Have you ever considered taking a railway adventure to a far flung destination, introducing a new way to see and interact with the world around you?
Today, Tailor Made Rail (www.tailormaderail.com / 020 3322 7741) has launched its new 2020 bespoke rail holidays, including for the first time itineraries to Australia, Bosnia, Corsica and New Zealand. These exciting additions are joined by a fairy-tale visit to Germany along with epic overland journeys from London to Athens and or Arctic Circle. Customers can choose when they would like to travel, adapt the route to suit their plans, add or take away nights or destinations, and upgrade hotels and transport.
New holidays for 2020 are:
This classic itinerary showcases the stunning scenery of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. The 8-day holiday includes time in the historic city of Trier with its 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Germany’s oldest cathedral, picturesque Boppard with its fantastic views over the Rhine Valley, and Rűdesheim, known for its famous wine taverns and tasting tours.
Low carbon, this flight-free trip includes return rail from London, all internal rail journeys, and 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast daily. The suggested itinerary starts from £729 per person.
Including Bosnia-Herzegovina for the first time, Tailor Made Rail has developed a 13-day trip to one of Europe’s less-visited destinations. Travelling through Germany, Austria, Croatia before entering Bosnia, this fascinating holiday includes time in Stuttgart, Villach, Zagreb, Sarajevo and Mostar. En route from Zagreb to Banja Luka, customers will visit the intriguing Ethno Village – Museum Ljubacke Doline, which shows the life and traditions of the community which inhabited the area in the last 19th century.
The suggested itinerary includes outbound rail from London to Bosnia, all internal rail, 12 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, 2 private car transfers, and return flight from Split to the UK, from £1,299 per person.
This phenomenal rail journey through nine countries includes overnights in three historic capitals – Zagreb, Belgrade and Sofia. The itinerary includes train travel through the Karawank Tunnel into Slovenia, across the plains of Northern Croatia, and east along a spectacular river gorge towards the Bulgarian border. The trip from Thessaloniki offers views of the fabled Mount Olympus, before the final 3 nights are spent in Athens.
From £1,199 per person, the holiday includes outbound rail from London to Athens, 10 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, and return flight from Athens to the UK.
On Board Rovos Rail Luxury Trains
Following a momentous anniversary year for Rovos Rail, Tailor Made Rail are working with ‘the most luxurious train in the world’ to offer two stand-out tours. These magnificent journeys offer world-class rail evocative of the golden age of travel. Tailor Made Rail has introduced two holidays; Cape Town to Pretoria and Pretoria to Victoria Falls. For a truly memorable experience, the two holidays can be combined.
Spend 3 nights in the fabulous setting of Cape Town, with views of Table Mountain and the ocean before enjoying a luxurious, all-inclusive journey aboard the Pride of Africa, complete with excursion to Kimberley Diamond Mine. The price, from £2,599 per person includes return flights in World Traveller Class, 5* hotel accommodation in Cape Town and Pretoria, 2 nights on the Pride of Africa, and internal airport transfers.
Alternatively, take a stunning journey from the administrative capital of Pretoria to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Victoria Falls. This short break includes a 3-night luxury rail getaway, a game drive at Hwange National Park, time in Victoria Falls with 4* hotel accommodation, and flight from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg. From £1,899 per person for an 8-day trip.
This overland rail journey traverses Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, across the Arctic Circle to Norway. With nights in Cologne, Odense, Gothenburg, Oslo, Trondheim, and Bodø, this epic voyage showcases the best of the dramatic fjords and imposing mountains of the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’.
From £1,249 per person for a 10-day adventure, the suggested itinerary includes all rail travel, 9 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, and return flight from Bodø to the UK.
Harz Mountains and Fairytale Germany
This quaint and traditional trip is based in Wernigerode, perfect for exploring the Harz Mountains by rail. The trip includes a 3-day railway pass to explore the Harz Mountains railway network, including the famous Brocken Railway. The holiday also includes nights Hannover, from where customers can visit picturesque towns in Lower Saxony such as Goslar, Hamelin and Celle.
Another flight-free low carbon getaway, the suggested itinerary includes return rail from London, all internal rail journeys, and 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast daily. 8 days from £899 per person.
A new destination in the Tailor Made Rail collection, New Zealand has been selected as an “essential itinerary”, offering jaw-dropping landscapes, contrasting cities and unforgettable train journeys, including the world-famous TranzAlpine. The bucket list holiday includes 3-night stays in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown, with time in Kaikoura, an ideal setting with an abundance of marine life. Crossing the country from North to South, the trip gives the opportunity to travel on 3 iconic rail journeys; the Northern Explorer, the Coastal Pacific and the TranzAlpine as well as the breathtaking Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait between the two islands.
From £2,259 per person, the suggested 19-day itinerary includes all internal rail and ferry travel, 5 days car hire and 18 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast daily.
Another environmentally friendly option for travellers is the 13-day tour to Corsica. This flight-free holiday showcases the destination for the first time in the Tailor Made Rail programme. Starting the journey with a Eurostar to Paris, the first night is spent on the Côte d’Azur before taking a ferry to Corsica. The trip includes overnights in Bastia, Calvi, Ajaccio and Marseille. A highlight of this holiday is the stay in Ajaccio, home of the famed 16th-century Notre-Dame Cathedral and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The holiday includes return rail travel from the UK, ferries to Bastia and Marseille, and 11 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
This fabled journey through the heartland of Australia takes passengers north, from Adelaide through to Darwin. With 15 days of antipodean exploration, the trip zenith is the 2 all inclusive nights aboard the legendary Ghan in Gold Service. The itinerary also includes overnight stays in Alice Springs, awe-inspiring Uluru including sunrise on the viewing platform, Kings Canyon, Darwin, and Kakadu National Park, the largest National Park in Australia.
From £3,159 per person, the suggested itinerary includes the 2 nights on The Ghan, 12 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, selected transfers, a sunset dinner cruise in Darwin, and guided tours of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Kakatu National Park.
Last but by no means least, the final new itinerary launched by Tailor Made Rail today showcases the iconic Indian Pacific train in its 50th anniversary year. The classic journey begins in Perth before travelling over 2,700 miles to Sydney. With 3 nights in the isolated city of Perth to begin the holiday, there is plenty of time to visit recommended attractions such as the WA Shipwrecks Museum or the island paradise of Rottness. The 3-night journey aboard the Indian Pacific passes through Adelaide, Broken Hill, and the stunning Blue Mountains before completing in Sydney.
The suggested 9-night itinerary starts from £1,999 per person and includes 6 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and a 3-night all inclusive journey on the Indian Pacific.