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Karen Kenter's Korner

With autumn comes the beautiful rich colours of the season. What better way to experience these than by train. There are so many wonderful special train trips but it is simply a great way to travel.  It is often a much cheaper way of travelling and my favourite mode of transport. You can spend the day going from A to B, stopping along the way for sightseeing and lunch.
Here a few of my personal experiences. Zermatt, Switzerland gives plenty of interesting day rail options.   Firstly there is shuttle train you board to come up the Mountain to the picturesque (and car free) village of Zermatt. 
  
Lisa Explores Machu Pichu By Rail

I recently travelled to Peru to visit Machu Pichu. You catch the IncaRail up to Machu Picchu then a bus to the top.  We caught “the 360” from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu – it took about an hour and 20 minutes. The train has an open outdoor observation carriage where you can stand, lean on the rails and take in the landscape. The seating is comfortable and in groups of 4 with a table in the middle, wide windows and clear window panels on the roof. There is very limited luggage space but behind each seat you can fit a backpack or small (carry on size) suitcase. A meal (lunch) and drinks are served at your seat and included in the price.

On the return trip we caught the Voyager. There was only 1 carriage as it was the last train out of Machu Picchu, it doesn’t have an observation carriage and although it is a very comfortable train seems older than the 360. Seats are in groups of 4 again with a table in the middle, windows big and small panels on the roof not as wide as the 360. Drinks and a very light snack are served and included in the cost. It is a bit longer about an hour 40 minutes.
  
Silvana Tips for Italian Train Travel

Pst! We’ve got a secret: The best way to get around Italy is by train. The Italian rail network connects just about every major city in Italy, runs like clockwork, and often includes spectacular views of the countryside.
    Driving in Italy, particularly in Italian cities, can be confusing, chaotic, stressful and, for the uninitiated, even dangerous. Between the cost of car rental and gas it’s often cheaper to go by rail. Meanwhile, with all of the hassles of flying and the time required to get out to the airport, a flight often winds up taking as long, or longer, than the train — and, again, is often more expensive.
      
    Jo Talks Japan Rail Passes

    Train travel in Japan is really easy. Language is hardly ever a problem, stations have signs and departure boards in English as well as Japanese. Japan has an extensive and very efficient rail network; you can be confident that trains go almost everywhere you want to visit. Japanese trains are clean, comfortable and unbelievably punctual. The average delay to a high-speed shinkansen train is measured in seconds.
      
    Stacey’s Experience on Rovos Rail
    If you do just one high-end rail trip in your life, make it Rovos Rail’s Ultimate Luxury Trek, Cape Town-Dar es Salaam. Rovos Rail runs one of the world’s ultimate luxury rail trips between Cape Town and Dar es Salaam several times annually. The experience is unforgettable. I have only done part of the journey (Cape Town to Pretoria) but it is one of my best travel experiences.
     
      
    Morocco Rail & Duoro Sail!
    From the endless Saharan dunes to the glistening peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco was tailor-made for intrepid explorers. As thrilling as a magic carpet ride, this Aladdin-like wonderland offers an abundance of exotic sights, sounds, smells and tastes - but only if you know where to look - and that's why you should experience Morocco on a guided tour.
     
    One such tour that we highly recommend is Travelmarvel's Morocco Rail Adventure with Douro Discovery. Not only do you get to explore the thrills of exotic Morocco, it includes a rail journey and a Duoro River Cruise! Let's take a look at the journey:
    This 23 day journey takes you through three countries, Morocco, Spain & Portugal, with expert local guides and a Travelmarvel Cruise Director.
    From Lisbon, travel travel by coach to Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal where you’ll board your premium river ship for a luxury, seven night Duoro river cruise.
    The adventure begins in the vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona with the RAIL portion of your journey. Meet your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and travel to Seville by train.
    From Spain, cross the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco. Breathe in the spicy aromas and delicious flavours. Continue travelling by train to Casablanca, Fez & Marrakesh.
      


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