Rail tours designed with the rail fans in mind

Throughout our history, PTG has sought to provide a balance of holiday types; from the more adventurous, those culturally oriented, to those focused on relaxation and luxury. However, no matter what type of excursion you choose, at its core is a desire to satisfy the needs of those genuinely interested in all aspects of rail travel, notably the locomotives, their heritage, rail stock and the networks they use.

With PTG’s rail tours, having a trusted tour manager with you means not having to worry about such matters – it’s all taken care of for you.

Better still, you’re travelling with somebody who knows the landscape, has visited many of the places you’ll see before, and can take you to or point out things most travellers never notice or get to see.

Why should a PTG escorted rail tour appeal to a rail enthusiast?

The first point to note is that the tour managers leading this type of escorted tour are enthusiasts themselves. They like nothing more than engaging in discussions concerning the history of particular locomotives and rolling stock or the technology used over time, from steam through diesel, to electric.

Sandstone Estates, South AfricaSecondly, our tour managers tend to be experts in the local destinations our tours visit. They have conducted the tours many times and with passengers each with their own unique insights or expectations. You’ll not only gain a great insight into the trains we use on the particular tours, but also in the local culture and heritage of the places we visit. Our guides are expert at hunting out interesting sights that appeal to the particular audiences they escort.

So whether you’re a die hard rail fan or somebody with an interest in rail but wants to combine that with an excursion to explore a destination using rail, we have you covered.

We seek out local rail history

Every country has a deep history when it comes to rail travel. Consider the rugged history of rail transport in places like Alaska, ‘The Last Frontier’, or the ability to explore culturally rich destinations such as Machu Pinchu. Our tours cover global destinations and are not limited to just a few destinations. We have extensive tours through Europe and the UK too.

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Explore the steam railways in Germany’s Harz Mountains, famous for its network of narrow gauge lines. It’s often referred to as the greatest steam railway in the world. Meander through the fairytale villages of the Harz Mountains, mysterious forests and stepping back in time.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, how about, for example, exploring deep into the history of what’s considered to be not only one of the most scenic railways in Europe, but also a unique narrow-gauge masterpiece in construction – the incredible “Šargan Eight” in Serbia.

We thoroughly research our tours, none more so than tours aimed at the hard core enthusiast. For example, if you’re looking for a rail journey few get to experience, then how about the array of unusual locomotives, rare lines and vintage rolling stock in Hungary and MÁV Nosztalgia. Note this is currently suspended at the time of writing due to the Ukraine crisis, but helps those interested develop a good understanding of the detail we incorporate into tours aimed to intrigue and excite devoted enthusiasts.

Our tours are ‘escorted tours’

There’s a considerable difference between tours that have a representative available to you at the locations you visit to that of a tour where there is a company representative with you 24/7.

For most travellers, the locations they visit will be entirely new experiences. As such, this can present challenges, such as buying tickets, identifying the correct stops on the various modes of transport available, finding food that’s suitable for their pallet or dietary needs or seeking out places of real interest and once their being able to explore and ask questions.

Regular package tours or those crafted by the travellers themselves, require a good degree of extra effort in the final stages of planning once at a destinations. Circumstances can change, travel can be unpredictable. Although it can be fun, waking up and deciding what to do where to go and what specifically to see once there, is an overhead that unless planned meticulously, takes time out of a valuable day’s holiday – not to mention what happens when something doesn’t work out.

With PTG’s rail tours, having a trusted tour manager with you means not having to worry about such matters – it’s all taken care of for you.

Better still, you’re travelling with somebody who knows the landscape, has visited many of the places you’ll see before, and can take you to or point out things most travellers never notice or get to see.

We look after the travel details, letting you get the most out of your excursion

The key to a successful holiday, no matter whether it’s just a fun family vacation or an enthusiasts rail tour, is great planning and preparation.

We realise that some of the more dedicated travellers and rail enthusiasts actually like to do a lot of the planning themselves too. Our approach is designed to remove the burden of the more mundane aspects of the process and let you become intimately involved in the base itinerary we follow.

Our itineraries are detailed, providing a day-to-day view of travel planes, activities etc. and our tour managers are always open to suggestions if when visiting a destination other points of interest crop up – time permitting of course.

When you book one of our tours, you can rest easy knowing that all the basic travel arrangements and accommodation has been taken care of and assured.

Tours for rail enthusiasts and rail fans created by rail enthusiasts and rail fans.

If you are a rail fan and want to indulge your passion through an escorted rail tour dedicated to the things in life that interest and inspire you, then check out our rail tours for enthusiasts. We’ve invested years of time and effort to bring these tours to you. Led by experienced travellers and rail enthusiast, you can let your passion run wild, as you’ll be among like minded travellers. You’ll meet new friends with a common interest. you can even book a trip with friends who enjoy the passion of rail travel and the deep histories found within the rail networks of the countries we visit.

Check out our rail enthusiast tours here and give us a call to discuss or just book online for the respective tours.