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Travel Directors have always loved railways. After all, the first escorted adventure we ever organised was on the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia, a tour we are still running several times a year, almost a quarter of a century later!
We have now introduced a thrilling new portfolio of tours, featuring some of the world’s greatest, and most scenic, rail routes. Our first offering – Rail Across Europe – was an instant success and is now a firm favourite in our annual tour programme. The tour embraces seven countries: Scotland, England, Wales, France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, and features some fabulous journeys. There’s the West Highland line, which cuts through the glorious Scottish countryside; the Carlisle to Settle route through the Pennines and the Yorkshire dales and then a trip on Eurostar from Paris to London. On the continent we travel on the breathtaking Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz and finish in the fairytale German town of Wernigerode, home to one of the world’s last surviving steam railway services.
Following the success of Rail Across Europe we introduced Rail Across India, an exotic journey across the subcontinent, which features a week-long journey through Rajasthan on the world-famous Palace on Wheels. In addition we will travel to beautiful Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalaya, for a ride on the World Heritage-listed Darjeeling toy train. Further north we will travel from Kalka on an equally famous hill railway to extraordinary Shimla, the former British Summer capital of India. Our route also takes us to some of India’s other most famous cities, such as Varanasi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Agra.
Our Rail Across USA itinerary was introduced in 2015 and is an incredible 30-day journey from coast to coast of the United States. Travelling on some of America’s most iconic train routes, this tour is an electrifying mix of magnificent scenery and multiple night stays at some of the most exciting cities in the US, including Seattle, Chicago and New York.
With the ever-increasing popularity of rail tours, we have added a brand new tour to our rail portfolio – Manchester to Marrakech. The inaugural tour will depart in September 2016 and is an epic 30-day journey from the heart of the industrial revolution to the sands of the Sahara Desert. With the exception of a short ferry journey from Gibraltar to Tangier, the entire journey through Wales, France, Spain, and Morocco is by rail. It is an extraordinary journey giving a completely different perspective on the countries we visit.