Grey mornings and puddled pavements are a million miles away from Great Rail Journeys’ winter sun offerings this year. 

As the nights become colder and the mornings darker, the thought of glorious sunsets, warm evenings spent in a far-off bay and colourful towns seem like a distant memory.

However, Great Rail Journeys is here to make those mid-winter dreams a reality with opportunities to travel beyond the horizon to explore India, Southeast Asia and Australia– combining epic destinations with the style, comfort and unforgettable adventure that comes with escorted tours. 

With temperatures in each destination averaging 30 c during the winter months in comparison with the UK’s 3.5c and an average rainfall of 121 mm, jetting away to clear blue skies and a journey of a lifetime seems like a no-brainer. The World is now back open so why not embrace the opportunity to tick off your bucket list destinations and dive into the Great Barrier Reef,  enjoy the landscapes of South East Asia or marvel at the Indian wildlife?

Great Rail Journeys have something for every explorer this winter, marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal, perfectly framed by immaculate gardens and uncover India’s iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife as you travel from bustling Delhi to the Bollywood capital of Mumbai on the Highlights of India, Mumbai and the Golden Triangle. Enjoy the wonders of two fascinating nations on the Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia tour and delve into the history and rich culture, visit breath-taking UNESCO-listed attractions and explore the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat. Have the holiday of a lifetime in some of the most spectacular natural wonders of the World on Ultimate Australia and the Ghan tour, explore some of the country’s natural highlights from the Great Barrier Reef to the ever-famous Bondi Beach. 

Example packages: 

Highlights of India, Mumbai and the Golden Triangle – 11 days from £1,695 per person

This journey of a lifetime, lets travellers see the highlights of one of the most vibrant countries in the World.  Guests will enjoy a full day’s sightseeing around Old and New Delhi, including a rickshaw ride through the bazaar and spice market. Explore the famed sights of Agra, including Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Before discovering India’s wildlife on two game drives and a talk from a naturalist in Ranthambore National Park and tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park with a local wildlife expert. Through a guided tour, travellers will explore the pink city of Jaipur on a guided tour and discover Mumbai on a unique dawn tour as the sun rises over the Arabian Sea.

PRICE: £1,895 per person. Includes all rail and coach travel throughout your tour. 9 nights’ 4 and 5-star hotel accommodation and 21 meals including 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 9 dinners. The services of a local Tour Manager in India. Flights from London Heathrow to Delhi and from Mumbai to London Heathrow as well as all internal flights. Price is based on departure on 26th January 2023.

Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia – 14 days from £2,295 per person

Combining two fascinating countries of rich culture, amazing UNESCO world heritage and magnificent scenery – this is perfect for travellers wanting to get a different flavour from their holiday. Experience a full-day sightseeing tour of Hanoi, including a cyclo ride through the lively streets and take a stunning overnight cruise on a traditional junk boat through Halong Bay. Discover the mystical Hoi An on a walking tour, to uncover the colourful and historic Old Quarter and explore Southern Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, on a fascinating guided tour. Before discovering Cambodia’s world-famous temple complex, Angkor Wat, which is over 800 years old.

PRICE: £2,495 per person. Includes all rail and coach travel throughout your tour. 9 night’s 3, 4 and 5-star hotel accommodation, 1 night on board the sleeper train from Hanoi to Da Nang with breakfast and 1 night on board a junk boat in Halong Bay. 16 meals including 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners. Flights from London Heathrow to Hanoi via Bangkok, Siem Reap to London Heathrow, via Bangkok and internal flights from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City. Price based on departure on 10th February 2023. 

Ultimate Australia and the Ghan – 21 days now from £5,795 per person*

Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef

On this incredible Australasian tour, guests will have the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable adventure to discover the best of Australia’s spectacular natural wonders. Experience the kaleidoscopic hues of the Great Barrier Reef from the Frankland Islands before enjoying the World Heritage Rainforest of the capital Cairns from aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Blue Mountains on the Katoomba Scenice Railway. Passengers will watch the sun set over iconic Uluru, and wonder as the enormous rock changes colour. Before taking a tour of Sydney, that will include a visit to Bondi Beach for a special fish and chip lunch Australian style and delve into Australia’s wine heritage with visits to some iconic wineries, including world-famous Jacob’s Creek.

PRICE: £5,795 per person. Includes 4-5* accommodation for 18 nights, 24 meals (including 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners). Price based on departure21st January 2022. For more information or to book, please call 01904 734812.

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