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Journeys from a Rail Insider: Grand Norway in a Nutshell

Journeys from a Rail Insider: Grand Norway in a Nutshell

Experiences / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration | January 11, 2021

If the stunning aura of the Northern Lights or the shimmering waters of the fjords is on your bucket list, then Norway belongs on your next vacation. As a part of the Scandinavia region, the incredible cities of Bergen, Flam, Oslo, Trondheim, and Bødo draw travelers in with their rich history and unique attractions – including the famous Bergen Fish Market, the impressive Opera House in Oslo and the cotton-candy painted sunsets of the fjord-side village in Flam. Whether you are traversing Norway as part of a pre-or post-cruise excursion, or in conjunction with a trip visiting Copenhagen or Stockholm, the incredible landscapes and picture-perfect villages are sure to take your breath away.

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5 Ways to Experience Switzerland Like a Local

5 Ways to Experience Switzerland Like a Local

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Inspiration | January 3, 2021

These days, it’s somewhat of a mantra for travelers to do what the locals do while abroad. What does that mean? It means that when you travel to a foreign country you eat what the locals eat, go where the locals go, and experience whatever destination you’re visiting from the perspective of a local.

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Discover More of Italy by Train

Discover More of Italy by Train

Travel Inspiration | December 23, 2020

Traveling by train through Italy means adventure, romance, and the ability to get anywhere in the country quickly and easily – from the canals of Venice and the monuments of Rome to the gorgeous coastlines of the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast. Trenitalia, Italy’s excellent national train network, operates thousands of trains per day, connecting every major city in Italy, including Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan via high-speed lines, as well as over 200 regional destinations, including Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast, via intercity and regional lines. So it’s entirely possible to visit all of your favorite Italian destinations, from top to toe, in one amazing trip.

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Experience Italy’s Amalfi Coast by Rail

Best Destinations in Europe / Travel Inspiration | December 14, 2020

Travel in style with Railbookers to the beautiful Amalfi Coast via the fascinating cities of Geneva and Florence. With the breath-taking scenery of the Simplon Pass through the Alps, the Tuscan countryside to Naples, and the beautiful Amalfi coastline, this vacation has spectacular views in abundance. From Napoli Centrale, train station take the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento taking in the great views as you travel around the Vesuvio volcano. Using Sorrento as a gateway to one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, here we break down the Amalfi Coast’s must-see iconic destinations as you put them on your dream Italian trip itinerary.

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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

Best Destinations in Europe / Experiences / Famous Trains / Onboard Accommodations / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | December 2, 2020

It doesn’t matter where you plan on traveling to in Switzerland or Italy, taking the train makes the journey just as memorable as the destination. With some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you travel through these incredible landscapes; in many cases experiencing views that you just wouldn’t see traveling any other way. Sit back, relax, and enjoy all that traveling by train in Switzerland and Italy has to offer. We’ve put together this overview of some of the most scenic and most popular Swiss and Italian routes you can experience with Railbookers.

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European Rail Travel 101 - A Beginner's Guide

European Rail Travel 101 - A Beginner's Guide

First-Time Travelers / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration | November 27, 2020

Europe’s excellent rail infrastructure has made train travel one of the most popular modes of transportation for both locals and visitors to the continent alike. Taking the train is incredibly convenient, not only for quick city getaways but also for longer-distance, multi-country journeys. Nearly every major city in Europe is connected by high-speed train routes, with travel from city center to city center often making train travel more convenient and direct than flying or driving. Now more than ever, vacationers to Europe from other parts of the world are incorporating train travel into their itinerary, whether it be a scenic, multi-country journey or a pre or post river cruise rail excursion. Despite the ease and efficiency of actually riding the train in Europe, there is a lot to know to ensure a successful journey, from ticket types and navigating train stations, to the best routes and what to expect while onboard. The following quick guide will provide the beginner with some basics for successful train travel while in Europe

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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Italy by Train with Trenitalia Vacations

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Italy by Train with Trenitalia Vacations

Best Destinations in Europe / Travel Inspiration | November 20, 2020

There truly is no better way to discover Italy than by train. Trenitalia‘s arrow-headed trains are invitingly comfortable and run like clockwork, connecting nearly every single quaint town and iconic city, from the city center to city center. Have you been thinking about traveling from Venice’s picturesque canals to the land of the Romans and the Renaissance? What about happily strolling along cobblestone streets eating gelato in Florence? This—and so much more—is possible with Trenitalia Vacations. Admire Michelangelo’s David, take in the incredible views of Lake Maggiore in the foothills of the Alps, visit the mesmerizing villages of Lake Garda, or relax in sun-drenched Sicily and explore places only found on the enchanting Amalfi Coast.

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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 | November 7, 2020

  Some of Europe’s most memorable train journeys are just waiting to be discovered closer to home! Escape into the rich history, peaceful towns, and beautiful landscapes all while being treated to exceptional views as you travel – especially when onboard iconic trains, like the Jacobite Steam train! Plus, with rail getaways across the UK and Ireland, the change of scenery you’ve been looking forward to is easy with rail journeys from any UK station To help you get inspired, we profile some of our most popular UK and Ireland vacations below, any of which can be customized in any number of ways; extra nights, extra destinations – no problem! Get ready to discover closer to home by train!

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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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