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.


US Fly/Rail Holiday – Boston - New York - Washington, DC

Statue of Liberty with Lower Manhattan skyline - © dates

A great way to visit America’s Eastern Seaboard cities of Boston, New York and Washington, DC in one quick trip. After crossing the Atlantic no further flights will be required for you to enjoy the culture, history and buzz of these very different cities. Simply catch the train, sit back and enjoy the view as you are transported to each railway station conveniently situated in the heart of the cities.


South African Adventure

Pumba Msenge Bush Lodge resident - © Gilt-edgeMultiple dates

A fabulous 15-day holiday that will allow you to sample the many wonders South Africa has to offer from its precious natural resources, unforgettable game reserves to the incredible panoramas viewed from the elegant comfort of your train journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town. You will be beguiled by the contrasting landscapes offered by Kruger National Park to the breath-taking coastal beauty surrounding Cape Town.


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.


Far Eastern Jewels

Halong Bay, Vietnam - © Footprint Vietnam TravelMultiple dates

Mr Coates commented: "After Sheryl managed to get me back from China to the UK all the way by train in 2009, Ffestiniog Travel was my first stop for organising another trip to Asia in 2012. Yet again I had an amazing time experiencing everything from the bright lights of Singapore, to the camps in Cambodia, amazing views during a cruise of Halong Bay and Scuba diving for the first time off Phi Phi Island. Will be booking again soon for a trip to Japan."


Canada & New York

Ice Explorer at Columbia IcefieldMultiple dates

An amazing trip that mixes the cosmopolitan city charms of Vancouver, Toronto and New York with the raw beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Travel east from Vancouver on the famous Rocky Mountaineer through the snow-capped peaks and glaciers of the Rockies exploring national parks and take an ice tour of the Athabasca Glacier. A contrasting tour offering urban encounters and incredible scenic experiences.


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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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