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Riverina Rail Tour

Experience the heart of Australia’s food bowl, stopping at regional towns and attractions throughout the Riverina. You will also travel on rail lines that don’t have scheduled passenger services, making this a real adventure. Come with us to discover acclaimed wines, taste gorgeous fresh produce and explore the natural scenery throughout the region.

Vietnam by Private Train and Boat

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore Vietnam by private train on the legendary Reunification Express—one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. Welcomed onto your private rail carriages in Ho Chi Minh City, you will travel in several spectacular stages, enjoying Vietnam’s most iconic destinations on a 2,500km odyssey all the way north to Hanoi and on to Sapa and the astounding Halong Bay. Our exclusive private train runs during the daytime and evening hours to make the most of the scenery and consists of a dining car and a sleeping car (used as a daytime place to rest and recline) attached to the back of selected express trains. When our train arrives at a destination we transfer to our hotels for the overnight stays and our carriages are parked, awaiting the next part of our trip north.

Himalayan Railway Adventures

Come aboard this grand tour of one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating cultures on a collection of world heritage-listed railways that forge their way into the spectacular landscapes of the Himalayan Mountains. Since its humble beginnings in 1854, the Indian Railways have become one of the largest and longest in the world and with 1.6 million on the payroll, it’s also one of the world’s largest employers. For travellers in India, the railway is a window to their culture and character, the lifeblood of the nation that is used by almost every Indian regularly in all manner of trains, from rustic non-reserved travelling slums to ultra-luxury palaces on wheels and the delightful little ‘Toy Trains’ that climb the impossibly routed railways up to the old colonial ‘hill stations’ of Northern India.

New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea

New Zealand has enjoyed a rail renaissance in recent years with large investments being made into new rolling stock, upgraded track and better on-board services. This has helped elevate it to a rail travel Mecca. There are also vibrant heritage train and vintage transport operations all over this great country and so, you have the ideal destination for rail and culture travelling. On this all-encompassing adventure, you are treated to some of the best rail, road, and water journeys to be had anywhere in the world. And you can be assured that the destinations at the end of the line are as superb as the journey getting there. There are highlights galore on this classic adventure and chartering our own trains at Glenbrook, Weka Pass and Timaru will be very special outings as will our time at the historic Ferrymead Heritage Park just south of Christchurch on the glorious South Island. It was here in 1863 that a short section of broad-gauge track was opened to the public and the story of one of the world’s most interesting railway systems began.

Swiss Alpine Adventure by Rail

Switzerland’s vertical landscape has long attracted romantics and travellers. The railway revolution of the nineteenth century saw little trains daring to ascend the highest peaks by ingenious and inventive methods of engineering, making some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery accessible to all. Train travel is central to Swiss life, and its rail network is one of the most efficient, and easily the most patronised network per head of population in the world. This finely tuned adventure, led by your experienced Switzerland expert Robert Kingsford-Smith, will take you through the heart of the Alps to explore a wonderful mix of the country’s key historical, cultural, and scenic destinations.

Western Australia – Rail, Road and Wildflowers

Australia’s wild west took an upward and progressive turn when the completion of the great Trans-Continental Railway in 1917 connected the Commonwealth’s largest state with the rest of the nation. No longer did travellers have to undertake an arduous sea voyage – this new, comfortable and very direct route became the foundation for a vibrant tourism industry that has gone from strength to strength.

The West has always seen itself as different to the rest of Australia, partly due to its size and isolation but also due to its unique and entrepreneurial character. Wide open landscapes of rich grazing and wheat country, towering forests of Karri and Jarrah, frontier gold mining towns carving some of the world’s richest lodes, magnificent islands, coastlines and beaches, verdant wine lands and sparkling, booming cities draw the curious traveller in droves.

On this railway adventure, we’ll tick all these boxes and more as we explore these highlights by a variety of train and coach, enjoying great hotels and fine food and wine along the way, all in the company of your experienced tour leader and other like-minded travellers.

Wonders of Corsica and Sardinia By Rail, Road & Sea

In the heart of the Mediterranean lie two fascinating islands, characterised by wild and mountainous scenery, multi-layered histories, rich cultures and a wonderful collection of extraordinary little railways. Heritage, narrow-gauge, local and private trains ply their way through these rugged landscapes, past hill-hugging mountain villages, along dramatic coasts and into historic character-filled cities.

Come aboard this fascinating journey to discover what makes these central Mediterranean islands so unique. Corsica, reached by ferry from the mainland, is blessed with a stunning contoured coastline, remote valleys and villages, a vibrant culinary scene and a captivating crossisland mountain railway. The ancient and weather-worn landscapes of Sardinia are the backdrop for the next island adventure, which uses a mix of regular and privately-chartered heritage trains. Experience its mountainous heart, emerald sea coasts, cliff-hugging forts and towns, and a fiercely independent culture.

Our tour of Sardinia gives you the chance to travel over every open railway line on the island, both standard and narrow-gauge, and includes the two new tramway systems. Corsica, the fourth-largest island in the Mediterranean is also called “The island of beauty,” a veritable mountain rising out of the sea and an island of strong character. We begin our adventure in Pisa, a town that draws its fame from an architectural project gone wrong, but now boasts a vibrant university scene dotted with Romanesque buildings and Gothic churches.

Accreditations: A14416
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