Beginning in 2014, CroisiEurope will be offering an original 10-day cruise stretching from Amsterdam to Avignon. The first of its kind, this new itinerary offers guests a unique opportunity to discover the best of the Rhine and the Rhône, two of Europe’s most legendary rivers. During this cruise guests will be introduced to charming towns and historical sites throughout the interwoven country-sides of Holland, Germany and France. An array of optional onshore excursions are available to discover the cultural heritage and local landscapes that define these regions. Prices for this 10-day cruise, with April to September 2014 departure dates, begin at $1,824 per person double*, with the option of adding on excursions.
Highlights of this trip include:
Sailing through the waterways of Holland, Germany and to the south of France along the famous Rhine and Rhône rivers;
Experiencing the rich 17th century architectural heritage of Amsterdam at night by glass covered riverboat;
Exploring the Aachen Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest cathedral in Northern Europe while visiting Germany;
Discovering Avignon, the City of Popes, and the fortified Palace of the Popes, a citadel surrounded by ramparts and perched on a rocky outcropping over the river;
Dining on expertly prepared French cuisine with drinks including wine and beer, during on-board meals as well as drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list).
Before setting sail, this itinerary begins with two days in beautiful Amsterdam. Guests will experience the city’s rich architectural heritage on a glass covered river boat tour of Amsterdam or an excursion to Haarlem, a city teeming with medieval architectural influences. The journey continues down the Rhine, passing picturesque towns in Holland before porting in Xanten, Germany. This quaint village boasts over one million visitors per year due to its captivating medieval city center, large man-made lake and world-class museums. Here, guests will have the opportunity to take a guided excursion to the Aachen Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest cathedral in Northern Europe.
The next two days will be spent traveling from Dusseldorf to Worms where guests will have the opportunity to delight in Cologne’s gothic cathedral, admire the famous Lorelei Rock and visit the Gutenberg museum in the beautifully restored town of Mainz. Early the next morning, the ship will arrive in Strasbourg, where guests will board a coach and head to Besançon for a sightseeing tour of this charming city. Visits on this tour will include Castan Square, St. Jean Cathedral and Besançon’s famous Citadel. After the tour, guests will hop back on the coach for a transfer to Chalons-Sur-Saone, where they will board the next ship bound for Lyon. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône, Lyon is known for its historic and architectural landmarks. Travelers will have the opportunity to explore the city’s historic traboules, covered passageways, and the Saint-Jean quarter before continuing down the Rhône.
Along the journey to Avignon, the boat will port in the towns of Tournon and Arles. Upon arrival in Tournon guests can take a guided tour of the famous castle then indulge in the local cuisine and wine. In Arles, guests will have the chance to explore the Gallo-Roman ruins before journeying to the countryside to sample local olive oil. By midafternoon, the ship will arrive at its final port of call, Avignon. With a rich papal history this town is full of culture and historical influences. The journey will end with a breathtaking, optional tour of this well preserved, historic town.
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* Prices start at $1,824 per person double sharing a twin cabin on the lower deck and includes drinks with onboard meals, all drinks consumed at the bar (excluding champagne and drinks from the wine list) and coach transfer from Strasbourg to Chalon-sur-Saône. For single supplement or other pricing questions, please call CroisiEurope’s US Call Center at (800) 768-7232.
Established in 1976, CroisiEurope has been a leader in affordable European river cruises for nearly 40 years. Based in Strasbourg, France, CroisiEurope is headquartered at the epicenter of Europe with offices in Paris, Lyon, Madrid and London. With an English-speaking crew of 700 people, this family owned and operated company charters 37 barges and river cruise ships that sail along Europe’s most famous rivers. Passengers can choose from a variety of itineraries that explore picturesque riverside cities in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Belgium while treating guests to on-board dining menus designed alongside Michelin-starred chefs. Today, CroisiEurope offers cruises not only in Europe but also along the Mediterranean coast, Vietnam and Cambodia.
For more information, please visit www.croisieuroperivercruises.com or call (800) 768-7232.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac celebrates Paradiski’s 10th Birthday
On the 17th October 2013 at the Musée Grévin Museum in Paris, Paradiski – the large ski domain in Savoie, France [Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry and la Plagne] announced its unique collaboration with the world renowned fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The task? To decorate the Vanoise Express cable car, the largest cable car in the world, for its 10th Birthday this winter.
For its anniversary, Paradiski gave Carte Blanche to designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. He was enlisted to decorate the two, double-decker cable cars. The Vanoise Express with its panoramic views made the creation of Paradiski possible. It was without hesitation that the internationally renowned haute-couture designer, one of the symbolic creators of our time, accepted this unique task.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s undertaking for Paradiski was revealed this evening during a 10 year anniversary party at the Musée Grévin , Paris.
In his own words, here is what Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has to say on the creation for Paradiski – with a literal English translation:
Partir rever sur un fil
[Go dreaming on a wire]
Aux merveilles d’une aube blanche
[The wonder of a white dawn]
Renaitre oiseau sur ma branche
[Reincarnate as a bird on a branch]
Au Coeur des vallees subtiles
[At the heart of the subtle valleys]
Danse, beaute nature magique
[Dance, beauty, magical nature]
I les volantes d’une rive a l’autre
[Flying from one side to the other]
[A sensual cable car]
Kool, la poudreuse cosmonaute
[Cool, space-powder snow]
Inviter l’ange a voler
[Invite the angel to fly]
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
From the 21st December and throughout the winter, thousands of Vanoise Express passengers will see the unique design cloaking the cable cars in celebration of its 10 years thanks to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
“Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is one of the symbolic creators of our time, known as much for his creations as for this complete and multi-faceted work of art, established for decades. His thinking generates a thousand concepts in a thousand directions, giving rise to a sound, a collaboration, a “mise-en-secne”, a drawing. A complex artist who is not solely defined by the restrictive field of fashion.” James Bort, Photographer
EUROPEAN WATERWAYS’ WELCOMES SPRING 2014 WITH WIDE RANGE OF SPECIAL OFFERS
Up to $2,000 Off Per Cabin and 10% Off Whole-Boat Charters on Select Barge Cruises in France and Holland Beginning March 2014
New York, NY (December 4, 2013) – For the well seasoned traveler, spring is an ideal time of the year to cruise the canals and waterways of Europe on a luxury hotel barge. From the legendary tulip fields of Holland to the city of Paris in the spring, the weather is perfect for sightseeing and the landscape is bursting with colors. European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, is making Spring 2014 even more attractive with a wide range of special offers on select cruises to launch its 2014 season, including up to $2,000 off per cabin and 10% off whole-boat charters.
“Spring is a beautiful season in Europe,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “Nature is at its most colorful, and there is no better way to soak up the view than from the deck of a luxury hotel barge. Our vessels cruise through the tulip fields of Holland, coast along the scenic Canal du Midi in Southern France, and make stops in the famous wine regions of Burgundy. With our special offers and no single supplement for select April departures, traveling aboard one of our hotel barges is the perfect getaway for next spring!”
Bonjour Aboard La Bella Époque
Celebrated in songs and captured in dazzling photographs, Paris in the spring has been inspiring visitors for centuries. It’s a bonus enjoyed by guests en route to La Bella Époque, who receive chauffeured transfer service to and from a designated hotel in central Paris. Then, cruising through Burgundy on some of Europe’s most picturesque canals, they enjoy fine wines, tour charming medieval villages rich in history, and sample some of the finest local cuisine. The Burgundy landscape itself is also a treat in the springtime, as it becomes home to blooming cherry blossoms and lilacs, forested hills, and rows of growing grape vines.
“La Bella Époque’s itinerary is filled with trips that appeal to all the senses, from a private wine tasting at a renowned Chablis vineyard, to a tour of the exquisite Abbaye de Fontenay. Burgundy is a wonderful region for spring enthusiasts, where you can feel the sunshine on your face, smell the cherry blossom and lilacs and drift slowly through a backdrop of rolling hills and vineyards,” said Banks.
For spring 2014, European Waterways’ special offers include $2,000 off per cabin for the March 30th departure, no single supplement for April departures, and 10% off whole boat charters in April.
Panache’s “Tulip Cruises” in Holland
A visit to Holland’s famous tulip fields in the spring is a must for travelers. European Waterways’12-passenger luxury hotel barge Panache provides the perfect way to take in the spectacular floral displays with its series of ”Tulip Cruises”. Holland in the spring is a flower lover’s paradise and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visitors, but there is also the opportunity to admire the beautiful Holland countryside with its iconic windmills, cheese farms and quaint waterside towns and villages.
Passengers aboard Panache will tour the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, home to seven million tulips, daffodils and other colorful flowers in full bloom. Other highlights include a tour of Gouda, Holland’s cheese center, and a trip to the historic canal city of Delft, where travelers will witness first-hand the historic local tradition of porcelain being hand-made and painted.
For spring 2014, European Waterways is offering $1,000 off per cabin for the April 13th and April 27th departures, 10% off whole-boat charters for the April 6th and 20th departures, and no single supplements for all April departures (cannot be combined with any other offer).
Anjodi on the Canal du Midi
Coasting along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an engineering marvel, European Waterways’ 8-passenger Anjodi offers a relaxing trip along the Mediterranean shore of Southern France, before meandering inland past Roman villages, Minervois vineyards and magnificent views of the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains. The charming hotel barge cruises gently along this historic waterway with its ever-present towpath that is ideal for cycling and walking.
The Anjodi itinerary features a private wine tasting at the 14th century vineyards of Château de Perdiguier, a tour of Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today, and a visit to Pezenas, a village associated with the playwright Molière, considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.
For next spring, European Waterways is offering $1,000 off per cabin for the April 27th departure and 10% off whole-boat charters for all April departures.
All these special offers must be booked by December 20, 2013. Cabin specials are based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply. For more information, visit: http://www.gobarging.com/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Excellent videos of European Waterways cruises are available on Youtube.
About European Waterways
The hotel barging experience is different from large vessel river cruising. It offers a slower paced, “gentle voyage of discovery” along the more intimate canals and waterways of Europe, allowing a small number of guests to become more fully immersed in the culture, history and gastronomy of the region. European Waterways is Europe’s largest all-inclusive luxury hotel barging company, offering vacations in nine countries and carrying over 2,000 passengers a year. Founded nearly 40 years ago, they own, operate and market a private fleet of luxury hotel barges with cruises in France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Pioneers in hotel barging, they were the first company to operate a hotel barge on the Upper Nivernais in Burgundy, and the “real” Loire Valley. They are also the only cruise company offering barge cruises in Scotland and in the Venetian lagoon and River Po valley. Please visit www.gobarging.com for more information. See our Special Offers at www.gobarging.com/special-offers.php#offers .
The most exciting bike race in the world, the Tour de France, will start in the Netherlands in 2015.
The city of Utrecht will host the Grand Depart of the race, which has been won by Brits for the past two years with Bradley Wiggins coming first in 2012 followed by Chris Froome earlier this year.
The opening time trial will be held in the Netherland’s city on July 4.
Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, said: “The Netherlands is a cycling nation, one which has written quite a few remarkable chapters of the history of the Tour de France.”
Utrecht’s main attraction, he said, “is the way it has integrated cycling into its day-to-day life.”
Next year the Grand Depart will take place in Yorkshire. The first stage on July 5 will travel from Leeds to Harrogate, followed by York to Sheffield on July 6.
The third stage over 170km will see the riders race from Cambridge to London.
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With 27 million visitors in 2012 and recently named the “Best City To Visit in 2014″ by Lonely Planet, Paris, or the “City of Light”, is one of the most visited cities in the world. From iconic landmarks, world class museums and galleries, to designer shopping, there is so much to see and so many things to do in Paris, which makes it a top favourite city break destination in the heart of millions of tourists. For those who are spending only a short few days in the city, it is difficult to experience everything this romantic city has to offer. Here are a few suggestions and tips from Alpha Holiday Lettings on getting the most from a Paris short stay.
Paris’ main airport Charles De Gaulle is about 30km North-East of the city. One of the cheaper ways to get to the city centre is by taking the airport shuttle bus “Roissybus” which costs only €10 per person. The one hour bus journey takes passengers right into the heart of the city, where the stunning Paris Opera House is located. Paris’ underground network, or metro, is vast and is a very convenient way of getting around in the city. Bundles of 10 single-trip tickets called “Carnet” (€13.30) can be bought at a discounted price, which may work out to be more economical than the unlimited “Paris Visite Pass” option (1-day pass €13.90), especially for less frequent travellers.
Paris is world famous for its arts and cultural landmarks, with the Louvre Museum at centre stage. Musée du Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, and with nearly 35,000 exhibits, it is essential to plan ahead and decide what to see in advance. Highlights at the Louvre include Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci and the statues of Venus de Milo and Nike of Samothrace. Located on the other side of the Seine is Musée d’Orsay – another world famous museum that houses many impressionist masterpieces by artists such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, to name but a few. For lovers of modern art, Centre Pompidou is a must-visit destination. An excellent way to save money and time is by purchasing the “Paris Museum Pass” (2-day pass costs €39) which includes free entry to over 60 museums and monuments, including Arc de Triumph, Notre-Dame, Les Invalides and Panthéon, as well as the museums mentioned above. It also allows pass holders to skip the queues which could prove invaluable when time is limited.
To many, the Eiffel Tower, or Tour Eiffel, is the symbol of Paris. Visitors can jump the queues at this hugely popular and busy attraction, which could be anything up to 2 hours’ wait, by pre-booking tickets (€14.50) on their official website. The tricky part is that online tickets are booked up months in advance. However, a very small number of tickets do get released online again due to last minute cancellations, so be sure to keep checking their website for availability. For those who prefer not to go up the tower, a fantastic vantage point for viewing from a distance is the Palais de Chaillot at Trocadéro. This is also a perfect place to visit after sunset, when the tower comes alive with thousands of flashing lights for just 5 minutes every hour on the hour.
On the outskirt of Paris is the magnificent Château de Versailles, or Palace of Versailles. It is an opulent display of absolute power and wealth of the then French monarchy. Highlights include the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartment and of course the vast gardens and musical fountains. Visiting Versailles will pretty much take a full day. Also true in this case, visitors can save time queuing at the ticketing office by pre-booking tickets (€25) on their official website. This way, visitors can proceed straight to the entrance into the palace (Gate A) on arrival.
There is never a lack of choice of luxury hotels in Paris, although during peak seasons accommodation in Paris could be very expensive and hard to come by. An alternative is to stay in self-catering apartments in Paris, which is more flexible and affordable especially for families with children and larger groups. A good selection of central Paris apartments and Paris vacation rentals can be found on Alpha Holiday Lettings’ website (http://www.AlphaHolidayLettings.com)
Four Barges, Five Itineraries, Two Dozen Wines, Countless Rave Reviews
Duxbury, MA, November 2013– There may be no other country that reveres food quite as much as France does. Think of buttery, flaky croissants, perhaps studded with chocolate or almonds. Consider creamy, farm-produced cheeses with tastes that are as unique as the stories about how they were created. Dream of desserts that are the decadent exclamation point at the end of a truly memorable meal. Then imagine wines that are the perfect accompaniment to all of these delicious offerings. French Country Waterways, the only American-owned company to offer luxury barge cruises along France’s canal system, is an ideal way for U.S. visitors to not only see the sites, but also to enjoy French cuisine in a truly special way.
French Country Waterways, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014, operates four barges that follow five itineraries in the French countryside, traveling along routes that have been selected to highlight some of the most charming and picturesque stretches of canal. The eight- or 12-passenger barges explore Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, Central Burgundy, Champagne and the Upper Loire Valley on six-night trips that depart each Sunday from April through October. Rates for the 2014 season start at $5,495 per person, double.
Trips include daily excursions and plenty of opportunities to explore the charming towns along the canal route, but perhaps the biggest draw of these cruises is the opportunity to sample the best of France’s culinary offerings. Among the six-person crew on each barge is a classically trained chef who takes the freshest ingredients – including many picked up along the journey – and blends them using classic French techniques coupled with the current trend toward lighter and healthier cuisine. Passengers enjoy continental breakfasts, buffet lunches, and four-course, candlelit dinners, all in the comfort of the barge. Each day there’s a fresh selection of breads and buttery croissants that are brought onboard from the villages the barge passes, and a highlight of lunch and dinner is the presentation of an array of French cheeses. There’s often a box of delicious chocolates or other sweets to sample at the end of the meal, most of which come from local confectionary shops situated in towns along the route.
And to complement all of this is a selection of some of France’s finest wines. During the cruise, passengers are offered more than two dozen different wines, at least half of which bear well-known labels from Grand Cru or Premier Cru vineyards. Guests also get to enjoy vintages that are new to them, as these wines come from family-owned properties whose limited production is rarely if ever exported. In addition, each itinerary includes at least one excursion to a vineyard for a private tour and tasting.
At the end of the trip, each guest receives a copy of the menus they’ve enjoyed, along with lists of all the cheeses and wines that have been introduced along the way, and the barges’ chefs are happy to share recipes for favorite items. Each itinerary also includes a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, giving passengers a chance to sample some of the best dining in the country. The restaurant’s chef proposes a menu that features the finest choices from his kitchen that evening, and the sommelier selects appropriate wines for each course.
Information, reservations and the company’s new brochure can be obtained from French Country Waterways, Ltd., P.O. Box 2195, Duxbury, MA 02331; calling 800-222-1236 in the U.S. and Canada and 781-934-2454 in Massachusetts; or visiting www.fcwl.com.
If you’re serious about having fun and staying safe in the mountains this winter and enjoy heading away from the marked ski runs, then spend three days with renowned snow and avalanche expert, Henry Schniewind in Val d’Isère, France, this winter.
For the very first time, Henry is offering his program throughout the winter season every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, in the real mountain environment, consolidating the theoretical knowledge he shares in his talks into practical understanding on the slopes.
‘Skiing off-piste is fun and more and more people are venturing into the backcountry to enjoy powder snow conditions’, says Henry. ‘Riding safe means understanding the conditions and making decisions that can keep you safe, then knowing what to do if the worst does happen’.
He continues by saying, ‘nothing beats the thrill and sensation of off-piste skiing. New ski equipment makes it easier and more fun so there’s the temptation to push yourself further off the piste in search of the perfect powder experience. There is a risk, but you can learn to manage it if you know what to look out for’.
There are three main areas that Henry guides his group through during the three days on-snow course. Firstly, there is decision making and understanding what slopes to ski and what slopes not to ski. Then, there is the risk management process, how to go up or down certain slopes if you do ski them. Finally, if the worst was to happen, your ability to manage a crisis well and quickly deal with any rescue scenario is essential and Henry conducts comprehensive search and rescue techniques that are designed to maximise chances of survival for burial victims.
The emphasis of the three days is to have fun and enjoy skiing the best possible snow conditions that are available in the world class terrain on offer in the Espace Killy area that combines the resorts of Val d’Isère and Tignes. The region is renowned for its off-piste skiing possibilities and fantastic snow record from December through to the end of April.
Clare Mann, a freelance journalist who spent some time with Henry last winter in Val d’Isère commented, ‘his mantra for off piste skiing is technique + equipment + safety = maximum fun on the mountain. Henry provided us with transceiver training and then chose a gentle gradient between the pistes. He then demonstrated some turns and provided handy tips on skiing powder. We headed for the Col de L’Isèran, virgin slopes. Technique in place, everything came together’.
Three Days Off-Piste with Henry is open to intermediate skiers who can ski a steep red run and traverse in deep snow conditions, through to advanced off-piste skiers who are comfortable linking turns in powder snow.
Further information about Henry’s Off-Piste Course:
Three days with henry costs €490 per person and includes guiding and instruction in ski technique and avalanche safety management.
Guests receive a certificate of International Standards of Off-Piste Excellence (ISOPE) that is equivalent to an Alpine / off-piste version of the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) or the American Avalanche Association (AAA) Level 1: Avalanche Fundamentals – with lots of additional skiing time. Henry is a fully qualified ski instructor, off-piste ski guide and renowned expert on snow and avalanches in the Alps. Henry is a UK and French based American national and all courses are conducted in English.
Accommodation packages can be booked through snow-wise in Val d’Isère with various packages available including the three star Hotel Le Samovar costing from £845 per person for 7 nights bed & breakfast including flights and transfers with a January departure. The five star Hotel Christiania costs form £1240 per person for 7 nights bed & breakfast including flights and transfers with a January departure. Half-Board accommodation can also be arranged on request – email@example.com | Tel: +44 (0)20 3397 8450
The season has already started in the French Alps, thanks to some amazing early snow.
Now you can take a Christmas skiing holiday yourself and save 20% from the normal cost.
Many resorts have already opened early, thanks to the excellent November snow. Les Arcs in France will open on 14 December with excellent snow to enjoy, and even better prices.
Move Mountains Travel (www.movemountainstravel.com ) is offering 20% off the accommodation price at the Arc 1950 Le Village luxury apartment complex for week commencing 21 December 2013.
And if you are not able to travel for Christmas, you are still eligible for a 15% discount for a ski holiday the week commencing 14 December.
These superb apartments are all ski-in ski-out buildings right on the slopes, and also have use of a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and many shops and restaurants nearby.
The skiing in Les Arcs is superb, with 425km of pistes in the Paradiski area available in Les Arcs and the adjoining resorts of La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry.
Les Arcs alone has over 200km of pistes and 49 ski lifts and suits skiers of all ages and ability levels.
To check availability of this superb offer and full terms and conditions, please contact the Move Mountains Team on 01753 463400.
China, commemorative Battlefield tours and the Northern Lights in Lapland – these are just three trends in rail tours for 2014 identified by Great Rail Journeys, the UK’s leading specialist in holidays by rail, and its sister company Treyn.
Rail holidays have never been more popular, and with 58 new tours across both brands for 2014, out of a total of 360, Great Rail Journeys has put together what it sees as its key trends for 2014.
NEW – China by rail – 2014 sees Great Rail Journeys offering a programme of tours to China for the first time. Julian Appleyard, Director of Commercial at Great Rail Journeys & Treyn says, “This is because there has been a lot of investment put into the railway lines between Beijing and Xian, with the Chinese investing heavily in high speed services even more advanced than high speed bullet trains.” Great Rail Journeys’ 17 day ‘Grand Tour of China’ from £2,995pp: http://www.greatrail.com/tours/grand-tour-of-china.aspx
100 Year Anniversary of First World War – Battlefields Tours
With 18 special tours to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, Great Rail Journeys is predicting that many people will wish to mark this special year by soaking up the history of Northern France and Belgium, both of which are very easily accessible by train from London’s St Pancras International into the Northern area of Flanders and the Somme. In addition, there are Bruges & Battlefield tours and Remembrance Day tours.
Julian says, “Northern France and Belgium are easily and quickly reached by rail, and our specially designed rail tours will take you from London, St Pancras International, into the heart of the western front area in a matter of hours. The journey itself is part of the experience as you pass through the countryside of south east England into Northern France – a similar journey that was taken by the men nearly 100 years ago. As well as that, we’re predicting that our tours commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings will also prove popular.”
Great Rail Journeys’ battlefields tours start from £425 per person for the five day ‘Battlefields of Flanders’ tour: http://www.greatrail.com/tours/battlefields-of-flanders.aspx and Treyn’s battlefield tours start from £295 per person for the four day ‘Bruges & Ypres’ tour: http://www.railholidays.com/tours/belgian-rail-tour.aspx
70th Anniversary D-Day Landing. Treyn is offering a six day ‘Normandy Landing Beaches’ tour priced from £725pp: http://www.railholidays.com/tours/normandy-landing-beaches.aspx, and Great Rail Journeys is offering ‘Honfleur & Enchanting Normandy’ tour from £895pp: http://www.greatrail.com/tours/enchanting-normandy-rail-holiday.aspx , which visits Normandy’s D-Day Landing beaches on one day.
NEW – Lapland – Lapland and the Northern Lights has been introduced to make the most of next year’s peak in solar activity during an 11-year cycle. The tour features Lapland as well as Norway’s spectacular Lofoten Islands travelling on one of Scandinavia’s most scenic railways. There are two opportunities to view the Northern lights in Lofoten and Narvik, and the rail tour itself goes well into thearctic circle.
Great Rail Journeys’ 11 day ‘The Northern Lights & Lapland’ tour from £2,325pp: http://www.greatrail.com/tours/northern-lights-lapland-tour.aspx
NEW – Ecuador & Galapagos – Julian says, “Our customers are wanting to go further afield each year to places they would never consider going without one of our Tour Managers and a group of like-minded guests. We expect this new tour of Ecuador will appeal to train and wildlife enthusiasts alike as it also takes in the stunning Galapagos Islands.”
The new ‘Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands’ uses the luxury ‘Tren Crucero ‘cruise train’ which launched in June 2013. The trainhas been carefully restored to offer luxury rail travel through Ecuador’s mountain and coastal scenery. The train has four vintage carriages, including one offering traditional Ecuadorian coffees and one an open-air terrace at the rear, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views. On the tour guests enjoy three days on the train (nights are in hotels) as they travel from Quito to Cuenca and then on to the Galapagos Islands. NEW 2014 TOUR – Great Rail Journeys’ 17 day ‘Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands’ – from £4,995pp: http://www.greatrail.com/tours/ecuador-galapagos-islands.aspx
Other destinations which continue to be popular for Great Rail Journeys and Treyn include:
“We’re still seeing high levels of interest in customers’ favourite destinations such as India, USA and Switzerland” says Julian, “and for 2014 we have worked to create new tours and rail holiday experiences to these popular countries”.
India – Great Rail Journeys has a number of new tours to India for 2014 which offer great value for money. One of these covers India and Nepal and includes rhino spotting. NEW 2014 TOUR – Great Rail Journey’s 17 day ‘Grand India & Nepal’ tour is from £2,695pp: http://www.greatrail.com/tours/grand-tour-india-nepal.aspx
The USA – The USA is still very strong for Great Rail journeys as the varied landscape is ideal for rail tours. Most tours go between the East and West coasts, and so for 2014 we’ve introduced a American Pullman tour which goes right into the deep south. NEW 2014 TOUR – Great Rail Journey’s 15 day ‘The American Pullman’ tour is priced from £3,495pp: http://www.greatrail.com/tours/american-pullman-rail-tour.aspx
Switzerland – This continues to be one of Great Rail Journeys’ most popular destinations. Julian says, “Great scenic rail experiences on board iconic trains such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Jungfrau Railway, mean that Switzerland remains one of our most popular destinations.” NEW 2014 TOUR – Treyn’s new ‘Swiss All Inclusive’ tour is priced from £1,158pp: http://www.railholidays.com/tours/swiss-all-inclusive-in-winter.aspx
Italy – Julian says, “Our 14 tours into Italy have proved an enormous success. The Calabria region, as well as Puglia are very easily by train, and there are many places which are best accessed by rail than anything else, including less well-known areas such as Elba.” NEW 2014 TOUR – 14 day ‘Beauty of Calabria’ tour from £2,195pp. http://www.greatrail.com/tours/calabria-italy-tour.aspx http://www.greatrail.com/tours/calabria-italy-tour.aspx
Scotland – This continues to be a very popular destination amongst Great Rail Journeys customers – especially around the beautiful Ardnamurchan peninsular. Our ‘Castle in the Highlands’ tour regularly sells out as guests love spending four nights at Glenborrodale Castle which is a unique, romantic castle on the Ardnamurchan Estate. Great Rail Journey’s seven day ‘Castle In the Highlands’ tour is priced from £625pp: http://www.greatrail.com/tours/castle-highlands-rail-tour.aspx
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