Gates Travel - Cumbria's Leading Independent Travel Agent

Gates Travel - Cumbria's Leading Independent Travel Agent

Holidays by Train


Travelling by train is a wonderfully civilised alternative to flying.

Forget about the hassles of check-in and long transfers to and from the airport. Just sit back and relax, watching the scenery go by. You can wander along to the buffet car to stretch your legs, or perhaps have a meal served at your seat.

Whether you are looking for an escorted tour from specialists such as Great Rail Journeys and Ffestiniog Travel, a luxury trip on the Orient Express, or an independent holiday to your favourite city or resort, let us give you the benefit of our years of experience.

Iconic trains such as The Ghan, travelling from Adelaide to Alice Springs and on to Darwin, over 1,800 miles in total. Or the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Kamloops, through the Thompson and Fraser Canyons, and then onwards to Vancouver.

Of course, you might like to travel in the UK. We can plan any duration of trip for you, from a day out to a full 14-day sightseeing tour. Just tell us which places you would like to vist and we'll work out the itinerary for you and book your accommodation. Take a look at our Rail Rovers page for some ideas - the Freedom of Scotland ticket for instance makes a good basis for a rail tour of Scotland, including CalMac ferries to the islands.

A classic journey to whet your appetite!
Glacier Express

Running between the mountain resorts of Zermatt and St Moritz in Switzerland, this is often quoted as being the slowest express train in the world. The journey takes 7½ hours, crossing 291 bridges, running through 91 tunnels and crossing the Oberalp Pass at an altitude of 2,033 m (6,670 ft).

The rack and pinion system is used on the steepest inclines and there are also several spiral loops which enable trains to ascend and descend by using the increased distance to reduce the steepness of the incline.

Special coaches with panoramic windows ensure that you miss none of the spectacular alpine scenery.

Looking for something different?

Just tell us what you'd like!

We work with a wide range of package holiday and specialist travel suppliers, so whatever your requirements, we can help.

Browse our website or contact us for help and advice.