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A rail tour full of Irish charm

Created: 21 February 2023
The heart-warming, tragi-comedy Irish film, The Banshees of Inisherin, is enjoying major success during the current 2023 film awards season and looks set to make the Emerald Isle a popular destination this year. If you can't make it to the remote Aran Islands where the film is based why not see Ireland by rail with Ffestiniog Travel and get a full flavour of the famous Irish hospitality and culture. Explore Dublin, Galway, Limerick & Cork, take in the spectacular Galway coastline, enjoy nostalgic travel on the West Clare Steam Railway and wander along the wild cliffs and beaches of the Dingle Peninsula. This 10-day Far West of Ireland circular rail tour departs 22 June 2023 and costs from £1,995pp including all ferry, rail and road travel, B&B hotel accommodation, excursions and services of a tour leader.

Steam through Scotland this summer and discover stunning scenery and ancient landmarks

Created: 17 February 2023
This Ffestiniog Travel tour offers an exciting mix of spectacular rail travel, ancient sites and stunning scenery blended into a memorable holiday. See the best of the Scottish Highlands, journey on the famous Jacobite steam train along one of the most scenic rail routes in the world together with a nostalgic ride on the Strathspey Steam Railway. Travellers will enjoy a full day tour of the Orkney 'mainland', sailing to Stromness to meet a local guide and visit the oldest and best preserved Neolithic sites in Europe. Travel mainly by train to various destinations to explore Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso and Glasgow. Priced at £2,155pp this 11-day Scotland in the Summer tour departs 1 June 2023 and includes rail travel, half-board hotel accommodation, 2 lunches, excursions, ferry and coach travel,Travel Pass for independent sightseeing and the services of a tour leader throughout.

Slovakia by Train – a dedicated rail holiday

Created: 25 January 2023
For those who favour no-fly holidays, rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel offers a rail-only escorted tour to Slovakia for the first time. This 14-day rail adventure includes stays in Cologne and Dresden outbound and Vienna on return to enjoy European city culture as well as discovering Slovakia's tourist treasures. Experience the stunning scenery of the Low and High Tatra Mountains, discover the historic towns of Banska Stiavnica and Levoča and the breathtaking Spissky Castle as well as time in Bratislava. Rail travel through the country includes a journey on a charming forest railway and a Tatry travel card to enjoy scenic sightseeing on railways, trams and cable cars in the High Tatras. Departing 11 May 2023, the price £2,525pp (two sharing) includes all rail travel, travel cards, excursions, B&B hotel accommodation, 2 lunches , evening meal, UK tour leader and Slovakian guide.

Where an Ancient City Meets the Modern World – Ask Indiana Jones!

Created: 20 January 2023

Blockbuster film location sites have become 'must see' destinations for the touring traveller. The silver screen has inspired people to visit cities, islands and places of historical interest around the world since movies began.

Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel believes Sicily looks set to be the next cinema-draw destination in 2023 – not because of its famed 'The Godfather' links, but this time thanks to Indian Jones!

The Italian island plays host to the fifth instalment of the Indian Jones franchise - Dial of Destiny - which opens in cinemas at the end of June. The historic city of Siracusa with its Greek, Roman and Baroque heritage is a perfect backdrop for Harrison Ford's famous archaeologist.

The beautiful city is included in Ffestiniog Travel's Southern Italy & Sicily escorted rail tour which combines train journeys that travel through forested mountains, across unspoilt countryside and along sparkling coastlines with visits to historic landmarks and volcanoes.


Enjoy Classic Cowboy Country Aboard Pioneering Railroads

Created: 18 January 2023
Is the popularity of TV shows like The English, Yellowstone and prequel 1923 inspiring travellers to seek out 'Big Sky' destinations of the 'Old West'? Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel's Best of Colorado tour delivers classic cowboy country as you journey on six pioneering railroads through magnificent Rocky Mountain scenery. This 11-day US tour connects the best railroads in the state by private coach including Pikes Peak, the world's highest Cog Railway which re-opened in 2021 after 4 years; Durango & Silverton Railroad, voted Best Scenic Train Ride in America in 2022 by USA Today Readers and the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad, longest and highest steam railroad in North America. Departing 15 June 2023, this tour priced from £4,900pp (two sharing) includes flights, rail journeys, coach transfers, 'wild west' excursions, time in Denver, hotel stays, some lunches and tour leader.

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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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