PTG Tours: Comfort, enjoyment, leisure

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Celebrating 21 years this well-established UK based company offer “general interest rail, nature and culture” and a separate programme of enthusiast holidays from the UK using rail travel as a theme.

Comfort, enjoyment, leisurely days and friendship are the secrets of their success. They specialise in countries and areas not covered by other operators. The company is one of the only rail holiday companies which are both ATOL & ABTA bonded.

The majority of PTG’s trips are for people who want to see the culture and scenery of the destination country, travelling by train and staying at great hotels. Destinations include UK, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Portmeirion and Snowdonia, Douro Valley, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Baltic States, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Sardinia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

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Long haul destinations include USA, Israel, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Alaska, Tasmania/Australia, India, Myanmar (Burma) Ecuador and Peru. There are 30 destinations to choose from. PTG trips are also priced very competitively with European tours (including flights) from just £799.

In the UK they offer “In Style” luxury trips to Snowdonia, Scotland and the West Country of England.

For those with more of a steam haulage interest, they have trips to Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Jordan, Ecuador and the Western States of the USA.

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For more modern rail enthusiasts there are several tours planned. The first, at the end of January, is a three-day charter around Spain formed of vintage carriages hauled by a vintage 321 Alco locomotive. Starting in Madrid it gives a rare chance for loco-hauled travel to Zafra and some non-passenger lines.

In March they have a first with a loco-hauled charter train in Israel visiting the normally freight-only lines in the south of the country.

Next up is an annual visit to Hungary featuring a charter train formed of vintage MAV carriages (including buffet car) with haulage by many different types of diesel locomotives. The train also crosses into Romania and includes some rare, non-passenger, lines. Two additional trips are planned for the autumn for Belarus and Slovenia/Croatia.

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A unique attraction of PTG is that anyone booking a holiday is given a completely free customer day out on a special steam-hauled charter train covering the full 80-mile round trip on the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways in North Wales – usually features three different locomotives. The 2020 trip is on Monday 1 June.

Some of PTG’s profit is used for rail preservation schemes in the UK. As well as Class 50 locomotives 50021 and 50026, PTG is paying for the Ty Dŵr heritage project on the Talyllyn Railway – to restore the Railway’s original locomotive watering point at Ty Dŵr between Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol. PTG plan to support other heritage projects on North Wales steam lines in 2020 and beyond.

For a free copy of their colour brochure contact PTG Tours on 01235 227288 or visit their web site at www.ptg.co.uk.

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