Escorted Grand Railway Tours

Appreciators of the magnificent and the impressive, the superb and the majestic, will have their expectations not only met, but also spectacularly exceeded during every one of these Escorted Grand railway Tours. Exclusivity is a given, and the real magic lies in the moments of unexpected splendour as you travel along the tracks of some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.

Inspired by stately international sights and extraordinary sceneries, these meticulously fashioned journeys allow travellers to tick off bucket-list worthy landmarks. Luxurious vintage steam locomotives, lavishly decorated and exuding a timeless elegance, will transport you through the palm-tree plantations of Colombo on “Wonders of Sri Lanka by Rail”, past the citadel of Machu Picchu on “Rail and Ancient Wonders of Peru” and over Alaska’s shimmering glaciers on “Rail and Natural Wonders of Alaska”.

Off the rails, the enchantment continues as in-depth excursions encompass the unique beauty of each destination. Guided expeditions reveal the historical and cultural significance of every city – paying particular attention to fascinating museums, alluring art galleries and imposing monuments. Additional outings are sure to indulge the senses, such a stopover and soak in rejuvenating hot springs on “Hidden Colombia by Rail”.

Call us at 01235 227288 to enquire about our Escorted Grand Railway Tours today.

Steam off on the train trip of a lifetime

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Exotic destinations, world-famous sites, epic rail journeys – on our exclusive Grand Tours, adventure waits around every corner.

Combining natural wonders with magical cultural sites, each of our highlight-packed itineraries aims to offer a travel experience that is, quite simply, unforgettable. You’ll visit the world’s most inspiring destinations, journey through scenery stunning enough to fill an entire stack of photo albums and ride in luxurious vintage train carriages. Expect nothing less than a true treat for the senses.

With expert guides on hand to offer local insight and all the organisational legwork covered, there’s nothing for you to do but sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Fabled experiences

Ever dreamed of visiting Santa in Lapland, exploring an ancient Aztec pyramid or spotting bears, eagles and whales up close? Our Grand Tours will transport you out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary, visiting some of the world’s most legendary locations and encompassing a wealth of bucket list experiences. Enjoy incredible wildlife encounters, see renowned monuments, explore breathtaking UNESCO-listed sites and experience inspiring rail journeys. This is the world as you’ve never seen it before.

Spellbinding scenery from the comfort of a luxurious train

Natural beauty is at the centre of our Grand Tour rail itineraries. From high mountains to glorious coastlines and from rolling tea plantations to ancient conifer forests, each carefully designed itinerary showcases a wealth of scenic splendour and diversity. Head for Sri Lanka, where you’ll ride classic locomotives between wildlife-rich national parks and glorious gardens. Journey through the Alaskan wilderness, enjoying views of North America’s highest peak and keeping an eye out for bears in the trees. Chug through spectacular canyon country in Mexico, or glory in panoramic mountains vistas on a tour of New England. One thing’s for sure – you’ll need a camera at the ready.

Historic sites

It isn’t just natural splendour that makes our rail-based Grand Tours so special. We’ll transport you back into history with visits to both world-famous and off-the-radar locations – all with knowledgeable guides to bring the past to life. Whether it’s strolling through timeless North American coastal villages, discovering colonial fortresses, seeing the Scandinavian Mary Rose, exploring the narrow cobbled streets of Baroque cities or uncovering the secrets of ancient civilisations, each tour offers a unique journey back in time. And, of course, travelling on historic railway lines adds an extra dimension of timelessness and glamour.

Cultural immersion

One of the joys of travel is escaping the tourist trail and finding out what really makes a place tick. There are plenty of majestic museums and spectacular sites on our Grand Tours – but you’ll also have the opportunity to experience local customs, eat traditional food and see the places that most travellers never get to explore. Perhaps you’ll find yourself toe-tapping to local Mariachi bands in Guadalajara, experiencing an island-hopping discovery tour around Trondheim or lunching in an off-the-radar Sri Lankan restaurant. When you travel with us, you’ll always enjoy the benefit of added local insight courtesy of our experienced guides.

Majestic railways

Grand scenery, grand sights and, of course, grand rail journeys. There’s no more majestic way to see the world than by train. Our Grand Tour itineraries incorporate some of the world’s best-known and most scenic railways, from the Copper Canyon Railway in Mexico to the legendary Alaska Railroad. You’ll have the opportunity to delve more deeply into rail history too, with the option of visiting rail museums, locomotive sheds and workshops. With our emphasis on vintage transport, expect to be transported back to a more sophisticated age as you ride on restored carriages, chug along behind steam locomotives and even explore far-flung Nordic coastlines on a nostalgic steam boat trip.

Seasonal delights by rail

Our escorted tours don’t just visit the world’s most spellbinding locations – they are also carefully timed to allow you to experience those places at their most beautiful. Visit New England in autumn, when the forests erupt in a riot of fall colours. Ski around the clock on a summer trip into the Arctic Circle, taking advantage of 24-hour daylight to live it up in the land of the midnight sun. Avoid torrential showers and blistering heat by visiting Sri Lanka at the coolest and most pleasant time of year. We’ve given as much thought to timings as we have to locations, adding an extra element of drama and beauty to our Grand Train Tours. With an escorted tour for every season, you can explore the world in style at any time of year.

Escorted Train Holidays - In Style

For the sophisticated traveller, the manner in which you travel plays a fundamental role in the enjoyment of your experience. The In Style Tours of PTG are inspired by those with a penchant for the finer things in life, admirers of the refined and revellers in the fashionable. Tailored with the trendy in mind, these atmospheric journeys encompass unique and beautiful destinations, promising the utmost in comfort and luxury on the way.

From the elegant interiors of the cabins on our vintage steam trains or cruise boats to the sophisticated suites at many of the hotel stops, you can expect the very best in high-end accommodation. Dining on and off the tracks is an upmarket affair with award-winning restaurants included on the itinerary, and well-known chefs preparing three-course meals on board the trains. Excursions, motivated by travellers with taste, centre on visits to art galleries and museums, attendance at opera concerts and music performances, and boutique shopping trips, followed by a glass or two of Champagne to conclude the day.

Traverse along the enchanting coastline of Spain with the dedicated assistance of a first class crew on “El Transcantabrico Clasico – Luxury Rail Cruise’”, or venture to the north of Scotland on a genuine Jacobean steam train, passing through the picturesque highlands on “A Taste of Scotland in Style”. And on “The Steam Railways of Snowdonia – in Style”, you can experience a Welsh narrow gauge-railway tour, passing by the spectacular Snowdon Mountain range.

Call us at 01235 227288 to enquire about our In Style Tours today.

The last word in escorted rail holiday luxury

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Opulent hotels, stylish vintage trains, chic destinations – discover the most luxurious way to explore the globe.

You can expect comfort, elegance and sophistication whenever you travel with PTG on an escorted luxury train holiday, but our In Style tours take things one step further. From high-end restaurant dining and boutique shopping trips to luxury cruises and classy hotels, prepare to be well and truly spoilt.

Imagine sipping a glass of champagne as you watch the scenery roll by from the comfort of a vintage railway carriage. Or experiencing a spa treatment while dreaming about the next day’s adventures. We’ll make sure you’re pampered to the max – all while enjoying the culture and scenic highlights of some of the world’s most evocative destinations.

Exclusive experiences

Escape the tourist trail to enjoy behind-the-scenes experiences at both famous attractions and locally lauded idylls. Many of our escorted rail In Style tours incorporate unique private journeys or exclusive tours, from ranger-led walks and guided tours of well-known gardens to private gourmet meals with after-dinner speakers. The VIP treatment extends to travel arrangements too, with private luxury charters featuring on many of our In Style tours. You might find yourself cruising down the Douro river on a royal barge once used by the queen or chartering a steam engine on the famous Talyllyn Railway – each exclusive itinerary is designed with the ‘wow’ factor in mind.

Opulent accommodation

When you’ve spent the day enjoying a wine-tasting experience, strolling through sublime scenery or indulging in a spot of cultural sightseeing, a luxurious base to return to is a must. That’s why our itineraries feature a selection of high-end hotels, many with gourmet restaurants, swimming pools or private estates to explore at your leisure. Relax with a spa treatment, socialise in style over after-dinner cocktails, kick back in a luxurious suite and stock up on scrumptious breakfast before heading out on your next adventure. While each of our In Style tours is packed with things to see and do, you’re sure to return home feeling pampered, rested and relaxed.

Haute cuisine

Treat your taste buds to a gourmet experience as you dine in lauded restaurants, sample regional specialities and enjoy world-class wine tasting. Witness a ‘vintage port ceremony’, enjoy a private dining experience in a well-known restaurant or take a food-based rail tour of Spain’s northern coast – our itineraries showcase the most exclusive gastronomic experiences. You can expect the surroundings to be as ritzy as the meal, ranging from white-cloth-and-crystal dining cars to wine-producing ‘quintas’ and historic estates. Care for a little post-prandial entertainment? Whether it’s port, piano music or an after-dinner speaker, your evening meal is likely to be only the beginning…

Luxury train travel

Spacious carriages, epic vistas, vintage locomotives conjuring up the glamour of a bygone era – train is surely the most stylish way to travel. Only the world’s most exclusive and intriguing rail journeys have made it onto our In Style itineraries. Channel colonial glamour as you wind through South Africa on a train dubbed the most luxurious in the world. Ride through Andalusia on a ‘palace on wheels’ once used by the British royal family. Or tuck into champagne and croissants as you relax on a luxury observation coach and watch the spectacular Snowdonian scenery roll by. Forget the stress of travel – on our In Style tours, the journey is just as luxurious as the destination.

High culture, escorted by experts

Sit back and let us guide you around a succession of cultural landmarks. Museums, concerts and historic sites feature strongly on our In Style itineraries. Tour castles and walk medieval walls; explore ancient cathedrals and fortified villages; listen to classical music and watch traditional Spanish dances. For culture vultures whose tastes run to the elegant, the inspirational and the sublime, there are plenty of treats in store.

Unique world destinations by train

Sweep through spectacular landscapes, seek out the secrets of stylish cities and stroll around glorious gardens. While all our In Style tour destinations are very different, they all have beauty and intrigue in common. Will you choose to explore the mountains, mines and caverns of Snowdonia? Perhaps you’ll take a luxury river cruise through Portugal’s vineyard-rich Douro Valley, stopping to discover fortified villages, World Heritage sites and rolling wine estates along the way. Or maybe you’d prefer to revel in the unspoiled scenery of northern Spain as you ride a vintage train between Bilbao and Leon? Wherever you go, you’ll find class, culture and magical experiences waiting for you.

Railway Enthusiast Escorted Tours

An escorted train travel holiday is as much about the journey as the destination. From seeking out an extensive collection of locomotives to dining in a restored Wagon-Lits coach with an air of nostalgic romanticism, our exclusive train journeys cater to devotees of all things culture, history and train related, appeasing your appetite and curiosity.

Every escorted tour featured in this category concentrates on the specific rather than the general. A distinctive focus on vintage transport means that you can travel along antiquated tracks, admiring spectacular backdrops through clouds of steam, and in the luxury of refined carriages. Our itineraries, inspired by lovers of locomotives, include excursions to notable railway museums, and opportunities to experience short narrow-gauge railways, funicular railways and traditional tramlines.

Set off in a private charter train, complete with a dining car, as your venture across a rare and beautiful track in Hungary, or join us on the railways of Finland, crossing numerous freight lines, marvelling at the magnificence of the destination’s varied scenery, and with any luck, witnessing the northern lights. And on our “Rail and Ancient Wonders of Peru” which is packed with much care and attention, you will visit some of the most stunning places on earth and come back with many once-in-a-lifetime tales.

Call us at 01235 227288 to enquire about our Enthusiast Escorted Rail Tours today.

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Unique escorted experiences for rail holiday enthusiasts

Discover rare locomotives, ride on famous railways, explore fascinating loco depots and seek out train-themed treasures in marvellous museums – all while travelling through some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing places.

Designed by passionate rail enthusiasts, our itineraries combine world-renowned train journeys with undiscovered gems. From restored trams and steam heat carriages to freight trains, fabulous funiculars and – of course – steam locomotives, we’ll introduce you to the ultimate in historic and vintage transport.

If you think that the best way to see the world is through a cloud of steam, our enthusiast tours are for you.

Vintage railways

Nothing beats relaxing in the traditional comfort of a historic railway carriage while plumes of steam blow past the open window. That’s why our tours place a strong focus on heritage lines and vintage transport. Travel in style through Hungary, taking rare diesel-hauled locomotives along lines usually dedicated to electric. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Andes, chugging along rugged mountain railways on steam-hauled charters. Or ride a restored 1930s tram around Belgium’s beautiful coastline. When you travel with us, it’s as much about the journey as it is about the destination.

Magical museums

One of the great joys of enthusiast travel is delving deeper into railway history. Museums, workshops and heritage stations are an important feature of our tours, many displaying impressive line-ups of preserved locomotives. Join our escorted Belgium rail tour, where you’ll visit a museum housed in the preserved buildings of Schaarbeek railway station and see the country’s captivating restoration workshops – or head to exotic Jordan for an exciting itinerary packed with hidden museums and locomotive depts. Our experienced local guides can offer further insight into regional railway history, making each guided tour a truly bespoke experience.

World-famous railways

There are some lines that are unparalleled in beauty, vintage splendour and historic import – and we’ve tried to pack as many of them as possible in our action-packed itineraries. Imagine riding Mexico’s Copper Canyon Line, marvelling at this incredible feat of engineering as you wind for 400 miles beneath mountains, through tunnels and across steep ravines. Perhaps you’d prefer to travel on the famous Guayaquil & Quito Railroad in Ecuador, which climbs 10,000 feet in just 50 miles and has been dubbed the ‘most difficult train in the world’. Or experience a mock attack by ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ as you take the lauded steam-hauled tourist train through Jordan. When you travel with us, you’ll enjoy the world’s most exciting rail experiences without the organisational hassle.

Secret local treasures

Travelling on little-known lines, chuffing along behind rare locomotives, learning obscure but fascinating facts about local railway history – our tours are as much about making new discoveries as they are about seeing world-renowned sites. Enjoy unusual experiences – from riding a hacienda horse-drawn railway in Mexico to traversing volcanos by train in the Andes. Take private charter trains on lines usually reserved for freight travel in Spain and Israel. Travel behind preserved locomotives in Hungary as you tour railway museums and wine regions. Visit most of Israel’s freight lines in a unique and immersive charter rail tour. Each of our exciting enthusiast-themed itineraries is packed with hidden gems and unusual experiences.

Beyond escorted train travel

Trams, riverboats, funiculars, – there’s more than just trains to get excited about on our escorted tours. You might find yourself exploring Bruges’ famous canal network by boat or taking a vintage tram ride along the Belgian coast. Maybe you’ll choose to tram-hop across Budapest, enjoy a night of food and music aboard a riverboat or visit a tram and trolly bus museum in Mexico City. The emphasis we place on vintage transport doesn’t end with trains, so you can expect to travel on a wide range of classic, preserved and heritage vehicles.

Culture and scenery

As well as riding on vintage lines, visiting fascinating museums and experiencing the joys of rail travel past and present, our escorted enthusiast tours also offer the chance to explore local cultures and wind through stunning scenery. Come with us to Jordan, where you’ll see the world-renowned Roman ruins at Jerash and the stunning rock-carved city of Petra. Join our Steam in the Andes tour and journey through an ever-changing landscape of rice paddies, river canyons and snow-capped mountains. Or immerse yourself in the history of the First World War as you explore Belgium’s monuments and battle sites. With our action-packed escorted railway holiday itineraries and fabulous destinations, you’re sure to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.