South Africa

South Africa is a classic safari destination, but its scenic and cultural highlights will also captivate many travellers.

South Africa has it all – this is the place where you can journey from soaring mountains to sun-baked deserts in a day, enjoy the dramatic coastlines and delicious wine in an afternoon, or see the Big Five – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros – all within a game reserve. For railfans though, it is the vast collection of locomotives in the Sandstone Estates, along with their ever-growing collection of tractors, vintage buses, cars and military vehicles, that wins the hearts of many.

PTG offers an exclusive rail tour of South Africa that centres around the Sandstone Estates. At the end of the tour, visitors can choose to add a two-night visit to Victoria Falls, which includes a hosted tour onboard the historic tram to the Victoria Falls Bridge, and round off the trip with a three-night wildlife safari trip in the acclaimed Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Sandstone Estates, South Africa

Rail & Cultural Journeys In South Africa



Sri Lanka

The assortment of astonishing delights offered by this tropical island seem endless with wildlife such as leopard and elephants, beautifully unspoiled beaches and incredibly scenic rail trips.

The country plays host to a climate that is equally as warm and pleasant as its hospitable locals. But what many travellers revel in from their Sri Lankan experience is the abundance of remarkable wonders. Whether it’s the country’s various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the stunning nature reserves or the picturesque excursions through the island’s lush landscapes with occasional sightings of wild elephants, there are many memories to be taken away from this mesmerising country.

Join PTG as we explore the ‘Wonders of Sri Lanka by Rail’ – an unforgettable adventure, and the absolute best way to see the full breadth and depth of Sri Lanka. With public rail travel being incredibly crowded, we journey via private train, taking in the highlights of this extraordinary island, which include spice and botanic gardens, wildlife reserves, a former British colonial village, sacred temples, vibrant markets and much more.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Sri Lanka



India

India is renowned for being a remarkably colourful and vibrant destination, and there’s no shortage of things to see and do – whether it’s your first or 30th visit.

There are countless types of treasures to be discovered given the distinctive and captivating cities that make up the country. With India separated from much of Asia due to the Himalayas, India’s fascinating cultures developed with less outside interaction. But during the colonial era, cultures intertwined to create a relationship that brought India to the rest of the world, and the rest of the world to India. One such region that opened itself up to the world was North India.

This heavily populated and pulsating setting features some of India’s most famed locations – such as New Delhi, the wondrous Taj Mahal and the entry point into the Himalayas. It is here that PTG welcomes you to join us on ‘The Colours and Culture of North India’ tour. We explore these mentioned highlights, the beautiful scenery and more as we take in the major architectural sights, the various cultures and the multi-faceted religious beliefs of the residents. We journey on the incredible railways (including the UNESCO- listed narrow gauge railway) and through areas that were directly shaped by British colonialism.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In India



United Kingdom

Featuring four different nations with histories that run parallel to one another, yet have ended up with separate cultures and identities, the UK’s regions serve as individual treasure troves for history and culture connoisseurs.

England is a proud country comprised of two distinctive cultural areas – the north and the south. In the north, you’ll discover many fascinating museums and histories surrounding working-class industries, whereas in the south there is an abundance of idyllic villages and opulent architecture. Scotland, meanwhile, is also split in two with the south being home to most of the country’s populace, whereas the north has the Highlands – a verdant, craggy region responsible for Scotland winning the ‘world’s most beautiful country’ awards.

Northern Ireland is teeming with rural areas, countryside scenes and charming towns, whereas Wales is a beautiful country full of magnificent locations and historical significance. At PTG Tours, you can experience Wales through ‘The Steam Railways of Snowdonia – in Style’ tour. We explore the Welsh narrow gauge railways, venturing up to the mighty Snowdon Mountain. ‘A Taste of Scotland in Style’ sees us journey through the south to the West Highlands and back – including a steam train trip on the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct from the Harry Potter films. Lastly, our ‘South West England in Style’ tour visits historic locations, National Trust properties and even Agatha Christie’s dining room in Devon, where you can enjoy an evening meal.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In The United Kingdom



Spain

Spain’s many regions and cities all have their own identity and history – ensuring that the country’s culture is diverse, multifaceted and far from dull.

Looking beyond the many beaches and resorts, Spain continues to lure travellers in search of alternative experiences. With sightseeing opportunities galore, socialising aplenty, and sophistication at every turn, there are not a lot of countries that can compete with Spain when it comes to giving tourists the complete package. But while thousands flock to stunning Madrid and Barcelona, there’s a Spain beyond the country’s most talked about destinations.

At PTG Tours, we’re offering three memorable trips through this popular country. The ‘El Transcantabrico – Luxury Rail Cruise’ tour sees us take in the incredible north coast of Spain in comfort and with fine dining. The ‘Trains and Trams of Southern Spain’ visit some of Spain’s most famous southern cities – such as Alicante, Murcia, Granada, Malaga and Seville. Lastly, you can experience the ‘Historic Wonders of Iberia’, which travels by rail through quaint towns, while absorbing the beautiful views provided by the Iberian Peninsula across both Spain and Portugal.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Spain



Slovenia

Home to charming towns and cities, and glorious medleys of natural and manmade beauty, Slovenia’s magnificent views need to be seen to be believed.

Nestled in-between the larger countries of Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, and with a coastline that takes in the desirable Adriatic Sea, this destination is overflowing with cultural, historical and aesthetical pleasing delights. Known to be one of the world’s most peaceful nations, Slovenia is home to a plethora of landmarks that make it the envy of any nation’s tourist board.

Aside from the beautiful splendours, Slovenia is a noteworthy wine producer. It’s said that for every 70 people in the country, there’s one vineyard. Honey is also a famed product of the country, with over 4% of the population said to be beekeepers. But aside from the cuisine, culture and history, the sights are Slovenia’s strongest suit. Join PTG Tours on either one of our Slovenia tours – ‘Vintage Slovenia (and Lake Bled)’ or ‘Hidden Slovenia’. In ‘Vintage Slovenia’, we tour some of the country’s most iconic highlights – including the spectacular Lake Bled and spellbinding Ljubljana Castle. With ‘Hidden Slovenia’, you’ll see the less explored, yet equally scenic areas of this marvellous country.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Slovenia



Slovakia

Offering everything that a traveller to Central Europe desires in a location, minus a constant swarm of tourists, much of Slovakia’s undisturbed countryside landscape is peaceful and breathtaking.

While the countries it borders with – Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungry and Ukraine – have huge tourism industries, Slovakia has never received a fair shake of the traveller’s dice. But the country’s rustic charm, enchanting medieval architecture, glorious panoramic views, majestic mountains, and UNESCO-listed sites tell a different story. And that’s without mentioning its incredible capital city, Bratislava.

This possibly has something to do with it sitting in the shadows of the Czech Republic – its former partner in Czechoslovakia before it was granted independence in 1993. But sitting in the shadows of others is nothing new to the country. At one time or other, it found itself on the fringes of two imposing superpowers – both the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. The country’s beautiful architectural backdrop was born from this interesting geographical position in world history, which makes a rail journey through Slovakia an ideal option. Thankfully, PTG Tours provides just that with our ‘Vintage Slovakia (and into Poland)’ tour – where you’ll get to see the best cultural and historical highlights, as well as the country’s most impressive vistas.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Slovakia



Serbia

For those that like life to run at a slower pace, and want to appreciate every moment, Serbia is the perfect antidote to a fast-moving world.

Due to its landlocked position, many people have overlooked Serbia in favour of coastal views. In doing so, they’re missing out on a real hidden gem. The gorgeous forests and sweeping mountains make Serbia an outstanding masterpiece, providing you with postcard imagery wherever you look. But breathtaking vistas are not the only element that makes Serbia so special. It’s also the fascinating medieval castles, the impressive architecture in the cities and a rich history that comes from being ruled by the Roman and Ottoman Empires, as well Belgrade, the former Yugoslavia, and Serbia’s capital.

Serbia truly has something for everyone – sights, history, culture and even intrigue. This is, after all, the home of the vampire – a folklore that continues to enthral the world to this day. You’ll also find the mystical mountain pyramid of Rtanj – an incredible natural wonder that continues to puzzles scientists and intrigues alternative thinkers. At PTG Tours, we welcome you to join us on two tours that journey through scenic Serbia and historic Belgrade – the ‘Rail Wonders of the Balkans’ tour, and the ‘Classic Montenegro and Serbia’ tour.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Serbia



Sardinia

Despite not being as well-known as its larger Sicilian neighbour, Sardinia is nonetheless a must-see Mediterranean island, with a rich history and culture separate from that of mainland Italy.

While it may be the island’s vast stretch of pristine beaches and shimmering blue waters that entice visitors to Sardinia’s shores, it’s also home to two UNESCO-listed sites. Take, for example, the Nuraghe edifices, which date back to the Bronze Age and can only be found on this island. Originally, it was believed that there were over 10,000 of these ancient structures scattered across Sardinia, and today an astonishing 7,000 Nuraghes remain. The Sardinian mines are another highlight that have existed in some form or other, since 6,000 BC.

Beyond Sardinia’s beach and history scene, there’s so much more to discover – many even think that Sardinia offers the experience of a mini-continent. And with PTG Tours, you’ll get to uncover it all on the ‘Rail Wonders of Sardinia and Corsica’ tour. During this carefully designed trip, you’ll travel on every railway line across the island, ensuring that you see the most complete picture of this remarkable place.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Sardinia



Peru

Peru promises everything from glorious panoramic mountain views to Amazonian jungles. But it’s also home to vibrant cities, jam-packed with remarkable landmarks.

If it weren’t for the Incan Citadel, dating back to over 500 years ago, it’s possible that many would overlook Peru. This would be a great shame, as the country is brimming with things to do, places to see and experiences to be had. The cities of Lima, Cusco and Arequipa, are home to incredible UNESCO-listed sites; there are numerous protected national parks; the Andes and Amazonian jungle run through the country; and astonishing artefacts of the past litter the landscape.

Although you may come for Machu Picchu, you’ll undoubtedly realise that there’s much more to a Peruvian adventure. With PTG Tours, you can tick off all the boxes on our ‘Rail and Ancient Wonders of Peru’ tour. We take in Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Andes and the Convent catacombs and catch sight of the famous condors – all the while being supported by superb accommodation and terrific food.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Peru