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An Insider's Look: Orient-Express to Venice

An Insider's Look: Orient-Express to Venice

Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Guides | October 6, 2020

An Insider’s Look Back to an Iconic Railbooker’s Holiday There are some train journeys that carry a certain reputation before them, but arguably none have the reputation for glamour, style, and sophistication of the Orient Express to Venice. Anticipation was certainly in the air as Gareth and I arrived at London Victoria, suited and booted, ready to begin the trip. We were immediately amused to see a Dutch couple waiting to check-in clad in denim – we were sure a quiet word would ensue and we were not disappointed. The passengers performed a quick change, almost worthy of a West End musical. After waving goodbye to our luggage we began to board the British Pullman, where we were met by the liveried stewards and assisted on board. After taking our places in a carriage named “Ibis” (all are individually named) we began to admire the period detail of the train. The regal carpets, woven brass luggage racks, and mahogany glass-panelled doors to silken lampshades and velour tapestry armchairs all take you back to the so-called golden age of travel. Soon our steward arrived with the welcome offer of a champagne apéritif, which we were delighted to accept. Soon we had left London behind us and we were heading through the Kentish countryside to Folkestone. En route, we were served lunch which started with a cold soup which was strawberry combined with champagne. This was soon followed by a hearty main meal accompanied by a glass or two of wine and in no time at all, we had reached Folkestone. Due to its age, the Orient Express does not pass through the Channel Tunnel. Instead, you take a luxury coach through the tunnel with Eurotunnel and are dropped off at the station in Calais, where the gleaming blue and gold carriages … Continued

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5 of the Best Train Holidays to Take in 2021 or 2022

5 of the Best Train Holidays to Take in 2021 or 2022

Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Inspiration | September 29, 2020

It’s never too early to start planning that bucket list train holiday you’ve been dreaming about taking, whether it be an immersive discovery of Europe’s great capital cities, a scenic journey through Switzerland’s picturesque lakes and mountains, or a special adventure to the charming towns of the Canadian Rockies. No matter the place, taking the train makes the journey as memorable as the destination. With the new year right around the corner, we present some of our favourite rail holidays over the years and we hope that you’ll be excited to take them as well in 2021 or 2022! All of Railbookers’ holidays can be tailor-made, so if you want to add days to your journey, experience a package in reverse, or add sightseeing tours and activities, we can help you plan it all. Time to take the trip of your dreams!

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5 of the Best Scenic Train Rides in Switzerland

5 of the Best Scenic Train Rides in Switzerland

Best Destinations in Europe / Famous Trains / Travel Inspiration / Travel Inspiration | August 14, 2020

There really is no better way to explore the small but incredibly beautiful country of Switzerland than by train. All of the country’s best natural sights – from verdant valleys to dramatic waterfalls and sheer mountain peaks – are train accessible, with a number of these journeys considered the most scenic in the world. Here, we feature 5 of the best, so come along for the ride!

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5 Ways to Experience Italy via the Alps

5 Ways to Experience Italy via the Alps

Best Destinations in Europe / Best Getaways / Experiences / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration | August 10, 2020

Travelling through the Swiss Alps is our signature holiday, a customer favourite, a real adventure and quite simply the best way to reach la belle paese of Italy! No flights, no long check-ins, no airport lounges, and no weighing your luggage on the bathroom scales the night before you travel. Plus the scenery is, quite simply, phenomenal.

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Switzerland Excursions that Should be on your Bucket List

Switzerland Excursions that Should be on your Bucket List

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Travel Guides / Travel Planning | July 9, 2020

When planning a holiday, it’s important to lock in your preferred excursions to attend and to book these ahead of time so you don’t miss out. Excursions will normally take a full day so it’s important to know which excursions are available to the locations your visiting and pre-book before you get there.

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9 Magnificent Photos of Switzerland that Will Make You Want to Pack Your Bags

9 Magnificent Photos of Switzerland that Will Make You Want to Pack Your Bags

Best Destinations in Europe / Best Getaways / Famous Trains / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | May 28, 2020

Switzerland is one of those countries that sits on the top of many people’s bucket lists. From its snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, fairy-tale villages and green rolling hills, we are constantly left in awe by its majestic beauty. With so many picture-perfect locations, its hard to know where to start; but we’re here to give you a taster of some of the very best sights to take in on a journey across the land of chocolate and cheese… Below, we share 9 magnificent photos of Switzerland that will make you want to pack your bags! LUCERNE This striking city in the heart of Switzerland lies in the shadow of Mt Pilatus and can be easily reached by rail from Zurich Airport. Whilst the quaint old town is worth a wander, its the glistening waters of Lake Lucerne framed by the Chapel Bridge that captures the most attention. It is said to be the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe, and a slow stroll across it will reveal an interior roof decorated by intricate paintings from the 17th century. JUNGFRAUJOCH For many, Switzerland is all about the Alps, and if you want to do it right, a trip up to the “Top of Europe” is mandatory.  Jungfraujoch stands as the jewel in the crown of Switzerland ingenuity, boasting the highest railway station in all of Europe, cutting through mountains and countryside to finally reach the summit with a view sitting high above the clouds and the chance to walk on an incredible sea of ice. REICHENBACH FALLS Nestled in the lush green mountains of central Switzerland, on a short day trip from Interlaken, lies one the most dramatic natural sites – a combination of 3 separate cascading falls dropping frothy columns of glacial water 120m metres down its cliffside.  Whilst it … Continued

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7 Stunning US National Parks to visit in 2021

7 Stunning US National Parks to visit in 2021

Best Destinations in North America / Travel Guides | May 21, 2020

My latest adventure to the states, I decided to travel by train. This is a ‘thing’ apparently – and I am so glad I did. Amtrak Vacations has access to the National Parks where no automobile has dared venture, game on. Remember the childhood books, pick a path, or choose your own adventure? Visiting US National Parks is very much like that. Whether it be for a hiking adventure, wildlife watching, back to nature, or unforgettable photography there is a jewel in the crown of each of these 7 of these stunning National Parks in the USA, and it’s yours to enjoy, so let’s fast forward to the year 2021. Grand Canyon National Park Located in the scenic American West, everyone has heard of The Grand Canyon. It is undoubtedly one of those National Parks that as much as it is known, it still holds many surprises. This park, formed by layered bands of red rock is 277 river miles (446km) long, and up to 18 miles (29km) wide, encompassing canyons, river tributaries, and surrounding grounds – a natural wonder only seen to believe. To truly savour in the natural beauty – go where no vehicle has been before and jump aboard the Grand Canyon Railway and travel down the Canyon’s South Rim (most visited area of the park). Walk to its many vantage points and marvel at the vastness and beauty of one of the most popular and beautiful places in America. Certainly delivered on expectations.   Yosemite National Park Located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, it is best known for its waterfalls. But leave no stone unturned here, as you will feel like you journey through this gentle giant including Deep Valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoia trees you are guaranteed dramatic scenery in a condensed space. Now, Yosemite … Continued

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A Guide to the Most Scenic Trains in Switzerland and Italy

A Guide to the Most Scenic Trains in Switzerland and Italy

Travel Inspiration | May 14, 2020

It doesn’t matter where you plan on travelling to in Switzerland or Italy, taking the train makes the journey just as memorable as the destination. This quick guide to train travel in Switzerland and Italy covers all the basics of the most popular, scenic trains and routes you can experience.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Most Popular European Sleeper Trains

Everything You Need to Know About the Most Popular European Sleeper Trains

Famous Trains / Onboard Accommodations / Travel Guides / Travel Planning | March 20, 2020

Sleeper trains, also known as night trains, in Europe have been carrying passengers across the vast continent for about 150 years. These trains have been the star of countless literary and film classics, from James Bond to Agatha Christie. And for good reason, their allure continues to endure. Sleeper trains in Europe do more than simply save traveller’s money on a night’s accommodation. Oftentimes, the journey is an adventure in itself.

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5 Rail Experiences in Switzerland You Probably Didn't Know Existed

5 Rail Experiences in Switzerland You Probably Didn't Know Existed

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Uncategorized | January 20, 2020

Train travel in Switzerland is an incredible experience. This country is home to some of the most scenic train journeys in the world, including the Glacier and Bernina Express! But did you know you can also enjoy the majestic beauty and diversity of Switzerland by taking these lesser known trains? 1. Lauterbrunnen–Mürren Mountain Railway The Lauterbrunnen-Mürren Rail and Cableway links Lauterbrunnen with the resort of Mürren. An aerial cable way travels from Lauterbrunnen to the Grütschalp summit station, where passengers change to the narrow-gauge railway to reach the Winteregg Restaurant and Mürren. To reach Mürren from Lauterbrunnen, take the aerial cable car across the street from the Lauterbrunnen train station.Then, connect to the cogwheel rail from Grütschalp, which runs along the cliff and offers magnificent views. The whole journey takes about 30 minutes and drops you off at the Mürren rail station, at the opposite end of town from the cable car stop and a short walk away. There are departures every 15 to 30 minutes. 2. Harder Kulm Harder Kulm is known as the top of Interlaken. The Harder Railway valley station is just a short walk from the Interlaken-Ost railway station. There, you’ll board a modern glass roofed funicular to Harder Kulm. Travel time from the valley station is approximately 10 minutes. From the viewing platform at the top of harder Kulm, you can gaze out over Lake Brienz and Lake Thun or admire the incredible views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. The Harder Kulm Panorama Restaurant, which looks like a castle, is a great place to relax and take in the alpine scenery while enjoying delicious Swiss cuisine on the outdoor terrace. Walk across Two Lakes Bridge for an unforgettable experience overlooking Interlaken. 3. Wengernalp Railway The Wengernalp Railway connects the Swiss towns of Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, … Continued

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