With the ultimate in comfort, safety and convenience, train travel is now experiencing a strong resurgence in popularity. And there are some very good reasons why. Taking to the tracks has a lot of advantages...
Firstly, trains allow you to travel in safety and comfort. Restaurant cars, food trolley service, bar cars on day trains and sleeping accommodation on night trains mean that no matter how long or short your trip, you will travel in comfort and convenience from city centre to city centre, without traffic hassles or airport delays. As an extra bonus, old-worldly charm sets train travel apart from more mundane forms of transport.
Scenic and luxury trains offer full catering and service, and the likes of the Rocky Mountaineer, the legendary Orient-Express, The Ghan, the Indian Pacific and many Swiss scenic trains will take you on some memorable journeys through some of the world's most spectacular landscapes in unparalleled luxury. Most large cities in the world are serviced by at least one railway line, along with numerous local and commuter services, so you can usually be assured of frequent services. Trains are also rarely affected by weather delays.
You have a lot of freedom on a train: chat with your travel companions, meet new people, read a book or just sit back and take in the incredible scenery rolling past. Train travel can be an excellent choice for families: children are generally fascinated by trains and it's much easier to care for children on a train than in a car for example. Very importantly, train travel is recognised as an environmentally friendly travel option.
When purchasing tickets, many countries such as Europe, Japan, Canada and the USA offer a great range of rail passes for travellers who need flexible travel options, whether for business or pleasure. The other option is a point-to-point ticket - generally more suitable for shorter trips and often representing excellent value for money. Many rail tickets and passes offer significant discounts for seniors and students or persons under 26 years, making your dollar go even further.
Take the Eurostar from London and you can be in another country in less than two hours! Or enjoy the freedom, flexibility and great value of the large selection of BritRail and Eurail passes: select your pass based on the huge network of train systems available throughout Western and Eastern Europe. At Infinity Rail we can also help you book separate European rail sectors, so you can leave home knowing for certain that you've got a seat on the train you want!
Take advantage of a great number of passes or point-to-point tickets in both the USA and Canada and explore these vast and exciting countries in reliable comfort. If you're visiting Canada, a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer through the Rockies is not to be missed.
Closer to home, you can experience rail journeys of complete contrast. Take in the vast space of the Australian outback on the luxury of The Ghan or the Indian Pacific. Explore the tropical Queensland coast from Brisbane to Cairns on The Sunlander. Or Marvel at the Southern Alps soaring peaks on the TranzAlpine.
Train travel through Asia provides the opportunity to gain a unique insight into countries that may otherwise be relatively inaccessible. With Infinity Rail you can meet the locals, experience ancient cultures and get off the beaten track on the railways of China, Tibet, Vietnam, Laos and Japan.
There's a wide-range of rail options out there, too many to fit into one brochure. Popular rail routes such as, Bangkok to Singapore or St Petersburg to Helsinki and iconic journeys, such as the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian. If you can't find the rail journey you need, simply ask your consultant for details.
Visiting Britain? Whatever your age, interests or background, there is a BritRail Pass to help you get the most out of your trip.Explore England, Scotland and Wales and discover the charms of the countryside, historic towns and cities, with the convenience of rail travel. Visit ancient castles, old pubs and quaint villages at your own pace, in a very affordable and flexible fashion with one of the many BritRail options. Each country offers a magical cultural experience and your ticket will present you with an unforgettable and hassle-free adventure - with tailor-made passes to match any itinerary. These passes are not available for sale in the UK, so purchase them before you leave to enjoy huge savings.
BritRail's most popular passes include unlimited travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Select from either the FlexiPass or the Consecutive Pass to best match your travel needs.BritRail FlexiPass Gives you the freedom to travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales for four, eight, or 15 days within a two-month period. Linger in your favourite part of the UK or travel further around this historical nation. These passes are a totally flexible option allowing passengers to hop on and off as they please. Ask us more about group, family and guest pass discounts.
BritRail Consecutive Pass Offers continuous travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales with the option of four, eight, 15, 22 days or one month. These are a great choice for the avid traveller who has limited time and wants to experience as much of Britain as possible. Choose between travelling in first or standard class and relax as the countryside, cities and towns roll past your window.If you are only travelling in England, inquire about the BritRail England Consecutive Pass or FlexiPass for even more savings.
Within two hours, you're in another country Whether you're travelling from London (St Pancras station) to Brussels or Paris, the Eurostar is the easiest way to cross the English Channel. With state-of-the-art trains, quick transfers and no crowded airport check-in areas, you can relax and enjoy your journey. Take a day trip, a long weekend or a holiday and start your European experience in the best possible way.
Sit back and enjoy the beautifully appointed interiors of the recently re-fitted, high-speed trains while you relax in comfort and stylish surroundings from the moment you first board and settle into your seat. Travelling on Eurostar is different because your journey takes you right from the heart of one great European city directly to another. Enjoy high quality drinks and snacks in the Standard Class Bar-Buffet carriages or fine food and champagne served at your seat in Leisure Select and Business Premier classes. Whether you are travelling by yourself, with your partner or with the family - you are sure to enjoy this experience.
Travelling by train is one of the most romantic and relaxing ways to explore Europe. Rail travel allows the traveller to experience the contrasting landscapes and the beauty of different regions and countries in Europe. Passengers can relax and enjoy the services on board the train, while avoiding the hassle and costs associated with air or road transportation.
Eurail passes are designed to offer maximum flexibility across this historic continent. No matter what your age, the Eurail is a travelling adventure you don't want to miss! Choose between the Global, Flexi or Select passes in either first or second class carriages.
Each Eurail pass offers three rate structures: First class (adult), Saver (two or more adults travelling together) or Youth discount (under 26 years). These passes are exclusively for passengers who reside outside Europe.
Eurail Global Pass Offers the most extensive travel possibilities with practically unlimited travel across 21 countries. With a Eurail Global Pass you can enjoy unlimited travel within the validity period of the pass. It is available for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months or three months and is perfect for travel within a set itinerary. The 21 countries are: Austria (including Liechtenstein), Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France (including Monaco), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Eurail Global Pass Flexi Offers all the benefits of unlimited travel within 20 countries with a choice of 10 or 15 days travel within two months - the perfect option for those wanting to stay longer in each destination. The Eurail Global passes also entitle passengers to benefit from bonus discounts such as reductions on the fares of some hotels, buses and shipping lines.
Eurail Select Pass Lets you choose any three, four or five Eurail countries that are directly connected by rail. This allows you to save money and only pay for the countries you need. Adjoining countries are defined as being connected by either rail or ship. For example, France, Switzerland and Germany would be a possible three-country combination, as would Greece, Italy and Austria. The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg are considered one country called Benelux, Slovenia and Croatia are also considered one country, as are Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro. Options include five, six, eight or 10 days of unlimited travel within a two-month period, from the first time you use your pass. If you choose five countries, there is an extra option of 15 days of travel.
Eurail National passes allow unlimited train travel in one European country, allowing flexible exploration. There is currently a wide selection of Eurail National passes. See the list below and pricing, which you will find on page 10. These passes also entitle you to numerous bonuses, varying from free or discounted transportation on the tracks of private railroad companies, national ferry crossings and buses, as well as reductions on car rental, hotels, museums and bicycle rental. Each country has its specific bonuses, all offering great value to the international traveller.
For travel through Switzerland, there are several different pass options available:
Swiss Transfer Ticket For a quick visit to Switzerland, this pass includes one inbound and one outbound rail journey from any Swiss airport or border to a single destination. Swiss Card Same inclusions as the Swiss Transfer Ticket, but also includes a 50% discount on additional trains, bus and boat travel. Swiss Consecutive pass is valid for specific periods, from 4 days to 1 month and unlimited travel is permitted over the duration of your pass. Perfect for a short stay where you want to see as much as possible.
Swiss Flexipass valid for 1 month, this pass allows between 3-6 days travel within the month. This pass will suit the more relaxed traveller who wishes to take their time exploring. Swiss Glacier Express Eurail Passholder available only to those holding a valid Eurail pass that includes Switzerland, this is a discounted ticket that allows travel on the amazing Swiss Glacier Express - travelling through the 'Grand Canyon of Switzerland' and the heart of the Alps.
Regional passes allow you to travel within two countries. These passes are ideal for those who are on a short stay in Europe or who only want to visit a couple of countries. Options range from four to 10 days of unlimited travel within a two month period. The Regional pass is so simple and easy to use and there are so many possible combinations, you really can tailor-make to suit your own individual needs.
Two countries are combined as long as they share a border. There are some additional 'rules' when combining some counties which allow you to experience even more on your regional pass. They are
If you need more than two countries, simply use a Select Pass.
Italy is renowned for its beauty and history - take it all in with flexible rail passes. Visit Roman ruins and relics, see extraordinary Renaissance art, explore the canals of Venice, go skiing in the Alps or enjoy the delights of Tuscany - all by rail! The Trenitalia network covers more than 5630 kilometres of track and runs close to 360,000 train journeys each year, linking big cities and small towns inside Italy and connecting to all the major cities throughout Europe.
Italy's picturesque wineries and unspoilt coastlines are a must-see on any traveller's itinerary and best explored by rail. Comfortable and modern trains will take you to the architectural wonders of ancient Rome, Florence, Venice and Pisa. See the unforgettable Tuscan scenery, spectacular Pompeii, Naples and its magical islands, breathtaking Amalfi coast or explore the stunning Cinque Terre region. You can do it all with the Italy Pass. Why not upgrade to first class for a true luxurious rail experience?
Passes offer three to 10 days travel within a 2-month period in either a first- or second-class carriage. Travel on board the high-speed network trains or on the regional services and venture to the heart of Italy. Italy may be a small country, but it has a lot to offer and these passes will maximise your Italian experience.
If your time in Italy is limited, a point-to-point fare may suit you perfectly. Whether you're taking a short journey to the next city, or travelling the length of the boot, there's a ticket for you. Available in both first- and second-class travel options, for your comfort and budget preference. Avoid disappointment and pre-purchase and book your seat prior to departure. A selection of point-to-point fares are featured, however there are many more options available. Infinity Rail has the biggest range of sector fares available for pre-booking in Australia. Please ask your travel consultant formore information.
Enjoy the best seat in the house as the Wild West unfolds. Appreciate the vastness and spectacular natural beauty of the USA from the luxury of your comfortable seat with Amtrak's fantastic rail passes. Experience the excitement of New York City, the power of Niagara Falls or the New England charm of Boston.
Amtrak is the largest rail operator in the USA, providing intercity passengers with rail services to more than 500 destinations across 46 states on a 35,406 kilometres route system. You can take advantage of this huge network and travel on either a point-to-point ticket or a rail pass, offering you the flexibility to choose the cities you want to visit and explore at your own pace.
Travel the length and breadth of the USA on one of three pass options. Choose from eight segments in 15 days, 12 segments in 30 days and 18 segments in 45 days. Amtrak considers a segment to be any single journey. So as soon as you change trains, you start a new segment. For example, if there's no direct service between Washington DC and Kansas City, and you need to change trains in Chicago, you would be using two segments on the one way journey. There are some restrictions on which trains you can use, so check with your travel consultant.
Regional Tickets Perfect for those just wanting to visit one or two cities. Choose between standard or business class seating and pre-book your seat before you leave to guarantee your place on the train and avoid disappointment.
Acela Express Tickets Enjoy superior comfort and service at speeds up to 240 kilometres per hour. The Acela Express services Boston to Washington DC, via New York City and Philadelphia with first and business class carriages. First Class service also includes a meal and beverage service, newspaper and lounge access. Sleeper Tickets For longer journeys, arrive refreshed by booking yourself a sleeper. Both bedroom and roomette options include bedding for two passengers. The only difference being a bedroom has the added benefit of private ensuite facilities.
When you've arrived at your destination, why not take advantage of additional savings and see more with the all-access Go Card! Instead of buying a ticket to each attraction, the Go Card acts as a universal ticket that can save you up to 40% compared to buying tickets directly, as well as savings on dining and shopping! Attractions differ per destination and include entry into museums and zoos, day tours and excursions.
Travelling on board the Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience, considered by many to be a trip of a lifetime. Join more than 1,000,000 people who have experienced the acclaimed two-day, all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer rail journey. This rail journey recaptures the romance of rail travel as it follows the historic train route, constructed more than 100 years ago, through Canada's West and the Canadian Rockies. The entire train ride takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery of glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountain ranges and ferocious rivers.
The rail journeys between Vancouver and Jasper, Banff and Calgary are world-renowned for stunningly rugged scenery and their unparalleled hospitality. There are more than 50 different tours available, from the best-selling Classic Rail Vacation and Western Explorer, to the spectacular Gold Collection. Ask your consultant for more details of these and more classic adventures.
Rocky Mountaineer offers three class options for you to choose from:
RedLeaf Rocky Mountaineer's RedLeaf service is a very civilised way to experience a great all - daylight adventure. Settle back in your roomy, reclining seat and enjoy the commentary and service provided by your on-board attendant. Enjoy friendly service and delicious meals as you travel in total luxury and comfort.
GoldLeaf The custom-designed GoldLeaf Dome Coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Combined with the attentive service of your on-board attendants, this is truly one of the world's premier travel experiences. From the moment you are welcomed on board, and from your first taste of the gourmet meals prepared by talented chefs, you can be assured of luxury and comfort.
Deluxe Fairmont For those who wish to experience Canada's' Rocky Mountains in ultimate luxury. This option combines travel during the day in the superior GoldLeaf carriages on board the Rocky Mountaineer and staying overnight in 5-star Fairmont hotels and resorts.
CanRail Pass Gives you unlimited travel throughout Canada on VIA Rail trains. This is the perfect choice for people who want to go a long way on a limited budget. The pass can be used anywhere VIA Rail goes, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and up to Hudson Bay. You get 12 days of unlimited travel in comfort class (economy) during a 30-day period. Just show your CanRail Pass each time you obtain a ticket for a trip during this 30-day period. You can make as many stops as you like during your journey and add up to three extra days travel, which you can buy in advance or at any time during the 30-day validity period. This gives you 13, 14 or 15 days of unlimited travel!
Corridor Pass Offers 10 days of travel within southern Quebec and southern Ontario and wherever VIA Rail travels. Destinations include, Quebec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Niagara Falls, and more. Comfort class offers the best value. Upgrade options are available to VIA first class; upgrade and enjoy access to the business lounge, on-board catering, newspaper and wi-fi internet. Point-to-Point Fares Perfect for shorter journeys, offering convenience and great value. Ask your consultant for more options.
Rated Australia's number one train journey, The Sunlander travels in over 1680 kilometres of Queensland's coastline, from Brisbane to Cairns. This iconic rail journey takes you to some of the most idyllic Queensland holiday destinations. Hervey Bay is not only the playground for whales during their annual migration, but also the gateway to the Fraser Coast and World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Stop at Proserpine, gateway to the Whitsunday islands, with 74 tropical islands in the Whitsunday group - you'll be spoilt for choice. Townsville offers a laid-back city feel, with beautiful Magnetic Island on her doorstep. Final destination Cairns, where the reef meets the rainforest. Departing three times a week, The Sunlander offers a comfortable and affordable way to explore Queensland's coastline with a range of accommodation offerings to suit the needs and budget of every traveller.
General Seating is perfect for a short journey or the budget conscience traveller. Every seat faces the direction of travel and can be reclined for comfort. Economy Berth cabins consist of three bunk style beds, which can be sold individually to same gender passengers, or booked for a travelling party or family. Cabins have a washbasin and mirror. Sheets and towels are provided.
1st Class Berths are available in either single or twin cabins and are fitted with a washbasin and mirror. Sheets and towels are also provided. Queenslander Class is perfect for the astute, indulgent traveller. Queenslander Class is the ideal way to experience the picturesque coastal stretch between Brisbane and Cairns. Sumptuous meals are presented in the fine dining atmosphere of the Dining Car, or while away the hours with a cool drink and live entertainment in the Lounge Car. All Queenslander Class sleeping berths are fitted with overhead reading lights, washbasins, fresh crisp linen, stationery packs, toiletries and bathrobes. This premium class of travel is guaranteed to exceed expectations.
Experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. When The Ghan first departed Adelaide for Alice Springs, it was always intended that it would one day travel through to Darwin. More than 70 years on, in 2004, that dream became a reality making it possible to enjoy two nights on board this great train in either direction. Marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes from fertile countryside surrounding Adelaide to the rusty hues of the Red Centre, onto the tropical splendour of the Top End. The Ghan is the ultimate journey through the heart of the continent.
Cruise across the vast continent of Australia on one of the world's longest and greatest train journeys. From the spectacular Blue Mountains to the treeless plains of The Nullarbor desert, where the train travels the world's longest straight stretch of railway track, 478 kilometres. See the sights of some of Australia's most famous outback towns on an optional off-train sightseeing tour offered during scheduled stops at Broken Hill, Adelaide and gold rich Kalgoorlie. Cook, a remote outpost on the Nullarbor Plain, presents a further opportunity to stretch your legs. All along the Indian Pacific route, keep an eye out for the magnificent Australian wedge tailed eagle, the symbol of this great train. With a wingspan of up to two metres, it's easy to spot in a clear desert sky.
The Ghan and the Indian Pacific has two levels of service, Red and Gold service. In September 08, The Ghan introduced the new luxury Platinum service. Red Service Daynighter Seat With a comfortable recliner lounge chair and generous leg room, the Red Service Daynighter Seat is perfect for a shorter journey or the budget conscience traveller. Video entertainment and complimentary on-board magazines will help pass the time. Toilet and shower facilities are at the end of each carriage and towels and soap are provided.
Red Service Sleeper Cabin During the day, the cabin consists of two lounge chairs facing each other, which convert to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. The cabin also has private washing facilities, as well as a fold-away table, wardrobe, reading light and mirror. Please note guests travelling alone may be required to share a sleeper cabin.
Gold Service Sleeper Cabin Choose from an elegant twin or single sleeper cabin. Twin cabins feature a 3-seater lounge chair converting to a lower and upper sleeping berth and private ensuite. Single cabins feature a lounge chair converting to a single sleeping berth. Shower and toilet facilities are located at the end of each carriage. All Gold Service guests' receive a complimentary toiletry bag, certificate of travel and a collector stick pin.
Platinum Service Sleeper Cabin - available on The Ghan only Platinum Service is a new luxury level of train travel, like no other Australian train accommodation. Platinum Cabins will be approximately twice the size of our standard Gold Twin Cabins with each room offering deluxe accommodation including double beds, a spacious ensuite and extended room service. They will have all the modern comforts, in a classic style, with a distinctly Australian character. All Platinum guests will receive a welcome drink and appetiser on arrival in your cabin, complimentary nightcap and turndown service, freshly brewed tea and coffee delivered to your cabin each morning and for afternoon tea. There's also an option to dine in-cabin if you wish. Priority restaurant seating, check-in and a complimentary hotel transfer to or from The Ghan in Darwin is also available.
The Scenic Rail Pass is an easy to use, great value pass allowing you to travel around New Zealand on the Tranz Scenic rail network at your own pace. Designed for independent travellers who want to experience a rail vacation and experience the true beauty and benefits of train travel, you can choose your own route, stop when you like and travel as many times as you wish within the validity of this flexible pass. The Scenic Rail Pass provides you with genuine savings off the standard adult fare, so the more you travel the better the value.
The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other, offering one of the world's great scenic rail journeys. See the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Climb into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers and Punakaiki.
All carriages include one way seating and tabled group seating and an open air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery. The TranzAlpine departs Christchurch and Greymouth daily and takes four and a half hours in each direction.
Travel between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch, the South Island's largest city. The journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. The TranzCoastal includes an open air viewing carriage and departs Christchurch and Picton daily.
Take a journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Auckland, New Zealand's largest city to Wellington, New Zealand's arts and culture capital. Pass the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, see the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges - all from panoramic windows or open air viewing decks.
As an independent traveller, crossing China's vast and ancient lands may seem a daunting task. However, with China Railways it has never been easier to travel through this immense country, with links virtually to all major cities in the country and providing a safe, comfortable and reliable way to travel.
With its bustling, noisy cities, its relics, tombs and temples, China is like no other place on earth - it isn't a country, it's a different world. Take the train to Beijing, the capital of China and one of the most historical and cultural cities in the world. From Beijing you can easily access incredible wonders such as the Great Wall, the imposing grandeur of the Forbidden City, the impressive landmark of Tiananmen Square, the Ming Tombs, the stunning Summer Palace and more. Or travel by rail to Shanghai: once called the 'Paris of the Orient', this riverside city boasts remnants of its decadent French colonial past, as well as temples, gardens and bazaars.
Venture outside China's fascinating cities into regional China and you'll be told the other half of the story about what makes this nation tick. Xi'an, the eternal city, offers you the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, lauded as 'the eighth major miracle of the world', along with the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and the City Wall of the Ming Dynasty, the largest and most intact Ming Dynasty castle anywhere in the world. Southern China's Guangzhou is one of the 24 cities that are the first to have been announced as famous cities of historic and cultural interest in China. Only 125 kilometres south-east of Guangzhou is Hong Kong, a city that takes you from east to west, past to present, city to nature. Explore diverse cuisines, sophisticated shopping and panoramic vistas while immersing yourself in timeless culture and heritage.
There are three options for seating on China Railway services:
Seats are suitable for short rail journeys. Soft sleepers are comfortable four-berth compartments with full bedding provided. Deluxe sleepers are available on some major train routes and consist of a comfortable two-berth compartment with private ensuite.
Ultra-modern, slick, fast and reliable... step into the future and experience Japan by rail. Travel through awe-inspiring landscapes, to thriving modern metropolises or traditional rural villages. Discover hot springs, volcanoes or cool mountain regions. Japan Rail passes are the most economical way to see this beautiful and diverse country and are only available for purchase outside of Japan. There are two classes of travel to choose from: Ordinary (second class) and Green (first class).
The most popular accompaniment to any holiday to Japan, the Japan Rail Pass gives you unlimited travel over the entire Japan Network as well as limited bus and ferry services (excludes Nozomi super-express shinkasen bullet trains). Purchase a pass for seven, 14 or 21 days of unlimited travel. If you're intending to focus your holiday on a specific region of Japan, choose one of the following regional train passes.
The East Pass is an economical and flexible way to discover eastern Japan. The pass is available for unlimited travel over five or 10 days or choose a four-day flexi pass that allows you to travel on any four days within one month. The Japan Rail East covers metropolitan Tokyo and many popular destinations in Eastern Japan including: Nagano, Niigata, Sendai, Morioka, Misawa and Akita.
Kansai Area Pass discover the Kansai region, the cultural and historical heart of Japan. Major attractions include Kyoto, the first imperial city and Kobe, one of Japan's most beautiful cities. The Kansai Area covers Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara and Himeji. This pass cannot be used for Shinkansen trains (bullet trains). Sanyo Area Pass facing the inland sea, the Sanyo region is known as the 'sunny' region due to its mild climate. Visit the inspiring city of Hiroshima or the beautiful gardens of Okayama. The Sanyo Area covers the western area of Japan stretching roughly from Sasebo to Osaka, including famous sightseeing areas such as: Hiroshima, Okayama and Hakata. The pass is only available in Ordinary Class travelling on the 500-Series 'Nozomi' and other Sanyo Shinkansen trains (reserved and non-reserved seats).
Japan's northern-most main island, the Hokkaido area, is known for its untamed wilderness and excellent skiing throughout winter. Enjoy natural hot springs and a myriad of outdoor adventures including kayaking, hiking and fishing. Ask you consultant for pass options and prices. Japan Rail Hokkaido covers all lines on Hokkaido Island, including cities of Sapporo, Kushiro and Asahikawa. This pass is also valid on the bus lines of JR Hokkaido Bus Co.
Kyushu is the most southern of the four main islands and is known as the 'Land of Fire' due to its abundance of hot springs and volcanoes. Photographers will love the surreal and eerie volcanic landscapes. Ask you consultant for pass options and prices. Japan Rail Kyushu covers Nagasaki, Suizenji Park, Kagoshima and Obi Castle. It also includes travel on the new Kyushu Shinkansen train.
There is a timelessness to Vietnam and yet this is a country whose time in now. Vietnam's fresh sense of optimism in the wake of a more relaxed regime and new freedoms, has given it the perfect launch pad to show off its world-beating natural assets: from the charm of the Mekong Delta to its stunning central coastline, the soaring mountains of Sapa in the north, awe-inspiring Halong bay, emerald-green rice paddies and traditional cruising to tantalise the tastebuds.
Vietnamese trains are the ideal way for independent travellers to get around and see Vietnam at ground level. The trains are safe, comfortable and inexpensive. Your train journey will be an experience in itself and become an integral part of your visit to Vietnam.
Air-conditioned trains link Hanoi, Hué, Danang, Nha Trang and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Hoi An has no station, but it's just 30 kilometres by bus or taxi from Danang. There are also trains from Hanoi to Haiphong (for Halong Bay) and Hanoi to Lao Cai (for Sapa).
You'll see some wonderful scenery from the train between Hanoi and Saigon. This is the most scenic section of the line, running along the coast past bays and islands and through the hills. The train travels at low speed up fierce gradients, with an assisting locomotive at the rear and people sitting on the roof! Reunification Express Trains between Hanoi and Saigon are sometimes referred to as the 'Reunification Express' by guide books or tourist agencies. However, there are now many trains on this route and no single train officially carries this name.
While there are no Vietnam Pass options available, there are a myriad of point-to-point fares to take you to almost any destination. Soft-class sleepers are the recommended way to travel. The four-berth compartments with air-conditioning are perfect for any journey involving overnight travel. Soft sleepers have western-style toilets at the end of the corridor.
There are also options to have a hard-sleeper and seats, which aren't recommended for most western travellers, but are available if your are budget conscious.
Romance, adventure and pleasure are all intimately bound up in journeys that criss-cross Europe between some of the world's most alluring cities. Step on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and you step back into a more gracious, elegant age.
Your meals on board will be unforgettable. Set the tone with a visit to the Bar Car, famous for its delicious cocktails and welcoming atmosphere. Lunch, dinner and brunch are served in one of the three dining cars; softly muted lighting enhances the mood while fine linen, French silverware and heavy crystal invite you to prepare for a meal to remember. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served in your compartment. Table d'hôte meals are included in the fare, while an à la carte menu and 24-hour compartment service is available additionally.
In 1889, the legendary Orient-Express travelled from Paris to Istanbul, then known as Constantinople, travelling via Vienna and Budapest. Now there are many options available for the discerning traveller. For a taste of luxury, try a daytime journey or extend and spend anywhere from one to five nights on board.
London - Paris (daytrip) Sit back and enjoy a three-course lunch with wine and champagne as you travel to the Kentish coast from London Victoria station. Cross to France and join your reserved day car and enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by skilled French chefs. Arrive in Paris in the evening. Journey available in reverse.
Venice - Rome (daytrip) Board in Venice Santa Lucia station in the morning. Visit the Bar Car for an aperitif before your delicious three-course lunch is served in one of the beautiful restaurant cars. Relax as the Italian scenery provides an ever changing view before the train pulls into Rome in the afternoon. Travel is available in reverse, however journey is overnight.
London or Paris - Venice (2 days/1 night) Embark on the British Pullman from London and cross the Channel or start in Paris and board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Enjoy your next day on board as the train travels through the towering Swiss Mountains and Austrian Alps before arriving in Venice.
Prague - Paris or London (2 days/1 night) Join the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in the fascinating city of Prague for your journey throughout the Czech Republic and into Germany. Enjoy your night on board as the train travels on into France and arrives in Paris the following morning.
London or Paris - Venice - Rome (4 days/3 nights) Embark on the British Pullman from London, before crossing the Channel or start in Paris. Board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for a journey throughout France and into Switzerland. Travel through the towering Swiss Mountains and Austrian Alps before your arrival in the magnificent city of Venice, for a two-night stay. Re-join the train for your onward journey to Rome, the ancient capital of Italy.
Krakow - Vienna - London or Paris (5 days/4 nights) Travel from Krakow, the architectural gem of Poland, to London or Paris via the imperial city of Vienna where culture and adventure await you.
Paris - Budapest - Bucharest - Istanbul (6 days/5 nights) Depart from Paris for your journey throughout France, Switzerland and Austria towards Budapest. After an overnight stay in Budapest, continue through Hungary and into Romania. Enjoy the next day and night in Bucharest. On rejoining the train the next day stop in the fascinating country of Bulgaria. Enjoy your last night and day on board as the train travels to your destination, Istanbul.
Istanbul - Bucharest - Budapest - Venice (6 days/5 nights) Embark in Istanbul and travel through Turkey and Bulgaria. Arrive the next day in Bucharest for a night, and continue towards Hungary before arriving in Budapest, the next morning. Re-join the train and travel into Austria, stopping for a short city tour in Vienna. Enjoy your last night on board as the train crosses into Italy and on to Venice.
Routes can be combined to make longer journeys or single sections can be purchased separately. Ask your consultant for more information.
Experience a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos. The majesty and splendour of the E&O, with its comfortable and elegant compartments, delicious cuisine and superb service, combined with the adventure of a journey through the heart of Asia, is a truly unique way to experience the full wonder of this remarkable region.
Our chefs are internationally renowned for their ability to create a tantalising variety of Eastern and European dishes, using the finest fresh seasonal ingredients. Service equals the world's finest restaurants. Lunch and dinner are served in the two restaurant cars.
Each morning a breakfast of freshly baked croissants, coffee or tea, juice and fruit is delivered to your compartment and for those passengers wishing to rise early to take advantage of the beautiful scenery; tea and coffee will be served for you in the Observation Car from 7.00am onwards and afternoon tea will be served in your compartment. Most meals, tea and coffee are included in the fare.
The Eastern & Oriental-Express offers three grades of beautifully appointed compartments: Pullman Superiors, State Cabins and Presidential Suites. All options have a separate en suite with shower. Pullman Superior Cabin During the daytime the compartment is a private lounge provided by a banquette style sofa. At night the seating converts to an upper and lower bed.
State Cabin A private lounge during the day with a banquette style sofa and fixed chair, and one moveable chair. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night. Presidential Suite The cabins are styled as a private lounge during the day with a banquette style sofa and fixed chair, and two moveable chairs. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night. Guests in Presidential Suites enjoy the additional benefit of a complimentary bar in their cabin.
The Palace on Wheels has been rated as one of the ten most luxurious train journeys in the world. Once on board you will feel like Royalty, on a train once frequented by the Maharajas. Your personal attendant or 'Khidmatgar' will be on hand to take care of your travel needs. As a special touch, all the passengers are greeted with a traditional Royal welcome at every station. Relax in the lounge and take in a game of chess or bridge. Enjoy a refreshing aperitif in the well stocked bar and dine at one of two lavish restaurants, 'The Maharaja' and 'The Maharani' with a Rajasthani ambience serving mouth watering Continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines.
There are 14 coaches in the train, each named after a former princely state. Each coach is provided with four bedded chambers with plush Rajasthani interiors. The coaches provide facilities to make your voyage comfortable, including channel music, intercom, ensuites with shower and running hot and cold water.
Palace on Wheels takes you on an amazing eight-day journey, starting in Delhi and taking you to the majestic state of Rajasthan. The route continues to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur; Jaisalmer; 'Sun City' of Jodhpur, Ranthambore and Udaipur or 'Venice of the East' then finally to the red city of Fatehpur Sikri and Agra or 'City of the Taj'. Delhi to Delhi 8 days/7 nights starts at $3187 per person twin share.
Step on board the Pride of Africa. The Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. Once on board the wood panelled coaches, enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era. The Rovos Rail journeys 1600 kilometres from Cape Town to Pretoria along the old Karoo pioneering trail. Travel the grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape. There are three levels of suites available on the Rovos.
The Royal Suite, each of which takes up half a carriage, is spacious and elegant. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The Deluxe Suite also accommodates two passengers in either twin or double beds and has a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.
The Pullman Suite is while it includes the identical bathroom to that of the deluxe suites, the bedroom is smaller with a one up one down bunk for twin requirements or a double bed for couples. During the day this can be converted into a comfortable couch. Capetown to Pretoria 3 days/2 nights in a Pullman suite starts at $1500 per person twin share.
The Blue Train is unique - it is not merely a train but combines the luxury of the world's leading hotels with the charm of train travel. Think of it as an all-inclusive luxury rail cruise with an opportunity to view South Africa's spectacular landscapes along the way. On the regular journey between Pretoria and Cape Town, The Blue Train covers 1600 kilometres as she glides past South Africa's gold fields of the Witwatersrand, the farms of the northern Cape, on to Kimberley, home of the original diamond rush. The journey continues to the heart of the winelands and to one of the fairest cities on earth: Cape Town. There are two levels of suites available on The Blue Train.
The Luxury Suite extends your personal domain by more than a metre and the twin or double-bedded suite offers a deep, long bath for slow, luxuriant soaking. The luxury suite has a private digital entertainment centre and an inviting selection of music CD's and big-screen movies. The De Luxe Suite also accommodates two passengers in either twin bed with shower or double beds with bathtub and hand held shower. All of The Blue Train suites have private bathrooms with marble floors, gold fittings and a choice of bath or shower. Plush white towels, soft cotton kimonos and an array of luxury bath oils and soaps are provided.
Capetown to Pretoria 2 days/1 night in a De Luxe suite starts at $1500 per person twin share.
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