Ffestiniog Travel have created five very different European rail holidays to tempt those looking for a mix of scenic journeys, new destinations, culture, history and a sprinkling of nostalgic heritage rail rides.

Consider exploring the Balkans by fly/rail and travel through five former Yugoslavian states admiring superb mountain and coastal scenery from the train. This 16-day tour, departing 6th May 2016, allows enough time to visit Dubrovnik, Mostar, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo. Ride the Šargan Eight narrow gauge railway and the wonderful rail line to Bar within an escorted group of fellow travellers, priced from £2,020pp.

A classic rail tour to Switzerland delivers amazing vistas of the Swiss Alps. This 15-day tour departs the UK by train, travelling along the River Rhine route to Switzerland on 18th May 2016. Be amazed by journeys on the Bernina & Glacier Express and during stays in Chur, Lucerne, Thun and Brig you can explore independently using a first class Swiss Pass, or join your escorted group on optional excursions at no extra charge. Price from £2,195pp.

An Irish Circular escorted rail tour is a fantastic way to enjoy the scenery, history and hospitality of the Emerald Isle. Spend 15 Days from 3rd June 2016 touring the country by train from Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Galway and Belfast. Visit charming heritage railways, museums and the Giant’s Causeway en route in the company of fellow holidaymakers. Priced from £2,540pp.

Why not visit Western Romania and the Danube Valley on a fly/rail escorted tour to discover remote, unspoiled rural scenery. Journey back in time to observe old farming methods and visit fortified Saxon cities, villages and a medieval citadel and indulge in local organic produce and hospitality. Romania’s steam railways offer a great way to travel through its rich landscape and a cruise on the River Danube delivers more amazing views. This 13-day tour departs on 14 June 2016 and is priced from £1,945pp

Consider discovering authentic Spain by taking the train through its north western green hills region. From Barcelona via Bilbao, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostela and Leon by train mixing city culture with scenic journeys. Visit the ‘glass city’ of Coruna and with a travel pass enjoy exploring the real Spain. A wonderful 15-day escorted tour departing 15th June 2016 that immerses you in the Spanish culture. Priced from £2,035pp.

For more details about these tours call Ffestiniog Travel on 01766 772030 or visit www.ffestiniogtravel.com