All Aboard! Top 5 Great Rail Journeys

There’s something very special about travelling by train. Whether it’s the sense of journeying as the landscape outside constantly changes; the sense of adventure as one passes through countryside often inaccessible to motor vehicles, or the fact that one can get up and walk about whilst being on the move, railways holidays are truly memorable experiences.

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From the world-famous Glacier Express across the ‘Roof of Europe’ and the Petit Train Jaune through the French Pyrenees, to the stunning landscape of mountains and rivers in the beautiful Canadian Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, you can take in magnificent landscapes of soaring mountains, sparkling lochs, dramatic glens and remote villages from the comfort of your train seat.

See some of the world’s most enticing and alluring scenery pass by the window as you sit back and relax, taking it all in. Here are some of our top rail journeys that are truly a sight to behold, and a joy to experience.

Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Few rail journeys in the world are less of a strain than those taken through the beautiful Scottish Highlands, where some of Britain’s most cherished lines wind their way past spectacular vistas and through some of the country’s remotest countryside. Wind your way through a jumble of peaceful glens and rolling hills in the Highlands. Whether you are a railway enthusiast, or simply want a holiday in Scotland, you can enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery of the Highlands aboard a train, with the added bonus of charming towns and villages to discover along the way.

Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Of all the world’s sights, the majestic, snow-capped peaks of Canada’s Rocky Mountains are amongst the most breath-taking and memorable. The Rocky Mountaineer journeys through the beautiful landscape and mountains which stretch along the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the equally vast plains to the east. See the stunning landscape of mountains and rivers in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Highlights include passing towering Mount Robson, the Rockies’ highest peak, and the plunging Pyramid Falls, and heading through the scenic wonderland of the Monashee and Caribou mountains. See the peaks of Mount Rundle and Mount Cascade (Rocky Mountains) which dominate skyline and go bear-spotting in the mountains. Enjoy the outdoors as you breathe in the mountain air on the shores of Lake Louise, where turquoise waters are set against the awesome backdrop of Victoria Glacier.

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Glacier Express, Switzerland

Switzerland is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful country. Savour the beautiful lakes and mountains of this stunning country aboard some spectacularly scenic railway journeys. Discover the famous resort of Zermatt, in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn aboard the Glacier Express, take in chic St Moritz in its forested valley aboard the Bernina Express, and discover stunning Lucerne, in the historic heart of Switzerland. If time permits, ride to the ‘top of the world’ on the ingenious Gornergrat cog railway.

Kalka Shimla Railway, India

Take an enchanting journey through some of the most scenic parts of India aboard the UNESCO World Heritage Shimla to Kalka Toy Train. Make your way from Shimla to Kalka through the rugged mountains and pine forests of Northern India. The fascinating train route passes through 20 railway stations, connecting Shimla to Kalka across 96 kilometres.

Zillertal Steam Railway, Austria

Take in Austrian green pastures, towering mountains and pretty villages from the carriages of the Zillertal Steam Railway. The breath-taking countryside can be explored aboard some incredible vintage railways. The historic narrow gauge Zillertal Steam Railway, winds through a beautiful landscape of green pastures, farms and forests, and villages and hamlets of wooden chalets, all overlooked by distant peaks.

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