Travel agents can now offer clients the opportunity to choose from a range of exciting new escorted rail journeys through Europe, only available in Australia through premium travel operator Travelmarvel.
Travelmarvel’s new Great Rail Journeys 2016 brochure is the company’s first ever dedicated brochure for this travel format and has been made possible through an exclusive partnership with award winning UK-based rail travel company Great Rail Journeys.
Designed to capture the golden era of rail travel, when the train was more than just the mode of transport but the highlight itself, Travelmarvel’s new program offers a choice of fourteen relaxing rail journeys covering the length and breadth of Europe.
What makes the new Travelmarvel Great Rail Journeys stand out in the market is the fact that each one is accompanied by a dedicated English speaking Tour Manager. Travelling with guests throughout, they will handle all elements of the tour, from ticketing to ensuring guests are personally guided to their platforms and to their seats and liaising with the English speaking guides. Also included in every journey is all premium centrally located accommodation, airport and hotel transfers and selected excursions, entrance fees, meals and sightseeing.
From travelling the Italian coastline to traversing the Alps, exploring Europe’s grand cities, seeing the Scottish Highlands or the splendour of Scandinavia and travelling Spain by train, Travelmarvel’s Great Rail Journeys offers something to suit all tastes.
Travelmarvel is featuring many of Europe’s most iconic trains and railways in its program: from the world’s slowest express train, the Glacier Express in Switzerland; to the art deco elegance of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express; 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 an earlybird discount of $1,000 per couple off all itineraries, which is available until sold out.
Notable departures include:
- 9-day Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands – highlights include a journey by train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, changing onto the West Highland Line 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. This trip is priced from $2,995 per person;
- 15-day Top to Toe of Italy – travelling from Venice via Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, Rome, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily, most travel is via first class rail. As well as exploring all of Italy’s must-see sights, you’ll also have the opportunity to journey around Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active Volcano, aboard the Circumetnea train. This journey is priced from $5,995 per person, twin share; and
- 9-day The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – Travel by first class rail from Paris to Milan and Venice, taking in all the sights before transferring for a final night of pure indulgence aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express back to Paris. This journey is priced from $8,845 per person, twin share.
David Cox, Executive General Manager at Travelmarvel says the company is committed to showcasing the romance of rail travel to its guests in Australia, “Rail is such an exciting way to travel and it is definitely in demand amongst our guests. With this program we offer itineraries that are fully chaperoned so that guests have someone to support them throughout their trip, enabling them to sit back and just enjoy themselves. We take care of all the hotels, all the tour guides, transfers and most meals are also included. Through our partnership with Great Rail Journeys we are offering rail holidays as they should be – seamless, stylish and stress-free.”
For further information on Travelmarvel’s Great Rail Journeys call 1300 196 420, visit travelmarvel.com.au or see your local business development manager.