Beat the Blues with Last-Minute Winter Rail Journeys
The UK’s leading escorted group rail tour operator, Great Rail Journeys has a selection of winter tours with late availability. From Cambodia to Canada there are twenty of the most popular tours with a few spaces remaining. We’ve selected three to highlight.
With an exclusive last-chance departure available, the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ can be experienced on Discovering Japan, £4,325pp. Described by Great Rail Journeys as “a tour which goes a long way to interpret the mysteries of Japan”, the itinerary is a blend of ancient ceremonies meeting 21st century technology, whilst crossing the country on high-speed bullet trains. The 13-day itinerary fully explores this country of contrast, including a traditional Japanese Dinner in Kyoto, Hida Folk Village, Matsumoto Castle, Mount Fuji, Tokyo and Hiroshima. Departure: 19th March 2018.
Discover the highlights of Holland by train with the Great Rail Journeys tour Steam Trains & Tulips of Holland, £865pp. Based in beautiful Delft, this six-day tour showcases the highlights of Holland, such as the superb Royal Delft Porcelain factory and vibrant Amsterdam, plus a wonderful journey across the country by vintage steam train. The itinerary includes a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens, which is only possible in spring to ensure the best possible floral displays. About seven million tulip bulbs are planted every year, along with crocuses, daffodils, orchids and other flowers, “creating an explosion of brilliant colour”. This 80-acre parkland is a must-see for flower and nature lovers. Departure: 29th March 2018.
For those that want to experience a true winter wonderland, Great Rail Journeys has the perfect tour with the Glacier Express in Winter, £1,495pp. This ‘express’ train is surely the slowest, yet one of the most scenic in the world. This eight-day adventure provides ample opportunity to explore the majestic Swiss Alps in their winter finery. The Glacier Express travels along the Rhine Valley and is accompanied by “views of the scenery for which Switzerland is justly famous; beautiful, snow covered pastures, and frosted forests rising up the hillsides besides the track towards towering snow-capped peaks.” The itinerary also includes Zermatt, Matterhorn, historic Chur, Poschiavo, Kandersteg and a journey on the Bernina Express. Departure: 10th March 2018
Other tours with final spots available include:
Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger • Russian Winter Wonderland • Mexico and the Copper Canyon • Ore Mountains in Winter • The Canadian in Winter • A Royal Indian Odyssey • Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta • Enchanting Costa Rica & Panama • Havana & the Colonial History of Cuba• India’s Golden Triangle • The Alps of Austrian Tyrol in Winter • India’s Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari• Burma’s Hidden Kingdoms • The Ganges & the Himalaya • Darjeeling & the Last Himalayan Kingdom • Grand Imperial Cities • Grand Tour of Italy
All tours include the services of a dedicated professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish, quality hotel accommodation, local guides, a comprehensive programme of excursions, many meals in the hotel and at local restaurants and first class service from specialist tour advisors.
For more information and bookings, visit http://www.greatrail.com or call +44 01904 527180.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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