Train Holidays

Ireland

Premier Ireland by Train | 9 Days / 8 Nights

Explore some of the most memorable highlights of Ireland on this train touring holiday spanning Dublin, Clare, Cork and Killarney.

A self-guided touring holiday, carefully planned to allow for a relaxed exploration of Ireland from its train tracks with luxurious hand-picked four- or five-star accommodation at each location, and private guided tours in the company of knowledgeable locals. This eight-night holiday features impressive Georgian Dublin, the rural far Southwest of Co Clare, the charming town of Killarney and a final stop in Ireland’s vibrant ‘third city’ of Cork.

Includes:

  • walking tour of Dublin
  • walking tour of the Burren
  • private day tour of the Ring of Kerry
  • walking tour of Cork City
  • train travel between Dublin & Ennis
  • private tour and transfer between Ennis and Killarney
  • train travel from Killarney to Cork and from Cork back to Dublin
  • Hotel transfers in Cork, Ennis and Killarney

    Scotland

    Premier Round Scotland by Train | 8 Days / 7 Nights

    Savour fabulous lochs, hills and isles at your own pace, while experiencing memorable rail trips on the renowned West Highland and Kyle Lines.

    This holiday draws on memorable train journeys and private day tours to weave together a Caledonian odyssey. Take in breath-taking lochs, peaks and wilderness on the mainland plus the famous Isle of Skye. Add potent history – and potent whisky if desired! With superb hotels providing luxury along the way, this trip is ideal for independent travellers looking for personal service and a touch of special Scottish style.

    Includes:

    • private guided tour of Skye,
    • private half day tour of Loch Ness
    • one-hour boat trip (not private)

      Scotland

      Slowly Through the North Highlands by Train | 9 Days / 8 Nights

      Explore the areas around Scotland’s wildest, most beautiful railway lines, enjoyed at an unhurried pace.

      Very few places, in our opinion, come close to matching the North Highlands’ blend of tranquillity, majesty and unforgettable scenery. One of our favourite ways to experience all this is via some of the world’s most scenic railway journeys. As ever, we’ve chosen appealing accommodation and days out with friendly local guides to take you beyond the end of the train line, including over the sea to Skye. This really is the most relaxing way to discover this exquisite part of Scotland by train.

      Includes:

      • all train travel
      • Loch Ness boat trip
      • private tours of Skye and the Caithness coast

        North Wales

        Castles, Gardens & Steam Trains of North Wales | 8 Days / 7 Nights

        Eight days by rail – some steam-driven - through North Wales’ most epic landscapes.

        Find your inner dragon on this week-long car-free adventure. Enter Wales via your chosen route to the classic Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno and medieval fortress of Conwy. Travel inland by rail and private transfer to Snowdonia and its slate-covered mountains. Then head west to the Afon Dwyryd estuary for three nights at the fairy-tale village of Portmeirion, gateway to the Welsh Highland Railway and imposing Caernarfon Castle.

        Includes:

        • train travel and transfers within Wales
        • private guided driving tour from Llanrwst
        • private guided walking tour in Conwy

          Scotland

          Luxury Skye and Highlands by Sleeper | 7 Days / 6 Nights

          Arrive in the Highlands by Sleeper then enjoy private tours and indulgent stays in some of Scotland's most arresting locations.

          Experience the life-changing feeling of leaving London in darkness and waking up to watch the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands unfold in front of you – soaring mountain peaks, dense emerald forestry and lochs of the deepest blue. You will discover the best of Perthshire and Inverness with private tours – plus, of course, two days on the ever-arresting Isle of Skye. Paired with exceptional accommodations, this is a holiday you will never forget.

          Includes:

          • rail and ferry travel as described
          • transfers
          • private guided tours of Highland Perthshire, Skye & Inverness

            Scotland

            North Highlands & Orkney Guided Rail Tour | 7 Days / 6 Nights

            From Britain's oldest human imprints to Scotland’s geographical extremities, this new small group tour mixes breathtaking vistas with great rail trips.

            This richly varied week-long small group guided tour revels in the remote beauty and ancient history woven into Scotland’s far north. After exploring icons like mysterious Loch Ness, you’ll delve the mainland’s atmospheric ‘top edge’ of Caithness, before crossing to magical Orkney – a wondrous setting for incredible stories taking in ancient Britons, Vikings and both world wars. The ‘Highland Capital’ Inverness bookends your trip with its own distinctive cosmopolitan style.

            Includes:

            • Breakfast throughout
            • Picnic lunch on the train from Inverness to Wick.
            • Dinner on three evenings.
            • Half day tour including cruise on Loch Ness and time on shore to visit Urquhart Castle.
            • Rail travel from Inverness to Wick & Tain to Inverness.
            • Tour from Wick, including Dunnet Head.
            • Ferry from John o’Groats to Burwick.
            • Sightseeing transfer from Burwick to Kirkwall.
            • Full-day tour of Orkney with an expert local guide.
            • An Orkney Explorer Pass including entry to all Historic Scotland sites.
            • Ferry from Stromness to Scrabster.
            • Tour/transfer from Scrabster to Dornoch.
            • Entry to Dunrobin Castle.
            • The services of McKinlay Kidd’s tour leader, accompanying the group and providing guiding and assistance throughout.
            • Transfers as described.

              Scotland

              Highlands, Castles and Whisky by Train | 7 Days / 6 Nights

              Experience the best of Scotland by train, including two privately-guided day tours.

              Begin your holiday with two days in historic Stirling, with its superb castle and Wallace Monument, before a relaxing train journey through classic Highland scenery to the seaside at Nairn. From here, head east to the Granite City of Aberdeen. On the way you’ll experience breathtakingly scenic railways as well as two privately guided day tours, taking in some of Scotland’s finest castles and whisky distilleries.

              Includes:

              • train travel throughout
              • full day with a local guide in Speyside to visit three distilleries
              • private tour of Aberdeenshire’s Castle Trail.

                Wales

                Grand Tour of Wales by Train | 15 Days / 14 Nights

                Find Your Epic’ on a fabulous fortnight on the rails in Wales, with specially chosen accommodation and the very best local guides and experiences.

                With intimidating castles seemingly at every turn, framed by vast, gasp-inducing scenery alongside the cutest of pocket-size villages, Wales has every ingredient required to cook up a holiday full of adventure, discovery and relaxation. We’ve taken time and care to create this fortnight-long grand tour of Wales by train, matching journeys by national rail service with steam-hauled nostalgia, adding in private and small-group day tours, topped with comfortable nights spent in characterful accommodation. We promise this tailor-made trip will help you explore beyond the train lines, ensuring you get under the skin of this fascinating country and its culture.

                Includes:

                • private tour/transfer from Llanrwst to Betws-y-Coed
                • private return transfer to Bodnant Garden
                • private tour/transfers from Swansea to the Gower Peninsula and Penally to St David’s
                • transfer to and from your accommodation in Penally and St David’s.
                • Private walking tours in Conwy, Crickhowell and Tenby
                • boat tour from St David’s as part of a small group.

                  Scotland

                  Grand Tour of Scotland by Train | 15 Days / 14 Nights

                  A leisurely fortnight touring the Highlands and some islands, largely by train.

                  This comprehensive 14-night holiday is carefully designed to allow plenty of two night stopovers, and takes in the dramatic beauty of the West Highlands, the rugged charm of Skye, the delights of Inverness, the prehistory of Orkney and the magnificent scenery of the Cairngorm mountains. It includes the romance of the Jacobite steam train as well as several boat trips – after all, even we can’t arrange a railway journey over the sea! The boat trips enable you to reach the remote Knoydart peninsula or the Isle of Rum, Skye and Orkney, where you’ll also have a day’s exploring. This meticulously planned journey is the ultimate leisurely and stress-free way to experience the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

                    Switzerland

                    Switzerland by Glacier Express | 3 or 5 Days

                    Includes:

                      3 Day Package:

                    • Hotel Accommodation Daily buffet breakfast
                    • Train ticket Zurich – St. Moritz and Zermatt – Zurich in 2nd class
                    • Train ticket St. Moritz – Zermatt on the Glacier Express incl. reserved seating in 2nd class Transfer in Zurich on Day 1
                    • Transfers train station – Hotel and vice/versa in St. Moritz and Zermatt
                    • 5 Days Package:

                    • Train ticket Zermatt – Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Interlaken – Zurich in 2nd class
                      • 3 or 5 Days from/to Zurich
                      • The famous Glacier Express
                      • Optional Extension Jungfraujoch

                    Switzerland

                    Best Scenic Trains of Switzerland | 4 or 6 Days

                    Includes:

                      4 Day package:

                    • Hotel Accommodation Daily buffet breakfast
                    • Train tickets as mentioned in 2nd class
                    • Reserved seats for the scenic train in 2nd class Glacier Express (Zermatt – St. Moritz), Bernina Express (St. Moritz – Tirano), Gotthard Panorama Express
                    • Steamboat from Flüelen – Lucerne
                    • Transfer In upon arrival on day 1 from Airport Zurich to the hotel
                    • 6 Day package:

                    • 2 extra nights in Lucerne
                    • Tour Highlights:

                      • 4 or 6 Days from/to Zurich
                      • The 3 best scenic trains in Switzerland
                      • Breathtaking landscape & scenery

                    Switzerland

                    Cheese & Chocolate | 5 Days / 4 Nights

                    Includes:

                    • Hotel Accommodation. Daily buffet breakfast and city tax
                    • Train ticket Zurich – Geneva – Montreux – Lucerne – Zurich in 2nd Class
                    • Ticket and seat reservation on the Chocolate Train
                    • Entrance to the cheese and chocolate factories
                    • Transfer upon arrival in Zurich Transfer In and Out to/from Geneva
                    • Walking City Tour in Geneva with a local guide, 2 hours
                    • A cheese fondue accompanied by a glass of wine, water or a carbonated drink in a typical swiss restaurant in Geneva.
                    • A 3 hour visit to the “World of Chocolate” in Aeschbach with local guide
                    • Tour Highlights:

                      • 5 Days from/to Zurich or Geneva
                      • Swiss cheese, chocolate & trains
                      • Hotels near the train stations

                    Switzerland

                    Splendid Switzerland & Glacier Express | 6 Days / 5 Nights

                    Includes:

                    • Hotel Accommodation. Daily buffet breakfast
                    • Train tickets Zurich – Lucerne
                    • Montreux – Täsch and Chur – Zurich in 2nd class
                    • Train ride Lucerne – Montreux on the Golden Pass Line in 2nd class
                    • Train ride Zermatt – Chur on the Glacier Express incl. reserved seating in 2nd class
                    • Train ticket to Gornergrat
                    • Regular excursion to Mount Titlis (English-German speaking guide
                    • Tour Highlights:

                      • 6 days from/to Zurich
                      • Ascent to Gornergrat in Zermatt
                      • Train ride Glacier Express

                    Italy

                    Rome & the Enchanting Cinque Terre | 5 Days / 4 Nights

                    Includes (for all 4* and 3* Packages):

                    • Arrival transfer in Rome with private Car / Minibus (from Airport or Rail Station)
                    • 5 Nights accommodation with daily breakfast in 4* or 3* hotels (3 nights in Rome, 2 Nights in Monterosso). ** Accommodation is in Standard rooms, so with specific amenities for this specific room category as per FIT contract. For overnight in higher category rooms and / or special amenities please contact our booking office for availability and supplement **
                    • 3 hours walking city tour in Rome
                    • 1st or 2nd Class train tickets from Rome to Monterosso (high speed train with seat reservation except local train from La Spezia or from Pisa)
                    • Two Days Cinque Terre Card & Train

                      Italy

                      Rome Florence & Le Cinque Terre | 8 Days / 7 Nights

                      Includes (for all 4* and 3* Packages):

                      • Arrival transfer in Rome with private Car / Minibus (from Airport or Rail Station)
                      • 7 Nights accommodation with daily breakfast in 4* or 3* hotels (3 nights in Rome, 2 Nights in Florence, 2 Nights in Monterosso). **Accommodation is in Standard rooms, so with specific amenities for this specific room category as per FIT contract. For overnight in higher category rooms and / or special amenities please contact our booking office for availability and supplement**
                      • 3 hours walking city tour in Rome
                      • 1st or 2nd Class train tickets from Rome to Florence (high speed train with seat reservation) – 2 hours walking city tour in Florence
                      • 1st or 2nd Class train tickets from Florence to Monterosso (with seat reservation except when local trains are booked)
                      • Two Days Cinque Terre Card & Train

                        Italy

                        The Art Cities of Italy | 8 Days / 7 Nights

                        Includes (for all 4* and 3* Packages):

                        • Arrival transfer in Rome by private Car / Minibus (from Airport or Railway Station)
                        • 7 Nights accommodation with daily breakfast in 4* or 3* hotels (3 nights in Rome, 2 Nights in Florence, 2 Nights in Venice). **Accommodation is in Standard rooms, so with specific amenities for this specific room category as per FIT contract. For overnight in higher category rooms and / or special amenities please contact our booking office for availability and supplement**
                        • 3 hours walking city tour in Rome
                        • 1st or 2nd Class train tickets from Rome to Florence (high speed train with seat reservation)
                        • 2 hours walking city tour in Florence
                        • 1st or 2nd Class train tickets from Florence to Venice (high speed train with seat reservation)
                        • 1 hour 30 min. walking city tour in Venice