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Experience Snow on the Alps by Train

Created: 10 October 2016

Watch Switzerland’s majestic winter scenery unfold from the comfort of your carriage on a ten-day escorted tour that travels on the world-famous Glacier and Bernina Express trains, and through the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, with ample time for independent exploration, too. On free days, join accompanied excursions to Lucerne, Mürren, Arosa and Davos or explore independently using the first class Swiss Travel Pass that’s included with the holiday and covers the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway. Departing 22 February 2017, Snow on the Alps costs from £1,699 pp (two sharing) including standard class rail travel to/from Switzerland, first class Swiss Travel Pass, B&B (jn Basle, Interlaken & Chur), one dining car dinner and the services of a tour leader throughout. 


Danube Delta & the Carpathians by Rail

Created: 28 September 2016

Series five of BBC Two’s popular ‘Great Continental Railway Journeys’ pulled out of the sidings last week, episode one taking presenter Michael Portillo to Romania, where he travels from Transylvania to the Black Sea. Retrace several of his experiences on Danube Delta & the Carpathians, a 12-day escorted tour that uncovers some of Europe’s last true wilderness areas, visits the annual shepherding festival and traverses the spectacular Carpathian mountains by train. Departing 15 May 2017, the price is from £2,065 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), 11 nights’ accommodation, most meals, rail travel & excursions, and tour leader.


Travel Trends 2017

Created: 26 September 2016

Maria Cook, Ffestiniog Travel General Manager:  “Public affection for the Flying Scotsman and the popularity of TV series such as ‘Great Continental Railway Journeys’, ‘Full Steam Ahead’ and ‘Tracks Across America’ have prompted a wave of nostalgia for steam train travel and rail holidays in general, creating a surge in mainstream demand for tailor-made short breaks and escorted tours in the UK, Europe and worldwide.”

The famous Stars of Sandstone Heritage Steam Festival is among the highlights of a 16-day escorted tour from Ffestiniog Travel* (01766 772 030; Departing 22 March, South Africa & Stars of Sandstone costs from £3,995 pp (two sharing) including international (London) and internal flights, B&B (full board at Shamwari), all rail journeys & excursions, three game drives, welcome & farewell dinners, and tour leader throughout.


Hot Destinations for 2017 - Japan

Created: 22 September 2016

Enticingly delivered to the nation’s living rooms this autumn by one of the UK’s favourite presenters, ITV’s ‘Joanna Lumley’s Japan’ travels to some of this multi-faceted country’s most intriguing spots, inevitably prompting travellers to plan their own journey to The Land of the Rising Sun during 2017.

Ffestiniog Travel offers ‘Japan – A Land of Discovery’, an 18-day escorted tour - new for 2017 - that takes in three of Japan’s main islands, combining spectacular sightseeing with an array of tram and train journeys, plus a visit to the newly opened Kyoto Railway Museum. Departing 19 September 2017, the price is from £4,990 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), 14-day first class Japan Rail Pass, 16 nights’ B&B, welcome dinner, all rail journeys, excursions & transfers as per the itinerary, and the services of a tour leader from the UK plus a local guide in Japan. One overnight flight.


It's Never too Late to InterRail Around Europe

Created: 04 September 2016

Thought exploring by train was just for the youngsters? Think again.

Tailor-made rail journeys and ticketing services for the over 50s from Ffestiniog Travel. 

As summer draws to a close, and families up and down the country brace themselves for ‘back to school’ blues, others are gearing up to travel without the crowds, using Europe’s impressive and efficient rail network.

Says Maria Cook, General Manager at Ffestiniog Travel: “For the mature traveller and those without dependent, school-age children, autumn brings endless opportunities to explore Europe’s classic cities and glorious coast and countryside, journeying comfortably and efficiently by rail. Following the success of recent TV series featuring rail travel - including Michael Portillo’s Great Continental Rail Journeys, Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure and Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America - rail travel has seen real resurgence in popularity amongst travellers of all ages, including the over 50s.

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