The world’s finest ships and most celebrated trains, here’s our selection of the most scenic cruise and rail journeys:
One of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world, Indian Pacific will whisk you between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney in both comfort and style. The very first Indian Pacific service left Sydney on 23rd February 1970, becoming the first direct train to cross the Australian continent. To this day it traverses the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world, a 478 kilometre stretch of the Trans-Australian Railway over the Nullarbor Plain.
There’s no better way to experience the spectacular interior landscape of Australia than by the romance of rail, there are three Indian Pacific journeys for you to choose from. Sydney to Perth (or vice versa) is a fabled journey enabling you to follow the path of bush pioneers, gold rush prospectors and legendary adventurers as you make an epic transcontinental crossing aboard the Indian Pacific. Sydney to Adelaide (or vice versa) takes you from the mountains to the sparkling coast, meaning you can discover a world of wonders as you travel between the two amazing cities. Adelaide to Perth (or vice versa) provides the opportunity to experience the tremendous beauty of the Nullarbor on this epic three day, two night journey.
New Zealand and Australia cruise
Defining sophistication for over 175 years, Cunard have curated a phenomenal 23 night Australia & New Zealand Exploration. You’ll start your voyage in Sydney, where you’ll spend two nights in a 4★ hotel before embarking the beautiful Queen Elizabeth. From here you’ll sail first to Fiordland National Park, then to Dunedin, Lyttelton and Wellington before heading to Auckland and Bay of Islands.
Following this you’ll head back to Sydney ready to embark Indian Pacific for your three night journey to Perth. As the train winds through the breathtaking Blue Mountains, explore the comforts of life on board, get acquainted with your cabin and fellow travellers. On Day 19 you’ll arrive in the Silver City of Broken Hill as the day begins, where you embark on a morning of Off Train Excursions to discover the mining history and artistic culture of this unique town. You’ll awake to the seemingly endless expanse of the Nullarbor Plain on day 20, where you’ll travel along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. You’ll then have two days in Perth before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight back to London.
This truly is a deal not to be missed, with exclusive savings of up to £3,900. Alongside this you’ll also enjoy 12 nights of full board cruising on Queen Elizabeth, a three night journey on board the iconic Indian Pacific in a Gold Twin cabin with all-inclusive dining, off-train excursions and a drinks package, plus much, much more.
The infamous Rocky Mountaineer; a world-renowned, luxury train that travels by day through the wild beauty of Canada’s West. Most definitely the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountaineer has welcomed nearly 2 million guests on board since its inception in 1990.
A family owned business based in British Columbia, the goal of the Rocky Mountaineer has remained the same since day one: to provide the most spectacular and unforgettable travel experience in the world. And it certainly does. With three unforgettable rail routes you can be transported from Vancouver to Banff/Lake Louise on their most popular voyage, First Passage to the West. Witness the unparalleled beauty of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies and the remote vistas of Canada’s West on the Journey Through the Clouds route or carve through extreme landscapes on the Rainforest to Gold Rush itinerary.
Alaska & Canadian Rockies
Embark on a 14 night journey of exploration with Celebrity Cruises on board their award winning ship, Celebrity Eclipse. Spend one night in Calgary, Canada before enjoying a twelve minute panoramic helicopter tour over the remarkable landscapes of the Rockies and ending your day in Banff. You’ll then spend the next few days here before embarking Rocky Mountaineer and travelling to Kamloops and then on to Vancouver. Once in Vancouver you’ll embark Celebrity Eclipse, 85% of her staterooms provide sweeping veranda views, showcasing spectacular vistas as you sail.
The next stop is Icy Strait Point in Alaska, which will offer you the chance to view wildlife such as humpback whales, eagles and brown bears. Following this you’ll travel to Juneau, Ketchikan and then the Inside Passage, all of which provide the most beautiful views. On Day 14 you’ll disembark and head home to London.
What better way to experience the incredible Rocky Mountaineer than on this fantastic journey? You’ll also receive exclusive deals on board Celebrity Eclipse, choose from; free stateroom upgrades, free on board spend of up to $800, a premium drinks package, unlimited Wi-Fi and gratuities.
Belmond Hiram Bingham
Named after Hiram Bingham, the man who rediscovered the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu, Belmond Hiram Bingham is a luxury train that operates day return trips from Poroy to Agua Calientes. The train, which debuted in 1999, consists of two dining cars, a bar car and an observation car with an open deck.
The voyage to the heart of the Inca Empire starts with a welcome cocktail. Once on board, the maître’d will invite you to a gourmet lunch. Your return trip will include a fine dining experience at dinner. To the beat of the Peruvian cajon and tambourines, live traditional Peruvian and international music will set the tone throughout the tone for an unforgettable trip to the Machu Picchu citadel.
Central America cruise
Explore Central America in 6★ all-inclusive luxury on board Seven Seas Mariner, Regent Seven Seas Cruises all-suite, all-balcony ship. This 19 night itinerary offers free flights and overseas transfers, free Wi-Fi, gratuities and shore excursions as well as a once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard the deluxe Belmond Hiram Bingham.
Starting in Los Angeles, California you’ll embark the beautiful Seven Seas Mariner before sailing to Cabo San Lucas, a popular destination for sun kissed adventure. Your next stop will be Acapulco, nicknamed ‘Pearl of the Pacific.’ Located on a deep, semi-circular bay, Acapulco is located southwest of Mexico City. The next few days will be spent at Puerto Quetzal, Corinto, Puntarenas, Manta, Salaverry and Lima.
On day 18, you’ll board the Belmond Hiram Bingham and travel to Machu Picchu. This is where the beauty of nature and human civilisation becomes one of the world’s architectural masterpieces.