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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; www.ffestiniogtravel.com). 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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Ffestiniog Travel Steams Towards 2017

Created: 30 August 2016

2017 sees new escorted tours to Uzbekistan, Cambodia & Vietnam, South Africa & the famous Stars of Sandstone Heritage Steam Festival alongside fascinating new itineraries in the UK and Europe.

Without seeking to wish the summer away, now’s the perfect time to start planning a 2017 escape… particularly if you’re keen to venture further afield or to try something a little bit different. Rail travel enthusiasts already researching next year’s adventure are in for a particular treat, with specialist tour operator Ffestiniog Travel’s latest release of escorted tours – a record 38 in total – some aimed at train aficionados, while others will appeal to those who simply enjoy sitting back and exploring the world from the comfort of their carriage.

Ffestiniog Travel's forthcoming escorted tour programme has many new tours and several established favourites, such as Switzerland’s Snow on the Alps (departs 22 February 2017, nine nights from £1,699 pp*) and Indian Hill Railways (departs 19 February 2017, 20 nights from £4,645 pp*).

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Celebrate St David’s Day by Planning a Welsh Rail Holiday

Created: 01 March 2016

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! (or ‘Happy St. David’s Day’ in Welsh)

As Welsh men and women around the world celebrate their national day, and dazzling displays of the Welsh national flower (the daffodil) pop up across the UK in a clear sign that Spring is on its way, what better time than now to start planning a visit to Wales?

As renowned for the warmth of its welcome as it is for its spectacular scenery, strong sense of cultural identity and rich history, Wales offers something for everyone – whether visiting for a few days or taking a little longer to explore. And for train enthusiasts in particular, there can be few more fascinating countries through which to travel, using some of Wales’ impressive heritage railways that include the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway, the Ffestiniog Railway, and the UK’s longest and newest narrow gauge railway, the Welsh Highland Railway.

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