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LIST: RAIL TOUR OPERATORS

These are UK-based tour operators and specialist travel agencies featuring rail tours and holidays by train, including vintage and steam trains.
Cox & Kings 020 7873 5000 Cox & Kings have a dedicated programme of 'Great Train Journeys of the World' featuring the Al Andalus Express in Southern Spain; The Transcantabrico in Northern Spain; Orient Express connecting London, Venice & Prague; Eastern & Oriental Express running between Singapore and Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur; the Palace on Wheels in Northern India; The Blue Train in South Africa; Rovos Rail in Southern Africa ; and the Expreso Maya Train in Southern Mexico.
Danube Express 01462 441400 Central European hotel train, operating since 2008. The train itself offers touring holidays from Istanbul to the Baltic, with itineraries in specific regions and countries eg. Transylvannia or Poland.
Darjeeling Tours 020 8133 9679 Special interest escorted group railtours to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in India since 2002, and steam railway experiences in New Zealand and Colorado.
Diamond Rail Holidays 0844 544 3795 Rail holidays in Europe (& Morocco). Specialist brand of Diamond Shortbreak Holidays.
Eastern & Orient Express 0845 077 2222 Classic rail journey that has been running between Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore for ten years now (Sept 03). New to their programme for 2004 was a 2-night ‘Thai Explorer’ tour from Bangkok to Ayutthaya – Chiang Mai – Lampang – Kanchanaburi (River Kwai) – Bangkok.
European Rail 020 7619 1080 starIndependent rail tours to a wide range of European destinations including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and further afield into Eastern Europe & beyond.
Ffestiniog Travel 01766 512400 starA spin-of from the Ffestiniog railway enthusiasts. Rail based holidays on scenic routes in thirty countries worldwide. Escorted groups or tailor-made.
Geoff's Trains & Tours 01562 632000 Small group, hosted (by Geoff) tours in Britain, Europe and Africa for tourists and railway enthusiasts.
Golden Eagle Luxury Trains 0161 928 9410 Since 1989 they've been well-known to rail tour enthusiasts as GW Travel, specialising in the Trans Siberian Express and exclusive private train journeys to all 15 of the former Soviet Union countries plus China. In 2012 they become bound up with the Golden Eagle - Russia's first privately-owned, fully en-suite train (hence the name change) operating tours across Russia, Mongolia and China.
Great Rail Journeys 01904 521936 Pound sign Longstanding (25 yrs) specialist rail tour operator with a large programme of escorted rail holidays to destinations throughout the UK and mainland Europe as well as North America, Russia, India, South Africa and Australasia.
Holidays by Rail 0800 033 7960 Specialist rail agency selling worldwide independent train holidays, escorted rail tours, rail cruises, and luxury rail journeys throughout Europe, America, and Canada.
Inside Track 01442 872995 'Nostalgic transport themed holidays with the emphasis on steam railways in the UK, Eire and on the Continent' is their own description of what they do. Can't put it better than that!
Interchange 020 8681 3612 Interchange offer 7-day 'learn to drive a steam train' holidays in Hungary.
Leger 0800 018 9898 Leger have a small programme of holidays by rail around Europe.
Luxury Trains 0870 742 0987 Luxury Trains sell Orient Express-operated British Pullman & Northern Belle journeys in the UK, Orient Express journeys in Europe, Eastern & Oriental Express in the Far East, and the Great South Pacific Express in Australia. 'Luxury Trains' is a brand of Westgate Travel who are agents for Venice-Simplon-Orient Express (aka Sea Containers' Leisure Division).
Northumbria Travel 01670 829922 Agency with a programme of luxury rail tours mostly in South Africa (Rovos Rail, Blue Train and others) but also Russia (Trans Siberian Express), Thailand (Eastern & Orient Express), and Australia (Ozback Explorer).
PTG Tours 01635 578160 Vintage train tours in Portugal & Spain.
RailBookers 020 3327 0800 Specialise in city breaks by rail, classic rail journeys and train holidays to Europe and beyond. Despite the name, they are not a rail ticketing agency; they create travel packages including accommodation whether that be in hotels or on-board trains such as the classic Orient-Express or the exotic Trans-Siberian Express.
Rail Discoveries 01904 734 939 Escorted group rail holidays mostly in the UK and Europe, plus a few worldwide itineraries. Sister brand of Great Rail Journeys (above), renamed from Treyn Holidays in Aug 2014.
RailSelect 01904 521 921 Tailor-made rail holiday specialist offering personalised itineraries on tours throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Part of Great Rail Journeys Group (above).
Railtrail Tours 01538 382323 Scenic rail tours in Scotland plus some European tours.
Railway Touring Company, The 01553 661800 Amazing range of specially chartered steam rail journeys in places as diverse as Eritrea, Sri Lanka, China, Peru, Jordan, Syria, Ukraine & Latvia
Russell Hafter Holidays 01946 861652 Holidays and short breaks in Germany for steam train enthusiasts, visiting narrow gauge railways in particular.
Saga Holidays 0800 096 0084 Saga occasionally run special interest rail holidays featuring rail journeys and visits to famous railway lines and museums.
Steam Dreams 01483 209 888 Operator of The Cathedrals Express, which runs day trips during the summer from London Waterloo on an authentic steam engine.
Swiss Travel Service 0870 191 72 75 STS offer two 10-escorted rail tours of Switzerland starting from Zurich and exploring the lakes & mountains.
Train Chartering 01249 890 176 Charter agents who arranges private trains throughout the UK & abroad, and group travel in private carriages on scheduled trains. Their speciality is sourcing, theming and crewing special trains for corporate & private events, film locations & airport or cruise liner transfers. They have two sub-brands, Luxury Train Club offers 26 luxury trains travelling through 35 countries on 4 continents, and they offer private rail car hire on Amtrak trains in the USA through Private Rail Cars.
Trains Europe 0900 195 0101 Online ticketing agents for rail services around Europe (TGV, ICE, Thalys, etc) but also agents for a number of classic trains, eg Trans-Siberian Express, The Blue Train, Rovos Rail, The Ghan, The Rocky Mountaineer, The Al Andalus Express.
Travelsphere 0800 567 7372 Pound signTravelsphere offer a selection of escorted rail tour holidays in India, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the USA.
Voyage Jules Verne 020 7616 1000 VJV have quite a large portfolio of classic rail journeys including the well-known ones like Rovos Rail in South Africa, The Eastern & Orient Express in the Far East, The Palace on Wheels in India, the Trans-Siberian Express in Russia, or the Glacier Express in Switzerland. However they also have a number of rail experiences which appear to be unique to them, such as a vintage train from Beijing to Kashgar; another to Xian & Hong Kong, and a rail tour of Portugal.

Notes

  • Swiftline is a steam enthusiasts club that organises day trips on classic steam trains in the UK.

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