Whether its the snow-capped mountains of Europe or a sun-drenched adventure further afield, if you are thinking of holidaying by rail this winter, then look no further than escorted rail specialist, Great Rail Journeys, which has launched its winter season collection featuring tours ranging from the palaces of India to the Christmas markets of the UK and Europe.
The company’s first worldwide winter stand-alone brochure features a range of tours that have been introduced by popular demand. Destinations featured include India, United States of America, Morocco, South Africa, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Trans-Siberian Express journey across Russia. In total 13 tours are featured with various departure dates between October to May.
Highlights include: ‘India’s Golden Triangle’ - this five star Indian rail tour covers the main sights of this colourful country, including the Red and Amber Forts, temples, beautiful palaces and ornate gardens, New and Old Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur and Agra with its white marble icon. Other highlights include Silma and the Shivalik Himalaya, The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Priced from £1,750 per person to include return scheduled flights between London and Delhi, rail travel in India in air-conditioned ‘Chair Class’ on the Shatabdi Express and Heritage carriages on the Toy Train, 11 nights hotel accommdoation with breakfast each day, two restaurant lunches and two packed lunches, dinner every day, guided city tours in Delhi, Shimla and Jaipur, visits to the iconic monuments of the Taj Mahal, Fatepur Sikri and the Amber and Jaigahr Forts, rail journeys on the Shatabdi Express and rail journey on the Toy Train to Shimla, luggage handling in India, all transfers, flight taxes and charges and the services of a professional tour manager throughout.
‘The Canadian In Winter’ is an 11 day tour covering ice-bound Niagara and multicultural Toronto as well as laid-back Vancouver by train as well as a journey on the magnificent Canadian across frosted prairies and through the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Priced from £2,295 per person to include return scheduled flights from London to Toronto and Vancouver to London, rail travel between Toronto and Vancouver, coach transfers and connections as per the itinerary, five nights’ hotel accommodation, four nights sleeper touring class rail travel on the Canadian, will all meals included, four lunches including lunch in the Penthouse Restaurant of the Sheraton Hotel, four dinners including a farewell dinner at the ‘Top of Vancouver rooftop revolving restaurant, guided morning sightseeing tour of Toronto, visit to Niagara Falls and sightseeing tour of Vancouver including Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Par, flight taxes and charges and the services of a professional tour manager throughout
Additionally, Great Rail Journeys’ ‘Winter, Christmas & Spring Holidays by Rail’ brochure features UK and European product, Christmas Market breaks and Christmas & New Year festive tours. Three brand new itineraries have been added and these new tours include:
Manchester Christmas Markets – This five day tour experiences Manchester, its Christmas Markets and a guided walking tour of the city, as well as an excursion on the East Lancashire Railway and a visit to Tatton Park. Priced from £265 per person to include four nights’ hotel accommodation at the four-star Park Inn Hotel in Manchester with breakfast each day, three dinners, guided tour of Manchester, excursion on the East Lancashire railway, visit to Tatton Park and the services of a professional tour manager throughout. Available on November 23, December 7 and 14.
Canterbury & Kent Markets – This five day tour features Canterbury and its cathedral, Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas Market and the Kent & East Sussex Railway. The holiday is priced from £349 per person to include four nights hotel accommodation at the three-star Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury with breakfast each day, guided tour of Canterbury and visit to Canterbury Cathedral, excursion to Rochester Christmas Market, journey on the Kent & East Sussex Railway and wine tasting, plus the services of a professional tour manager throughout. Available on December 1 and 16.