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If you are new to St James Rail (SJR) - welcome.
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St James Rail specialise in personalised, escorted tours, across Australia and around the world - we’ve been looking after people for more than 40 years as we explore the world by rail.
We are very proud that our tours are researched, planned and led by us - Takako Ishige and Owen Johnstone-Donnet - who are you personal contacts and tour leaders from the first email or phone call, until the end of the tour.
ANZAC SOUTHERN AURORA
Join our annual Anzac Southern Aurora rail cruise as we meander through the Australian countryside – fantastic scenery, great food, wine and the company of SJR friends. In 2023 we head north through the Hunter Valleyt, to Uralla and Walcha Road Pub in the Northern Tablelands; to Dubbo Western Plains Zoo; Anzac Day in Orange; and a journey along the Capertee Valley from Wallerawang to Rylstone and return.
Date: Saturday 22 – Wednesday 26 April 2023
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Join us for a twenty-one day tour to experience the beauty of winter in Norway – hunting the Aurora Borealis – the famed Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis offer an entrancing, dramatic, magical display that fascinates all who see it — but just what causes this dazzling natural phenomenon? With many opportunities to experience the Northern Lights in the dramatic Norwegian landscape, from both land and sea, this tour offers a special insight into both nature’s amazing light show, and the beauty of the Norwegian fjords and coast in winter. Return by rail from Trondheim, Norway, through central Norway to the UNESCO world heritage town of Røros, and experience the beauty of winter with horse sleigh rides, dog sledding, walks in snow covered nature and the relaxing and refreshing facilities of our spa hotel.
Date: Sunday 4 to Wednesday 26 February 2024
ICELAND BY LAND & CRUISE
Join us on a twenty-four day tour to explore Iceland’s amazing landscape, from both land and sea. Experience ten days and nights on land in Iceland exploring its scenic beauty, then join Silversea’s luxurious Silver Moon for a twelve-day all-inclusive cruise around Iceland, before heading to the Isle of Lewis, Oban, Belfast, Liverpool, Waterford, Fishguard and Falmouth to Southampton. (There is also the option to continue aboard Silver Moon for another fourteen days to Honfleur, Saint Malo, Montoir de Bretagne, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Bilbao, Vigo, Oporto and Lisbon – call for details.)
Date: - Tue 15 Aug to Sat 9 Sep 2023
CHERRY BLOSSOMS 2024
Join us for one of our most popular tours to Japan – a twenty-two day tour to view cherry blossoms on the Japanese islands of Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido. Enjoy nights in excellent hot spring (Onsen) resorts. Travel first class on the high speed 'Shinkansen' trains – making your journey very comfortable. Enjoy special scenic rail journeys. Taste local cuisine at ‘Izakaya’ restaurants and fine traditional (Kaiseki) dinners featuring local produce. The tour is led by Japanese speaking expert Takako Ishige and Owen Johnstone-Donnet, who have designed and organised the tour. Even if you’ve been to Japan before, you’ll visit different locations and have a deeper cultural experience.
Date: Wed 20 Mar – Thu 11 Apr 2024