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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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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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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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The Train is the Star in These 6 Famous Movies

The Train is the Star in These 6 Famous Movies

Experiences / Famous Trains / Travel Guides / Travel Inspiration / Travel Planning | June 23, 2020

For as long as we’ve been making movies, we’ve been telling stories with trains. From the birth of cinema with The Great Train Robbery in 1903 to modern cult classics such as Snowpiercer and Source Code, there’s something about trains and train journeys in a film that keep our eyes transfixed on the silver screen. Pop some popcorn and take a look at a few of our favorite train films, then see how Railbookers can help you recreate these incredible journeys for yourself.

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