A Calendar of Great Rail Journeys Travel Ideas

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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.

The Northjern Lights and Lapland

JANUARY

The Northern Lights and Lapland

On this remarkable adventure, we explore Norway and Swedish Lapland, journeying far north into the Arctic Circle where we seek out the magical Northern Lights, all while travelling on some of Scandinavia's most scenic railways.

Starting from: £2,395 per person

Ultimate Australia and the Ghan

FEBRUARY

Ultimate Australia and the Ghan

Embark upon a rail adventure that showcases the best of Australia's natural wonders, from the kaleidoscopic hues of the Great Barrier Reef to the fiery orange of Uluru. A journey on the legendary Ghan introduces you to Australia's remote landscapes in style, and time in Melbourne and Sydney complete this holiday of a lifetime.

Starting from: £6,895 per person

India's Golden Triangle

MARCH

India's Golden Triangle, Tigers and Shimla

Marvel at historic temples, spot elusive tigers and visit beautiful palaces and gardens as we explore kaleidoscopic India, taking in the tranquillity of Shimla, enigmatic Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, and Agra home of the resplendent Taj Mahal.

Starting from: £1,995 per person

The Floriade Flower Show and Keukenhof Garden

APRIL – *2022 Special Event Exclusive*

The Floriade Flower Show and Keukenhof Garden

Discover two of the Netherlands' most impressive and unique natural wonderlands with tickets to the Floriade flower show and a visit to the Keukenhof Garden. Based in charming Delft, we'll also tour the celebrated Royal Blue porcelain factory.

Starting from: £875 per person

Simply Lake Garda

MAY

Simply Lake Garda

Picturesque, peaceful, and perfectly placed for our visits to enchanting Verona and Venice, the lakeside town of Desenzano forms the ideal base for a holiday, with a delightful setting on the shores of tranquil Lake Garda - one of Italy's best-loved lakes.

Starting from: £1,495 per person

Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands

JUNE

Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands

Majestic lochs and glens lie in wait as we take in Edinburgh and cross the Highlands, making visits to historic castles and the Isle of Mull. We travel through the West Highlands, tasting local delicacies along the way, culminating in a 'Scottish Evening' in the stately Scottish capital.

Starting from: £1,395 per person

Grand Tour of Scandinavia

JULY

Grand Tour of Scandinavia

Majestic mountains and heavenly Norwegian fjords combine with the tranquil landscapes of Sweden on an epic journey that includes every great Scandinavian rail experience. On this exciting 17-day holiday, we visit the fascinating cities of Stockholm, Trondheim, Bergen, and Oslo, also travelling beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'.

Starting from: £3,795 per person

Grand Imperial Cities

AUGUST

Grand Imperial Cities

Discover the culture and history of Europe's grandest cities, Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Berlin. With guided tours, delicious local favours and unique experiences, including a railway run entirely by schoolchildren, this once turbulent region is brought to life as you journey across four countries.

Starting from: £2,095 per person

New England in the Fall

SEPTEMBER

New England in the Fall

Spectacular colours and beautiful mountain scenery come together on an autumn adventure along America's East Coast. We stay 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.

Starting from: £2,495 per person

Wengen and the Jungfrau Express

OCTOBER

Wengen and the Jungfrau Express

The spectacular mountain landscapes and lush meadows of the majestic Alps await us in Switzerland's famous Bernese Oberland. Ride the Jungfrau Express to the 'top of Europe', ascend the Schilthorn and experience the tremendous Trümmelbach waterfalls as you explore this region.

Start Price from: £1,695 per person

Cape Town, the Blue Train and Kruger National Park

NOVEMBER

Cape Town, the Blue Train and Kruger National Park

Discover the highlights of South Africa on a two-night rail journey aboard 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 Kruger National Park.

Starting from: £4,295 per person

Christmas Markets of the Rhine Cruise

DECEMBER

Christmas Markets of the Rhine Cruise

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as you float along the mighty Rhine, discovering fairytale Germany at the most magical time of the year. The twinkling lights and enticing aromas of Germany's renowned Christmas markets, the natural beauty of the Rhine Gorge, and a host of festive treats await, and we experience it all from the luxury of our floating hotel.

Starting from: £825 per person
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