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Trains and ships: Are there two more iconic forms of transportation? Both rail and cruise holidays have ties back to the golden age of travel - when the experience of getting to a destination was just as important as the destination itself. Perhaps these reasons are why rail journeys and cruises are natural companions and becoming ever-popular amongst world travellers. When it is time for your next holiday, consider these five reasons to choose a rail and cruise getaway.
1. In-depth Views of the Landscape
It is one thing to see snow-capped mountain peaks from a tiny rectangular window a mile above the land; it is quite another to spend your time winding through mountain passes, looking up at the dramatic scenery. When you embark on a rail and cruise holiday, there is no shortage of amazing sights to see, both by the land and by the water. Train tracks not only take you into the heart of cities but also through remote, lesser-populated areas. Rivers and oceans offer glimpses at coastal villages and port towns. There truly is no better way to immerse yourself in the world.
2. Hands-off Luxury
Imagine setting out for the trip of a lifetime without having to lift a finger in the planning process. Simply choose the holiday package that meets your travel goals, then leave the rest to us. There are no hotels for you to book or tickets to buy. The worry of connecting travel arrangements is non-existent. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
3. Diverse Stops
When you embark on a rail and cruise tour from Holidays By Rail, there is no shortage of interesting destinations ahead of you. Our packages combine some of the world’s most popular destinations, ranging from cosmopolitan cities to smaller villages and lesser-known locales to create an all-encompassing experience. For example, on the 5-Star Danube to the Black Sea holiday, travellers will visit big cities such as Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, as well as 14th century Veliko Tarnovo; Hungary’s oldest city, Esztergom; and idyllic coastal Dürnstein.
4. Unbelievable Excursions
While there is plenty of down time to enjoy the scenery and to explore the tour’s ports of call independently, travellers also enjoy fascinating excursions in locations both exotic and familiar. City tours led by local guides, scenic train rides and museum tours are just some of the excursions to look forward to. Guests on the 5-star Rhine Cruise holiday have opportunities to visit a ruined castle, set out on guided tours through cities such as Cologne and Amsterdam, ride railways such as the Drachensfelbahn Railway and the Medemblik Steam Train, and explore enchanting destinations like Speyer and Rüdesheim independently.
5. A Slower Pace of Travel
As the modern world zooms by at lightning speed, sometimes it is nice to slow down a little and figuratively - and literally - smell the roses. A rail and cruise getaway offers just the opportunity to do that. While aeroplanes zip from one destination to the next, trains and ships, allow travellers to soak in the passing vistas and enjoy the sites of each stop. There is time to get out and explore as the tour progresses, rather than waiting in an airport terminal for a connecting flight.