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Top Trip Memories

  • Looking at the rolling hills and Siberian villages
  • Exploring different cities each day
  • Taking Maharaja Express from Delhi and along the way visiting colorful city Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Taking a rail journey through the Chunnel to France 
  • Looking at breathtaking scenery from Botswana to South Africa
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Tour Tips

  • Bring your own food. Often train food costs extra and, let's face it, may not be that delicious. So packing some snacks for the journey is well worth it.
  • Not all train travel is created equal. Check and double check your ticket to make sure you know if seats are assigned or not. Plan accordingly, as boarding can get very crowded if everyone is jostling to find a seat.
  • Make sure you know the difference between which trains are running express trains and which are running local. Familiarize yourself with the stops and station names, which if in a language unfamiliar can often sound quite similar to each other.
  • Be prepared for the length of the journey. If you get motion sick, try to plan shorter routes or think about where you might be able to disembark for a few hours.
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Train & Rail Journeys Travel Reviews & Ratings

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4 Reviews

  • Excellent 2
  • Great 1
  • Average 0
  • Disappointing 1
  • Terrible 0

Rating Details

  • Value
    3.8
  • Guide
    4.5
  • Activities
    4.0
  • Lodging
    4.0
  • Transportation
    3.8
  • Meals
    4.3

Tour Reviews

4.0
October 2016
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Recommend: Yes
The time in Vilnius and St. Petersburg
5.0
August 2016
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Recommend: Yes
The whole trip was a highlight, I was totally enraptured from the beginning to the end.. If I were to pick somethings that really got my attention, that would be the "killing fields" in Cambodia, and the war memorial in Ho Chi Minh City.
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Unique hotel atmosphere but wasn't enough food

Fjord Norway

2.0
August 2016
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Recommend: Yes
Loved Leikanger Hotel and fjord. Unique atmosphere, historic family owned hotel, and not crowded with cruise tourists. Both Oslo and Bergen are fun cities. Lots to see and do in Oslo -Go early as one day isn't enough Food was outstanding throughout. Try the reindeer! Lots of personal attention from guide Marion. She was amazing
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Great tour leader made the best trip

Moscow and St Petersburg

5.0
August 2016
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Recommend: Yes
Tour leader Alex was very knowledgeable and helpful--flexible enough to adjust to our group and to the conditions during our tour (avoiding conflicts with other groups in crowded situations). Best was how he allowed us all so much free time to explore on our own while giving each of us individual advice when asked.
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Train & Rail Journeys Trips & Tour Advice

A rail journey is be one of the most pleasant ways to travel imaginable. Whether it's aboard a luxury sightseeing train in South Africa, PeruEurope, or Alaska, or an adventurous trip through India or across Siberia, long rail journeys allow you to sit back, view the scenery, read a book, have some meals, get some sleep, and meet other passengers if you're so inclined. Wherever you want to go, Stride will help keep you on track.

Covering Vast Landscapes

Traveling by train provides a view of vast landscapes unlike any other mode of transportation. Imagine gazing out across the expanse of Siberia, the impressive Alaskan landscape, and crossing through countries in Europe, seeing the change in topography. Its a stunning experience, at once feeling of the landscape and seeing it pass by in the blink of an eye. Bring your wide angle lens for spectacular photographs!

A Slower Way to Travel

Choosing a train means you get more time to explore your stops. As opposed to the hassle of getting out of the airport during a layover, train stops are much easier to plan around. From quaint mountain towns in Switzerland, to fascinating history in Bangkok, to sampling local food in India, a rail journey covers more ground allowing you to experience more in a shorter period of time. On the other hand sometimes the railway itself is the slowness in the equation. Chugging merrily along through the alps, for example, time itself takes on a different meaning as you travel through the ancient mountains taking in the scenery.

An Important Historical Milestone

Train travel first began in the mid 1800s, and caused a major stir. Suddenly access to farther away cities and countries was not such an ordeal. What would have taken several weeks by horse and carriage, now could take significantly shorter. Allowing a wider demographic to travel, becoming exposed to other cultures, languages, and customs. Traveling by train today might seem quaint and leisurely but imagine marveling at the speed and modernity in the 19th century! When you travel by train you are participating in what was the pinnacle of innovation.

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