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Classic rail journeys

Travelling by rail grants a unique insight into the beauty, culture and history of a nation like no other form of transport can. From the windows of your carriage, experience spectacular views and glorious panoramas as you glide through magnificent countries across the globe, seeing the finest sights they have to offer. With Vacations By Rail, the journey becomes part of the destination.

Along with the diverse charm of rail travel, there are a number of magnificent iconic rail journeys which should feature on the bucket lists of every discerning traveller. 

North America

Both the United States and Canada boast fantastic trains that take passengers through the stunning scenery of these wonderfully diverse countries. With trains such as the Rocky Mountaineer and the California Zephyr, passengers can head from city centers to sweeping valleys, rocky gorges and impressive mountain ranges.

United Kingdom

From breathtaking Highland mountain scenery to the dramatic Yorkshire Dales, rail journeys in the UK take passengers through some of the world's finest landscapes. There are also a number of popular heritage railways, where vintage steam engines and carriages transport tourists into a glorious bygone age of travel.

Europe and Russia

Some of the world's most famous and iconic railway journeys can be found in mainland Europe and Russia - from the pioneering engineering feat of the Jungfrau Railway to the lavish Trans-Siberian Express and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.


Passengers can discover the fantastic scenery and attractions of Namibia on the spectacular Pride of Africa luxury service, or experience South Africa's highlights on the wonderful Blue Train - one of the world's most opulent trains. Travelling by private train is easily the best way to discover the many charms of this delightful continent.

Australia and New Zealand

The superb landscapes of Australia and New Zealand are both best explored by train, and both countries offer some of the true great railway journeys of the world - such as the fabulous Ghan, which travels through the beautiful center of Australia.


Asia offers some of the world's truly iconic railway journeys, which take in the continent's magnificent sights and rich cultural heritage. With luxury hotel trains such as the Palace on Wheels and Eastern & Oriental Express, rail journeys in Asia are a wonderful, unforgettable experience.