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The Italian Riviera

17 August 2017

The sun shifted, and out of the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean you could see the outstretched arms of Christ 20 feet below, protecting the entrance to the harbour at San Fruttuoso. Sent down to the briny depths in 1954 to commemorate inventor Dario Gonzatti, the pioneer of scuba diving, today it is a magnate for divers, tourists and locals alike, including Great Rail Journeys customers as they travel through the Italian Riviera.

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  • Celebrating India

    Celebrating India

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    16 August 2017

    70 years ago, on the 15th of August 1947 India became the country that we know and love today. Following the departure of the British after nearly 200 years of what is known as the ‘British Raj’ (or ‘British Rule’), India suffered a period of turmoil, with Pakistan off from India, but it has since risen to become one of the main superpowers of the modern world.

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  • Untouched Italy

    Untouched Italy

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    14 August 2017

    Italy is a traveller's paradise, a haven for art, culture and cuisine; with its many facets, it's unsurprising Italy consistently ranks as one of the most popular destinations worldwide, let alone in Europe. Yet, with so many top-notch attractions and broad coverage in travel publications, it can feel a little over-done. If you're looking for a destination off the beaten track, Italy can still be a great choice, providing the advantages of its delightful Mediterranean climate, yet allowing for a sense of adventure. Here are our Top 10 choices for undiscovered Italian locations that should make your travel bucket list.

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  • Top 5 Scottish Rail Journeys

    Top 5 Scottish Rail Journeys

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    3 August 2017

    What can be said about Scotland? For one, the scenery (providing it’s not so misty you can’t see the hand in front of your face) in this wild corner of the world can never just be ‘nice’ or ‘pretty’, it can only ever be breathtakingly dramatic, awe-inspiring, and slightly ominous, and you can see all of it in its disconcerting glory through its vast selection of rail journeys.

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  • Behind the Scenes at Goathland Station

    Behind the Scenes at Goathland Station

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    31 July 2017

    It's probably one of the most famous unknown train stations in England. You might have seen it in films and television series, but not been sure where it is - or even if it exists at all outside a carefully constructed set in a studio. Goathland train station, the 3rd stop along the line of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby, does exist, and it's frankly idyllic.

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  • Food of South America

    Food of South America

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    31 July 2017

    As vibrant and full of flavour as the countries they originate from, South American cuisine is often a wonderful representative for the continent’s lust for life as well as fairly ecological, utilising local crops and ingredients that have been harvested in this part of the world for generations. Savour the taste of ancient civilisations in Peru or experience tender steaks in Argentina; when your taste buds are calling out for a zing of excitement, this is the place to go!

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  • Top 10 Wheelchair-Friendly Destinations

    Top 10 Wheelchair-Friendly Destinations

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    12 July 2017

    If you have mobility issues, travel can be a frustrating experience – yet, it shouldn’t have to be. Travel is for everyone, and in this modernising world, thankfully spaces are opening up to wheelchair users all around the world. We’ve compiled a list of the best destinations for disabled access, for some inspiration for your next hassle-free holiday.

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  • 20 Years of Harry Potter

    20 Years of Harry Potter

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    29 June 2017

    Whether you read a chapter or two each night to your children, or grandchildren, or enjoyed secretly devouring page after page by wand light, er of course I mean lamp light; the Harry Potter novels and later film franchise, are sure to have had some kind of impact on most denizens of Britain’s green and pleasant lands. With its messages of tolerance, bumbling wizards inhabiting tumbledown cottages, filled with eclectic and magically misbehaved nick-knacks, and scenic descriptions of swathey Scottish landscapes, it’s obvious to any discerning reader that good old Blighty is almost as much a leading character throughout all seven books as Harry himself.

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  • Moscow – St Petersburg in Winter

    Moscow – St Petersburg in Winter

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    19 June 2017

    Russia in winter is a breathtaking spectacle of colour. As the CEO of a travel company, I have the fortunate pleasure of visiting many of the destinations our tours explore, and with Moscow and St Petersburg featuring in brand new itineraries, it was time to discover the nation for myself.

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  • Top Ten Railway Stations around the World

    Top Ten Railway Stations around the World

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    19 June 2017

    What would a railway be without a station? The myriad of beautiful, bold and often bizarre buildings which act as railway hubs are the unsung heroes of rail travel, full of history, sublime architecture and astonishing feats of logistics. With that in mind, here are Great Rail Journeys’ top ten railway stations around the world:

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  • Berlitz

    Berlitz

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    16 June 2017

    Cruising is big business, especially now as cruise companies head into ever more unchartered waters. Once the simple statement, ‘we’re heading off on a cruise this summer’ would have evoked images of a sedate lap around the Mediterranean, but no longer! With lines such as Hurtigruten offering adventures across Scandinavia and unique experiences up for grabs in Asia - Halong Bay in Vietnam not only offers warm waters for swimming and mind-boggling geological formations, but cruising is the only way to access this island labyrinth - it’s no wonder that the demand for holidays afloat is increasing year after year.

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  • Oberammergau

    Oberammergau

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    12 June 2017

    What do the black death epidemic, that ravaged much of Europe during the 17th century, and an epic five-hour play performed over 100 times in the space of a few months have in common? Very little most would think, but then most would be wrong…

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  • Belmond's Luxury Trains

    Belmond's Luxury Trains

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    7 June 2017

    The 'Golden Age' of rail travel is best experienced on board a true luxury train. From days out on a heritage rail experience, to far-flung adventures on board some of the best-known trains in the world, Belmond's luxury trains offer a magical way to see the world – and here, we've picked our favourite five.

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