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Rail tours: make tracks and book your own great train adventure

All aboard! We’re steaming off around the world with a fabulous selection of rail tours, from Amtrak adventures across the USA, to the stunning beauty of South East Asia onboard a real-life Oriental Express. Rail holidays take you to parts of the country you’d never normally see, from remote stops on the plains of the Midwest to the old goldminer’s stops of Canada’s Mountain to Sea rail route.

Our train tours are led by expert guides who are on-hand to provide all the information you’ll need, and the slower pace of life onboard your train means you get the chance to see so much more. Our rail holidays in the USA take you from coast to coast, or climb slowly through the Rocky Mountains and feel like a true pioneer.

We’ve got plenty of other great rail tours for you to choose from. If you don’t fancy steaming your way across the USA, Canada, Africa or Asia, why not check out our tours and safaris for some holiday inspiration?

 

Blue Train

Blue Train

Climb aboard this magnificent, mobile, 5-star hotel for the journey of a lifetime! For over half a century, South Africa’s Blue Train has enjoyed a reputation as one of the world’s premier travelling experiences. Taking luxury in motion to the highest levels, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that starts as soon as you set foot on board. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and appetising delicacy served from the butler’s silver tray while your luggage is labelled and discreetly whisked away. Afterwards, settle into your own private suite and let the journey begin!

From £1055pp (excluding flights)

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Rocky Mountaineer - Classic Rail Circle

Rocky Mountaineer - Classic Rail Circle

Venturing through some of Canada’s best-known west, you’ll be taken through mountains, national parks and inspiring landscapes galore. Start off in the hustle and bustle of vibrant Vancouver, before boarding the Rocky Mountaineer and heading north towards Whistler and Quesnel, east to Jasper, south to Kamloops, and finally joining the circle back in Vancouver. You’ll pass through rocky peaks and canyons, and get to admire the stunning Sea to Sky Corridor, the glistening Howe Sound, and the impressive Brandywine Falls. All while being treated like royalty on board one of the most famous trains in the world. 

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Mountain to Sea Rail Passage

Mountain to Sea Rail Passage

If anywhere perfectly captures the great outdoors, it’s Canada’s West, with its cloud-skirting mountains, forested shorelines, and wildlife-rich waters. Get an instant introduction to the Rockies’ drama and serenity as you visit the town of Banff and Tunnel Mountain Drive, for views of the Bow River Valley. The roads in this part of Canada hold a riot of experiences, whether you’re driving the Icefields Parkway to walk on a glacier, or cruising down Vancouver Island to Victoria for some whale-watching. But the rails rule here, and the journey from Jasper to Prince Rupert gives trackside views of ancient forests, valleys and Mount Robson. You’ll also take to the seas and sail to Port Hardy along the famous Inside Passage, seeing jagged fjords and resident whales and sea lions. And you’ll finish your adventures among all the pizzazz that Vancouver has to offer.

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Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West

Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West

Exploring a little area of a large country, this taster to rail journey adventures allows you to see some of the best of the west. Spend a couple of days on board the Rocky Mountaineer, best known for its service and opportunities to see the Canadian scenery from the comfort of your carriage. You’ll tick off all the essentials; racing against raging rivers that run parallel to the train, crossing historic bridges, and meandering through the shifting scenes of ranch land, glaciers, lakes, forests and (of course) those iconic snow-capped mountains. 

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Capital Experience

Capital Experience

Ticking the major sights and cities of Eastern Canada off your list couldn't be easier than with this tour. You'll hop on board VIA Rail's comfortable trains and travel towards the north-east, connecting Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. Feel the mist on your face as you spend time exploring Niagara Falls, heading to the foot of Horseshoe Falls on the water. Quaint towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historical city must-sees are packed into your itinerary, from Quebec’s historic heart and distinct French-Canadian character, to bustling Montreal’s historic flair. What better way to see this captivating region.

From £1579pp (excluding flights)

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Trans Canada by Rail

Trans Canada by Rail

Canada is calling you, and what better way to see it than with two of the best rail routes in the East and Western regions. You’ll jump aboard the train from buzzing Toronto to peaceful Jasper, and the Rocky Mountaineer from mountain-clad Banff to vibrant Vancouver; switching tracks for tarmac in between to experience the roads of the Rockies. Experience a day-trip to Niagara in the East, venturing to the foot of the falls. Walk and drive on a glacier in the West, at the famed Columbia Icefield. Jam-packed with culture, scenery and luxury, this rail trip will spoil you for choice.

From £4175pp (excluding flights)

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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through The Clouds Classic

Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through The Clouds Classic

Mountaineer taster adventure. From the vibrant cosmopolitan streets of Vancouver, you’ll soon be whisked into the sights and sounds of British Columbia’s interior. From the comfort of your carriage, you can look out across winding rivers, dramatic canyons and, of course, those mountain peaks, stretching for miles on end. 

From £1129pp (excluding flights)

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Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West Highlights

Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West Highlights

Taking the slow train is often more rewarding than riding the express, and nowhere more so than across the Canadian Rockies. Through an ever-changing reel of landscapes; Fraser Valley’s fields, twisting rivers, boundless deserts and mountain passes all take their turn as you travel through the Rockies territory. It’s not just the view through the window that dazzles though, and some viewpoints just can’t be reached by rail, so the roads pave the way for journeys through Yoho National Park, and around Banff where Bow Falls continue to wow wide-eyed travellers. And, when neither roads nor rails will cut it, it’s time to take to the sky. Whether that’s scaling mountain slopes by Banff Gondola or flightseeing over the Rockies in a summit-seeking helicopter.

From £1699pp (excluding flights)

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Rocky Mountaineer - Grand Rail Circle

Rocky Mountaineer - Grand Rail Circle

Not much can compete with the attention-grabbing panoramas when you’re travelling through Canada’s West. But the Rocky Mountaineer might just be in with a chance, and this tour is the ultimate rail trip — combining two classic Rocky Mountaineer train routes and the mighty Rockies in one adventure. Start in lively Vancouver and heading north, you’ll pass through winding river canyons, lush valleys and lakeshores. Vwnturing east, you’ll stop in some of the best-known parts of the west — Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler. Adventure should be top of your list, as you’ll get to experience misty waterfalls, gondolas and glistening emerald lakes. And, as you drive the sloping ice onto Athabasca Glacier, it’s your seat on the monstrous Ice Explorer that provides the most memorable views.

From £3465pp (excluding flights)

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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds

Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds

Get a taste of incredible western Canada by spending a couple of days amongst the Rockies. You’ll criss-cross through quaint towns and natural wonders as you head from Vancouver to Jasper, stopping in Kamloops along the way. As much a part of Canada’s identity as mountains and maple syrup, the nation’s railroads are world-famous for their scenic routes. And as the train sweeps you from one breath-taking scene to the next, you can look out the window of your carriage and savour every moment.

From £939pp (excluding flights)

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Rocky Mountaineer - Rainforest to Gold Rush Classic

Rocky Mountaineer - Rainforest to Gold Rush Classic

Canada is calling your name from the mountaintops. All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, your adventure starts in the vibrant city of Vancouver and you’ll make your way to Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper. The train meanders through the British Columbia interior, giving you epic views out of your carriage window. And when you make stops, you can experience the beauty of this region up close and personal. From rolling green hills to rushing falls and rivers, the iconic Rocky mountains will be a constant backdrop.

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Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West Classic

Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West Classic

If you’re going to do any of Canada’s historic rail journeys, this is the one to start with. It takes you through some of Canada’s most famous and fabulous landscapes – and important heritage landmarks. Linking Vancouver with Banff or Lake Louise, with an overnight stop in Kamloops on the way, the passage through BC and Alberta checks off all the essentials. From racing against the raging rivers that run parallel to your carriage, to crossing historic bridges and spots like Craigellachie (where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was hammered in to connect the East and West coasts). Comfort goes without saying, but every detail has been carefully crafted to give you a VIP experience and the best window to see the shifting scenes of ranch lands, glaciers, lakes, forests, and mountains.

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Rockies Rail Adventure

Rockies Rail Adventure

Experience the very best of Alberta and British Columbia, from the Rockies to Vancouver Island. You'll spend your days on sightseeing tours, exploring the fascinating Canadian cities on foot, and by road, rail and air. Banff and Jasper will give you your National Park fix, with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and rolling views for miles. Calgary and Vancouver will top and tail your trip, with all the colour and hustle-and-bustle of city life. You’ll even have a few days in Whistler to dip into the outdoor adventures and First Nationals culture of this renowned ski village. If you wanted a way to explore the West, this is it.

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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds at Leisure

Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds at Leisure

Encapsulating the very best of the west, this epic trek takes you on a journey through some of the most famed spots in the country. Picturing snow-capped peaks, green valleys, misty waterfalls and emerald-green lakes? That’s exactly what you’ll experience as you travel east on the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver through Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff to Calgary. On the way, you’ll stop off to ride on a glacier, tour national parks and take to the skies on a helicopter ride. What better way to top off a trip to the Rockies than with a birds-eye view of those iconic mountain tops.

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Deccan Odyssey - Indian Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey - Indian Odyssey

Revisit the golden age of rail travel on this Deccan Odyssey across Rajasthan. Beginning in the architectural splendours of Delhi, you’ll travel in genteel style, taking in the iconic sites of Agra and Jaipur and searching for Tigers in Ranthambore National Park.

From £3899pp (excluding flights)

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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds Explorer Westbound

Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds Explorer Westbound

Make like a true adventurer and explore great Western Canada. Over the course of a week, you’ll be transported into the life of a voyager, heading east from Vancouver and into British Columbia’s interior on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Making stops in Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper and Kamloops, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the dramatic, fascinating scenery. From calm, glistening waters, rushing rivers and waterfalls, to a birds-eye view from a helicopter and driving over an ancient glacier. All of this, topped off with a constant backdrop of those iconic snow-peaked Rockies.

From £2375pp (excluding flights)

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Eastern Rail Experience

Eastern Rail Experience

Set out on this captivating historic rail route, taking you from Halifax through Quebec, Montreal, along the path of the mighty St. Lawrence river, and finally Toronto. Along the way you'll have lots of time to explore at your own pace. Jaw-dropping architecture, museums and stunning scenery are a-plenty. Board a VIA Rail train and make your way through rolling hills, being sure to see the sunset and sunrise from the comfort of your carriage. 

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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds Explorer Eastbound

Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds Explorer Eastbound

Seeing the best bits of Canada’s west couldn’t be easier. Step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, and spend a week exploring the natural wonders that this region boasts. From dusty desert-like landscapes to rolling green fields, you’ll see ever-changing views from the comfort of your carriage. Stop off at turquoise-blue lakes, snowy peaks in the background, and drive on an ancient glacier. See those famous mountains from land and air — ride the Banff Gondola and take to the skies in a helicopter over Calgary. There’s no better way to see The Rockies, just like a true adventurer.

From £2375pp (excluding flights)

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Rocky Mountaineer - Rainforest to Gold Rush

Rocky Mountaineer - Rainforest to Gold Rush

A Canadian rail journey is all about the views, and this one packs in a load of them. From the Sea to Sky Corridor with views of Howe Sound to Mount Garibaldi and Brandywine Falls, you’ll see the ever-changing scenery from the window of your carriage. Watch the world go by and get those Insta-worthy photos as you venture into the British Columbia interior. Making stops in Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper, you’ll see part of what western Canada’s all about.

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