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

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL 2021
COWRA’S JAPANESE GARDEN

BLOSSOMS, GARDENS, HERITAGE, FOOD AND WINE
YOUNG, GRENFELL, COWRA, HARDEN / MURRUMBURRAH

Whilst a visit to the Cherry Blossoms of Japan was not possible this year, the blossoms of the Japanese Gardens in Cowra beckon. Join us for a six-day / five-night tour to Cowra and surrounds to explore not only the Japanese Gardens and their Cherry Blossom Festival, but also the south and central western countryside, local wineries, villages, good food and more.

 

Date: Wednesday 22 to Monday 27 September 2021 -  New Tour BOOK NOW 

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 

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 

 

SHORT TRIPS IN AUSTRALIA

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WORLDWIDE TOURS

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EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS 2021

BANGKOK – KUALA LUMPUR - SINGAPORE

INDULGE YOURSELF WITH A LUXURY RAIL JOURNEY & HOTELS

 

Enjoy two nights in exciting Bangkok in a luxurious five-star hotel 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:  Tuesday 21 to Tuesday 28 September 2021   New date - BOOK NOW 

 

Autumn colours
Autumn colours

Scenic rail journeys
Scenic rail journeys

Authetic experiences
Authetic experiences

Autumn colours
Autumn colours

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AUTUMN COLOUR 2021 - JAPAN BY RAIL

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

 

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 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. A range of accommodations from modern city hotels, convenient simpler business hotels and stylish resort hotel with hot baths.  Even if you’ve been to Japan before, you’ll visit different locations and have a deeper cultural experience. The tour is led by Japanese speaking expert Takako Ishige, who along with Owen Johnstone-Donnet, have designed and organised the tour. The tour is limited to 15 guests.

 

Date: Tuesday 19 October – Friday 12 November 2021   New date - BOOK NOW 

 

Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms

Soba making
Soba making

Golden Pavilion
Golden Pavilion

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Cherry Blossoms

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS - JAPAN BY RAIL 2022

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF JAPANESE NATURE & CULTURE

AUTHENTIC JAPAN, ICONIC & OFF THE BEATEN TRACK VISITS AND MORE

 

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 staying in excellent hot spring (Onsen) resorts in beautiful ryokans as well as city hotels. Travel first class on the high speed 'Shinkansen' trains, enjoy special scenic rail journeys – such as the steam hauled SL Hitoyoshi along the Kuma River and themed scenic trains - and experience an overnight coastal ferry journey from Honshu to Hokkaido. The tour is led by Japanese speaking expert Takako Ishige and Owen Johnstone-Donnet, who have designed and organised the tour. 

 

Date: Wed 23 Mar – Thu 14 Apr 2022 NEW TOUR - BOOK NOW