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Journeys from a Rail Insider: Grand Norway in a Nutshell

Journeys from a Rail Insider: Grand Norway in a Nutshell

Experiences / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration | January 11, 2021

If the stunning aura of the Northern Lights or the shimmering waters of the fjords is on your bucket list, then Norway belongs on your next vacation. As a part of the Scandinavia region, the incredible cities of Bergen, Flam, Oslo, Trondheim, and Bødo draw travellers in with their rich history and unique attractions – including the famous Bergen Fish Market, the impressive Opera House in Oslo and the cotton-candy painted sunsets of the fjord-side village in Flam. Whether you are traversing Norway as part of a pre-or post-cruise excursion, or in conjunction with a trip visiting Copenhagen or Stockholm, the incredible landscapes and picture-perfect villages are sure to take your breath away. Follow along on this Journeys from one of our Rail Experts, Kelly, takes you through her experiences on our Grand Norway in a Nutshell vacation through Oslo, Flam, and Bergen. After reading her firsthand pro tips and recommendations, you will want to experience them for yourself. Railbookers: Tell us about the experience onboard the train(s) during your Norway in a Nutshell vacation. Kelly: The Grand Norway in a Nutshell holiday – combining three trains, a ferry, and a bus – was such an adventure! As the train climbed up the mountains from Oslo to Myrdal to meet the famous Flam Railway, we watched the scenery change from lush forest and foliage to turquoise waters running off the snow-capped mountains. Standard class is extremely comfortable onboard as well, giving us plenty of room for our luggage and to stretch out in our seats. Pro Tip: Once you get to Myrdal, grab your seat on the Flamsbana as soon as you can! …And that is exactly what we did. Seats are first-come, first-serve on the 50-minute journey, and not every seat has a window. We wanted to make sure we … Continued

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5 Ways to Experience Switzerland Like a Local

5 Ways to Experience Switzerland Like a Local

Best Destinations in Europe / Travel Inspiration / Travel Inspiration | January 3, 2021

These days, it’s somewhat of a mantra for travellers to do what the locals do while abroad. What does that mean? It means that when you travel to a foreign country you eat what the locals eat, go where the locals go, and experience whatever destination you’re visiting from the perspective of a local.

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Where Will Your Next Train Holiday Take You?

Where Will Your Next Train Holiday Take You?

First-Time Travellers / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | December 21, 2020

From exciting outdoor adventures to captivating cultural experiences, there is no shortage of ways to spend your next holiday. Discover the destination that matches your travel style by taking the quiz below, and find out how to get there with our exceptional train journeys.

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A Guide to the Most Scenic Trains in Switzerland and Italy

A Guide to the Most Scenic Trains in Switzerland and Italy

Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | December 2, 2020

It doesn’t matter where you plan on travelling to in Switzerland or Italy, taking the train makes the journey just as memorable as the destination. With some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you travel through these incredible landscapes; in many cases experiencing views that you just wouldn’t see travelling any other way. Sit back, relax and enjoy all that travelling by train in Switzerland and Italy has to offer. We’ve put together this overview of some of the most scenic and most popular Swiss and Italian routes you can experience with Railbookers.

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5 of the Best Rail Holidays in the UK and Ireland

5 of the Best Rail Holidays in the UK and Ireland

Best Destinations in Europe / Famous Trains | November 27, 2020

  Some of Europe’s most memorable train journeys are just waiting to be discovered closer to home! Escape into the rich history, peaceful towns, and beautiful landscapes all while being treated to exceptional views as you travel – especially when onboard iconic trains, like the Jacobite Steam train! Plus, with rail getaways across the UK and Ireland, the change of scenery you’ve been looking forward to is easy with rail journeys from any UK station To help you get inspired, we profile some of our most popular UK and Ireland holidays below, any of which can be customised in any number of ways; extra nights, extra destinations – no problem! Get ready to discover closer to home by train!

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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Italy by Train with Trenitalia Vacations

Best Destinations in Europe / Travel Inspiration | November 20, 2020

There truly is no better way to discover Italy than by train. Trenitalia’s arrow-headed trains are invitingly comfortable and run like clockwork, connecting nearly every single quaint town and iconic city, from the city centre to city centre. Have you been thinking about travelling from Venice’s picturesque canals to the land of the Romans and the Renaissance? What about happily strolling along cobblestone streets eating gelato in Florence? This—and so much more—is possible with Trenitalia holidays. Admire Michelangelo’s David, take in the incredible views of Lake Maggiore in the foothills of the Alps, visit the mesmerizing villages of Lake Garda, or relax in sun-drenched Sicily and explore places only found on the enchanting Amalfi Coast.

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5 of the Best Countries in Europe to Experience by Train

5 of the Best Countries in Europe to Experience by Train

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Inspiration | November 15, 2020

Nothing quite compares to the experience of travelling throughout Europe by train. From the incredible views and the comfortable onboard amenities to the ability to get from city centre to city centre quickly and easily, many consider rail travel to be the best way to see Europe and beyond.

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Experience Italy’s Amalfi Coast by Rail

Experience Italy’s Amalfi Coast by Rail

Best Destinations in Europe / Travel Inspiration | November 12, 2020

Travel in style with Railbookers to the beautiful Amalfi Coast via the fascinating cities of Geneva and Florence. With the breath-taking scenery of the Simplon Pass through the Alps, the Tuscan countryside to Naples and the beautiful Amalfi coastline, this holiday has spectacular views in abundance. From Napoli Centrale, train station take the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento taking in the great views as you travel around the Vesuvio volcano. Using Sorrento as a gateway to one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, here we break down the Amalfi Coast’s must-see iconic destinations as you put them on your dream Italian trip itinerary.

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Switzerland: A Railbookers Customer's Journey

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / First-Time Travellers / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | October 6, 2020

Switzerland – Paradise in the Mountains Written by: Elke Wallace, a Railbookers Customer Switzerland – the land of scenic lakes, some of Europe’s highest mountains and an abundance of nature. It is one of those countries that is well able to combine culture and traditions with innovation and being a modern, open-minded democratic nation. The public transport network is one of a kind and a role model to follow and hospitality and service are examples of excellence and professionalism. After years of just dreaming to visit this exciting destination, I booked a trip with Railbookers, my favourite rail travel supplier, in July 2020 just after Switzerland had been declared one of the safest European countries to travel to in COVID times by Trainline. I based my trip on the suggested itinerary “Peaks of Switzerland from Wengen” with a few little additions and changes.

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An Insider's Look: Orient-Express to Venice

An Insider's Look: Orient-Express to Venice

Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Guides | October 6, 2020

An Insider’s Look Back to an Iconic Railbooker’s Holiday There are some train journeys that carry a certain reputation before them, but arguably none have the reputation for glamour, style and sophistication of the Orient Express to Venice. Anticipation was certainly in the air as Gareth and I arrived at London Victoria, suited and booted, ready to begin the trip.

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