Sweden

Ditch the idea that Stockholm is the must-see in Sweden, the old town grandeur of Sweden’s Dutch-style cities should not be missed.

The west coast of Sweden is home to two of the country’s largest cities, each offering a unique coastal experience. In the battle for supremacy, many Swedish cities are overlooked for Stockholm. But, Malmo and Göteborg put up a good fight, offering a less-touristy environment with a more relaxing experience. They are the perfect cities to enjoy a fika break to reconnect with friends, an important ritual in Swedish culture.

The PTG train dives down into the Öresund link from København and rushes out to expose you to Malmo – where you will find Sweden’s oldest Renaissance castle and Folkets Park which is the oldest public park in the world. From here, travel up the coast to Göteborg, where travellers can enjoy traditional Nordic seafood and tour the city’s extensive tram network.


Denmark

Come experience Danish “hygge” and learn why Denmark is repeatedly named one of the world’s happiest and most prosperous countries.

“Hygge” refers to “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality” that makes visitors feel content as soon as they step off the train. The colourful buildings lining the canal only add to the magic of this quaint city. Sightseeing in the capital city, København, is nearly endless. For example, guests can take boat trips around the harbour and snap pictures of the iconic Little Mermaid statue. For historians, Elsinore Castle is home to much of the action in Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet”, and the National Railway Museum and Danish Tramways Museum offer rich history for train enthusiasts.


Georgia

The gorgeous Georgia is a land of snow-capped mountains with a balmy climate, and on those verdant lower slopes, Georgians have been making wine for 8,000 years, it is little wonder that Georgia is known as the ‘cradle of wine.’

“A guest is a gift from God,” according to Georgians, and you will feel this from the friendly locals the moment you get off the plane at Tbilisi, Georgia’s intriguing capital infused with European and Asian characteristics. The country is rich in history and the lands are dotted with ancient monasteries and fortresses. One of the most stunning is the Vardzia Cave Monastery, an entire city set in sandstone cliffs.

As part of the 13-day itinerary, you will also visit the seaports of Poti and Batumi, both on the Black Sea coast. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to sip fine Georgian wine, such as Kindzmarauli, a semi-sweet red wine with rich berry tones.

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Rail & Cultural Journeys In Georgia



Portgual

But the charm of Portugal goes far beyond the pleasant weather, relaxed atmosphere and plentiful beaches – it’s also home to wondrous architecture, exquisite cuisine, fine wine and welcoming people.

This is enough to attract an average of 35,000 tourists a day – a number, which is double that of 20 years ago. Yet far from being a ‘tourist trap’, this small country offers varied experiences. Lisbon, Faro and Oporto are the three major cities, and each has its own unique vibe and aesthetic to ensure that not one day in Portugal has to be the same.

With PTG Tours, every day of your trip most definitely won’t be the same. We offer six popular tours that are spread across Portugal’s fascinating landscape. The slow-paced ‘Railway Ramble – The Corgo Line’ tour sees you journey along the magical Corgo metre gauge line, while ‘Vintage Central Portugal’ takes in the sights of the Beiras region. For the wine connoisseurs, ‘The Douro: Rail, River and Wine’ and ‘Vintage Port 41’ tours are sure to impress, and those wanting to gaze at Portugal’s highlights from the waters can go on ‘A Royal Douro Cruise’ voyage across the Douro River. History and culture enthusiasts will also be highly appeased with the ‘Historic Wonders of Iberia’ tour, encompassing both Spain and Portugal.


Scandinavia

Despite the cold climate, the Scandinavian people’s warmth is second to none – with a fascinating culture, unique cuisine and compelling folklore serving as the bedrock of the Scandinavian experience.

While ‘Scandinavia’ is used to signify the cultural similarities of Denmark, Norway and Sweden – the three kingdoms of the region – there’re still plenty of differences, even though people classify Scandinavia as including Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. But besides the captivating sights and shared culture each has to offer, you’ll find that they’re all unique in their own way. Norway is home to the highest population of Arctic reindeer herders; Denmark is a three-time winner of the ‘Happiest Country in the World’ competition; and Sweden has the ‘Donald Duck Party’ – the country’s ninth most popular political party.

In Finland, there’re nearly 100,000 islands; the majority of Iceland’s population believe that trolls, gnomes and elves may well exist; and 48,000 people from 77 different nationalities reside on the Faroe Islands. Those are just some of the countless examples of the wild, weird and wonderful that can only be found in Scandinavia. And with PTG, you can experience some of that magic first-hand via ‘The Grand Finland Circular Rail tour’, which visits Finland and parts of Sweden or join us on the awe-inspiring ‘Rail Wonders of Norway’ tour.

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Scandinavia



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.