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Ramble through a Romanian Rural Idyll fit for a King!

Created: 05 March 2024
Visit one of King Charles' favourite European spots and discover the birthplace of Count Dracula as you wander through Transylvania on a new 11-day Small & Traditional rail and rambling tour from Ffestiniog Travel. This escorted tour is limited to just 12 people and ideal for the over 50s traveller who enjoys rambling through pretty meadows and rolling hills surrounded by stunning mountains and forest scenery. Visit remote villages and experience a traditional way of life, staying in homestay guest houses and enjoying home grown meals. This 'away from it all' holiday includes a visit to Viscri where King Charles has a home and gets back to true nature. Departing 5 May 2024, the cost £2,825pp includes return flights, rail travel, private mini-coach, B&B accommodation, 3 picnic lunches, 8 evening meals, services of a tour leader throughout and a local professional Romanian guide.

Experience St David's Wales by Steam through Snowdonia

Created: 28 February 2024
To mark St David's Day, welsh-based rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel has announced a second Snowdonian Steam Special weekend break in September 2024. The highlight will be a journey on the aptly named Snowdonian train on an 80-mile trip through North Wales' spectacular Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park. Travel the full length of both the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways over the course of one unforgettable day and help raise funds for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal to support the continued preservation of the railways. The 3-day break also includes an in-depth tour of the famous Boston Lodge Workshops. Beginning on 20 September and costing £515pp (two sharing) it includes 2 nights' B&B 4* accommodation in Porthmadog, 1 dinner and 1 lunch plus a Snowdonian souvenir. Option to upgrade to a luxury stay at nearby Hotel Portmeirion in the famous Italianate village

Why the Fall of the Berlin Wall was a Gift to Rail Connoisseurs

Created: 26 February 2024

In the 35 years since the fall of the Berlin wall unified Germany has become a mecca for lovers of rail and steam travel with former Eastern Germany boasting some of the world's best narrow gauge lines that have become the inspiration of modern day rail holidays.

Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel is offering four escorted tours to Germany in 2024 that explores the country's train and tramway history from late 19th Century steam lines to ultra modern tram networks.


Tour Northern France by Train – 80 Years after the Allied Invasion!

Created: 15 February 2024
A new escorted tour by rail travel specialist Ffestiniog Travel explores Northern France in June 2024, visiting poignant landmarks that marked the beginning of the end of WWII in 1944. The 80th anniversary of D-Day occurs on 6 June 2024 and just three weeks later Ffestiniog travellers will visit the famous Pegasus Bridge, an important strategic win for the Allies. A 3-night stay in St.Malo, which endured a long siege before being liberated late summer 1944, bursts with history and was the setting of the recent Netflix film, All the Light We Cannot See, a beautifully filmed historical fiction set during the 1944 siege. Combined with stays in Amiens, Rouen, Quimper, Nantes and the stunning island Belle lle plus excursions on the Baie de Somme and Vendée Railways, this 15-day rail holiday delivers history, cuisine and spectacular coastline in abundance

Brontë Country is the place to visit in 2024!

Created: 30 January 2024
With Queen Camilla recently revealing Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights as one of her favourite novels and 2024 being the 175th anniversary of Anne Brontë's death and 100 years since the death of author E. Nesbitt who wrote The Railway Children – a tour of Brontë Country including journeys on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) – the setting of the beloved children's film – may be the perfect holiday pilgrimage this year! Rail tour specialist Ffestiniog Travel has a new 6-day transport-themed tour that uses vintage vehicles to explore the region around Haworth and includes an in-depth tour of the KWVR – led by a local expert who was an extra in The Railway Children film! Departs 16 June 2024 and the price £1,125pp (two sharing) includes all travel, B&B accommodation, excursions and services of an expert guide. See the full itinerary here.

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  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
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