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Summer relaxation in Rural Romania

Created: 23 April 2018

As the pace of modern life becomes ever more frenetic, what nicer way to spend this summer’s holiday than in a destination as charmingly unchanged as rural Romania? This 15-night escorted tour visits medieval cities, Saxon villages and painted monasteries, travels on steam-hauled railways through spectacular scenery, and promises warm hospitality in traditional homestay accommodation. Departing 15 June, Romania – A Living Heritage costs from £2,695 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), rail travel & excursions as per the itinerary, B&B, seven lunches, six evening meals, tour leader and local guide.


Uncover Bulgaria’s Hidden Secrets

Created: 16 April 2018

Explore a country brimming with cultural treasures and spectacular scenery on this small group tour to Bulgaria. Visit historic sites at Madara and Veliko Tamovo, the Ivanovo rock churches and Thracian tombs, enjoy a vintage tram tour of Sofia (by private charter), ride the narrow-gauge line from Septemvri to Bansko, and much more. Departing 11 June, Bulgaria’s Hidden Secrets costs from £2,435 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow), ten nights’ B&B, two lunches & five dinners, all rail/coach travel and excursions as per the itinerary, Sofia transport ticket and the services of a tour leader from the UK plus local Bulgarian guide.


Early Summer on the Trams & Trains of Portugal

Created: 09 April 2018

Enjoy a ride on a steam-hauled train through the Douro Valley, a scenic rail journey along the Portuguese coast and the seasonal narrow-gauge tram from the hills of Serre de Sintra to the pretty coastal town of Praia das Maçãs during this nine-day escorted tour that’s been tailored to rail enthusiasts. There’s ample time to explore the delightful Iberian cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra, too. Departing 22 June, Trams & Trains of Portugal costs from £1,640 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), eight nights’ B&B, all rail travel and excursions as per the itinerary, public transport tickets for Porto, Lisbon & Coimbra, and tour leader.


Indian Hill Railways in the tracks of Michael Portillo

Created: 26 March 2018

Michael Portillo’s latest BBC Two travelogue, Great Indian Railway Journeys got underway last week, its first episode focusing on spectacular train rides between the Sikh holy city of Amritsar and Shimla, in the Himalayan foothills. Experience the exceptional railways that served the former British Hill Stations (the Kalka Shimla Railway, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and the Nilgiri Rack Railway) on this 21-day escorted tour. Departing 17 February 2019, Indian Hill Railways costs from £4,995 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), B&B, 16 lunches, 12 dinners, excursions & tour leader.


The Green Hills of Spain & La Rhune by Rail

Created: 19 March 2018

Spain’s northern ‘Green’ coast is the focus of this 15-day escorted tour, which also makes a short visit to south western France. As well as superb sightseeing - there’s ample time to explore Bilbao, Santander, Gijon, Santiago di Compostela and Leon - enjoy the scenic rail journey between San Sebastian and Bilbao, travel on the metre gauge FEVE network and experience the petit train de la Rhune rack railway as it makes its impressive ascent. Departing 14 June, The Green Hills of Spain & La Rhune costs from £2,400 pp (two sharing) including Eurostar/TGV, B&B, 15-day Global InterRail pass, excursions and tour leader.


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