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See the world from a different perspective on an iconic rail journey.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the ever-changing scenery, whether it’s the outstanding natural beauty of North Wales, a classic rail trip round Europe taking in the imperial cities of Vienna, Prague and Berlin, or following in the footsteps of Indian Maharajahs as you visit walled cities, magnificent palaces and hilltop forts.  Even if you’ve visited these places before, you’ll be rediscovering them through fresh eyes when you travel by rail.

For many, the best way to see North America up close and personal is by train.  Two of the most popular routes will take you in style from one coast to the other.  A Canadian coast-to-coast odyssey will take you from Vancouver to Halifax via Jasper, Toronto, Niagara Falls and Quebec.  The American counterpart starts at New York and finishes in San Francisco with calls in Washington DC, Chicago, Denver, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles.  Both of these sample itineraries show you these vast countries in all their splendour.

Superb holidays by rail can also be offered in other long haul destinations such as China, South America, Japan, India, Africa, Australia and south-east Asia.  Some trains are destinations in themselves, such as the legendary Blue Train that runs from Pretoria to Cape Town, where you will experience impeccable service and lavish cuisine as you climb through famous winelands and visit Kimberley, with its fascinating diamond-mining history.

Our principal partners – Great Rail Journeys and sister company Rail Discoveries – have extensive and outstanding expertise in arranging rail holidays and a mind-bogglingly encyclopaedic knowledge of national and international rail timetables.  They select hotels in a great location, with excellent amenities and high standards of customer service.  A wide range of excursions is offered at each destination, ensuring that you make the most of every day of your holiday.

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Great Rail Journeys - Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger
Discover the highlights of South Africa with a rail journey on the luxurious Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria. Ascend Table Mountain, sample local wines in Stellenbosch and enjoy fantastic game drives during a wonderful three-night stay at a hotel at the gate of Kruger National Park.
from £3895 (per person)
Abercrombie & Kent Southern Africa by river & rail
Start your amazing African adventure with a stylish train journey on Rovos Rail and immerse yourself into South Africa's spectacular mountain scenery. Enjoy the marvellous Zambezi Queen located on the great Chobe River that borders Namibia and the Chobe National Park in Botswana.
from £11060 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Grand Tour of China
​View the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, walk the iconic Great Wall and experience the hustle and bustle of Beijing and Shanghai, two exciting cities which showcase China's prosperity and development as well as its heritage and culture, on this thrilling tour.
from £2095 (per person)
Cox and Kings: Indian Odyssey
The Indian Odyssey is just one of six different train journeys available aboard the Deccan Odyssey, one of India’s most luxurious trains. Travelling from Delhi to Mumbai, this journey travels across the north Indian plains, taking in the major highlights along the way including the Taj Mahal in Agra, the majestic forts and palaces of Rajasthan, the Ranthambore tiger reserve and the ancient Ellora cave temples, amongst many others.
Great Rail Grand Tour of India & Nepal
Explore the highlights of India and Nepal on this grand tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful ceremonies, a game drive, and experience breathtaking views of the Himalaya from Pokhara on this adventurous tour.
from £2795 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Kerala & Exotic Southern India
During this truly unforgettable tour of southern India, we visit the cities, temples and tea plantations of the Tamil Nadu region before heading to Kerala. We explore the captivating city of Kochi, relax on Kerala's beaches and cruise through the backwaters of Vambanad Lake.
from £2495 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys India's Golden Triangle
The kaleidoscopic sights of this colourful country take your breath away. Our Indian rail tour takes in the Red and Amber Forts, historic temples, beautiful palaces and ornate gardens, as we visit Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its white marble icon, the Taj Mahal.
from £1995 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys India's Palace on Wheels
Magnificent palaces and forts are waiting to be discovered on this Indian rail adventure aboard the Palace on Wheels train. Experience the lifestyle of the Maharajahs as we visit walled cities, marvel at the astonishing Taj Mahal and enjoy tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park.
from £4895 (per person)
Great Rail Spirit of the Himalaya
Venture into the spectacular Himalayan Mountains on this tour which celebrates the best that this stunning mountain range, and the country of India have to offer. Discover ancient mountains, Tibetan mysticism and colourful cities.
from £2345 (per person)
Great Rail To Kerala on the Konkan Railway 2019
Embark on this incredible adventure travelling south along India's west coast by rail. Explore an array of India's most impressive sights, from bustling Mumbai and the old port of Mangaluru, as we travel on the famous Konkan Railway.
from £2795 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Ranthambore & India's Golden Triangle
Explore the glorious country of India on this tour, taking you to some of it's most beautiful cities, discovering the most exquisite historical sights, and perhaps seeing a tiger at Ranthambore National Park.
from £1295 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Spectacular Southern India
Discover the exotic majesty of India's southern regions on a tour which ventures into jungles and along coastlines, uncovering colours, tastes and sights from some of India's least explored destinations.
from £1745 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai
Explore India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife on this incredible tour. From bustling Delhi, discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal, and take two game drives to spot the elusive tiger.
from £1345 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Discovering Japan
Ancient ceremonies meet 21st century technology in this astonishing country of contrasts. This fascinating tour goes a long way to interpret the mystery of Japan as we cross the country on high-speed bullet trains.
from £3695 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Grand Tour of Japan 2019
Absorb ancient history and timeless tradition as we travel through the 'Land of the Rising Sun' by futuristic bullet train. Sample Japanese whiskey, soak up the spectacular sight of Mount Fuji, experience an authentic tea ceremony and explore the bustling cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima on an all-encompassing route through Japan's highlights.
from £5395 (per person)
Rail Discoveries: Adventures through Japan
Cherry blossoms, geisha, tea ceremonies, sake, Shinto and sacred temples; Japan has it all, and when you travel through cities and countryside alike by rail, it is all too easy to fall in love with this unique country.
from £3195 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
Explore the fascinating intertwined countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, from the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh and the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat, to the spectacular natural beauty and unmistakable outline of Halong Bay and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.
from £2895 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia
Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat.
from £1995 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer
From the laid-back city of Toronto to the dramatic Pacific Ocean setting of Vancouver and the natural beauty of Vancouver Island, this incredible adventure takes us across Canada by rail, lifting us high into the mighty Rockies in style and comfort on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world's greatest trains.
from £4325 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys The Canadian in Winter
On this intrepid cross-continental adventure by train, we spend two unforgettable nights in fantastic Toronto, visit the incredible Niagara Falls and travel through the spectacular frosted scenery of the Canadian Rockies.
from £2545 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Trans Canadian Adventure
Covering almost ten million square kilometres, there's abundant space for Canada's thirty-six spectacular national parks and countless unique, entertaining and culturally rich towns and cities.
from £2895 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Austrian Alps
Explore the mighty Austrian Alps on this wonderful tour to one of Europe's most scenic and alluring countries. From our base in the enchanting Tyrolean town of St Johann, we discover the majesty of this Alpine wonderland.
from £1495 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Vienna, Prague & Berlin
A wonderful opportunity to savour the majestic glories of three of central Europe's great imperial capitals. Contrast Vienna's elegance with Prague's unique charm and Berlin's history on a ten-day tour by rail.
from £1195 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Grand Tour of the UK
Imbued with centuries of history and culture, the UK is one of the most rewarding nations to travel around.
from £2695 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Yorkshire by Steam
Discover glorious Yorkshire, from the edge of the rugged Dales to its spectacular coastline, via the majestic North York Moors. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country and scenic railway journeys.
Great Rail Journeys - Nice & the Côte d'Azur
The wonderful hilltop towns of fragrant Provence combine with chic resorts and the glamorous principality of Monaco on this exciting rail tour of Nice and the Côte d'Azur. Join us as we discover the French Riviera, which has long been a favoured destination of the rich and famous.
from £1595 (per person)
Rail Discoveries The French Riviera
Explore the famous sights of Nice with visits to some of the French Riviera's most picturesque resorts, such as Antibes and Cannes before unearthing hidden Villefranche-sur-Mer and the iconic principality of Monaco.
from £895 (per person)
Rail Discoveries: The Charming Dordogne
Based in pretty Le Bugue, this train holiday takes you to some of the most beautiful parts of the Dordogne, where you can marvel at exquisite medieval towns, outstanding countryside and pre-historic sites.
from £795 (per person)
Biarritz & Five - Star All Inclusive Bordeaux Cruise
Cruise along Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, as you enjoy a relaxing journey through one of Europe's most famous wine regions.
from £2360 (per person)
Five - Star Bordeaux and The Dordogne Cruise
Explore Bordeaux - with its broad boulevards and quaint Old Town, the UNESCO-protected city boasts a diversity that makes it exciting to visit. Discover the world-famous wine regions of Pauillac and The Médoc
from £1850 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge
Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. We explore the halftimbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.
from £1495 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys 2020 Passion Play Oberammergau
Join Great Real Journeys on a journey to Oberammergau whilst seeing the stunning sights of Italy plus a visit to Lake Garda.
from £2295 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Black Forest Discovery
Experience the beautiful Black Forest from the popular resort of lakeside Titisee, set amidst lush green meadows and pine-clad hills. A boat cruise and steam train journey through scented woodlands make for a wonderful holiday.
from £1195 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Fairytale Castles & Bavarian Alps
One of most iconic Passion Plays in the world, performed over one summer every decade, the Oberammergau Passion Play is a magnificent sight to behold. Take in this fantastic spectacle along with the fairytale beauty of Bavaria, with its mysterious castles and forbidden forests.
from £1995 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Bavaria All Inclusive Tour
Discover Bavaria on this all-inclusive tour, featuring excursions to beautiful Lindau, Lake Constance and fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, with time to explore medieval Rothenburg, the highlight of the Romantic Road.
from £945 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Imperial Capital Cities
Explore the amazing capital cities of central Europe. Discover the region's rich heritage of art, history and culture, and savour its world-class castles, palaces and museums, from Berlin to Budapest.
from £1295 (per person)
Rail Discoveries: Rhine Valley All Inclusive
Discover the many treasures of the Rhine Valley, from its attractive wine towns to its favourite heritage railways, on this magnificent tour. We enjoy all inclusive meals and selected drinks with dinner.
from £795 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys The Continental Classic Express
Travel on the Continental Classic Express as it winds through some of the most breathtaking scenery that Central and Eastern Europe has to offer, including the beautiful cities of Budapest, Belgrade, Sarajevo, and Dubrovnik.
from £3995 (per person)
Five - Star Danube to the Black Sea Cruise
A thousand-mile journey through the mighty Danube, passing 8 countries and cruising all the way to the Black Sea...
from £4360 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys The Enchanting Emerald Isle Tour
Rugged coastline, beautiful rolling hills and dramatic castles are all within reach on this tour of the Emerald Isle. Our highlights include the Ring of Kerry, Cork and Killarney, the legendary Blarney Stone, the Cliffs of Moher and Ireland's wonderful capital, Dublin.
Rail Discoveries The Isle of Man
A superb tour to the charming Isle of Man, with three full days of varied excursions to the island's old fashioned towns, pretty fishing ports and breathtakingly picturesque coastline on the different historic railways.
from £620 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Simply Lake Garda
Picturesque, peaceful and perfectly placed for our visits to Verona and Venice, the lakeside town of Desenzano forms the ideal base for a wonderful holiday with a delightful setting on the shores of tranquil Lake Garda - one of Italy's best-loved lakes.
from £1395 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Italian Adventure
This 11-day adventure takes you to the highlights of Italy in less than a fortnight. This captivating holiday soaks up Italian splendour from the waterways of Venice to the culture of Florence, the ancient relics of Rome and the scenery of Sorrento.
from £2295 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Italian Riviera Tour
Colourful villages cling to the dramatic coastline of the Italian Riviera, with the glittering Mediterranean forming picture-postcard vistas in every direction, and glamorous yachts clamouring for attention alongside quaint fishing boats in idyllic harbours.
from £1795 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Venice Simplon-Orient Express
Take in seductive Tuscany and beguiling Venice, before boarding the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, stepping back in time to a world of romance, indulgence and adventure.
Rail Discoveries Italian Explorer
Explore the heart of classical Italy, discover the ancient imperial relics of Rome, the wealth of artistic treasures of Florence and the striking Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as the Floating City of Venice.
from £1995 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Lake Maggiore
This wonderful seven-night holiday takes you to the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore on a tour by rail. Set among the stunning peaks of the Italian Alps, enjoy a tour filled with scenic exploration.
from £1150 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Puglia All Inclusive Tour
Situated in the 'heel' of Italy, lesser-known Puglia is a glorious region of labyrinthine ports, whitewashed villages and ancient historical dwellings. Take in its fabulous attractions during an all-inclusive stay on the coast.
from £1150 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Rome & Sorrento
Explore the ancient city of Rome before heading south for five nights to the breathtaking Bay of Naples, located in one of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe.
from £1820 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Premium Trans-Siberian Express
Step on board the Golden Eagle and be transported back to the romantic age of travel as we wend our way across Russia, Mongolia and Siberia in unprecedented luxury.
from £10845 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Grand tour of Scotland
Immerse yourself in the culture and majesty of the Scottish Highlands. You take in the rugged landscapes on two of the UK's most famous train lines; the West Highland Line and the Jacobite.
Rail Discoveries West Highlands & Skye
From the proud city of Glasgow, make the exciting journey through the mesmerising scenery of the Scottish Highlands on one of the world's great railways, before visiting the beautiful Isle of Skye.
Great Rail Journeys Highland Adventure
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic journeys by mainline and steam railways; this tour takes in the very best of northern Scotland from our base in Inverness - the gateway to your Highland adventure.
from £645 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Medieval Cities Of Spain
From the winding cobbled streets of Toledo to the imposing grandeur of the Alcazar of Segovia, travel back in time to discover the medieval splendour of Spain's illustrious history.
from £2695 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Catalonia & Little Trains of the Pyrenees Rail Tour
On this contrasting tour, experience both the sparkling coast of Catalonia and the shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees as you spend time in France and Spain.
from £975 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Majorca & the Orange Express
Visit the sunny climes of beautiful Majorca on a tour that takes you along its attractive coastline, to the capital Palma and on the magical Tren de Sóller or 'Orange Express'.
from £995 (per person)
Rail Discoveries The Catalan Coast
Enjoy this eight-day holiday on the stunning Catalan coast, from your base in relaxing Roses. Cruise to beautiful Cadaqués, explore magnificent Barcelona and charming Figueres, basking in Catalan culture.
from £845 (per person)
Rail Discoveries: Treasures of Andalucia
Explore the best of beautiful Andalucía on this spectacular holiday. Visit sun-soaked Seville, journey to historic Cordoba and explore the Alhambra in Granada, all from your base in charming Antequera.
from £845 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Traditional Glacier Express
Stunning scenery and spectacular views are enough to take your breath away as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express train.
from £1395 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Jungfrau Express Tour
From your base in the quintessentially Swiss town of Meiringen, enjoy journeys by mountain railway and lake steamer, crowned with an excursion on the Jungfrau Railway to the breathtaking 'Top of Europe.'
from £2195 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys Glacier Express & St Moritz
Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent tour, as we take the iconic Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, staying in glamorous St Moritz, and Zermatt, where we enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.
from £2895 (per person)
Rail Discoveries Railways of Wales
Explore the rugged mountains and winding waterways of North Wales. Enjoy picturesque journeys aboard historic steam trains and admire delightful towns and ancient history on this Welsh adventure.
Cox & Kings Train To Machu Picchu
In Machu Picchu, Peru has perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet it also offers a wealth of other magnificent sights: ancient, colonial and scenic. Staying in good hotels of great character, with some free time to relax, this tour reveals Peru's many wonders, including Cuzco and Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and of course Machu Picchu.
from £3095 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - Machu Picchu & the Andes
The lost city of Machu Picchu and the treasures of Peru are unveiled in this high-altitude adventure, combining scenic rail journeys with first class hotels. An unforgettable experience awaits you in this South American paradise on a tour that includes Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca and Cusco.
from £3495 (per person)
Rail Discoveries: The Glamorous West Coast of America
Explore the most captivating parts of America's West Coast on this exciting tour that takes you from bohemian San Francisco to iconic Los Angeles, by way of the sights and sounds of fabulous Las Vegas.
from £2095 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys New England in the Fall
Spectacular colours and beautiful mountain scenery come together on an autumn adventure along America's East Coast. We stay in Cape Cod, Boston and the White Mountains, experiencing the region's terrific scenic railways on a seasonal tour that brings out the very best of stunning New England.
from £2095 (per person)
Rail Discoveries America's Deep South
Celebrate the long history of great American music on this fascinating tour across the Deep South - from Nashville, home of Country, to the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Memphis and the jazz of New Orleans.
from £2095 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys American Rail Adventure
Explore the USA from New York to San Francisco, on a 15-day Stateside adventure by rail. Travel on iconic Amtrak trains and visit incredible American cities en-route, from bustling Washington D.C. to Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City, for a comprehensive tour of the United States.
from £3395 (per person)
Great Rail Journeys - USA Coast to Coast
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.
from £4295 (per person)