Visit Venice By Rail – A City Of Romance and Delights

Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy

Venice… No city in the world can compare to the mystifying beauty of Venice. Situated in Northern Italy this unique, romantic floating city consists of more than one hundred small islands linked by bridges in a shallow lagoon. With beautiful Venetian architecture, a fairy-tale atmosphere and sumptuous helpings of charm to behold, it’s no wonder the… Read more »

How do I book a trip on the “Orient Express”?

  Through Planet Rail (of course…)! Though it will be on the Venice Simplon Orient Express as the traditional Orient Express is technically retired at the time of writing. There are many vendors out there selling a wide range of products and services related to the Venice Simplon Orient Express but here at Planet Rail we… Read more »

How Much Does The “Orient Express” Cost?

How much is it to travel on the “Orient Express”? A great question we often get asked is ‘How much is the Orient Express?’ Well, again, the “Orient Express” doesn’t technically exist at the time of writing, but the Venice Simplon Orient Express, run and managed by Belmond Ltd. and using original Orient Express rolling… Read more »

Where Does The “Orient Express” Go?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked is “where does the Orient Express go?” This is a little bit complicated so we had better start at the beginning… The ‘Orient Express’ was a regular scheduled train service which ceased to operate in 2009. The train often thought of now as the “Orient… Read more »

October 10, 2014 I had requested some free time this morning. As it was damp again we decided to check out the pool. And what a treat the pool here is. It is dark with mood lighting and gentle music, the floor of the pool is like sand with starfish and shell embedded into it… Read more »

Train Holiday Memoirs – A Planet Rail Customer’s Account of their Train Holiday to Switzerland & Italy by Rail Part 13

October 4, 2014 It was quite sad sitting on our little balcony overlooking the Bay of Naples yesterday – our last day in Sorrento. Although the area is so commercialised and busy we both loved the views and especially the Amalfi coast. It’s an absolute must for anyone interested in beautiful sea vistas! Although we… Read more »

Mothers Day Lunch on the British Pullman

With Mothering Sunday soon upon us we thought what a great time to have a look at how we can help you celebrate this special day here at Planet Rail. If you would like to spoil your mother with something a little different this Mother’s Day, we have a fantastic fine dining experience on board… Read more »

Train Days Out Across the UK

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017. We thought we’d start the year with a post to introduce you to some fantastic days out to in the UK that celebrate our iconic railways right here in Blighty.               We are lucky to have such fascinating history in this country,… Read more »

A Festive Adventure: Cologne’s Christmas Markets by First Class Rail

A Festive Adventure: Cologne’s Christmas Markets by First Class Rail   Hot mulled wine, twinkling fairy lights, bustling stalls and the scent of roasted chestnuts… There’s nothing quite like a Christmas Market. Whether you’re a festive fanatic who starts the Christmas shopping in summer, or a self-proclaimed Scrooge who refuses to acknowledge the ‘C’ word… Read more »

Luxury Trains For 2017 – Holiday By Rail: A Video Collection

We’ve shared some of the most iconic rail journey videos here to give a flavour of some of the adventures we can help you to experience in 2017 Do you want to know what it’s really like to experience and Orient Express Holiday? Perhaps you’re curious to know what the Belmond British Pullman is like inside? Or… Read more »

An Italian Holiday of Contrasts: Rome & Sorrento by First Class Rail

Italy by rail There’s no place quite like Italy…   It is Europe’s hub of art, history and culture. The Land of Love, and our affectionately named ‘Boot’. Discover Italy by Rail Italy by rail – sitting snug in the heart of Southern Europe, nestled beneath France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, its peninsula kicks out… Read more »

Sharon’s Superb Swiss Adventure by Rail

Switzerland By Rail September 2016 At Planet Rail, it’s not just our customers who believe we offer an award-winning combination of excellent service and wonderful holidays with carefully chosen itineraries, rail routes and hotels. It’s not just our customers who choose a Planet Rail holiday but our staff do too! When planning her recent holiday,… Read more »

Orient Express Holidays review from our customers

We always ask our travellers to feed back to us on their holidays and love to hear how their trips went. So we’ve taken a few of our most recent pieces of feedback and think you’ll find them interesting – we think they give a really good picture of what one of our favourite and most popular Orient… Read more »

Palace on Wheels: An Inspirational Odyssey By First Class Rail

Taj Mahal Palace on wheels

India’s Palace on Wheels: As the seventh largest and second most populous country in the world, India is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Occupying 3.2 million square kilometres of Planet Earth’s largest continent, India consists of three major zones – the mesmerizing Himalayas, the lush Indus-Ganga and the ancient Deccan plateau. Its impressive… Read more »

Explore the Trans-Siberian Railway Aboard the Golden Eagle

Trans-siberian express engine

The Trans-Siberian Express: a unique rail travel experience. For more than 100 years the Trans-Siberian Railway has connected west and east Russia, its network branching off into Mongolia, China and North Korea. Construction commenced in the late 1800s, under the supervision of Russian ministers who were personally appointed by Tsar Alexander III. In 1916, the… Read more »

El Transcantábrico Clasico – An Unforgettable Journey Through Green Spain By First Class Rail

El Transcantábrico train

Discover the delights of north Spain aboard the Transcantábrico, one of the world’s finest tourist trains. Climb up the picturesque mountains, wind through the lush valleys and stream past the glorious coastlines of the country’s northern region, punctuating your journey with visits to Spanish gems including Palencia, Bilbao and Gijon. El Transcantábrico Clasico offers a week-long train… Read more »

Italy by Train with Planet Rail’s Grand Tour of Italy

The Grand Tour of Italy – Discover Italy by Train: An Authentic Italian Experience by First Class Rail There’s something extra special about Italy. Tucked beneath France, Switzerland and Austria, Italy’s infamous boot extends into seas of southern Europe, its Mediterranean coastline extending across an impressive 7,600km. Playing host to some of the most beautiful… Read more »

Discover The Scottish Highlands Aboard The Royal Scotsman

The Belmond Royal Scotsman is the Caledonian answer to the Orient Express.   This luxurious cruise train offers a variety of Highland holidays, ranging between two and seven night tours aboard. Travelling from the capital’s Waverley Station, the Royal Scotsman winds its way north through stunning scenery, passing glens, skirting lochs, and following miles and miles… Read more »

Travel By Train – Explore and Indulge in Europe’s Imperial Cities

Explore and Indulge in Europe’s Imperial Cities By Train Our Imperial Cities holiday is a unique experience, combining the pleasures and treasures of central Europe with luxury rail travel. This outstanding train journey highlights the Habsburg cities of Prague, Budapest and Vienna – not forgetting the German gems of Berlin and Nuremberg to commence and… Read more »

Train Holiday Memoirs – A Planet Rail Customer’s Account of their Train Holiday to Switzerland & Italy by Rail Part 2

September 19, 2014 Edinburgh Waverley Station Having been up all night watching the results of the big vote (The Sottish Referendum on Independence) we arrive at Edinburgh Waverley station tired but relieved and ready to start our much anticipated train holiday. It would have been sad to go away and to think that everything would… Read more »

5 luxury train holidays to take in 2016

Train holidays have always had a certain romance about them, and they’re currently enjoying a renaissance in their popularity. With this in mind we thought we’d share our hand-picked top 5 train journeys for 2016 – so if you’re looking for a unique holiday with a loved one this year, and want the luxurious surroundings… Read more »

Train Holiday Deals and Special Offers from Planet Rail

If you are still thinking about holidays for this year or fancy a luxury short break, why not take advantage of one of our fabulous train holiday special offers? Below are details of a great deal on our tailor-made holiday to Venice on the Legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, as well as some excellent discounts on day… Read more »

Vote for us at the British Travel Awards 2015

We are delighted to let you know that Planet Rail has once again been shortlisted in the British Travel Awards. This year we are proud to have been nominated in a 2nd category, the “Best Holiday Company for Customer Service” The British Travel Awards are the most prestigious of their kind in the travel industry. So we are… Read more »

Escape by Rail this Winter with Planet Rail

As the leaves turn brown, the clocks go back and the nights draw in, if you are looking for a Winter escape by rail, we hope that you will find inspiration from our suggestions below.As you know all of our holidays are tailor-made and can be adapted to suit your individual requirements, so please feel free… Read more »

Luxury 5 Star River Cruise offers by Rail this Winter

Planet Rail is delighted to offer two new winter cruises with AmaWaterways, combining First Class rail travel with some of Europe’s best river cruises. The 7 night wine themed Seine River Cruise to Paris & Normandy on board the 5 star AmaLegro on 20th November 2014 – Prices from £1,799 per person. The 7 night… Read more »

Rail Holidays to Lake Garda

With its pristine serenity there are few more relaxing destinations in Europe than Lake Garda. But there is much more to a tailor made Planet Rail itinerary than the famous lake. The railway journey traverses some of Europe’s finest scenery, winding through two different sections of the Alps and revealing the mountains in all their… Read more »

Thinking of a Rail Holiday to Venice?

With its captivating waterways and charming atmosphere, Venice has been attracting visitors for 600 years. Built on a lagoon, Venice remains remarkably unchanged and authentic. For over 150 years visitors have been making the romantic rail journey here, and since 1919 Venice was the end point on the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Rail Line. It seems… Read more »

High Speed Author Signings on-board Virgin Trains

This autumn, Virgin Trains have launched the UK’s first ever high speed book signings, which will take place on their West Coast route. A whole range of well-known authors have already been confirmed including Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo, British writer Joanna Trollope and comedian turned author Ruby Wax. The dates and specific train routes… Read more »

Last Chance to Vote in the British Travel Awards 2013

We are honoured to be shortlisted in the ‘Best Holidays by Train Company’ category in The British Travel Awards, the most prestigious awards in the travel industry. Voting closes on the 30th September so you don’t have long to make your vote count.   It is simple and quick to place your vote and we… Read more »

The Glacier Express and Scenic Switzerland Escorted Holiday

We can’t wait for our next Planet Rail holiday to begin. We have a group departing this Thursday 12th September, to scenic Switzerland via the fantastic Glacier Express! We thought it would be nice to share with you all some of the sights we will be treated to on our train holiday. Our first class… Read more »

Rail Travel: A Greener Way to Travel

Rail travel emits ten times less CO2 (carbon dioxide) compared to flying to the same destination. Air travel is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, traveling by an alternative form of transport such as by rail is one way in which we can reduce our individual carbon footprint and limit the impact our… Read more »

The Record Breaking Mallard Steam Train

July marks a special occasion for train lovers, the 3rd of July marked the 75th anniversary of the beloved LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard steam train. A truly outstanding Yorkshire classic, built in Doncaster back in 1938. The Mallard is historically significant because it is the holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives… Read more »

Experience the Romance of Venice

If you have ever met someone off a train, arrived at a busy station or simply sat and people-watched from a station café, then you would probably agree that rail is the most romantic way to travel. So what more romantic journey could you undertake than a rail holiday to Venice? As soon as you… Read more »

We’ve been shortlisted in the British Travel Awards

The British Travel Awards are the most prestigious awards in the travel industry, so we are thrilled to be shortlisted in the ‘Best Holidays by Train Company’ category. Voting is simple, easy, and every vote counts. We are urging anyone who may have travelled with us, anytime from 2008 onwards to please vote. If you… Read more »

Celebrating 5 years of Planet Rail

To celebrate our 5th anniversary we are offering an exclusive free room upgrade to a deluxe lake view twin or double room during our Glacier Express and Scenic Switzerland escorted holiday.The upgrade to a deluxe room is available for 2 or more customers who book this fully-escorted tour departing on the 12th September 2013. The… Read more »

Summer Holiday by Train – Nice and the Côte d’Azur

While we have been blessed with some glorious British sunshine over the past few weeks, for many of us our thoughts turn to this year’s summer holiday. If you aren’t a fan of flying or choose not to fly for environmental reasons there are still plenty of holiday options. In this post we will be… Read more »

Special Offer! FREE cabin upgrade – Orient Express to Venice

Book by Friday 24th May for a free cabin upgrade on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.   At Planet Rail we are offering you a 5 night and 6 day – trip of a lifetime on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for just £2,795 per person including a free cabin upgrade. The upgrade alone which is to a cabin suite… Read more »

Our Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations By Rail

Rail holidays make for the perfect honeymoon. If you are looking for something a little bit special for your honeymoon, why not consider a honeymoon by train? Here’s our top 5 fabulous rail holidays for a honeymoon with a difference: 1. Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels Eurostar whisks you in first class style from London to… Read more »

London to Venice aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

There is something about the glamour and history of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express that lends itself to the imagination like no other train journey – from James Bond in ‘From Russia With Love’ to Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, films and novels have attempted to capture the romance and mystery of the world’s most… Read more »

Honeymoon Inspiration: Grand Tour of Italy

“Enjoy your romantic honeymoon!” are words many of us will have heard, or even shouted as we wave off the newly-weds. But what do we mean by ‘romantic’, what images does this conjure? Is it sun, beaches and palm trees or unique and captivating cities? Is it magical and picturesque scenery, mountain peaks and sparkling… Read more »

Welcome to our new website

Planet Rail is delighted to introduce a new range of Cruise by Rail holidays, combining First Class rail travel with some of Europe’s best river, canal and ocean cruises. Please check our Cruise by Rail section for exciting new cruise itineraries and destinations which will be added in the coming weeks. Read more »