Rail Plus has announced their top five Great Train Journeys for 2019, which agents can look out for and share with their clients heading to Europe and South America or travelling within Australia and New Zealand.
Featuring four new train journeys, agents subscribed to the Rail Plus newsletter have had the opportunity to tune in to the dedicated webinar on the topic last week on 13 and 14 December, where they heard first-hand about the experiences, services and destinations.
Starting in Australia, the Great Southern journeying between Adelaide and Brisbane will operate from 6 December 2019 – 21 January 2020. A 3D/2N itinerary from Adelaide to Brisbane, highlights will include exploring the Grampians, discovering the capital city of Canberra and enjoying a stunning beachside dining experience. On the return 4D/3N itinerary from Brisbane to Adelaide, travellers will also enjoy the beachside dining experience before exploring the Hunter region and seeing the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road.
Across the ditch in New Zealand, the five-hour Coastal Pacific is back in the Great Train Journeys portfolio after a two-year suspension due to earthquake damages. A daily service running until 28 April 2019 between Christchurch and Picton via Kaikoura, agents can note this is as the perfect connection to the TranzAlpine in Christchurch and the Northern Explorer via the Interislander service. Starting at AU$98 per person, passengers will be wowed by the rugged Kaik?ura Coastline, Canterbury Plains, the marine wildlife thriving in the New Zealand waters and the country’s bush-clad mountains.
In South America, Tren Crucero is now available for booking. Travelling between the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quito and Guayaquil, highlights on the 4D/4N journey include the wild Pacific Coast, traversing the hair-raising but thoroughly scenic Devil’s Nose Pass, and marvelling at the Avenue of the Volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes. Starting at AU$2,559 per person, departures are Tuesday from Quito and Saturdays from Guayaquil.
Over in Switzerland, the Ultimate Great Train Tour of Switzerland has been specifically designed for the luxury and comfort seeker. Starting and ending in the art and culture capital of Basel where travellers can easily connect to their river cruises, the 13D/12N itinerary including hotel accommodation and breakfast will run from 1 April – 13 October 2019. Priced from AU$4,194 per person, highlights on this tour include the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express, the Gotthard Panorama Express, the GoldenPass Line and an excursion to Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe.
Across the English Channel in the UK, agents are reminded that the Belmond British Pullman offers a series of themed day journeys that perfectly complement any London based itinerary and also serve as an ideal introduction to the operator’s extensive collection of great train journeys. Starting at AU$610 per person travellers can choose from The Golden Age of Travel, Murder Mystery, Historic Bath and Valentine’s Day Lunch.
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