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For more information on rail travel around Europe and bookings on the tours below, contact our expert rail consultants on 1300 733323

Rail Tours around Europe

THE TRANSYLVANIAN ON THE DANUBE EXPRESS

 Budapest to Istanbul or vice versa - a 4 day journey voyaging from the banks of the Danube to the shores of the Bosphorous encountering the stunning scenery and ancient architecture of Transylvania and rural Bulgaria along the way. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for details on all Danube Express journeys.

THE POLISH EXPLORER ON THE DANUBE EXPRESS

 Travel on The Polish Explorer jouney on the Danube Express from Budapest to Warsaw via Bratislava, Krakow, Wieliczka, Malbork and Gdansk. Capture the essence of Poland on a 4-day journey travelling from the Danube to the Baltic. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for coming dates and prices.

MANCHESTER TO MARRAKECH - 30 day all inclusive

September - Manchester to Marrakech is a remarkable journey from the heart of the Industrial Revolution in England to the magnificent Atlas Mountains in Morocco. En-route we travel through spectacular scenery in England and Wales before heading to France on the high-speed Eurostar. We travel deep into ‘Tour de France’ country and the spectacular Pyrenees, where historic narrow-gauge steam trains allow us to visit remote valleys where no roads run. Leaving France, we cross the mountains at the southern fringes of the Pyrenees and head south through the sublime Spanish countryside and on to Gibraltar. From here we take the short journey to an entirely different world, Morocco, one of the most diverse countries in Africa. Manchester to Marrakech is a journey of nearly 6,000km through authentic and unspoiled pockets of Europe to the bustling souks of the Kasbah. Contact Guidepost Tours. (TD)

RAIL ACROSS EUROPE - 28 days all inclusive from VIENNA TO SCOTLAND

 June -  This sublime journey presents Great Britain and Europe from a fresh perspective: from the comfort of a railway carriage. In fact, this trip is not so much about the destination, but the journey itself and the glorious landscapes between each port of call. Europe and Great Britain are blessed with some of the most scenic and fascinating train routes in the world and this tour has been designed to take advantage of some of the greatest and most famous. Travel is first-class wherever possible and along the way we stay in famous railway hotels, many of them a throwback to the Victorian era – the golden age of railways. Contact Guidepost Tours (TD)

CONTRASTS OF SWITZERLAND - 8 days by rail

Spend 8 days discovery scenic Switzerland by train. Journeys include Zurich via Chur to St.Moritz, St. Moritz to Zermatt on the Glacier Express, Zermatt to Geneva on the upper Rhone Valley, Geneva to Lucerne on the Golden Pass route with a stop in Interlaken. Spectacular rail journeys, amazing memories. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours on 1300 733323 for bookings and information.  (Traf)

NORTHERN SPAIN BY RAIL

12 days - Tours May to July & Sept -  Explore Northern Spain.  Travel on narrow gauge railway journeys through Asturias and Galicia. Take the spectacular funicular into the Pico de Europa. Discover the medieval cities of Santiago, Leon and Bilbao. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours. Category: budget - escorted small group. (Gpt-ExpWW)

MOORISH SPAIN TO MARRAKECH BY TRAIN

13 days - tour dates Feb, April & October to December  -  Departing from Malaga, we take in the magic of the Andalucian Moors. Then travel to Tangier and visit the fabulous royal cities of Morocco - Rabat, Fes and Marrakech. Watch the changing landscapes from your carriage window -  whitewashed villages, minarets and medinas.  Bookings from Guidepost Rail Tours. Category: Budget   (Gpt-ExpWW)

HIGHLIGHTS OF TUSCANY RAIL TOUR

 RURAL TUSCANY AND RENAISSANCE SPLENDOUR - Discover the true colours of this acclaimed region on a tour of the highlights of Tuscany. Ochre and terracotta hill towns linked by winding white roads, interspersed with fields of poppies and sunflowers contrast with the magnificent architecture of the great Renaissance cities. (Gpt-Tmvl-GRJ)

TOP TO TOE OF ITALY BY RAIL

 FROM VENICE TO SICILY BY TRAIN - From its ancient and classical cities to its hillside villages and dramatic coastline, Italy offers something for all visitors. On this incredible adventure we travel all over the attractive country, taking in iconic sights such as Venice, the Leaning Tower and Pompeii. We also see lesser-known places like Tuscan Siena and the beautiful island of Sicily, crowned by Mount Etna.  (Gpt-Tmvl-GRJ)

Great Trains of Europe - OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

 Join our first class 21 day tour from Rome to Venice through regional Italy, travelling via the hill villages and market towns of Tuscany,  the Cinque Terre and the south of France. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for details and reservations. (Gpt-GTOE)

Great Trains of Europe - SPRINGTIME GARDENS OF EUROPE & UK

 Take in the springtime gardens of Europe and the UK including a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show. Our next tour starts in early May each year. Tours include first class rail travel in reserved seats, 4 star city centre hotels and local expert garden guides.  Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for details and reservations. (Gpt-GTOE)

Great Trains of Europe - SWISS MOUNTAIN RAIL JOURNEYS

Our most popular "depart any day" independent tour allows you to experience the wonders of Switzerland by rail. Travel on the Bernina Express, the Glacier Express, the Golden Pass Panorama and the Brienzer Rothorn which is steam hauled during the summer months. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours.  (Gpt-GTOE)

Great Trains of Europe - MOROCCO & THE SOUTH OF SPAIN

 Tour starts on 3 April 2018 -  Plan early to come on this fully escorted first class tour to Morocco & the South of Spain. Travel 1st Class on the Great Trains of Morocco & Spain.over 22 days,  Most stops are for 3 nights. Stay in quality 4 star hotels. Fully escorted by our Australian historian. Contact Guidepost Tours for details and reservations. (Gpt-GTE)

Great Trains of Europe - WINTER WONDERLAND TOUR

 A white New Year in the Swiss and Austrian Alps and the romantic cities of Venice, Prague, Paris and Innsbruck. Enjoy an optional Christmas add-on tour in the beautiful Swiss alpine village of Grindelwald.  Contact Guidepost Rail Tours. (Gpt-GTOE)

Great Trains of Europe - SCANDINAVIA BY RAIL

 On our 21 day Scandinavia by rail tour you will experience modern cities, historic Nordic charm, breathtaking scenery and fabulous train journeys. Contact Guidepost Tours for more details and reservations. (GTE)

Great Trains of Europe - CHRISTMAS MARKETS & CLASSICAL MUSIC TOUR

  30th November 2017 - 21 days - Enjoy the world-famous Christmas Markets and Classical Music tradition of Germany and the Czech Republic. One performance - orchestral, opera or ballet - is included at each stop. Visit Munich, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin. Contact Guidepost Tours (GTOE)

Great Trains of Europe - ITALY, CITY COAST & COUNTRY

 With its rich cultural heritage, fabulous food and wines, great cities and picturesque villages, Italy is an eternally popular destination. Enjoy its variety with all 3 night stops in 4 star hotels, full luggage handling, an excelent sightseeing programme and many meals. This family friendly tour is timed to coincide with mid year school holidays. Contact Guidepost Tours. (GTE)

AUSTRIAN RAIL ADVENTURE & AUSTRIAN RAIL HIGHLIGHTS

Guidepost Rail Tours have two great independent train tours in Austria. Both start and finish in Vienna visiting places such as Graz, Salzburg and Innsbruck. Rail travel in Austria will take you through the most scenic and spectacular parts of the country. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for more details. (HOL)

GLACIER EXPRESS & ST MORITZ RAIL TOUR

  STUNNING VIEWS ON A CLASSIC RAIL JOURNEY -  Enjoy Switzerland's breathtaking scenery on this classic rail tour featuring the famous Glacier Express to St Moritz, Bernina Express and Gornergrat Railway. Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent tour, as we take the iconic Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, staying in glamorous St Moritz, and Zermatt, where we enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn. (Gpt-Tmvl-GRJ)

GRAND ALPINE EXPLORER RAIL TOUR

 AN EXCITING ADVENTURE AT THE TOP OF EUROPE - Stretching across much of mainland Europe, the wild and rugged Alps are home to some of the world's most magnificent landscapes. On this marvellous tour we discover the incredible attractions in three of the countries around the towering peaks - from the German city of Munich to the beautiful Austrian Lakes and Switzerland's superb mountain railways. (Gpt-Tmvl-GRJ)

GREAT TRAINS & GREAT CITIES - ITALY, CITY COAST & COUNTRY - ROME FLORENCE VENICE

With its rich cultural heritage, fabulous food and wines, great cities and picturesque villages, Italy is an eternally popular destination. You will have time to discover Rome, learn about the Renaissance in Florence and wander through romantic Venice. Travel is by high speed Eurostar trains. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for details. (GTE)

Great Trains of Europe

EUROSTAR

Eurostar has changed the way people travel between London,France and Belgium. Travelling via the Channel Tunnel, Eurostar carries passengers from central London to the heart of Paris or Brussels in around the same time as it takes to fly. Eurostar takes you to the centre of the city. Contact Guidepost Rail for more dteails. (RailTkts)

HIGH SPEED TRAINS ACROSS EUROPE

 Travelling at speeds of 320kms per hour, high speed trains service all major European Cities. These state-of-the-art- trains offer First and Second Class options, frequent daily departures, comfortable reclining seats and multilingual staff. Contact Guidepost Rail Travel. (Gpt-Rtkts)

TOURIST TRAINS OF SPAIN

 Spain has a wealth of beautiful destinations to visit and Tourist Trains of Spain have a range of unique journeys designed to showcase the best. Each of these journeys will provide memories to last a lifetime. Contact Guidepost Tours for itineraries. (RTkts)

EL TRANSCANTABRICO - NORTHERN SPAIN

El Transcantábrico started to run in 1983 along the same railway lines as the old coal trains of the historic La Robla Railway, which took coal from León to Biscay.  Just one hundred years after the mythical Orient Express was inaugurated, the first tourist train in Spain began to run between León and Santiago de Compostela, making a journey of 8 days and 7 nights through the history of Spain from prehistoric times to the present day. Contact GUIDEPOST RAIL TOURS for schedules and booking details. (RP)

EL EXPRESO DE LA ROBLA & AL ANDALUS

El Expreso de LA Robla is an opportunity to travel on a vintage train but with the amenities of a hotel. Discovering Northern Spain has never been more luxurious. 3 or 4 day itineraries are offered in a suite onboard the train. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours.

Al Andulus is a luxury train that operates through Andalusia in Southern Spain. (RP)

VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS

Embark on a voyage aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and become part of its glorious, ever-evolving history. You only need to glimpse its gleaming carriages and be greeted by stewards in their distinctive uniform to know that the most memorable journey of your life has begun. (RTkts)

VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS

Orient Express is synonymous with luxury, glamour, exquisite cuisine and personal service. Orient Express offers a number of unique rail travel experiences for journeys between Paris and Istanbul. Contact Guidepost Rail for timetables and reservations. (RP)

THE DANUBE EXPRESS & THE GOLDEN EAGLE

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains including the Danube Express offer carefully designed itineraries which balance generous amounts of relaxation and sightseeing while travelling the vast landscapes of Russia, Central Asia and China.  (RTkts)

SWISS SCENIC TRAINS

 The highlight of any trip to Switzerland must be scenery; most of the scenic trains have oversized panoramic windows from which to enjoy the view, ample space, comfortable seating and dining options. Many of the routes travel through areas can only be reached by rail. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours.  (RTkts)

SCENIC TRAINS OF SWITZERLAND

The Swiss Travel System turns any journey into an unforgettable experience. There is no other form of transportation that brings you closer to the charm of Switzerland. Trains are synonymous with the spirit of Switzerland so why not explore with a Swiss Rail Pass. Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) runs frequent 'intercity' services with good connections with the many private branch lines. Train services cover most parts of the country includng the scenic tourist spots at high altitudes. 

SWISS SCENIC JOURNEYS

Swiss scenic Journeys are a great way to experience the best of the Swiss Alps and some of Switzerland's most picturesque cities. There are no escorts or tour guides to hurry you along so sit back and enjoy! Contact Guidepost Rail. (RailTkts)

Information for travelling by train in Europe

TRAIN TRAVEL IN EUROPE - things to know

Travelling by rail gives you the freedom to go wherever, whenever. Today's rail systems offer an endless choice of routes and regular departure times serviced by modern, comfortable and often high speed trains. Enjoy the scenery and arrive in the centre of your destination town or city. We hope this information will be helpful and answer many of your questions. For more specific questions on timetables and fares, contact Guidepost Rail. (RailP)

EUROPEAN TRAINS - times, distances and FAQ's

 With an extensive array of tickets and passes on offer, something to suit every itinerary. Following is a summary of times and distances which may help to plan you travels nthrough Europe. (RailP-Gpt)

FACILITIES ONBOARD EUROPEAN TRAINS

 Rail is the most relaxing way to travel around Europe. This information will explain facilities onboard high speed and overnight trains. (RailP-Gpt)

HIGH SPEED TRAINS IN EUROPE

Travelling at speeds of up to 320kms per hour, high speed trains service all major European cities. These state of the art trains offer first and second class options, frequent departures, comfortable reclining seats and multi-lingual staff.  Guidepost Rail for more details. (RailP-Gpt)

OVERNIGHT TRAINS IN EUROPE

Overnight trains are a great way to travel  in Europe, allowing you to wake up fresh and ready to start your next adventure. The European rail network consists of multiple rail companies - the experience and facilities offered on overnight services is varied.  (RTkts-Gpt)

EURAIL GLOBAL PASSES & SELECT PASSES

Eurail Global Pass is the most comprehensive rail pass available, covering 21 captivating European countries, giving you the freedom to travel at your own pace. Eurail Select allows you to create your own pass covering three, four or five adjoining countries. You have flexibility and convenience to travel on non-consecutive days within a two month period. Contact Guidepost Rail. (RTkts-Gpt)

EURAIL SINGLE & MULTI COUNTRY PASSES

Rail travel throughout Europe is fast, efficient and economical. There are many regional passes that cover just the countries you wish to visit so why not talk to the staff at Guidepost Rail and plan the best options for your next European Holiday. (HOL)

FRANCE & PARIS RAIL PASSES

 Take advantage of your time in Paris with our range of travel passes. Travel passes and sector tickets can be purchased for travel throughout France. (RTkts-Gpt)

BELGIUM, THE NETHERLANDS & LUXEMBOURG - EURAIL PASSES

 Although each is uniquely different, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg are considered one region known as Benelux in the European Rail System. Guidepost Rail Tours can provide all Eurail passes and point to point tickets. (RTkts)

ITALY & GREECE

 Italy now has the famous Thalys trains and Eurostar Italy. Many choices, great trains. Select the pass that best suits your travel requirements or contact Guidepost Rail. (RailTkts)

EUROPEAN URBAN ADVENTURES

 Urban adventures are day tours with a difference. In just a few hours, get under the skin of the city you are visiting - so you know it like a local!  Urban Adventures tours range from 2 hours to a full day and mix famous sights with hidden gems. (RTkts-Gpt)

EASTERN EUROPE & THE BALKANS - PASSES

 A selection of passes will take you through an eclectic mix of countries and cultures in Eastern Europe. (RTkts-Gpt)

SWITZERLAND PASSES & TRAVEL

You can't go past a Swiss Rail Pass if you intend to spend a few days in this breathtaking country. The Swiss Travel Pass is the only pass that allows travel on more than 20,000 kilometres of train bus and boat routes within Switzerland and the public transport systems of 35 Swiss cities.  A journey on one of the Swiss Scenic trains is a must. (RTkts-Gpt)

AUSTRIA & ADJOINING COUNTRIES - EURAIL PASSES

 Travelling by rail enables you to discover the charm of this historic and romantic country. From its stunning capital Vienna to Salzburg, the location of the Sound of Music, the Alps and picturesque beauty of the Tyrol Region, a rail pass covering Austria will let you explore it all. (RTkts)

GERMANY & ADJOINING COUNTRIES

Travelling by rail enables you to truly discover the beauty of these historic and romantic countries. Visit medieval cities, marvel at the majesty of the alps, attend world-renowned festivals and explore fairy tale castles. Discover Germany, Austria and Switzerland by train. Contact Guidepost Rail for more details. (RailTkts)

SPAIN & PORTUGAL - EURAIL PASSES

Spain and Portugal continue to grow in popularity for travellers and we have rail passes to cover both countries. There are also a number of two country passes to give extensive travel coverage through  surrounding regions. Contact Guidepost Rail. (RailTkts)


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