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Last updated 14/09/2017

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Northern Portugal by Special Train – NEW NEW NEW 

Minimum number reached – this tour is a confirmed go.

We are very pleased to announce an extra tour this coming October to our most popular destination – Portugal. We return after a period of a couple of year with a loco hauled charter train using vintage Schindler carriages and EE locomotives. We cover all the stunning rail lines north of Porto and also a restored vintage train on the Vale do Vouga narrow gauge line. A one of tour not to be missed with prices from just £99.

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Montenegro – 4 to 8 October (updated 17 Aug)

PLEASE NOTE THAT the use of 644 locomotives on this enthusiasts tour are no longer confirmed (due to change of personnel at Montenegro Railways) we are trying to find a solution to this. If you are booking this tour purely for the 644 locomotives then we recommend that you hold off until there is a final decision on the locomotives use.

Updated 28 March 2017

Our Denmark tour has been postponed until 2018. We are expecting all of our other tours (as listed on our website) to operate.

Updated 21 March 2017

Due to an overrun of engineering works in Greece the Balkans Bonanza (enthusiasts) tour will now run in 2018.

We are pleased to say that the Montenegro enthusiasts tour looks like it is back on now that the 644 (Spanka) locos are now likely to be available. This will run on the original dates of 1 to 6 October. Full details as soon as everything is confirmed – hopefully before 31 March.

Updated 10 March 2017

I am pleased to say that we have reached the 32 people that we need in order to give the “go” to the Finland tour from 1 July.

The tour can now run using the booked diesel locos – we need a further 6 bookings before we can confirm that the steam loco will be used on 8 July.

Updated 17 January 2017

We are pleased to announce an extra tour for 2017 to the wonderful Colorado Rockies in the USA. We last ran this tour in 2014 and return once again to experience the rail and natural delights that this area has to offer. Click here for full details.

Updated Brochure – 16 January 2017

A new edition of our Rail and Culture holiday brochure is available to download here:

2017 Updated Brochure

This includes some corrections from the previous brochure as well as new trips including:

Culture: Colorado

Enthusiasts: Denmark, Bulgaria (Steam)

A Balkans Bonanza – 30 September to 7 October – “Enthusiasts Trip”

We return to this area by private charter train (with opening windows) to explore more of this fascinating area and to travel on lines we have not visited before. Includes border crossing into Macedonia and Greece. Prices from £850 per person, full packages including flights from £1,399. Full details will be on the website within the next week.

Day 1 Saturday 30 September

Direct flights available from Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

Day 2 Sunday 1st October

Sofia – Smirnenski – Birimirci  – Voluyak – Dragoman – Dimitrovgrad – Palilulska Rampa – Crveni Krst – Niš Ranzirna – Niš

Day 3 Monday 2nd October

Niš – Crveni Krst – Trupale (reverse) – Niš Ranzirna – Doljevac – Preševo – Tabanovci – Ilinden – Trubarevo Ranzirna – Lisiche – Skopje – Madžari – Trubarevo Ranzirna – Dračevo – Veles – Bitola

Day 4 Tuesday 3rd October

Bitola – Veles (reverse) – Kočani (reverse) – Veles (reverse) – Gradsko – Šivec (reverse) – Gradsko (reverse) – Gevgelija – Idomeni – Thessaloniki

Day 5 Wednesday 4th October

Thessaloniki – Drama – Alexandroupoulis Port

Day 6 Thursday 5th October 2017

Alexandroupoulis Port – Pythio – Dikea – Svilengrad – Simeonovgrad – Nova Zagora (reverse) – Stara Zagora

Day 7 Friday 6th October 2017

Stara Zagora – Dimitrovgrad – Momchilgrad – Podkova (reverse) – Dimitrovgrad

Day 8 Saturday 7th October 2017

Dimitrovgrad – Plovdiv – Septemvri – Sofia

Day 9 Sunday 8 October

Return flights to the UK.

Diesel locomotives throughout as follows

BDZ 06/07

ZS/MZ 661/666

OSE A-451/A-501

Updates as of 6 January 2017

Full details of our October Bulgarian Steam Weekend are now available and open for booking:

Bulgarian Steam Weekend – Click Here

Our West of England in Style holiday is now open for booking. Price and full details available here.

Updates as of 5 January 2017

Due to unprecedented demand for Cuba our two tours in February and March have both sold out. We have therefore added a new departure for 14-28 September:

The Real Cuba – Steam and Culture – Click Here

Updates as of 4 January 2017

Full details and prices for our Ecuador and Peru tours are now available:

Rail and Ancient Wonders of Peru (In Style) – Click Here

Rail and Natural Wonders of Ecuador (In Style) – Click Here

Updates as of 22 December 2016

Our private charter train tour to Denmark in May (enthusiast tour) is now open for bookings.  Click here for full details.

Updates as of 7 December 2016

Southern Finland Tour – Hyvinkaa Works (main loco and unit repair centre for VR) is to close in 2018.  So our visit (TBC) may be one of the last, if not THE last chances to visit.

Updates as of 1 December 2016

Wonders of Sri Lanka – Tour confirmed as a “go”. 15 people in group so far

Slow Trains to Guantanamo (E) – only 10 places left

The Real Cuba – sold out

Springtime in Lisbon – Tour confirmed as a go. 15 people in group so far

Great Hungary Track Bash (E) – 19 places left. Tour confirmed as a “go”

Galician Paradores – Tour confirmed as a “go”. 7 people in group so far. Includes FIVE extra dinners.

Railway Ramble Linha do Tamega – Tour confirmed as a “go”

Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania – Tour is HALF BOARD and no longer includes an overnight train

Southern Finland (E) – tour is booking very well

A Royal Douro Cruise – “Royal Suite” has been taken but we still have 10 cabins left

Sardinia and Corsica – Corsica add-on is now BEFORE the main Sardinia tour and includes a day in Pisa

PTG Tours News and Highlights

2017cover  Click image to download our full 2017 brochure

Iran
Now direct BA flights from Heathrow and from regional airports with Air France via Paris.

Costa Rica
New dates – now in July 2017

Programme of PTG Holidays for 2017 – Click on tour name for full details

19 Jan – 13 Feb New Zealand – the South Island in Depth In Style Stephen M
4 – 18 February Rail & Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka Adventure David
16 Feb – 2 March Slow Trains to Guantanamo and Beyond – Cuba Adventure Angelina
2 – 16 March The Real Cuba – Steam and Culture Adventure Angelina
30 March – 6 Apr Springtime in Lisbon Classic David
3 – 10 April Vintage Sicily Vintage Angelina
23 April to 7 May Ancient Wonders of Persia by Rail Adventure David
26 Apr – 2 May Great Hungary Track Bash Enthusiast Ferenc
18 – 23 May Denmark by private train Enthusiast Paul G
1 – 8 June Classic Douro and Minho Classic David
2 – 9 June Portmeirion and the Railways of Snowdonia In Style Stephen M
4 – 12 June Galician Paradores Vintage Marion
8 – 15 June Railway Rambles – Linha do Tamega Classic David
18 – 29 June Wonders Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania Vintage TBC
26 June – 5 July West Country in Style In Style Stephen M
1 – 9 July Railways of Finland by Private Train Adventure Angelina
4 – 13 July Hidden Slovenia Vintage Marion
11 – 19 July Vintage Loire Valley Vintage David
12 – 26 July By Train to the Midnight Sun Adventure Stephen W
14 – 23 July Vintage Slovakia (and Poland) Vintage Marion
11 – 18 August A Royal Douro Cruise In Style Marion
20 Aug – 1 Sept Alpine Railways and Lakes of Austria Vintage David
2 – 9 September Bulgaria/Romania by Special train Enthusiast Paul G
7 – 14 September Vintage Port 39 Vintage David
8 – 17 September Vintage Slovenia Vintage Marion
14 to 30 September Rail Wonders of Colombia (and Panama) Adventure Ray
18 to 25 September Classic Baltics Classic Petras
21 Sept – 2 Oct Vintage Southern France and the Pyrenees Vintage David
1 – 6 October Railways of Montenegro by Private Train Enthusiast Phil
8 – 12 October Bulgaria Steam Weekend Enthusiast Marion
17 Oct – 31 Oct Wonders of Sardinia and Corsica Adventure Angelina
23 Oct – 3 Nov Ancient & Natural Wonders of Peru In Style Stephen M
9 Nov – 19 Nov Wonder of Ecuador (and Galapagos) In Style Stephen M
10 to 26 November Natural and Ancient Wonders of Burma Adventure Paul G