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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

  • Rovos Rail: African Golf Collage from Pretoria to Cape Town

    DELUXE | RAIL: Journey across the picturesque landscapes of South Africa with Rovos Rail, enjoying luxury train travel and old-world atmosphere during your journey. As you head from Pretoria to Cape Town, you’ll stop off at premium golf courses to tee off in the gorgeous South African countryside.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,362
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • 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$ 1,089
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Switzerland See Trip Details
  • 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$ 4,599
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Reef, Rail & Cruise: Brisbane to Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Travel along the beautiful coast on The Spirit of Queensland. Relax in a comfortable RailBed seat during the day that converts to a fully flat bed at night. Spend a few nights on an eco-cruise exploring Australia’s Great Barrier Reef home to over 1200 species.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,646
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Cruises & Sailing, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, 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:
    US$ 2,495
    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:
    On request
    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$ 8,385
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Signature Amritsar: The Golden Temple

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This exceptionally beautiful temple in the state of Punjab is surrounded by a large impressive lake and cannot fail to impress with its photogenic appeal and its setting. Seeing is believing!
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 419
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Japan for Foodies: Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama & More

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Enjoy a deep-dive into Japanese cuisine, learning how it’s made, where it’s sold, and how best to enjoy it. On your journey, you’ll head on foodie tours in Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, and Osaka and enjoy delicacies from sushi to soba and wagyu, while also exploring famous temples and monuments.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,917
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Ancient Silk Road: Xian to Urumqi

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Journey along the ancient Silk Road on this trip to Western China. Starting in Xian, you’ll travel west to far-flung parts of China, cross the Gobi Desert, see ancient treasures, and get to experience the traditions and daily lives of the Uyghur people and other Chinese minority groups.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,042
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    China See Trip Details
  • Japan Rail Discovery: 21 Days from Tokyo

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: This epic rail journey across Japan takes you to several of the country’s most popular cities and landmarks. Starting and ending in Tokyo, you’ll visit Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, with the comfort and convenience of having your travel and accommodations pre-arranged, letting you explore at your own pace.
    Duration:
    21 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Go as you Please, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Japan See Trip Details
  • Switzerland Discovery: Lucerne & Interlaken

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the thrill of exceptional panoramic views from the peaks of some of Switzerland's tallest mountains. Enjoy stays in the beautiful cities of Lucerne and Interlaken; explore the part of the area using scenic train rides and aerial cable cars.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 917
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Switzerland See Trip Details
  • Bangkok to Singapore Signature with Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: An unforgettable journey between Bangkok and Singapore on the renowned Eastern and Oriental Express. Travel through the Thai and Malaysian countryside while enjoying special on-board services. Stay in deluxe hotels and enjoy private guided tours in Bangkok and Singapore.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas
    Thailand See Trip Details
  • Switzerland's Most Famous Mountain Peaks: Jungfraujoch, Matterhorn, Gornergrat & More

    MODERATE | RAIL: Many of Switzerland’s most awe-inspiring and best-known mountains are located close to the towns of Interlaken and Zermatt, in themselves, attractive resorts in which to spend time. Enjoy train rides and panoramic views of the central Swiss Alps.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,278
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Switzerland See Trip Details
  • Magic Cities of Southern Germany by Train

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Embark on an enchanting journey through the south of Germany, stopping in historical Nuremberg and vibrant Munich - which charms with its friendly citizens and gorgeous architecture. Later, discover wonders both old and new at Neuschwanstein Castle and in Stuttgart, and in between, take in the scenic countryside while relaxing on the train.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,342
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Eastern Rail Experience

    MODERATE | RAIL TOUR: From the bustling seaport of Halifax to the vibrant city of Toronto by train, with stops in the Québec City and Montréal for plenty of magnificent French flavour. Combining big city flair, the romance of rail travel and riveting landscapes across three provinces makes for a superb trip not just for train buffs.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,483
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Canada See Trip Details
  • Great New Zealand Rail & Cruise Experience: Escorted Luxury Vacation

    This escorted experience is perfect for train buffs. Travel on coaches, cruises and enjoy iconic New Zealand rail journeys while staying in comfortable accommodation. The journey will take you from Auckland and geothermal centre of Rotorua, to the capital of Wellington before moving onto the South Island and exploring famous Milford Sound. Great New Zealand Rail & Cruise Experience: Escorted Luxury Vacation
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,695
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Rail Travel Ideas, Single Friendly
    New Zealand See Trip Details
  • Magic Cities of the North & East by Train

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Discover the rich history and culture of some of Germany’s most famous cities on this trip through the north and east of the country. Travelling by train, you’ll start in Frankfurt and work your way across the nation with stopovers in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, and Dresden to explore their legendary highlights.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,365
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Germany See Trip Details
  • Mountain Rails (Eastbound)

    FIRST-CLASS | RAIL TOUR: A daylight train journey to experience the Canadian Rockies is on many bucket lists. This trip starts in fabulous Vancouver at the Pacific Coast, takes in a visit to lovely Victoria before you board the Rocky Mountaineer. Magnificent landscapes set the tone for the entire trip, from British Columbia’s lush and wild interior to the majesty of Alberta’s mountains and its world-renowned resorts of Jasper and Banff.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,481
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Canada See Trip Details
  • Panama Transcontinental Train

    The historic Panama Canal Railway offers an unforgettable experience with spectacular views of the landscape at the heart of the Panama Canal Watershed. Recreate the experience of the California Gold Rush and enjoy the spectacular landscape at the heart of the Panama Canal Watershed from the comfort of your train cabin. The huge panoramic train windows allow you to see breathtaking views as you weave in and out of lush tropical rainforest along the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Railway offers an unforgettable experience on the first railroad to join the two oceans. The train can be taken in the morning from Panama City or in the evening from Colon, EcoCircuitos highly recommends taking the train in the morning, as it offers incredible views of mystic morning fog lifting off the rainforest and the chance of combining this unique experience with other day tour options in the Colon Province, like the Fort San Lorenzo and the colonial town of Portobelo.
    Duration:
    1 Hour
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Rail and Cruise in Eastern Canada

    MODERATE | RAIL AND CRUISE TOUR: A wonderful trip that combines a 7-Day cruise on the mighty St. Lawrence River with journeys by rail on either side of the cruise. The ship moves into US waters to see Millionaire’s Row from up close, but the 1000-Islands and Upper Canada Village are the big highlights. Toronto, Québec City and Montréal provide the city flair, but you can also enjoy a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,040
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Canada See Trip Details
  • Southern Taiwan by Rail

    FIRST CLASS | ESCORTED COACH & RAIL TOUR: Travel south on Taiwan's modern high speed rail system and explore the vibrant city of Kaohsiung, the dramatic coastline of southern Taiwan, and the fascinating historic city of Tainan.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 594
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Rail Travel Ideas
    Taiwan See Trip Details
  • Swiss Mountains & Golden Pass Line: Lucerne, Interlaken & Montreux

    MODERATE | RAIL: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps and explore enchanting towns on this journey through Switzerland. Heading from Zurich to Lucerne, Interlaken, and Monteux, you’ll explore picturesque resort towns, ascend towering mountains, and ride along one of the most famous rail lines in the world.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,257
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Switzerland See Trip Details
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