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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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$ 550 $ 6,151

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Planet Rail

13 trips with 6 reviews

Average rating of 5.0 for all Planet Rail trips.

Planet Rail

13 trips with 6 reviews

Average rating of 5.0 for all Planet Rail trips.

 
The Glacier Express & Scenic Switzerland in Winter tour
8 days

The Glacier Express & Scenic Switzerland in Winter

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
Switzerland, Cologne
$ 1,925
$ 241per day
Highlights
  • Glacier Express
  • Bernina Express
  • Lakeside Montreux
  • Lake Geneva
  • Château de Chillon (payable locally)
  • The Jungfrau – Top of Europe (supplements apply)
  • Golden Panoramic Express (supplements apply)
  • Chur
  • Poschiavo
  • Scenic Rhine Gorge
  • Cologne & its famous Cathedral
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Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels by First Class Rail tour
8 days

Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels by First Class Rail

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
Belgium, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels
$ 1,224
$ 153per day
Highlights
  • Visit the Amsterdam
  • See the Museum Quarter
  • Visit the Anne Frank House
  • Enjoy the Flower Market
  • Visit the Brussels
  • Visit Grand Place
  • Visit the Medieval Bruges
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Imperial Cities: Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Nuremberg by First Class Rail tour
12 days

Imperial Cities: Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Nuremberg by First Class Rail ...

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Berlin, Budapest, Nuremberg, Prague, Vienna
$ 1,590
$ 133per day
Highlights
  • Enjoy traveling in First Class Rail
  • Explore Berlin, a fascinating city steeped in European history
  • Experience two full days in Prague
  • Explore a historic city, Budapest. See the Budapest parliament or head for the castle district
  • Explore Vienna
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Golden Triangle with Ranthambore – Trains, Tigers and the Taj Mahal tour
10 days

Golden Triangle with Ranthambore – Trains, Tigers and the Taj Mahal

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
India, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Taj Mahal
$ 1,160
$ 116per day
Highlights
  • Scenic journeys by Executive Class and Chair Class rail and car transfer
  • Delhi – Full Day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi (Optional: Musical Fountain Show at Akshardham Temple)
  • Agra – Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Jaipur – Full Day sightseeing of Jaipur & Fatehpur Sikri (Optional: Customised Walking Tour of Jaipur city with an expert & Cooking Demo with Dinner at Dera Mandawa
  • Ranthambhore – Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Ranthambhore National Park with Lunch and Dinner in Ranthambhore
  • Shimla Extension (in addition to the highlights featured above)
  • Scenic rail journeys by Executive Class rail and car transfer
  • Shimla – Half Day sightseeing of Shimla
  • Toy Train (UNESCO World Heritage) ride in Chair Class from Shimla to Kandaghat
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Venice & Vienna on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express tour
8 days

Venice & Vienna on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star
Luxury - 5 star Lodging Level The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
Austria, France, Italy, Venice, Vienna
$ 6,151
$ 769per day
Highlights
  • Explore Vienna and visit some of the buildings and monuments that tell the story of this delightful European city
  • Visit inside the stunning Doges Palace, feel yourself unwind as you wander amid the myriad of canals along blissfully traffic-free alleyways and campi (squares).
  • Visit the on board Boutique to purchase souvenirs, while away the hours in conversation or take it easy in your compartment and admire passing scenery as the train travels through Switzerland and into Italy. 
  • See the famous Spanish Riding School or head for Prater Park with its ferris wheel which featured in the film ‘The Third Man’ with Orson Welles.
  • Enjoy Venice, at dusk and after dark when all the crowds have gone home.
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India’s Palace on Wheels – India’s Luxury Rail Holiday tour
9 days

India’s Palace on Wheels – India’s Luxury Rail Holiday

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
India, Agra, Agra Fort, Bharatpur, Delhi, Jaipur, Jama Masjid, Jodhpur, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Taj Mahal, Udaipur
$ 3,293
$ 366per day
Highlights
  • Scenic rail journeys on board the Palace on Wheels
  • Delhi – Orientation Tour of Delhi
  • Jaipur – Sightseeing of Jaipur
  • Sawai Madhopur & Chittorgarh – Jungle safaris by shared ‘Canter’ (open-air vehicle) in Ranthambhore National Park and a visit to Chittorgarh Fort
  • Udaipur – Sightseeing of Udaipur
  • Jaisalmer – Sightseeing of Jaisalmer, Camel Ride on the sand dunes in Jaisalmer and a dinner & cultural programme at a hotel in Jaisalmer
  • Jodhpur – Sightseeing of Jodhpur
  • Bharatpur & Agra – Visit to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur and a visit to the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
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Lake Como – Jewel of the Italian Lakes by First Class Rail tour
7 days

Lake Como – Jewel of the Italian Lakes by First Class Rail

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
Italy, Swaziland, Lake Como, London, Zurich
$ 1,343
$ 192per day
Highlights
  • Scenic rail journeys through the Gotthard Pass and Simplon Pass in Switzerland
  • Explore Zurich
  • Either take the picturesque ferry journey on Lake Como explore the delightful small town of Bellagio
  • Visit Lake Geneva
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El Transcantábrico Clasico – 9 night tour from London by First Class rail on daytime trains tour
9 days

El Transcantábrico Clasico – 9 night tour from London by First Class rail on daytime trains ...

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
Spain, Avignon, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela
$ 2,520
$ 280per day
Highlights
  • Scenic rail journeys – including 4 nights on the El Transcantábrico Clásico
  • Avignon
  • Madrid
  • Santander
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Alternative return journey includes an overnight stay in Barcelona
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Lyon by First Class rail – brand new direct service from London tour
5 days

Lyon by First Class rail – brand new direct service from London

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
France, Lyon
$ 551
$ 110per day
Highlights
  • First Class rail on the brand new direct Eurostar service from London
  • Old Town of Lyon – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Croix-Rousse quarter, Gothic Cathedral of St. Jean
  • Lyon – Gastronomic capital of France
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French Hotel Barge – Burgundy from the Saône-et-Loire to the Côte d’Or on board the Jeanine tour
7 days

French Hotel Barge – Burgundy from the Saône-et-Loire to the Côte d’Or on board the Jeanine ...

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Train & Rail Journeys
Visits:
France, Burgundy, Dijon, Paris
$ 2,030
Highlights
  • The Cirque du Bout du Monde and the Mont de Sène
  • Wine tasting at Santenay
  • Chalon-sur-Saône with a guided walking tour
  • Saint-Jean-de-Losne
  • Canal du Centre
  • The Grand Crus Wine Route and the Château du Clos Vougeot
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Three Operas, Five Countries by First Class Rail tour
9 days

Three Operas, Five Countries by First Class Rail

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
France, Paris
$ 2,173
$ 241per day
Highlights
  • Iconic Paris
  • Stylish Milan
  • Attractive Zurich
  • Glorious Vienna
  • Medieval Nuremberg
  • Three fantastic operas in Paris, Milan and Vienna
  • First Class rail travel throughout
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Grand Arctic Circle and Scandinavia Overland Adventure by First Class Rail tour
22 days

Grand Arctic Circle and Scandinavia Overland Adventure by First Class Rail

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Moderate
Moderate Physical Level Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural, Overland Journeys
Visits:
Denmark, Germany, Norway, Bergen, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Oslo, Trondheim
$ 4,293
$ 195per day
Highlights
  • Scenic First and Standard Class rail travel, bus and ferry journeys
  • Hannover
  • Copenhagen
  • Stockholm
  • Ostersund
  • Gallivare
  • Narvik
  • Trondheim
  • Geiranger
  • Bergen
  • Flam
  • Oslo
  • Gothenburg
  • Boat train between Hamburg and Copenhagen
  • Inlandsbanen from Ostersund to Gallivare across the Arctic Circle
  • Ofoten Railway from Gallivare to Narvik
  • Rauma Railway from Dombas to Andalsnes
  • Geirangerfjord Cruise
  • Hurtigruten overnight coastal cruise from Alesund to Bergen
  • Norway in a Nutshell including Fjord Cruises and the Flam Railway
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Belmond Royal Scotsman – The Western Journey tour
4 days

Belmond Royal Scotsman – The Western Journey

5.0 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
Type:
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural
Visits:
Scotland, United Kingdom, Edinburgh
$ 4,781
$ 1,195per day
Highlights
  • Enjoy breakfast en route south towards Glasgow and Gourock.
  • Enjoy excellent views across the Sound of Sleat to the beautiful Isle of Skye with its awe-inspiring Cuillin Mountains.
  • Visit the spectacular, gothic Mount Stuart House, are included.
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