One of the most popular types of holidays by rail in the UK is the steam heritage break.
These are journeys to and from many different destinations throughout the country that are hauled by vintage steam engines, and they attract railway enthusiasts and families alike. You can choose from single day journeys that take you from one city to another and back, or many similar breaks that take place across a number of days and involve sleeping over at hotels.
Such short breaks or railway holidays in the UK are very popular in the holiday periods as every schoolboy loves a steam train, so it is important to book in advance to be sure of your place. Most of the single day journeys will involve meals and regular stops at famous stations across the country. One of the most popular traverses the Settle-Carlisle railway, considered one of the most scenic routes in the country, and others visit wonderful cities such as London – with its famous stations – York and Edinburgh, in Scotland.
Other well known rail tours in England, indeed the most popular and high in demand UK rail holiday destinations include:
Who said the UK is not one of the most exciting places for luxury European train holidays? You can book any of the above great rail journeys here.
With the advent of the channel tunnel the opportunity to visit Europe by train is there for all of us. The stunning engineering feat that involved building a tunnel between the UK and France has opened the way for convenient and affordable trips to the continent, and the journey by Eurostar train is an adventure in itself.
Europe offers a wide variety of exciting and interesting rail holiday opportunities and the railway network links most countries. By Eurostar it is possible to reach Brussels, in Belgium, and with connecting services in major cities in France you can travel on to Germany, Italy, Switzerland and many more countries. There are organized itineraries that are worth checking out, and these include all connecting trains and hotels.
Further north the railway enthusiast would be well advised to visit Norway, where there are some of the most spectacular railways in the world. From the west-coast port of Bergen you can take a train that crosses the fjords and mountains on its way to Oslo, the capital, and it is a truly breathtaking journey that is best done by taking one of the early morning trains for perfect views of the glorious scenery.
Rail holidays are an interesting alternative to many others, with no driving and no stress involved, and are enjoyed by many enthusiasts, families and couples looking for a romantic break every year.
The excitement of a holiday on the railways is best described as a journey into the unknown. Though many such rail holidays are escorted and run to set itineraries, there is always something new and exciting to see and do along the way.
A quick search online will tell you that there are opportunities for journeys in the UK, across Europe, in the USA and in such exotic, unknown and ripe for exploration countries as India. Imagine the thrill of travelling across such a country in luxurious style, all the while admiring the scenery as you glide by, and being able to explore each destination in your own time. Think of it as a cruise, but on land.
With excellent dining facilities on board and comfortable sleeping compartments there is something for everyone, and the choice of destinations and locations is bewildering.
You can book your railway holiday to India, Canada, The USA or indeed to any worldwide destination with the Great Rail Journey company online here. Great Rail Journeys was founded over 30 years ago and is the UK's leading operator of holidays by rail with over 200 individual tours available across over 40 countries within Europe, Africa, America, Canada, the Far East, Russia, India & Australasia.
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