Get on track with Saga - Iconic train journeys to capture golden age of travel

Monday 23 February 2015

Iconic train journeys always have a romantic appeal, evoking the golden of age of travel, so Saga has created a selection of holidays to include some of the world’s most fascinating railway journeys. Here’s a sample:

Get on track with Saga - Iconic train journeys to capture golden age of travel

Beyond the Taj

Make tracks across northern India on this new tour to combine three first-class rail journeys with a host of classic sights. From the temples of Khajuraho to the Mughal’s monumental Taj Mahal and the holy Hindu city of Varanasi, discover the different cultural influences that colour Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

14 nights from £2,099 departing London Heathrow from September to November 2015

The Rocky Mountaineer

Celebrating its 25th year in 2015, the Rocky Mountaineer winds its way from Vancouver to Jasper through the Canadian Rockies so sit back and enjoy views of the unspoilt wilderness – and there will also be time to visit Banff National Park, Vancouver and Calgary.

10 nights from £2899, departing London Heathrow May, June and September 2015

Pride of Africa

Rovos Rail boasts the world’s most luxurious train, the Pride of Africa, with 20 restored Edwardian carriages offering the perfect setting for a unique rail safari through the heart of Africa. Spend three nights on board to watch the world the world go by from the open-backed observation car, plus stop at Hwange National Park for a game drive. The tour also takes in Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Cape Town.

16 nights from £4,299 departing London Heathrow September to November 2015 and January to March 2016

The Lhasa Express

Travel to the ‘roof of the world’ aboard the Lhasa Express across the Himalayan Mountains. Spend one night on board for an unforgettable journey on the world’s highest railway as it travels more than 5,000 metres above sea level. This escorted tour also includes visits to The Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors.

19 nights from £4,148 departing London Heathrow in May, June, September and October 2015

The Grand Tour of Switzerland

Breathe deep to enjoy the crystal clear air before boarding the narrow-gauge Bernina Express for one of Switzerland's most scenic railway journeys into the snow-covered alps. This holiday also includes a complimentary travel card to explore Davos by train and an optional tour to Jungfraujoch, which at 3,454-metres is home to Europe's highest railway station.

Eight nights from £1,599, departing London Heathrow or Manchester during May to October 2015

Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands

In a small group of up to 25 guests, fly to Lima, before visiting the charming town of Ollantaytambo to embark on a narrow-gauge railway journey along the Sacred Valley to reach Machu Picchu. This holiday combines a tour of the Lost City of the Incas and a full-board cruise around the Galapagos Islands which teem with wildlife.

13 nights from £4,399, departing London Heathrow from March to July and September to November 2015

For details call free on 0800 092 4677 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays

Prices include VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights and transfers, airport taxes, most meals, porterage, tour manager, tourist visa, travel insurance and cancellation cover (or a discount if insurance is not required).

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