Let’s face it, train holidays are often overlooked by holiday goers as cheap flights and package holidays have boomed in the past 5 years. But there are a number of incredible train holidays that allow you to experience vast territories in luxury, making your journey just as enjoyable as your destination.
If you’re considering one of the many European rail breaks, here are a few ideas to get you going.
This magical journey takes you from Bilbao to Leon and back in four days and is one of the best luxury rail break options available. Travelling on the former coal lugger, the El Expreso, this luxury train is modelled on the Orient Express experience. Featuring a top notch restaurant and immaculate accommodation, this train experience is every bit as memorable. You will be treated to a number of incredible Basque meals that will undoubtedly see you return home singing the praises of this little-known, wholesome and flavoursome cuisine.
Austria & Bavaria
This nine-day holiday is a comprehensive tour through Austria and Bavaria that will give you an entirely new perspective on this magical part of Europe. This tour includes visits to Innsbruck – Tyrol’s capital – as well as a guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle. You will experience a perfectly picturesque rail journey along the Zilleralbahn Railway, where you will witness views you will remember forever.
You might not expect a rail holiday could take you to some of the highest points in Europe, but the all-inclusive 8-day Swiss tour does exactly that. With a number of fantastic excursions along the way, you can visit the awe-inspiring Schynige Platte and serene Botanical Alpine Gardens to add to the epic train journey. The trip highlight is surely the Jungfraujoch, also known as the ‘top of Europe’.
If you want to discover something closer to home, why not go on a trip through Scotland on the Highland fling. You will have a chance to sample some of the world’s finest whiskeys at a number of world renowned distilleries as well as visit landmarks such as Loch Ness and Fort William.
The Rhine valley is home to one of Europe’s best heritage railway lines. Travelling on the Vulkan Express, you will be taken through the wonderful woodland and mountain ranges surrounding this incredibly enchanting region. If being on a train for the whole trip seems like too much, you can always take the wonderful Rhine cruise to add an extra facet to the holiday. This is a great choice for those looking for a mixed and eventful holiday.