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Worldwide Holiday Extensions

Great Rail Journeys' holiday extensions have so much to offer travellers in terms of cherished experiences, new sights, sounds and friendships to be formed, as well as the simple pleasure of a little longer spent soaking up a warm climate. We know our tours deliver the very best in comprehensive itineraries and excursions, but sometimes your sense of wanderlust may demand that little bit more. To help you take advantage of wherever in the world your tour has taken you, we have designed a range of comprehensive holiday extensions that allows you to make the very best out of your time away.

During your main holiday, you will be escorted throughout by your Tour Manager, but once your extension begins, you will be free to relax and explore at your own pace. Experience the peace and quiet as you unwind on the white sandy beaches of Goa, or be drawn like a moth to the bright lights of Las Vegas with its indulgent casinos, restaurants and bars. If getting back to nature is what you desire then you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with grizzly bears or even Royal Bengal tigers on a Great Rail Journeys holiday extension.

North America Holiday Extensions

NY

Simply New York

2 Nights from £455 - 2020

2 Nights from £225 - 2021

A visit to the city that never sleeps is an adrenaline-charged adventure that allows you to take in the history, culture, art and atmosphere of this diverse and exhilarating metropolis.

Explore all the iconic 'Big Apple' has to offer, from the bustling Fifth Avenue to the inspiring sight of Lady Liberty herself. A former Dutch colony, vibrant New York has grown into the USA's most popular city, and one of the most recognisable locations on Earth.

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USA Coast to Coast

Trans-American Rail Tour

Washington DC

Washington D.C.

2 Nights from £495 - 2020

2 Nights from £295 - 2021

The capital, political hub and powerhouse of the United States of America, Washington D.C. is the centre and epitome of American ideals and the birthplace of the contemporary USA. This wonderful holiday extension takes you from New York down the Eastern Seaboard to this fascinating city, where you spend two nights in the city centre. Spend your time at leisure to discover Washington's many iconic monuments, memorials, sights and attractions.

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New York, Niagara Falls and Washington

San Francisco

San Francisco

2 Nights from £395 - 2020

2 Nights from £345 - 2021

Discover the iconic West coast city of San Francisco on this two night extension. One of America's most iconic cities, bask on sun-swept beaches or take a bike ride along the expanse of the Golden Gate Bridge. With plenty of free time, the magnificent city is yours to explore, from the bustling bay area to the infamous Alcatraz Island. Immerse yourself in this classic Californian city with Great Rail Journeys.

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USA Coast to Coast

Trans-American Rail Tour

The West Coast of America

Vancouver

2 Nights from £195 - 2020

2 Nights from £375 - 2021

Enjoy two nights in vibrant Vancouver, one of Canada's most culturally diverse cities. Relax in the stunning grounds of Stanley Park or marvel at the colourful Brockton Point Totems. From there, wander through the looming skyscrapers of downtown and enjoy the view across the bay.

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Cananda Coast to Coast

Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer

The Canadian in Winter

Rockies & Premium Alaska Cruise

India Holiday Extensions

Goa

Goa via Mumbai

4 Nights from £545pp - 2020

4 Nights from £645pp - 2021

Famous for its pristine sandy beaches and relaxed way of life, Goa is India's smallest state, located on the west coast. You will be staying in southern Goa, nestled right next to the region's glorious sun-kissed beaches and the Arabian Sea. Southern Goa is celebrated for offering a more authentic regional experience and for promising the true serenity for which Goa is renowned. Extend your Indian tour to this glorious region in 5-Star luxury, where you will spend four nights discovering for yourself India's own slice of paradise.

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India's Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari

Five-Star India's Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Darjeeling and the Last Himalayan Kingdom

Grand Tour of India and Nepal

India's Palace on Wheels and Ultimate Rajasthan

Varanasi

VARANASI

3 Nights from £595 - 2020

3 Nights from £595 - 2021

Also known as the 'Eternal City', Varanasi is a burst of colour right on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, and is one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities. You are able to immerse yourself in the cultures and traditions here, where the important moments in life and death are played out for all to experience.

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Five-Star India's Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

India's Palace on Wheels & Ultimate Rajasthan

Amritsar

AMRITSAR

3 Nights from £395 - 2020

3 Nights from £395 - 2021

One of India's most religiously significant cities, alluring Amritsar is nestled just a stone's throw away from the border with Pakistan. Amritsar is most famed for the incredible Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine in the world, which welcomes pilgrims and visitors the world over in numbers that could rival even the Taj Mahal.

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India's Palace on Wheels & Ultimate Rajasthan

India's Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari

Five-Star India's Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Kerala

Kerala

5 Nights from £795 - 2020

5 Nights from £895 - 2021

Famous for its tropical climate, beaches and backwaters, Kerala is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some gentle sightseeing. Explore Kochi to discover the rich heritage of this ancient trading port, active since Roman times, as well as relaxing on the beautiful Marari Beach, and enjoying a stunning overnight cruise on Kerala's peaceful backwaters.

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India's Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Grand Tour of India & Nepal

Darjeeling & the Last Himalayan Kingdom

Five-Star India's Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Mumbai

Mumbai

2 Nights from £445 - 2020

2 Nights from £445 - 2021

Discover Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) and its diversity of cultural attractions on this exciting extension. Uncover ancient temples and colonial landmarks, admire the lively pace of life and the busy seafront of this fascinating place, from your base in the magnificent, opulent Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

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Darjeeling & the Last Himalayan Kingdom

India's Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

India's Palace on Wheels & Ultimate Rajasthan

Grand Tour of India & Nepal

Kerala & Exotic Southern India

Five-Star India's Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Shimla

Shimla

5 Nights from £725 - 2020

5 Nights from £695 - 2021

Considered to be the queen of the hill stations, the bustling Himalayan resort of Shimla was the preferred resort for the British Raj, who used it as a refreshing refuge from the unrelenting heat of Delhi in the summer months. Today, echoes of those bygone days can still be seen in Shimla's plethora of picturesque colonial architecture.

Travel by the UNESCO-listed Toy Train through the foothills of the Himalayas to explore the town's many attractions such as the Gaiety Theatre, Viceroy Lodge and Scandal Point.

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India's Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari

Grand Tour of India & Nepal

Darjeeling & the Last Himalayan Kingdom

Africa Extensions

Speak the word 'Africa' and you conjure images of sweeping arid landscapes, dramatic coastlines, vibrant cities and some of the most majestic, inspiring and endangered wildlife on earth. Though today we see Africa as a land of beauty, heat and safari, history teaches us that mankind once walked out from this ancient continent, so it is of little surprise that tradition and culture are found here in abundance.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

2 Nights from £895 - 2020

2 Nights from £895 - 2021

Cruise along the immense Zambezi River, filled with wildlife and beauty, before witnessing the breath-taking Victoria Falls. Known as 'the smoke that thunders' reflecting their indigenous name, the Falls are generally seen as one of the world's finest natural wonders.

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South Afican Adventure

Cape Town, The Blue Train & Kruger National Park

Nambia & The Pride of Africa

Knysna

Garden Route

3 Nights from £795 - 2020

3 Nights from £845 - 2021

From iconic Cape Town, nestled between the shoulders of Table Mountain to the gloriously blue-green Knysna Lagoon, this extension takes you through some of South Africa's most diverse and mesmeric scenery. Enjoy the ostrich capital of the world in Oudtshoorn and gaze in awe at nature's dramatic subterranean architecture in the Cango Caves. This spectacular tour extension showcases the best of South Africa's Southern Cape region.

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Nambia & The Pride of Africa

Cape Town, The Blue Train & Kruger National Park

Dar Es Salaam, Victoria Falls & The Pride of Africa

 

Chobe National Park

Chobe

2 Nights from £625 - 2020

2 Nights from £845 - 2021

From Chobe Bush Lodge, at the 'four corners' of Africa - where the borders of Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe meet - embark on a unique and exciting encounter with wildlife. Head out on safari, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elephants, hippos, and leopards that roam the plains of Chobe National Park, and enjoy a captivating boat ride on this unforgettable holiday extension.

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Victoria Falls, Cape Town & the Garden Route

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

4 Nights from £1,095 - 2020

4 Nights from £1,095 - 2021

Indulge in the ultimate in paradisical island relaxation on this tranquil break. Escape to the luxurious Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa on Zanzibar's east coast, surrounded by pristine white sands and verdant tropical gardens. Here, leisure time is aplenty to soak up your stunning surrounds; relax under the shade of a palm tree, dip your toes in the sparkling ocean waters, enjoy live entertainment at the hotel and simply embrace the laid-back island lifestyle.

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Kenya & Maasai Mara Grand Safari

Asia Extensions

Discover more of Asia, an incredible continent that must be explored as much as possible. Whether you with to enjoy the relaxed beauty of Laos in southeast Asia, the ultra-modern, high-rise beauty of Hong Kong, or the traditional marvels of Suzhou, there is truly something for everyone in these holiday extensions.

Laos

Laos

4 Nights from £945 - 2020

4 Nights from £995 - 2021

Tourism has taken longer to reach Laos than some of Southeast Asia's better-known destinations, and as a result this wonderful country still retains much of its old traditions and charm. Known as 'the land of a million elephants', Laos is renowned for its beautiful scenery and warm, friendly people. You'll also discover a rich culture and wonderful cuisine in this laid-back country. Staying in the UNESCO-listed city of Luang Prabang, you'll find a city of gleaming temples and historic architecture, surrounded by mountains.

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Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong Delta

Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

3 Nights from £445 - 2020

3 Nights from £445 - 2021

Enhance your explorations of China with a three night holiday extension to Asia's 'World City'- Hong Kong. Lively and contemporary, Hong Kong is the world's most vertical city, and with its modern architecture and expansive skyline, it's easy to see why. There is much to discover here, between the city's deep natural harbour and busy streets, but if the hustle and bustles gets too much, simply take refuge in one of the relaxing temples, or head to the hills and explore the beautiful mountains.

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Grand Tour of China

Australia & the Ghan

Australasia Extensions

Australasia's spectacular nations make for a wealth of opportunities to discover, explore and experience. Wherever your chosen destination, Great Rail Journey's is excited to offer a choice selection of extensions to our Australasia collection - with expeditions to natural paradises and excursions to iconic cities, these extra days added to our tours allow you to make the most of your time away.

Singapore

Singapore

2 Nights from £275 - 2020

2 Nights from £275 - 2021

Home to no less than 29 Michelin-starred restaurants, acres of UNESCO-listed botanic gardens and a thriving arts scene, this 'gateway between the east and the west' is thrilling multicultural centre, famed for its fantastic rainforests, surrounding a bustling urban hub.

Whet your appetite for adventure with a pre-tour stopover in Asia's 'City in a Garden', using your time as you wish to explore the many facets of Singapore's seemingly endless charms.

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Grand Tour of New Zealand

Australia & The Ghan

South America Extensions

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

7 Nights from £3,895 - 2020

7 Nights from £4,873 - 2021

From the fascinating lava-sculpted landscapes to the vast array of wildlife, the Galapagos is a truly unique destination. Human presence has been kept to a minimum here and as a result, the wildlife is incredibly tame, giving nature lovers a fantastic opportunity to view a range of magnificent creatures up close.

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Machu Picchu & the Andes