Private Group Tours

Ffestiniog Travel provide travel expertise for numerous interest and travel groups or families who wish to pursue their hobbies and activities further afield or visit a particular country, event or railway. Numbers can range from a personal family holiday to small private groups of just 5 to up to 30 or more depending on destination. As an escorted tour operator we regularly deal with groups of travellers requiring block bookings on trains, planes and at hotels to destinations around the world. We have a very busy rail and flight Ticket Only department which allows us to create tailor made tours for families and groups of all sizes who want to plan their own route, sightseeing venues and departure dates. We can also provide a tour leader if required (subject to size of group).

The train is a great way for families and private groups to travel through Europe. We can arrange reserved seating, allowing travellers and groups to travel in a safe and comfortable, sociable atmosphere whilst sitting back and admiring the views. A major benefit of group travel is the ability to arrange private charters for day excursions where possible.

We have particular specialism in arranging holidays for rail enthusiasts who want to explore heritage railways around the world. We also provide a service to wider special interest groups, arranging travel and accommodation for organisations such as geology and music groups, gardening clubs, history and art societies. Most private groups have their own tour guides who are experts in their field of interest.

If you organise group excursions for special interest groups, organisations and educational institutions or would like to arrange a family holiday please do contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01766 512400 to discuss your requirements.

Here are examples of tours we have arranged for groups:

Private Group Tours to the Isle of Man

Castle Rushen - © Isle of Man TourismMultiple dates

The Isle of Man is one of the UK’s hidden gems with vintage transport systems that literally take you back in time. Ffestiniog Travel has been running tours to the Isle of Man for over 20 years as it boasts wonderful, old-fashioned transportation, from steam railways, trams and even horse drawn trams. We run tours that explore the island and focus on its culture and history or for transport enthusiasts we can arrange ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the working railways and trams.


Private Group Tours to Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle - © Kate BerryMultiple dates

Travelling around Scotland by train is one of the most rewarding ways to see the very best of this wild and beautiful country. You can sit back and enjoy some incredible views and experience some unforgettable journeys, including a ride on the West Highland Line, made famous by the Harry Potter films, and named best rail journey in Britain in 2019 for the second year running by top travel magazine Wanderlust.


Germany’s Harz Mountains – Heritage, Scenery and Steam Railway Tours

Harz RailwayMultiple dates

Ffestiniog Travel has been escorting groups to Germany’s stunning Harz Mountain region for nearly 20 years – it provides an interesting peak behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ where a picturesque landscape, enchanting medieval towns and a fantastic steam railway provides a wonderful nostalgic journey into Germany’s past. An ideal destination for families and private groups from rail enthusiasts to history lovers.


England’s Heritage Railways - Short Tour Breaks

Bluebell Railway - © Nicola Pulham/shutterstockMultiple dates

Heritage Railways around the world have become major tourist attractions, drawing in over hundreds of thousands of visitors annually who wish to immerse themselves in lovingly recreated time capsules and travel through some scenic landscapes. England boasts many historic railways across the country and they provide a wonderful backdrop from which to create short breaks for families or groups that wish to tour and explore the various regions of England by heritage railway.


Group Rail Tours to Switzerland

Glacier Express on the Landwasser Viaduct, Graubuenden - © BadruttMultiple dates

Switzerland has so much to offer travel groups - majestic mountain views, lakeside landscapes and picture postcard cities and towns. Ffestiniog Travel has a special connection to Switzerland as our very first overseas escorted tour was to the Swiss Alps back in 1974 and we have continued to explore the country by train several times each year ever since.


Specialist Tours to Romania

Peles Castle, RomaniaMultiple dates

Variously described as “Europe’s last wilderness” and “Europe’s best kept secret”, Romania is a true gem of a destination. With a rich and varied history, stunning mountain scenery and a rural way of life unchanged for centuries, it has a charm of its own and yet is almost unknown. Amongst its many attractions is Transylvania with its castles and unspoiled forests and mountains, still home to bears, wolves and other rare fauna.


North Wales, Snowdonia & Steam Engines

Llangollen Railway - © David WilcockMultiple dates

Ffestiniog Travel’s roots lie in North Wales and as a sister company to the world famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways we are perfectly placed to offer family and private group breaks to this beautiful north west corner of Wales and provide an opportunity to experience its many steam railway gems. Below are just a few options to consider or we can create an alternative, bespoke itinerary based on your criteria, length of trip and the number of travellers in your family or private group.


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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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