Like many others, we are making a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint, especially when it comes to travelling.

We have been sharing tips and advice on green travel in our ECO series and this Preparture Thursday we are going to continue, with inspiration from Greta Thunberg.

Who is Greta Thunberg?

Greta Thunberg is an incredibly eloquent and award-winning young woman, from Sweden, who campaigns for immediate action in the global battle against the climate crisis. She is perhaps most famous for initiating the ‘school strike for climate movement’, which has grown to a global level, as millions of students around the world stop attending classes in order to protest against global warming and climate change.

Most recently, Greta travelled across Europe to increase awareness of the climate crisis, by speaking to the European Parliament, with the Pope at the Vatican, at rally’s, protests and the British Parliament.  Over 11 days, she left her home of Sweden to visit France, Italy and the UK.  She travelled entirely by train, showing that greener travel alternatives are conveniently available.

Thanks to Greta’s example, we wanted to share some excellent holidays you can take by train.

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Summer Train Holiday

A Taste of Ireland – Belmond Grand Hibernian

To experience the luscious green summers of Ireland, choose the Grand Hibernian journey, and explore the Emerald Isle. Each carriage promotes peace and tranquillity with its elegant décor and understated furnishings. The train has an excellent Observation Car, to get a closer look of the Irish countryside.

The luxurious Belmond Grand Hiberian departs from and returns to Dublin Heuston Station. This all-inclusive two=night adventure starts from €3,300 (equivalent to $3750) and includes:

  • All meals onboard – Breakfast, two-course lunch and 4 course dinner.
  • Traditional Entertainment
  • Private visit to Hillsborough Castle
  • Tour of Kilkenny city centre
  • Afternoon Tea at Butler House

To book tickets or to find our more click here.

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Fall Train Holiday

Fables of the Peninsula – Eastern & Oriental Express

To experience the best of Asia, visit in the Fall. For a once in a lifetime experience, and be welcomed aboard the most famous train of all time, The Orient Express. The ‘Fables of the Peninsula’ route is particularly epic with all your luxurious travel needs included in the $7,900 package.

The train adventure departs from Singapore and travels to Bangkok, with stops at Penang and Kuala Lumpur.  Your journey will include 6 nights’ accommodation, 4 of which will be onboard. It will also include:

  • Breakfast served in your cabin each morning and a daily 3 course lunch and a 4-course dinner in the restaurant.
  • A boat ride to Hat Wanakon Beach (day 6)
  • Choice of excursions in Kuala Lumpur (day 2), the Highlands famous for their tea plantations (day 3) and Penang (day 5).

To find out more and to book click here.

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Winter Train Holiday

Magic Moments of Switzerland – Holidays by Rail

Visit two incredible multiple attractions and resort towns in one epic train adventure, which departs from Zurich. This winter wonderland adventure, includes 7 nights’ accommodation in magical Switzerland. The Magic Moments of Switzerlandadventure has multiple tours taking place between December 1st 2019 and April 1st 2020 and prices start from £1,429. Each train journey includes:

  • Breakfast x 6 and a fondue dinner
  • Ride on the famous Jungfrau Railway
  • Sledging in the Swiss Alps (conditions permitting)
  • Gondola Ride up Mount Titlis
  • Mount Rigi excursion

To check out the detailed itinerary, which include stops at Interlaken Jungfraujoch, Bernese Oberland and Lucerbe, click here.

train holidayFurther Reading: How to Be An Eco-Traveller and How to Travel and Save the Planet

Spring Train Holiday

Andalucía in Detail – Tailor Made Rail

For a memorable train journey in Spring head south from London to Nimes, Spain, on the ‘Andalucia in Detail’. This 11-day exploration will include the highlights of Andalucía. Along the way you’ll encounter fabulous snow-capped mountains, incredible architecture and traditional white washed Spanish houses, all from the comfort of your train. In additional, you’ll step off the train to visit:

  • UNESCO World Heritage in Cordoba,
  • The iconic Alhambra Palace in Granada,
  • Live flamenco shows and tasty tapas,
  • El Tajo canyon and wander the same cobbled streets as Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles in Ronda,
  • Moorish architectural gems and majestic Cathedral of Seville.

On the basis of 2 people sharing a twin/double room prices start at £1,299pp (equivalent of $2538/pp). Treats, tours and comforts can be added for an additional fee. Click here for more information.

Related: 10 Free Things to Do in Madrid, Spain