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5 of the Most Iconic Rail Routes in the World

5 of the Most Iconic Rail Routes in the World

Best Destinations in Europe / Best Destinations in North America / Famous Trains / Onboard Accommodations / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | May 19, 2020

  The view from the window of a train allows you to see the world differently from most other travel. Train travel is both more scenic than a plane and more comfortable than a coach. The journey on a holiday by train truly becomes part of the overall experience, rather than simply a means of travelling from place to place. There are of course several rail journeys that might claim to be the “best”, below are our the top five recommended by our rail experts! 1. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express There are rail journeys, and then there are experiences. Travel on the famous Venice Simplon-Orient Express is so romantic and luxurious, that calling it a mere “journey” seems a disservice. Comprised of two heritage trains, the British Pullman from London to Folkestone and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express between Calais and Venice, it is impossible not to be temporarily transported from the mundane realities of life to the roaring 1920s and the Golden Age of rail travel. This is a journey made of memories that will be treasured for a lifetime – whether it be the sumptuous art-deco sophistication, the on-board service provided by the attentive and immaculately uniformed staff or the gourmet table d’hôte meals served in one of three stunning, vintage restaurant carriages. And that’s without mentioning the scenery – southbound the train runs via the spectacular alpine scenery of the Gotthard pass into Italy, whilst the northbound direction offers the equally stunning landscapes of the Brenner and Arlberg passes. Whichever the direction, a journey of a lifetime is guaranteed. 2. The Glacier Express The Glacier Express is justifiably one of the most famous train journeys in Europe, and indeed the world. The word “Express” is something of a misnomer, as the journey travels at an average of 24 mph and takes seven … Continued

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Top 7 Things No One Tells You About Travelling by Train

Top 7 Things No One Tells You About Travelling by Train

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Famous Trains / Onboard Accommodations / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning / Uncategorized | May 18, 2020

22 years after I first took Eurostar from London to Paris, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel on some of the most incredible rail routes in Europe and North America. From the legendary Glacier Express in Switzerland and the epic Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles to snaking alongside the Mediterranean on the Cote d’Azur and travelling past sparkling lakes and high reaching mountains through the Alps to Italy, the list goes on! Travelling by train is so much more than getting from A to B. 1. You see more when you take to the tracks  Whether it’s winding through the Swiss Alps, passing the Italian Lakes, taking in the Norwegian Fjords, arriving into one of Europe’s historic cities or crossing the Great Plains of America, the view is ever-changing. Travelling by train means you travel through these incredible open spaces and spectacular vistas rather than flying over them. It’s a relaxing, sometimes surprising, beautiful window to the world as you sit back, relax and watch a view that is often only possible by taking the train. And with wide, panoramic windows and in some cases, dome cars and observation carriages, you’ll want your camera at the ready for all that you’ll see from your seat! 2. Go on, treat yourself   Celebrating a special birthday or anniversary? Consider upgrading to First Class! On several rail routes around the world, the cost to upgrade can be minimal, so it’s a great way to get extra legroom, more space and more comfort for less than you might imagine. 3. Have an adventure and travel overnight   Take a sleeper train – not only is this a great way to experience rail travel in its most authentic form but it’s also a cost saver as you won’t need that night in a … Continued

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5 Destinations to Add to the Top of Your Bucket List

5 Destinations to Add to the Top of Your Bucket List

Best Destinations in Europe / Best Destinations in North America / Travel Guides | May 10, 2020

I’m a lucky man. Even before my career at Railbookers, I had travelled to many corners of the world through sheer inquisitiveness and wanderlust, and now I do it for a living. I say now, but let’s address the elephant in the room and recognize that nobody in the world is travelling for the joy of travel at this precise point in time. That can’t stop us dreaming, however, and with that here are my top 5 destinations everyone should have on their bucket list once we are all able to travel again. Porto Porto is both dramatic and beautifully personal at the same time. The city is spread across the steep banks of the Douro river and the grand high bridges across lock the two sides together, but at its heart are the narrow, cobbled streets and medieval merchant houses and cafes of the central Ribeira district which warms the soul. The city is easy to explore and is blessed with some beautiful churches which are lit up at night and an abundance of gorgeously tiled interiors and exteriors. Tucking into a Francesinha is mandatory, as is a Pasteis de Natat or 4. Porto wine is in abundance and is a far different experience to what we’re used to tasting at Christmas with our cheese and biscuits. I may be cheating here a little, but Porto is best paired on a rail holiday with another city which was very close to making it onto this list, Lisbon. Bordeaux With the opening of the new and improved TGV line between Paris and Bordeaux back in 2017 the journey time reduced to just 2hrs and 14mins. For a journey of 310 miles, that’s fast, and it means that some of the best wines in the world are now just a 6hr … Continued

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5 Amazing Rail Experiences in Switzerland You Probably Didn't Know Existed

5 Amazing Rail Experiences in Switzerland You Probably Didn't Know Existed

Uncategorized | January 20, 2020

Train travel in Switzerland is an incredible experience. This country is home to some of the most scenic train journeys in the world, including the Glacier and Bernina Express! But did you know you can also enjoy the majestic beauty and diversity of Switzerland by taking these lesser known trains? 1. Lauterbrunnen–Mürren Mountain Railway The Lauterbrunnen-Mürren Rail and Cableway links Lauterbrunnen with the resort of Mürren. An aerial cable way travels from Lauterbrunnen to the Grütschalp summit station, where passengers change to the narrow-gauge railway to reach the Winteregg Restaurant and Mürren. To reach Mürren from Lauterbrunnen, take the aerial cable car across the street from the Lauterbrunnen train station.Then, connect to the cogwheel rail from Grütschalp, which runs along the cliff and offers magnificent views. The whole journey takes about 30 minutes and drops you off at the Mürren rail station, at the opposite end of town from the cable car stop and a short walk away. There are departures every 15 to 30 minutes. 2. Harder Kulm Harder Kulm is known as the top of Interlaken. The Harder Railway valley station is just a short walk from the Interlaken-Ost railway station. There, you’ll board a modern glass roofed funicular to Harder Kulm. Travel time from the valley station is approximately 10 minutes. From the viewing platform at the top of harder Kulm, you can gaze out over Lake Brienz and Lake Thun or admire the incredible views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. The Harder Kulm Panorama Restaurant, which looks like a castle, is a great place to relax and take in the alpine scenery while enjoying delicious Swiss cuisine on the outdoor terrace. Walk across Two Lakes Bridge for an unforgettable experience overlooking Interlaken. 3. Wengernalp Railway The Wengernalp Railway connects the Swiss towns of Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, … Continued

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For a Limited Time, Travellers Can Save Up to £400 on Their Next Adventure by Rail During Railbookers’ Endless Summer Sale

For a Limited Time, Travellers Can Save Up to £400 on Their Next Adventure by Rail During Railbookers’ Endless Summer Sale

Uncategorized | September 11, 2019

Nothing delivers the holiday of a lifetime quite like travelling by rail. It’s not so much about where people want to go, it’s more about how they want to get there. And right now, Railbookers is offering travellers up to £400 off select rail holidays during its Endless Summer Sale! This is the perfect time to save big on next year’s journey.

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For a Limited Time, Save £400 on Our New Train Holidays in Vietnam

For a Limited Time, Save £400 on Our New Train Holidays in Vietnam

Uncategorized | August 18, 2019

Vietnam should be on the top of every traveller’s bucket-list. As one of Asia’s leading destinations, Vietnam might be the best country to explore by train. It provides endless rewards for those seeking out the holiday of a lifetime. Railbookers just launched its collection of three handcrafted itineraries featuring Vietnam’s most sought-after destinations. The new itineraries include Classic Vietnam: Hanoi to Hoi An, Vietnam – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and Vietnam – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta. And for a limited time, travellers can save £400 per booking on these new holidays. Offer is valid from 19 August through 2 September, 2019.

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Experience Italy’s Amalfi Coast by Rail

Experience Italy’s Amalfi Coast by Rail

Uncategorized | August 16, 2019

Travel in style on this luxurious holiday through the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Pass through the must-see iconic cities of Naples, Sorrento, Positano and Ravello. Experience Italy’s coastal towns, shops, and beaches like never before. Shop for Italian gifts in the elegant boutiques, wander through orange and lemon groves and take a boat trip to the prehistoric caves dotting the coastline of one of Europe’s most beautiful regions. We’ll break down the Amalfi Coast’s must-see iconic cities as you put them on your dream Italian trip itinerary.

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We Just Launched New Train Holiday Itineraries in South Africa Onboard the Luxurious Blue Train

We Just Launched New Train Holiday Itineraries in South Africa Onboard the Luxurious Blue Train

Uncategorized | July 22, 2019

Railbookers is thrilled to announce its new collection of train vacations in South Africa! For travellers looking to escape the ordinary, these immersive itineraries offer the opportunity to experience this corner of the world in luxury. Whether it’s your first visit to South Africa, or you’re returning to check off more incredible moments from their bucket list, exploring this country onboard the distinctive sapphire-blue carriages of the magnificent Blue Train is a journey all its own. Cape Town may be the main highlight for many visitors, but there is so much more to discover. No other destination offers such an incredible combination of spectacular scenery, vibrant cities, exciting attractions, and unforgettable animal sightings.

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