Train & Rail Journeys Tours & Trips 2020

54 trips to Train & Rail Journeys tours from 141 tour companies. 1,247 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Madrid, Seville & Barcelona

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7 days
$ 275 / day
$ 1,922
From : $ 2,595
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 10 days!
  • Madrid City Tour & Royal Palace - Half Day Tour
  • Seville City Tour & River Cruise
  • Barcelona Classic City Highlights (half-day)
Visits:
Bar, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Spain
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Spanish Splendors

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11 days
$ 229 / day
$ 2,515
From : $ 3,395
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Barcelona Classic City Highlights (half-day)
  • Valencia City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour (24-hour pass)
  • Madrid City Tour & Royal Palace - Half Day Tour
  • Seville City Tour & River Cruise
  • Malaga City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (24 Hours)
Visits:
Bar, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Spain
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Ireland by Rail

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7 days
$ 226 / day
$ 1,579
From : $ 2,132
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 8 days!
  • Dublin Big Bus Premium Hop-on/Hop-off - 48-hour
  • King John's Castle
Visits:
Dublin, Galway, Ireland
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Dublin, Cork & Killarney by Rail

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7 days
$ 341 / day
$ 2,390
From : $ 3,227
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 9 days!
  • Ring of Kerry Guided Bus Tour
Visits:
Cork, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin & Belfast by Rail

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6 days
$ 324 / day
$ 1,946
From : $ 2,627
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 8 days!
  • The Dublin Pass (2 Days)
  • Titanic Belfast
Visits:
Dublin, Ireland
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Edinburgh & Glasgow by Rail

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6 days
$ 282 / day
$ 1,693
From : $ 2,286
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 8 days!
  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket
  • Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour
  • Glasgow City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (1 Day)
Visits:
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Madrid and Barcelona

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7 days
$ 256 / day
$ 1,795
From : $ 2,423
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 9 days!
  • Madrid City Tour & Royal Palace - Half Day Tour
  • Barcelona Classic City Highlights (half-day)
Visits:
Bar, Barcelona, Madrid, Spain
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Scenic Switzerland: Rail Journey through the Mountains

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12 days
$ 443 / day
$ 5,319
From : $ 7,181
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Zurich City Tour
  • Day Trip to Jungfraujoch
Visits:
Bellinzona, Lucerne, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Zurich, Switzerland
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London & Brussels by Rail

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7 days
$ 351 / day
$ 2,455
From : $ 3,314
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Tootbus London Must See Hop-on/Hop-off Tour + River Cruise (48 hours) - formerly Original London Sightseeing Tour
  • Private Brussels City Tour (3-hours)
Visits:
London, England, United Kingdom
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Paris, London & Amsterdam by Rail

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10 days
$ 274 / day
$ 2,737
From : $ 3,695
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Paris 2 Day Hop-On/Hop-Off - Big Bus Tour Paris (Premium)
  • Tootbus London Must See Hop-on/Hop-off Tour + River Cruise (48 hours) - formerly Original London Sightseeing Tour
  • 48-hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus & Boat City Sightseeing Tour
Visits:
London, Paris, England, France, United Kingdom
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Lake Como, Florence & Rome

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9 days
$ 238 / day
$ 2,140
From : $ 2,889
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Florence guided city tour with Accademia Gallery (FI1) - winter
  • Rome Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (Green Line) - 48 hours
Visits:
Florence, Rome, Italy
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Iconic Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome

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7 days
$ 280 / day
$ 1,962
From : $ 2,649
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 10 days!
  • Walking Tour of Venice
  • Florence Walk and Talk Tour
  • Rome Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (Green Line) - 48 hours
Visits:
Florence, Nice, Rome, Venice, Italy
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Madrid & Andalusia

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8 days
$ 295 / day
$ 2,360
From : $ 3,186
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Madrid City Tour & Royal Palace - Half Day Tour
  • Cordoba City Walking Tour
  • Seville City Tour & River Cruise
  • Alhambra & Generalife Tour
Visits:
Granada, Madrid, Seville, Spain
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Classic London & Paris By Rail

7 days
$ 314 / day
$ 2,199
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Tailor this trip to your style and budgey with our fine choice of city-center hotels.
  • Travel through the Chunnel aboard the Eurostar Train from London to Paris… with private rail station transfers to make your travel truly carefree!
  • Our included hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tours in both cities make it easy to see all the sites on your list.
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Thames and ride the London Eye.
  • Ride the buses and subways for free with our included transport passes in both cities.
  • Gain free entry to the top sites of Paris with our 2-day Museum Pass.
Visits:
London, Paris
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Japan's Cultural Treasures

14 days
$ 343 / day
$ 4,795
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit the seventh-century Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • The trip to Hakone, located about 50 miles west of Tokyo. 
  • Hakone is beloved by the Japanese for its hot-spring resorts, mountains, lakes, and historical sites
  • Visit Hamamatsuya, a workshop specializing in wooden handcrafts.
  • Visit one of the many houses of Kanazawa where the samurai—Japan's famed class of noble warriors—once lived
  • Visit the history and culture of Gokayama
  • Enjoy a traditional dance performance


Visits:
Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
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1,247 Train & Rail Journeys Tour Reviews - Summary 97% Recommend

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Great 137
Average 36
Disappointing 9
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Value
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Guide
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
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Refund not given after cancelation dur to COVID 19

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Wife's trip to Japan was scheduled and paid for in April, 2019. Everything on track until her trip was canceled due to COVID19. She has had three calls with OAT including two with supervisors. In each case, she was told that she could travel anytime until 2022 and that her money would not be refunded. During the latest conversation, she was told no refund due to "Force Majeure". My wife has been laid off and OAT has $8,000 of our money that they are refusing to refund. There is no way to plan a trip in 2021 or 2022 and we need the money for our monthly bills. This is unconscionable behavior. I have filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office and the BBB. Using Force Majeure is particularly troubling since this is not a question of them being protected for canceling our trip (which they did), but about getting our money back. Force Majeure clearly protects them from canceling due to acts of God but has nothing to due with giving them the right to keep our money. Check around: many, many reviews are being written with similar issues. This is clearly taking advantage of seniors during a global pandemic. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THESE PEOPLE.

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Operator Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

Excellent Trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

All the hotels were very good. The guide Yoko was excellent. She went out of the way to make us all comfortable.

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Operator SmarTours

incredible tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our tour director, May was outstanding. My pre- conceived ideas about her country of Japan were totally reversed with succinct, informative illustrations brought to life by our incredible tour !!

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Operator SmarTours

delighted by the experiences

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This is our 4 th trip with Smartours and have always been delighted by the experiences and by our tour guides. This trip to Japan was no exception. Kudos to Smartours for putting together such excellent itineraries, lodgings, transports and guides.

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Operator SmarTours

suggestions

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The excursion to Nara tour company needs to have head sets. Huge crowds made listening very difficult to hear our very knowledgable guide. The tour was very rushed - -left quite late (maybe waited for some "no-shows"?), left Nara in the dark. We needed more time!! Suggest not scheduling the Nara trips against the same time for the excursion to Hiroshima. Then we could do both. I have more photos I would be willing to share is request. Did the image post here? Can't tell. Julie Kirby You replied that you would like me to send more photos. Sending one at a time, is not a solution here, Your reply, was a "no reply" address. Please send me and email address where I can send more Japan trip photos. Thanks, Julie Kirby

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Operator SmarTours

very worthwhile experience

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Good overview of Japan with many great stops (Kanazawa, Takayama). Our tour was a little on the large side with 38 people. The hotels were fine - some great, some good enough. Overall it was a very worthwhile experience.

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Operator SmarTours

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