Travelmarvel is taking its Great Rail Journeys portfolio beyond Europe in 2017 to offer an even wider choice of destinations ranging from USA to India, China, Japan and New Zealand.
Available in travel agencies now, Travelmarvel’s new Great Rail Journeys 2017 brochure offers a choice of 31 itineraries, made possible through an exclusive partnership with award winning UK-based rail travel company Great Rail Journeys.
The program is designed to capture the golden era of rail travel, when the train was more than just the mode of transport but the highlight itself.
What makes Travelmarvel’s Great Rail Journeys stand out in the market is the fact that they are the only portfolio of fully escorted rail holidays available to Australians and New Zealanders.
Each departure is accompanied throughout by a dedicated English-speaking Tour Manager who handles all elements of the tour, from ticketing to ensuring guests are personally guided to their platforms and to their seats. Also included in every journey is all premium centrally located accommodation, airport and hotel transfers and selected excursions, entrance fees, many meals, sightseeing and tipping.
From travelling the Italian coastline to traversing rugged gorges in New Zealand, stopping off to enjoy Mardi Gras in New Orleans or taking in views of Mount Everest, Travelmarvel’s Great Rail Journeys offers something to suit all tastes.
Travelmarvel is featuring many of the world’s most iconic trains and railways in its program: from the world’s slowest express train, the Glacier Express in Switzerland; to the high speed bullet train in Japan; the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway; India’s Palace on Wheels; the infamous Belmond British Pullman; and the West Highland Line in Scotland, whose Jacobite Steam Train starred as the Hogwarts Express in the famous Harry Potter films.
To celebrate the new program, Travelmarvel is offering a range of ‘Earlybird Specials’, including discounts of up to $1,000 per couple off itineraries. Those who book European rail and cruise combinations will receive free return economy flights, inclusive of air taxes. All offers are limited and available until sold out.
Notable departures include:
- Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands – a nine day tour that includes a journey by train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, changing onto the West Highland Line to Ballachulish then take a coach journey to Oban, where guests catch a ferry over to the Isle of Mull to visit Duart Castle. Guests also enjoy a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train, better known as the ‘Hogwart’s Express’. Then it’s on to Inverness via Loch Ness before boarding the Kyle Line to Eilean Donan Castle. The trip culminates in a rail journey from Inverness via the Cairngorms back to Edinburgh. Priced from $3,495* per person, twin share.
- India’s Palace on Wheels – a 14 Day tour that includes seven nights staying onboard the Palace on Wheels train experiencing the country’s highlights in colonial charm. Other rail highlights include taking the Shatabdi Express from Delhi to Kalka, and riding the legendary ‘Toy Train’ to Shimla. There’s also a rickshaw ride to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary as well as the chance to see the Taj Mahal, spot tigers in the Ranthambore National Park and see all the sight of Delhi and Jaipur. Priced from $10,095* per person, twin share.
- Across the Roof of the World – spend 14 days exploring China and Tibet on a holiday that includes the chance to travel on the contrasts of China’s high speed trains and Tibet’s overnight heritage sleeper train – the highest rail journey in the world. In China, see all the highlights including the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and the Forbidden City. In Tibet see glimpses of Mount Everest, visit the Dalai Lama’s former residence and visit the home of a local family. Priced from $6,495* per person, twin share.
- Tracks of the Deep South – A fascinating 13 day tour of America’s South, starting in Atlanta and concluding in Houston. Highlights include journeys aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad, the Lookout Incline Railway and Amtrak’s City of New Orleans service to Houston. Guests will also tour the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, enjoy an exclusive dinner, talk and performance by a member of Johnny Cash’s family, visit Graceland and if they travel on the18 February 2017 departure then they’ll also travel during Mardi Gras. Priced from $5,245* per person, twin share.
David Cox, Executive General Manager at Travelmarvel says this program was so popular in its debut year that expansion to other continents was inevitable: “Train travel for pleasure began more than 200 years ago, and is how the travel industry began. Its popularity has turned full circle in recent years with people returning to rail more than ever. We received fantastic feedback for our inaugural Great Rail Journeys program, especially for the fact that our itineraries are fully chaperoned. We take care of everything, enabling guests to sit back, relax and watch the world roll by. It’s proving a strong selling point.”
For further information on Travelmarvel’s Great Rail Journeys 2017 call 1300 196 420, visit travelmarvel.com.au/Rail2017 or see your local business development manager.