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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-paneled 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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What Exactly is a Pre- or Post-River Cruise Rail Vacation?

What Exactly is a Pre- or Post-River Cruise Rail Vacation?

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Pre and Post Cruise / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | September 10, 2020

Europe remains at the forefront of river cruising, and for good reason. With its legendary waterways such as the Rhine or the Danube, the Rhône, the Po, Seine, and the Elbe, a river cruise offers all the luxury and convenience of an ocean cruise. And there are all the amenities of a modern hotel — restaurants, bars, lounges, fitness facilities, spas, internet access, and comfortable staterooms. A river cruise is essentially a floating hotel with transportation and accommodations included and can reach waterways and cities not accessible by ocean cruise liners. In 2016 alone, more than 1.4 million people cruised along Europe’s rivers, with 40 percent of travelers visiting from North America.

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Relive the 'Golden Age of Travel' on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Relive the 'Golden Age of Travel' on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration | August 13, 2020

The ‘Orient Express’ is arguably the most famous train in history, and from its inaugural ride in 1883 to the setting for books and movies over the years – including the recently released Murder on the Orient Express, based on the classic Agatha Christie mystery – the allure and mystery of this train experience continue to this day.

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Life Onboard VIA Rail: The Best of Train Travel in Canada

Life Onboard VIA Rail: The Best of Train Travel in Canada

See Canada by Train / Travel Inspiration | August 2, 2020

One of the best ways to experience the great expanse of Canada is by scenic train, and Railbookers makes it easy with over 40 rail vacation packages featuring VIA Rail’s iconic routes to the most popular destinations across this vast and diverse country. From the vibrant big cities of Vancouver and Toronto to the spectacular towns of Jasper and Banff in the Canadian Rockies, and further east to the European-influenced cities Montreal and Quebec City, your dream rail vacation to Canada is within reach with VIA Rail Vacations by Railbookers!

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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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5 of the Best Scenic Train Rides in Switzerland

5 of the Best Scenic Train Rides in Switzerland

Best Destinations in Europe / Famous Trains / Onboard Accommodations / Travel Planning | July 8, 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 of the Best Rail Vacations in Great Britain and Ireland

5 of the Best Rail Vacations in Great Britain and Ireland

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Inspiration | July 7, 2020

Some of Europe’s most memorable train journeys are just waiting to be discovered in Great Britain and Ireland. From the beautiful landscapes of Southwest England to the dramatic crags of the Scottish Highlands and the stunning Irish coastline, traveling by train is not only a scenic and relaxing way to discover the entire area, but also a great way to add a sense of adventure to your vacation!

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Journeys From A Rail Insider: Eastern Europe

Journeys From A Rail Insider: Eastern Europe

Best Destinations in Europe / Onboard Accommodations / Travel Guides | July 6, 2020

In this edition of Journeys From A Rail Insider, a Travel Consultant from our Laguna Hills office, Natasha Finkbeiner, will immerse you in the culture, history, allure, and cuisine of Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

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Explore Cinque Terre by Rail: A Complete Guide

Explore Cinque Terre by Rail: A Complete Guide

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Travel Guides / Travel Planning | July 6, 2020

Chances are you have quite a few European destinations on your bucket list. If you’re like most travelers, many of them are probably in Italy. From the picturesque canals of Venice to Rome’s architectural wonders to the mesmerizing villages of Lake Garda and sun-drenched Sicily, Italy is rich with unforgettable places and experiences.

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