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Slow travel and iconic journeys

in Europe, the Americas & Australasia

Travelling by Train

As independent travel specialists, we have over 38 years’ experience creating individual, tailor made holidays. We also know how to make the journey itself both rewarding and captivating. Our rail holidays embody the spirit of travel and unique sense of adventure that comes from boarding a train that will take you slowly and intimately through the heart of a country.

Our new collection of European rail holidays recaptures the adventure, excitement and romance of travel by train. You’ll get closer to the countries you visit and enjoy a more rewarding, less stressful alternative to flying – not to mention reducing your carbon footprint and its impact on climate change.

Train travel is, by its very nature, so much more than the destination. Your adventure begins the moment you leave the station, travelling through the heart of a country, mesmerised by the constantly changing views through your carriage window.

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Rail Holidays in Europe

Great Rail Journeys

Switzerland boasts several of the world’s most scenic rail journeys including the Bernina Express. The highest railway in the Alps, crossing the 2,253m Bernina pass, it tackles gradients as steep as 1 in 7 between Chur in Switzerland and Tirano in northern Italy.

Also breathtaking is the train journey from Oslo to the mountain station of Myrdal, crossing Norway’s high plateaus before linking with the famous Flamsbana ‘Corkscrew’ railway to take you deep into the fjords.

In New Zealand, you can sample several train trips in one holiday, combining the Taieri Gorge Railway and Glenbrook Vintage Railway with the legendary TranzAlpine, which crosses the breadbasket of the Canterbury Plains before climbing into the Southern Alps above the milky-blue meltwaters of the Waimakariri River.

One of the world’s most iconic rail journeys, the Ghan crawls nearly 3,000km across the Australian Outback between Darwin and Adelaide – an unforgettable four-day trip. Equally epic, the Indian Pacific crosses Australia from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific.

Another trans-continental odyssey, the Trans Canada Rail Adventure traverses North America, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. Shorter, though no less dramatic, the Rocky Mountaineer weaves through the Canadian Rocky Mountains between Vancouver and Jasper.

In Alaska, we offer year-round adventures on the Alaska Railroad. Imagine the thrill of boarding a train in Anchorage bound for Denali National Park, the Kenai Fjords or Fairbanks! A great alternative to self-drive, you’ll see Alaska at a different pace and – like Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer – some carriages have glass roofs, providing wonderful views of the forests and mountains.

Holidays featuring Classic Rail Journeys