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Slow Travel: The Rise of Leisure Rail Adventures Over Flying

In a fast-paced world where time is of the essence, leisure rail travel is emerging as a tranquil and sustainable alternative to the rush and environmental damage of flying. World Class Adventures, a travel agency dedicated to providing unique experiences, understands the value of embracing a slower pace. In this article, I'll delve into the growing popularity of leisure rail travel and why it's an enticing option for those seeking a greener and more meaningful journey. If you're intrigued by the idea of exploring the world by train, don't hesitate to visit my dedicated rail adventures page at World Class Adventures Rail Adventures or contact me to find out more.

The Appeal of Leisure Rail Travel

1. Rediscovering the Joy of the Journey

In our quest for efficiency, we often forget that the journey itself can be a significant part of the travel experience. Leisure rail travel allows you to slow down and savour the sights, sounds, and scents of your surroundings. Unlike airports, train stations are often located in the heart of cities, offering you a seamless transition from one vibrant locale to another.

2. Eco-Friendly Travel

Travelling by rail is one of the most relaxed and eco-friendly ways to arrive directly into the heart of any destination - the journey itself is an integral part of the holiday.

With increasing awareness of climate change and a desire to reduce carbon footprints, many travellers are turning to more sustainable modes of transportation. Trains produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile compared to cars and aeroplanes, making them a responsible choice for environmentally conscious travellers. This aligns very much with my goals of contributing to sustainable tourism.

3. Avoiding Airport Hassles 

The process of boarding a train is generally less stressful than dealing with airports' long security lines and baggage checks. With more spacious seating and the freedom to move around, you can relax, unwind, and enjoy the journey. This is especially appealing to those of you who value comfort and peace during your travels.

​For certain routes, especially in Europe, trains can be as time-efficient as flying when considering the time it takes to get to and from airports, security checks, and potential delays.

4.  Connectivity

Rail networks are expanding, providing better connectivity between cities and regions. High-speed trains, in particular, make it easier to travel quickly and comfortably between destinations.

Slow Travel: A Worthwhile Pursuit

1. Immersive Experiences

Leisure rail travel encourages you to immerse yourself in the culture and scenery of the places you visit. From the rolling hills of the English countryside to the stunning landscapes of Europe and several other continents, the train offers an ever-changing panorama outside your window. It allows you to truly connect with the destinations on your route.

2. Cultural Exploration

One of the joys of slow travel is the opportunity to interact with locals and delve into their traditions. Train journeys often involve stops in charming towns and villages, where you can sample authentic cuisine, browse local markets, and learn about the rich history of the region.

3. Time for Reflection

Slow travel, including train journeys, allows travellers to relax and enjoy the journey itself. Train routes often pass through picturesque landscapes, offering stunning views that can enhance the travel experience.

For someone who can talk about travel and holidays for hours, leisure rail travel offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on my adventures. Whether you're enjoying a meal in the dining car or gazing out at the passing scenery, you'll have ample time to share stories, plan your next adventure, or simply savour the moment.

You can voyage into the clouds, through mountain ranges and across wild plains. Steam through canyons, skirt the edges of lakes, rivers, and oceans, and even spot wildlife – all without leaving the comfort of your pre-booked seat.

4. Nostalgia and Romance

Train travel has a romantic and nostalgic appeal for many people. It harkens back to a bygone era of luxury travel and offers a unique sense of adventure.

Addressing Common Concerns: 

  • "The timetable isn’t out yet” – no problem!  I know what the timetables are likely to be and what the costs will be, and I will commit to the pricing. If it goes up, it’s my problem, not yours. In the unlikely event the timetables change, under the package travel regulation I am obliged to sort it out for you.
  • “It’s expensive”– It’s a slower way to travel, a more premium experience - no airports or baggage reclaim, and we can tailor to your budget, from budget breaks to luxury holidays.
  • “I can just plan it myself”– yes, potentially, but I know how to get you where you need to be and will provide all the tickets and seat reservations. Plus there is the ABTA/ATOL cover of course...
  • “What if something goes wrong/delayed trains/missed connections?”- I am available 24/7 to help resolve any issues!

Embrace Slow Travel with World Class Adventures

As a travel agent passionate about providing unforgettable experiences, I encourage you to consider leisure rail travel as a fulfilling alternative to flying.

If you're ready to embark on a journey that celebrates the beauty of slow travel, explore our range of rail adventures at World Class Adventures Rail Adventures or get in touch with me directly. Together, I can plan a rail adventure that suits your interests, whether it's exploring the scenic landscapes of the Europe or venturing further afield.

Much of the globe is accessible by rail, and I know how to get you where you want to be, and the best routes to take to get you there. I will help you navigate; I’ll book your tickets and seat reservations for you and arrange accommodation in great locations to suit your tastes - I can even help you with local attractions or day trips.

Remember, the destination is important, but the journey itself can be just as rewarding. Let's embrace the charm of leisure rail travel and discover the world, one scenic route at a time!

So, give me a call – I’d love to talk trains!

Rail Journeys


  1. Rail Inclusive City Breaks:  Take the train to London, or another major city:  Take in a show, go shopping, enjoy a river cruise, and relax in a conveniently located hotel.
  2. Glacier Express, Switzerland: This iconic journey takes you through the Swiss Alps, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and charming Alpine villages. The route connects Zermatt and St. Moritz.
  3. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Various Routes: Step back in time with this luxurious train journey. It travels through various European destinations, offering old-world charm, sumptuous meals, and exquisite service.
  4. Bernina Express, Switzerland/Italy: Starting in Chur, Switzerland, and ending in Tirano, Italy, this journey is renowned for crossing the stunning UNESCO-listed Bernina Range. Passengers are treated to breathtaking mountain scenery and the famous Brusio Circular Viaduct.
  5. Scenic Trains of Norway, Norway: Norway offers several scenic train routes, including the Flam Railway and the Bergen Line. These journeys showcase Norway's fjords, mountains, and dramatic landscapes.
  6. West Highland Line, Scotland: Departing from Glasgow and ending in Mallaig, this route passes through the rugged Scottish Highlands, with highlights including the Glenfinnan Viaduct (featured in the Harry Potter films) and Loch Shiel.
  7. El Transcantábrico, Spain: Explore the northern coast of Spain on this luxury train. The journey takes you through charming villages, lush landscapes, and offers a taste of Spain's rich culture and cuisine.
  8. Orient Express, Istanbul to Paris: An extension of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, this route takes you from Istanbul to Paris, traversing several European countries along the way. It's a truly luxurious and historical experience.
  9. The Royal Scotsman, Scotland: Offering a luxurious way to explore Scotland, this train takes you through the Scottish Highlands, complete with gourmet dining and opportunities for off-train excursions.
  10. The Flam Railway, Norway: Known for its steep gradients and dramatic landscapes, this short but stunning journey takes you from Flam to Myrdal, offering views of waterfalls, mountains, and the beautiful Aurlandsfjord.


Top 10 rail journeys outside Europe that offer breathtaking scenery, cultural immersion, and unforgettable experiences:

  1. Rocky Mountaineer, Canada: Journey through the Canadian Rockies, witnessing stunning mountain landscapes, pristine lakes, and dense forests. This luxury train offers multiple routes, including the iconic Banff to Vancouver route.
  2. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia: Explore the vastness of Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. This epic journey takes you from Moscow to Vladivostok, passing through diverse landscapes, historic towns, and remote wilderness.
  3. Indian Pacific, Australia: Cross the Australian continent on the Indian Pacific, linking Sydney and Perth. You'll traverse the Nullarbor Plain, witness the awe-inspiring Outback, and enjoy off-train excursions.
  4. The Ghan, Australia: Experience the heart of Australia on The Ghan. This legendary train journey takes you from Adelaide to Darwin, showcasing the stark beauty of the Red Centre, including Uluru.
  5. Andean Explorer, Peru: Wind through the Andes on this luxurious train, connecting Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa. Marvel at the high-altitude landscapes, including the Andean Plateau and scenic Altiplano.
  6. Blue Train, South Africa: Travel in style on the Blue Train as you journey between Cape Town and Pretoria. The train offers opulent accommodations and views of South Africa's diverse landscapes.
  7. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India: Ascend the steep slopes of the Himalayas on this charming narrow-gauge railway. The route from Darjeeling to Ghum offers stunning vistas and a glimpse into local life.
  8. The Vistadome, Peru: Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on The Vistadome. This train runs from Cusco to Machu Picchu, offering panoramic windows and an immersive journey to the iconic Inca ruins.
  9. The Flam Railway, Norway: Ascend from the fjord town of Flam to the mountain plateau of Myrdal on one of the steepest standard-gauge railway lines in the world. Enjoy dramatic views of Norwegian nature.
  10. Eastern & Oriental Express, Southeast Asia: Embark on a luxurious rail journey through Southeast Asia, connecting Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Experience the diverse cultures and landscapes of this enchanting region.


Enhance your cruise experience with a rail journey as you embark on an Ocean or River Cruise without the need to fly.   Arrive at your departure point relaxed and refreshed and see so much more of the passing countryside and towns en route.
Depart from the impressive London St Pancras station and you could be in Paris in just over two hours. All Eurostar carriages are fully air-conditioned, and all seats have a footrest and reading lamp. You can buy snacks, light meals, and drinks in the buffet bar carriages.

Let's Make Tracks on a Rail Holiday!

Rail holidays are an excellent way to combine visiting multiple destinations in one trip and experiencing incredible scenery. Plus, with rail holidays including so much, you can focus on enjoying the destination and experience. 

Frequently included on rail journey tours:  

  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 3–5-star accommodation
  • Some Tours / Excursions 
  • Additional excursions by cruise/boat 
  • Selection of meals, including breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Flights or Eurostar from/to the U.K. 

World Class Adventures has access to over 400 suppliers, including several rail journey specialist operators. As a result, our advice is always unbiased and tailored to your holiday plans. 

Contact me today to start planning your rail itinerary - Complete an enquiry form or call on 0117 452 1159!

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