Family travel: Rail journeys

Why fly if you can help it? Make the rail journey part of your travel experienceSunday, 30 October 2016

By Rhonda Carrier
Family rail journeys: Northern Belle

01 Get your snow fix: Oslo to Bergen
One of the world's most scenic rail routes, this Bergen Railway journey takes over seven hours and crosses one of Europe's highest mountain plateaus.

02 Jingle Belles: In the UK
Step inside the beautiful, 1930s-style carriages of Belmond Northern Belle during the Christmas period. Meet Santa and his elves and tuck into a seven-course lunch as you traverse the British countryside.

03 Toy trains: New Japaiguri to Darjeeling
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway — nicknamed the 'Toy Train' — has been taking passengers through India's lower Eastern Himalayas to the tea plantations since 1881.

04 See the Rockies: Toronto to Vancouver
A domed observation car on The Canadian offers in-your-face views of Jasper National Park in the Rockies. The journey covers 2,775 miles (and four time zones) over four nights.

05 City to sur: Rome to Sicily
At the seaside resort of Taormina, the train itself is shunted aboard a ferry to cross the Straits of Messina. Trains run day and night, with the journey taking around 11.5 hours. Sleeper options are available for families.

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Published in the November 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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