Get on track for great railway adventures with SagaTuesday 10 June 2014
Saga signals new choice of worldwide escorted tours incorporating iconic train journeys – and here’s a whistle-stop sample of itineraries that celebrate the golden age of travel:
Get on track for great railway adventures with Saga
Land of the Incas
Misty mountain peaks, mysterious ruins and colonial cities await on a bewitching tour of Peru which includes a narrow-gauge railway journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This 10-hour trip from mountainous Puna to Cuzco, passes the shores of Lake Titicaca and the Incan ruins of Viracocha temple. Saga passengers can upgrade on the Andean Explorer to enjoy assigned seating, a three-course lunch and afternoon tea.
Guests will follow in the footsteps of explorer Hiram Bingham to find Machu Picchu, hidden high in the Andes and still shrouded in mystery.
12 nights from £2,799 departing London Heathrow from September to November 2014 plus April 28 and May 12, 2015 (held at 2014 prices). Solo travellers-only departures on October 28, 2014 or April 21 and September 22, 2015 with prices from £3099.
Himalayan Heritage Trail
Jump aboard two iconic trains during a holiday which reveals the lasting legacy of the Raj when 70,000 miles of railway track opened up the Indian sub-continent in the 19th century.
Join the Himalayan Queen Express on the UNESCO-protected Kalka-Shimla railway for a truly unforgettable journey as the train winds its way through the lower Himalayas to Kandaghat.
Next take the Shatabdi Express for a four-hour train ride from Shimla to Delhi, where past meets present with colourful street life, beautiful parks and fascinating architecture.
10 nights from £1799, departing London Heathrow from September to November 2014 and January to May 2015.
Join a spectacular tour which includes two scenic train journeys. The first, which enthusiasts have long considered this one of Europe’s finest, is over the Golden Pass to Montreux, with stops at Gstaad and Château d’Oex. The second trip is on the narrow-gauge ‘Chocolate Train’ at Montreux, a first-class journey north into the Fribourg Alps. There will be stops at Gruyères, which is famous for its cheese, and Broc, for a tour of the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory.
Eight nights from £1,700 departing from Manchester Airport in July and August 2014.
Canyons, Trains and Coastal Charms
Enjoy two amazing train journeys on this action-packed tour of southwest USA – from Las Vegas to the Arizona desert, Long Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a vintage train ride on the Grand Canyon Railway, which made its first journey in 1901, and watch the scenery change from desert to pine forests before reaching the heart of Grand Canyon National Park.
This escorted holiday also includes boarding the Coast Starlight train for a journey along the Southern California coast. The double-decker carriages have panoramic windows to make the most of the views along this spectacular route which links the greatest cities on the West Coast.
14 nights from £2,399, departing London Gatwick from September to November 2014. Note 2015 departures held at 2014 prices on January 19, February 16, March 23, April 27, May 11 and June 8.
Prices include door-to-door travel service, all flights, most meals, Saga tour manager, porterage, all train journeys and travel insurance.
For details of these and further railway-linked itineraries call 0800 092 4677 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays
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