Romancing the rails
Rocky Mountaineer Vacations
Take in the beautiful Banff Mountains while travelling in luxury with Rocky Mountaineer Vacations. Different packages are available, offering from one night to three nights riding the rails. If you decide to go with the Gold Leaf Package, you can expect a glass-dome roof, allowing you to see everything around you that nature has to offer; from birds of prey to black bears.
You’ll travel during daylight from selected boarding towns until you reach Banff. During the journey, nights are spent in various hotels along the way. An early departure each morning means you’ll be able to take advantage of an entire day of the beautiful scenery.
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Experience the romance of Quebec, PEI and Nova Scotia by train
Travel aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean train in Easterly Class on this seven night romantic journey. You will enjoy a six course ‘tasting menu’ at Auberge Bonaparte restaurant in Old Montreal, one of the stops on the trip. While there, take a walking tour of Old Montreal or a guided tram tour of the city.
And the romance doesn’t stop there. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the St. Lawrence River on a Paris-style river boat. While in Charlottetown, take in some of the local culture with musical theatre tickets and a lobster dinner before the show. And you can’t go to PEI without visiting the Anne of Green Gables Museum, so why not visit in your own private carriage and enjoy a picnic lunch?
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Grand Tour of Great Britain aboard the Northern Bell-Orient Express
If you are looking to go abroad, try a seven day adventure through the English countryside. The trip includes three nights’ accommodation at the Caledonian in Edinburgh and three nights at the Chester Grosvenor in Chester.
When you board the train, you’ll be greeted with a champagne brunch while you travel north to York. Visit the home of Castle Howard, which for over 300 years has been home to the Howard family as well as the setting for many movies. Your first night will be in Edinburgh and you’ll awake the next morning to enjoy a leisurely day of sightseeing. Visit various Scottish sights such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Gallery and the Palage of Holyroodhouse.
Journey to Wales, Portmeirion and Chester on the days ahead to enjoy a wide variety of sights, cuisine and company. You will not be short of things to do along this beautiful journey.
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Board Orient-Express from Bangkok to Singapore
This journey will take you through South East Asia while travelling in style aboard the Eastern and Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore.
When you arrive in Bangkok you’ll be whisked away to your hotel for three nights. Explore temples, exotic markets and restaurants serving authentic Thai food.
The next day you will board the train early in the morning for your three night journey to Singapore. Cross the Tham Kasse viaduct on your way to Kanchanaburi where you’ll enjoy a boat ride along the Kwai River.
On your ninth day, you will arrive in Singapore where you will stay for two nights. There are many interesting sights and sounds to see during your visit.
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