• Top 10 Scenic Rail Journeys

    by  • June 5, 2013 • City Breaks, Luxury Breaks, Rail, Top 10 • 0 Comments

    Sit back and relax on one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys…

    Take any of our suggested itineraries above and add extra nights, single rooms and/or hotel upgrades to suit personal requirements. If you can’t find what you are looking for just let us know which cities you would like to visit and we will create a bespoke itinerary just for you.

    The possibilities are endless and with the Cities Direct team taking care of all the travel and hotel arrangements the hardest part will be deciding where to go.


    Highland Highlights – From £499pp for 6 nights

    Travel the famous West Highland Line to Fort William and Mallaig, take a boat to Skye and ride from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness and on over Britain’s highest mainline railway summit, all amidst the wonderful lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.  There’s also the option to ride behind steam.   Our package includes 6 nights in 3 star standard hotels with rail or air connection to Glasgow or Edinburgh. INCLUDES 2nd class 4 day Freedom of Scotland Railrover.


    Highland Highlights

    Highland Highlights

    Norway in a Nutshell – From £799pp for 5 nights

    Experience the extraordinary scenery of Norway, travel across the “roof” of the country by train from Oslo to Bergen and ride one of Europe’s steepest rail routes, the Flam railway from the high mountains to the water’s edge for a spectacular fjord cruise. Our package includes 2 nights in Oslo and 3 nights in Bergen in central 4 star hotels with direct flights from the UK.


    Paris to Venice Express – From £599pp for 4 nights

    Travel by rail between two of the most romantic cities in the world via the historic Gotthard route, an engineering marvel that twists and turns its way through the Alps to Italy.  Our package includes travel by Eurostar or air to Paris,  1 night in Paris and 3 nights in Venice (additional nights can be added) staying in 4 star hotels, returning by air from Venice


    The Trans Iberian – From £549pp for 7 nights

    Fly direct to Barcelona for a 2 night stay before taking the classic one day train ride from Barcelona south along the coast to Valencia and inland across the Iberian peninsula to Seville for 3 nights. Return north by modern high speed AVE train to Madrid for 2 nights before your return flight to the UK. Our package is based on 3 star hotels and we offer optional additional nights in Valencia, Cordoba and other cities if you wish.


    The Arlberg – Orient Express – From £799pp for 7 nights

    Fly to Zurich and follow the route of the historic Arlberg – Orient Express, through the mountains of Switzerland and over the Arlberg alpine route to the Tirolean capital of Innsbruck for 2 nights. Continue through scenic Austria with a 2 night stay in Salzburg, city of Mozart and the Sound of Music and 2 nights in the beautiful historic capital, Vienna and arriving at Budapest’s Keleti station for a night in the Hungarian capital before your flight back to the UK.  Our package includes 7 nights in city centre 4* hotels.

    The Arlberg - Orient Express

    The Arlberg – Orient Express


    The Glacier Express – From £799pp for 4 nights

    Travel on the legendary Glacier Express, the “world’s slowest express train” between Europe’s two most prestigious mountain resorts.  Zermatt, at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn Mountain, and St Moritz, preferred choice of the rich and famous. Our package includes 2 nights in each resort in central 3 star hotels, leaving a day to explore Zermatt’s stunning scenic surroundings and a day to travel south from St Moritz on the equally spectacular Bernina line, the highest “ordinary” railway in Europe.  Includes direct flights from the UK to Switzerland and a Swiss Rail 4 day Flexi Pass railrover.


    Mediterranean Coast Express – From £399pp for 4 nights

    Travel in the footsteps of Roman Legions along the idyllic Mediterranean coast, from the Cote d’Azur in Nice and Monte Carlo along the Ligurian Riviera to San Remo and Genoa and south to Pisa and Rome itself. Our package includes 2 nights in city centre 3 star hotels in Nice and in Rome with an option to stop off in other cities en route and direct flights from the UK to Nice and back from Rome.



    Rhine and Moselle Valleys – From £499pp for 4 nights

    Ride the historic trade routes at the heart of Europe through the wonderfully scenic valleys of the Rhine and Moselle, where trains wind along between the river and the steep vine clad valley sides and dive through rocky headlands topped with historic castles and steeped in legend. Our package includes Eurostar or flight to and from Brussels, 1 night in a 3* in central Brussels, train to Koln and along the Rhine Valley to Mainz for 2 nights, train along the Moselle Valley to historic Trier for an overnight stay (both 4*) and back to Brussels.


    Switzerland’s Amazing Railways – From £529 for 3 nights

    Switzerland’s rail system is renowned for its efficiency, amazing engineering and stunning scenic delights.  This package includes a 4 day 2nd class Swiss Pass railrover ticket (option to extend) and 3 nights in a central 3 star hotel in the beautiful town of Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps. We can suggest 2 full day itineraries taking in some of the finest of Switzerland’s scenic routes or you can plan your own itinerary using the railrover.

    Switzerland's Amazing Railways

    Switzerland’s Amazing Railways

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