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Unique Journeys and Luxury Rail Experiences
UK & Europe by Rail
High Speed Trains
Overnight Trains
Swiss Scenic Trains
Rail Passes
Rail Tours
North America by Rail
Japan Rail
Australia
New Zealand

Unique Journeys and Luxury Rail Experiences

For years rail travel has offered the ultimate travel experience and today there are many unique and luxurious journeys which recreate the style, glamour and romance of a bygone era all with a modern twist. Stunning on board facilities, dining cars serve up gastronomic delights equal to world-class restaurants and lounge cars provide a social atmosphere in which to meet fellow passengers or to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.

Rocky Mountaineer (Canada)

Considered one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world. An unforgettable experience, you will travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery, all from the comfort of the legendary Rocky Mountaineer. The Rocky Mountaineer travels between Vancouver in British Columbia and Jasper, Banff and Calgary in Alberta. There is also a number of extended tours ensuring that you see even more of this stunning part of the world.

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Eastern & Oriental Express - A Belmond Train (South East Asia)

Experience the romance and excitement of this intoxicating region. Step aboard the magnificent Eastern & Oriental Express for luxurious journeys across an enchanting landscape of vibrant cities, tranquil hill stations, ancient temples and sublime beach resorts.

Belmond British Pullman (Regional England)

Step on board the Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and you are back in the heyday of great train travel. Seated in vintage carriages that once ran on legendary 1920s services such as the Brighton Belle and Golden Arrow, you are surrounded by a world of pure indulgence. Glide through stunning scenery from London to destinations all over Britain as champagne flows and gourmet cuisine is served. Glamour, fun and a dash of adventure are all part of day excursions to cities, country houses and sporting events.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - A Belmond Train (UK/Europe)

Embark on a voyage aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and become part of its glorious, ever-evolving history. You only need to glimpse its gleaming carriages and be greeted by stewards in their distinctive uniform to know that the most memorable journey of your life has begun.

Belmond Royal Scotsman (Scotland)

From the moment The Belmond Royal Scotsman train draws out of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station you are embarking on a truly unique and unforgettable experience as you head into a magical realm of history, nature and romance. A journey like no other - discover Scotland in style!

Belmond Grand Hibernian (Ireland)

Launching in 2016, Belmond Grand Hibernian is Ireland’s first ever luxury touring train. The Belmond Grand Hibernian will take 40 guests in lavishly furnished, private en suite cabins to remote areas to enjoy exclusive attractions including ancient castles, famous whiskey distilleries and vibrant cities. Choose between two, four and six night journeys departing from Dublin and encompassing both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Tourist trains of Spain

Spain has a wealth of beautiful destinations to visit and Tourist Trains of Spain have a range of unique journeys designed to showcase the best. Each of these journeys will provide memories to last a lifetime. In Northern Spain, there are two options with different routings and standards of accommodation. Each is unique with a common thread of superior on board service and spectacular destinations. In Southern Spain, the Al Andalus takes guests on a diverse journey from mountain to the coast, with a beautiful interior and a choice of accommodation options, complemented by warm hospitality and gastronomic delights.

Tourist trains of Spain include:

  • El Transcantabrico
  • Al Andalus
  • El Expreso de La Robla

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains offer carefully designed itineraries which balance generous amounts of relaxation, while voyaging across the vast landscapes of Russia, Central Asia and China with touring that opens a window into the soul and spirit of the places and communities visited. On a typical day the Golden Eagle will travel through the night, as you sleep in your private cabin. Disembarking after breakfast you will be whisked away to explore, for example, the sights and sounds of Lake Baikal, Red Square or the Terracotta Warriors and at the end of the day return to the sanctuary of your hotel-on-wheels, greeted by your cabin attendants with refreshments.

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains include:

  • Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (Russia)
  • Golden Eagle Trans-Mongolian Express (Russia/Mongolia)
  • The Silk Road (China/Mongolia/Russia)

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Indian Luxury Trains

India is a country of amazing contrasts and this is clearly defined by the number of luxurious rail journeys. Where else but in India could you take a journey that includes stunning temples, an elephant polo match and bustling markets.

Indian Luxury Trains include:

  • Palace on Wheels
  • Deccan Odyssey
  • The Golden Chariot
  • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
  • Maharaja's Express

South African Luxury Trains

Travelling the vast distances in South Africa by rail is a truly unique experience. The ever-changing scenery will keep you mesmerised; with lush vineyards, rural lands, mountain passes, desert plains and historic townships. We offer two distinctly different rail options, both offering an incredibly memorable South African adventure. Rovos Rail recaptures the luxury, romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, whilst The Blue Train offers a luxurious modern rail experience. What these trains do have in common is exceptional levels of on board service and world-class cuisine.

South African Luxury Trains include:

  • Rovos Rail (Southern Africa)
  • The Blue Train (South Africa)

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UK & Europe by Rail

Travelling by rail gives you the freedom and independence to go wherever, whenever!

Today's rail systems offer an endless choice of routes and regular departure times, serviced by modern, comfortable and often high-speed fleets.

By day you can relax and enjoy the passing scenery and at night save on accommodation by taking an overnight service, arriving at your destination refreshed and ready to explore. From the most cosmopolitan cities to the tiniest towns, travelling by train is the best way to get around. Trains travel from the heart of one city to the next, so that your next adventure can begin straight away; no traffic jams, frenzied airport connections or costly transfers. Your rail travel will be a unique part of your holiday experience and will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

Choose from any one or more of the following:

High Speed Trains

Eurostar (London-Paris/Brussels)

Travelling via the Channel Tunnel, Eurostar carries passengers from central London to the heart of Paris or Brussels in around the same time as it takes to fly. Eurostar takes you right into the city, thus avoiding costly transfers. Eurostar links with a number of European rail networks, connecting with trains departing for many other destinations across Europe.

Travelling along High Speed 1 (HS1), UK’s first high-speed line. HS1 is 109 kilometres of high-speed track, over a quarter of which is underground, allowing Eurostar to travel at 300kms per hour the whole way from central London to the Channel Tunnel.

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TGV Trains (France/Belgium/Germany/Italy/Spain)

TGV trains operate across France, with connections to neighbouring Italy, Germany, Belgium and Spain. TGV trains operate smoothly and silently at speeds of up to 320kms per hour. The trip from Paris to Marseille takes 3 hours. Frankfurt can been reached from Paris in 31/2 hours, Barcelona is 61/2 hours, Milan takes 7 hours and a direct service from Paris to Munich takes only 61/4 hours.

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TGV Lyria (France/Switzerland)

Lyria trains whisk you between the heart of Paris and some of Switzerland’s most beautiful cities. The lines between France and Switzerland have been upgraded allowing trains to travel at greater speeds, offering more frequent services and now you can experience these spectacular journeys for so much less.

Thalys (France/Belgium/Netherlands/Germany)

Known as the ‘Red Train’, there are 28 departures from Paris daily with various connections to Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. All Thalys trains offer a high level of on board comfort. Thalys trains can operate at speeds in excess of 300kms per hour and with the opening of new high speed tracks, travel times have been reduced significantly and frequencies enhanced. Paris to Amsterdam now takes only 3 1/4 hours, Paris to Köln only 3 1/4 hours and Paris to Brussels 1 1/4 hours.

Italian High Speed Trains

Linking Italy’s major centres, Trenitalia's high speed trains are fast and offer frequent services, which means that all Italian destinations are within easy reach. Travel between Rome and Florence in 1 1/2 hours.

NTV is the first private rail operator on the Italian high-speed network. NTV’s italo trains are all brand new and offer a wide range of on board services to ensure a relaxing and comfortable travel experience. NTV italo will progressively extend their network and service frequency. Travel from Florence to Rome in 1 1/2 hours, Milan to Rome in 23 /4 hours and Rome to Naples in just over an hour.

ICE Trains (Germany)

ICE trains operate throughout Germany with connections to neighbouring countries. Operating at speeds of up to 300kms per hour, ICE trains offer state-of-the-art comfort and amenities including in-seat video screens. Travel time between Frankfurt and Munich or Brussels is 31/2 hours. WiFi is available in 1st class on most major routes.

Renfe (Spain)

Renfe is the national rail network of Spain, which encompasses the high-speed train services of the Alaris, Altaria, AVE and Euromed. These trains offer a high level of on board service with frequent daily departures. The travel times between Madrid and Barcelona is 3 hours and 21/2 hours from Madrid to Seville.

X2000 and X3000 (Sweden)

X2000 and X3000 operate between Stockholm and other major Swedish cities at a speed of 200kms per hour. Travel from Stockholm to Malmo in 41/2 hours or Gothenburg in 3 hours. Complimentary WiFi is available in both 1st and 2nd Class.

Allegro (Finland - Russia)

Allegro is a high-speed train connecting Helsinki and St Petersburg. Operating at speeds up to 220kms per hour, the train’s travel time is 31/2 hours from centre to centre. There are four daily services from both cities. The train is spacious and the interior is timelessly classy and it has a wide variety of services including restaurant car and a children’s play room. The on board staff speak Finnish, Russian and English.

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Overnight Trains

CityNightLine (Netherlands/Germany/Czech Republic/Austria/Switzerland/Italy)

Linking six countries, this train journey is truly an experience. Onboard accommodation options include sleepers (with or without private bathroom facilities), couchette or sleeperette. Sleeper accommodation includes breakfast served in cabin.

Thello Night Train (France - Italy)

Linking Paris with Venice via Milan, this service departs nightly in each direction. On board accommodation options include sleepers (with private bathrooms) and couchettes. Sleeper accommodation includes breakfast served in the restaurant.


Swiss Scenic Trains

Glacier Express (St. Moritz - Zermatt)

The slowest express train in the world! Ride the rails up into the clouds, through untouched alpine countryside, over roaring mountain streams, past towering walls of rock. Between St Moritz and Zermatt, the Glacier Express runs through the Swiss Alps, over the Landwasser Viaduct and 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels.

Jungfrau Railways (Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Interlaken))

Travel to the highest-altitude railway station at 3454 metres. The journey is an experience in itself, as the train twists through the solid cliff face and glacial ice. Seven out of the nine kilometres of track are in a tunnel that penetrates the heart of the mountains of Eiger and Mönch. The train stops at Eigerwand and Eismeer, where panoramic windows provide a spectacular mountain vista. From the summit, enjoy a majestic Alpine panorama and uninterrupted views of the Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

GoldenPass Line (Lucerne - Montreux)

One of the most picturesque and popular in Switzerland, linking Montreux on the Vaud Riviera to Lake Lucerne, the historic heart of Switzerland. Travel through some of Switzerland’s most spectacular scenery, where every twist offers yet another stunning view.

Bernina Express (Chur/St Moritz - Lugano)

One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Swiss Alps! The Bernina Express passes mighty glaciers on its descent from Chur to the swaying palms of Tirano. Travelling along a UNESCO World Heritage route, you’ll journey through 55 tunnels, across 196 bridges and reach an altitude of 2,253 metres above sea level at Ospizio Bernina.

Wilhelm Tell Express (Lucerne - Locarno/Lugano)

The Wilhelm Tell Express links two of Switzerland’s most attractive regions: Central Switzerland and Ticino. The trip starts with a historic paddle steamer plying the deep blue waters of Lake Lucerne to Flüelen before boarding a panorama train for the trip along the world-famous Gotthard line. The journey is highlighted by the Gotthard Tunnel, countless spirals, horseshoe tunnels and remarkable bridges.

Chocolate Train (Montreux – Gruyères – Montreux)

A journey not to be missed; the Chocolate Train runs from Montreux to the Gruyère region, home of Cailler chocolate and Gruyere cheese! The ticket price includes coffee and croissant on the train, transfers to the picturesque village of Gruyères, a tour of the Gruyères Castle, and visits to the cheese and chocolate factories.

Gornergrat (Zermatt - Gornergrat - Zermatt)

A trip to Gornergrat is a must-do excursion to discover the dazzling beauty of the Alps. Departing Zermatt, Europe‘s highest open-air cog railway has travelled up onto the Gornergrat since 1898. The 9339 metre journey is an experience in itself; 29 four-thousand metre peaks – from the Matterhorn to the Monte Rosa – form a spectacular guard of honour. Travel across stunning bridges, through galleries and tunnels, past idyllic forests, gorges and mountain lakes, with the Matterhorn continually in view.

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Rail Passes

With a rail Pass, Europe is yours to explore! Offering a unique and flexible travel experience that allows you to stop anywhere, anytime. Travel during the day to enjoy the stunning scenery or at night to save the cost of accommodation and have a full day to enjoy on arrival.

Eurail Global Pass

Covering 28 amazing countries - plan your European vacation knowing almost every destination is within easy reach.

Countries included in the pass:

• Austria (including Liechtenstein) • Belgium • Bosnia-Herzegovina • Bulgaria • Croatia • Czech Republic • Denmark • Finland • France (including Monaco) • Germany • Greece • Hungary • Republic of Ireland • Italy • Luxembourg • Montenegro • Netherlands • Norway • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Serbia • Slovakia • Slovenia • Spain • Sweden • Switzerland • Turkey

Eurail Select Pass

Eurail Select offers flexibility, convenience and freedom of choice by allowing you to create your own pass – simply choose 2, 3 or 4 adjoining European countries.

One Country Pass

A One Country Pass is the best choice if you want to spend your time exploring one country or area. These passes allow unlimited train travel in the country of your choice.

BritRail Passes

Explore the UK and Ireland by train with the convenience of the BritRail pass range. From the Cliffs of Dover to the Scottish Highlands, enjoy the dramatic scenery as you travel north, south and everywhere in between. BritRail passes offer value for money, with flexible travel day options and choice of destinations - there is bound to be one to suit every travel need. BritRail is simply your passport to Britain!

Pass options include:

  • BritRail Pass (England, Scotland and Wales)
  • BritRail England Pass (England only)
  • BritRail Freedom of Scotland Pass (Scotland only)
  • BritRail South-West Pass (South-West England only)
  • BritRail London Plus Pass (South-East England only)

BritRail Central Scotland Pass (Scotland only)

BritRail Scottish Highlands Pass (Scotland only)

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Rail Tours

Relax and explore the best of Europe and the UK in comfort, with excellent rail services to get you to the must-see places. There are a number of tour options available which blend small group guided sightseeing and hop-on hop-off tours with comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels and fast rail journeys. Alternatively, we can create a unique rail tour to suit your travel plans.


North America by Rail

AMTRAK

Taking a train has always been one of the best ways to see America. AMTRAK not only services the great destination that you want to see, it gets you there in comfort with the freedom to spend your trip however you want to. With more than 30 train routes throughout the United States, AMTRAK travels to over 500 destinations in 46 states, giving you the best views North America has to offer. Whether you are visiting big cities, small towns or some places you can only see by rail, AMTRAK can take you there. With a choice of sector tickets or a USA Rail Pass, exploring the USA is easy with AMTRAK.

VIA Rail

VIA Rail is your ticket to discovering the best of Canada by rail, and with a choice of sector tickets or scenic rail tours, there is sure to be an option to suit your needs. Canada - simply spectacular! Soak up the rugged beauty and breathtaking landscapes, discover the Rocky Mountains, famous snowfields, glistening lakes, scenic wilderness and cosmopolitan cities.

Canada Scenic Tours are a wonderful collection of rail/coach holidays through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. These self-guided holidays offer scheduled rail and coach services to take you to the regions you want to see in uncompromising comfort and style. Using deluxe motor coaches with driver-guided commentaries and bedrooms on board VIA Rail, these journeys provide a great balance between guided local sightseeing and free time for you to explore Canada at your own pace.

Alaska Railroad

Alaska is a truly remarkable combination of nature’s best, found nowhere else on earth. Discover the beauty and grandeur of its breathtaking and magical scenery. Alaska Railroad has been operating since 1923, servicing communities throughout Southcentral and Interior Alaska - it’s the perfect way to explore this spectacular state. We have a range of sector fares and rail tours to suit all travel needs.

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Japan Rail

Japan is a country of contrasts. From glorious ancient temples, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo’s Ginza district, traditional rural villages to some of the world’s best ski fields, a Japan Rail Pass can take you to all of these destinations and so much more.

Pass types include:

  • Japan Rail Pass
  • JR Kansai Area
  • JR Kyushu Area
  • JR Sanyo Pass

Australia

When it comes to memorable rail journeys Australia has plenty of options on offer. Explore the Red Centre from the comfort of The Ghan, appreciate the vastness of the Nullarbor Plain as the Indian Pacific makes its way cross-country or take an overnight journey along the glorious Queensland coastline on the Spirit of Queensland. Whatever Australian holiday experience you are seeking, there is sure to be a spectacular rail journey to complement it.


New Zealand

One of the best ways to see New Zealand’s ever-changing landscapes, unique attractions and outdoor activities is by train. KiwiRail’s scenic journeys take you through lush farmland and forests, over historic feats of railway engineering, past active volcanoes and alpine tussock land, across wild gorges and broad rivers, beside dramatic seascapes and soaring mountains.

Options include:

  • New Zealand Scenic Rail Pass
  • The Northern Explorer (Auckland - Wellington)
  • TranzAlpine (Christchurch - Greymouth)
  • Coastal Pacific (Christchurch - Picton)
  • Interislander Ferry (Wellington, North Island - Picton, South Island)

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