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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO's World Heritage mission encourages the protection and preservation of natural and cultural heritage throughout the world, that is of outstanding value to humanity. With Rail Discoveries, you get to explore a great number of UNESCO-listed attractions, including unmissable sights and surprising attractions.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty as well as an UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its deep turquoise waters and unusual rock formations. Here, you can visit some of the stunning caves and grottoes that pepper the landscape.

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Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

Halong Bay

Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

India's most famous monuments, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The white marble of the Taj Mahal and the imposing red sandstone of Agra Fort introduce you to bygone dynasties as well as some seriously impressive architecture.

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Ranthambore & India Golden Triangle

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Discovering India and Nepal

Jaipur

Affectionately known as the 'Pink City', Jaipur was recently given UNESCO World Heritage status. The beautiful hue of the buildings within the Old Town are beautiful, and the sandstone Amber Fort and City Palace are well worth experiencing.

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Discovering India and Nepal

Ranthambore & India's Golden Triangle

Tigers, the Taj Mahal & Mumbai

 

Hiroshima

The city of Hiroshima encountered a devastating nuclear bomb attack by the United States Army Air Forces on August 6th 1945. To this effect, most of the city was destroyed but has since been rebuilt, becoming the largest city in the Chugoku region. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) serves as a memorial to this historic event.

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Adventures through Japan

Hiroshima

The Great Wall of China

The iconic Great Wall began as a defence system against invasions from the north. It became the world's largest military structure and border control, as well as encouraging trade under the Ming dynasty (1368- 1644). Today, it is an extremely popular UNESCO World Heritage site with the entire structure measuring an incredible 13,171 miles in length.

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Highlights of China

Great Wall Of China

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs for 30 miles through the slopes of the Nilgiri Mountain range, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. One of 3 mountain railways of India, it enjoys coveted UNESCO World Heritage status. The train, mostly hauled by steam engine, travels from Mettupalayam to Ooty, and is the only rack railway in India. Plans for construction began in 1854 when the British started frequenting Ooty to get some respite from India's tropical summers, and the views have changed little since then; passing the verdant forests of the Blue Mountains, so-called because the entire range turns blue when the Kurinji flowers bloom once every 12 years.

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Spectacular Southern India

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter
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“The Glacier Express package was a great holiday. Our Tour Manager, John Grimwade, made sure that we caught the right train at the right time and sat in the right seats! The mountain scenery from the Glacier and Bernina Express trains was wonderful, and viewing the world from the snowy peaks (accessed via funiculars and cable cars) was exhilarating. The hotels were very warm and comfortable with good food and friendly staff. My only suggestion would be to shorten the day on which we took the Glacier Express, as the trip back to the hotel after the Express ride, though interesting, was very long and tiring. All in all an enjoyable trip.
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive in Winter
6/Feb
Mr & Mrs Miskin
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“The tour was exactly what we expected, with the Tour Manager Charles giving us enough information to decide what to do on our free days. Great bunch of similar minded guests on tour, with some 'interesting' local food and a fantastic fondue in Lucerne with another couple.
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
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“Totally amazing loved every minute
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Treasures of Andalucia
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Michael Slattery
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“The tour was interesting and showed Andalucia at it's best. Also our guide went the extra mile to cover additional sites.
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Glacier Express All Inclusive at Christmas
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Mike Batson
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“This would have been 5 stars but for the following. 1.Disappointment being changed from Strasbourg to Mulhouse. Mulhouse was attractive and the hotel very good but the journey was too long,we arrived too late to see anything and had to leave next morning just as the market was opening. 2. The group was 34 in number(much too big),our guide was very good but many struggled to keep up. 3. Tiefencastel, The hotel was clean,very warm and comfortable,but a bit stingy on the bathroom products(one small sachet of body wash each) and packed lunches (considering one day was Christmas Day).And all inclusive is perhaps a description that stretches a point! It”s only at tiefencastel and that is limited to while you are eating. 4. Communication is sometimes muddled by receiving some messages from Great Rail, a sister company 5,We paid for our luggage to be transported to Tiefencastel,but a week before departure were notified that the company (Sherpr) knew nothing about it .RD has reimbursed our money.Luggage on trains can be problematic. 6.Otherwise,brilliant holiday. Christmas day,snow,good company,treasured memories……..
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Puglia All Inclusive - Undiscovered Southern Italy
10 Dec 2023
Robert Marshall
4 stars
“I really enjoyed this.Some very nice food.Some fine excursions.Quite cheap in October.Why not?
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Wonders of Tuscany
01 Nov 2023
Robert Edwards
4 stars
“Excellent tour, interesting places visited with an excellent tour manager. There were a couple of minor issues when coach transfers did not arrive but dealt with efficiently by tour manager. Only downside was the hotel in Montecatino was below average both in terms of food offered and accommodation.
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Imperial Cities by Rail: Vienna, Prague & Berlin
30 Oct 2023
R Kidd
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“An excellent journey, well organised, giving us a good insight to each city. Our tour leader kept us well-informed and ensured the correct train and bus connections. The local guides for each city were very knowledgeable and clear in their descriptions and gave us good advice about further exploration on our own. The loading and unloading of luggage was tiring and some of the carriages were overcrowded. The accommodation was good, although the Vienna hotel was next to a building site.
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