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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 35 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.
CHERRY BLOSSOMS - Japan by Rail 2020 -
A 22 day tour to view cherry blossoms on the Japanese islands of Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido. Enjoy a stay in beautiful traditional accommodation, comfortable first class train journeys on the high speed 'Shinkansen' as well as special scenic rail journeys such as steam trains. The tour is led by Japanese speaking expert Takako and Owen, who have designed and organised the tour. We are proud and passionate about our tours - we make it possible to experience the real Japan, visiting not only iconic cities and sights, but also ‘off the beaten track’ small villages, and meeting local people.
Date: Wednesday 25 March – Thursday 16 April 2020
SJR CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON - KIAMA -
Join us for a great day of heritage rail travel, sightseeing, great scenery, luncheon and the company of your SJR friends as we mark the end of another year and the approaching Christmas season. Depart from Sydney through the southern suburbs of Sydney, we pass the edge of the Royal National Park as we head for Stanwell Park and the great views over the coast line. Through Wollongong to Kiama, where we enjoy a quality luncheon.
Date: Sun 15 Dec 2019
ANZAC SOUTHERN AURORA 2020
Join us as for a six day / five night rail cruise aboard the Southern Aurora through regional NSW - with sleeping, lounge and dining cars. Mark Anzac Day in the Riverina town of Coolamon as we salute the Hon Tim Fischer AC, friend and traveller with St James Rail over many years. Enjoy the great scenery of areas not normally visited by passenger trains, watch the world pass from the lounge car, and enjoy fine meals and taste local produce.
Date: Fri 24 – Wed 29 April 2020
A NEW ZEALAND RAIL JOURNEY 2019
Join us to New Zealand’s North Island to experience a unique rail adventure – driving your own rail cart along the 142 km rail line from Okahukura to Stratford and return. We pass through 24 tunnels, and cross 98 bridges, experiencing local hospitality and the beautiful countryside along the way. There is the option to continue to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry, and journey on recently re-introduced Coastal Pacific and the spectacular TranzAlpine rail journeys along the eastern coast, and across the Southern Alps.
Date: Wed 27 Nov – Fri 6 Dec 2019