5 of the most picturesque train journeys in Europe
If you are looking for a European holiday ‘with a difference’ why not book a luxurious train journey? Discover Britain’s castles, Bavaria’s cities, Venice’s architecture and the freezing wastelands of Siberia. Our top 5 train journeys in Europe include:
The Castles of Britain
Travelling from Inverness, Scotland to Gwynedd, Wales, Castles of Britain, explores Britain’s most historical sites and monuments by combining a BritRail pass with the Great British Heritage Pass. With a duration of 15 days and entry to 580 attractions, passengers can hop off for local tours. If you start the tour in Inverness it is worth taking in the impressive Urquhart Castle and continues to Stirling Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, England’s Dover Castle and Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage Site in Gwynedd, Wales.
The Bavarian Bullet travels between Munich and Nuremburg, Germany in just one hour. If you enjoy fast train travel this could be the tour for you. This incredible high speed train travels at almost 200 miles an hour and the train is completely quiet inside. Book a December tour and you can visit several major German cities on route which hold traditional Christmas markets selling a wide range of goods including hand-made gifts, delicious local foods and of course, gluhwein.
The Elegance of Yesteryear
A tour from London to Venice on board the Orient Express comes top of many train-lovers’ wish lists. The journey lasts for two days and one night. Step aboard and be transported back to the 1920’s, the golden age of rail in Europe. Thirty five sleeping cars have been restored to their original ‘art deco’ look, and passengers are expected to dress up for dinner. Waking up to stunning Alps scenery and finding out more about the history and refurbishment of the carriages are both highlights of this trip.
The Chocolate & Cheese Train
Chocoholics and lovers of stunning scenery should book a ticket on the Chocolate Train which runs from Montreaux to Broc in Switzerland. The entire journey takes 9 hours and 45 minutes for a round trip. This quaint train operates in summer and autumn and offers passengers amazing views over Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyeres, which is home to the famous cheese of the same name. Tour the cheese factory and the castle, enjoy lunch in the town and re-board the train which will continue to Broc. You can then tour the Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory which nestles between Lake Gruyeres and the mountains.
All aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway
Lasting 19 days, this fascinating rail journey between Moscow and Vladivostok is one of the most famous in Russian culture and crosses eight time zones to connect Moscow with Vladivostok, a port on the Pacific Ocean. Packed with foreign travellers, locals, rich and poor social barriers seem to disappear during this epic journey. Shots of vodka are readily available. If you want added comfort, book a private car and choose from a range of tours. If you are planning a special rail journey, book excursions, city tours, adventure tours, rural tours and gastronomic tours in advance to make the most of the destinations you visit.