For seasoned travelers, the usual choices of transportation include car, motorcoach, air and cruise.
However, have you ever thought of taking the trip-of-a-lifetime by train?
Surprised by the suggestion? Read on and join in the excitement that past passengers of train tour vacations have experienced through the finest tour operators that compete in this special niche market.
Without a doubt, though, they all have one thing in common: a dedication to comfort and style.
Each travel product has its own character and rewards travelers in different ways. Personal likes and dislikes influence the final choice for the mode of transportation.
For a change of pace, try a train tour that offers a more in-depth experience. There is no better way to see the countryside than from the window of a comfortable train. Witness spectacular scenic attractions that can be seen only by train. Besides, there's something romantic about train travel and there are some great railway adventures to be had throughout the world.
Whether in this beautiful country of ours (no passport required) or Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa or the Orient, train tour vacations are gaining popularity.
Train tours take you back to the golden era of luxury train travel, with dining cars set with fine linen and crystal and observation cars offering panoramic views, rolling through some of the world's most spectacular landscapes. Trains can travel where cars cannot, so passengers on train tours marvel at scenic vistas that would otherwise be inaccessible. Train vacations offer exquisite fine dining, deluxe accommodations and in-depth cultural enrichment.
Ready to pack your bags and pick one of these journeys?
Travel in style over legendary rail routes and immerse yourself in culture and history and be thrilled at the abundance of wildlife of each region. Often you get a bonus with guest lectures and expert guides on board.
Trains have all the comforts of home, including private bathrooms with showers and a restaurant.
Some of the better-known tour operators offering these vacations are the Grand Luxe Rail Journeys (formally known as the American Orient Express) and the Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer Railtours in Canada.
The more notable tours involve the Blue Train in Africa, The Orient Express in Asia or the Great South Pacific Express in Australia.
Travel through Europe in unparalleled luxury aboard The Orient Express or the Royal Scotsman.
In South America, explore the "Land of the Incas," aboard Perurail.
These trains allow you to experience the golden age of luxury rail travel and enable you to discover exotic new locations like no other.
Some train itineraries have passengers stay overnight on board. You then wake up just in time for the next stop on the tour.
Other tours use the train only for transportation from site to site, with passengers staying in hotels at their destination.
Either way, you will recall the nostalgia of a simpler, more romantic time, as in the 1940s and 1950s, when luxury rail travel reached its pinnacle.
Savoring exquisite meals in an elegant dining car, served by uniformed waiters while taking in the breathtaking landscapes would simply equal the perfect stress-free vacation from which you will return home truly refreshed and rejuvenated
And so to you, seasoned travelers, isn't it time for a new travel experience?
Until your actual train tour vacation, happy travel dreams.
Geraldine Blanchard is vice president of Global Tours and Travel, at 559 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. She can be reached at (321) 676-6040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information visit, www.globaltours.com.