Ffestiniog Travel signals six new escorted rail tours in 2021

Rail specialist Ffestiniog Travel features six new tours in its 2021 programme. The brochure offers 55 holidays

in total, including its complete range of 43 escorted rail tours, with the rest tailor-made options. The six new tours include

three originally planned for 2020, including an inaugural visit to

Isle of Arran

Kyrgyzstan, which were cancelled due to Covid-19. Escorted tours are divided into

categories, with 18 Grand Rail Tours, 17 Connoisseur Rail Tours and eight Small & Traditional Tours. The six new tours are a 14-day

Magical Morocco grand tour, from £1,995; 12-day Caspian to the Black Sea grand tour, from £1,897; 15-day

Behind the Scenes in Central Europe connoisseur tour, from £2,240; 14-day Trams & Trains of Italy connoisseur tour, from £2,725; 12-day Wines of Southern Romania small and traditional tour; and 11-day Kyrgyzstan: Mountains, Lakes & Nomads small and traditional tour, from £2,588.

Newmarket plans to operate 100 tours this month and next

Newmarket Holidays has nearly 100 departures planned for September and October after successfully running its first tour since the start of the UK lockdown. All trips will be accompanied

HF Holidays steps up walking options in Scotland for 2021

Juliet Dennis

HF Holidays has unveiled four new Scotland-themed walking and island-hopping holidays for 2021. The walking tour specialist has also introduced a

special groups offer with up to 5% off the standard price of the new itineraries depending on the party size. The new trips use partner accommodation and

have been designed to allow clients to get away to more-remote locations. All are accompanied by an experienced leader and include meals, luggage transfers, walks and transport. The new seven-night itineraries are: Best of Isle of

Arran Guided Island Hopping, from £1,199; Mull & Iona Guided Island Hopping, from £1,379; Cairngorms North Guided Trail, from £999; and Hadrian’s Wall Complete Guided Trail, from £995. The Isle of Arran trip allows walkers to tackle Goat

Fell’s summit and see wildlife including red squirrels, golden eagles, sea otters, red deer and basking sharks,

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with departures next year on May 15, June 12, and September 11. The Mull & Iona tour, on May 17, July 3, and

September 11, includes the chance to explore two Scottish islands where wildlife includes sea eagles, whales, sea otters and seals. The Cairngorms North Guided Trail itinerary, on

June 5 and October 2, includes the northern section of the Cairngorms National Park on foot and whisky trails, ancient woodlands, waterfalls and lochs. The Hadrian’s Wall trail includes the coast-to-coast

guided walk along the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, from the saltmarshes of Bowness in Solway in the west to the Roman fort of Segedunum in the east, departing on July 2, August 6, and September 17. The operator has now reopened 17 of its 18 country

houses for walking trips. Among its range of late deals is £100 off a seven-night South Downs Guided Walking Holiday on October 12, now £729, based on two sharing.

by a tour guide and a member of the product and operations team as the operator monitors protocols and contact with customers during tours. Product director and tour guide

Andy Jones, who took 11 clients on the Scottish Highland Railways tour on August 21, Newmarket’s first since March, said: “Our customers need to feel confident travelling again, and we’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes to safely get tours up and running again, ensuring every component of our tours is operating in a Covid-friendly way. “We have given all suppliers

an extensive Covid health and safety audit. Customers are sent tour-specific documents before they travel, which includes information on the precautions in place during the tour.” The operator is offering agents

who book a tour for September or October a £10 Love2shop voucher.

Steam train on the new Central Europe tour

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