Rail Journeys An Antipodean travel company serving World Travellers since 1983.

Rail Journeys for the mature aged traveller

Journeys by train across unique landscapes and historical settings are offered for small groups of 6 to 12 like-minded people. Odyssey’s rail programs, take regular multi-night stay in places of significance to be explored with knowledgeable guides with stories to share.

 

Small group tours by rail

French History by Rail European small group short tour

Odyssey’s small group tour offers travellers the unique opportunity to live for 10 days as a local Parisian in one of central arrondissements of Paris. The tour is based on tour is based on Ina Caro’s book of the same name, we stay in charming apartments as a base, and explore the city and surrounding areas using train and metro.

11 days
Departing Oct, May
Payanitsa chapel Krasnoyarsk
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Helsinki to Irkutsk on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Escorted tour on the Trans-Siberian railway  network from West to East starting in Helsinki and finishing in Irkutsk  after 21 days. This is small group travel with like minded people and itineraries that maximise the travel experience of the 6 key destinations explored en-route. Our small group journeys are for  mature couples and solo travellers.

21 days
Departing May, Oct

History of France by Rail | Escorted Small Group Tour for Seniors

French History by Rail small group tour is based on Ina Caro’s book of the same name. Participants live in central Paris, using apartments as a base, living as the locals do, whilst meeting each day as a small group to journey by rail and TGV to the beautiful medieval centres of France.

21 days
Departing Oct, May

Irkutsk to Helsinki on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Escorted tour on the Trans-Siberian railway  network from East to West starting in Irkutsk and finishing in Helsinki after 21 days. This is small group travel with like minded people and itineraries that maximise the travel experience of the 6 key destinations explored en-route. Our small group journeys are for  mature couples and solo travellers.

21 days
Departing Aug, Oct, Apr

Japan History by Rail - Small Group Tour

Explore historic and present day Japan. Journey by rail to regions and great cities to learn about their historical significance.

10 days
Departing Apr

Journey through Mongolia and Russia small group tour

This escorted small group tour traverses this expanse, from Ulaanbaatar to St Petersburg; from the Mongolian Steppes to Siberian taiga and tundra; over the Ural Mountains that divide Asia and Europe to the waterways of Golden Ring. Our program uses two of the great rail journeys of the world; the Trans Mongolian Express and the Trans Siberian Express.

Departing Jul

Krasnoyarsk to Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Mature and solo travelers group Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway for 22 days covering the second half of the Trans-Siberian journey, from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk to Vladivostok on the edge of Siberian Russia  Small group journeys with a tour leader, explores 5 key cities with local guides providing authentic experiences in each with stops of  2-3 nights.

 

 

22 days
Departing Oct

Paris-Bordeaux-Provence By Train

For Odyssey Traveller this is one of our unique small group journeys in France, travelling by train from Paris to Bordeaux to Provence and back. Local guides support the tour leader with knowledge about destinations visited over the course of 20 days. There is a single supplement for solo travellers charged.

22 days
Departing Oct, Mar

Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Mature and solo travelers group Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway for 22 days covering the second half of the Trans-Siberian journey, from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk in the heart of Siberian Russia  Small group journeys with a tour leader, explores 5 key cities with local guides providing authentic experiences in each with stops of  2-3 nights.

22 days
Departing Aug, Apr

Articles about rail travel with Odyssey

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Trans-Siberian Landscapes and Wildlife

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Trans-Siberian Landscapes and Wildlife Even in a fast-paced world where travelling long distances means hopping on a plane and journeying through the air for a few hours, the Trans-Siberian Railway continues to have a magnetic…

FAQs about Rail travel

The Trans-Siberian goes from Moscow to the Pacific terminus of Vladivostok.

The Trans-Mongolian goes from Moscow toBeijing, China, via Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The Trans-Manchurian travels through Siberia and Manchuria to Beijing.

The longest of the three trans-Siberian routes, between Moscow and Vladivostok, takes 7 days. Two other variations are also popular: the Trans-Mongolian (between Moscow and Beijing via Mongolia) and the Trans-Manchurian (between Moscow and Beijing, bypassing Mongolia). These two routes take 6–7 days if going non-stop.

If you travel only on the trans-Siberian route, trips in Russia only from Moscow to Vladivostok, you need only a tourist visa to Russia.
If you travel on the trans-Mongolian route a Russian visa, a Mongolia visa and a Chinese visa is needed.
If you travel on the Trans-Manchurian route, strait from Russia to China, you do not need a Mongolian visa, only Russia visa and China visa.

While you are able to eat at the restaurant carriage on the train, you may also want to to stock up with snacks and light meals on at the local supermarket. There is no problem bringing food and alcohol on board, as long as you can carry it all. Hot drinks such as tea and coffee are best purchased in advance so you have something you like with you on board. There is of course a limitless supply of boiling water from the samovar in each carriage.

The most popular stops along the Trans-Siberian Railway are Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, the Baikal Region, Ulan Ude, Ulaan Baatar & Terelj National Park, The Great Wall of China, Vladivostok and Harbin.

Most long distance trains are classified by service level and speed movement, if you choose one of our Trans-Siberian package you will use fast trains, if you wish to take many city tours on your Trans-Siberian trip, especially within Russia you may use lower category passenger trains.

First class is the most comfortable and advisable cabin option for those planning a Trans Siberian vacation on a regular Russian train. First Class cabins have a large window, offer 2 lower berths and a small table in between them.

The “Kupe” or second class, is the second most popular train car type for those who plan to travel on the extensive Trans-Siberian railway onboard regular Russian trains. Such compartments accommodate four passengers each and have 2 upper and 2 lower berths.

The Trans-Siberian railway cabin 3rd class is the least recommended travel option on Russian trains. Also named “Platzkart”, such cars are designed for 54 passengers, have no doors and feature extra double berths. This is the cheapest class on the Russian trains.

The best way to travel between french cities and villages is by train.

France’s world-famous TGV travels at up to 199 mph.

You can also travel on TER regional, local & suburban trains, or Intercité trains.

You can choose between 1st or second class.

In France, you need to reserve if travelling on the TGV train, but you do not need to make a reservation on the TER or Intercité trains.

To travel with Eurostar using your pass you need to book your seat in advance and pay a seat reservation fee.

Paris – Avignon 2hrs40mins

Paris – Lyon 1hr57mins

Paris – Bordeaux 2hrs38mins

Paris – Avignon 2hrs42mins

Japan has 23,670 kilometers of rail track across the country, making it easy to travel throughout the country.

The Japanese Shinkansen or Bullet Train is among the fastest trains in the world. Japan’s railway network covers almost the entire country.

Before starting your journey you will need to find out the train schedule, then visit the station or go there ten minutes before departure and then at the ticket office, Midori no Madoguchi, a counter symbolized by a green logo of a marked man in white sitting on a seat.

Here you can purchase both a “non-reserved” seat (you can sit where you want, if seats are available) or a reserved seat. The reserved seat is more expensive than non-reserved seat. Then you can proceed to the platform with your ticket. If you have a Japan Rail Pass, there is no need to buy a ticket or reserve your seat in advance (excluding peak periods), you can board non-reserved cars. If it is a peak period or busy train, you may need to travel standing in these areas, especially in the case of local trains but do not worry, this rarely happens. It is also quite possible to reserve a seat for free with the Japan Rail Pass at a Midori no Madoguchi.

The Japan Rail Pass is a package (you only pay once for unlimited use of the train) that allows you to take all trains owned by Japan Railway company unlimited for 7, 14 or 21 days.

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