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Leading travel specialists, Country Holidays, is delighted to bring back the golden age of train travel in an exciting and unique experience. 

The Ghan, Australia

The Ghan, Australia

Introducing a specially curated collection of the world’s most spectacular rail routes, Country Holidays’ experts are adding personalised itineraries and luxury land extensions to each journey, creating a new level of flexibility for the nostalgic era of train travel.

Incorporating six of the most iconic rail routes into their luxury train travel offering, the new experiences are available exclusively through Country Holidays and will immerse guests in diverse cultures and stunning landscapes with the elegance of a forgotten era. Those who wish to complete their Tran-Siberian train journey with a land tour of St. Petersburg or an adventure in the Gobi Desert, or those seeking a one-off luxury camping experience in Australia’s outback following a trip on The Ghan, will be guided on a tailored itinerary to ensure they achieve the most enriching experience from each destination.

Theng Hwee Chang, Managing Director of Country Holidays, says “In this age of fast, mass and accessible travel, we’re seeing an increased appetite from discerning travelers for more interesting, unusual and comfortable ways to see the world. Train travel tells a story of history and heritage and we’re delighted to add a new dynamic to our customer’s experience by incorporating bespoke itineraries to each route.’’ 

New Luxury Train Journeys from Country Holidays

  1. TRAN-SIBERIA JOURNEY (Russia, Mongolia and China)

The Tran-Siberian journey is the longest railway journey in the world, crossing eight time zones, two continents and a quarter of the earth.  The route is best taken on The Golden Eagle – the most luxurious, all en-suite train available today, or the Tsar’s Gold, which offers more efficient routes and caters to a wider range of budget needs.  A journey of a lifetime, each trip includes unique experiences such as on-board lectures, vodka and caviar tastings and one-of-a-kind extensions in Gobi Desert in Mongolia, St Petersburg and the Volga River of Russia. 

  1. RAJASTHAN JOURNEY (Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur – India)

The classic Golden Triangle Rajasthan road circuit takes just half the time by train, allowing more time to explore the region once completing the journey. The circuit includes a champagne evening overlooking the Taj Mahal, elephant polo matches and meditation courses.

Country Holidays is delighted to welcome the opulent Maharajas’ Express; the newest addition to India’s luxury train tracks. With spacious cabins designed to recreate the same old panache of the personal carriages used by Indian royalty of the past,  guests can complete their journey with Country Holidays specialist led walking tours through the hidden gems of Rajasthan and exclusive stays in palaces, luxury wilderness camps and Heritage Houses.

  1. SILK ROAD JOURNEY (Central Asia)

Retrace the ancient trade route between East and West on board the Orient Silk Road Express, which  replaces long bumpy drives in Uzbekistan with an efficient 5-night rail journey.  Country Holidays offers a full panorama of ‘’the three stans’’ – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan – a remarkable experience through UNESCO-listed sites, compelling cities, nature, deserts and mountains.

  1. SOUTHEAST ASIA JOURNEY  (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand)

Epitomising the art of slow travel – a two and half hour flight is stretched over three nights on rail through unfolding rural landscapes, past temples, tea plantations, colonial cities, ancient villages and historic monuments of Malaysia and Thailand, on board the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express. A true taste of the traditional extravagance of train travel, with world-class cocktails, fine dining, convivial company and spectacular views. Travellers can extend their exploration in Thailand with Country Holidays; from discovering the wonders of Bangkok to hiking retreats in the lush jungles of the North of Thailand.

  1. AUSTRALIA OUTBACK JOURNEY (Darwin to Uluru – Australia)

The Ghan, originally named for pioneering cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into Red Centre of Australia, is one of the most legendary travel experiences through the outback.  The contrasting landscapes of the Top End and Red Centre of Australia are most seamlessly combined by train. Upon completion of the journey, the Country Holidays specialists can escort guests to a luxury wilderness camp  commanding front-row views of the UNESCO site of Uluru, just a 50 minute flight from Alice Springs, where they’ll embark upon gorge walks, sunset treks and sand dune dining.

  1. SCOTLAND JOURNEY (Edinburgh, Highlands,  Glasgow)

The Belmond Royal Scotsman immerses travellers in the deep-rooted railway heritage of Scotland through some of UK’s finest sceneries.  Dining on world class cuisine with just 36 fellow passengers, this journey takes you to the best of the Scottish Highlands, traversing through landscapes of pine-clad mountains and mirror-still lochs, with thrilling daily excursions of great castles and picturesque villages.  Country Holidays enhances this classic trip with a pre-train extension featuring whisky tasting, a visit to Alnwick Castle of Harry Potter fame and Rosslyn Chapel, prominently featured in novel “The Da Vinci Code”.

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