If you’re considering booking a holiday this year but struggling for inspiration then deciding to see some of the world’s most breathtaking sights by rail could be the way to spice up your getaway.
With so many prospective destinations to choose from, we take a look at some of the most intriguing railway holidays that the world has to offer.
If you’re looking for a holiday that will truly expand your cultural horizons then look no further than India.
Flying from London to Delhi, you will immediately be submersed in Indian culture. From vibrant colours and heady aromas to flavoursome food and staggering monuments, Delhi is truly a sensual delight and one that only scratches the surface of what this intriguing country has to offer.
Travelling through India by rail, you’ll have the chance to trek amongst the foothills of the Himalayas, see the Taj Mahal in all its splendour, marvel at the Amber Fort and observe leopards, panthers, elephants and tigers in the their natural habitat on a game drive through Ranthambore National Park.
A railway holiday to India is enough to quench the thirst of adventure in even the most ardent explorer.
The United States
If you’re a citizen of the UK, the sheer vastness of the United States can be difficult to fathom. With such large distances to cover between cities it can be tempting to take flights between locations.
Skipping out the magnificent scenery between those cities would be a travesty; after all, part of the enjoyment of travelling is in the journey itself.
A trip from Los Angeles across country to New York is one of the most popular rail holidays in the United States. From seeing the unforgettable Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and soaking up the glamour of Hollywood, through to the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, before ending up in the city that never sleeps, New York, a coast-to-coast railway journey is one of the best ways to discover everything that this diverse country has to offer.
The Eastern Mediterranean
The decision-making process when planning a holiday can often be an arduous one, with hours wasted poring over possible destinations. The fact is, compromises have to be made – you just don’t have time to see everything that your heart desires.
If the Eastern Mediterranean is your region of choice, however, taking the train means that you can enjoy a little bit more variety in your holiday, without having to compromise.
A railway holiday through the Eastern Mediterranean allows you to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the canals of Venice, the picturesque, cobbled streets of Dubrovnik, the iconic Parthenon in Athens and the stunning Diocletian Palace of Split, without skimping on comfort. All of these breathtaking sights can be seen in less than two weeks, making your holiday one to remember.
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