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6 Essential Tips for Taking the Train in Europe

6 Essential Tips for Taking the Train in Europe

Rail Travel / rail vacation / train vacation | May 24, 2018

Many travellers to continental Europe are intrigued by the romantic and scenic appeal of rail travel, and rightfully so. Relaxing and taking in the shifting landscapes on Europe’s well-organized rail system, without the hassle of flying or the stress of driving, is often as enjoyable as experiencing the destination itself. But, despite the many joys of discovering Europe by train, there are still important details to pay attention to along the way to ensure you have a smooth ride. From booking the right type of ticket to knowing what to expect at the station and on the train, here are 6 important tips that will help you avoid common mishaps and let you travel the rails like a local!

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Journeys From A Rail Insider: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest

Journeys From A Rail Insider: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest

Budapest / Prague / Vienna | May 18, 2018

In this edition of Journeys From A Rail Insider, a Travel Consultant from our Laguna Hills office, Natasha Finkbeiner, will immerse you in the culture, history, allure, and cuisine of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. It’s an age-old story: three fascinating countries, three iconic capital cities, each one different in their own unique ways from the last. Needless to say, after returning from this rail journey, she had a story to tell.

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48 Hours In: Lucerne, Switzerland

48 Hours In: Lucerne, Switzerland

Bernina Express / Food / Lucerne / Rail Travel / rail vacation / Switzerland / Train Travel / train vacation / Travel Tips / Vacations | May 7, 2018

Gruetzi wohl! That’s “Hello!” or “Greetings!” in Swiss-German. 30 miles from bustling Zurich, you’ll find the compact, central-Switzerland city of Lucerne. Settled between breathtaking mountains and the picturesque lake of the same name, Lucerne is just how you’d expect a Swiss fairytale village to look. We guarantee that once you’ve visited this quaint town with its beautiful architecture, stunning vistas, and fresh mountain air, you’ll be planning your next visit in no time. That’s why we’ve shared two 48-hour itineraries: one for your first time, and one for a return visit.

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5 Ways to Experience the Best of Scandinavia by Rail

5 Ways to Experience the Best of Scandinavia by Rail

Denmark / Norway / Scandinavia / Sweden | May 1, 2018

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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Take the Train to the Most Stunning Italian Lakes

Take the Train to the Most Stunning Italian Lakes

Italy / Lake Como / Lake Garda / Lake Maggiore | April 24, 2018

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 colorful 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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Journeys from a Rail Insider: Venice, Florence, and Rome—Italy’s 3 Greatest Cities

Journeys from a Rail Insider: Venice, Florence, and Rome—Italy’s 3 Greatest Cities

Florence / Italy / Rome / Venice | April 23, 2018

  Brittney taking in the beautiful views in Venice. Last October, our Inside Sales Manager from our Laguna Hills office, Brittney Spotten, travelled to three of Italy’s greatest cities: Venice, Florence, and Rome! Benvenuto! Welcome to the land of la dolce vita—meaning “the sweet life.” Italy is one of the most enchanting and unforgettable places in the world. Beyond the clichés, there are so many surprising ways in which this European country shines, especially when explored by train.

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5 Tantalising Beach Holidays by Rail

5 Tantalising Beach Holidays by Rail

Amalfi / Cannes / Cinque Terre / Lisbon / Naples / Nice / Sorrento | April 17, 2018

It’s almost summertime, when the living is easy at beaches across the continent. There’s nothing quite like pristine sands, quaint harbours, azure waters and a good scenic train ride to make the most of the warmer months. Holidays by the coast are all about relaxation – so taking to the rails is really the only fitting method of transport when getting there! From Monaco to Malaga, the tracks can take you to pretty much anywhere you’d like to soak up some sun. We can tailor make holidays to any of your favourite beach cities – just give us a call! All you need to do is pack some comfortable shoes to truly explore the hidden gems and local haunts of your region of choice. Here are 5 favourites to get you started!

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Journeys From A Rail Insider: Switzerland's Iconic Glacier and Bernina Express

Journeys From A Rail Insider: Switzerland's Iconic Glacier and Bernina Express

Bernina Express / Glacier Express / Journeys from a Rail Insider / Jungfrau / Switzerland | April 12, 2018

Each year, we give our employees the opportunity to experience the packages and destinations we offer firsthand. The insider knowledge they gain on these trips is incredibly invaluable. Let’s be honest, the idea of getting away from the office to embark on a rail journey is exciting, especially when it’s for work. But these trips are by no means simply free trips. They benefit us as a company, but they also greatly benefit our customers—YOU!

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Experience the Best of Spain by Train

Experience the Best of Spain by Train

Barcelona / Cordoba / Madrid / Malaga / Seville / Spain | April 10, 2018

From the sleek high-speed railways traversing the big cities to the calm regional lines running through the countryside, taking the train in Spain is at once efficient, relaxing and incredibly scenic. Travel by rail and discover the Moorish palaces and Baroque squares in Andalucia, the dreamlike Gaudí creations in Catalonia, and a rich array of architecture along with great museums, stunning galleries and beautiful scenery in Madrid and beyond. Here we profile 5 top Spanish cities and highlight some of the best rail journeys to complete the experience! 

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