Railway Adventures and the Continental Classic Express Train de Luxe have come together to bring you one of our greatest adventures yet. The great Rail Renaissance of the 21st century has embraced the previously neglected and battered Balkans countries and is beckoning us to be part of it, exploring lines that have recently been re-opened and upgraded. Our train itself is a Phoenix. Rescued from derelict rolling stock and meticulously restored, the Continental Classic Express Train de Luxe has been lovingly fitted out to create a classy and comfortable space for rail cruising in real style complete with our own Chef on board and a fully stocked bar.

Mists rolling over cavernous Glens and Lochs, woolly mountain cattle grazing on rocky hillsides, castles of fame and tragedy towering over their surroundings, fireside whisky in warm pubs, and the haunting sounds of bagpipes drifting on the breeze. Scotland is at once romantic, wild, majestic, and characterised by those enterprising and fiercely independent people that Winston Churchill famously declared, “Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.” Some of the most spectacular scenery and the UK’s highest mountains are to be found in Scotland, extending from the English borders, up through the Lowlands and the Highlands, to the Orkney and Shetland Islands.

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.

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.

Scandinavia by Rail, Road and Sea

There’s nothing like mid-summer in Scandinavia, when the sun shines all night and the locals come out to play. It’s an ideal time to visit and take a journey on a variety of trains, boats and coaches through some of the most astounding landscapes on Earth.

Welcome to a 3,000 km odyssey on some of the world’s most dramatically engineered roads and railways together with a host of mesmerising seaways. Starting in the historic capital of Stockholm, ride the unique Inlandsbanan train through the heart of Sweden to Lapland. Take The Ofoten Line further, to beyond the Arctic Circle, before descending down the northern coast of Norway, cruising the Lofoten Islands by liner.

Join the dramatic Nordland Railway for a trip to the medieval city of Trondheim and travel the Rauma and Flam Railways on a breathtaking trip through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, en route to the storybook cities of Ǻlesund and Bergen. Finally, traverse the alpine tundra on Norway’s highest railway and enjoy a fitting finale in its compact and charismatic capital, Oslo. Scandinavia is quite simply “a once in a lifetime destination”.

Accreditations: A14416
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