Escape by Rail this Winter with Planet Rail


As the leaves turn brown, the clocks go back and the nights draw in, if you are looking for a Winter escape by rail, we hope that you will find inspiration from our suggestions below.As you know all of our holidays are tailor-made and can be adapted to suit your individual requirements, so please feel free to contact us to discuss any of these ideas – or indeed any of your own ideas – with us. We look forward to helping you create your perfect Winter holiday by rail.

Nice & The Côte d’Azur by First Class Rail

If you are looking to exchange the dark winter nights for clear skies and sunshine, head to Nice on the Côte d’Azur. This fashionable Mediterranean resort provides the perfect destination for a Winter short break combining easy access by rail from the UK, quality hotels and year-round sunshine. Choose from our range of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, some with the option of a sea view room. Nice’s Old Town, with pastel coloured buildings that line the winding streets, is a delight to explore whilst the famous Promenade des Anglais provides an ideal setting for a post-dinner stroll. There are good rail connections from Nice to coastal towns such as Cannes, Monaco and St Tropez if you want to explore more of the glamorous Côte d’Azur.

Departure dates – November 2014 to March 2015 – including Nice Carnival in February! 4 night / 5 day holiday from £495 per person

Special offer – From £575 per person based on a superior sea view twin/double room at the highly-rated Hotel La Pérouse (4 star) – save up to £200 per person
Nice & The Côte d’Azur by First Class Rail

A new rail route to Switzerland from 14th December

Eurostar and SNCF have just announced a new service to Switzerland which starts on 14 December. Take the Eurostar from London to Lille and there join the new TGV service to Geneva. With a 35 minute connection time in Lille, you can be on the shores of Lake Geneva only 6 hours and 20 minutes after departing London. Many of the major Swiss towns and cities have connections from Geneva, making Switzerland even more accessible.

A very special Christmas present

Are you looking for Christmas present ideas for the person who has everything?

You need look no further as our new holiday on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Venice and Prague could be just the ticket. This fabulous 7 night / 8 day holiday includes journeys on the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice, Venice to Prague and Prague to London.
You will spend three nights on board this famous luxury train and two nights each in Venice and Prague, allowing you to make the most of these great cities. This journey offers a unique once in a life time experience.
Departure dates: 17th May 2015 and 27th September 2015 – From £4,450 per person 
If you prefer the classic journey from London to Venice then departures are available between March and November 2015 and prices start from £2,795 per person
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Venice and Prague

The Slowest Express train in the World

For a Winter wonderland adventure with snow-capped mountains, glistening lakes and some of Switzerland’s most popular railways, try our Glacier Express & Scenic Switzerland in Winter holiday. If you have visited Switzerland in the Summer, re-discover it in the Winter when the landscape is transformed by the blanket of snow covering its Alpine meadows and towering peaks. Our holiday includes stays on the shores of stunning Lake Geneva and in the historic town of Chur in 3 and 4 star hotels. You will travel on the “Slowest Express train in the World”, the Glacier Express, with lunch included, and on the Bernina Express, the highest railway across the Alps, offering you two contrasting and unique scenic rail experiences.

Departure dates: 11th December 2014 to 31st March 2015 – From £1,395 per person
The Slowest Express train in the World

Coming soon…

We are looking forward to two new direct Eurostar services to France from May 2015. In addition to the direct London to Avignon service which is already in operation, Eurostar is extending the route to offer direct trains from London to Lyon and Marseilles. If you are planning to visit France from May 2015 onwards, please ask us about these three direct services. We are hoping that a direct service from London to Amsterdam will be available in 2016 – watch this space…

An award winning Christmas cruise by rail

Make this festive season truly memorable on our Rhine Cruise at Christmas. The luxurious 5 star AmaCerto recently secured a position amongst the top 11 river cruise ships in Europe, in an evaluation by Berlitz of more than 280 ships. You will spend 7 nights on the beautifully appointed AmaCerto, gently making your way from Basel to Amsterdam, calling at the delightful towns and villages which line this mighty river. A shore excursion is included in every port of call so that you can make the most of the destinations visited. Back on-board you will be able to take part in the festivities and enjoy the ship’s superb facilities. Experience the exceptional service and cuisine on-board AmaCerto with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner.
Your special offer price includes First Class rail from London to Basel and Amsterdam to London.

Departure date: 22nd December 2014
Special offer from £1,995 per person (based on a D grade cabin) – save up to £500 per person

An award winning Christmas cruise by rail

Venice at Christmas

There is nowhere else on earth quite like Venice and this unique city becomes all the more enchanting when the crowds have gone and the Christmas lights reflect in the canals. Easily accessible from the UK with overnight stays in fascinating Zurich and in Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva, Venice is an ideal Christmas break if you are looking to get away from it all. Once you arrive in the traffic-free city and surround yourself with the myriad of canals, the rest of the world seems far away. At Christmas time Venice belongs to the Venetians and the secret alleyways and hidden squares are a delight to explore when Venice is at its most magical and atmospheric. We work with a selection of hotels in Venice, all well located for visiting the main sights and with an excellent reputation for service to ensure a special Christmas break.

Departure dates: 21st, 22nd or 23rd December 2014 – From £1,095 per person

Special offer for Planet Rail customers – save over £50 per person on our website price

Venice at Christmas

We hope you find something here that appeals to you.
To discuss these or any of our tailor-made holidays please email or call us on 01347 811810.
We look forward to hearing from you!