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How can I customize my own rail itinerary?

Create your perfect train vacation from start to finish with our customization options. Customizing your train holiday gives you the ability to build the exact journey you want (and nothing you don’t).

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Ways to Make Your Vacation Your Own


The journey matters as much as the destination when you travel onboard an iconic or luxury train. Whether it be the Bernina or Glacier Express in Switzerland, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice, the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff in Canada, or the Jacobite Train in Scotland, you’re in for quite the ride.

Are you interested in beginning and ending your journey in the same city? It’s the best way to maximise your sightseeing time. We also offer all our packages in reverse. West to east or east to west? Clockwise or counter clockwise? It’s up to you! You can choose to reverse the order of all train routes, station stops, and destinations of an itinerary.

Let’s say you’re interested in booking one of our most popular packages, such as the Classic Glacier and Bernina Express in Switzerland. Did you know that you can combine that trip with another to increase the sights you’ll see, the onboard experiences, and the memories you’ll make? Browse through any of our suggested itineraries or create your very own from scratch!

We want to make sure you get exactly what you want, whether it’s a boutique hotel, a special kind of restaurant, an exciting museum tour, or a once-in-a-lifetime, off-the-beaten-path experience. Quite simply, we’ll help you carefully design an authentic train holiday that works with your budget to maximise your free time and take you off the traditional tourist track.

With cruise extensions, travellers have the opportunity to extend their train holiday with a river cruise before or after their rail adventure. We offer an appealing selection of pre- and post-river cruises throughout Europe. Choose from exploring the magical fjords of Norway, the famed lakes of Switzerland, and the bustling city centres of Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin, and Budapest.

Seamlessly add on a getaway or additional activities to your trip to enhance your train vacation and add something special to your travel experience! Book a day trip to one of Switzerland’s mountain peaks or add an unforgettable visit to a glacier during your journey to the Canadian Rockies. Both getaways and excursions can be added on at the beginning, middle, and end of your train vacation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know about changing trains in the EU?

From Crossing Platforms to Changing Stations, View all You Need to Know About Train Changes in the EU: If you’re headed across Europe by train, it’s likely you’ll have to change trains! Changing...

Can I add on additional sightseeing or additional hotel nights?

Yes, you can add additional sightseeing activities and/or hotel nights to most existing rail trips we offer. When you speak with a Rail Expert, request an explanation of the upgrade options to your...

Can I upgrade to first-class rail on some or even all of my train journeys?

You certainly can. We know that many of our customers like to upgrade some or all of their train journeys to first-class. Upgrading will give you a larger seat, more legroom and even a meal and drinks...

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