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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 2024
Combine the comfort and elegance of rail travel in lounge, dining and sleeping cars of the Southern Aurora, with the opportunity to experience the fine food, wines and scenery of regional NSW. Explore and taste gourmet foods and wines of the Upper Hunter and Central West, as well as the scenery of the Hawkesbury River, Capertee Valley and Blue Mountains – highlights include a Hawkesbury River luncheon cruise; Hunter Valley Gardens or winery visit;; Hillside Harvest breakfast on the slopes of Mt Canobolas; Anzac Day morning and luncheon in Mudgee; and Capertee Valley scenery.
Date: Sun 21 – Thu 25 Apr 2024
SWISS & AUSTRIAN RAIL in SUMMER 2024
Join us for a twenty-three day tour to experience the beauty of the Swiss and Austrian alps by rail during the summer months – we journey on some of the most scenic and spectacular rail lines of Europe; cruise on century old paddle steamers; enjoy mountain rack railways and cable cars; dine on the move; and swim in beautiful lakes. Delight in the wonderful mountain railways to the ‘top of the world’ and stay in lovely hotels - as we travel by rail through the remarkably beautiful mountains, valleys and lake districts of Switzerland and Austria.(...)
Date: Sat 9 Jun to Thu 4 Jul 2024
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
AUTUMN COLOUR & FESTIVALS in JAPAN
Join us for one of our new Autumn Colours tour to Japan – a twenty-three day to experience autumn colours and seasonal festivals on the Japanese islands of Honshu, Hokkaido and Shikoku. The tour begins with the famous autumn festival in Takayama. As well as autumn colours in nature - the tour has a special focus on experiencing the culture, art and regional foods of Japan. Enjoy five nights in lovely hot spring resorts; travel first class on the high speed 'Shinkansen' trains; explore the rich culture and history of the country, with gardens, famed textiles, art etc.
Date: Sunday 6 October – Tuesday 29 October 2024