Great Rail Journeys, the UK’s leading escorted tour operator has added 12 new tours to their European portfolio, including UK, Portugal, France, Italy and Eastern Europe. Their ‘2018 Europe, UK & Cruising by Rail‘ brochure showcases over 115 tours in more than 18 European countries.
One of the brand new tours includes an all-inclusive Tuscan Villa Tour – 10 days of luxury in the Italian countryside by first class rail, including wine tasting at Il Palagetto Vineyard, the Leaning Tower of Pisa (birthplace of Leonardo de Vinci) and Renaissance Florence. This tour costs £2495 per person and departs from April – September 2018. and customers can save £100 per person when booking on or before 31st October 2017.
The new Continental Classic Express is an 11-day adventure starting from £4,095 per person including guided tours of Budapest, Belgrade and Dubrovnik to name a few. With two journeys on the Continental Express, guests can also admire stunning views from the comfort of the newly renovated vintage-feel carriages.
“The journeys on the Continental Classic are truly luxurious and definitely a highlight of this tour. I love the look and feel of the refurbished interiors, which still carry an air of history in their design,” says David Schofield.
This tour departs in May and August 2018 and customers can save £150 per person when booking on or before 31st October 2017.
A new Lisbon and Southern Portugal Tour lets you take in the sights of the quaint and charming towns and cities of Southern Portugal including the capital Lisbon, currently one of the most popular destinations to visit in Europe. The 10-day adventure departs from May – September 2018 at £1395 per person and includes guided tours of Lisbon, Sintra, Elvora and Elvas. Discounts also apply to those booking before 31st October 2017.
Peter Liney, CEO said “Every year we endeavour to bring the best selection of escorted holidays by rail and this year is no exception. With new experiences and destinations, plus some old favourites I feel this brochure offers a great selection of tours to our customers. Also with some brand-new transport options, adventuring has never been easier for our customers.”
The tours feature a host of benefits, for example on the Tuscan Villa Tour; Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Ofﬁce in St Pancras Station, London, followed by first class rail travel throughout (standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks) • 9 nights’ hotel accommodation, including 1 outbound overnight stay in Turin, 7 nights at the 4-Star Villa San Paolo in Tuscany, and 1 inbound overnight stay in Chambéry • 24 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches (packed lunches on excursion days), including lunch at a Tuscan winery, and 9 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Tuscany • Local wines, beers and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner whilst at the Villa San Paolo • City tour of Florence • Sample local wines at the Il Palagetto vineyard • Guided tour of San Gimignano • Explore Siena with a local guide • Visit to Pisa, including the Leaning Tower and the Field of Miracles • Free time in Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci • Another benefit of this tour is the use of portable audio headsets, allowing you to hear your guide clearly wherever in the group you are.
Written by Ian Cole for Client Voyage