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

 

TOURS IN AUSTRALIA

GUYRA, GLEN INNES, TINGHA, BARRABA, INVERELL, WARIALDA
NEW ENGLAND & NORTH WEST COUNTRYSIDE

Join us for a nine-day/ eight-night tour by rail to Armidale and from Moree, and by road coach through the New England and North West NSW countryside – small villages, dramatic landscapes, historic buildings, national parks and local food & wine. From scenic rail journeys, historic buildings, tasting local food and produce, admiring radio telescopes, geological oddities, and a relaxing exploration with your SJR friends – join us as we head north and north west in regional NSW.

 

Date: Thursday 28 October to Friday 5 November 2021​ -  New Tour BOOK NOW 

SOUTH COAST 2021
FOOD, COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE

EDEN, MERIMBULA, BERMAGUI, TILBA TILBA, NAROOMA, MONTAGUE ISLAND, BATEMANS BAY

Join us for a nine-day / eight-night tour to the NSW far south coast, exploring the picturesque coast and countryside between Eden and Bateman’s Bay. Visit Twofold Bay and Eden, with its whaling history; Bermagui, Tathra; Narooma; Montague Island with its colony of seals and more than 90 species of birds; Moruya; enjoy locally caught seafood; explore the picturesque village of Tilba Tilba; historic Bodalla; waterfront dining at Bateman’s Bay … and more.

 

Date: Wednesday 24 November to Thursday 2 December 2021 -  New Tour BOOK NOW 

GREAT SOUTHERN RAIL JOURNEY 2021 &

KANGAROO ISLAND, SA I

RAIL FROM BRISBANE TO SYDNEY, MELBOURNE AND ADELAIDE

EXPLORE KANGAROO ISLAND  

 ‘With its rugged coastline, sun-kissed beaches, forested peaks, and exhilarating capital cities, the stunning journey between Brisbane and Adelaide feels like nowhere else in Australia.’ Journey Beyond Rail. Join us for a nine day / eight night tour that includes the Great Southern train journey (4 days / 3 nights) from Brisbane through Sydney, Melbourne and to Adelaide, and then four nights on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia, and as it is not on the tourist trail, has stayed remarkably untouched by mass tourism. Indeed, a third of the island has been set aside as a Natural or Conservation Park, and the rest of the island is composed of farms, wineries and sanctuaries, and a couple of tiny towns. The island is better known abroad than by Australians – it is a unique destination worthy of discovery.

 

Date: Sunday 12 to Monday 20 December 2021 -  New Tour 

KANGAROO ISLAND, SA &

OPTIONAL INDIAN-PACIFIC ADELAIDE TO SYDNEY I

A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE AND NATURAL, RUGGED BEAUTY

Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia, and as it is not on the tourist trail, has stayed remarkably untouched by mass tourism. Indeed, a third of the island has been set aside as a Natural or Conservation Park, and the rest of the island is composed of farms, wineries and sanctuaries, and a couple of tiny towns. The island is better known abroad than by Australians – it is a unique destination worthy of discovery.

 

Date: Wednesday 15 to Tuesday 21 December 2021 -  New Tour 

GREAT SOUTHERN RAIL JOURNEY 2021 &

KANGAROO ISLAND, SA II

RAIL FROM BRISBANE TO SYDNEY, MELBOURNE AND ADELAIDE

EXPLORE KANGAROO ISLAND  

 ‘With its rugged coastline, sun-kissed beaches, forested peaks, and exhilarating capital cities, the stunning journey between Brisbane and Adelaide feels like nowhere else in Australia.’ Journey Beyond Rail. Join us for a nine day / eight night tour that includes the Great Southern train journey (4 days / 3 nights) from Brisbane through Sydney, Melbourne and to Adelaide, and then four nights on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia, and as it is not on the tourist trail, has stayed remarkably untouched by mass tourism. Indeed, a third of the island has been set aside as a Natural or Conservation Park, and the rest of the island is composed of farms, wineries and sanctuaries, and a couple of tiny towns. The island is better known abroad than by Australians – it is a unique destination worthy of discovery.

 

Date: Sunday 2 to Monday 10 January 2022 -  New Tour 

KANGAROO ISLAND, SA &

OPTIONAL INDIAN-PACIFIC ADELAIDE TO SYDNEY II

A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE AND NATURAL, RUGGED BEAUTY

Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia, and as it is not on the tourist trail, has stayed remarkably untouched by mass tourism. Indeed, a third of the island has been set aside as a Natural or Conservation Park, and the rest of the island is composed of farms, wineries and sanctuaries, and a couple of tiny towns. The island is better known abroad than by Australians – it is a unique destination worthy of discovery.

 

Date: Wednesday 5 to Tuesday 11 January 2022 -  New Tour 

 

DAY TRIPS IN AUSTRALIA

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WORLDWIDE TOURS

E&O Departure
E&O Departure

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E&O image 01

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E&O Route map and poster

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E&O Departure

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EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS 2022

BANGKOK –  SINGAPORE

INDULGE YOURSELF WITH A LUXURY RAIL JOURNEY & HOTELS

 

Enjoy two nights in exciting Bangkok in a luxurious five-star hotel with Executive Lounge privileges, before you experience the Eastern and Oriental Express luxury rail journey from Bangkok to Singapore. Travel from Bangkok across the beautiful scenery that Thailand offers, past the legendary River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia. Enjoy the sights of Kuala Kangsar and towards Kuala Lumpur, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore. Overnight in a five-star hotel in Singapore and then to Australia.

 

Date:  Friday 30 September to Friday 7 October 2022   New date - BOOK NOW 

 

Drive your own golf cart
Drive your own golf cart

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forgotten world adventures
forgotten world adventures

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Travel with your friends
Travel with your friends

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Drive your own golf cart

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FORGOTTEN WORLD RAIL ADVENTURE, NZ

FORGOTTEN WORLD RAIL ADVENTURE

DRIVE YOUR RAIL CART ALONG 142 KM OF RAILWAY - 98 BRIDGES & 24 TUNNELS

 

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 of New Zealand – Mt Taranaki and New Plymouth - as well as journeying on the paddle steamer Waimarie on the Wanganui River.

Experience the Northern Explorer rail journey from Auckland to Wellington, and there is the option to continue to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry, and journe

y on New Zealand’s Coastal Pacific and spectacular TranzAlpine rail journeys as part of a longer tour to explore the Southern Alps and the South Island.

 

Date: Tuesday 22 February – Saturday 5 March 2022   New date - BOOK NOW 

 

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christchurch tramway restaurant

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Milford Sound
Milford Sound

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christchurch tramway restaurant

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NEW ZEALAND’S SOUTH ISLAND

WELLINGTON, CHRISTCHURCH, FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER, QUEENSTOWN,

TE ANAU, DOUBTFUL AND MILFORD SOUNDS, INVERCARGILL, DUNEDIN,

OAMARU, MT COOK, LAKE TEKAPO, AND MANY GREAT RAIL EXPERIENCES

 

Join us for an exploration by rail and coach of New Zealand’s south island - from the wine regions of Blenheim, the Kaikoura coast, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Dunedin, the Taieri Gorge Railway, Invercargill, Doubtful and Milford Sounds, Queenstown, Haast, Franz Josef and the TranzApline rail journey.

 

Date: Thursday 3 to Wednesday 23 March 2022   New date - BOOK NOW 

 

Highland Cow
Highland Cow

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Holly Island small

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scotland

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Highland Cow

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GREAT BRITAIN’S NORTHERN ISLANDS

ELINDISFARNE (HOLY ISLAND), ORKNEY, SHETLAND, THURSO, INVERNESS, FORT WILLIAM, MALLAIG, KYLE OF LOCHALSH, ISLE OF SKYE, LEWIS, HARRIS, NORTH UIST, SOUTH UIST, BARRA, MULL, IONA, STAFFA, OBAN AND GLASGOW

 

Join us on a 29 day tour of Great Britain’s northern islands. From Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to the Shetland and Orkney Islands, through the Scottish Highlands and Inverness to Skye, and across to the Inner and Outer HebridesGood quality hotels, freshly caught seafood and local delicacies, beautiful nature and scenery, birdlife, archaeology and history, and the culture and crafts of this dramatic part of the world. The tour is designed so you can join in London and leave from Glasgow, allowing you to enjoy other travel in England prior to the tour, or in Scotland after the tour. Return travel to London will also be arranged.

 

Date: Saturday 25 June to Monday 25 July 2022  NEW TOUR - BOOK NOW 

 

VIA rail Canadian
VIA rail Canadian

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Canada by Rail
Canada by Rail

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Canada by Rail
Canada by Rail

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VIA rail Canadian

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CANADA’S EAST COAST & NEWFOUNDLAND
BY RAIL, SHIP & COACH

TORONTO, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, NEWFOUNDLAND,  NOVA SCOTIA, CAPE BRETON ISLAND, HALIFAX & LUNENBURG

Join us for a twenty-five 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. Fly into Toronto and depart from Montreal, or join the pre-tour option – across Canada aboard Via Rail’s flagship train The Canadian from Vancouver to Toronto on a four night journey.

 

Date: Friday 5 to Wednesday 31 August 2022  NEW TOUR - BOOK NOW 

 

Yamasemi Kawasemi
Yamasemi Kawasemi

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Stroll in Yukata
Stroll in Yukata

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Arita Pottery
Arita Pottery

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Yamasemi Kawasemi

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JAPAN'S KYUSHU BY RAIL 

SCENIC RAIL TOUR AROUND THE ISLAND OF KYUSHU

 

Join us for one of our new tours to Japan – an day in-depth tour of the southern of Japan’s four main islands – Kyushu. With a combination of splendid coast line (much will rail lines travelling along it) and mountainous hinterland, the natural landscape is spectacular. Add to that the rich culture of the island, with gardens, famed pottery, textiles, art and food, there is much to see. We travel on a range of trains, from the modern shinkansen, to local trains, and special ‘resort’ trains where the train is itself the destination. Experience a variety of accommodations, including excellent hot spring (onsen) resorts in beautiful ryokans.  We’ve included meals when it is prudent, and for special locations, but also provided freedom to dine when, with whom and where you wish. 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. 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, meeting local people. The tour is limited to 14 guests – we look forward to you joining us on this special journey around the island of Kyushu.

 

Date: Tuesday 4 – Saturday 22 October 2022  NEW TOUR - BOOK NOW 

 

AUTUMN COLOUR - JAPAN BY RAIL -

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF JAPANESE NATURE, CULTURE, ART & REGIONAL FOOD

ENJOY WALKING IN NATURE ACROSS HOKKAIDO, HONSHU AND SHIKOKU

 

Join us for a twenty-four day tour of Japan to experience autumn colours on the Japanese islands of Hokkaido, Honshu and Shikoku. As well as showcasing autumnal foliage in nature - the tour has a special focus on the culture, art and regional foods of Japan. Enjoy four nights in lovely hot spring resorts; travel first class on the high speed 'Shinkansen' trains – making your journey relaxed, exhilarating and very comfortable. Enjoy special scenic rail journeys through the colourful forest on little known private railways, and options for walking in nature, cycling and canoeing.

 

Date: Tuesday 18 October – Friday 11 November 2022   NEW TOUR - BOOK NOW 

 

NZ's FIORDLANDS AND SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS

DUNEDIN, STEWART ISLAND, MILFORD, DOUBTFUL AND DUSKY SOUNDS, THE SNARES, ENDERBY, MACQUARIE, CAMPBELL AND THE ANTIPODES ISLANDS 

SCENIC RAIL JOURNEYS FROM DUNEDIN AND CHRISTCHURCH, AND FROM WELLINGTON TO AUCKLAND

 

Join us for all or part of our tour from Dunedin, New Zealand, to Stewart, Ulva and Snares Islands; cruising Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds; visiting the Subantarctic islands Enderby, Macquarie, Campbell and Antipodes; before returning to Dunedin. Enjoy rail journeys on the Dunedin Railways, the TranzAlpine to Greymouth, the Coastal Pacific to Picton. Conclude our journey on the Interislander Ferry to Wellington, two nights in New Zealand’s capital, and the Northern Explorer to Auckland.  Enjoy a 15 day cruise on Ponant’s superb Le Soléal mega-yacht as we explore the Sounds and Subantarctic Isands of New Zealand. (Cruise only travel is also possible – call for a fare quote.)

 

Date: Tuesday 27 December 2022 – Thursday 19 January 2023  NEW TOUR - BOOK NOW