St James Rail offers one day trips and extended tours in Australia, as well as tours overseas. All our tours are planned and organised by the tour leaders who have great passion to introduce and share their unique experiences with you.
Our Next Tours
ANZAC SOUTHERN AURORA
SJR’S SALUTE TO THE HON TIM FISCHER
Join us as for a six day / five night rail cruise aboard the Southern Aurora through regiona 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.
AUTUMN COLOUR - JAPAN BY RAIL 2019
Experience the beauty of Japanese nature, culture, art and regional food across Hokkaido, Honshu and Shikoku
A 23 day tour of Japan to experience beautiful autumn colours, culture, art and scenic rail journeys on the Japanese islands from Hokkaido to Honshu and Shikoku. We travel with first class on the high speed 'Shinkansen' trains, as well as local scenic railways. Explore 'off the beaten track’ places with us - beautiful gorges in in the north, contemporary art sites, an historical walk through the forest and a quiet hot spring resort near Mt Fuji.
Date: Sun 27 Oct – Tue 19 Nov 2019 - Traveling now - follow us on Facebook/Instagram
A UNIQUE RAIL JOURNEY THROUGH BEAUTIFUL NZ COUNTRYSIDE
DRIVE YOUR RAIL CART ALONG 142 KM OF RAILWAY - 98 BRIDGES + 24 TUNNELS
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 on this remarkable journey, experiencing local hospitality and the beautiful New Zealand countryside along the way. Explore the Taranaki Region and the Northern Explorer rail journey from Auckland to Wellington. There is the option to continue to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry, and journey on New Zealand’s 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 - 2 places remain - BOOK NOW!
AURORA BOREALIS - HUNTING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
FLÅM RAILWAY / NORWEGIAN FJORDS / HURTIGRUTEN / UNESCO LISTED TOWN OF RØROS / HORSE SLEIGHS & DOG SLEDDING
Have you ever see the Northern Lights? Join us for a 21 day tour to experience the beauty of winter in Norway – hunting the Northern Lights. Enjoy the comfortable journey along the Norwegian coast line from Bergen to Kirkenes on Hurtigruten, which is used as a public transport for locals and allows you to see the how Norway’s great public transport works, and how local people live their daily life. Enjoy the fresh seafood loaded at each port of call and nature’s amazing light show, as well as the peaceful beauty of the Norwegian fjords and coast in winter. Return by rail from Trondheim through the UNESCO world heritage town of Røros to experience dog sledding, walks in snow and the relaxing and refreshing facilities of our spa hotel.
Date: Wed 5 to Wed 26 Feb 2020 - Fully Booked - Contact us for waitlist
SRI LANKA ABOARD THE ‘VICEROY SPECIAL’
THE NATURAL WONDERS OF SRI LANKA ABOARD YOUR PRIVATE TRAIN
EASTERN AND ORIENTAL EXPRESS BANGKOK TO SINGAPORE OPTION
Join us for a 23 day grand tour of Sri Lanka, travelling on our private 'Viceroy Special’ train - air-conditioned observation cars, freshly cooked meals aboard, and knowledgeable local guide – the best and most comfortable way to explore Sri Lanka’s culture, beauty and scenic highlights. A place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Few places in the world offer such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. We travel mostly with our private train and explore the extremities of the island. The tour features cultural highlights and natural wonders, amazing bird life and nature reserves boasting elephants and other large animals.
Date: Wednesday 26 February to Friday 20 March 2020 - 8 places remain
CHERRY BLOSSOMS 2020 - JAPAN BY RAIL
Experience the beauty of Japanese nature and culture
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' trains as well as special scenic rail journeys such as steam trains. The tour is led by Japanese speaking expert Takako Ishige and Owen Johnstone-Donnet, 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 - 19 places remain - BOOK NOW
CANADA BY RAIL & SHIP 2020
EAST CANADA EAST COAST & NEWFOUNDLAND
Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Halifax & Lunenburg and more.
Join us for a 25 day tour of Eastern Canada – from the sophisticated cities of Toronto, Montreal and Quebec, through to the picturesque and stunning landscapes of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Novia Scotia. The tour features dramatic scenery and nature, the history, culture and modernity of modern cities, and the delicious regional produce and cuisine of eastern Canada. The pre-tour option – across Canada aboard Via Rail’s flagship train The Canadian from Vancouver to Toronto on a four night journey is also available.
Date: Friday 7 August – Wednesday 2 September 2020 - 2 places remain - BOOK NOW
TOURS IN AUSTRALIA
ANZAC SOUTHERN AURORA 2020
GREAT FOOD, WINE AND SCENERY OF REGIONAL NSW
SJR’S SALUTE TO THE HON TIM FISCHER
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: Friday 24 – Wednesday 29 April 2020 - BOOK NOW!
DARWIN – BROOME
The Ghan, Le Laperouse Ponant Cruise – Darwin to Broome and Indian Pacific
Join us for all or part of our tour from Adelaide to Darwin, Broome, Perth and return to Sydney. The full tour features the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin; Ponant’s superb Le Laperouse mega-yacht 11 day cruise from Darwin to Broome; a flight from Broome to Perth; and the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney. (Part travel is possible, flying direct to Darwin to join us, or direct from Broome to your home city at the conclusion of the tour.)
Date: Tuesday 30 June – Saturday 18 July 2020 - Contact us if interested
SHORT TRIPS IN AUSTRALIA
SJR CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON 2019
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 Highlands to Moss Vale and Bundanoon, where we enjoy luncheon. Return via Robertson and Summit Tank as we descend the Illawarra Escarpment through Wollongong to Sydney.
Date: Sat 14 Dec 2019 - Fully Booked
SJR ANNUAL LUNCHEON
MEET OLD & NEW FRIENDS
SJR CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON 2019 - 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 - BOOK NOW