Ffestiniog Travel is offering a selection of escorted tours to the Americas, departing this September and October.

Encompassing itineraries aimed at travellers wishing to explore the world by train, as well as one aimed at those with a specific passion for railways, each holiday offers cultural sightseeing, comfortable accommodation and time to explore independently as required.

An experienced tour leader accompanies the group from London and throughout the tour, joined on the Peru & Bolivia trip by English-speaking local guides to assist and act as interpreters as required. As an example and new for 2018 is the operator's first dedicated tour to the US' Golden State, which features many of the locations featured in the current series of Michael Portillo’s Great American Railroad Journeys (BBC Two).

Guests will travel along the scenic west coast on Amtrak’s ‘Coast Starlight’ train, ride San Francisco’s iconic cable cars and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, one of the world’s widest gauge trains), ride behind Shay locomotives on the Redwood Forest Steam Railroad and Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, and hop on the Beach Train, a classic American ‘short line’ along the San Lorenzo River Gorge to Santa Cruz.

The two-week rail odyssey also includes journeys on the California Western Railroad’s ‘Skunk Train’ and Napa Valley Wine Train (with evening meal on board), a visit to the Sacramento Railroad Museum and a lunch excursion on the Sacramento River Train, as well as plenty of sightseeing opportunities and the chance to spend two nights on the Queen Mary and three nights on a paddlewheel river boat, the Delta King.

Departing on September 4, the 15-day holiday costs from £4,655 per person, based on two sharing and including flights, transfers, all rail travel and excursions as per the itinerary, room-only accommodation, two lunches, two dinners, San Francisco Visitor Passport for use on historic streetcars, cable cars, Mini buses and trams and Muni Metro, plus the services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour.

For more information call 01766-512400, email info@ffestiniogtravel.co.uk or visit ffestiniogtravel.com

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