rail network. You too can hurtle past jaw dropping vistas of land and sea along the West Coast and Pacific Ocean as you ride the Coast Starlight route from Seattle via San Francisco down to Los Angeles. Then travel by train to Dallas across ‘Big Country’ and ‘under ‘Big Skies’.


Chicago to Seattle

SeattleMultiple dates

Iconic comedian and actor Billy Connelly circumnavigates all four corners of the United States by train in his latest ITV travel series. You can follow in Billy’s footsteps as Ffestiniog Travel have created rail tour itineraries that mirror each of the first three episodes. In Episode 1 Billy Connolly begins his rail journey in Chicago and travels on the Empire Builder train to Seattle, visiting Montana's answer to Glasgow (named after his own home city) en route and much more.


Going East by Train – Trans-Mongolian Railway Odyssey

The Trans Siberian ExpressMultiple dates

Travel by train from London to Hong Kong on a route that goes via Moscow to Beijing on the iconic Trans-Mongolian Express. This 18-day rail odyssey allows time to explore these three very different destinations while you sit back and enjoy the changing scenery as you travel by land enjoying the view from the comfort of your rail carriage armchair.


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  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
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