G Adventures Expands its Train Travel Offerings with New Rails Tours through Europe and North Africa
G Adventures, has added several new Rail journeys to its line of Classic tours including train-based adventures through Bulgaria, Morocco, Spain and Russia, ranging from a three-day ‘add-on’ trip in St. Petersburg to a 23-day tour that rolls through seven countries in Europe.
The new Rail tours bring the small group tour operator’s current offerings to 24 different trips that use trains as the primary mode of transport, visiting 21 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The trips, which run between nine and 54 days, range in price from $899 to $5699 per person.
“Since launching the Rail style in late 2014, the team here at G Adventures have been creating rail-based trips as yet another fantastic way for travellers to get up close and personal with a country and its people,” said Adrian Piotto, Managing Director G Adventures Australia and New Zealand. “Train travel is often a more leisurely and low-impact pace that also gives travellers greater flexibility in their travels.”
“With the new trips, our travellers can customise their adventures with optional combinations and then take the time to really slow down and experience the amazing views and local communities they travel through.”
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The newest Rail journeys listed in G Adventures’ 2016/2017 Classic range include:
Spain + Morocco by Rail – This 14-day tour combines the best destinations of the G Adventures’ Classic Spain and Morocco highlights tours. An on-board CEO (Chief Experience Officer) helps travellers explore the Spanish countryside by train, meeting locals in Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville and sampling the exotic side of this gorgeous country. They cross the Strait of Gibraltar for another week to get to know the delights of Morocco, such as Fès, Casablanca, and Marrakech. From $2,599 per person.
Budapest to Sofia by Rail – From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairy-tale villages, this 10-day rail tour travels from Budapest, Hungary to Sofia, Bulgaria on a road and rail much less travelled but very worthy of experiencing. Passengers will explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, “Dracula’s Castle” in Transylvania, the eclectic Ladies Market of Sofia and much more – all accessible via comfortable trains. From $1,599 pp.
London to Sofia by Rail – This 22-day tour invites travellers to ride the rails from London to Sofia, Bulgaria and experience a combination of Western and Eastern Europe’s charm firsthand. Soak in a thermal bath in Budapest or opt to explore Buda Castle, Hungary’s royal palace, before discovering Romania’s countryside or marvelling at the baroque architecture of Brasov. From $4,999 pp.
The St. Petersburg Express, which begins in the Russian capital and ends in Moscow, leads passengers into the city’s hidden back alleys to learn about its complex history and gain access to the world-renowned Hermitage museum. This three-day, add-on-only adventure is available to train travellers who are interested in expanding their introduction to Russian culture. Eligible tours that combine with this railway extension include: the 16-day “Trans-Mongolian Adventure” from Moscow to Beijing, and the 17-day “Epic Trans Siberian Journey” from Moscow to Vladivostok. St. Petersburg.
“In the age of acceleration, slow travel is fast emerging as an antidote to the hectically paced lives that many of us are leading in cities and suburbs,” said G Adventures Global Product Manager, Rachel Wasser. “Train travel invites passengers to not just relax and recharge, but to enjoy the moment in a more vintage and romantic way, taking time to truly see a landscape while someone else is doing the driving.”
In terms of sales, G Adventures’ two most popular Rail journeys over the past year have been its 12-day Beijing to Hong Kong Express itinerary, and its 12-day Delhi to Goa West Coast India & Rajasthan by Rail, each of which have select 2016 departures currently discounted at 15% off. G Adventures’ 16-day Trans-Mongolian Adventure and 21-day Trans-Mongolian Express tours round out the operator’s top four selling Rail trips for the period since 2015.
For more information or to book a trip to any of the above destinations, call 1300 796 618 or visit www.gadventures.com.au