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Journeys From A Rail Insider: Canadian Rockies in Winter Onboard VIA Rail

Journeys From A Rail Insider: Canadian Rockies in Winter Onboard VIA Rail

Best Destinations in North America / First-Time Travellers / Onboard Accommodations / See Canada by Train / Travel Guides | August 18, 2020

The Canadian Rockies is a destination that’s on many travellers’ bucket list. It’s also one of our best-selling trips. And for good reason. This is a place of unrivalled awe and beauty. It’s the kind of place that takes you far from the hustle and bustle of daily routine and makes you appreciate Mother Nature’s splendour. Dense, mist-veiled trembling pine forests, staggering mountain peaks, alpine meadows, and sweeping views that would humble even the most discerning traveller. It’s not only an outdoor wonderland and a landscape photographer’s dream, it’s a land of enchantment.

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Take the Train to the Most Stunning Italian Lakes

Take the Train to the Most Stunning Italian Lakes

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | August 15, 2020

Italy’s stunning lakes region, nestled between the Prealpine foothills and straddling the border with Switzerland, is the stuff of languid summer dreams – azure glacial lakes, umber-hued, old-world villages with colourful gardens nestled along the verdant shores, wine regions dating back to the Roman empire, and enough delicious regional cuisine to make your stomach very, very happy. Fortunately, getting to the Italian lakes is easy by train, with the added benefit of experiencing the fabulous scenery of the Swiss Alps en route. Take a look at some of our popular itineraries below or call us to help tailor-make your summer holiday to this special region! 

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Relive the 'Golden Age of Travel' on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Relive the 'Golden Age of Travel' on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Famous Trains / Onboard Accommodations / Travel Inspiration | August 13, 2020

The ‘Orient Express’ is arguably the most famous train in history, and from its inaugural ride in 1883 to the setting for books and movies over the years – including the recently released Murder on the Orient Express, based on the classic Agatha Christie mystery – the allure and mystery of this train experience continue to this day.

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5 Ways to Experience Italy via the Alps

5 Ways to Experience Italy via the Alps

Best Destinations in Europe / Best Getaways / Experiences / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration | August 10, 2020

Travelling through the Swiss Alps is our signature holiday, a customer favourite, a real adventure and quite simply the best way to reach la belle paese of Italy! No flights, no long check-ins, no airport lounges, and no weighing your luggage on the bathroom scales the night before you travel. Plus the scenery is, quite simply, phenomenal.

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Switzerland Excursions that Should be on your Bucket List

Switzerland Excursions that Should be on your Bucket List

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Travel Guides / Travel Planning | July 9, 2020

When planning a holiday, it’s important to lock in your preferred excursions to attend and to book these ahead of time so you don’t miss out. Excursions will normally take a full day so it’s important to know which excursions are available to the locations your visiting and pre-book before you get there.

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5 Ways to Experience the Best of Scandinavia by Rail

5 Ways to Experience the Best of Scandinavia by Rail

Best Destinations in Europe / Famous Trains / Travel Inspiration | June 23, 2020

From the breathtaking fjords of Norway, through impressive, sweeping mountain passes and between the lively capital cities of Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, Scandinavia by train is at once relaxing, reliable and incredibly beautiful. Scenic rail lines, like the Flam Railway in Norway, transport visitors to otherworldly landscapes at breathtaking heights, while high-speed, intercity trains move travellers from city centre to city centre quickly and comfortably.

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7 Interesting Facts About Switzerland's Train System

7 Interesting Facts About Switzerland's Train System

Best Destinations in Europe / Famous Trains / Travel Guides / Travel Planning | June 23, 2020

Much like the country itself, trains in Switzerland operate with incredible precision and efficiency, and offer travellers thrilling views of just about every lush valley and dramatic mountain peak the tiny country is known for. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about Switzerland’s fascinating rain system!

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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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