Great railway journeys

Step back in time and watch the world go by on a luxurious great railway journey. Inspired by the great train rides of the age of steam, and an opportunity for greener travel, holidaymakers around the world are choosing life at a more leisurely, stylish and intimate pace.

Journeys on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express include the classic 32-hour route between London and Venice and an epic six-day trip from Venice or Paris to Istanbul via Bucharest, Budapest and Vienna. The world’s next best-known train, the Trans-Mongolian Express, follows a hundred-year-old route across Siberia and carries passengers through dramatic landscape between Moscow and Beijing.

Other in-demand luxury train journeys include the Maharajas’ Express, which visits the major sights of India, the Indian Pacific’s cross-country ride between Perth and Sydney via Australia’s spectacular Blue Mountains, and Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa, ferrying passengers across South Africa, and into Namibia and Tanzania.

Our railway holiday specialists are on hand to advise times and dates, along with city breaks to top and tail the rail leg of your trip.

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There are several great railway journeys in Africa that allow you to explore the continent in comfort and style. Take The Blue Train or one of the services operated by Rovos Rail to step back in time and enjoy unparalleled views of the countryside that you pass through.


Train travel in Asia is an excellent way to travel long distances in comfort and style; experience the uniqueness of South East Asia on board the Eastern & Oriental Express, ride the Bullet Train in Japan or explore India on the Maharajas' Express.

Australasia and Pacific

Both Australia and New Zealand have several great railway journeys. Take the Indian Pacific Railway or ride the Ghan Railway in Australia, or take the TranzAlpine Express in New Zealand to see some of the finest landscapes in each country.

Central America

Take a spectacular ride on the Copper Canyon railway in Mexico to see some of the country's most rugged terrain.


Ride the rails across Europe on iconic routes such as the Orient Express and Trans Siberian Railway to discover stunning landscapes and historic cities.

Indian Subcontinent

The best way to see India is on an incredible Indian railway journey and no visit to the country is complete without experiencing the bustle of a station and a journey through the country's diverse landscapes on the rails.

North America

North America is vast; to travel quickly and comfortably but get a flavour of Canada or the United States, board a long distance train such as the Rocky Mountaineer Railway to discover the landscapes most people miss.

South America

Although the infrastructure in South America doesn't lend itself to great railway journeys, there are still some exceptional train journeys in Peru, to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, and also in Ecuador.

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