Rail travel

From short journeys across mountain ranges to deluxe sleeper cabins speeding through open plains in the night, Tempo offers a range of train journeys to suit every traveller. Read more...


There is something inherently nostalgic about travelling by train, watching scenery pass by from the comfort of your carriage. A glimpse through a train window of life rolling by somehow seems more romantic, idyllic and a place at its very best.

Tempo offers many great itineraries that feature travel by rail and below are a few popular journeys as samples of the adventures you can experience.

Steam engines through the Andes

There are many fabulous and sometimes downright thrilling train journeys through Latin America. One such is the Tren Crucero or Cruise Train, winding its way through the Northern Andes of Ecuador. On this 6 day journey from Quito to Guayaquil, travellers will journey on restored steam engines through some of the most majestic mountains in the world, with a changing landscape of fertile green valleys to yellow dry forests and even a volcano or two.

Various activities are available at each stop that give an insight into Ecuadorian culture as well as an exploration of the farming culture with a visit to a rose and then cocoa plantation. See the traditional woodcarvers of the Escuela Quitena create lifelike figurines; the indigenous marketplaces full of vibrant colours on woven blankets; meet the spiritual healers of the region; and lose yourself to the beat of traditional music.

For the thrillseekers among us, the highlight of the journey is the 'most difficult railway journey in the world', a stretch of tracks carved into a sheer wall of rock. Known as the Devil's Nose, the track zigzags its way up an 800m incline, and although only a 12km stretch of the rail is currently open, it remains a thrilling experience.

Europe's highest railway station

Switzerland is serviced by numerous rail services winding their way around and through mountains, glaciers and valleys in feats of ingenious engineering. The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland is an 11 day tour taking in Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt, St Mortitz and Lugano. Pass by craggy mountains reflected in deep blue lakes and many famous mountain passes, such as the Brünig Pass or the Golden Pass above Lake Geneva. Along the way, experience Jungfraujoch, a train station seemingly on top of the world in the Aletsch glacier. Alight here to walk the jaw-dropping ice tunnel through the mountain and admire the stunning scenery.

The Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz winds its way along the deep Rhone Valley before climbing the Oberalp Pass then through the Rhine Gorge with amazing views of the Matterhorn. With a glass topped roof, the Glacier Express is designed to make the most of the astounding views that will leave you breathless as to the sheer beauty of nature.

The Bernina Express takes you through UNESCO protected landscape towards the Italian border. With lush gorges in the summertime around the circular viaducts and glaciers, or mountains and valleys blanketed in unblemished snow in the winter months, this is truly a magical experience.

Train by night, palaces by day

India has many famous train journeys. Relax on a Tempo holiday without missing out on the romance of a classic train journey on our Royal Rajasthan on Wheels package, with 7 nights accommodation in comfortable twin cabins. Explore Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Kharjuraho, Varanasi and Agra by day, and allow yourself to be gently rocked to sleep by the motion of the train at night.

Highlights of the journey include the Mehrangarh Fort, the palaces of Udaipur and of course the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a safari in Ranthambore National Park, famous for its population of tigers, and a jeep ride to the impressive Amber Fort. Enjoy a spectacular sound and light show or perhaps an Aarti ceremony by the River Ganges in the evening, with a romantic boat ride on the river as the sun rises.

With so many sights to see, immerse all of your senses in incredible India on one of our fabulous rail journeys.

There are many more train journeys available, from full trips to short journeys that can be combined into your greater itinerary. Download one of our brochures of carefully crafted journeys, or talk to your agent.