A Calendar of Great Rail Travel Ideas

Prepared by Great Rail Journeys

When is best time to take a Great Rail Journeys holiday? There’s a perfect time for everything - take a look at the calendar below for where you might discover wonderful things by rail each month of the year.

JANUARY

Harbin Ice Festival

Harbin Ice Festival

Discover the enigmatic culture of China on a tour that celebrates its fascinating cities and sights during the Harbin Ice Festival. Visit Beijing, Xian and Shanghai on a captivating tour that captures the essence of this spellbinding country.

Start Price from: £3,195 per person

FEBRUARY

The Northern Lights & Lapland

The Northern Lights & Lapland

Explore Norway and Swedish Lapland on this remarkable adventure. Journey north, far into the Arctic Circle seeking out the magical Northern Lights, all whilst travelling on some of Scandinavia's most scenic railways.

Start Price from: £2,595 per person

MARCH

India's Golden Triangle

India's Golden Triangle

The kaleidoscopic sights of this colourful countryare breath taking. This Indian rail tour takes in the Red and Amber Forts, historic temples, beautiful palaces and ornate gardens, visiting Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its white marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

Start Price from: £2,245 per person

APRIL

Steam Trains & Tulips of Holland

Steam Trains & Tulips of Holland

Based in beautiful Delft, this tour visits the popular Keukenhof Garden, the superb Royal Delft Porcelain factory and vibrant Amsterdam. Also make a wonderful journey across the countryside by vintage steam train.

Start Price from: £895 per person

MAY

Machu Picchu & the Andes

Machu Picchu & the Andes

The lost city of Machu Picchu and the treasures of Peru are unveiled in this high-altitude adventure, combining scenic rail journeys with first class hotels. This tour is an unforgettable experience in a South American paradise that includes Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca and Cusco.

Start Price from: £3,495 per person
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JUNE

Arctic Norway & Midnight Sun on the Lofoten Isles

Arctic Norway & Midnight Sun on the Lofoten Isles

Travelling the length of Norway aboard some of the world's most impressive railway lines, discovering its delightful cities and island communities alongling the way. Experiencing life in the Arctic Circle and feasting like a Viking on this eleven day tour.

Start Price from: £2,995 per person

JULY

Sirmione on Lake Garda

Sirmione on Lake Garda

Known as the 'Pearl of the Lake', picture-perfect Sirmione is perched on a peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Garda. This exceptional tour visits Mantova, the Sigurtá Gardens, and iconic Venice, for a guided tour of this incredible 'Floating City.'

Start Price from: £1,695 per person

AUGUST

Edinburgh Tattoo

Edinburgh Tattoo

Experiencing the spectacle of marching bands, visiting the Edinburgh Tattoo by train, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting the trip, guest will witness incredible lochs, glens and mountains whilst exploring the West Highlands.

Start Price from: £695 per person

SEPTEMBER

New England in the Fall

New England in the Fall

Spectacular colours and beautiful mountain scenery come together on an autumn adventure along America's East Coast. Staying in Cape Cod, Boston and the White Mountains, experiencing the region's terrific scenic railways on a seasonal tour that brings out the very best of stunning New England.

Start Price from: £2,495 per person
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OCTOBER

Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. Exploring the halftimbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.

Start Price from: £1,495 per person
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NOVEMBER

Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger National Park

Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger National Park

Discover the highlights of South Africa with a rail journey on the luxurious Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria. Ascend Table Mountain, sample local wines in Stellenbosch and enjoy fantastic game drives during a wonderful three-night stay at a hotel at the gate of Kruger National Park.

Start Price from: £3,895 per person
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DECEMBER

Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta

Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta

Explore the fascinating intertwined countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, from the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh and the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat, to the spectacular natural beauty and unmistakable outline of Halong Bay and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.

Start Price from: £3,955 per person
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