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In a bygone era, travelling by train was a way of life. Now it can be considered a relaxing, enjoyable experience. Train travel now offers the ability to take in passing vistas while eating, reading or just relaxing.

Goway’s selection of great train journeys on 4 continents varies from simple to luxurious depending on your style. Most of the journeys include sleeping accommodation, sightseeing and some meals.

In Southern Africa, one can travel in style on either the Blue Train between Cape Town and Pretoria in 27 hours or Rovos Rail which offers an excellent selection of longer itineraries around Southern Africa. Less luxurious but still of a high standard are train tours with Shongololo Express offering a broad selection of journeys around Southern Africa.

Asia has an abundance of rail travel opportunities. On the Eastern and Orient Express, one can enjoy a 3 or 4-day itinerary between Singapore and Bangkok via Malaysia. In India, one can travel in the same style as the Maharajas used to do on the beautiful Palace on Wheels covering the best of Rajasthan in one week from Delhi including a visit to the fabled Taj Mahal. And then there is the famed Trans Siberian Express between Moscow and Beijing.

Australia, a large land mass is a perfect destination to which to travel by train. The legendary luxury train, the Ghan travels between Darwin and Adelaide with a stop at Alice Springs in the heart of the outback. It is possible to join Alice Springs and travel either north or south. Of similar quality is the Indian-Pacific train travelling from ocean to ocean in approximately 65 hours – between Sydney and Perth with the ability to stop off or join en route. The Sunlander offers a shorter train journey between Brisbane and Cairns along the east coast.

Generally, with rail travel, you will avoid the responsibilities of driving and the expense of flying. You will also save on accommodation costs with sleeping berths available on overnight services. Another saving is airport transfers since most rail stations are centrally located.


 

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Rail Travel Ideas

  • Classic Japan

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the most popular sites of Japan on this classic vacation. Start in Kyoto, where you’ll explore temples and gardens. Continue to Hiroshima to learn about its tragic history before connecting to Tokyo to tour the capital as well as nearby Mt. Fuji.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,777
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Japan Winter Rail Discovery

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Explore Japan's winter highlights while using a rail pass. You'll journey to Nagano to see the famous snow monkeys, visit Takayama, Shirakawago and Gero Onsen in the rural mountainous Hida region and see Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Have the freedom to explore at your own pace.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,360
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Go as you Please, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Grand Train Tour of Switzerland: Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz & More

    MODERATE | RAIL: You're invited to ride the rails of Switzerland and bask in the country's unparalleled Alpine splendor. Travelling across the whole country, you’ll journey along some of the world’s most famous train routes and enjoy spectacular views of the Matterhorn and Lake Geneva, among many others.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,100
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Best of South Korea & Japan

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the highlights of South Korea and Japan as you journey through culture, history, and nature. Start in bustling Seoul, then onto the historic temples of Gyeongju and the port city of Busan. Continue to Kyoto and some of Japan's most iconic gardens and temples. Understand the impact of Hiroshima before reveling in Japan's capital, Tokyo.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,395
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Best of Japan World Heritage

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover some of Japan’s greatest cultural and historic landmarks on this journey across the nation. During your trip, you’ll visit eleven iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nikko, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Nara among other destinations, as well as visit sacred Mt. Fuji and spend a night in a ryokan.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,085
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • The Ghan Expedition - Unique Australian Rail Journey

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: You don’t have to rough it to experience the ultimate Outback adventure. Climb aboard The Ghan, one of Australia’s most iconic rail journeys from Darwin to Adelaide. Gourmet meals and beverages, accommodation in a private cabin and Off-Train Experiences are included. Finish your journey in Adelaide with a full day of experiencing the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine-growing region.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,419
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas, Single Friendly
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  • Trans Continental Classic

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean on this 13 day rail journey from Sydney to Perth. Board The Indian Pacific after spending a few days exploring Sydney and travel across the country. Visit Canberra, Australia’s capital city, and explore Adelaide and Kangaroo Island along the way.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,869
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Island Tracks

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Enjoy riding the Spirit of Queensland Train as you travel from Cairns to Fraser Island stopping at Hamilton Island before heading to Sydney to see the incredible sights. Couple the best of Queensland’s tropical island escapes and brilliant beaches with iconic Sydney.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,158
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Signature South Africa: Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Kruger & More

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the magic and splendour of Southern Africa on this 12-day luxury journey of South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll venture to the Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era with 2 nights spent on-board the elegant Rovos Rail train.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,168
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • All Ireland Rail and Coach Tour: Killarney, Galway & Dublin

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: What better way to see the Emerald Isle than by rail? This Ireland tour takes you to many of the country’s most famous sights, all with comfortable accommodation and reserved rail seats. To explore the many sights and attractions off the tracks, you'll travel with like-minded guests aboard a comfortable coach vehicle.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,068
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Auckland: New Zealand Rail Adventure: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

    MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Discover some of the worlds' most incredible scenery in New Zealand. Enjoy some iconic rail journeys, the Glenbrook Steam Train, TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific Railways. Admire the southern fiords and landscapes of Franz Josef, cruise the full length of Milford Sound and savour a Maori Hangi feast in Rotorua.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,795
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Rail Travel Ideas, Single Friendly
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  • Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam

    DELUXE | RAIL: This journey is one of the most famous rail experiences in the world. Travel through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania combining the luxury of pre-war travel with modern touches.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 13,600
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Victoria Falls (or v.v.)

    DELUXE | RAIL: This journey takes guests from Pretoria westward to Botswana before crossing the border into Zimbabwe and on to the mighty Victoria Falls. This tour also operates in reverse.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,719
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Japan Rail Discovery: 14 Days from Tokyo

    MODERATE | RAIL: Take advantage of a two-week Japan Rail Pass to explore Japan’s main island. Starting in Tokyo, you’ll journey to Takayama, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, with day trips to Nikko, Nara, and Osaka along the way. Enjoy the comfort of having travel and accommodations pre-booked, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,282
    Trip Type:
    Go as you Please, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Hike, Bike & Cruise Northern Vietnam: Ninh Binh, Halong Bay & Sapa

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Embark on an unforgettable adventure across Northern Vietnam, traversing the capital of Hanoi, cycling through the scenic wonderland of Ninh Binh, taking in the awe-inspiring Halong Bay on a traditional junk cruise, and exploring the region of Sapa, famous for its ethnic villages, vibrant markets, and friendly locals.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,993
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Pretoria (or v.v)

    DELUXE | RAIL: Departing from Cape Town or Pretoria, stopping en-route to view Kimberley's 'Big Hole' and the Mine and Diamond museums, while enjoying the stark beauty of the Northern Cape.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,862
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail Dar Es Salaam to Lobito

    DELUXE | RAIL: Ride through the heart of Africa on this incredible luxury rail journey aboard the Rovos Rail. Travelling from the Indian to the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll head on safari game drives, tour Central African cities, and enjoy the unmatched luxury of the Pride of Africa as you pass through Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola.
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Walvis Bay or vice versa

    DELUXE | RAIL: Ride through the natural wonders of Southern Africa on this luxury rail journey aboard Rovos Rail. As you pass from South Africa to Namibia, you’ll explore diamond mines, hike through deep canyons and vast deserts, and head on safari game drives, all while enjoying unmatched luxury aboard your train.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,169
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Christmas Markets in Three Countries: Basel, Freiburg & Colmar

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Celebrate the holidays with a trip to three iconic Christmas markets in three different countries of Western Europe. Heading to Basel, Freiburg, and Colmar, you’ll savour Christmas treats and explore medieval old towns as you get into the holiday spirit in Switzerland, Germany, and France.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,020
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: This 12-day adventure combines two of Australia’s famous rail journeys: The Indian Pacific and The Ghan. Starting in Sydney, you will travel through the best of South Australia before going on to Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the Australian outback and beyond aboard these luxury trains.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,939
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • China Rail Discovery: Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou & Shanghai

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Travel independently on China's famous high-speed rail network between Beijing and Shanghai, stopping in Nanjing and Suzhou en route for the ultimate eastern China experience. Enjoy the personal attention of your local guide in each city as you discover the sights, history, and flavours of each distinct region.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 3,564
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Japan Art & Gardens: Kyoto, Naoshima, Okayama & More

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover modern art, Japanese traditions, and manicured gardens on this unique tour across Japan. Journey by rail across the country from Kyoto to Tokyo, stay on the contemporary art island of Naoshima, try on a kimono, meet a maiko, and admire some of the world’s most celebrated artworks.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,195
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Japan Hike, Bike & Hot Springs

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience Japan’s bountiful nature on this active vacation. Connecting across the nation from Tokyo to Kyoto, you’ll explore Hakone National Park, cycle to tea fields and rice paddies, hike Mt. Fuji, and stroll the Nakasendo Trail. Along the way, rejuvenate in onsen and visit some of the country’s most famous temples and gardens.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,295
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Ultimate Japan: Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen & More

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Explore the highlights of Japan on this incredible rail journey which seamlessly combines a mix of deluxe hotel stays, traditional ryokan stays and privately guided day tours to unfold the wonders of this incredible country. You'll even have an opportunity to wear a kimono and participate in a tea ceremony!
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,889
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Japan Rail Discovery: 7 Days from Tokyo

    MODERATE | RAIL: Take advantage of a 7-day Japan Rail Pass to explore the highlights of the Japanese island of Honshu. Experience futuristic Tokyo and visit the famous shrines of Nikko before connecting to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nara to visit historic temples, medieval castles, and landmarks from World War II.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Go as you Please, Rail Travel Ideas
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