Rail holidays

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rail holidays

 

There can be few more thrilling but relaxing ways of experiencing the world than on a railway holiday.   From the enormity of the USA and Canadian Rockies to the splendour of the Swiss lakes and mountains.   This type of holiday offers something for everyone, even the most avid rail enthusiasts.

WHERE IN THE WORLD?

You can take a rail holiday in every continent, some more famous than others, and with varying degrees of comfort.

WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE CAN I EXPECT?…

If you enjoy the excitement of moving steadily (either pretty slowly or very quickly!) through a range of places and scenery, either sleeping on board the train, or alighting at places of interest and staying in lodgings to combine the break with some sight seeing, then this is the holiday for you.   You can spend a sociable holiday talking to other like-minded people, or if you prefer just watch the world go by as a solo traveller or couple.   The choice is yours.   Please bear in mind that if you take accommodation on the train, even the most luxurious operators tend to offer small rooms – after all, the train has a limited width so that is to be expected!

WHEN CAN I DO THAT?…

You can take a tailor made rail holiday at any time of the year, but tour operators tend to focus on the main seasons for travel when offering packaged itineraries.   For example, you could visit a Christmas Market in Germany by rail; or take a classic rail journey like the Venice-Simplon Orient Express in Spring.   Or be transported back to the age of steam with a visit to Holland or Saxony during the summer months.

DO I NEED ANYTHING SPECIAL TO DO THAT?…

Though you will spend some of your time sitting and watching the scenery glide by, please keep in mind that you will need to be fairly able bodied to get on and off board the train, and also to undertake any sightseeing which is part of the trip.   Many countries offer assistance at train stations, for example Switzerland is noted for efficient timetables and helpful staff.

WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND?…

Why not start with a few days exploring the Devon and Cornwall coast by train? Or take the classic Glacier Express in Switzerland? That should whet your appetite for something even more adventurous like the 3 week Coast to Coast route across the USA.

WHAT DOES IT COST?…

For a short break in the UK for just a few nights, you should set aside a budget of at least £400, which should also be sufficient for a hotel room with breakfast.   You should allow more if you are travelling some distance to join the train.   For the Glacier Express, prices start from about £1,200 for 8 nights with bed and breakfast hotel accommodation and flights included.   For the longer 21 night trip to the USA, this will set you back at least £3,000.

WHO ELSE ENJOYS DOING THAT?…

The pop music producer Pete Waterman is well known for loving trains, Michael Palin is also a big fan, and has made numerous documentaries.

Other Things To Know (Passports, Visas, Health, Security)

Passports for holidays further afield may need to have a validity of at least 6 months after your trip. Holders of EU passports do not require a visa to travel within the EU. Take care to watch your luggage and be alert to the possibility of pick pockets in some locations and stations.   Travelling by train, and changing at various points, can be disorientating, so it pays to keep your wits (and valuables) about you.

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