Scotland by railway vacation

Scotland by railway vacation

Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free
From £1,025 to £1,125 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made from April to the end of October.
Scotland island hopping vacation, car free

Scotland island hopping vacation, car free

Explore three contrasting Scottish islands car-free
From £1,025 to £1,150 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made only from April to end September.
West Highland Line railway vacation in Scotland

West Highland Line railway vacation in Scotland

Take the "The World's Best Rail Journey" to the Isle of Skye
From £685 to £735 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made from April to October
Ireland vacation by train

Ireland vacation by train

Discover contrasts of Dublin, Galway and Belfast, car-free.
From £820 to £1,000 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Bulgaria vacation by train

Bulgaria vacation by train

Self-guided trip by slow-ride train through best of Bulgaria
From €485 to €585 12 days ex flights
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Thailand by rail holiday

Thailand by rail holiday

Get a real taste of Thailand by travelling the local way
From £1,048 13 days ex flights
Tailor made: Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way
Book your 2019 adventure today with only a £150 per person deposit
Southern India and Karnataka rail tour

Southern India and Karnataka rail tour

Take the train from Goa to Kochi via Karnataka and see the breathtaking ruins of Hampi
From US $850 to US $1,099 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 21 Nov, 12 Dec, 19 Dec
2019: 16 Jan, 30 Jan, 13 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 Mar, 20 Mar, 10 Apr, 1 May, 18 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 11 Dec, 18 Dec
Complete India by rail, 6 weeks

Complete India by rail, 6 weeks

A 6 week trip that circles India by train
From US $4,207 to US $5,249 46 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 9 Feb, 9 Mar, 30 Mar, 20 Apr, 7 Sep, 14 Sep, 12 Oct, 9 Nov
Kolkata to Kochi rail tour, India

Kolkata to Kochi rail tour, India

Travel northeast to southeast India spotting innumerable beautiful sights along the way
From US $3,145 to US $3,849 33 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 Nov
2019: 7 Jan, 21 Jan, 11 Feb, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 21 Oct, 25 Nov
Trans Mongolian express rail tour, Beijing to St Petersburg

Trans Mongolian express rail tour, Beijing to St Petersburg

ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip
From US $3,690 to US $4,299 21 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 13 May, 27 May, 10 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct
Railway tour of Morocco

Railway tour of Morocco

Rediscover Morocco's two greatest Imperial Cities by rail.
From £595 to £650 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
India by Rail, Northeast & Darjeeling

India by Rail, Northeast & Darjeeling

Get off the beaten path and see India in a very untypical way – by train
From US $1,105 to US $1,499 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 Nov, 13 Dec
2019: 7 Jan, 21 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 14 Mar, 1 Apr, 11 Apr, 15 Apr, 2 May, 23 May, 13 Jun, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 14 Nov, 25 Nov, 12 Dec
Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside
From £3,595 to £3,995 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 1 Jun, 13 Jul, 24 Aug, 14 Sep, 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct
Reunification Express vacation, Vietnam

Reunification Express vacation, Vietnam

Most wonderful way to travel from north to south of Vietnam
From US $1,670US $1,361 to US $1,870 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: Regular departures throughout the year, at least twice a week
Up to US $450 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 28 Nov, 08 Dec, 15 Dec, 19 Dec, 22 Dec, 26 Dec, 29 Dec, 02 Jan, 12 Jan, 23 Jan, 09 Feb, 13 Feb, 16 Feb
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Trans-Siberian and Mongolia tour, westbound

Trans-Siberian and Mongolia tour, westbound

Travel across continents on the greatest train journeys
From US $3,795 to US $4,305 16 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 23 Apr, 30 Apr, 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 8 Oct, 15 Oct
2020: 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 13 Oct
Bejing to Lhasa tour, by train

Bejing to Lhasa tour, by train

Beijing to Lhasa on the famous sky train
From US $1,660 13 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Machu Picchu by train

Machu Picchu by train

Soak up colonial and Inca history by train
From US $699 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: Departs once a day throughout the year
Central Europe rail tour, 14 days

Central Europe rail tour, 14 days

An exciting trip around the continent's fairytale cities
From £1,259 to £1,589 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 29 Mar, 4 May, 8 Jun, 13 Jul, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 26 Oct
Trans Siberian rail journey, winter in Russia

Trans Siberian rail journey, winter in Russia

From Moscow to Baikal, tailor-made
From €1,800 to €2,350 12 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Northern India culture and wildlife vacation

Northern India culture and wildlife vacation

Northern India cultural and wildlife highlights by rail
From US $2,110 to US $3,220 16 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 17 Nov, 15 Dec
2019: 12 Jan, 23 Jan, 23 Feb, 9 Mar, 12 Oct, 2 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 7 Dec
Winter Trans-Siberian Railway vacation

Winter Trans-Siberian Railway vacation

The perfect winter Trans-Siberian adventure
From US $2,745 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 15 Feb
Trans-Mongolian vacation, tailor made

Trans-Mongolian vacation, tailor made

Ride the Iconic Trans-Mongolian Railway in all it's glory.
From £2,430 16 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Central Europe by rail in a week

Central Europe by rail in a week

Explore four of Central Europe's most fascinating capitals!
From £599 to £719 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 13 Apr, 18 May, 22 Jun, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 31 Aug, 5 Oct
Italy by rail highlights tour

Italy by rail highlights tour

Small group tour that discovers the highlights of Italy by rail
From £699 to £799 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 4 May, 8 Jun, 21 Sep, 26 Oct
Ecuador railway vacation with Galapagos cruise

Ecuador railway vacation with Galapagos cruise

Step into Darwin's shoes and explore the Galapagos
From £6,181 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Trans-Mongolian explorer vacation

Trans-Mongolian explorer vacation

Experience China, Mongolia, Siberia & Russia’s Golden Ring.
From £5,115 to £5,350 27 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 13 Mar, 17 Apr, 15 May, 15 Jun, 6 Jul, 10 Aug, 7 Sep, 28 Sep, 19 Oct
Grand Trans-Siberian railway tour

Grand Trans-Siberian railway tour

Japan to Russia overland on the Trans-Siberian Railway
From £7,400 to £7,535 4 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 10 Jun, 8 Jul, 2 Sep, 30 Sep
England tour by train

England tour by train

Explore England's diversity and fascinating history by train
From £2,490 to £2,645 13 weeks ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Britain tour by train

Britain tour by train

Explore England and Scotland's cities & landscapes by train.
From £2,775 to £3,025 15 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Scotland and England castles tour by train

Scotland and England castles tour by train

Castle hotels, hadrian's wall and beautiful rail scenery
From £1,375 to £1,485 7 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Scotland by railway vacation
From
£1,025
excluding flights
All the small, locally owned hotels were great, the people were friendly and helpful. Also, we met so many interesting and nice people on the trains... It was exceptional. (more)Georgia Marshall
Excellent in terms of enjoyability and overall organisation of the package (more)Tim Hellings
(We loved)… Being able to enjoy the views from the train without having to drive! (more)Terry Bazeley
Trans-Siberian and Mongolia tour, westbound
From
US $3,795
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The Mongolian ger camp was wonderful. ...the local guides Tuya and Nimo were terrific and made the Mongolian stop off great. Lake Baikal was also amazing...great fun with the sauna and jumping in the freezing river..standing on the frozen lake...beautiful and memorable. The entire train journey was special and being escorted by a brilliant guide was just the best way to feel safe yet given every opportunity to meet and interact with travelers from everywhere, learn new... (more)Rachel Guinee
Bejing to Lhasa tour, by train
From
US $1,660
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Seeing how the Tibetan people live, their friendliness and warm smiles. The way that welcomed us into their everyday worship in the monasteries. Just the simple things really. Tips? Don't have any expectations on anything. Let it happen. But on a practical level, always have loo roll handy and antibacterial stuff for toilets. Local benefits? Yes. Local hotels, local eating, Tibetan guide and making sure that we shopped in Tibetan stores. We used transport... (more)Sue Byrne
Scotland island hopping vacation, car free
From
£1,025
excluding flights
Lovely! We will book something similar again! (more)Lisa Brooks
It was a great vacation. We were very happy with it. (more)Mark Gurvis
Bulgaria vacation by train
From
€485
excluding flights
Everything was very good. The genuine welcome from every host hotel or guesthouse was excellent. Staying in guesthouses and eating their normal local food. Highlights were Veliko Tarnovo (especially Hotel Gurko), Plovdiv, and the hosts at Boyana Guest House (Vratsa) & Guest House Deshka (Gorno Draglishte) were great fun. (more)Tim Morgan
Both Plovdiv and Rile were interesting and enjoyable and despite communication problems the two homestays were interesting if challenging and the hosts we very friendly and kind. (more)Rodney Mount
West Highland Line railway vacation in Scotland
From
£685
excluding flights
The most memorable part of the vacation was spending two days on The Isle Of Skye, it was so peaceful and tranquil, and everyone was very welcoming too. I would love to have stayed a bit longer, so a return journey will be on my list! (more)Jackie Kelly
Skye was the most memorable part of the vacation (more)Judy Byrne
The trip around Skye was the most memorable...Excellent. (more)Caroline Fuchs
Japan small group vacation by bullet train
From
£3,595
excluding flights
The most exciting elements were the cultural differences and beauty of Japan. The most memorable was the stunning 'Japanese Alps' at Kamicochi. (more)John Harlow
Autumn colours were wonderful and the temples were most interesting. Excellent, with attention to detail, which made the tour very easy for the group. Hotels very good. (more)Ann Caroe
Very good itinerary that included cities and countryside and a variety of types of accommodation. There was plenty of optional free time to explore one your own if you wanted. Brian, the tour leader was conscientious and helpful, we were particularly impressed that he met us at our hotel on arrival in Japan in spite of the very late hour. (more)Andy Goodenough
Central Europe rail tour, 14 days
From
£1,259
excluding flights
Memorable parts? We had to vacate the train, as an unexploded ww2 bomb was discovered ahead near the tracks, a memory for sure but emphasized the history that surrounded us as we travelled through this area. The cities visited were outstanding, the architecture, and the people did not disappoint. Tips? It takes a bit to understand the rail/public transportation, be patient and it soon becomes familiar. Local benefits? By taking the train I would think we helped somewhat. Overall... (more)Dennis Allen
Railway tour of Morocco
From
£595
excluding flights
Memorable parts? For us, it was probably being able to stay in the sort of places that brought us into immediate contact with genuine Moroccans! Also the friendliness of the people and experiencing the diametric contrast in culture was great. Tips? Obviously the basics like remembering to take your own paracetamol, ammonium(or whatever you use) etc. However I think a main tip whilst you are there .... you will be warned about those who will try to 'fleece' you, take you places and... (more)Christina Deacon
Thailand by rail holiday
From
£1,048
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Visiting Hellfire pass and the war graves cemetery near the river Kwai, very moving. Cycling round the ruins of ancient Sukhothai and chilling out in Chiang Mai. Tips? We caught the night sleeper train down from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya, go 1st class if possible also the train passes through Ayutthaya station at 4:30am so we stayed on till Bangkok 1 hour 30 minutes down the line and got a train back north at a more respectable timeto check into the hotel. Local... (more)Peter Savin
Reunification Express vacation, Vietnam
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US $1,361
excluding flights
Exploring the Mekong Delta, taking time out in Hoi An and Ha Long Bay stick in the mind...Excellent, came home feeling I know so much more about Vietnam, would feel comfortable traveling there again. (more)Rob Hatcher
Best bits: Watching the crazy traffic on the streets or roads. (more)Janka LACKOVA
The most memorable part was the motorbike tour in Hue & overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. We stayed in lovely owned hotels & ate in family owned restaurants. (more)Samantha Rogers
Ireland vacation by train
From
£820
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Traveling by bike on Inis Mór. No real plans on the island. We just biked around and stopped at anything we found interesting. Great relaxing day. Tips? Go to some of the local pubs, like Garavn's in Galway. Sit at the bar, and have a chat with some of the locals. Much of Ireland has rapidly changed in the lest 10- 15 years, and a great way to understand that is to hear how from the locals. Belfast has some of the best restaurants I've ever been to at such a reasonable... (more)Michael Worthley
Trans Mongolian adventure vacation
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US $2,655
excluding flights
The most memorable parts of my vacation were, firstly, Moscow that I absolutely loved and where I would like to spend more time, secondly, the Great Wall of China and, thirdly, the cultural show in Ulaanbataar. (more)Barbara Shaw
If you like trains and are interested in seeing a little of Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, and Beijing, this trip is for you...Very good. It met my expectations. (more)Michelle Dorothy
Trans Siberian Railway vacation, Russian Summer
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€3,800
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Tips? Have faith in this operator. They are top professionals who really know their country. Local benefits? Yes, we certainly helped the local economy at every opportunity. Overall rating? 9 out of 10. (more)Jim Bowater
Vietnam tour, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
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US $645
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Rowboats in Trang An, great day trip with breathtaking scenery. Hanoi night life with great little bars and salsa dancing with locals. Lanterns in Hoi An. Iced teas and smoothies! Some more salsa dancing to live band in Nha Trang. Presidential bunker in Saigon. And above all, meeting lovely Vietnamese people. Tips? Pack any type of a sleeping sheet for the train, as blankets and pillows provided are not always clean. None of the hotels have complimentary tea/coffee/sugar... (more)Malgorzata Gwiazda-Lindsay
Trans Siberian railway tour
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US $3,330
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The railway journey from Beijing to Moscow itself. Tips? Do not overload yourself with sleeping bags, liners, towels etc. On the trains, hotels etc. these are always provided wherever you stay. Local benefits? Overall rating? The operator should not skimp on providing transfers. At the start and at the end, we had to lug our belongings over rough pavements, crowds and walk quite a distance to get to our destination. (more)Sumitra Tikaram
Trans-Mongolian Express, Eastbound
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US $4,310
excluding flights
The Lake Baikal Homestay and the Mongolian Ger Camp... both have incredible memories for me that will stay with me for life! (more)Heidi Hosgood
I loved the train journey, chatting to the locals, making food, using the hot water urns at the end of the carriage and having the wheels changed on the Mongolia/China border was a fantastic experience. (more)Sally Foote
The most memorable was staying in a ger at Terelj National Park [Mongolia] and walking in the park... The most exciting was seeing the cosmonaut memorial in Moscow and balancing a Kazakh hunting eagle on my arm outside Terelj. (more)Christine Johnstone
Scotland railway short break, West Highland Line
From
£310
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Jacobite steam train and the ben Nevis range cable car and walks at the top. Tips? Look forward to having a great time! Local benefits? Yes, all of that. Overall rating? Responsible travel were very efficient and all travel went smoothly. The hotel is a superb venue, run by nice people. Clean, comfortable and great food. (more)Alison Tucker
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