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New! See Portugal in luxury!

NEW TO RAIL Europe | The Presidential

Portugal's premier luxury experience! Bringing together the world's leading culinary talents, the most beautiful corners of the country & the most exquisite train in Portugal's history. 

Travel Dates: 

  • 20, 21, 27, 28 September 
  • 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 October

What is the route? Itineraries include a rail only option of 9-hours & a 2-day/1-night package or a 3-day/2-night package

How to book?

Call/email our Great Train Journeys team

Check with our friendly consultants or visit our website for further details.

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Itineraries: 

The Presidential Experience | Rail only - 9-hours

From AUD1390 | NZD1465 

Itinerary:

  • 11.00am - Check in at the Sao Bento station and board the train
  • 11:45am - Departure from the Sao Bento station
  • 12.00pm - Gourmet lunch and wine harmonisation
  • 3.30pm - Arrival at Quinta do Vesuvio and Port wine tasting. During the relaxing 2-hour stop, guests will have exclusive access to one of the oldest private quintas in the Douro, where they can taste the finest port wines (some of which are so rare they have never been sold), a cigar lounge in the balcony facing the maginificent river and during the harvests, the chance to participate in the classic wine treading ritual*
    *subject to availability and conditions
  • 5.40pm - Departure from the Vesuvio train station
  • 6.00pm - On-board entertainment, coffee and spirits
  • 10.00pm - Arrival at Sao Bento station*

* The arrival time is estimate and may vary. The organisation will not assume liability for train delays and strongly advises against scheduling departure trips from Porto prior to 23:30hrs. 


Escapade Pack* | 2-days/1-night

From AUD4274 | NZD4505

Itinerary: 

Day 1:

  • Check in at São Bento Station
  • 4-hour trip aboard the Presidential Train
  • Place in travel cabin & travel seat
  • 4 course degustation menu
  • Wine harmonization
  • Exclusive access to Quinta do Vesuvio
  • Port wine tasting
  • Return to train
  • Exit from the train in Régua station at 7:29 pm
  • Shuttle from Régua Station to Six Senses Douro Valley
  • Dinner with degustation menu and wine selection
  • Night at Six Senses Douro Valley

DAY 2: 

  • Buffet breakfast
  • SPA
  • Walk with a private guide
  • Bike rideLunch with wine selection
  • Shuttle from Six Senses Douro Valley to Régua Station
  • Boarding the train at Régua station at 7:29 p.m.
  • 4-hour trip aboard the Presidential Train
  • Live music at the bar carriage lounge
  • Tea room
  • Exclusive gift bag
  • Collection book signed by the Chef

* Subject to confirmation


Premium Pack* | 3-days/2-nights

From AUD8545 | NZD9010

Itinerary: 

DAY 1: 

  • Meet Porto
  • Private driver
  • Lunch with wine selection at the best restaurants in Porto
  • Visit to Fundação Serralves and Casa da Música
  • Visit the very best historical places in Porto
  • Dinner with degustation menu and wine selection at the best restaurants in Porto
  • Night at Intercontinental Hotel

DAY 2: 

  • Check in at São Bento Station
  • 4-hour trip aboard the Presidential Train
  • Place in travel cabin & travel seat
  • 4 course degustation menu
  • Wine harmonization
  • Exclusive access to Quinta do Vesúvio
  • Port wine tasting
  • Return to train
  • Exit from the train in Régua station at 7:29 pm
  • Shuttle from Régua Station to Six Senses Douro Valley
  • Dinner with degustation menu and wine selection
  • Night at Six Senses Douro Valley

DAY 3: 

  • Buffet breakfast
  • SPA
  • Walk with a private guide
  • Bike ride
  • Lunch with wine selection
  • Shuttle from Six Senses Douro Valley to Régua Station
  • Boarding the train at Régua station at 7:29 p.m.
  • 4-hour trip aboard the Presidential Train
  • Live music at the bar carriage lounge
  • Tea room
  • Exclusive gift bag
  • Collection book signed by the Chef
  • Night at Intercontinental Hotel

*Subject to confirmation

 

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#Igotherebytrain | Destination of the month

Europe

There is nothing more exciting than travelling around Europe by train, you can travel from Scotland to Turkey and everywhere in between - each month take a look at suggested itineraries, top tips & product suggestions for our destination of the month!

July - We love Spain

Spain is a country full of amazing culture including music & dance, incredible food, beautiful beaches and unique architecture. The best way to experience all of it is by train! 

Suggested Itineraries:

Itinerary 1:
  • Paris to Barcelona (France-Spain Hight Speed) ....6h19m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Barcelona
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Have some time away from La Rambla to have a more authentic local experience
    • Don't miss seeing Park Guell and Sagrada Familia because of the queue pre-book here
  • Barcelona to Valencia.......................................3h09m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Valencia
    • Make sure to visit The Central Market of Valencia with over 1000 stalls! 
  • Valencia to Seville ..........................................3h58m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Seville
    • Get early access to the Seville Cathedral by pre-booking here
  • Seville to Cordoba...........................................45m
  • Cordoba to Madrid.........................................1h44m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Madrid
    • Recommend a guided tour to get your bearings
  • Madrid to Marseille (France-Spain High Speed) .7h59m
Itinerary 2: 
  • Marseille to Barcelona (France-Spain Hight Speed) .4h37m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Barcelona
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Have some time away from La Rambla to have a more authentic local experience
    • Don't miss seeing Park Guell and Sagrada Familia because of the queue pre-book here
  • Barcelona to San Sebastian.................................5h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in San Sebastian
    • San Sebastian has a bit of everything from wine & food, amazing walks, beautiful beaches to incredible architecture - make sure you see it all! 
  • San Sebastian to Pamplona ................................1h42m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Pamplona
    • Home of the San Fermin festival, learn about the history of running with the bulls
  • Pamplona to Madrid............................................3h03m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Madrid
    • Recommend a guided tour to get your bearings
  • Madrid to Avignon (France-Spain High Speed) .......7h17m

June - We love Italy

For the ultimate rail-foodie experience of Italy, check out Jess & Amanda's blog here! 

Suggested Itineraries:

One of our favourite routes is of course our Comprehensive Food Guide itinerary: Venice --> Milan --> Bologna --> Florence --> Naples --> Rome, but here are a couple more to get your creative travel juices flowing: 

Itinerary 1:
  • Zurich to Venice (with Swiss-Italy Eurocity) .........6h31m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Venice
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Take a day trip to Verona and visit the famous Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's balcony from Romeo & Juliet)
  • Venice to Florence ...........................................2h37m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Florence
    • Make sure to visit Santa Maria del Fiore
    • Take a day trip to Pisa for some Gelato and to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Florence to Salerno .........................................3h23m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Salerno
    • Visit the famous Amalfi Coast
    • Do a tour of Pompeii
    • Head to Naples and try the original Margherita Pizza
  • Salerno to Rome.............................................1h55m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Rome
    • Get a Front of the Line Pass to visit the Vatican City and the Colosseum 
    • Try a cooking class and learn to make real Italian pasta
  • Rome to Ancona.............................................3h34m
    • Either do this as a day trip or spend 1 night
    • Use your Eurail Pass to get 20% off an SNAV overnight ferry to Split, Croatia
Itinerary 2: 
  • Nice to Milan (with Thello) .................................4h35m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Milan
    • Take a day trip or add a side trip to Lake Como
  • Milan to Bologna ..............................................59m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Bologna
    • Visit FICO Eataly World
  • Bologna to Florence..........................................39m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Florence
    • Visit Ponte Vecchio bridge for a classic Florence photo opportunity & to see amazing jewelry & art
    • Wake up early to see the Statue of David and avoid the queue
  • Florence to Rome..............................................2h02m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Rome
    • To get your bearings try a Hop On Hop Off Rome Pass
    • Take some down time and enjoy Apertivo Time in the evening (plus free snacks)
  • Rome to Venice................................................3h23m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Venice
    • Sample canapes and get to know the city on a Cicchetti Crawl
    • Add a bit of romance with a Gondola ride
  • Venice to Munich (direct with Brenner EuroCity)...6h39m

May - We love Switzerland

Suggested Itineraries:

The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland and Ultimate Grand Train Tour of Switzerland are our most popular journeys and are highly recommend. 

For something a bit different here are a couple of alternative itinerary options that we can tailor make:

Itinerary 1:
  • Paris to Lausanne (direct with TGV Lyria) ............3h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lausanne
    • Recommend visiting the Olympic Museum
  • Lausanne to Interlaken (via Bern) ......................2h31m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Interlaken
    • Lauterbrunnen is a great alternative stop to Interlaken
    • Recommend a day trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
  • Interlaken to Montreux on board the GoldenPass Line scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 2 nights in Montreux 
    • Take the Chocolate Train (May - October) or the Cheese Train (January - April) for a special treat
  • Montreux to Zermatt ........................................2h39m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Zermatt
    • Experience the Gornergrat Mountain Excursion
  • Zermatt to St Moritz on board the Glacier Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in St Moritz
  • St Moritz to Zurich ...........................................3h21m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Zurich
  • Zurich to Vienna (direct with Railjet) ..................7h43m
Itinerary 2: 
  • Milan to Zurich (direct route available) ................3h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Zurich
  • Zurich to Lucerne .............................................45m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lucerne
  • Lucerne to Lugano on board the Gotthard Panorama Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lugano
  • Lugano to St Mortiz on board the Bernina Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in St Moritz
  • St Moritz to Zermatt on board the Glacier Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 2 nights in Zermatt
    • Experience the Gornergrat Mountain Excursion
  • Zermatt to Basel (via Visp) ................................3h16m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Basel
  • Basel to Paris (direct with TGV Lyria) ..................3h03m

Coming soon:

July - We love Spain

August - We love the UK

September - We love Germany

October - We love Austria

November - We love France

December - We love Eurail

 

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