Train Vacation Ideas

Train Vacation Idea #1:

Let's Explore Canada is a company that specializes in all rail vacation trips. They have dozens of vacation packages that use the Canadian train system to explore the vast beauty of Canada.

For example, their Western Rail Adventure has you traveling on the Rocky Mountaineer® Yellowhead route to explore the rugged Fraser and Thompson River valleys, along the historic Yellowhead fur trading route and deep into the magnificent Canadian Rockies.

From Alaska and Vancouver to Toronto and New England, Let's Explore Canada has a something to satisfy your desire to ride the rails and see the Canadian countryside.

Train Vacation Idea #2:

How about an all-rail circuit of the Canadian Mountains. Rocky Mountaineer Vacations provide unique independent year-round vacation packages to the most scenic regions of Canada.

This includes train travel through the Canadian Rockies on the world acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer rail journey.

Combine the romance of train travel with the magnificent scenery of western Canada and the Canadian Rockies. During the regular season schedule from mid-April to mid-October there are more than 70 vacation packages available.

Train Vacation Idea #3:

Take a vacation train ride on The Gahn through the spectacular landscapes of Australia, from the rugged Red Centre to the spectacular tropical scenery of the Top End.

It’s a 48-hour one-way journey through the heart of the continent. Travel between Adelaide and Darwin to experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. Enjoy 2 nights aboard this great train and marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes.

Train Vacation Idea #4:

One of Switzerland’s most popular attractions is the 80-mile, seven-and-a-half hour train trip on the Glacier Express. There are two trips, one runs between St.Moritz and Zermatt. The other from Piz Bernina to the Matterhorn. This train trip through the Alps is an exciting journey that crosses 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. Travel in comfort through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Switzerland landscape.

Train Vacation Idea #5:

Alaska Railroad has a number of Rail Adventure Packages. They all include world-class experience. The service is exceptional. Your trip includes experienced tour guides. There’s the 4 day Denali and Spencer Glacier Tour, the 6 day Deluxe Alaska Sampler and the 11 day Arctic Circle to Glacier Bay plus other exciting scenic vacation train trips. This is an excellent way to see and enjoy Alaska.

Train Vacation Idea #6:

Peru: The Hiram Bingham is a luxury train run by the Orient-Express company. Take a day trip along the Inca Trail between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The all-inclusive round trip has guides to explain points of interest along the route, as well as in the Ruins at Machu Picchu. Enjoy a four-course dinner served in a brass-trimmed, wood paneled 1920’s style dining car.

Train Vacation Idea #7:

A great rail vacation idea is the Norway's Bergen Line which runs between Oslo and Bergen. Here you can enjoy a 292-mile journey through the heart of Norway's beautiful mountainous backcountry.

It's a wilderness train journey that is recognized as being one of the top 20 railway experiences in the world. You can you view the river gorges, mountain peaks, waterfalls and glaciers from the comfort of the railway car. You also have plenty of stops along the way where you can disembark and spend a few hours or days hiking, walking, biking or skiing.

Train Vacation Idea #8:

The highest rail line in the world is the Lhasa Express. And it's located in China. The Lhasa Express makes a 2,525-mile run from Bejing, China to Lhasa, Tibet and the highest point is above 16,500 feet. In fact over 80% of the trip is made at above the 13,000-foot mark. The height is the reason for the unusual amenity they provide - cannisters of oxygen.

The air gets a little thin that high up in the mountains. Two of the sights along the way are Xinging, home to Kumbum Monastery; and Qinghai Lake, a salt lake that is a migration stop for commorants, gesse, cranes and swans. This train trip would make an interesting and fascinating vacation idea.

Rail Vacation Idea #9:

If you are looking for an exotic adventure vacation on a train then the Trans-Siberian Express should be perfect. This charter train trip will take you through the heart of Russia from Moscow to Mongolia. You finish up in Ulaanbaatar at the Naadam Festival. Here you can get caught up in the excitement of traditional wrestling, archery and horse racing competitions.

Train Vacation Idea #10:

The Indian Pacific - Australia's Great Train Journey. This train trip will take you 2700 miles across the Australian continent, including the world's longest straight stretch of railway track.

The journey begins at Sydney on the east coast and ends at Perth, on the west coast. Along you will get to see the The Nullarbor desert and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Stops are scheduled at Broken Hill, Adelaide and gold rich Kalgoorlie. Off-train sightseeing tours can be scheduled for a closer look at the outback.

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