Railway Adventures are designed for comfortable, leisurely enjoyment of a country and its culture, travelling as much as possible by train. Our groups are generally small (15 to 20 passengers is average) and our team of leaders and guides are experienced in looking after passengers as individuals and in groups.
Scott McGregor is a well known face from 30 years of work as an actor, presenter and producer in projects ranging from TV home makeovers to railway travel and history. He currently runs ‘Railway Adventures’ offering specialised tours to destinations all over the world. For many years he ran the Antiques and Collectables company Off The Rails and has spent most of his free time consumed by a variety of challenging home renovations.
He has also presented two series of his own Railway Adventure programs screened in Australia and overseas and was a regular face on the Lifestyle Channel as the Antiques and Collectables expert and travel guy.
Great travel is as much about the way you get there as it is about the destinations. Train travel is gentle travel, a chance to settle back and let the world roll by. Is not a good train the most civilised form of transport yet invented? Slow trains, fast trains, heritage steamers, luxury sleepers - all designed to connect the world's most captivating scenery and fascinating destinations. Here is a summary of our programme of Railway Adventures for 2016. We are taking expressions of interest for future tours so register for our regular newsletters.
NEW DATE October 2016 * Mystical Myanmar is home to a network of rustic railways, wide and welcoming rivers, atmospheric temples, towns, cities and colonial hill stations. There’s a wonderful diversity of natural beauty and the people are famously friendly and easy going. Enjoy the pleasures of 4 and 5-star accommodation, most meals and a variety of travel from Yangon to Inle Lake, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly Maymyo) and then complete your journey with a luxury Pandaw cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Bagan and the plains of the thousand golden temples. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for unique Railway Adventures. (Gpt-RA)
14 February to 1 March 2017 - OOTY * MYSORE * CHENNAI * PONDICHERRY * TRIVVY * TRICHY * COCHIN - travel on the Golden Chariot - Taste the life of luxury train travel as you traverse the wonders of India’s southern states. Starring the luxury Golden Chariot train, a veritable hotel on wheels, this extraordinary journey also features an express train trip in Shatdabdi executive class and the Ooty Train, a World Heritage listed steam powered mountain rack railway to the old British hill station of Ooty. These journeys spanning some 2,000 kilometres across four states connect some of India’s most famous sites including numerous World Heritage sights. When not on board dine and stay in luxury hotels and restaurants and be expertly guided through the vibrant cites, bustling markets and the wilds of Southern India’s water-ways and jungles.(Gpt-RA)
11 to 25 October 2016, then 4 tours in 2017 - North Queensland is a canvas on which nature paints many spectacular landscapes. Vast outback plains, tidal estuaries of the Gulf, tropical rainsorests, and the character filled Savannah are the backdrops for fascinating and awe-inspiring experiences. The tour features five unique train trips, an island-hopping flight, comfortable coach and train in a trip from brisbane to Mount Isa through Longreach and Winton, up to the Gulf of Carpentaria, across the wide Savannah and the Atherton Tableland and down through the rainforest of the Kuranda range to Cairns. Stopping at Mount Isa, Normanton, the stunning Cobbold Gorge, the intriguing Undara Lava Tubes, the tour finishes in Cairns after an exciting day trip to Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge. MAY JUNE & AUGUST BOOKED OUT - NEW TOUR DATES 11 OCTOBER Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for reservations. (Gpt-RAdv)
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23 to 28 November 2016- Head from Brisbane to Toowoomba and explore the museums of the Southern Downs Railway then on to Warwick where we embark on a special heritage steam train journey up the range to Wallangarra and a feast on the station platform. Continue to Tenterfield, Armidale and the Hunter Valley, exploring the wealth of heritage, rail and scenic sights along the way. This is a rare chance to ride steam on a most historic and scenic railway. Contact Guidepost Tours for a full brochure. (RAdv)
April 2017 - Cuba is known for its white-sand beaches, rolling mountains, cigares and rum. With this unique tour you will travel as much as possible by train, sometimes in our own private railcar, covering large parts of the very interesting Cuban railway system. This fully escorted tour is for people with a real sense of exploration away from the normally visited areas. AN EXOTIC AND RELATIVELY UNDISCOVERED DESTINATION. Contact Guidepost Touirs for reservations. (RAdv)
22 October to 7 November 2016 from Jakarta, across Java to Bali -Java is the richest, most densely populated of Indonesia's countless islands. Its diverse landscape ranges from towering volcanoes to dense forest, manicured rice paddies and teeming cities. Our train adventure explores this 1000km long island starting in Jakarta and travelling through Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo and Surabuya to Jember in the east where we take a short ferry ride to Bali. This tour is an undiscovered gem and great value. There is option to extend your stay for a few days at a beautiful resort in Bali. Contact Guidepost Tours for details. (RA)
7 to 22 September 2016 - optional extension to Sapa 22 to 25 September & again in October 2017 - HO CHI MINH CITY * DALAT * HOI AN * HUE * DONG HOI * HANOI * HALONG BAY * SAPA - Enjoy one of the world’s great train journeys and experience Vietnam’s most iconic destinations on a 2,000-kilometre odyssey from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and beyond. Luxury hotels, most meals and many side trips reveal Vietnam’s history, culture, gourmet food, wonderfully friendly people and excellent shopping. Private carriages on the Reunification Express, your own train to the mystic hill station of Sapa and private luxury junk on magic Halong Bay are features of this unique tour. All in all it’s a stimulating and enlightening gentle adventure. Contact Guidepost Rail tours. (Gpt-RAdv)
17-29 November 2016 - TAIPEI * SUN MOON LAKE * MOUNT ALISHAN * KAOSIUNG-CITY * TAITUNG * TAROKO GORGE * WULAI
Taiwan is a treasure, mountainous, scenic, and full of great cultural icons from its rich history as an island on the trade routes and influence of Asia’s great powers. Some of China’s greatest art works ended up there when the Nationalists fled the mainland and established the modern republic. Our northern Autumn journey takes us from bustling Taipei by high speed train to the magical resort of Sun Moon Lake. Victorian era. Switchback railways traverse the mountains into the giant cypress forests of Mt Alishan in the high altitude at the heart of the island. Our trains continue the circumnavigation south to Kaohsiung and Taitung then north hugging the east coast past gorges, ravines, dramatic coastlines and vibrant historic cities. Luxury accommodation, delicious dinners and plenty of time to shop complete this great value adventure. (RAdv)
March 2017 - Autumn is a great time to get amongst it all in this stunning destination. To complement the bountiful offerings from the vines and kitchens of Tasmania is the island's wild and magical natural beauty, its quirky ad stimulating art scene, a living industrial and colonial heritage and a small collection of extraordinary railway journeys. EXPLORE THE WINERIES, RIDE THE RAILS & ATTEND THE HUGE SHEFFIELD STEAMFEST. Contact Guidepost Tours for reservations.(Gpt-RAdv)
2 - 14 July 2016 - Be treated to two of the truly great railway journeys of the world: the legendary White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, and the equally awesome Alaska Railroad through one of the world’s last great wilderness. Alaska with its rugged natural beauty will astound and amaze from dramatic Mt McKinlay, only surpassed by the Himalayas and the Andes, to the stunning coastline full of long, deep fjords, and snow-capped active volcanoes. The Amtrak journey from Vancouver to Seattle adds to the mix of this tour that combines the best of great rail journeys with the wild Alaskan wilderness. (RAdv)
Board the fastest and most popular trains in the world on an autumn odyssey through the wonderland that is Japan. From the remote wilds of central Honshu, to the steaming volcanoes of Kyushu, savour an adventure full of Japanese charisma, atmospheric locales and unforgettable landscapes. All manner of trains are your window to its astounding natural beauty, cities, and landmarks and the gracious hospitality, wonderful food, brilliantly efficient service, and myriad of cultural marvels make for a memorable adventure. (RA) MAY 17, 2017 DATES TO BE CONFIRMED- REGISTER YOUR INTEREST BY CONTACTING OUR OFFICE FOR A BROCHURE
February 2017- Come along with Scott McGregor from Saigon to Singapore, taking a luxury river cruise up the Mekong to Cambodia and a special charter on Sais's newest renovated railway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. Explore the temples of Angkor Wat and in Laos, the ancient empires, rivers and jungles will amaze.The train from Vientiane on to Thailand rolls through the landscape then luxury time in Bangkok precedes the optional extension on the wonderful and luxurious Eastern and Oriental Express on a 3 day rail-cruise to Singapore. AN EPIC JOURNEY OF VARIETY, CONTRASTS AND ICONIC LOCATIONS. Contact Guidepost Tours reservations. (RAdv)
May 2017 - Join us on a comprehensive tour of this fascinating country. You will be exploring the bustling cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan and Hong Kong. You will see China's must-sees like the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta warriors, the Giant Panda breeding centre, and cruising the awe-inspiring Three Gorges along the Yangtze River. High Speed and fast trains connect your destinations. A VERY POPULAR ITINERARY! Contact Guidepost Tours for reservations. (RAdv)
If the Southern Aurora has completed it's renovations, come and relive the age of the swinging 60s on the iconic retro sleeper train to one of Australia’s most eccentric and colourful festivals. Celebrate with a themed dinner in the dining car, a show-stopping lunch at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, and all the fun of an on-going, on-board party. Celebrate in Parkes with a spectacular tribute show and dinner and of course the carousing street parade. Bookings only available through Guidepost Rail Tours (GPT-RA) Call to register your interest for 2017 and we will advise when bookings are open.
11 - 29-October 2016 & again in May 2017 Train travel is central to Swiss life, reaching into every corner of the land and beyond. It is also one of the most efficient, and easily the most patronised rail network per head of population in the world. There can be no better way to get a window on this spectacular country. Using the extraordinary network of Swiss Rail and comfortable hotels located close to stations and town centres, this finely-tuned adventure, led by your experienced Switzerland expert Chris Harding, will take you through the heart of the Alps to explore a wonderful mix of the country’s key historical, cultural and scenic destinations. Contact Guidepost Tours for more details and reservations. (Gpt-RAdv)
25 July to 11 August 2016 & July 2017 The idyllic Scandinavian mid-summer is basked in never-ending sunshine and buzzing with high-spirited locals enjoying her evanescent beauty after a long, harsh winter. It is the ideal time to adventure through the stunning landscape by magnificent trains, boats and coaches. This spectacular Scandinavian voyage kicks off from historical capital, Stockholm. Journey through to Lapland discovering Sweden’s untouched inland riding the stunning Inlandsbanan train. As described by author Ernst Didring as ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’, the legendary Ofoten line will take you beyond the Arctic Circle though to Norway’s northern coast to cruise the Lofoten islands by boat. The Norland line that journeys on to the charming city of Trondheim is alive with scenic railway charm. Enjoy unparalleled views of the breathtaking landscapes of the Rauma and Flam railways on your journey to the iconic cities of Alesund and Bergen. Reservations for Scott McGregor's Railway Adventures only with Guidepost Rail Tours. (Gpt-RAdv)
27 September to 10 October -Savouring fine wine, enjoying delicious gourmet meals and travelling the country by train are the key ingredients of this special adventure. Spain's rich culture and stunning scenery are also on show as we journey through the famous wine regions and iconic cities. The icing on the cake has to be an indulgent journey on the beautifully appointed Al-Andalus, Spain's premier luxury train. Contact Guidepost Tours (RAdv)
June 2017 - Scotland doesn't waste an inch of its compact area in order to delight and impress visitors. Wild and unspoilt, Scotland's landscapes are timeless, and few pleasures can compare with stepping aboard a magnificently restores steam train and gently rolling through the dramatically heather-clad hills of the Scottish Highlands. THIS UNIQUE TOUR IS PACKED WITH UNIQUE & UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES. Contact Guidepost Tours for reservations. We can also assist with other travel arrangements in the UK and Europe. (RAdv)