Travelling by rail is a refreshing way to explore foreign lands. Cutting out the hassle of the airports means less stress and more flexibility as you start to relax as soon as you board your train.
There are a range of rail holidays available, some of which take you to one destination and others that visit numerous countries all in one tour. With all of this choice, where can you pick to fit your tastes and budget?
We take a look at a few of the most exciting rail holidays available in 2013:
This ten-day journey begins in style as you take the Eurostar into Paris, known for being the world's most romantic city. After an evening of wines and cheeses on the idyllic Parisian streets, you'll set off on day two travelling first class into Italy, heading for Lake Garda.
Spending a few days on the dreamy Italian lakes, you will experience the class for which the region is famous. You’ll be able to take in the breath-taking scenery on offer as well as dine on some excellent cuisine. Along with the lakes, your trip will take you to Milan and Venice – two beautiful cities which both have their own unique appeals and charm.
Nice is one of the classiest cities in Europe and this tour allows you to travel straight to it on board a luxury train. Setting off for Paris on board the Eurostar, you then change to travel further south to Nice. Here you will get to experience some of the beauty of the Mediterranean weather and coastline with its shimmering ocean views.
The tour will also allow you to stop in Monaco for a glimpse of the glitz and glamour for which it is so well known, before gliding along the rest of the French Riviera. All in all, this is a wholesome and classy trip for those looking for a taste of luxury.
The name of this one says it all – this magical journey through the traditional German countryside delivers a dreamlike array of wonderful scenery. From the city of Munich to the dense forests of The Zugspitze, this ten day German tour is like a voyage of discovery for those who want to explore this area.
If you're keen to get in touch with traditional German culture and the landscapes which surround it, this is one of the rail holidays available in 2013 which is not to be missed.
Despite its massive size, the United States is well worth taking the time to explore by rail. This three week extravaganza certainly doesn’t disappoint. You'll begin your journey by exploring one of the cultural capitals of the world – New York, before moving to the home of the President – Washington DC for further sightseeing.
You will then travel through the great Mid-West, visiting the city of Chicago. Here, you will have the option of shopping until you drop or visiting the stunning exotic beach which you may not expect to be on the shore of such a vast metropolis. Heading further west, the journey will take you into the spectacular Rockies of Colorado, past the Grand Canyon to end in sunny California.