Ffestiniog Travel Newsletter April Newsletter 2012

April 2012

Welcome to the April edition of the Ffestiniog Travel Newsletter, in this issue: Luxury Trains, Spanish Trains, Swiss Pass Offer, Rail Passes and Harz Autumn Gala

Luxury Trains

Have you ever imagined travelling through some of the most beautiful scenery whilst being waited on hand and foot? Well why not take an adventure on one of Europes many and varied luxury trains.

The Glacier Express - Europes 'slowest' Express train - winds its way between Zermatt and St Moritz offering passengers a panoramic view across Switzerland through the trains large panoramic windows. A delicious three course lunch can be included enroute accompanied by one of the large selection of fine wines.

Or if you prefer unsurpassed luxury why not take the rail trip of a lifetime and travel on the Venice Simplon Orient Express. The Orient Express Journey is one of supreme luxury and elegance. Your journey starts in London Victoria station on the British Pullman train. Champagne is served on departure, followed by lunch with wine as you pass through the Kent countryside. After crossing the English Channel you join the train of wonderfully restored 1920's sleeping cars, your attendant will show you to your compartment as you set off across Europe. Dinner is available in one of the two or three different dining cars, and as you wake the following morning to the lakes and mountains of Switzerland an excellent continental breakfast is served to your cabin.

The Orient Express also goes to Rome, Budapest and Istanbul. If you're interested in travelling on one of these, or any of the amazing Luxury trains in the world don't hesitate to contact us.

To book, or for more information please contact Ffestiniog Travel on 01766 772050 or email dan.may@ffestiniogtravel.co.uk

Spanish Trains

If you are travelling in Spain why not ask about one of our amazing deals on AVE trains? Special fares have recently been released on some trains giving hugh discounts and if you would like to upgrade to Preferente or Club class then you receive a complimentary meal with wine and coffee included in the price!

Modern AVE trains travel on a seperate network to standard Spanish trains and offer a high speed service linking Madrid with many Spanich cities such as Barcelona, Malaga and Seville.

Swiss Pass Offer

Don't forget our special 2 for 1 offer available on 4 day Swiss passes in April and May as well as later on this year.

We are offering this 2 for 1 deal on the 4-day ‘Swiss Saver Pass’ and the 4-day ‘Swiss Saver Flexi Pass’ in both 1st or 2nd class for a minimum of two people travelling together at all times during the months of April, May, September, October and November this year.

The ‘Swiss Saver Pass 4 days’ allows you unlimited travel on 4 consecutive days on railways, boats and most alpine postbuses covering a network of over 16,000km.

The Pass also includes free entrance to up to 400 museums, free travel on transport services of 38 Swiss towns and cities and a 50% reduction on privately owned funicular and mountain railways. A 1st Class ‘Swiss Saver 4 days’ Pass costs £251 per person and a 2nd Class £157 per person. The cost to a couple travelling during the promotional months would be just this amount.

The ‘Swiss Saver Flexi Pass’ includes the same benefits as above, but travel dates can be selected individually during the validity of the one-month pass and does not need to be used on consecutive days. It allows for more flexibility during longer stays in Switzerland. A 1st Class Flexi Pass costs £289 per person and 2nd Class is £181 per person which would be the full cost for a couple during the promotional period.

Those with children may also be interested in the free Family Card which allows children aged 6-15 to travel within Switzerland free of charge if accompanied by one parent. A Family Card is available on request at the time of booking.

To book, or for more information please contact Ffestiniog Travel on 01766 772050 or email dan.may@ffestiniogtravel.co.uk.

Rail passes

In addition to the great prices available on our Interrail and Swiss rail passes, did you know that we can also issue the BeNeLux Tourrail pass, and the Balkans rail pass?

The Balkans Balkan Flexipass offers unlimited First Class Rail travel in Bulgaria, Greece, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYRM), Serbia and Montenegro (former Yugoslavia), Romania and Turkey. Travel is available for 5, 10 and 15 days within a month and fares start from £159 per person.

If you have guests from overseas visiting why not suggest they explore Britain with one of our BritRail passes? These passes aren't valid to UK residents, although we do have a special discount for those travelling with foreign guests at all times.

Travelling further afield? Please ask about our range of Australian, Japanese and North American passes.

Harz Autumn Gala

Fascinating visits to the Harz Mountains are a regular occurrence in our programme and this year is no exception. This year we will be based in Quedlinburg, the old town of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will ride a special train with vintage loco and rolling stock, making stops at photographic vantage points which are carefully selected.

This escorted holiday costs £945.00 per person, based on two sharing. For more information please check out our website www.ffestiniogtravel.com

To book, or for more information please contact Ffestiniog Travel on 01766 772050 or email dan.may@ffestiniogtravel.co.uk

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