This section of our website contains details of previous escorted tours we have run and provides you with a comprehensive overview of the many different destinations we visit. The selection includes Connoisseur Rail Tours which illustrate the great variety and quality of content of our holidays. We cater for both the general tourist who loves travelling by train AND the rail enthusiast who wants the railway journey to be a key part of the holiday.

These tours are currently unavailable as escorted tours, but they may provide inspiration and ideas for those looking to find a personalised Signature rail holiday. We can adapt tours to create tailor-made holidays for couples, families or groups of friends.

The prices for these tours are at the time the tour took place and are now out of date, but they provide a useful cost indication. Please don't hesitate to contact us direct if you wish to discuss any of the tours further.

Peru and Bolivia

Wednesday 2 October to Monday 21 October 2013

Taking in two South American countries, Peru offers incredible scenery from the Inca capital of Machu Picchu to the impressive Lake Titicaca. We will travel on one of the highest rail journeys in the world to Huancayo before making our way to Bolivia, home of the Salt Flats. To get a real feel of what you can expect from this rail holiday of a lieftime view video footage of previous FT tours to Peru and Bolivia recorded by Nick Edis-Blewitt.


Japan - North to Hokkaido

Wednesday 25 September to Sunday 13 October 2013

A revised version of our successful 2004 tour. A combination of railways, both new and old and wonderful sightseeing. Travel on the famous Shinkansen Bullet trains, ordinary express and suburban trains and some remote branch lines. Once a prominent feature throughout Japan, the steam locomotive is a sight rarely seen today and we are pleased to include the famous Banetsu Monogatari steam train, a return to the popular Mooka Steam Railway and a first time journey on the Niseko Steam train.


Indian Hill Railways

Sunday 10 February to Saturday 2 March 2013

A repeat of our hugely successful tour to India that includes the three Hill Station railways as featured in the popular BBC series. This wonderful tour combines the three most exceptional railways that served the former British Hill Stations. Engineering excellence, fierce gradients and stunning scenery make for a memorable tour.


Railways and Wartime - Northern France

Monday 1 July to Wednesday 10 July 2013

This unique tour visits “wartime” venues spanning almost nine centuries, from the Bayeux Tapestry, celebrating 1066, through to the liberation of France at the end of WW2 in 1945. Although railways have only been around for less than two centuries they have played a major role in supporting “modern” warfare and the post war development of many European countries. The reminders of war and railways are everywhere, engendering extremes of emotion from admiration through to despair. One cannot help but be overawed and humbled by the experience.


Tramways of Germany

Sunday 16 June to Sunday 30 June 2013

Unescorted options also available

This two week holiday journeys across Germany, sampling some of the country’s finest tram networks. We will travel on lines of three different gauges and see a wide variety of vehicles, including a historic tram on which we take a guided tour of Freiburg. Cities include Brussels, Cologne, Mannheim and Dresden, and there are additional free days to explore.


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